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Gallery Hop will go on without pioneering gallery and arts leader

Colorful paintings on canvas by John Lackey will make up “Neuroseason,” the current exhibit at the City Gallery that will be part of the Nov. 18 Gallery Hop.
Colorful paintings on canvas by John Lackey will make up “Neuroseason,” the current exhibit at the City Gallery that will be part of the Nov. 18 Gallery Hop. Photo provided

Gallery Hop 2016 will end with one of the lynchpins of the bi-monthly event dark.

The Ann Tower Gallery, whose namesake died suddenly last week, will be closed Friday night. Downtown Arts Center director Celeste Lewis said it was the desire of Tower’s daughter, Lina Tharsing, that the gallery be closed for the time being. But folks who would like to pay their respects are invited to sign a sketchbook that will be in front of the second-floor gallery at the DAC.

For four decades, Tower was an influential member of the Lexington art community as an artist, critic, administrator and eventually a gallery owner. For more than a decade, the Ann Tower Gallery occupied two levels in the Downtown Arts Center before it consolidated to a single level last year to make way for the first floor City Gallery. Tower represented more than 30 artists, whose works usually anchored her Gallery Hop shows.

Friday evening, the City Gallery in the DAC, 141 East Main Street, will feature works by John Lackey, painter and printmaker and owner of Homegrown Press Studio and Gallery on North Limestone. The exhibit, “Neuroseason,” is a show more than 20 paintings of colorful, natural scenes.

Here are some other Gallery Hop highlights:

▪  “Quiltography 2016” and “Quilting Emotions.” Christ Church Cathedral, 166 Market St. The first exhibit features more than 100 small quilts produced by Quilt Artists of Kentucky interpreting eight photographs by members of the Lexington Camera Club, and the latter features larger quilts by group members challenged to produce quilts that express emotions in Fabric.

▪  “Subjective Neutrality.” M S Rezny Studio Gallery, 903 Manchester Street. Closing reception for an exhibit of muted colors and tar on reclaimed materials by Marco Logsdon.

▪  “Fresh Look — Kentucky Landscapes.” Artists’ Attic on the fourth floor of The Square, 401 West Main Street. More than 40 pieces by members of the Plein Air Painters of the Bluegrass, an over 30-member group that paints outside throughout the year.

▪  “Creative Camera Club: 46th Annual Competition and Exhibition.” Living Arts and Science Center, 362 North Martin Luther King Boulevard. The exhibit features more than 120 photos from the club, plus the LASC also hosts “Shohei Katayama and Andrew Cozzens: Kinetic Ambitions,” featuring installations by the two Louisville sculptors. There will also be an unveiling of a new work by Robert Morgan at 6 p.m.

▪  “Enough to Swear By.” Morlan Gallery, Mitchell Fine Arts Building, Transylvania University, 300 North Broadway. Small-scale works by artists from around the world.

▪  “Louis Zoellar Bickett: Saving Myself.” University of Kentucky Art Museum, Singletary Center for the Arts, 405 Rose St. It’s the last chance on Gallery Hop to see the retrospective of the noted Lexington artists work, as well as the UK Museum’s other fall shows such as “James Baker Hall: The Poet’s Eye” and “POTUS,” a collection of presidential art from portraits to political cartoons.

If you go

Gallery Hop

What: More than 50 open galleries in and around downtown Lexington.

When: 5-8 p.m. Nov. 18


Phone: 859-255-2951