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.
Cressman Center for Visual Arts: “Retrospect”—The University of Louisville’s Photographic Archives celebrate 50 years with an exhibit pairing contemporary photographs with archival images. Featuring work by Shelby Lee Adams, Sarah Lyon, Paul Paletti and more. 100 E. Main St.
Tim Faulkner Gallery: “Art from the Other Side” and “Funny Things Girls Say”—Dan Rhema’s found object sculptures take over the second floor industrial space at Tim Faulkner’s Butchertown art emporium. Rhema’s work his recovery from a near-death experience. Steve Bowman’s robot drawings explore modern relationships. 943 Franklin St.
Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft: Storytelling as Craft,Chapter One—A month-long celebration of a new exhibit begins Friday with an artist talk by Louisville native Mindy Shapero and a performance by Ellie Ga. Read more. 715 W. Main St.
Actors Theatre of Louisville: “Grace and Form”—This year-and-a-half collaboration between photographer Julius Friedman and dancer Erica de la O will be on exhibit in the Actors Theatre lobby gallery through September 26. 316 W. Main St.
Bourbon Baroque Cantata Series—Louisville’s baroque chamber ensemble presents two free 30-minute performances (7:30 and 8:30 p.m.) at St. John’s United Church of Christ. They’re casual, social and free—not your typical classical music setting. 637 E. Market St.