PRHBTN 2018: Five More Murals Now Decorate Lexington

Chalk up another successful year of artwork for John and Jessica Winters and the PRHBTN team of volunteers and donors.  This year brought in four artists from diverse places to add more color and variety to ever-growing mural collection in Lexington, Kentucky.  In fact, this year had some huge and lovely works completed.

More than most years, I was able to follow some of the artists and track their work from beginning to end to see how they do it.  It was fascinating.

Spencer Reinhard Panel Mural – near Lexington Transit Center

Reinhard Eagle

The first of the five works to be completed came from local Lexington artist Spencer Reinhard (who now currently resides in Cali, Colombia), who did a colorful four panel  piece next to the Lexington Transit Center on Vine Street.  Being the bird lover that I am, I instantly fell in love with these four panels.  Reinhard painted these earlier in the summer and then they were placed on the wall near the bus terminal where he touched them up.

The four panels are each separate paintings depicting different themes.

Four Panels by Spencer Reinhard

Panel One (from the Right) seems to depict a city, but I don’t have many details about it.

Spencer Reinhard Panel One
Green Heron

Reinhard, who paints a number of different themes, has a focus on animals and has done some very nice pieces about the lovely Green Heron, one of my favorite birds and a frequent visitor in the summer at Lexington’s Jacobson Park.

His other three panels depict a number of birds and some other animals.

Spencer Reinhard Panel 2
Chick-a-dee
Spencer Reinhard Panel 3

Not only does panel 3 include a couple of Green Herons, but a few other birds including a flamingo, a white pelican, a blue heron and a night heron, all of which (other than the flamingo) have been seen in Lexington.

White Pelican
Flamingo

Panel Four includes a number of other birds.

Spencer Reinhard Panel 4

Fintan Magee Mural – on side of School Sushi on Short Street

Fintan Magee

The next project to get going was by Australian artist Fintan Magee.  Fintan is well known around the world for giant works of art, which includes the large mural he completed in Lexington in early October 2018.  This untitled work is a an instant classic and has come to already be one of my favorites in town.  I got to speak with Fintan about his project and he designed it from a couple of photos that he had.  It shows what seems to be an exhausted couple.  In Fintan style he also included an “Easter Egg” in the upper left corner of the mural.  You must stand at a specific spot in the parking lot to see it properly.  This amazing work only took Fintan three days to complete.  Then he was off to the Middle East for another project.

Fintan Magee completed mural – October 2018
Fintan Magee at work
Magee Easter Egg….coolio
Fintan’s signature
Another view of the Fintan Magee Mural

Alice Mizrachi Mural – on side of CycleYou on Midland Avenue

Alice Mizrachi busy at work on her mural

While Fintan Magee was finishing up his mural, New York artist and art instructor Alice Mizrachi was working on her massive mural entitled “Letters of Gratitude: Dear Mom.”   Alice commissioned a few local artists to assist her on this nearly eighty foot wide mural dedicated to mothers.  This large work took nearly a week to complete but really makes a great addition to the art pieces dotting the city.

Alice Mizrachi Mural – Nov. 2018

I was impressed at the complex and intricate details in her work.  The butterflies, the flowing hair, the flowers.  All were very meticulously done.

Alice Mizrachi detail
Alice Mizrachi detail of butterfly
Alice Mizrachi butterly on flowers detail
Detail of head in Alice Mizrachi mural
Another detail from the far right end of her mural which does not appear in the photo above.

TRAP Murals – Whitaker Bank Ballpark and Distillery District

The street artist known as TRAP, also from New York, accompanied Alice Mizrachi to leave his mark in Lexington.  He was commissioned to do a piece at the Whitaker Bank Ballpark, home of the Lexington Legends minor league baseball team.  While in Lexington, he also left another mural hidden away in the depths of the Lexington Distillery District as part of his #trap50stateblockbustertour

TRAP Mural at Whitaker Bank Ballpark
TRAP hidden mural in Lexington Distillery District. He is adding a TRAP mural in each state

Patch Whisky Mural – New Cosmic Charlie’s on Loudon Avenue

Hanging with Patch Whisky

The last mural to be completed in Lexington was another massive and whimsical work by South Carolina street artist Patch Whisky.  A very busy artist, he focused on his mural entitled “Candy Kraken.”  Patch has done contract work for many companies as well commissioned works all over the United States and elsewhere.  You can’t miss his comic-style work.

Patch Whisky is very personable.  I visited with him a couple of times. He started in street art at a young age and enjoys the gypsy type of lifestyle that his art allows him to do.  This piece is lots of fun!

Patch Whisky’s Candy Kraken mural
Patch Whisky hard at work on his mural in Lexington
Candy Kraken detail
Patch Whisky Signature
Sumoflam and Candy Kraken

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More Wall Art in Lexington: New Discoveries of Old Art

Dronex Wall Art as seen on a wall behind CD Central
Dronex Inc. Wall Art as seen on a wall behind CD Central

Recently, I was driving around in Lexington and came across a few more pieces of Wall Art on some walls around the University of Kentucky.  Most of these apparently have been around for a while, but they were new to me.  So, to add to my growing collection of Lexington outdoor wall art, I present you with a few more goodies.

More Dronex wall art at CD Central
More Dronex Inc. wall art at CD Central

Dronex Inc. always does a good job of parodies.  They really did a good job on their work on a wall behind CD Central.  Titled “Records Reimagined“, this work was completed in June 2012.  These walls feature the work of over 25 Central Kentucky artists, illustrators and designers, all of whom have created new interpretations of LP covers, both famous and obscure.

Dronex Inc
Records Reimagined – Dronex Inc.

Just down the street from CD Central is the Two Keys Tavern, one of many drinking establishments near the University campus. They have a back wall that has painted with beer advertising hot air balloons.

Two Keys Tavern
Beer Balloons adorn the side of a back wall of Two Keys Tavern in Lexington

As I was waiting for my wife to get done with her job one day (she works at UK), i took a drive into a nearby neighborhood and came across a huge mural on the side wall if the Martina Brothers building at 300 Scott Street in Lexington.

Newtown Crossing wall mural, Lexington, KY
A portion of Newtown Crossing wall mural, Lexington, KY
The left side of the huge Newtown Crossing wall mural in a neighborhood just off  of the UK Campus
The left side of the huge Newtown Crossing wall mural in a neighborhood just off of the UK Campus

I am not sure about the age or history of this mural or the significance.  Newtown Crossing is the name of a fairly new apartment complex off Broadway, but not sure if this has anything to do with it.

Art on side of UK Parking Garage on South Limestone
Art on side of UK Parking Garage on South Limestone

A couple of years ago there was a new parking structure built on S. Limestone,  just across the street from the Two Keys Tavern.  A nice art project added some building art along the side of the garage.  I think it adds some nice ambiance to the area.

Wall art on UK Parking Structure
Wall art on UK Parking Structure
Detail of Parking Structure Wall Art at University of Kentucky
Detail of Parking Structure Wall Art at University of Kentucky

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The Bourbon Barrel Project on Town Branch – Lexington, KY

Unbridled by Augustine Zarate
Unbridled by Augustine Zarate (visit artist page)

In September 2013 the downtown streets of Lexington were littered with 41 whiskey barrels…colorfully painted ones to be exact.  The LexArts Organization introduced this unique public art event entitled “The Bourbon Barrel Project on Town Branch” which celebrated not only the history and lore of Kentucky’s bourbon, but also the chronicle of a long-buried stream that was a formative basis of historic Lexington, the Town Branch.  Alltech, Inc. recently opened a new Bourbon Distillery in Lexington called Town Branch Bourbon, and the charred, white oak barrels used in these displays come from this new distillery.

DSC_2437I had the opportunity one morning to drive around downtown Lexington and grab shots of a number of these barrels, trying to get them in the setting of the city more than the straight artwork.  Following is what I found, mingled with some history, a few comments on those I liked and some comments and links to many of the artists.  Like many of the other LexArts Projects, there were a variety of artists involved in this program and I have included links wherever applicable.

A person looks at the artwork on a barrel in downtown Lexington
A person looks at the artwork on a barrel in downtown Lexington
"Mint Jewel Lips" by Audie Price and Jean Issacs Bramlette (see artist page)
“Mint Jewel Lips” by Audie Price and Jean Issacs Bramlette (see artist page)
"Barrel of Monkeys" by Tnia Zivkovich (see artisits page)
“Barrel of Monkeys” by Tnia Zivkovich (see artist page)
"GiddyUp" by Tess Larimore (see artist page)
“GiddyUp” by Tess Larimore (see artist page)
Alternate view of "Giddy Up"
Alternate view of “Giddy Up” with “A Kentucky Tradition”  by Barbara Harper-Bach in the background (see artist page)
"A Kentucky Tradition" by Barbara Harper-Bach (see artist page)
“A Kentucky Tradition” by Barbara Harper-Bach (see artist page)

I really got a kick out of the GiddyUp barrel, which I thought was one of the more original designs and mixed the Bourbon history with the Horse history of the area, but with a bit of whimsy.  You can see a nice post about Tess Larimore’s work on this project here. She also has a business in Lexington “The Decorator Warehouse” where she provides a spot for unique artistic home furnishings to be displayed and sold.

"Town Branch Progress" by Mariana McDonald (see artist page)
“Town Branch Progress” by Mariana McDonald (see artist page)

Mariana McDonald is a Lexington artist that dos pastel and oil landscape scenes.  This barrel is a true “reflection” of her work.

"Blazing the Bourbon Trail" by Dean Southworth (see artist page)
“Blazing the Bourbon Trail” by Dean Southworth (see artist page)
Alternative view of "Blazing the Bourbon Trail"
Alternative view of “Blazing the Bourbon Trail”
"Big Black" by De Selby (see artist page)
“Big Black” by De Selby (see artist page)

Dianne Vincent (De) Selby is a well established Lexington artist.  The focus of this piece is corn for bourbon and chickens for corn.

Portion of "Big Black" corn cob work
Portion of “Big Black” corn cob work
"Kentucky Roots" by Wade Christensen (see artisit page)
“Kentucky Roots” by Wade W. Christensen (see artist page)

I enjoyed this piece as it was unique among the many barrels.  Wade W. Christensen III is another Lexington artist who works in metal and is also a photographer.

"Kentucky on Fire" by Cynthia Arnold (see artist page)
“Kentucky on Fire” by Cynthia Arnold (see artist page)
"Barrel House Distillery" by Neil Sulier (see artist page)
“Barrel House Distillery” by Neil Sulier (see artist page)

The “Barrel House Distillery” piece was painted by local Lexington artist/photographer Neil Sulier. He also does Wedding Reception paintings, which is something quite unique.

"The Wellspring of Champions" by Phil May (see artist page)
“The Wellspring of Champions” by Phil May (see artist page)

Phil May is a painter and mural artist from Winchester, Kentucky.  Not only had he completed the art on this barrel, but he recently completed a series of murals on Depot St. in Winchester. In 2010 he was one of dozens of artists to participate in the Horse Mania horse art project as well (see his piece here).

"As the Bourbon Flows" by Melody Farris Jackson (see artist page)
“As the Bourbon Flows” by Melody Farris Jackson (see artist page)

Melody Farris Jackson is both an architect and an artist residing in Winchester, KY.  She was the Art Director for the 2010 World Equestrian Games and has mixed design and art for some unique views of horses and other themes.

"Town Branch Trail: Connecting the Past to the Future" by Lydia Underwood (see artist page)
“Town Branch Trail: Connecting the Past to the Future” by Lydia Underwood (see artist page)
"Colonel Pepper's Legacy" by Sarah Cobb Spradlin (see artist page)
“Colonel Pepper’s Legacy” by Sarah Cobb Spradlin (see artist page)
"On Manchester Street" by Cheryl Komis (see artist page)
“On Manchester Street” by Cheryl Komis (see artist page)
"Angel's Share" by Christine Kuhn (see artist page)
“Angel’s Share” by Christine Kuhn (see artist page)

Ultimately 31 of the barrels were auctioned off on Nov. 16, 2013.  Like other similar events in Lexington (HorseMania in 2010) or elsewhere (Enchanted Arboretum in Nebraska City – also see my photos of same), they are a means for keeping the arts alive and raising funds to do so.  I for one appreciate the time and effort put forth by the artists to bring this unique art works to the public.

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