Lexington Legends, CEO Andy Shea named 2017 recipient of Distinguished Philanthropist Award

The Lexington Legends and president and CEO Andy Shea have been named recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Philanthropist award. Given annually by the Bluegrass Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Distinguished Philanthropist Award is presented to an individual, corporation, or foundation that has made a significant contribution to our community through their acts of kindness...

LexArts Book Benches public art project to celebrate Ky’s literary heritage; call to artists in mid-November

LexArts has announced a new collaboration with Arts Connect and The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning to present a new public art project in Lexington. Book Benches will invite artists to submit designs based on their illustrative interpretation of a work written by a Kentucky author. A call for artists will be issued in mid-November. Building on the enormous success and community support...

LexArts names Diane Boyer director of major gifts as organization moves to expand fundraising efforts

LexArts is pleased to announce that Diane Boyer has joined the staff as Director of Major Gifts. Her responsibilities will include leading efforts to increase fundraising through the strengthening of the united arts fund’s major gifts program. Diane Boyer Boyer’s fundraising career began as Executive Director of Vision Versailles, a downtown development and historic preservation nonprofit....

More than 50 venues participating in upcoming LexArts HOP on September 15

Lexington’s signature LexArts HOP continues on Friday, Sept. 15. Held on the third Friday of every other month, the LexArts HOP, sponsored by Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC, features nearly 50 participating venues, including local galleries, museums, artist studios, and supporting locations. The HOP’s official hours are between 5-8 p.m.; however, many of the sites, including local restaurants...

LexArts announces addition of Hess, Padgett, Stewart, Walker to Board of Directors

LexArts announced the election of four new members to its Board of Directors: Anna Hess, Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras; Greg Padgett, Padgett Construction; Jon Stewart, Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance; and Frank X. Walker, poet, professor and playwright. Hess John Cioci, PNC Bank, currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the 44 year old arts council and United Arts Fund. Other members...

The Village Idiot hosting unveiling of commemorative mural of legendary Man o’ War Thursday

An unveiling party to celebrate a commemorative mural of the legendary racehorse Man o’ War will take place at the local pub The Village Idiot on Thursday, June 29, at 4 p.m. Commissioned by LexArts and sponsored by Mt. Brilliant Farm, the 30’ x 30’ mural was painted by Mexico City native and longtime Lexington resident Agustin Zarate. It is part of the Kentucky Horse Park’s Man o’ War Celebration,...

LexArts announces University Open Fine Arts Exhibition Open to showcase emerging talent

LexArts is once again conducting its University Open, showcasing the state’s emerging talent. Now in its eleventh year, University Open is a juried competition and exhibition between fine arts majors attending Kentucky colleges and universities. The exhibit will be on display at ArtsPlace Gallery May 18 – July 1. LexArts will host a special opening reception and awards ceremony on Wednesday,...

Marcello Cormio appointed newest musical director for Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras

The Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras (CKYO) have appointed Marcello Cormio as the new Music Director. After an almost year-long search and vetting process, Cormio was chosen from three final candidates for the position. A search committee formed in July 2016 to interview and select the candidates for the next conductor, who, in addition to conducting CKYO’s Symphony and Concert Orchestras, will...

LexArts Fund for the Arts campaign kickoff, arts showcase, set for Tuesday at Transylvania

LexArts, Lexington’s United Arts Fund and community arts council, will renew its commitment to raising funds on behalf of Lexington’s arts and culture industry at a campaign kickoff and arts showcase on Tuesday, March 14. The even begins at 5:30 p.m. at Haggin Auditorium on the Transylvania University campus. Doors open at 5 p.m. Arts administrators, area business leaders, local government...

People in the News: Razor, Flanery named to nonprofit board; LexArts adds new board members

Kentucky Nonprofit Network, the state association of nonprofit organizations, has elected two new members to its board of directors: Sarah Razor, executive director of the National Association of State Chief Administrators, and Lori Hudson Flanery, president and CEO of New Directions Housing Corporation. Sarah Razor Razor brings more than 12 years of association management experience to KNN’s seven-member...

Cardinal Valley art teacher Michelle Armstrong, elementary students complete downtown mural

Local artist Michelle Armstrong, who teaches at Cardinal Valley Elementary, recently wrapped up a year-long mural project in downtown Lexington. Her artwork – which depicts a beehive, native Kentucky flowers, and bees – appears on all four sides of The Hive Salon and ArtHAUS, at 156 Deweese St. Armstrong got an assist from several student groups, including the Sisopromateum Art Club, the Cub Scouts...

Gardenside Pride celebrates dedication of new bus shelter, sign thanks to collaboration for beautification

11th District Councilmember Peggy Henson, in partnership with Art in Motion, Inc. (AIM), Lextran, LexArts and several Gardenside neighborhood associations, kicked off the first celebration of Gardenside Pride and dedication of the new Gardenside Plaza bus shelter and sign Sunday. Peggy Henson Gardenside Pride Celebration The inaugural Gardenside Pride Celebration featured music from two Lexington bands,...

Traditional Christmas entertainment on LexArts calendar — family favorites to enjoy

Make your holiday complete with these family favorites on the LexArts calendar: A CHRISTMAS CAROL – THE MUSICAL presented by THE REP THEATRE Broadway heavy hitters Alan Menken (Disney’s Beauty And The Beast, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Little Shop Of Horrors) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical, Once On This Island) have breathed fantastic new life into Charles Dicken’s classic...

Trails A-blaze-ing: New art project makes Legacy Trail ‘more vibrant and beautiful’

  Blazes created artist Janice Durham mark one of 15 spots on the Legacy Trail. (City of Lexington photo)   Sixty-one flags – called “blazes” – now grace the Legacy Trail, Lexington’s popular cycling/walking trail.   Hanging in clusters of three to five on poles 25- to 35-feet tall, the flags are scattered along the trail in 15 spots. Each was inspired by its...

Trails A-blaze-ing: New art project makes Legacy Trail ‘more vibrant and beautiful’

  Blazes created artist Janice Durham mark one of 15 spots on the Legacy Trail. (City of Lexington photo)   Sixty-one flags – called “blazes” – now grace the Legacy Trail, Lexington’s popular cycling/walking trail.   Hanging in clusters of three to five on poles 25- to 35-feet tall, the flags are scattered along the trail in 15 spots. Each was inspired by its...

Finalists to present proposals for Oliver Lewis Way Bridge Public Art on Feb. 11

Three finalists have been chosen for the arts project for the Oliver Lewis Way Bridge (Photo provided)   LexArts Inc., in association with 2nd District Council Member Shevawn Akers and the LFUCG Corridors Commission, earlier this year issued a call to artists for the creation of public art that enhances the Oliver Lewis Way Bridge, located just south of the intersection of Main Street and Newtown...

LexArts, LFUCG announce finalists for the public art project for Oliver Lewis Way Bridge

Three finalists have been chosen for the arts project for the Oliver Lewis Way Bridge (Photo Provided)   LexArts Inc., in association with 2nd District Council Member Shevawn Akers and the LFUCG Corridors Commission, earlier this year issued a call to artists for the creation of public art that enhances the Oliver Lewis Way Bridge, located just south of the intersection of Main Street and Newtown...

Four Lexington artists selected to ‘beautify’ new Euclid Avenue Kroger inside and out

John Lackey works on a mural in his North Limestone studio and gallery Homegrown Press. He won the commission to create the largest mural on the west wall of the new Krogers. (Photo from Homegrown Press/Facebook)   Four Central Kentucky artists have been selected by LexArts and the Kroger Company to create a large-scale mural to beautify the new Kroger at 704 Euclid Ave. in Lexington.   John...

LexArts chooses new president and CEO from Arkansas, Michigan after nationwide search

Ellen A. Plummer has been selected to lead LexArts as president and CEO. Plummer, known as “Nan,” will begin her tenure on Nov. 17.   Plummer’s appointment followed a nationwide search for a successor to retiring CEO James Clark and her unanimous approval by the LexArts Board of Directors.   Nan Plummer (Photo from LinkedIn) Plummer comes from Little Rock, Arkansas, where...

Visiting sculptor strikes balance between nature, man-made materials in installation

This sculpture is one of four by Brian Rust to be installed at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary in Lexington. The image is expected to create a “cascading effect” on a mobile free-standing sculptural base. (Photo from LexArts)   LexArts and Lexington’s Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works will unveil and dedicate artist Brian Rust’s Signs of Change/No Away, the...