Beacon beyond DIA

A Visit to Artist Jeffrey Terreson’s New Gallery

Artist Jeffrey Terreson's new gallery in Beacon, N.Y. is another good reason to visit the city. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Artist Jeffrey Terreson’s new gallery in Beacon, N.Y. is another good reason to visit the city. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

For those who grew up in Upstate New York at a time when it was thriving, what’s happened in decades since is sometimes disheartening. Failure to thrive in too many places comes in the form of mothballed factories, declining real estate prices, and Main Streets full of closed storefronts and forgotten successes. That’s the way I remembered the Beacon of the past. Sure, I’ve been to Dia a number of times, but I’d stayed away from downtown Beacon for probably a decade for what I thought were good reasons. I was wrong! Beacon is back. It’s a charming, revitalized city in the Hudson Valley with a long Main Street filled with shops, restaurants, and artistic endeavors. Adding to the vitality is the newly opened Terreson Gallery featuring artist Jeffrey Terreson’s work.

A revitalized Main Street in Beacon, N.Y. is full of shops, restaurants, and artistic endeavors. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A revitalized Main Street in Beacon, N.Y. is full of shops, restaurants, and artistic endeavors. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Terreson, a native of Westchester County, offers both equine imagery and more abstract works. You’ll want to see them up close. These are not flat canvasses; the artist uses impasto and wax and other materials to texture his work. You’ll feel a bit of Bedford or a bit of summertime in works like Mai Pink, Bedford Night, or Montauk.

Enjoy a refreshment on the Patio at the Roundhouse in Beacon, N.Y. The restaurant overlooks Beacon Falls. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Enjoy a refreshment on the Patio at the Roundhouse in Beacon, N.Y. The restaurant overlooks Beacon Falls. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

After a visit to the gallery, stroll to the Roundhouse (a former hat factory) and do some falls-watching while you have a cocktail on the Patio. Get a sip of summertime in chilled soup specials like avocado-cucumber.

If you haven’t been to downtown Beacon for a decade or more, now is the time to go. It’s easily accessible by car or train (Metro North) from New York City.

Terreson Beacon Fine Art, 475 Main Street, Beacon, N.Y. 12508

The Roundhouse, 2 East Main Street, Beacon, N.Y. 12508

—Lori Tripoli

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