Nov 092011

Gallery Soleil reunion at Homegrown Press

For art patrons of the pre-corporatized downtown sector, Gallery Soleil on West Short Street was the place to be on Gallery Hop night, with lines regularly stretching onto the sidewalk. The upstairs gallery housed between 7 and 10 different studios. Artists like Blake Snyder Eames, Mike Goodlett, Diane Kahlo, Bob Morgan, Claudia Michler and John Lackey (all featured at some point in North of Center) rotated through. In late 2009, as the city touted its downtown artistic resurgence, the building housing Gallery Soleil was sold to ETS Realty out of Charleston, West Virginia, and the artists kicked out. The Dubai-based corporate restaurant chain Shakespeare and Company is set to open in the ETS Building.

During Gallery Hop on November 18, John Lackey will host a Gallery Soleil reunion at his Homegrown Press Studio, located at the corner of Sixth and North Limestone. In addition to the artists listed above, the reunion will feature the work of many other Soleil alum. Continue reading »

Jun 222011

Morris Book Shop to move

NoC News

If you hadn’t heard, The Morris Book Shop will be leaving its Southland Drive location this fall for new digs in Chevy Chase at 882 E. High Street (next to Rite-Aid and in the spot currently occupied by Hubbuch & Company).

Morris Book Shop owner Wyn Morris and store manager Hap Houlihan are founding members of Local First Lexington, the nonprofit business league whose goal is to promote buying from locally owned, independently operated businesses. Continue reading »

Jun 232010

CD Central, Morris Book Shop, Void Skateshop, and Buster’s present the 3rd of July Concert @ Phoenix Park

For my money, there’s no better way to spend your Independence Day afternoon than at Phoenix Park. Whether or not you’re amongst those of us who take this opportunity to drink downtown with impunity, the Fourth ‘o July at Phoenix—now in its eighth year—is your chance to check out some great live music smack in the middle of downtown Lexington.  Just like Americans, this music is free.  But, for a few reasons, this year’s festivities will be a little different than in years past.

For starters, the Fourth will actually be celebrated on the Saturday the Third.  Don’t screw this up; 3 is the new 4. Continue reading »