Paint by Nature

In conjunction with the Plant by Numbers program, local artists are invited to depict native plants in medians, easements and mailbox strips in Fayette County. Featured sites, including photos of the different locations, are available on an interactive online map. This showcase is designed to celebrate the beauty and benefits of using Kentucky native plants.

The resulting art will be part of the Paint by Nature: Streetside exhibit, which will be displayed at the Lexington Public Library's Central Library Galley September 6 through November 10, 2019.

 

Events

See below for a variety of events planned in conjunction with the exhibit. All events are free and open to the public, and are located in the Central Library Gallery, unless otherwise noted.

Paint by Nature: Streetside Opening
Friday, September 6 , 6 – 8 p.m.
Join us in celebrating the opening of this exhibit showcasing the beauty and benefits of using Kentucky native plants. Light refreshments will be provided.

Nature Hop Wrap-Up
Sunday, September 8, 5 – 6 p.m.
What did you discover during Nature Hop? Come talk about your explorations and check out the Paint by Nature gallery! Light refreshments will be provided.

Gallery Hop
Friday, September 20, 5 – 8 p.m.
Gallery Hop is a celebration of art throughout Lexington, including the Paint by Nature: Streetside exhibit in the Central Library Gallery. Light refreshments provided.

Gardening 101: Ask An Expert
Wednesday, October 2, 2 – 3 p.m.
Garden spaces are an important part of beautifying the local scenery, but what if they went beyond being just something pretty? Join ecological landscape designer, Katrina Kelly of EARTHeim LLC Landscape Design Studio, in learning how you can use native plants to create a new type of garden that goes beyond just the aesthetics. The event will start in the Central Library Gallery, and will then move to Conference Room A for the presentation.

Art + Nature
Thursday, October 17, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Drop by to check out the exhibit and to play with the Plant by Numbers interactive game to design your own garden. Light snacks will be provided.

Print With Nature
Saturday, November 2, 10 a.m. – noon
What if you took nature and transformed it into art? Bluegrass Printmakers will host a free gelatin plate printmaking demo, using objects found in nature. The demo will take place in Conference Room A

The Lorax
Tuesday, November 5, 2 – 4 p.m.
Enjoy this 2012 film in the Farish Theater.

Closing Reception & Get Your Hands Dirty Volunteerism Panel
Sunday, November 10, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Get one last look at the art and hear from community members about how you can turn passion for nature into volunteer roles.

2018 Paint by Nature

In the summer of 2018, local artists were invited to paint greenways and streamside restoration projects in Fayette County in conjunction with the Plant by Numbers program. Featured greenway sites, including photos of the different locations, are available on an interactive online map or a printable greenway map. 

The resulting art was part of the Paint by Nature: Streamside exhibit, which was displayed at the Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center from August 17 through October 21, 2018.

2018 Paint by Nature artwork

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