It’s fine to hit the downtown First Friday Trolley Hop without a plan. Park, wander in and out of galleries, grab a drink or dinner with friends and hop a TARC trolley from one end of downtown to the next and back—you’re sure to find something to catch your eye or ears.
But with so many events and gallery receptions happening at once, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, so every month we take a look at five don’t-miss art events happening during the hop.
Zephyr Gallery: John King and Michael Ratterman—Two exciting Louisville artists team up for a show at this Market Street art collective. King is known for curating the long-running music compilation series Louisville Is for Lovers and for co-creating the Louisville Zombie Walk, but he's also an accomplished mixed media artist known for his innovative use of recycled glass. Ratterman's the art curator for Forecastle Festival and a well-known sculptor. You've seen his strikingly fluid abstract figures in various collections around town. 610 E. Market St.
Paul Paletti Gallery: Howard Schatz, “With Child”—Former surgeon Howard Schatz uses his medical background as inspiration for his fine art photography. This exhibit features arresting black and white portraits of pregnant women, mothers and newborns, also featured in a book of the same name. 713 E. Market St.
Swanson Contemporary Gallery: Under Covers group show—One gallery, 15 artists. Louisville's emerging artists are well-represented in this group show featuring, among others, Thaniel Ion Lee, Jacob Heustis, Cynthia Norton and Tim Furnish. 638 E. Market St.
Cressman Center for the Visual Arts: DINNER(re)WORKS—In partnership with the University of Louisville's Hite Art Institute, the Louisville Visual Art Association presents a five-week exhibition of handmade dinnerware from 16 American ceramic artists. Louisville artists represented are teapot artisans Steven Cheek and Fong Choo. 100 E. Main St.
The Faulkner Building: Grand Opening—The reliably exciting Tim Faulkner Gallery relocates five blocks away to new digs, a 10,000-square feet warehouse in Butchertown complete with artist studio spaces. Jeremy Dixon's “Anomalies” show opens, but you can also visit new tenants like WFPK's Matt Anthony's Record Shop and hear live jazz from Zanclopera Trio. 943 Franklin St.