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Weekend: New Shop, Art Exhibit, Trunk Show, Shopping on Fairfield Ave.

Here is a preview of what to do this weekend in the Northern Kentucky River Cities:

Shop Bellevue

Every first Friday of the month, Bellevue Renaissance hosts Shop Bellevue, an evening spent an exploring historic Fairfield Avenue. This month's theme is: Witches Night Off.

The shops, restaurants, and other participating businesses are open late with many offering open houses and specials to complement the evening's themed activites.

The event starts at 6 p.m. and encompasses the blocks of 200 - 700 Fairfield Avenue.

Shrewdness of Apes opens on Seventh Street

(By J. Theobald)

On Friday another new business will celebrate its grand opening in downtown Covington by hosting its first show, “On Wood”, from 6-10p.
Located at 32 W. 7th across the street from the recently renamed Covington Arts building, Shrewdness of Apes Gallery + Boutique (SoA) will feature works from contemporary and emerging artists as well as homemade home décor items, jewelry, stationary, and gift and plush items that “catch the eye as well as the imagination.”
Throughout the first year, SoA will host several group and themed shows including “Wearable Art – Making a Statement” – featuring jewelry and textiles that push the limits – and “<16”, an exhibit that brings together the best pieces from local artists under the age of 16.
The idea for SoA was born from a shared love of interesting art and a desire to have a set location for people to come see unique creations. Owners Hilary Nauman and Michael Boyd are veterans of the traveling outdoor market scene and each have a creative style that is all their own. Nauman has garnered much attention for her landscape dioramas and terrariums while Michael is an accomplished ink and watercolor artist.
The shop will be open on Saturdays from 1-5p and by appointment the rest of the week.

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Outside/Inside at Covington Arts

The opening reception for the latest exhibit at Covington Arts is Friday from 6 - 9 p.m. (27 West Seventh Street).

Outside/Inside, curated by Jennifer Grote, explores the transformative potential of public space and blurs the boundaries between architecture and artistry. Home to the municipally supported Covington Arts initiative, the exhibition takes place in a venue which exists as a private/public partnership between the urban design studios of MKSK and the City of Covington. Emerging here, is a unique milieu, one in which community members seek visual rewards and memorable experiences, creating excitement and adding beauty to urban living. 

To reflect MKSK’s contribution to the arts initiative the contributing artists were asked to study the studios’ architectural landscapes and urban design projects. Three-dimensional installations, inspired by aesthetics, beautification, and sustainable materials populate the interior of the gallery, reprogramming it into a profound experiential environment.

Voss Finn’s found-objects assembled into orderly but seemingly chaotic sculptures are explosions of society’s unneeded objects interacting with the multi-dimensional gallery space. Rooted in post-modern aesthetics, his energetic urban landscapes challenge traditional spatial interpretations of gallery space by utilizing aerial and ground relationships.

Barry Gunderson explores nature and form with vibrant wall sculptures which seemingly defy the laws of gravity. Inspired by travels to England, France, and the American farmlands the three-dimensional works capture his direct experience with the landscape architecture of farms and gardens. The relief sculptures reflect Gunderson’s formal process and are reinforced by intense observation of form, color, and texture.

Celene Hawkins creates a site-specific installation of an imaginary landscape which investigates natural patterns and organic forms. With plant forms and other-worldly environments, Hawkins’ installation entices viewers to leave the gallery, engage with the outside urban environment, and re-examine their perspective from the exterior of the building.

Jarrett Hawkins produces physical objects exploring natural mechanics and human vision. Creating his own visual language he provokes wonder in the viewer with contemplative objects and topological transformations of form and space. Hawkins’ interpretive vision of architecture and structure informs each of his sculptures.

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Local Brand Hosts Trunk Show at Covington Shop

Local clothing brand Modern Misfit Classic Genius (MMCG) will host its first "trunk show" at flow -a shop for men (621 Scott Boulevard) on Friday at 6 p.m.

The event will feature pieces from MMCG’s new collection “The Alliance” as well as artwork and designs from past releases.

Complimentary drinks and food will be provided. 

Modern Misfit Classic Genius was launched in 2010 by creative director Monty Collier and designer Jason Matheny. MMCG is a living idea that uses design as an avenue to inspire thinking, leading, and influencing by encouraging individuals to Embrace the Misfit and Become the Genius. 

The MMCG team is made up of Collier, Matheny, and Charles Kinney.

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