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‘Perennial Small Space’ turns empty Covington property into a ‘pop up’ art gallery opening July 15

A previously unused store front of Covington’s Mutual building will be transformed into an immersive gallery experience where six local artists will have their work on display every month through the rest of 2017.

Exhibition attendees can expect a captivating viewing experience unique to each show, with every element of the 10×10 foot space in control of the artist.

The installations will surround the viewer to create a multi-sensory exploration beyond the traditional white walls, giving the artists’ an opportunity to allow people to experience their work like never before.

In some cases, viewers will even be able to physically handle and manipulate elements of the exhibition themselves. The gallery will display artists working in a variety of mediums ranging from sculpture to mixed media drawing to painting with various techniques.

The first segment of shows will feature:

July 15th-23rd: Reclaim: an installation of interactive sculptures by Xan Conner

August 19th-27th: Pulchritudinous: a series of fungi paintings by Devan Horton

September 9th-17th: Micromythos: Archetypal portrait drawings by Randy Godawa

Organizer Devan Horton, who has curated pop-up galleries in the past, has put together the series of exhibitions featuring one local artist a month, with each artist having his or her work on display over two weekends.

With the partnership of the Mutual Building and Renaissance Covington and the support of Forcht Bank, Horton was able to secure a slightly more permanent location for the community of artists and collectors to grow. Her last gallery, simply titled Perennial, was a nature-centered exhibition that embodied: “just like the wildflowers of spring, artistic passion and inspiration always come back”.

Over the next 6 months, Perennial: Small Space continues with that philosophy with a focus on bringing individual artistic visions alive.

Horton’s main ambition for the gallery is to create an immersive experience all patrons can enjoy.

“The gallery is more than just browsing through art pieces hanging on a wall. How viewers navigate through the space, the music, and various added aesthetics and display techniques will offer even those unfamiliar to a gallery setting an experience that connects them to the artwork and facilitates a true understanding of the artist’s intent,” Horton says.

Each artist will host an opening reception on the first day of the exhibition.

Attendees will be able to meet and talk with the artist while exploring a free demonstration of their talents. Join them for the premier show in the Small Space July 15th 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring the sculptures of ceramicist Xan Connor. The gallery will be open Friday-Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

Additional information can be found on Facebook.

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