Lexington Art League’s Castlewood Downs marks beginning of biennial public art exhibition July 28

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This summer marks a monumental exhibition for the Lexington Art League with the opening of Castlewood Downs, presented in partnership with LFUCG Parks and Recreation, on July 28 from 6-9 p.m. on the grounds of Castlewood Park.

This expanded vision for the presentation of art in the community also coordinates with LAL’s 60th Anniversary.

“Our leaders have often envisioned a way to make art truly accessible to the public, and by situating works of art throughout the park LAL calls home, an important final barrier will be removed,” said Stephanie Harris, Executive Director of the Lexington Art League.

Big Max, John Henry, St. Petersburg Florida (Photo by Suncoast Hullabaloo)

Inclusion, accessibility and diversity are woven into the mission of LAL, which has served as a catalyst for creative placemaking in the North Lexington community for decades.

The goal of Castlewood Downs is to establish a larger, community wide Public Art Program that will be a consistent source of creative discovery for the great Lexington region. The juror for the inaugural exhibition will be Lexington native and internationally renowned sculptor John Henry.

Henry is known worldwide for his large-scale public works of art. Following the exhibition, the works will remain in Castlewood Park for two years. A biennial request for proposals will be made available for new art works which enabling the collection to evolve and change.

Sculptors for the first iteration of Castlewood Downs include John Henry, Adam Gary, Bret Price, Bryce Robinson, Carl Billingsley, Gary Kulak, Issac Duncan, Jim Collins, Jim Galluci, Ray Katz, and Walter Early.

“This program could only be possible with the support of our community and our longtime partners at LFUCG Parks and Recreation,” said Harris.

For 41 years, LAL and LFUCG Parks and Recreation have presented the Woodland Art Fair, one of central Kentucky’s largest and most highly anticipated outdoor cultural events. Their long-time partnership provides the stability necessary to realize a program of this scale, while also ensuring that Castlewood Downs is sustainable and presented in a manner that will support the community and the daily functions of the park.

“Lexington Parks and Recreation is dedicated to making the arts available to all citizens and using our parklands for public art is a great way to make that possible. We are happy to help progress new initiatives with our community partners such as the Lexington Art League.

“This particular project deepens the partnership between the arts community and Parks & Recreation while celebrating sculpture in one of Lexington’s oldest community parks,” said Monica Conrad, Director at LFUCG Parks and Recreation.

A public opening of Castlewood Downs will be held on July 28 from 6-9 p.m. in Castlewood Park. Still They Persist will also open this same weekend inside of the Loudoun House galleries. As visual representations of public demonstrations from participants around the country during the internationally recognized Women’s March of 2017, this collection of artworks made, held, or worn as temporary objects of resistance speaks to the very essence of what true freedom might look like for every American.

Still They Persist will also feature the intricate quilted narrative paintings of Susan Shie, including a full day drawing class with the artist on July 29 from 10 a.m.-4p.m.

Admission to the class is $75 and limited to 20 individuals. For more information or to support this project, please contact the Lexington Art League at info@lexingtonartleague.org.

From Lexington Art League Communications

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