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A Great Guy at Lunch with the Arts

February 17, 2014

Little Enis with his Caddy Boyle County 1974Due to the Re exhibit taking up the Grand Hall and all of our galleries, this Wednesday’s Lunch with the Arts (featuring Lexington-based photographer Guy Mendes) will meet at the Boyle County Public Library.

Guy was born and raised in New Orleans, but graduated from the University of Kentucky and has lived in the bluegrass for more than 40 years. His black and white photographs capture landscapes of the American south and its people – the “seers, soothsayers, spirit guides and muses.”

He has titled his presentation Wednesday “Core Sample: Relics from a work in progress.”

“A core sample is a long, thin cylinder excavated from a deeply dug hole,” says Guy. “It yields layer upon layer of time, along with remnants of lives that came and went…It might be composed of ancient ferns and tiny fossils. Or, it could be made up of thousands black and white and faded color photographs made over the course of one person’s life. In either event, there is an encapsulated energy waiting to be tapped—power that turns on the light, and light that reveals a power. This particular core sample will conjure up some local heroes, and a series of invocations to the natural world in all its strangeness and beauty.”

His talk will also include a slideshow of work samples and a discussion of his recent exhibit “Marble Creek/Endangered Watershed” at Ann Tower Gallery in Lexington. Copies of his published books, “Light at Hand” and “40/40,” and discounted 2014 calendars will be available for sale.

Guy has exhibited at galleries and museums across the country, including the International Center for Photography and the Aperture Gallery in New York, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the High Museum in Atlanta, the Speed Art Museum in Louisville and the Artisan Center at Berea. He also won two Emmy Awards as a writer, producer and director for Kentucky Educational Television, where he worked for 35 years. He now works full time in his backyard studio in Lexington and is “Head Guy” at www.guymendes.com.

Reservations for lunch need to be made online by the end of the day Monday, Feb. 17 (you get a sandwich, side and drink for $10). This month we’re featuring lunch from Cue on Main for the first time, and lunch options include chicken salad, pimento cheese or Cue club sandwiches. Donations of $5 will be accepted at the door for those attending the program only (and feel free to bring your own lunch).

Pictured above: Little Enis with his Caddy, Boyle County, 1974.

Lunch with the Arts: Core Samples
With Guy Mendes, Photographer
Wednesday, Feb. 19, noon
At Boyle County Public Library
$10 in advance (includes lunch. Register by midnight Monday, Feb. 17)
$5 donations accepted at the door

Writing and Performing a Memory Play (for Seniors)
Tuesdays, Feb. 25 – March 18, 10 a.m.
$27. Register now.

Re: Rethink Recycling
Wednesdays – Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sundays 1 to 5 p.m.
$6 adults, $4 children, students and seniors