Lunch with the Arts

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Lunch with the Arts hosts a diverse offering of artists who share their craft from noon to 1 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month, giving us a mid-month, mid-day break we all deserve.

Bring your lunch and pay just $5 at the door!


LWTA – Erika Holmquist-Wall
Feb 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA - Erika Holmquist-Wall

Lunch with the Arts: Erika Holmquist-Wall
“Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism”
Wednesday, February 28 | 12pm to 1pm
$5 at the door – feel free to bring a lunch!

Rescheduled! We are pleased to try again on this event, having been thwarted in January by the weather…

During her Lunch with the Arts presentation, Erika will introduce guests to the upcoming exhibit at the Speed Museum – “Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism,” on display February 17 to May 13, 2018. The groundbreaking exhibition broadly surveys a key chapter in art history in which an international group of female artists overcame gender-based restrictions to make remarkable creative strides.

Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism expands our understanding of this rich art historical period and demonstrates the formative role women artists played in the major currents of European modernism, including Realism, Impressionism, and Symbolism. The forward-thinking women represented in this exhibition not only created powerful paintings but also generated a momentum that has led toward a more egalitarian art world.

Erika Holmquist-Wall is the Chief Curator and Curator of European and American Painting and Sculpture at the Speed Museum. She is a specialist in 19th and 20th-century Nordic art and design. In addition, she has established an international reputation as one of a handful of advanced specialists in the field of provenance research, with an emphasis on World War II-era spoliation issues.

LWTA – Jerry Sampson
Mar 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA - Jerry Sampson

Lunch with the Arts – Jerry Sampson
Wednesday, March 21 | 12pm to 1pm
$5 at the door
Feel free to bring your lunch!

Jerry Sampson has been the owner and operator of J. Sampson Antiques, Books and Appraisals in Harrodsburg for the past 24 years. He has held the designation of Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) in the American Society of Appraisers since 2009. The focus of his Lunch with the Arts presentation is – “The Changing Antique Market: What You Can and Can’t Do About It.”

Jerry makes frequent appearances on the KET hit show, Kentucky Collectibles. His column, “Personal Effects”, is featured in several newspapers. He also hosts a radio program, “Personal Effects, The Antique Show” on WHBN AM 1420 every Saturday at 10:00 AM. He describes himself as a dedicated researcher and local historian

LWTA – “I Come From”
Apr 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA - "I Come From"

Lunch with the Arts – “I Come From”
(Discussion with Robby Henson)
Wednesday, April 18 | 12pm
$5 at the door

Join Robby Henson for a Lunch with the Arts conversation. Robby will show portions of his documentary “I Come From” and discuss the inspirational performance/writing program behind bars “Voices Inside” that is centered at Northpoint Training Center.

Robby is artistic director of Pioneer Playhouse and is a writing and video instructor at the University of Kentucky. He has written and directed feature films for major studios including “Pharaoh’s Army” with Kris Kristofferson and Chris Cooper and “The Badge” with Billy Bob Thornton.  He has created a number of documentary films for PBS including his recent “I Come From” about incarcerated artists.  He holds an M.F.A from New York University in filmmaking.  He is also the playwright of “Good Blues Tonight” and this summer’s upcoming Pioneer Playhouse adaptation of Angela Correll’s “Granted.”

LWTA – Soreyda Begley
May 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA - Soreyda Begley

Lunch with the Arts – Soreyda Begley
Wednesday, May 16 | 12pm to 1pm
$5 at the door
Feel free to bring a lunch!

Soreyda Benedit Begley is a Lexington, Kentucky based designer and community activist. She is originally from Honduras and has lived in the United States for over 18 years. Soreyda is a public speaker and avid advocate for women’s rights, diversity and inclusion and Fair Trade. She founded the Lexington Fashion Collaborative, is active on the boards of several art and social justice organizations.

“Art, for me, represents not only a creative outlet but also a social act, an act of empowerment, for me and for others. Clothing, appearance and certainly standards of beauty and fashion are not neutral and trivial, and I design clothing as an attempt to take control of these standards. I want my clothing to serve as one more way to empower women and create agency and choice. By rejecting some ways of presenting ourselves and embracing others, I hope to create pieces that make women feel powerful, and by extension, be powerful.”