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.
Garner Narrative Contemporary Fine Art: “Globalized Art, and What Does This Mean Now?” Keith Stone’s Red Penguin Series considers how art travels and changes meaning, using the trademark 21C Museum Hotel red penguins, brought to Louisville from an artist collective in Italy via the Venice Biennale. 642 East Market St.
Zephyr Gallery: “Light Box.” For this exhibition of new large-scale works by Letitia Quesenberry and Chris Radtke, each artist has created their own room-sized installation in which the lack of light requires an immediate adjustment of the viewer’s senses. The exhibit explores the artists’ shared interest in perception and presence. 610 E. Market St.
The Green Building: ”Local Fare.” Art and food collide in an exhibit exploring the theme of food and and our relationships with it, even celebrating a shared vocalbulary (color, texture, presentation). Social, political, moral and environmental issues surrounding the production and consumption of food are also addressed in work from Indianapolis, Philadelphia, New York and several Louisville artists. 732 E. Market St.
Tim Faulkner Gallery: “The Peripheral.” James Russell May’s distinctive renderings of the human form are on full display in this new exhibit. The Faulkner building is a must-stop on the opening circuit any month, thanks to a festive vibe created by live music and the convivial gallery owner and staff. 943 Franklin St.
[BONUS] River Bend Winery: Costumes from “Beauty and the Beast.” Musical theater fans can plan a refreshment stop at River Bend to check out costumes from the upcoming Broadway in Louisville touring production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Please don’t spill anything on Belle’s dress. 120 S. 10th St.