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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
Frankfort, KY – June 2, 2014. Director Kathi E.B. Ellis and Josephine Sculpture Park Artistic Director, Melanie VanHouten announce an all-female version of “Henry V”, sponsored by the Kentucky Employees Credit Union, which will be performed June 11-13 & 18-20 at 7p.m. each evening at Josephine Sculpture Park, 3355 Lawrenceburg Road, Frankfort, KY. Tickets for the performance can be purchased in advance at KECU and Completely Kentucky (both in Frankfort) starting May 20th. Tickets are also available at the park prior to each evening’s performances and on the JSP website. Tickets are $12 adult and $8 for youth under 10.
Josephine SummerStage is a unique partnership between the visual and performing arts. This year’s production introduces Minneapolis-based sculptor Alison Hiltner to JSP where she will be in residence the week of May 17 to create this year’s sculpture. She joins VanHouten and Ellis (Louisville) together with Sound Designer Phyllis Free (Atlanta, GA) who have been part of the core creative team since the 2011 inception of SummerStage. 2012 costume designer Lindsay Chamberlin (Louisville) returns to the production as do Megan Burnett (Louisville) as voice coach (who studied at Shakespeare’s Globe in London), independent artist Lee Look (Louisville) as fight choreographer, stage manager Lauren Camargo (Lexington) and music coordinator Paul T. Carney (Louisville). Joining the production staff for the first time is assistant stage manager Christophe Leong (Louisville) who was part of the acting company in 2014.
Each Josephine SummerStage production is grounded in the natural landscape of the park and also foregrounds the natural world, embracing the outdoor environment in which the story unfolds. In the year of the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, this all-female “Henry V” explores the costs of war at home and abroad through the lens of the Vietnam War and through the voices of women. Hiltner’s vivid evocation of the east combined with Free’s period western music and simulated eastern motifs transport the audience to a specific time and place while Shakespeare’s text reminds of us the universal issues of warfare.
The acting company includes returning performers Lynne Chenault (Shelbyville), and Meg Caudill, Erica McClure, (Louisville); Alana Ghent (Lexington) and Frankfort students Natalie Dufour and Annabelle Renshaw. Joining the company for the first time are Frankfort newcomer Megan Hawley, Louisville area-based performers Megan Burnett, Hallie Dizdarevic and Chelsea Skalski; Alice Jones (Richmond); Western Kentucky students Julia Badger and Kirsten Kellersberger; Mandi Hutchins (Borden, IN); and Megan Adair (New Albany, IN).
Audience members are encouraged to arrive early in the evening to picnic & explore the grounds of Josephine Sculpture Park. Take the opportunity to view more than forty sculptures & murals on exhibition, and bring lawn chairs, blankets, etc. for a comfortable evening of Shakespeare under the stars. The park entrance is located at 3355 Lawrenceburg Rd, Frankfort, KY. JSP is less than three miles south of I64; parallel to US HWY 127S.
The Kentucky Employees Credit Union proudly supports the arts in our community and returns to Josephine SummerStage as title sponsor for the fourth year. Additional production support comes from the KY Arts Council and area businesses and organizations.
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
- Betty Beshoar Art Studio Room 700… Visit this working art studio and see Betty’s latest oil paintings and collages.
- Studio 710 Room 710 … Displaying the oil paintings of host studio artists Karen Carey and Sandy Gulick along with guest artist Maureen Hall’s pottery.
- Alchemy Salon Room 711 … Gina Morales shows her collages on ceramic tile.
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