Tonight’s SweetART ArtWalk will expand the number of venues featuring art in downtown Frankfort. The February ArtWalk begins at 5 …
Tonight’s SweetART ArtWalk will expand the number of venues featuring art in downtown Frankfort. The February ArtWalk begins at 5 …
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Downtown Frankfort, Inc, through sponsorship by the Kentucky Employees Credit Union, invites you to join us for our upcoming ArtWalk from 5-8pm on Friday, October 2nd. Twenty-four ArtStops await you with their creative offerings—paintings, photography, ceramics, collages, jewelry and more—many with artists on hand to welcome you.
If you appreciate beauty along with function, then consider the many artistic crafts on display as downtown Frankfort joins in American Craft Week (10/2-10/11), kicking off this national event’s 6th annual celebration during ArtWalk. And while we recognize and celebrate our numerous, excellent craft offerings, please take note of the many extraordinary works of fine art around us.
Well-established Completely Kentucky, approaching its 25th year in business, offers the works of over 650 of Kentucky’s best artisans in wide array of both crafts and fine art. M.A. Selbert, our 5th generation family-run jewelry business since 1842, offers jewelry, both fine and functional, along with crafted gift items.
See the latest paintings and collages of Betty Beshoar at her McClure Building studio as well as ceramic tile collages by Gina Morales in her Alchemy Salon down the hall. At Studio 710, you will see Karen Carey’s new oils as well as paintings and scarves by Sandy Gulick and the one-of-a-kind found-object clocks crafted by visiting artist Mark L. Roberts.
Simply Garden, opened in the fall of 2014, has handmade decorative crafts for your home and garden for purchase or for you to create in one of their class offerings.
Shades of Blu Boutique (recently opened in the former Eclectic Mix space) will display the works of numerous local artists along with its jewelry and more. Meet and welcome to downtown new owner/manager Sherri Hollingsworth. Brand new to downtown is Hallie Gray’s Graymarket Design at 333 St Clair, having its Grand Opening during ArtWalk. Using her textile design and international relations degrees, Gray designs fresh, modern patterns which are then ethically produced by an artisan cooperative in Jaipur, India.
At the Grand Theatre Gallery, experience a first ever exhibition entitled THE COLOR OF MUSIC, THE SHAPE OF SOUND: Melanie Sunbeam Smith’s Bird & Bela in B Series which consists of a series of ten mixed media works on paper, inspired by Don Sebesky’s orchestral jazz composition “Bird and Bela in Bb.”
Capital Cellars has up for display a mixed water color and oils exhibit by Marie Renee Horne and at Rodgers Studio, photographer Bill Rodgers offers his images from in and around Frankfort, art compositions and portraitures. Nitro of Frankfort hosts young photographer Elizabeth Zoeller, exhibiting images of the people, places, and memories of her deeply beloved downtown Frankfort. At Vibrant Life, see locally made jewelry, fabric crafts and fine artworks as well as imported crafts and more.
DeSpain Studio features the paintings of Donna DeSpain and other artists along with fine art photography and artists’ greeting cards. The Kentucky Coffeetree Café displays the bright and varied artwork of a group of local artists. Buddy’s Pizza features three local artists with varying styles and mediums.
Full Circle Studio & Gallery (Note its new location—309 Shelby Street), a unique art gallery and working studio, features the works of Jennifer Zingg and Travis Kelley along with that of other local and national artists. Broadway Clay offers a wide selection of created onsite pottery as well as jewelry, paintings and more from local artisans.
Along Bridge Street, there will be two groups of artists on display. At “117”, the Kentucky State University art major students will “serve up” a gallery of fine art creations along with their special recipe chili in hand-made, take-home ceramic bowls while supplies last. Two doors down, “119” will host four local artists exhibiting their individual styles in a variety of mediums— photography, oils, acrylics, and mixed-media collage.
Paul Sawyier Public Library offers two original Paul Sawyier paintings along with 22 prints, its stained glass windows by Laura Mentor and batik by Doris Thurber. Poor Richard’s Books will feature local author Ray Peden who will sign copies of his novel, One Tenth of the Law.
To take us back a few years, the Capital City Museum hosts the soon-to-close Frankfort Art Club Exhibit. The club was established in 1945, flourishing until 1962 following the destruction by fire of the Frankfort Hotel. Similarly, the Franklin County Justice Center displays a “crazy quilt” which appears to have been crafted in 1949, bearing the names of many people associated with the old Peaks Mill School.
Spend a few enjoyable hours during an early October Friday evening in downtown Frankfort, experiencing the vibrant art scene and the city center’s creative energy. Enjoy re-connecting with friends and making a few new ones. Large orange ArtWalk pennants at each ArtStop will guide your way with full information available at
Eighteen ArtStops! New Art and New Artists! Live Theater! Visit our Vibrant Art Scene and Experience Art, Artists and All Downtown Has to Offer!
Capital City Museum 325 Ann … Live readings from “The Civil War Letters of Brothers William T. and Joseph L. McClure”. Attendees are invited to view new exhibits within the museum.
Buddy’s Pizza 200 W. Broadway … Local artists Jacqueline Keough (portraitures and other works), Suzy Hosley (figurative subjects in oils) and Suzan Thomas (prints – all sales of which will be donated to the L.I.F.E House for Animals).
Broadway Clay 223 W. Broadway … This ceramics studio, classroom and gallery features the work of local and area potters and painters. www.broadwayclay.com
Capital Gallery of Contemporary Art 314 Lewis … Beginning its 34th year, this gallery exhibits paintings by William Macintire, Ellen Glasgow & Greg Siegel; printmaking by Wallace Kelly & James Robert Foose; the ceramics of Laura Ross, Wayne Ferguson & Steve Davis-Rosenbaum; weavings, photos & handmade books by Dobree Adams; and, hm books from Larkspur press.
Capital Cellars 227 W Broadway … This exhibit, up April thru May, features new oils by Rhonda Gauthier with a focus on gardens and flowers
Poor Richard’s Books 233 W Broadway … Hosting Normandi Ellis, author of “Words on Water.” She will also include a collection of Paul Sawyier prints for sale that relate to the Kentucky River and Elkhorn Creek. And, Richard Taylor will feature his latest rural watercolors.
Completely Kentucky 237 W Broadway … Celebrate the spring season with the amazing work of hundreds of Kentucky’s most talented artists. Stop by too for some delicious treats from our Kentucky Proud producers. Take advantage of our free gift wrapping and we can ship packages anywhere. Visit us at completelykentucky.com.
DeSpain Studio and Gallery 329 W. Broadway … Paintings, fine art photography and artists’ greeting cards
Frankfort School of Ballet St. Clair & W. Broadway … Presenting free short excerpts from “The Sleeping Beauty Ballet” throughout the evening inside the studio. The dancers will be available to answer your questions, and tickets for our upcoming recital will be available for sale (2 of which will be given as a door prize). Also – displaying works of the Capital Area Art Guild.
Vibrant Life 338 St. Clair … Exhibiting images of horses by LymanDVM Photography. Also, hosting a professional photo-booth experience with Becklynn Bleu Photography
The Grand Theatre Grand Gallery 308 St. Clair … This exhibition of works by student and guest artists highlights the broad range of art instructions in the Kentucky State University Studio Art Program. Guest curated by KSU art professors Reba Rye and Scott Ross, the show includes painting, mixed media, photography, digital media, sculpture and ceramics. This exhibition of works by student and guest artists highlights the broad range of art instruction in the Kentucky State University Studio Art Program. Guest curated by KSU art professors Reba Rye and Scott Ross, the show includes painting, mixed media, photography, digital media, sculpture and ceramics. Also housed at The Grand are Doris Thurber’s batik Stirfry Murals.
The Eclectic Mix 300 St. Clair … This unique store offers “Coloring the World”, a special exhibit of oils by Suzy Hosley, and includes an Artist’s Reception with live entertainment by Triceratops Jackson from 6-8pm during ArtWalk. Also, view Gene Burch’s photography, Cheryl Olds Cheek’s landscape paintings, and the mixed media works of Sallie Clay Lanham and Laura Noe.
Rodger’s Studio 224 W Main … Meet Bill Rodgers and view his photographic images from in and around Frankfort, portraitures and more
McClure Building Art Studios 306 W Main
Franklin County Judicial Center 222 St. Clair … Displaying historic photographs courtesy of the Capital City Museum and Ky Historical Society, and modern photographs by Gene Burch. Displaying historic photographs courtesy of the Capital City Museum and Ky Historical Society, and modern photographs by Gene Burch. Also on display is a 3D mural of Frankfort created by The Kings Center student artists. The Kings Center children will be on hand, along with a reception in the foyer of the Courthouse. A special Moment of presentation and photo of the children with the mural will take place at 6p.m.
Paul Sawyier Public Library 319 Wapping … View two Paul Sawyier originals, Church’s Grove and Portrait of Miss Finnell, and the batik works of Doris Thurber. Also, see an exhibit of student artwork (grades 1-5) from Becky Cunningham’s Elkhorn Elementary classes.
Full Circle Studio & Gallery 121 Bridge St … New gourd mosaic works by Jennifer Zingg, new hot-air balloon gourd sculpture by Travis Kelley, and found object assemblage collaborations by Jennifer & Travis. New spring and summer merchandise available in the gallery: wind-chimes, mini-terrariums, planters, silk scarves and pottery.
Hill House 214 W Second … This Open House for a newly renovated property on the 2nd Street corridor features the exhibit “Collections”: black & white photographs (1950s) by George Hill Sr. from Bill Rogers’ Studio, small “Outsider” paintings by George Hill, Jr., a painting by Guy Vansant, a large intaglio print by Meredith Dean, several architectural drawings by Vito Girone, two large oriental rugs and other one-of-a-kind works and collectibles.
Simply Garden 100 W. Broadway…Marie Pullen Photography photography exhibit. Marie’s photos include local Kentucky landscapes featuring the beauty found in our own backyard. Photos are displayed on a variety of wall art including hand-made wooden art boards, large framed prints, canvas and signed matted prints.
Dining and Refreshment Options
Capital Plaza Bar, 405 Wilkinson Gibby’s, 204 W Broadway Buddy’s Pizza, 212 W Broadway Capital Cellars, 227 W Broadway Kentucky Coffeetree Café, 235 W Broadway Serafini, 243 W Broadway La Fiesta Grande, 334 St Clair Brick Alley, 325 St Clair Subway, 238 W Main
On Friday, the Kentucky Employee’s Credit Union (KECU) sponsored the Winter ArtWalk, hosted by Downtown Frankfort, Inc. Seventeen venues in downtown Frankfort displayed art of every medium. Several artists held receptions at various locations during this time. Although the weather was rather chilly, it didn’t keep many from sharing this event with loved ones. The winter ArtWalk is usually billed as the “SweetArt” walk. It is an event that you to spend time with your sweetheart, or even family, enjoying the vibrant art scene in Frankfort.
Capital City Museum took this opportunity to officially open their temporary exhibit on the Frankfort Art Club entitled “Out of the Shadows: Memories of the 1945 Frankfort Art Club”. The exhibit features original art work from the founding members, as well as photos over the decades of it’s existence. During the opening reception, live performances of scenes from an upcoming performance of “Our Town” by the Frankfort High School drama students.
Down at Capital Cellars, painter Phyllis Rogers showed her works in oil, acrylics and watercolor, while customers warmed up with their favorite spirit or their complimentary wine tasting paired with a variety of chocolates.
At the Kentucky Coffeetree Café, one was able to enjoy art by local abstract acrylic artist Sarah Morgan, whose artwork interprets life, individuality, love and the pursuit of equality. Many attended to with family and friends.
The Grand Theatre hosted an artist reception for Georgetown artist Karen Mitchell LaBach’s “Art of Jazz”, whose expressionistic paintings of jazz musicians come alive with color and energy. The artist is just as colorful as her art – dressing as a flapper from the roaring 20’s during her reception. Her painting will be on display at the Grand through February.
A variety of artists and mediums can always be found at the Eclectic Mix. From the photographic art of local photographer extraordinaire Gene Burch, to local area landscape artist Cheryl Olds Cheek, and mixed media artists Sallie Clay Lanham and Laura Noe, this venue is a perfect place to expose youngsters to Frankfort’s art scene.
A late addition, but a very popular stop on Friday’s ArtWalk was the Land and Water Trust sponsored Youth Art Show, held down on Bridge Street. This exhibit was a collection of Franklin and Anderson County’s finest youth artists, representing each of the high schools in the two counties. The young artists were on hand to discuss their work, which includes a mix of media. Kentucky State University was also on hand to sell their clay bowls with hot chili. Perfect for the cold night!
If you were not able to enjoy this ArtWalk through downtown Frankfort, don’t fret none. There will be another one held Friday, May 15, 2015 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. To stay informed about the next event, check often with Downtown Frankfort’s website HERE.
The weather may be cold, but the entertainment in Frankfort this evening will be HOT! Kentucky Employees Credit Union (KECU) and Downtown Frankfort, Inc. invite you and your love down to Frankfort’s February ArtWalk. Affectionately referred to as the “SweetArt Walk”, this is a perfect opportunity to make a night of it with your special someone by enjoying the many restaurants and the various artisans and their art in downtown Frankfort. Activities start downtown at 5 pm and go on to 8 pm.
Simply Garden & Periwinkle Interiors 100 E Broadway … Featuring birdhouses (large and small) by local artist Georgene Bryant for ArtWalk, this new joint retail experience offers small home furnishings, accessories, garden themed gifts, and complete interior and garden design services.
Capital City Museum 325 Ann … Special exhibit – Opening Reception for Out of the Shadows: Memories of the 1945 Frankfort Art Club, An exhibition of original works from the collection. Opening Exclusively at the Capital City Museum, 325 Ann St. Info: 696-0607. Also, experience scenes at 6, 6:30, 7 pm from the upcoming performances of Our Town by Frankfort High School drama students. (For dates & info of the full performances, call 502.320.2972)
WATCH FOR Live Theater Vignettes at the Capital City Museum
***NEW location TBA***… A group exhibit by members of the Capital Area Art Guild
Broadway Clay 223 W Broadway … This ceramics studio, classroom and gallery features the work of local and area potters and painters. http://www.broadwayclay.com
First Christian Church Welcome Center 316 Ann (use Lewis St door) … Gospel Calligraphy by Rosalee Anderson and Scrapmates by Joni Conner. Expressions where pen meets paper. Get your special Valentine something personalized.
Capital Gallery of Contemporary Art 314 Lewis … Exhibiting paintings, fine prints, ceramics and small press books. Works by owner/artist Ellen Glasgow along with artists from Kentucky and across the country. Open Tues-Sat, 10-5 and for ArtWalk; 502.223.2649
Capital Cellars 227 W Broadway … Local painter Phyllis Rogers shows her works in oil, acrylics and watercolor. http://www.capitalcellars.net
Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe 235 W Broadway … Art & Wine: Featuring Sarah Morgan, Art Exhibit & Wine Tasting, 5:00 – 6:00 pm. Sarah Morgan whose artwork interprets life, individuality, love and the pursuit of equality. Info: 875-3009 or www.kentuckycoffeetree.com
Completely Kentucky 237 W Broadway … A truly unique gift shop offering the work of over 650 of Kentucky’s finest artists, craftspeople, and artisans. http://www.completelykentucky.com
Frankfort School of Ballet St Clair & W Broadway … Duncan Designs presents paintings by Marjorie Willis and Jardan Paige Doneghy
Vibrant Life 338 St Clair … Art by local artists for sale. http://www.vibrantlifefrankfort.com
Grand Theatre Art Gallery 308 St Clair … On display through February, “Art of Jazz” by Georgetown artist Karen Mitchell LaBach — expressionistic paintings of jazz musicians come alive with color and energy. Artist’s Reception for Karen Mitchell LaBach and Speakeasy Party. Come dressed in a roaring 1920’s costume from 5 to 7 pm for a Speakeasy Party and reception to Jazz artist Karen LaBach’s beautiful art in the gallery there. Also Art Walk night in Frankfort downtown. A Great night to be in Frankfort! View Karen Mitchell LaBach’s exhibition of paintings of jazz musicians, “The Art of Jazz” through the end of the month. The gallery is open on Thursdays, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, during most Grand Theatre events and by appointment through the box office. Info: 352-7469.www.grandtheatrefrankfort.org
The Eclectic Mix 300 St Clair … This unique store is proud to be featuring the photography of Gene Burch, local area landscape artist Cheryl Olds Cheek and mixed media artists Sallie Clay Lanham and Laura Noe.
McClure Building Art Studios 306 W Main
Rodgers Studio 224 W Main … Meet photographer Bill Rodgers and view his artistic images from in and around Frankfort, portraitures and more.
Rhonda Gauthier Fine Art Gallery 115 Bridge St … Where Art and Music make Magic, featuring the captivating work of local photographer April Cole along with original oil paintings by Rhonda Gauthier, an impressionist painter of land- and seascapes. 502-320-3856
Irish Sea Celtic Shop, LLC 117 Bridge St … Paintings, pottery and jewelry from area artists — plus items from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. http://www.irishseaceltic.com
Full Circle Studio & Gallery 121 Bridge St … View the works of more than two dozen artists and craftsmen from Kentucky and the region working in glass, wood, pottery, fiber, gourds, batik and paint. http://www.createfullcircle.com
***A NEW ADDITION*** Youth Art Show 119 Bridge St….- This exhibit is a collection of Franklin County’s finest youth artists, representing each of the high schools in the county. Youth will be on hand to discuss their work, which includes a mix of media. Come support the youth of our community! Sponsored by Woods and Waters Land Trust (woodsandwaterstrust.org)
Dining and Refreshment Options
“Sweet” Specials for ArtWalk:
Bourbon Chocolate Bread Pudding (Capital Cellars 227 W. Broadway)
Espresso Truffle Martini (Kentucky Coffeetree Café 235 W. Broadway)
Gibby’s 204 W Broadway; Buddy’s Pizza 212 W Broadway; Capital Cellars 227 W Broadway; Kentucky Coffeetree Café 235 W Broadway; Serafini 243 W Broadway; La Fiesta Grande 334 St Clair; Brick Alley 325 St Clair; Dragon Pub 103 W Main; Magee’s Bakery 225 W Main; Subway 238 W Main; and, Rick’s White Light Diner 114 Bridge St; and, Plaza Grill & Deli, Capital Plaza Hotel 405 Wilkinson