Monday, September 24, 2012

Celebration of the Arts in Lexington!


The Kiernan Gallery is very excited to announce its participation in Arts on Washington’s October 5th street fair. This event will feature local wines and tastes of some of Lexington’s best restaurants. The gallery, along with the others on Washington Street, will have their doors open and have planned many fun activities. Coincidentally, October 5th also kicks off an alumni weekend at Washington & Lee University. This will be a fantastic opportunity for our artists featured in Still Life: The Art of Arrangement to have their work seen as we expect a large turn out. This is going to be a great event, not just for the gallery, but for the city of Lexington as well. We hope to see you there!

                                         Downtown Lexington

Celebration of the Arts In Lexington
As the sun goes down on October 5th, historic downtown Lexington Virginia will light up with a diverse display of art, music and dance. Enjoy a glass of wine, a taste of Thai and the company of friends as you visit galleries and view the street entertainment. Washington Street will be closed to traffic from Main to Jefferson between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. for this special arts block party. Organized by the newly formed Arts on Washington and sponsored by Artists in Cahoots, an arts cooperative marking its 30th anniversary, the festivities will include regular gallery receptions plus business open houses and a line-up of street entertainment.

                                                       Halestone Dance Studio

A slide show of old Lexington photos will be projected on the wall of Grand Furniture. Whimsical sculptures will be displayed by Rockbridge County artist Mark Cline, who recently had a write up in The Wall Street Journal. Bluegrass musicians will perform and members of Halestone Dance Studio will pirouette down the street. Restaurants will offer savories and award-winning Rockbridge Winery will have a booth on the street.

                                         Mark Cline's famous sculpture Foamhenge

The six galleries which comprise Arts of Washington have planned several art events and will be holding a $100 gift certificate raffle for guests. The Kiernan Gallery is offering portraits sittings using antique and vintage props. Photographs will be taken in its upstairs studio for $10 and then emailed to the client.

                                                      Kiernan Gallery Photobooth

Wolf & Co Arts and Antiques is hosting folk artist Ron Sachs who will demonstrate how he makes his large papier-mâché sculptures. The public is invited to “Be a Master for a Moment” by Lexington Artists Co-op. Drawing pads and paints will be set up on benches outside the gallery. Participants create an original work, gallery members will hold a frame over the completed art which then will be photographed and emailed to the individual who also get s to keep his or her creation. Studio Eleven around the corner on Jefferson has some surprises planned. Nelson Gallery is hosting its 5th Invitational Paint Lexington plain air event on Friday and Saturday. More than two dozen artists will be working throughout the city and county for the two-day paint out which will culminate in an opening reception Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. All Washington Street galleries will be open late during Saturday's Paint Out reception at Nelson on October 6th.

Well known for its charming downtown and as the home of Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute, Lexington remains a historic jewel in the Shenandoah Valley and an ideal location for a celebration of the arts.  

Just a few miles off the Blue Ridge parkway and easily accessed by the Interstate, day trippers and weekend visitors enjoy a wide range of area activities from biking and kayaking to strolling the streets in search of art and collectibles. It’s the kind of place where you can park your car and wander about downtown feeling like you’ve stepped back in time.

For more information on local attractions and events visit www.lexingtonvirginia.com

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