State of the Art

Nostalgia, painstaking detail and local love

“Legends Never Die!”: A Special Exhibit at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory


The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, in collaboration with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, celebrates 25 years of “The Sandlot” with a mini-exhibit showcasing authentic props from the movie, artwork and behind-the-scenes photography. The exhibit, which will run through September 9, features memorable original props, including: the “Babe Ruth” baseball; Squints’ eyeglasses; Louisville Slugger bats swung by the cast; and more.

Some of these items come from the personal collection of David M. Evans, the film’s writer-director. Evans commented on the exhibit, saying: “Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is a great place to celebrate ‘The Sandlot’s’ 25th anniversary….Not only did some of the props originate from their factory, the Louisville Slugger brand evokes the same kind of fondness and nostalgia as the movie.” He added, “I’m excited that hundreds of thousands of people will be able to enjoy this special show at such a fitting location.”

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, 800 West Main St., is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, with extended summer hours. Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors (60+), $8 children (6-12) and free for children 5 and under. For more information, including holiday hours and extended summer hours, visit sluggermuseum.com or call 877.775.8443.

Art Sanctuary presents James Russell May

Join Art Sanctuary in celebrating the work of Louisville resident James Russell May at a closing reception in his honor on June 29.

May explained his inspiration and style, saying: “I am intrigued by how the subject matter and themes of traditional Western art can seem at once familiar and alien to the eyes of the contemporary viewer. This has become a primary element of my paintings. In my work I attempt to form a bridge between the present and the past, as well as the material and ethereal. I paint my figures in a heavily detailed, mannered and realistic style requiring layers of painstaking work. This style is based upon both an observation of life and a studied awareness of how the human form has been portrayed in the art of the past. Those figures are then placed in an environment of abstracted and textural resins. The intended result is balance between two competing personal aesthetics.”

Enjoy free admission to the reception, light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Art Sanctuary gallery. The artist’s show runs through June 30, and the gallery is open by appointment only. See more of James Russell May’s work and experience at his website, jamesrussellmay.com. Art Sanctuary is located at 1433 S. Shelby St. Gallery entrance is at the back of the building on McHenry Street and is handicap accessible.

Lynn Dunbar’s “Capturing the Spirit of Kentucky” at CRAFT(s) Gallery

CRAFT(s) Gallery & Mercantile, 572 South Fourth St., is exhibiting work by Lynn Dunbar through June 30. Dunbar’s art celebrates the beauty of Kentucky and Indiana with her plein air oil landscape painting approach. 

The artist explains in her portfolio: “Beauty abounds in the hills, rivers and fields of Kentucky and Indiana. Plein air oil painting allows me to be amidst all this natural beauty, breathing the fresh air, hearing the birds sing and feeling the sun, breeze (and sometimes rain) against my skin while attempting to paint a ‘masterpiece.’ Painting is my divine connection with nature. These plein air studies are taken back my studio where I apply the sense of light and color to my larger landscape and aerial work. My light-filled studio at Hope Mills building is inspiring. I am grateful for all these gifts.”