East End Art Shelter Exhibit Opening

Beautiful day to add some more beauty to our city.  The Art Shelter Art exhibit opened today. Just one more example that things are getting betting in the East End, and that this neighborhood is leading the city in many ways.

Read the article in the Herald Leader:

Art gallery opens in LexTran bus stop

By Janet Patton
jpatton1@herald-leader.com

Every 30 minutes, LexTran buses pull up to a new art gallery on Elm Tree Lane. The gallery opened Sunday at the Artstop, the bus shelter on the corner of Elm Tree and Third Street, across from the historic Lyric Theatre.

The first exhibit, entitled “Possibilities,” features works by local artists Louis Jones and Denise Brown, and students at nearby Sayre School and Ashland Elementary.

Rocky Burke, general manager of LexTran, said the bus stop is one of the most heavily used, along one of the most popular routes, which made it a natural as the second of Lexington’s artistic bus shelters (joining the Bottlestop on Versailles Road). Artstop last year debuted the sculpture “Lyrical Movement” by Garry Bibbs.

“The Artstop opened last August and from day one the community was saying, ‘OK, we need art,’” said Joan Brannon of ArtsPower Lexington. “This community has been dreaming of art forever.”

Shamiah Ford of Ashland Elementary said the students were very excited to have their work featured. “We are extremely proud of the students and what they have done with the arts,” Ford said.

Yvette Hurt of Art in Motion said the bus stops began as a “crazy, naïve project … that people didn’t think could happen here in Lexington.” But the idea has sparked a wave of creativity and more stops are in the works, include a “Garden Shelter” at Euclid and Linden Walk and another titled “Bluegrass” on Newtown Pike across from the Fayette County Health Department.

Artstop will feature new exhibits at least three times a year, and ArtsPower Lexington is soliciting works for the next exhibit, which will go up in time for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in September. For more information on submitting an entry, call (859) 684-0458.

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