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ART: Guy Mendes, Ann Tower Gallery
September 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Marble Creek/Endangered Watershed
Photographs by Guy Mendes
Opening Thursday, September 19, 2013, 5 to 7 pm
Guy Mendes has photographed Marble Creek, a Kentucky River tributary in Jessamine County, since 1975. For 38 years, Mendes has carefully observed this pristine place in every season. “The Marble Creek Gorge is a microcosm of central Kentucky’s natural landscape: a deep and meandering watershed that drains rolling hills and fertile fields. It’s a prime example of what this part of Kentucky was like hundreds, even thousands of years ago.” Now, Mendes is exhibiting his numerous photographs of Marble Creek in this solo exhibition on the first floor of the Ann Tower Gallery in an effort to raise awareness about the I-75 Connector which threatens to destroy it.
“Over time, I came to see the photographs I made [at Marble Creek] as a way of returning the favor for the many lessons learned, for the spiritual nourishment, and, of course, for the swimming hole on a hot day.” Mendes says. The 20 prints in this exhibit are all film-based, most of them made with a 4 x 5 view camera.
Following the opening of the exhibit there will be a literary and musical event called “OFF THE ROAD!-A Rally Against the I-75 Connector” at the Lyric Theater at 7:30. Writers: Barbara Kingsolver, Wendell Berry, Crystal Wilkinson, Richard Taylor, Maurice Manning, Erik Reece, and Eric Scott Sutherland will read. Musicians: Matt Duncan, the Northside Sheiks and Tee Dee Young will play.
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