Historic downtown Frankfort will be filled with something for every sense — touch, smell, hearing, taste and especially sight from 5-8 p.m. Friday evening.
The Downtown Summer ArtWalk, sponsored by the Kentucky Employees Credit Union and organized by Downtown Frankfort, Inc., will feature 17 “ArtStops” marked by colorful orange banners on Broadway, up St. Clair, along Main and across to Bridge Street.
Visit art venues, meet the artists and participate in art demonstrations. There will be refreshments, short theater vignettes and live music along the route.
Dozens of local and regional artists are involved in the ArtWalk, displaying work that ranges from vibrant oil landscapes and hand-thrown pottery to intricate metalwork jewelry and richly colored textiles.
On Broadway, view the ink and mixed media work of local artist Lacy Wallace at the Capital City Museum. She will be on site creating ink drawings and collage works.
Buddy’s Pizza will show the paintings of several local artists, one of whom is donating all sales of her prints to the LIFE House for Animals and the Franklin County Humane Society.
Broadway Clay displays the ceramic art of its three “business potners” as well as works by other local potters and painters. Take a few steps down Lewis Street to Capital Gallery for the paintings of owner Ellen Glasgow along with the creations of other selected artists.
Capital Cellars is featuring new watercolors and oils of Lovers Leap Winery by Sally Clay Lanham. According to Lanham, “the exhibition is inspired by painting trips to Lovers Leap Vineyard during the 2013 grape harvest.” Stop by during the ArtWalk for an artist’s reception.
New books, too
For a little literary art, Frankfort native Normandy Ellis celebrates a new book of poetry, Words on Water, at Poor Richard’s Books.
Local artist Melanie VanHouten will be conducting a metal casting workshop at Completely Kentucky. She will work with each person individually as they create their own sand mold.
The molds will then be cast in aluminum during the Fall Arts Festival at Josephine Sculpture Park Sept. 14. In addition to the workshop, molds can be picked up at Completely Kentucky, worked on at home, and brought to the Fall Arts Festival to be poured.
Another local artist, Anna Marie Pavlik, has a show of new etchings in the upstairs gallery.
Completely Kentucky will also have tastings of Kentucky Proud foods throughout the day.
DeSpain Studio and Gallery displays works by Donna DeSpain including landscape paintings, portraitures and greeting cards.
The Grand Theater Gallery will host the closing reception for Constance Grayson’s current exhibition, Landscapes: Piccolo & Grande, contemporary fabric collage from 5-7 p.m.
According to the Grand Theater website, Grayson moved back to her native Kentucky in 2009. In her frequent visits to Italy she finds much inspiration. “In my art, I strive to do niente senza gioia — nothing without joy.”
The Eclectic Mix displays works from local and area artists as well as clothing and accessories. Gene Burch’s photographs and art by Cheryl Olds Cheek will be on display.
On Main Street, view the historic and contemporary images at the photography studio of Bill Rodgers, carrying on the long-established family tradition.
Then, stop in at the McClure Building to experience the art and artists of three working studios — Alicia Jane Boswell Jewelry, Betty Beshoar Art Studio and Studio 710.
On Bridge Street
At Bridge Street, find works by the artists who have recently claimed that block, making it Frankfort’s newest area for art. “What we are seeing is that people start at one end of the street and stop in all of the shops.” Michele Daigle said.
“I could see Frankfort as a niche for art. This whole area could be lifted up so that people would come here on purpose — because it’s fun,” Daigle said when explaining the growth and interest in art she has seen in Frankfort.
At Rhonda Gauthier Fine Art Gallery, along with paintings on display, April Cole will discuss her photography and Sammy Coulter will add musical entertainment.
Experience the artwork by Daigle at her Singing Bridge Galleria. “My latest work is a series on the earth. I want people to love the paintings, but also be aware that we are guardians of our own world,” she explained.
Jennifer Zingg features local fabric artist Doris Thurber, displaying her latest works and demonstrating how to create batiks at Full Circle Studio & Gallery.
Newly relocated, the Irish Sea Celtic Shop LLC will have paintings, pottery and jewelry by local artists.
Adding a touch of the theater arts, watch for short scenes (6:30-7 p.m. on West Broadway; 7-7:30 on St. Clair) from the upcoming Paul Sawyier outdoor drama, “Two Loves and a River,” to be staged at the Ward Oates Amphitheatre at Riverview Park on Sept. 11-14 and 18-21.
The ArtWalk series happens quarterly throughout the year and features original artwork from local and regional artists.
For a map and full listing of ArtWalk venues and events, pick up a brochure at many downtown locations or visit www.downtownfrankfort.com.