September 12, 2006

Splatters: ART NEWS BITS

Earlier this month, the Chapman Friedman Gallery, formerly occupying both gallery spaces in 624 W. Main St., moved into the back gallery, with Pyro Gallery taking over the front gallery. Chapman Friedman will continue hosting invitational events at its Highlands location, and all artists will exhibit work at both places. Photographer Geoff Carr and assemblage artist Caroline Waite have moved in the old Pyro site at 221 Hancock St.Each month, Gov. Fletcher announces a winner of the state’s “Unbridled Spirit Award.” This award is given to a person or group demonstrating extraordinary effort in many areas, including the arts. For more information, visit http://secure.kentucky.gov/governor/spiritaward.The Speed Art Museum is displaying two works from its contemporary collection through Nov. 5: Alfredo Jaar’s “Eyes of Gutete Emerita” and Stephen Irwin’s “Skin Diary.” In other museum news, the Speed has owned Rembrandt’s 1634 painting “Portrait of a Women” since 1977. The sitter was an unknown woman until recently, when she was identified as Marretje Cornelisdr van Grotewal.Through the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft’s artist-in-residence program, stone carvers Al and Penny Nelson worked with the students of Lincoln Elementary School on East Main Street to produce a monument for the school’s flagpole and a book-shaped sculpture for its library.Congratulations to Shelbyville’s “Arts on Main,” a juried exhibition featuring many Louisville artists that keeps on getting bigger and better, for hitting its 10th year. The group’s new partner is the Shelby County Community Theatre.