Friday, 05 August 2022 14:33

Beekman Street Arts District Going Strong After 20 Years: Pop-up Art Event August 12

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY —  A wide array of working artists, creative thinkers and restauranteurs are proud to call a three-block stretch on the West side of Saratoga Springs home. Financed by grants secured by preservation minded proponents including JoAnn Yepson and Carrie Woerner and propelled by the energy and determination of advocates including Amejo Amyot and Cecilia Lockwood, the Arts District went from “vision” to “reality” over 20 years ago.    

The Beekman Street Arts District is now lovingly guided by the non-profit organization Saratoga Springs Arts District, Inc. (SSADI) and sponsors the annual Beekman Street Art Fair held in June and Friday night pop-up art events during the warmer months. The next Pop-up Art event in the historic West-side neighborhood is scheduled for August 12, 2022 from 5 – 8 pm and will include open galleries serving refreshments, visiting artists set up on porches and gardens and live entertainment by the Saratoga Springs High School Fiddle Club.

Featured during the August 12th event are the Adirondack Plein Air Society Summer Show at the Eden Compton Gallery and Art Quilts by Meg Dalton at the Cottage of Art & Design. Also be sure to stop by Collective 131 for their big sale and to say goodbye to Cassie after two years on the Street.

The Beekman Street Arts District runs from Grand Avenue to West Circular Street.After years of ups and downs, the Arts District continues to evolve with new galleries and shops joining the established businesses and restaurants on the charming flower-lined street.Many intrepid entrepreneurs and renowned artists including Frankie Flores and Sharon Crute have called Beekman Street home over the years. 

A pleasant 4-block walk from Broadway on Washington St, the neighborhood offers something for everyone. There are several galleries and working studios open to the public.Visit the Textile Studio to see exquisite handwoven textiles on the looms, Eden Compton Gallery to view superb fine art, and The Cottage of Art & Design to see an eclectic collection from local artists and makers. Explore the unique treasures at Collective 131, Stoor Roots Shop, The Vintage Shop, Plum and Crimson Fine Interior Design, Living Resources Gallery, CREATE Community Studios, Grateful Threads, and the Dark Gem Shoppe all within a 3-block stroll.

“The Beekman Street Arts District is the heart and soul of Saratoga. I am thrilled to be part of this vibrant community and am looking forward to the August 12th pop-up which will feature exquisite art quilts by Meg Dalton.” said Susan Rivers, a partner in the neighborhood’s newest gallery ‘The Cottage of Art and Design,’ a collective that features work by six creatives and features fiber art, pottery, art quilts, tiles, mosaics and paintings. The Cottage will be hosting Featured Artist receptions showcasing each partner’s work on Friday evenings in August and September from 5 – 8 pm.  Check www.CottageArtDesign.com for details.

Hours for shops on Beekman vary by location but most are open 11 am till 5 pm Wednesday through Saturday. For more information and to sign up for the Arts District’s seasonal newsletters, please visit www.ArtsonBeekman.org.

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