Add Color to the Holidays at These Hudson Valley Art Shows

Local galleries spotlight affordable art and regional creators just in time for the gifting season.


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This December, it’s the most colorful, ahem, wonderful time of the year in the Hudson Valley. Although, if we get down to it, colorful isn’t far off the mark. Between sparkling light shows, vibrant holiday markets, and gilded home decor, holiday hues define winter in the region.

Of course, nowhere does seasonal shades better than the Valley’s many art galleries. During the countdown to the winter festivities, local galleries shine their spotlight on the area’s talented creatives and makers during neighborhood showings that are just as perfect for weekend to-dos as they are for gifting inspiration.

Take a peek at the Valley’s artsy rundown, then get to shopping and viewing all month long.



BAC Members’ Small Works Holiday Show

Through December 21
Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie

This December, Barrett Art Center hosts a member-driven small works show with submissions from dozens of artists. The show runs for most of the month, with a First Friday artist talk scheduled for 5-6 p.m. on December 6.


Hand Made Here

Through December 30
Drop Forge & Tool and Hudson River Exchange, Hudson

A unique collaboration between two Hudson storefronts, Hand Made Here is a seasonal pop-up shop that spotlights the talents of 40-plus local artisans. In addition to art and handmade gifts, visitors can ogle handcrafted toys, greeting cards, and housewares at both locations until the end of the month.



TAG HOLIDAY SHOW - Have you stopped in yet? Make it an artsy holiday and show your support of local artists at the same time. For one-of-a-kind gift items you can’t find anywhere else, come explore what TAG has to offer. We even have gift certificates - perfect for the arts enthusiasts on your list. . Shown: “Farm in Winter” (woodcut); “Path” and “Riverview Autumn” (oil on panel) by @mariecolefineart . #TivoliArtistsGallery #tivoliny #ilovit #tivolinow #destinationtivoli #redhookny #hudsonvalley #hudsonvalleyart #hudsonvallerygallery #hudsonvalleyny #hudsonvalleynewyork #hudsonvalleylife #hudsonvalleyhappenings #weekendgetaway #weekendupstate #upstateny #upstatenewyork #newyorkstate #iloveny #dutchesscountyny #dutchesscounty #distinctlydutchess #destinationrhinebeck #rhinebeckny #rhinebecknewyork #rhinebeckchamber #rhinebeckguide #enjoyrhinebeck #aroundgermantown #aroundgtown

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Holiday Show

Through December 22
Tivoli Artists Gallery, Tivoli

Running until late December, Tivoli Artists Galley’s annual show offers a whimsical collection of handicrafts and one-of-a-kind works that appeal to audiences of all interests and price points.


Womenswork.Art Holiday Market

Through December 22
4 South Clinton St, Poughkeepsie

Swing by Womenswork.Art now through December 22 for a holiday art show and makers market featuring works from female artists in the Hudson Valley. If you’re looking for a unique gift that fits into your seasonal budget, this is the show for you.



Lights Up Too!

December 6-28
Queen City 15, Poughkeepsie

Just for the holiday season, Queen City 15 opens its doors to holiday shoppers in search of artistic treasures. The opening reception is on Friday, December 6, from 5-8 p.m. After that, the gallery displays its assorted selection of art, ceramics, and handcrafted goods all the way until December 28.


Art for the Holidays

December 7-21
ArtBar Gallery, Kingston

Beginning on December 7, ArtBar opens its doors to the Valley for a community showing that features pieces costing $250 or less. All artists featured are based in the Hudson Valley, and their works are displayed ready to hang.

In other words, if you like something you see, it’s already set to go home with you.



Catalyst Small Works Show

December 7 – January 12
Catalyst Gallery, Beacon

Featuring painting, photography, sculpture, prints, and mixed media from more than 70 artists, Catalyst’s show runs until early January. On December 7, from 6-9 p.m., the public is welcome to attend an opening reception.


Primar(il)y Red: An Exhibition Celebrating the Color Red

December 7-29
Emerge Gallery, Saugerties

After an opening party on December 7, Emerge Gallery’s holiday exhibition runs through the end of the month. Themed around the color red, the show evokes emotions that run the gamut from love and warmth to energy and power. The Saugerties space displays works by more than 50 artists, so expect a range of subjects and styles if you go.



On this #GivingTuesday I want to tell you about a special place that I like to give back to. @roca_arts (Rockland Center for the Arts) is a special place for me and my family because art is an important part of our lives. My children grew up taking many art classes and I myself try to take one here and there when my schedule permits. Plus the events and amazing sculpture park are always inspirational. Art can open up your mind and world to so many things. It’s an important part of our every day and sadly funding is being taken away from many organizations like ROCA which provides critical programming for the public. The @roca_arts Affordable Art & Pottery Bazaar is one way I like to help because 50% of my ceramic sales go right back into helping ROCA. You can help too by buying from one of the many talented artists represented in this sale. It’s a win win for everyone! Mark your calendars and stop by the opening reception and jewelry sale this Sunday 12/8 1-5pm to meet many of the artists like me. If you can’t make it Sunday, the show runs through 12/21! Stop in!!! 🙌🏻🥰 👩🏻‍🎨🎨 Link to ROCA’s website in my profile ✨✨✨✨ #SupporttheArts #ROCA #artmatters #supportrocklandarts #buyartfromlivingartists #supportartinyourcommunity #artisimportant #artgallery #artcenter #centerforthearts #smallbatchceramics #ceramics #painting #fineart #jewelry #sculpture #ooak #oneofakind #oneofakindart #tabletop #homedecor #hudsonvalleyart #rocklandcountyny #lohud #lohudhappenings #artevents #rocklandcenterforthearts #buyart #holidayshopping

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Affordable Art & Pottery Bazaar

December 8-21
Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack

Instead of trekking to NYC for gallery tours in Chelsea or TriBeCa, make a straight shot to West Nyack for an affordable alternative in the Hudson Valley. The colorful affair features art ranging from functional ceramics and sculptures to jewelry and ornaments.  


Holiday Gala and Art Show

December 12 – January 5
Roost Studios, New Paltz

For nearly a month beginning in December, Roost hosts a budget-minded show designed with holiday gifting in mind. All works are priced at $99 and available to take home on the day of the sale. Interested in checking out the local talent? Stop by on December 14 from 6-9 pm. for the gala reception in New Paltz.  

Related: An Insider's Guide to December Events in the Hudson Valley

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