First walk of the year set for Friday, includes more than 100 artists

By Jim Pierce/ArtWalk Volunteer Published:

After the winter we had, it seems as if every day this spring is a cause for celebration. And, a day dedicated to art, artists and the charm and beauty of downtown and Downtown Frankfort’s springtime ArtWalk is certain to bring jubilation.

Through the sponsorship of the Kentucky Employees Credit Union, ArtWalk will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday. Now bigger and better than ever, 25 ArtStops, including galleries, studios, art shops and more, will display the works of more than 100 artists.

Paintings, photography, pottery, sculpture and jewelry as well as works in other mediums will be exhibited, many with a “Woods and Waters” theme in partnership with the Woods & Waters Land Trust.

Some offerings

The Woods & Waters Land Trust Art Show, featuring pieces by Dobree Adams (fiber), Betty Beshoar (oil), Jim Cantrell (watercolor), Gene Burch (photography) and Marianna McDonald (pastel), is up at Capital Gallery.

Besides the many works of Kentucky artisans at Completely Kentucky, upstairs you will find Laurie Schimmoeller’s exhibit featuring paintings inspired by the beauty around her and the richness and wisdom of native cultures and the natural world.

And at Serafini, Wayne Stacy’s photography will follow the theme, especially in capturing striking images of waters. Many other ArtStops around downtown offer additional themed pieces on display.

Always a great treat, the artistic energy and talent of our hometown university will be up for view. First United Methodist Church’s Gallery Hall is host to the Kentucky State University Senior Art Show, running through June 25.

And, at the Grand Theatre Gallery is “Sentinels,” an exhibit of wood-fired stoneware sculpture by Kentucky State University art professor Scott Ross. According to Ross, “The pieces are a visual record of the connection between the physicality of emotion, the interior space of the self and the care one must take in such pursuits.”             

Bridge Street galleries

The galleries along Bridge Street, including Rhonda Gauthier Fine Art Gallery, Singing Bridge Galleria and Full Circle Studio & Gallery, will feature a variety of art and artists. On hand will be sax-man Sammy Coulter with his lite jazz and cool vocals, Rick cooking at nearby Rick’s White Light Diner, and the newly re-located Irish Sea Celtic Shop serving specialty teas.

Two new additions to downtown’s ever-growing art scene are Alicia Jane Boswell Jewelry, room 301 in the McClure Building, 306 West Main, and The Eclectic Mix, a store of unique creations for passionate living at 300 St. Clair.

View Alicia Jane’s work-in-progress alongside handmade contemporary one-of-a-kind, limited edition production jewelry utilizing enamel, textile techniques, set stones and recycled precious and non-precious metals. 

Owners Kim and Mark Craig were recently married at their store minutes following the ribbon cutting.

There’s a renewed venue, too, one which had to retreat from all of the construction and complication that was the courthouse block of St. Clair in 2013. Village Arts, 226 St. Clair, is back, a few steps closer to the new courthouse.

Village Arts features the abstract acrylic finger painting and charcoal art of Sarah Gwen Morgan, along with a selection of global, fair trade artworks.  

Other stops

Other ArtStops include: local artists on display at Cornerstone Art & Events Gallery, Buddy’s, Broadway Clay, Capital Cellars, Poor Richard’s Books, DeSpain Studio & Gallery, Vibrant Life and G Studios, Nitro, Rodgers Studio and Betty Beshoar Art Studio.

Liberty Hall Historic Site will offer Kentucky Made: Decorative Arts from the Liberty Hall Collection, including furniture, silver and paintings in a new exhibit as well as early Kentucky furnishings in the house’s first-floor rooms.

Free art activities for children will be available with face painting at First Christian Church (use the Lewis Street door) along with an on-site calligraphy demo by Rosalee Anderson where kids and adults can have their names calligraphed for free.

From 1-3 p.m. at Full Circle Studio & Gallery, children are invited to paint wooden trees for the Reforest Frankfort/Salato Center art installation.

ArtHunt for all

Also, Downtown Frankfort is organizing an ArtHunt for all ages.

Pick up a card (there’s one version for kids and one for adults) at any ArtStop and answer questions on the card by hunting for the designated artwork along the ArtWalk. Leave your finished card at any of the ArtStops and be entered into drawings (one for kids and one for adults) to win prizes.

For ArtStop listings, pick up a map card at art venues and other downtown locations or go to for complete information.

‘Sneak Peek’

As a preview to ArtWalk, the Jane Chancellor Moore Gallery in the Kentucky Employees Credit Union, 100 Moore Dr., is hosting the ArtWalk “Sneak Peek” Exhibit through Thursday. This group show, by many of the downtown artists displaying at ArtWalk, offers a single location sampling of the diversity of expression. It will be up through Thursday.

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