Experience a lunchtime showcase of Lexington’s rich and vibrant arts community and celebrate the kickoff of the 2019 Fund for the Arts campaign.

Complimentary lunch will be provided for all guests. The celebration is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click here to reserve your tickets today!

The 2019 Fund for the Arts Campaign Kickoff, presented by Kentucky Bank

Tuesday, March 12 | 12PM | Doors at 11:30AM
The Kentucky Theater | 214 E Main St
The LexArts HOP, presented by McBrayer, is the place to be the third Friday of every other month, and admission is free. Stroll, socialize, sip, shop and buzz about what’s new and now at 40-plus galleries, studios and out-of-the-box exhibit spaces just about everywhere downtown.

Things start hopping way before 5 at many sites and keep going ‘til the wee hours at restaurants, bars and other spaces.

Pick up your official HOP guide at ArtsPlace, the Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center, VisitLex Visitors Center or one of the many galleries, studios and supporting venues. View and download the digital guide here.

Friday, March 15 | 5PM-8PM
LexArts | 161 N Mill St
Institute 193
Envisioned as an additional chapter to Institute 193’s forthcoming publication Walks to the Paradise Garden, Miscellaneous provides a very peculiar look at the American South through the roadside photographs of Roger Manley and Guy Mendes. Taken during a series of meandering road trips in the 1980s, the exhibition features the South’s endemic popular poetry written, painted, and scrawled on storefronts, buildings, and signs. NOT FOR RENT DON’T ASK is haphazardly spray-painted multiple times across the side of an abandoned home in Jessamine County, Kentucky. Across the state, in Pike County, a lone sign states simply: GUNS. In Athens, Georgia a liquor store’s signboard advertises a DRIVE-THRU WIDOW, and on a somewhat related note, a small metal yard-sign in rural South Carolina proclaims simply: SLOW DEATH.

Please join Institute 193 on Thursday, March 14 for a closing reception and book signing with Guy Mendes.

Through March 16
Closing Reception & Book Signing: Thursday, March 14 | 6PM
Artist Talk with Guy Mendes: Saturday, March 16 | 2PM
Institute 193 | 193 N Limestone
Lexington Children's Theatre
"September, 1962. Ever since I was just a kid, I have dreamed of becoming an astronaut. Of not just looking at the moon through my telescope or watching movies about what it might be like, but actually discovering it for myself. And guess what? My dream might actually be possible! The Space Race is on – and now I’m racing to be a part of it. I’ll do whatever it takes – graduate early, go to interview after interview, start flight training – I just have to be on that Apollo Program team. My name is Scott Gibson, and one day soon, I am going to touch the stars."

Sunday, March 17 & Sunday, March 24 | 2PM
Saturday, March 23 | 2PM
Lexington Children's Theatre | 418 W Short St
$20 | $15 for children BUY NOW
21c Museum Hotel Lexington
Natalie Baxter returns home to Kentucky to talk about her current work at 21c Museum Hotel Lexington. 

Natalie Baxter says that she first learned to quilt from her Granny on Kingdom Come Creek in eastern Kentucky. Today, the artist uses soft sculptures and videos to playfully explore concepts of place-identity, nostalgic Americana, and traditional gender stereotypes, to create an accessible entry point for unpacking matters of tension in today’s political and social landscape.

Baxter received her BA in Fine Art from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN in 2007 and her MFA from the University of Kentucky in 2012. Her work has been exhibited internationally and locally, including at 21c Lexington and the Institute 193, and featured in publications like The New York Times, Vice, Hyperallergic, Huffington Post, and The Guardian. She currently lives and works in New York, NY. Talk is free and open to the public!

Wednesday, March 13 | 7PM
21c Museum Hotel Lexington | 167 Main St
Studio Players - Lexington Community Theatre
The Miracle Worker dramatizes the volatile relationship between the teacher, Annie Sullivan, and blind, deaf, and mute Helen Keller. Only Annie suspects that there is intelligence and spirit waiting to be released from the young girl’s dark, tortured silence. Through persistence, love, and sheer stubbornness, Annie is finally successful with teaching Helen how to communicate, with the utterance of a single, miraculous word: "water."

Sunday, March 17 & Sunday, March 24 | 2:30PM
Friday, March 15, Saturday, March 16, Friday, March 22 & Saturday, March 23 | 8PM
Studio Players - Lexington Community Theatre | 154 W Bell Ct
$21 | $11 for students BUY NOW
Lexington Children's Theatre
What team? Wildcats! What team? WILDCATS!! Wildcats, get’cha head in the game!

New Year’s Eve brings basketball star Troy and bookworm Gabriella together through a chance encounter during karaoke. Could this be the start of something new? Once they reconnect at Eastside High they’ll learn that lifetime thespians Sharpay and Ryan will do anything it takes to climb the ladder of success. Will Troy and Gabriella stick to the status quo? Will Sharpay and Ryan bop to the top? Find out if the Wildcats really are all in this together in this smash hit musical based on the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical.

Saturday, March 16 | 2PM & 7PM
Lexington Children's Theatre | 418 W Short St
Lexington Film League
In honor of Women's History Month, the Lexington Film League and the Lexington Public Library are pleased to present a free weekly screening series dedicated to cinematic pioneer Dorothy Arzner.

Arzner was both the first woman to become a member of the Director's Guild of America and the first to direct a sound picture. As a pioneer of the "talkie" she invented the first ever boom mic. She also launched the careers of some of the most celebrated actresses in Hollywood history with her emphasis on fiercely independent roles for women. Yet for decades she was largely forgotten in film histories written largely by men.

Fortunately, her films have screened more widely in the past several years and the world is finally acknowledging the importance of Arzner's singular vision.

This week's film is Christopher Wood. Female aviator Lady Cynthia Darrington (Katharine Hepburn) and Parliament member Sir Christopher Strong (Colin Clive) meet at a party, where the free spirit and the married politician are instantly attracted. Christopher's wife, Lady Elaine (Billie Burke), invites Cynthia to stay at the Strongs' summer house, where she grows even closer to him. Mindful of the damage an affair would do to Christopher's career and family, the couple parts, but they soon realize they can't live without each other. Watch a clip.

Monday, March 11 | 7PM
Farish Theater | 140 E Main St
The Lyric
The Lyric Theatre is excited to embark on their Sports Film Series, which will explore the excellence of African-American athletes through film. Films will begin at 6pm and are free! Concessions will be available for purchase.

Four Jamaican bobsleighers dream of competing in the Winter Olympics, despite never having seen snow. With the help of a disgraced former champion desperate to redeem himself, the Jamaicans set out to become worthy of Olympic selection, and go all out for glory. This film is rated PG. Watch the trailer.

Thursday, March 14 | 6PM
The Lyric | 300 E Third St
Red Barn Radio
WAYLON NELSON offers a blasphemous bluegrass guitar rhythm played over Appalachian inspired vocal melodies and lyrics that represent the struggle of 21st century millennial from the mountains. Watch a clip.

"It's been a hard fought battle to produce such a sound, but after years of comparing myself to others and never feeling good enough, I have discovered that if you want to follow your dreams, you have to be your own yardstick."
-- Waylon Nelson

Wednesday, March 6 | 8PM
Red Barn Radio | 161 N Mill St
WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour
JOHN COWAN is one of the greatest voices of roots music, know worldwide as the lead singer for the bluegrass supergroup New Grass Revival. With a stellar solo career of his own, he is also a member of the legendary rock band THE DOOBIE BROTHERS.

Not to miss a beat, he has now created one of the most musically adventurous groups in years, BUTTON. This is a show you do not want to miss, a rare appearance in this configuration with members of two powerful bands. Just look at the lineup: John Cowan (Doobie Brothers), Ed Toth (Doobie Brothers), Keith Howland (Chicago), Lou Pardini (Chicago).  Watch a clip.

Monday, March 11 | 6:45PM
The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center | 300 E Third St
New Editions Gallery
Award winning artists, Bob Lockhart and Michael Rohde have had extensive careers teaching and exhibitying and can be found in museums and private collections across the country. While both embrace the use of color, Bob's drawings and ceramic creatures present with a sense of exuberant melancholy. Michael's weavings defer to a sense of quiet beauty. Together, the show vibrates with creative energy.

Through March 12
LexArts HOP Reception: Friday, March 15 | 5PM
New Editions Gallery | 500 W Short St
Tuesday-Saturday, 12PM-6PM
The Parachute Factory
Join The Parachute Factory for the opening reception of Adam Wiseman's solo exhibition, Fat Palimpsest, 1997. 

"Within the study of architecture, a palimpsest is an object, building, city, or work of art that was constructed and intended for one use, then later manipulated or worked on again for another. When analyzed archaeologically and philosophically, palimpsests serve as contradictory artifacts, compressing opposing creative time sequences that most often reveal neither...but also, both.

Not unlike the entanglement of sounds one can imagine hearing from terrestrial radio transmissions observed light-years away from Earth, by recreating the layered chronology of the palimpsest, these paintings intend to depict coagulated architectural space that originated in my birth year, 1977."
-Adam Wiseman

Through March 30
The Parachute Factory | 720 Bryan Ave
Wednesday-Friday, 5PM-8PM | Saturday, 12PM-3PM
The Wills Gallery, Fine Art & Antiques
Join the Wills Gallery in welcoming Dawna Scripps as their Local Artist of the Month.

Dawna's work is a collection of pretty, sparkly things, made with love, hope, and a creative spirit fueled by dreams, hopelessly romantic dreams.

During the opening reception, in addition to art and beverages, Tabitha Dial of North Star Muse will be performing tarot card readings.

Through March 30
The Wills Gallery, Fine Art & Antiques | 190 Jefferson St
Tuesday-Thursday, 1PM-7PM | Friday-Saturday, 1PM-8PM
MS Rezny Studio/Gallery
Don't miss this exhibition of mixed media works on paper by Martin Beck.

For Beck, a nationally recognized artist, the nude speaks to the human condition: “…our bodies are road maps of our individual experience.” In these recent works Beck looks for clues to understanding our turbulent times by placing the figure into contextual backgrounds. These works on paper often contain palimpsests: Ghost figures from previous drawings that evoke half-forgotten dreams or alternate realities.

Through March 30
LexArts HOP Reception: Friday, March 15 | 5PM
MS Rezny Studio/Gallery | 903 Manchester St
Tuesday-Friday, 12PM-5PM | Saturday, 1PM-4PM
Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University
A senior exhibition by Jessie Dees, Samara Lyons, Josh Porter, Sarah Schaaf, Sonora Schuck, and Stephanie Wayne.

"Half Dozen" features the work of six Transylvania University studio art majors connected, not only as graduating studio art majors, but moreover, their mutual love for the process of creating artworks that spark conversation. Through a variety of media—including textiles, installation and video—"Half Dozen" explores ideas of virtual reality, depression, historical events, politics, family and culture, perspective and form. 

Through April 10
Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University | 300 N Broadway
Monday-Friday, 12PM-5PM
Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
Atlas of the Year: Sojourner Maps to Being in the Right Place at the Right Time is an installation of twenty-four artworks by Kathleen O'Brien (Kathleen O'Brien Studio) depicting the cosmic year as a four-season, four-direction, cross-cultural celebration. It explores the ability of art to encompass this global entwining of time and space, which once understood, allows us to energetically be in the right place at the right time.

Accompanying the artworks are the Four Seasonal Journals, an Atlas of the Year eCourse, and Atlas of the Year greeting card sets, featuring one of each of the seasons. Journals, greeting cards, and more will be for sale at the event.

Artist Kathleen O'Brien combines abstract watercolors, drawing and botanicals into collages that appear dimensional and jewelry using antique, vintage and handmade beads.

Refreshments and light bites will be provided.

Through March
LexArts HOP Reception: Friday, March 15 | 5PM
Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning | 251 W Second St
Monday-Thursday, 10AM-7:30PM | Friday, 10AM-5PM | Saturday, 10AM-2PM
The Artists' Attic
This exhibit, featuring the work of Cissy Hamilton, Ree Wilson, and Ann Bjork, came about as a celebration of drawing models from life. The artists participate at the University of Kentucky life drawing sessions. Drawing is the foundation of most artistic expression and the underlying structure of representational painting. Figures are one of the more difficult subjects to draw and great practice for artists.

Through April 30
LexArts Hop Artists' Reception: Friday, March 15 | 5PM
The Artist's Attic | 401 W Main St, Ste 401
Monday-Saturday, 11AM-5PM
The Living Arts & Science Center
In the 1700’s, amateur artists started painted miniature portraits on ivory using water colors. Before photography, this practice became so popular that soon academically trained artists began producing ‘miniature’ portraits for the eager public. This practice continued until photography replaced it. Invited area artists asked to create miniature versions of their art will be featured in this unique group exhibition of art produced to a minuscule scale. 

Participating artists include: Steve Armstrong, Diane Kahlo, Mary Rezny, Robert Morgan, Amy Chase, Rob Bridges, Blake Eames, Mike Goodlett, Bruce New, Patrick Smith, Kate Sprengnether, Marco Logsdon, Guy Mendes, Ruth Adams, Mollie Rabiner, Hunter Stamps, Carleton Wing, Lawrence Tarpey, Jerielle Hanlo, Kiptoo Tarus, Rae Goodwin, Lori Larusso, Mia Cinelli, Jennifer Reis, Ed Franklin, Stacey Chinn, Nathan Zamarron, Elizabeth Mesa-Gaido, Georgia Henkel, Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, and Charles Ellis.

LexArts Hop Opening Reception: Friday, March 15 | 5PM
The Living Arts & Science Center | 362 N Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-5PM
The Living Arts & Science Center
Starting with the painter and naturalist John James Audubon (1785-1851), Kentucky has a long history with artists using paint and charcoal to capturing the state’s abundant wildlife. Before the development of photograph, the rendering of animals and birds was the chief practice for documenting different species for scientific journals and books. This practice is as strong as ever with many talented artists still using wildlife as their subject matter. Kentucky Wildlife will feature this diverse group of gifted artists that depict the subtle beauty of Kentucky’s animal life with paint and pencil. 

Through May 31
LexArts Hop Opening Reception: Friday, March 15 | 5PM
The Living Arts & Science Center | 362 N Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-5PM
The Living Arts & Science Center
Artist Lennon Michalski creates “…imagery of a world where the line between organic and machine becomes blurred” with his deeply compelling large scale paintings. Michalski will be featured in a solo exhibition this spring in the LASC’s Glo Gallery. His approach to the process of art making is truly unique and unusual. Through the process, Michalski has developed an aesthetic that is visceral, intuitive, and completely his own. Painstakingly, Michalski slowly builds multiple layers of pigments and varnish upon large wooden panels. Michalski’s art teeters somewhere between the color field paintings of the abstract expressionists and the covers of 1950’s pulp science fiction novels.

Through June 22
LexArts Hop Reception: Friday, March 15 | 5PM
The Living Arts & Science Center | 362 N Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-5PM
LexArts 161 North Mill Street, Lexington, KY 40507