Republic Bank First Friday Hop April

Republic Bank First Friday Hop April

Publication Date: 03-31-2016

For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Jeanne Hilt
Director of Marketing
Louisville Downtown Partnership
(502) 614-4122 (Office)



Louisville, KY – The Republic Bank First Friday Hop is Friday, April 1st, 2016, featuring several new Derby-themed gallery openings, a vintage clothing exhibition, and delicious happy hour specials. Start your Hop with dinner and drinks at Manny & Merle (mention the Hop for Happy Hour deals!), then make your way to the South 4th Street district to shop Reware Vintage’s collection of curated t-shirts and apparel at Block Party Handmade, then walk next door to see Jeaneen Barnhart’s new art show featuring drawings on paper at CRAFT(s) Gallery. In the mood for even more art? Take the ZeroBus down to NuLu for a handful of new art openings at Paul Paletti Gallery, Revelry Boutique Gallery, Zephyr Gallery, and more.

Downtown Louisville is the place to be on Friday, April 1st, 2016! Hop on any ZeroBus for a FREE ride to the 50+ unique boutiques, artists, and restaurants along the Republic Bank First Friday Hop route on Friday, April 1st from 5:00 PM – 11:00 PMNeed a Hop map? Click here to download, or grab a map on any ZeroBus.



Block Party Handmade Celebrates 3rd Anniversary

When:     Friday, April 1st, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where:    560 S 4th Street, Louisville, KY 40202


Come celebrate our three year anniversary at our Downtown location during the April First Friday Hop!


We will be featuring one of our first artists, Bethany Nixon from – she is visiting all the way from Detroit to come party with us and is bringing her best vintage goodies!


Reware Vintage’s curated t-shirts and apparel will transport you back to the 70s, 80s and 90s! They’ve got your new favorite tour T shirt, your go-to dress and even your kids covered, from X-Small to 3X. When vintage finds could use a little crafty love for modern life, they make vintage records into jewelry, books into new notebooks, or embroider record jackets to make one-of-a-kind artwork.


Bethany will be on site to help style you and answer any of your vintage questions on Friday during the hop! We will also have confetti, balloons, cake, DJ dance party, and more!!!



New Art Exhibition at CRAFT(s) Gallery

When:     Friday, April 1st, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Where:    572 South 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202


New works by Jeaneen Barnhart. Bernhart is dedicated to the art of drawing on paper, creating works with such diverse line and texture taking on their own dimension. Equine studies, Male Torsos, Sensual Nudes and Loving Couples encompass her extensive repertoire. Although painting is secondary, successful canvases depict similar qualities of classic drawing style and spirited movement. Her exploration with oil painting continues, working with a variety of subject matter including her Full-Bodied Wine, Tulips, Sunflowers, Equine, and Figure series.


Jeaneen’s figurative drawings were featured on HBO’s Entourage, and her equine drawings appeared on ABC’s Body of Proof. Collectors and Commissions include Ralph Lauren, Brown-Forman, Clarendon Flavors, GE’s Monogram Design Center, and Papa John’s.



Happy Hour & Live Music at Manny & Merle

When:     Friday, April 1st, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Where:    572 South 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202


Featuring live music by Blaise Streets. Music starts at 9pm.

Happy Hour is 3-7pm: $3.50 Mannyritas $2.50 DosEquis $2.50 Wells.

$3 PBR $3 Lucky Moonshine $5 Buffalo trace all night long.



One-Night-Only Art Show at Revelry Boutique Gallery

When:     Friday, April 1st, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Where:    742 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202


Revelry is hosting a one night only show for the April First Friday Hop.


Derby themed original paintings on fence posts from a Kentucky horse farm by Kevin Oechsli will be on display. Kevin, the artist, will be here to speak with people about his work. The paintings are extremely affordable, ranging from $60 – $65!


We are very excited to host Kevin, and hopefully get these into some Louisvillian homes just in time for Derby!



Opening Reception at Zephyr Gallery

When:     Friday, April 1st, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Where:    610 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202


Zephyr Gallery is pleased to present “Project 12: Blind Contours,” a collaboration between photographer Jenée Rue Sastry and poet Robin LaMer Rahija. The exhibition, which runs from April 1st until May 21st , 2016, explores the relationship between images, language, and storytelling.


Project 12 takes as its point of departure a fictional town lost to history. Through the exhibition, the artists seek to recuperate, construct, and mystify a town that wasn’t through the juxtaposition of found and fabricated image and text documents. Touchstones for the artists include Sherwood Anderson’s semi-fictional town of Winesburg, Ohio and Captain Ahab’s monomaniacal journey—a journal that has been disarticulated across the many scrolls of Moby Dick (2016)Throughout “Blind Contours” inversions of scale and number act on the viewer like the potions, cakes, and mushrooms of Alice’s Wonderland, facilitating entrances to and exits from fantastical worlds and impossible. Looking, in these artworks, becomes a kind of writing—a drawing-into the picture of the viewer-reader. But it is a writing—a language—that ultimately collapses: a failed grammar that first articulates a world and then becomes irrelevant to it.



New Photography Exhibition at Paul Paletti Gallery

When:     Friday, April 1st, 2016
Where:    713 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202


Paul Paletti Gallery presents “based on a true story) – And Other Photographic Tales” by David Alan Harvey. David Alan Harvey became a photographer at age 11 when he used the profits from his newspaper route to buy a used Leica. After graduating from the University of Missouri’s Graduate School of Journalism and time at the Topeka Capital-Journal, a grant from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts gave him the means to cover a variety of stories, including a year-long reportage of Virginia Beach. He has produced over 40 photographic essays for National Geographic on subjects from hip hop culture to stock car racing. Among numerous other awards, he was named Photographer of the Year in 1978 by the National Press Photographers Association.


Over the 9

When:     Friday, April 1st, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Where:    120 S 10th St, Louisville, KY 40202


Over the 9 has partnered with Falls City to release monthly beers on the first Friday of every month. This month’s First Friday Hop beer is the Falls City Gose, an obscure beer style, which is slightly salty and slightly sour, has been brewed for over 1,000 years. Stop by for dinner or a tasting!



St. John United Church of Christ

When:     Friday, April 1st, 6:00 PM
Where:    637 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202


St. John United Church of Christ (637 E. Market) will open its doors at 6:00 pm for tours of their 1867 Gothic sanctuary. House of Medal and May von Gutekunst will be on campus selling their jewelry and Richard Francis and Lindsay Cahill will be displaying their art.


Getting married? This is a great time to view the sanctuary as ALL are welcome to marry at St. John. You are welcome to choose your own Officiant and Musicians.


Down One Bourbon Bar

When:     Friday, April 1st, 4:00 PM – 7 PM
Where:    321 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202


Down One Bourbon Bar & Restaurant will offer $2 off of Bourbon flights from 4pm – 7pm.


Al J’s at the Conservatory

When:     Friday, April 1st, 2016
Where:    140 N 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202


Al J’s at the Conservatory is hosting a Manager’s Special, featuring half-priced bottles of select wines, available for purchase at 3rd Floor Spirits Shop in the Galt House.




The  Republic Bank First Friday Hop event is Friday, April 1st, 2016 and includes downtown art galleries, retailers, and restaurants that will be open extended hours with specials/discounts and refreshments.


Ride the First Friday Hop in style by “hopping” on our brand new, eco-friendly, zero-carbon ZeroBuses, which replaced the old trolleys in February.


Each First Friday night, the new ZeroBus drops you off at all the best shopping spots downtown has to offer.  Riding the Republic Bank First Friday Hop is fun – and it’s FREE!


This family-friendly and open-to-the-public event takes place on Friday, April 1st from 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM along the Main/Market St corridor and South 4th Street.

Click here to download your Hop map. 

Click here to join the official Facebook  event.


These are the PARC garages that have entrances right next to ZeroBus Hop stops.

·  Brown Hotel Garage

·  1st & Main Garage

·  3rd & Liberty Lot

·  Glassworks Garage

·  Market Street Garage

·  4th Street Live! Garage


Hop on over and visit our member businesses:

Republic Bank (Title Sponsor)

21c Museum Hotel

Action Graphics

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Actors Theatre Gallery

Against the Grain Brewery

Ah, Whatta ‘Bout Mimi!

Al J’s at the Conservatory

Bargain Supply

Block Party Handmade

Bluegrass Brewing Co. (3rd & Main)

Bristol Bar & Grille

Brown Hotel

Copper & Kings

CRAFT(S) Gallery

Cressman Center for Visual Arts


Design Enterprises

Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar

Down One Bourbon Bar

Feast BBQ

Flea Off Market

Galt House Hotel

Garage Bar

Garner Narrative

Ghyslain on Market

Goodwood Brewing

Green Building Gallery

Grind Burger Kitchen

Harvest Restaurant

Hubbuch & Co.

Kentucky Center for the Arts

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co.

Louisville Bats

Louisville Conventions and Visitors Bureau

Manny & Merle’s

Mayan Café

Muth’s Candies

Over the 9

Patrick O’Shea’s

Paul Paletti Gallery

Pix Shoes

Please & Thank You

PYRO Gallery


Revelry Boutique Gallery


Sidebar at Whiskey Row

St. John United Church of Christ

Stevie Ray’s Blues Bar

Wild Rita’s

Zephyr Gallery




Every First Friday of every month, downtown Louisville art galleries, shops, boutiques, restaurants, and entertainment hot spots are open extended hours with specials, discounts, refreshments, and live music. Hop on the ZeroBus for a free ride to a stop near each member location. A special thank you to our title sponsor, Republic Bank, for their generous support of the First Friday Hop.



The ZeroBus is powered by batteries located under the bus floor. The ZeroBus can travel for up to two hours and fully recharge on route in less than 10 minutes. It recharges automatically by connecting to an overhead system that links to a high-capacity charger. The ZeroBus vehicles travel downtown circulator routes in place of the outdated trolleys – the highest polluting vehicles now in TARC’s fleet. Like the trolleys, they arrive at stops frequently and all rides are fare-free. The ZeroBus is also the new mode of transportation for the popular Republic Bank First Friday Trolley Hop on Main, Market and Fourth streets. A special thank you to our friends at TARC for their generous support of the First Friday Hop.

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