The Lexington Art League in partnership with Lexington Parks and Recreation announced a collaboration with Your Community Bank, soon to be WesBanco, for the beloved Woodland Art Fair, Aug. 20 and 21, at Lexington’s historic Woodland Park, 601 East High Street.
“Once again we are delighted to be hosting the 41st annual Woodland Art Fair with Parks and Recreation. With the generosity of Your Community Bank, it’s such a joy to bring 200 artists from across the US into the heart of our city in beautiful Woodland Park,” LAL Executive Director Stephanie Harris notes.
Now in it’s 41st year, this year’s fair boasts participation from 200 artists from each corner of the country, more than 50 of whom call Kentucky home. Scoring more than 500 applicants, jurors for this year’s fair include Julie Schweitzer, executive director of the Arts Council of Southern Indiana, and Irwin Pickett, an arts leader in the central Kentucky community and beyond whose advocacy spans more than 40 years.
While artists such as Keith Heartsill, Amelia Stamps, and Keith Chambers will return to the fair exhibiting local favorites and exciting, new works, LAL’s addition of ‘Big Tent’ — underlining its mission to support local artists — provides a free opportunity to central Kentucky artists as an introduction to this celebrated summertime event.
LAL is delighted to introduce Stacey Chinn, Robert Bridges, Luke Gnadinger, and Leah Combs as this year’s selected ‘Big Tent’ artists.
While the fun and festivities of the fair are certainly not to go unnoticed, the Woodland Art Fair is also a juried exhibition concluding with an artist’s breakfast Sunday morning catered by Lexington Diner.
As a nationally recognized fine art and craft fair, awards are presented to winning artists in each medium with overall top honors presented as the Award of Excellence sponsored by Michael J. Cox, Esq., Cox Law, PLLC, Cutting Edge Award sponsored by DelCotto Law Group, PLLC, and Best in Kentucky sponsored by Massage Envy, Chevy Chase.
About Lexington Art League
Lexington Art League is a 401(c)3 organization whose mission is to challenge, educate, engage, and their community through visual art and the advancement of local artists. Founded in 1957 responding to the need for an artists collective in the Lexington community, LAL envisions a world where art, artists, and art- making are central to human inspiration, self-realization, and meaning. LAL is housed in The Loudoun House in Castlewood Park, one of only five remaining castellated Gothic Revival villas left in the United States. Recognized on the National Register of Historic Places, the Loudoun House has been the Lexington Art League’s administrative and curatorial home since 1984. In addition to featuring multiple art exhibitions and events throughout the year, the Loudoun House is also available as a rental event space for weddings, parties, and other large gatherings. Loudoun House Gallery hours are Tuesday – Thursday
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Jessie Laine Powell
11:45 – 12:45 p.m. Chris Weiss
1 pm – 2 p.m. Patrick McNeese Band
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Butch Rice
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Custom Made Bluegrass
4:45 – 6 p.m. Blue Steel
10:30 – 11:30 a.m Hong Shao
11:45 – 12:45 p.m. Dan Trisko
1 – 2:15 p.m. Mecca
2:30 – 3:45 p.m. Ben Lacy
4 – 5 p.m. Bridge 19
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