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Darya is a painter and a photographer. Her preferred mediums are oil paint and graphite but some of you may know her as “the hand“, handling tiny little masterpieces in the photos she takes for Beacon’s Tiniest Gallery. The miniature gallery is a project she helped start with her friends when the isolation of the pandemic took over and they craved connection to their community. When she’s not painting or documenting the gallery’s newest acquisition, she photographs life-size humans at a studio she manages in NYC. Born in the Ukraine; raised in Brooklyn; graduated from SVA. Darya says Beacon, "feels like home".

Find her on Instagram: @daryasaur




Chris Ams is a multi-disciplinary illustrator, creator, and visual storyteller. He was born and raised in Michigan, and has made a home here in Beacon with his dog, Cosmo, and husband, Will.


His preferred mediums are graphite and acrylics, but he loves to cross boundaries and genres through the use of both traditional and digital techniques. Regardless of the tools used, he always feels the most at home when exploring, making things, and breathing life into ideas in ways that excite and inspire.

Find him on Instagram: @chrisamsart




Evan is an artist and educator who moved to Beacon from Long Island in 2015. His preferred medium is oil paint with experience in woodworking, sculpture and pottery. When he’s not painting or enjoying nature Evan works as a Physical Education/Health and life skills teacher at a therapeutic day school. He’s grateful for the opportunity to connect with his students as a balance to the intrinsic exploration which accompanies his nightly painting sessions.Find him on Instagram: @ulfy


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Julia wants you to stop what you’re doing and listen.

With inspirations ranging from the Beach Boys to Amy Winehouse, her music walks the tightrope between gentility and power, and it makes that balancing act look easy. Zivic’s simple chord progressions allow introspective lyrics and haunting melodies to shine in a way that rewards attentive listeners. And her multi-layered harmonies provide enough ear candy to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Zivic, a Taurus, was raised by a touring musician and a writer. Her Connecticut childhood, spent wandering through forests and bending the wind with her voice, trained her in creativity and self-expression. That training shows up everywhere in Julia’s music, which follows the listener like a kind spirit that reminds you everything’s going to be okay.

Julia Zivic was the vocalist, guitarist & lyricist for Progressive/Soul Band, Vinegar Mother, who decided to split in 2021.

She features on other projects & albums as well, lending her writing and vocals to friends she holds dear. Carrtoons, Jak Lizard, Yoh, Joanna Teters and more... 

Find her on Instagram: @daddy.long.limbs

music director/orgaznier

photo credit: David Bartler

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John Menzie is happy to be a new member of the beacon open studios team and to work with such talented and caring  people to encourage expression and connection within the community!  John was always drawing and exploring through his upbringing in the Hudson Valley and realized early on that he enjoyed building and creating 3d. Now as an adult when he's not working with Procario Designs to build large bent wood light fixtures he enjoys exploring his anxiety and social constructs through mixed media conceptual sculptures.  He likes that art can be therapeutic and foster personal and social growth.

Find him on Instagram: @john_menzie


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