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 eye-catching store displays, 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.



Art Is for Everyone: Small Works Holiday Sale

Through January 4
Clinton Street Studios, Poughkeepsie

Swing by Clinton Street Studios now through January 4 for a holiday art show that features small (read: more affordable) 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.


Holiday Show

Through December 16
Tivoli Artists Gallery, Tivoli

Running until mid-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.



Art for the Holidays

December 1-21
ArtBar Gallery, Kingston

Beginning on December 1, ArtBar opens its doors to the Valley for a community showing that features pieces costing $250 or less. All artists featured in the show 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.


BAC Members’ Small Works Holiday Show

December 1-21
Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie

This December, Barrett Art Center hosts a member-driven small works show with submissions from more than 35 artists. The show opens with a reception from 3-6 p.m. on December 1 and runs for the majority of the month. On December 7, from 5-6 p.m., a special artist talk adds personality to the occasion.



“Entering Windham” by artist Susan Cushin displayed now at Windham Fine Arts Gallery!

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For the Love of Art Holiday Show

December 1 – January 13
Windham Fine Arts, Windham

In line with the storytelling theme of the holidays, the Windham show features works that weave tales into their meaning through mixed media, oils, acrylics, and photography.


Lift Trucks Project Industry Art Show 

December 1 - December 29 
Lift Trucks Building, Croton Falls

Stop by any Friday or Saturday, during the month of December to visit a limited time exhibition filled with industrial antiques like signs, cowboy items, and American folk art. Works of art will also be available for purchase. If you can't come in on a Friday or Saturday, call to make an appointment to stop in. 


Holiday Gala and Art Show

December 6 – January 6
Roost Studios & Art Gallery, New Paltz

For a monthlong span 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 8 from 6-9 pm. for the gala reception in New Paltz.


Holiday Show and Sale

December 7, 5:30-7 p.m.
Town of Esopus Library, Port Ewen

For one day only, the Town of Esopus Library holds a seasonal holiday show for the community. A number of works from artists like Maxine Kamin, Tom Sarrantonio, and Vickey Gore will be on display alongside special pieces from the talented young creatives in the Esopus area.



10x10 Art Exhibit and Sale

December 8-28
Unison Arts Center, New Paltz

Beginning with an art salon opening on December 8 from 4-6 p.m., Unison kicks off a wintertime show that runs to the end of the month. All items are framed or on campus, which means they’re perfect for direct-to-home displays.


Catalyst Small Works Show

December 8 – January 6
Catalyst Gallery, Beacon

Featuring painting, photography, sculpture, prints, and mixed media from more than 60 artists, Catalyst’s show runs until the beginning of January. On December 8, from 6-9 p.m., the public is welcome to attend a public reception.



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

December 8-31
Emerge Gallery, Saugerties

After an opening party on December 8, 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 more than 35 works, including one by noted artist Peter Bradley.


smallWORKS Show

December 8 - January 6
Garrison Art Center, Garrison

Beginning on December 8 with an evening reception from 5-7 p.m., Garrison Art Center invites art aficionados to take a peek at the varied collection of works that bridge the gap between 2D and 3D. Accepted artists display everything from paintings to sculptures to photography, ensuring there's a little something to capture everyone's attention.


Affordable Art & Pottery Bazaar

December 9-23
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.  

Related: Your Complete Calendar of December Holiday Events

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