Arts Tasting Menu

A tasting of handcut cultural delicacies from Lexington and the region.

Good Morning, Hawaii!! Still there?

And Happy New Year everyone. Some great shows have opened or are about to open in Lexington.

Appetizer

The Nude: Brutal Beauty, is the Lexington Art League’s latest installment of the popular exhibition. Featuring local artists, including up-and-coming Lexington realist painter, Patrick Smith, and artists from distant locales selected from an open call, the show opens on January 26 with the Opening Gala, which promises to be an edgy preview of the exhibition, with food and drink and music. During the run of the exhibition LAL will also be offering figure drawing workshops. Thru March 11.

Entree

Suddenly, Melcarth! Who knew that an openly gay, communist, Jewish artist in the 1950’s raised in Louisville, had to leave this country to live an artist’s life?! Or any life. Go figure! Edward Melcarth, née Epstein, did just that and he and his work receded from view in the US. His artistic estate was purchased by Malcom Forbes, and it is works from that collection that are exhibited in two local shows. The UK Art Museum exhibition, Edward Melcarth: Points of View, is a survey of his paintings and sculpture. It opens on January 18 (rescheduled from the 12th) and runs thru April 8. A parallel, smaller exhibition of Melcarth’s paintings portraying hustlers, working men, addicts and others, Edward Melcarth: Rough Trade, opens at Institute 193 and runs thru February 10th.

Dessert

MS Rezny Studio Gallery has had a series of interesting and innovative invitational and juried exhibitions over the past several years. The current invitational, Homage to Remnants, is an assemblage exhibition, inviting eight artists to present work using found objects of all sorts to create pieces of different scale and form. The show runs thru February 17th.

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