Aug 112013

August 24, 12-4pm, Woodland Park gazebo

By Martin Mudd

I don’t put much stock in material possessions. They can break, get lost, get stolen, or get outdated, and in the end, they’re just one more thing to schlep around with you on your journey through life. With that said, I must admit that there are a few items that I very much enjoy from day to day: my pearlescent red Italian accordion named Jeroma, a breezy (and stylish) white summer button-up shirt, the bottle-green hookah pipe with gilt fittings for the occasional social indulgence, an Aiwa stereo system, and a handful of other treasures.

The interesting thing is that all of the above were given to me as gifts, and all but the accordion I received by participating in Lexington’s Really Really Free Market. The RRFM is an experimental temporary gift economy, where rather than buying and selling, or even bartering, the rule is that you give and receive freely. Even though you aren’t trying to maximize your gain, as in a competitive market, I find every time that most folks end up happy: happy to sit near their blanket-o-stuff in the sun, happy to give away things they no longer need, and ecstatic when they walk away with things they do want or need—such as a functional rowing machine—for FREE!

Start collecting your unwanted treasures now. The next market will happen near the gazebo at Woodland Park on Saturday, August 24, 12-4pm. We would really love to see people offer up their skills—hair-cutting, bike-fixing, food-cooking, face-painting, what-have-you—as a free service during this festival of generosity. And it’s at the park, so bring your kids! Continue reading »

Sep 282011

Mystical and sexual fetish: Goodlett opens at Institute 193

Institute 193 will present an exhibition of new mixed-media work by artist Mike Goodlett, entitled “Dress Socks and Other Diversions.” The Institute will host an opening reception Thursday, September 29 from 6:00-9:00 PM. The reception is free and open to the public.

In his most recent body of work, Mike Goodlett revisits and reinterprets the idea of the fetish as an object of mystical and sexual significance. He has magnified and manipulated isolated views of the human body, and rendered these ambiguous forms in ballpoint pen. He then meticulously and rhythmically pierces them with needle and thread, creating a secondary covering or skin. These objects distill sexual fetishism into its simplest form by replacing the typical imagery of desire with line, color, form and texture.

Goodlett, a native of Wilmore, Kentucky, received his BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 1982.  Though he is widely known in this region for making intricate shadowbox assemblages, the stitched drawings in the Institute 193 exhibit are a departure from his previous style, and showcase a new direction in his work.

The exhibition will be on view at Institute 193 Thursday-Saturday from 10:00-5:00, September 29-November 26, 2011.

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The Prayer Project

Land of Tomorrow (LOT) is proud to announce The Prayer Project, the first solo show by Paul Brown. Opening on Friday, September 30, The Prayer Project is a sculptural audio installation exploring the congruency of reasoning and content of prayer across religions and geographies. Brown has collected several hundred prayers through various methods, including a telephone based recording device, written prayer submissions, and solicitation of individuals for their prayers. Prayers were organized directionally (Inward, Upward, and Outward), based on research by Dr. Kevin Ladd of the University of Indiana at South Bend, and separate tracks were recorded accordingly, and are projected through sculptures reflecting the directionality of these prayers.

In addition to audio work, the show includes drawings exploring prayer positioning that is seemingly universal among most faiths and is consistent with Dr. Ladd’s concept of directional prayer. The ash and graphite drawings are also organized directionally. Additionally, word clouds exploring word repetition and similar phrasing across faiths and  cultures will be analyzed by LWIC (Linguistic Word Inquiry Count) software to further examine the phenomena of prayer.

At the opening, psychology professor Dr. Kevin Ladd, who teaches at Indiana University-South Bend, will deliver a talk at 6 PM on his research covering spirituality, prayer and ritual, and how Brown’s work manipulates it for the installation. Following the talk, a reception will be held at the Gallery lasting until 11 PM. LOT is located at 527 E. Third Street.

National Avenue Art Festival

The second annual National Avenue Art Festival will be held at the junction of National Ave and North Ashland Ave from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Featured will be local artists working in the mediums of painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, wood, glass and photography. There will be art demonstrations, live entertainment, swing dance, and food and beverage vendors. Admission is free.

For more information, phone Debbie Hicks of Shumaker’s Art Supplies at 254-0930 or Chris Huestis at 351-9639.

Really, really free market

You’ve heard about the virtues of the free market in the Republican presidential debates.  Interested in seeing what a Really, Really Free Market would look like?  Come find out on Sunday, October 2 from noon to 4 under the big gazebo at Woodland Park.  Inspired by a similar event organized in Louisville by the Louisville Anarchists Federation Federation, the Really, Really Free Market will be a space where anyone from our community can gather to give away goods under a temporary gift economy.

Got stuff you want to give away? Bring it to the Really Really Free Market, where one person’s trash is another person’s treasure! Got skillz? Share ’em!

To be clear, everything at this event will be free.  NO MONEY. NO BARTER. NO TRADE. NO ADVERTISING. NO MARKETING. EVERYTHING IS FREE. Leave your wallet and negotiating skills at home.

Bring a blanket, sheet, or tarp to place your things on so folks know where to gander for treasures.

This will be a family-friendly event, so feel free to bring kids and grandparents to see what it’s like when a community comes together to share.

Spread the WORD!

Street tree initiative in Castlewood

The Castlewood Neighborhood Association is planning a fall street tree planting in the Castlewood neighborhood.

On November 12 and 19, neighbors and volunteers will be planting 30 street trees in Castlewood, with the hope of planting even more next spring for Arbor Day.

The last several years have been hard on one of the most important parts of our neighborhoods: the trees. Ice storms, blight, and old age have all taken their toll on the trees in Lexington. And when the trees go, so do their benefits. Trees are important in environmental and social ways. Of their many environmental benefits, they shade and cool our homes, clean the air, and reduce stormwater run-off.

Studies have also found that trees cut down on noise pollution by acting as sound barriers, increase property value, add beauty and character to neighborhoods, and, surprisingly, reduce the crime rate.

According to the Lexington Tree Foundation, “Many of our trees are in decline due to insects, disease, age and poor maintenance. Our new tree plantings are insufficient in number.” In other words, we need to plant more trees!

You can support the November planting in several ways.

If you live in Castlewood, have a tree planted in your parkway. Trees can be purchased for a modest price or through “sweat equity”—volunteer efforts during the planting.

Volunteer! The planting will need all kinds of able bodies and enthusiastic attitudes. Even if you can’t lift heavy things, you can still help with the event.

Finally, donate. You may not need a street tree, but your donation can a help a neighbor who does—and you’ll both benefit from the tree!

For more information, contact Beth at