ArtWalk: First walk of the year set for Friday, includes more than 40 artists

By Jim Pierce/DFI Volunteer Published:

The first ArtWalk of 2013, sponsored by the Kentucky Employees Credit Union and hosted by Downtown Frankfort, Inc., will be held 5-8 p.m. Friday. Many of the more than 40 artists exhibiting will be on hand for what promises to be a cabin-fever-breaking, mid-winter festivity.

Art stops will light up Broadway, St. Clair, West Main and Lewis Streets with more than 20 art galleries, studios and exhibition venues marked by large orange pennants along the way. Complete information is available by following the Facebook ArtWalk link found at

The McClure Building art studios of Betty Beshoar and Karen Carey (shared with fellow painters Sandy Gulick and Jerri Wallace) will be open for viewing. Additional McClure suites will be in use by visiting artists.

Broadway Clay studio artists will demonstrate large vessel throwing. Two art stops, in addition to art on display, are offering free art activities for kids, Vibrant Life and the Second Street School student art exhibit hosted by the Woolery.

Kentucky State University is bringing its creative energy down from atop the hill to the McClure Building, showing KSU Art Area student work as well as individual displays by art faculty Scott Ross and Reba Rye. Art professor John Bator will be next door with his major, new installation up in the Grand’s Gallery. This gallery will be open from 5:30-6 p.m. because of a showing of the film, “Beasts of the Southern Wild” that evening.

There’s the Cornerstone, Ellen Glasgow’s Capital Gallery and the wide array of art at Completely Kentucky to visit. See the working studios of Donna DeSpain, Bill Rodgers, Thaddeus Gallegos’s G Studios and Three Elements Designs artist Rob Kirkman. Capital Cellars, the Kentucky Coffeetree Café and the Bistro 241 Main will be hosting the art of more visiting artists.

View pottery, photography, paintings, jewelry and more. Meet artists. Celebrate and support the downtown art scene.

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