Fall Arts Preview

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Saraya Brewer

Welcome to our annual Fall Arts preview, powered by Lexington arts and entertainment calendar tadoo.com! On the following pages, we break down the upcoming 2014-2015 season that, for many arts organizations, kicks off this month and goes well into 2015. From visual art to theatre, live music to festivals, literary events to film, we hope you will agree that there’s no shortage of things tadoo around here. Don’t forget that tadoo.com is updated daily with live music, theatre, art and other entertainment events.


Visual Art

This is just a sampling of the gallery exhibitions that will be presented in the Lexington area in the upcoming 2014-2015 season. For more gallery listings updated throughout the year, please visit the Lexington Galleries and Exhibits page on tadoo.com: www.tadoo.com/lexington-art-exhibits.

Headley-Whitney Museum


Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Fri.;

12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

4435 Old Frankfort Pike
(859) 255-6653

Collecting Kentucky. Sept. 6-Nov. 9

A showcase of antebellum Kentucky artifacts from some several inspired collections, featuring furniture, silver, art, hand-stitched samplers, longrifles and stoneware. Drawn from the book “Collecting Kentucky” by Genevieve Baird Lacer & Libby Turner. (Opening reception 1-4 p.m., Sept. 14; speaking events at 2 p.m., Sept. 28; 11 a.m., Oct. 4; 2 p.m., Oct. 19; and 2 p.m., Nov. 2.)

Improbable Baubles. Nov. 22-Dec. 21

Improbable Baubles is an art program designed to give public and private school children from the region an opportunity to create, perform and respond to art. Students learn the history of Headley-Whitney Museum founder George Headley, his artwork and bibelots, and his significance to Kentucky, and then create their own works of art (faux bibelots), democratically choosing pieces by their own peers to be displayed at the Headley-Whitney Museum. (Opening reception 1-3 p.m., Nov. 22.)

LexArts Gallery Hops


Sept. 19, Nov. 21


Jan. 16, March 20, May 15, July 17, Sept. 18, Nov. 20


Presented by LexArts, this periodic “choose-your-own-adventure” style event encourages attendees to explore the offerings of local art galleries, many of which stay open after hours and provide light snacks and beverages for patrons. The hops typically run from 5-8 p.m., with may galleries opting to stay open later.

Lexington Art League

All events and exhibits are at the unless otherwise noted.

Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tues.-Thurs.; 1-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

Loudoun House
207 Castlewood Dr.
Lexington, KY
(859) 254-7024

Victory Without Fanfare. Sept. 5-Oct. 5. In this joint exhibition, painter Lori Larusso and mixed-media artist Melissa Vandenburg explore Americana imagery with works during a three-month residency at the Loudon House.

CSA Harvest Party. Oct. 24. Get your share! LAL’s Community Supported Art (CSA) program celebrates its Fall Harvest. Modeled after agricultural CSA programs, each CSA crop features nine works of limited edition art by celebrated local artists. Shares are available to purchase in advance via the Lexington Art League’s website.

Interstruct. Fall 2014. This collaborative event will place responsive new work by artists in non-art spaces throughout the city, with a focus on experimentation and transformation.

Black Friday. Dec. 5-6. The Lexington Art League’s annual winter art sale features regional artworks all priced at $50 and under.

Lyric Theatre Gallery & Museum

300 E. 3rd St.
Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.;
1-5 p.m. Sat.

Black Roots: Art Creations. Through Oct. 11. Organized by The Lyric, this exhibition features several noted African American artists, including Gary Bibbs, Bianca Spriggs, Sonja Brooks, Angel Clark and more, most of whom reside in the Lexington area. Consisting of a variety of mediums, the collection expresses how Kentucky’s diverse culture and unique history have influenced each artist’s work.

Morlan Gallery

Gallery hours: noon-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Mitchell Fine Arts Center
300 North Broadway
Lexington, KY
Transylvania University

Street Tested: Kentucky Graffiti Artists. Sept. 12-Oct. 17. Curated by Lexington’s Dronex, this exhibition features tags, illustrations and writing by five graffiti artists from Kentucky. This foray into urban art will coincide with PRHBTN’s latest mural installations in Lexington from world-renowned street artists Roa, How and Nosm and more. (Opening reception 5-8 p.m., Sept. 12; LexArts Gallery Hop reception 5-8 p.m., Sept. 19; artist talk with Andrew Hem 5:30 p.m., Sept. 24 at the Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning.)

Rural Women: Photographs by Maxine Payne. Oct. 29-Dec. 2. Maxine Payne works with anthropologist Anne Goldberg to create oral and visual documentation of rural women from locations around the world. (Opening reception 5-8 p.m., Oct. 29; LexArts Gallery Hop reception 5-8 p.m., Nov. 21.)

DWELLINGS: Contemplating Home, House, and Neighborhood (featuring Libby Rowe). Jan. 14-Feb. 20, 2015. Texas artist Libby Rowe deconstructs notions of home, house, and neighborhood in this one-person exhibition that features photography and sculpture. In three major works, Inside/Out, (sub)Division, and Dwell, Rowe cleverly casts a fresh gaze on the façade-like quality of the American home, questions the success of the urban subdivision, and considers the philosophical meaning of “dwellings.” (Opening reception 5-7 p.m., Jan. 14; artist talk with Libby Rowe 12:30 p.m, Jan. 20.)

Functional Clay: Works that Contain. March 2- 27, 2015 (by appointment only the week of March 9). Curated by Michael Frasca, “Functional” is an exhibition of nationally recognized ceramic artists who earn their livings by creating vessels for everyday use and pleasure. The works contain the “things of life” and are an exploration of form, surface and the space within. The artists use a broad range of techniques for making, glazing and firing.

Functional is the first part of a two-part ceramic exhibition. The second, in 2016, will be titled “Conceptual Clay: Works that Confound” and will feature sculptural non-functional clay artworks. (LexArts Gallery Hop reception, 5-8 p.m., March 20.)

Senior Thesis. April 6- 17, 2015. Transylvania University Bachelor of Fine Arts students showcase their best work in this culminating exhibition. (Opening reception, 5-8 p.m., April 6; artist talks by the graduating seniors, day and time TBA.)

Juried Student Show. May 1-15, 2015. Art majors and non-art majors alike contribute work in a wide variety of media to this joyful exploration of creativity. (Opening reception 5-7 p.m., May 1; LexArts Gallery Hop 5-8 p.m., May 15.)

M.S. Rezny Studio/Gallery

Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and by appointment

903 Manchester St.

Remnants. Sept. 2-30. Amanda J. Cawby, Melissa T. Hall and Page Turner will display works of photography and sculpture that express a shared fascination with traces left behind by others. (Artist reception, 5-8 p.m., Sept. 19.)

Connecting Fibers. Oct. 1- 31. Six regional contemporary artists explore color and texture through a variety of techniques and inspiration. Artists include Stacey Chinn, Justine Dennis, Janice A. Durham, Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, Laverne Zabielski and Jennifer Zurick. (Artist reception, 2-4 p.m., Oct. 5.)

Totems, Tales and Toons. Nov. 1-30. The secret life of the pencil will be revealed through cartoons by Chris Brannock and Kathy Rees Johnson’s paintings will be about people, plants and places that populate the storylines of her life. (Artist reception in conjunction with LexArts Gallery Hop, 5-8 p.m., Nov. 21.)

Holiday Revels. Dec. 2-31. A group exhibition of artwork by 2014 featured gallery artists, including Rene M. Hales, Melissa T. Hall, Kathy Rees Johnson, Marco Logsdon, Kathleen O’Brien, Mary Rezny, Michael Wayne and Laverne Zabielski. (Artist reception 2-4 p.m., Dec. 7.)

UK Art Museum

Gallery hours: 12-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun. (open until 8 p.m. Fri.)

405 Rose St.
Lexington, KY
(859) 257-5716

Madmen and Moonbeams: Fanciful Faces of Kurt Vonnegut. Sept. 6-Dec. 23. Organized by art history graduate student Courtney Anich, this exhibition features silkscreens by the cult author Kurt Vonnegut, printed here in Lexington by Joe Petro III. Through the use of bold lines and careful color choices, Vonnegut’s portraits avail to the viewer another perspective of his creative process.

Laura Nakadate: Strangers and Relations. Sept. 6-Dec. 23. In conjunction with the Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series, photographer Laura Nakadate will exhibit her portraits of two groups of people. Nakadate contacted her “strangers” through friends and social media, while her “Relations” subjects were discovered through DNA tests that Nakadate took to uncover data about her mother’s family history. (Opening reception 5:30 p.m., Sept. 11. Lecture: 4 p.m., Oct. 10, Worsham Theatre)

Take My Word for It. Sept. 6-Dec. 23. This group exhibition examines how artists directly engage the viewer through language. Ed Ruscha, Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holtzer and others address topics from poetics and politics in this manner through an equally wide range of mediums.

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