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Twelve years ago BeaconArts launched the Windows on Main Street project, a collaboration between artists and shop owners as a way to engage the public with the many artists that live and work in Beacon. This year’s theme is an exploration of art as cultural currency as a way for all of us to be aware of the importance of artists in the community.

“In a climate of so much conflict, the exhibit is a great physical reminder of the space we share from different perspectives,” said Pamela Dailey, the event’s organizer and a board member of BeaconArts. “We’ve got a great mix of repeat participants and brand new people, both artists and businesses, who are committed to being present to the arts this fall.”

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Artist Dana Devine-O’Malley took the idea of cultural currency from the Arab proverb: “If you have only two pennies, spend the first on bread and the other on hyacinths for your soul.” Her window installation at Utensil at 480 Main St. shows empty egg shells suspended in the air above the skillets below — pennies are strewn about to signify the proverb on feeding the soul and the body.

Marie Jean, proprietor of Pink Optical at 323 Main St. was thrilled to be paired with Julia Tighe. Jean said, “I clicked with the artist’s ideas, especially on the color theme.” Tighe created a large painting inspired by the “Alice in Wonderland” tea party. The tea party table is set with a bright pink tablecloth, matching the sidewalk bench outside below the window. The Mad Hatter, White Rabbit and Alice are all wearing stylish glasses.

Linda Siegel’s repurposed pill bottles are now artful dioramas at Remade at 133 Main St. Seven years ago she began to create medicine bottle sculptures. As her work evolved, friends and family began bringing her empty medicine bottles for her to reinvent. The artist mentioned that it was “this exchange of free trade” that drew her and the proprietor at Remade together.

Raven Rose, at 474 Main St., shows the work of two artists: Richard Wyman and Ryan Samuelson. Under bunches of dried flowers and herbs, a figure like the invisible man crawls under the radar of passer-by — very much like the artists that live and work in our community. The figure has violets incorporated into its body.

Marcy B. Freedman was paired with ECHO and said, “I have had a very positive experience with this year’s version of Windows on Main Street. I am proud of my installation, called ‘FemFlora.’ ” The installation frames the bottom of the shop windows and features portraits of women combined with florals and botanicals.   

Kat Stoutenborough was matched with Katy Hope’s Beetle and Fred, a sewing shop at 171 Main St. When asked about the pairing with Stoutenborough, Hope said, “It’s the perfect fit.” Stoutenborough creates textile-based artworks, many that include sewing combined with other media. For the window, she created a multimedia collage portrait of Beacon that appears to be a patchwork quilt of pattern and stitching.

Linda Marston-Reid is the president of Arts Mid-Hudson. The column appears every other week in Enjoy! Contact her at 845-454-3222 or lmr@artsmidhudson.org

If you go

Windows on Main Street will be on display along Main Street, Beacon, through Nov. 12; view and download an interactive map at: https://windowsbeacon.com/; free paper copies of the map are available at the Beacon Visitor Center, Main Street and Wolcott Ave.

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