Beautiful Stories, silkscreen with gouache and collage, 2013 by Patricia Bellan – Gillen will be on display at Heike Pickett Gallery in the CMW Architects building
Gallery hop is a choose-your-own-adventure style event taking place on the third Friday of the month, every three months. Presented by LexArts, the event encourages attendees to explore the offerings of local art galleries, many of whom stay open after hours and provide light snacks and beverages for patrons.
Below is a short list of local gallery exhibits that will be open during this month’s gallery hop. For a full listing of participating venues and more information on Gallery Hop, visit http://www.galleryhoplex.com/.
Ann Tower Gallery
141 East Main Street
Scrimmage: Recent Paintings by Kevin Gardner
Kevin Gardner’s recent body of work focuses on the iconography and idolatry of American football whose players are modern day gladiators performing in the stadium, our version of the Colosseum. Gardner is interested in the connection between the gestures and images of American football and Roman relief sculpture. American football is large, battle-like, often sentimentalized, and dramatic on the scale of opera. These paintings are an outsider’s take on an insider’s game.
Marble Creek/Endangered Watershed
Photographs by Guy Mendes
Opens September 19
Guy Mendes has photographed Marble Creek, a Kentucky River tributary in Jessamine County, since 1975. For 38 years, Mendes has carefully observed this pristine place in every season. “The Marble Creek Gorge is a microcosm of central Kentucky’s natural landscape: a deep and meandering watershed that drains rolling hills and fertile fields. It’s a prime example of what this part of Kentucky was like hundreds, even thousands of years ago.” Now, Mendes is exhibiting his numerous photographs of Marble Creek in this solo exhibition on the first floor of the Ann Tower Gallery in an effort to raise awareness about the I-75 Connector which threatens to destroy it.
Apostles Anglican Church
200 Colony Blvd
(859) 245 – 1318
Chagall and the Bible
Marc Chagall and the Bible contains 28 etchings and lithographs of Chagall’s graphic works. This exhibition contains eight of the 105 etchings that constitute a suite of work for Marc Chagall’s Bible (1932-39, 1952-56), an enormous project spanning twenty-five years. This series brings together the artist’s spirituality and childhood fantasy through the sophisticated artistry of a master printmaker. Chagall’s vision of the Old Testament combines his Jewish culture and modern art giving us a rich display of symbol and imagination. Some pieces extract the spirit of the text and others use his poetic vision to express his insight into the beloved Book. To embark upon this project Chagall went to Israel, the land of his ancestors where he wrote, “In the East I found the Bible and part of my own being.”
Art at the Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral, 166 Market St.
Grace in Connection
Our connections to each other, to animals and nature, to our work, to special places near and far, and to our spirituality all bring grace into our lives. Art is a visual language which reflects that. I am grateful to be able to bring together three generations of artists who have communicated grace and beauty through their art as a life-long endeavor. Each of them has truly enhanced our lives. As you view this exhibit, I hope it inspires you to reflect on the grace connections in your own life.
The Black Lodge
110 York St.
(510) 387 – 5340
“Beatification” is a collection of paintings, sculpture, and an ordained drag queen blessing of your most hated body parts and/or your most beloved femininity-enhancing accoutrements. From its pink powdered heart to its red glitter badlands femininity is the playground that saves us and redeems us. “Beatification” is a multimedia, whole-environment exploration of femininity as salvation and redemption, and a celebration of the holy “other.”
The Hen Party is a revolving group of uppity women who meet for coffee on Sundays in Lexington, KY. “Beatification” is brought to you by Stacey Earley and Angela Luhys, friends, artists, and office drones whose favorite things include graveyards, gaffes, smirking, and overturning the dominant paradigm.
Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning
251 W. Second St.
(859) 254 – 4175
Joel Pett: A 30-Year Retrospective
Join the Carnegie Center as we honor the brilliant 30-year career of Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Joel Pett of the Lexington Herald-Leader. This exhibition will feature more than 50 pieces in this first-ever retrospective of his editorial cartoons, covering 30 years and five American presidents.
Central Library Gallery
140 E. Main
(859) 231 – 5559
Relationships built through Art
A Father Daughter Art exhibit of Stephen and Jacqueline Winter; Ceramics, Painting and Metal Sculpture.
Heike Pickett Gallery
Lexington, 400 East Vine
(859) 233 – 1263