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First of its Kind: Lexington Art League ushers in holiday season with Black Friday Art Sale

On Dec. 2-3, Lexington Art League’s Loudoun House will usher in the holiday season with the 2016 Black Friday Art Sale — the first holiday pop up market of its kind in Lexington — featuring more than thirty local artists and their unique, handmade gifts.

Now in its fifth season, the Black Friday Art Sale has grown tremendously, a staple of the organization’s yearly programming.

“One of our primary functions is to support the artist in our community that make our city such a creative & vibrant place,” said Stephanie Harris, Art League Executive Director. “Since our inception, LAL has served the local community by providing meaningful opportunities for artists to sell and exhibit their work.”

Lex Art Black Friday

“The Black Friday Art Sale is just one of those unique opportunities,” Harris further stated. Other programs designed to provide direct support to artists include the Community Supported Art Program (CSA, this season’s crop launching in spring 2017), the Woodland Art Fair (presentend in partnership with LFUCG Parks & Recreation), the Artist Archive, as well as ongoing arts in collaboration with programmed exhibitions.

Brought to LAL by a local artist who wanted to create a unique sale opportunity in Lexington like others across the country, the sale directly reflects — in many ways — the organization’s mission. Derrick Riley of dRock Press and his wife, Kelly Karbowicz Riley, former LAL Events Director, serve as their partners each year and intended the sale to not only support local artists, but also the Lexington Art League.

The two-day event will feature pop-up shops by local artists and, during Friday’s event from 7-10 p.m., all works will be available at $50 or less. On Saturday from 2-7 p.m., artists will offer works of varying values to accommodate the interests of a wide variety of buyers.

“We hope that our guests will want to come out and support local artists while also acquiring unique and one of a kind gifts that will make the gift giving season much more personal this year,” said Mark Mozingo, LAL Event’s and Community Engagement Director.

This year, LAL is delighted to feature food and drinks from Whooo Wants Waffles?, West Sixth Brewing, Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream, Daughters’ Southern, and Bluegrass Catering. Special cookie decorating sessions on Saturday with Minton’s at 760. Free child care provided on Saturday by friends at Our Playhouse Preschool Lexington.

The 2016 Black Friday Art Sale is made possible by our friends at Ale-8-One Bottling Company and with the generous support of Courtyard Lexington Keeneland/Airport.

There’s plenty of free parking. Cash, checks, and major credit cards are accepted.

Meet artists, learn about their work, and invest in a gift that’s unlike anything else they’ll get all season.

Featured Artists:

John Snell
Teresa Koester (Spettra)
Helene Steene
Don Ament
Jenni Phillips
Lennon Michalski Amelia Stamps Leah Combs Hound Dog Press Liz Foley
Anne Kindl
Colleen Newcomb Found in a Field
Dirty Hands Studios Mallory Meisner Crimson Duvall Melissa Zimmerman dRock Press Kentucky Lily
Steve Heartsill Stacey Chin
Dana Rogers
David Malhaultee Alison O’Bryan Steven Wiggins Lindsay Riley
Sarah Hart Landolt Rebekah Lamey Kiefer Shuler
Brian Connors Menke Robert Bridges

Don’t forget to stop by and see our friends of NoLi CDC at the December Night Market on Friday, Dec. 2.

Martine’s Pastries, Sunrise Bakery, Gigi’s Cupcakes Lexington, KY, A Cup of Common Wealth are supporting the event.

From Lexington Art League Communications

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