Art Off Pike Returns to Downtown Covington
Art Off Pike comes back to Downtown Covington for the ninth year on Sunday. The 2013 event will feature new offerings, affordable art, live performances, and interactive demonstrations on September 29 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Located in the heart of historic downtown Covington, Art Off Pike is a community led event celebrating urban arts. "Art Off Pike actively seeks out artists who engage the urbanity of the city instead of apologizing for it. It is truly an art show that distinguishes itself from other art shows," said Jim Guthrie, Art Off Pike chairman.
More than eighty regional artists will be in attendance with ceramics, paintings, sculptures, photographs, jewelry, and other creative arts. (Click here for a list of participating artists)
The Art Off Pike committee, a dedicated group of 20 creative people worked to take the show to new heights, encourage participation of local and regional artists, support local businesses, and promote Covington.
"The committee expanded the interactive events to create an experiential environment for the community, one which celebrates the eclectic coolness of Covington," Guthrie said, "This is going to be a huge year."
The most visible of these events is the installation of a large-mural on the West side of the Covington Arts building. The mural integrates a graphic visual language celebrating the eccentricity found in Covington. Designed by Matt Barnes of BLDG, painting and completion of the mural will take place during Art Off Pike.
Additionally, Bellevue and Covington's Historic Preservation Offices debut the second installment of the River Cities documentaries, Living History: The Architecture of Northern Kentucky. And Where's the Fair? a film on why the US is no longer involved in the World's Fair by local filmmakers Jeff Ford and Brad Bear.
The arcade on 7th Street features Garden City a video installation by NuMediacy, a local Covington-based business dedicated to the arts, sustainability and civic responsibility.
Wheat-paste demonstrations will be offered by the Awesome Collective throughout the day.
Music by artists DJ Benjamin Davis of Bad Veins, Annette Shepherd,Soul Pusher and Public and performance by Forealism Tribe will also take place.
Food choices from local vendors will be available during the day and for the first time in AOP history, Cork n' Bottle will have a booth at the event. They will be selling all Kentucky made beers, bourbons, and wines.
Art Off Pike
September 29, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7th Street between Washington and Madison
Large art installation in the Arcade between Pike & Seventh Streets
Numediacy will place a large scale installation art display in the arcade tunnel as part of the 2013 Art Off Pike event.
Inspired by Numediacy's work with the Civic Garden Center of Cincinnati this year to produce a promotional documentary video; structured around their mission statement: "Building community through gardening, education, and environmental stewardship."
'Garden City' - Imagine a community involved in the production of their own food. In our urban centers all space is valuable and the garden-anywhere movement will be fully explored.
Four blocks of Madison Avenue will be recreated in the arcade tunnel as a gardening society. With sound and lights to further transform the space and bring it life. The promotional video created about the Civic Garden Center will be featured at the end of the tunnel.