The New Albany Bicentennial Public Art Project is a celebration of New Albany's history, and will culminate in the city's 2013 bicentennial. The project features yearly implementations of five outdoor artworks, with each year focusing on a different historical feature. This year's theme is The Ohio River.
Attend the kick-off celebration at the Carnegie Center from 6:00-6:30 and pick up your free tour booklet with a map of the installation sites and information about the artists and historical themes, then set out on a walking tour of the sites, where you will fine each artist paired with a local historian, ready to tell you the story behind each work of art.
Also, Patticakes and Pies has announced that it will be open from 5-9pm during the art walk, offering $1 off paninis and iced coffees, and serving up hot dogs and Italian sausages with all the fixin's.
And if that's not enough art for you, the Gallery on Pearl is hosting an opening reception from 5-9 for "Fire, Color, and Light," which will run from June 4 through July 9. The show features glass artworks by Marilee Burnside, Shane Caswell, John R. Guenther, Ann Klem, Phillip Nolley, and Kerry Zimmerman. This exhibit is also being held in conjunction with the Glass Art Society Annual Conference in Louisville June 10-12.
Want more? Phase Change: Works in Glass by C. Matthew Szösz is still on display at the Carnegie Center. Glass art will also be on display this weekend at IUS and around New Albany, and... oh, heck, here's a quickie schedule of everything arts-related going on in New Albany this weekend:
Friday, June 11
4 – 5:30 pm: View recently-restored historic stained glass windows at St. Mary’s Church
5 – 9 pm: Glass by the Block exhibits on view around Downtown New Albany and glass exhibits at Indiana University Southeast during the Glass Art Society Gallery Hop
5-9 pm: Fire, Color, and Light opening reception at Gallery on Pearl
6 – 9 pm: New Albany Bicentennial Public Art Project Art Walk
6 – 7 pm: Artist Talk with C. Matthew Szösz at the Carnegie Center for Art & History
7:30 – 10 pm: Rock N Roll Ballet featuring the Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble performing Quintet for Glass and Strings: Dance, musical performances by Whistle Peak and The Deloreans, and an improvisational dance and music collaboration at the New Albany Riverfront Amphitheater
Saturday, June 12
12 – 4 pm: Glass by the Block exhibits on view around Downtown New Albany and glass exhibits at IUS
3 – 10 pm: Celtic Festival with The BeerMats from Dublin at the New Albany Riverfront Amphitheater
There's only a 30% chance of rain predicted for this Friday, so cross your fingers.