An undeniable quality of Louisville is that its community works together to support and grow local culture.
A good example of that is Art Sanctuary, a nonprofit gallery and studio warehouse in Germantown that fosters artists by providing them space for a nominal fee. On Friday, the Gallery at Art Sanctuary will showcase “Lore and Landscapes,” a collection of paintings by Charlotte Ann Pollock, in the organization’s first solo exhibition of the year.
Pollock is a University of Louisville graduate who specializes in plein-air painting throughout most of her work.
This style of painting originated with French impressionists and consists of the artist leaving her studio and painting in the landscape that is her subject.
Pollock says she focused on scenes and settings important to her in “Lore and Landscapes.”
“All the paintings have different stories attached to them,” she tells Insider. “The smaller plein-air paintings were from my residency in Hot Springs, N.C., where I would wander around and paint and discover my surroundings. One of the larger ones is of a scene at Mammoth Cave. I grew up going there.”
Louisvillians will recognize some familiar places in the exhibit as well, from the iconic tree-lined streets of Old Louisville to the open terrain of River Road. Pollock says she hopes people get a new sense of awareness from her art.
“I hope people become more aware of their own perceptions of places, and of what different places mean to them,” she says.
On the same night as Pollock’s opening reception, new local art magazine N.A.M.E. 502 will release its first issue. This magazine will publish monthly, and each issue will include information on two lesser-known Louisville artists.
The project is a culmination between artists Jada Lynn Dixon and Tony Dixon of Gallery Jaan, Sabra Crockett of Art Sanctuary, and William Ashton of the now-defunct Gallery K.
The opening reception of “Lore and Landscapes” and the launch party for the magazine will run from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 2, at Art Sanctuary, 1433 S. Shelby St. It is free and open to the public.