For the first Gallery Hop of the year, presenter LexArts is making its home base a venue, and not just the ArtsPlace Gallery.
Space to Create — The Artists of Artsplace will present exhibits of what happens on all five floors in the building at 161 North Mill Street, from the Lexington Ballet and Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras on upper floors to individual artists who work in the basement.
“I think you'll see we really are a very creative collection, all working in our own Space to Create,” LexArts President and CEO Nan Plummer writes.
Featured in two locations in ArtsPlace will be the Bluegrass Printmakers’ Cooperative in its studio in the basement and in the ArtsPlace Gallery. The Cooperative will also have work on exhibit at the Bodley-Bullock House, 200 Market Street.
Here’s a look at some other Gallery Hop attractions.
Christ Church Gallery, 166 Market Street. The world’s largest moustache cup, a cup with a partial covering to protect the drinker’s mustache, will be on display as part of an exhibit of artworks by faculty and students at Transylvania University as well as from collections and parishioners in the Lexington Episcopal Diocese. The cup was created by Transylvania professors Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova as a replica of cups in the university’s Fithian Collection of Moustache Cups.
Morlan Gallery, Mitchell Fine Arts Building, Transylvania University. Inter/Active looks at America’s discourse on race, identity and power through the work of photographer Endia Beal, poet and performance artist Flâneuse and multimedia artist Kenya (Robinson).
M S Rezny Studio/Gallery, 903 Manchester Street. Turn Up the Heat is an exhibit of encaustic painting by six artists. Encaustic painting uses heated beeswax with colored pigments added.
Ann Tower Gallery, 141 East Main Street. The upstairs gallery at the Downtown Arts Center presents In Two Worlds: New Paintings by Patrick Adams. The selection of abstract landscapes by the University of Kentucky graduate is dedicated to the memory of his teacher and friend Robert Tharsing, a revered UK art professor and Tower’s husband who died Dec. 19.
Sunday, there will be a memorial service for Tharsing at 5 p.m. at the Lexington Friends Meeting, 649 Price Street, followed by a celebration of his life at Portofino, 149 East Main Street.