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199C Art Show to Take Over Covington's Pike Street

On Friday, April 3, Covington-based creative agency BLDG will celebrate the opening of 199C, the region’s only Opening Day art event. The show will feature artwork from more than 50 artists from Covington and Cincinnati to Seattle and New York and major cities in between and will run through May 2. Celebrating and representing our region's favorite team and Opening Day, 199C draws its name from the Pantone color for the Cincinnati Reds.

“Last year, we tested out an idea. This year we’re going to knock it out of the park.” said BLDG's Nick Dew. “Covington is the perfect place to host this type of event and people love it. It’s our way of representing our love of baseball, the Reds and our community.”

In honor of Cincinnati hosting the 2015 All-Star Game this summer, BLDG assembled an “All-Star” team of talent to participate in this year's show. Covington and Cincinnati-based designers, such as Rob Warnick and Brian Stuparyk of Steam Whistle Letterpress, were hand-picked to represent the "Home" team, while nationally recognized designers like Jon Contino (New York, NY) and Brian Lindstrom (Madison, WI) form the "Away" lineup, drawing inspiration from their favorite Major League Baseball teams.

The show kicks off on April 3 at the BLDG Gallery on West Pike Street at 4:00 p.m. As part of the event, BLDG will shut down Pike Street between Madison and Washington to transform the cityscape into a pop-up whiffle ball stadium. This year, the agency has partnered with Folkschool Coffee Parlor in Ludlow to host the Curveball Classic Home Run Derby. The grand prize winner of the derby will receive two tickets to Opening Day.

Other festivities include head-to-head vintage video game competitions, live art installations, dancing mascots and an outdoor photo booth.

Because baseball needs food and beer, BLDG has teamed up with Renaissance Covington to make sure guests get the complete ballpark experience. Northern Kentucky favorites Braxton Brewing and Ei8ht Ball Brewery will offer their craft and specialty beers while AmerAsia, Gomez Tacos, Grateful Grahams, Marty’s Waffles, Tiger Dumplings and Wunderbar will provide plenty of food options. 

The home run derby will take place from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. To pre-register, contact Matt Williams at [email protected]. Day-of registration will take place from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Curveball Classic table.

From 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., the derby winners will be announced and BLDG will pay homage to Pete Rose in Covington’s very own Charlie Hustle look-a-like contest.

From 8:00 – 11:00 p.m., live acts booked by Folkschool Coffee Parlor, such as local favorite The Hustle, will entertain guests.

Artwork will remain on display in the BLDG Gallery through May 2.

- Staff report/Image provided