This Friday, as on a half-dozen other Fridays through the year, more than 50 venues throw open their doors and roll out the treats for Lexington's Gallery Hop.
To a certain extent, seeing terrific work is just a matter of visiting several venues. But here are a few stops along the way, and what you can expect:
■ Ann Tower Gallery, 141 East Main Street, is opening an exhibit of new works by Mary Newton. Contemplative Places features images of largely vacant interiors and exteriors. Newton says in her artist's statement she hopes to "convey a mystery and tension between what is observed and internal expression."
■ The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, 251 West Second Street, and New Editions Gallery, 500 West Short Street, are teaming up to present works by Lexington artist Lynn Sweet. The Carnegie Center will present abstract frescos and furniture, and New Editions will show current stylized landscapes. There will be a limousine to shuttle visitors between the venues. This will be the first Gallery Hop in New Editions' new home.
■ The Lexington Herald-Leader, 100 Midland Avenue, will present an exhibit of sports photography by its award-winning staff. Expect a lot of a certain shade of blue, memories and mind-blowing action images. Park for free at the Herald-Leader and walk to other downtown Hop venues.
■ The Morlan Gallery in Transylvania University's Mitchell Fine Arts Building presents Street Tested: Kentucky Graffiti Artists. The exhibit, in conjunction with the upcoming PRHBTN street art festival, was curated by Lexington street artists Dronex and features work by several street artists.
■ The MS Rezny Gallery, 899 Manchester Street, hosts the reception for its current exhibit, Remnants: Photography and Sculpture by Amanda J. Cawby, Melissa T. Hall and Page Turner. All of the works use remnants from people's lives to inspire the work.
■ The Living Arts and Science Center presents Post Process: A Closer Look at the Art of Cricket Press. Brian and Sara Turner's press has become popular for its posters and art prints and is becoming a mainstay at regional galleries and fairs. The center is also showing The Nature of Color: New Discovery Exhibit, an interactive look at color.
That is just a sampler of the shows available from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. For a complete guide to Lexington Gallery Hop, go to Galleryhoplex.com. For more information, call LexArts at (859) 255-2951.
Rich Copley, firstname.lastname@example.org