Detail of “Ruth Bader Ginsberg” by Sarah Clevenger

Galentine’s Day — a holiday for ladies celebrating ladies — is usually held the day before Valentine’s Day, per the founder’s tradition. But we have a feeling Leslie Knope wouldn’t mind if we bump it to Friday night, where Louisvillians can really let their hair down and get into the spirit.

Block Party Handmade Boutique is once again teaming up with Girls Rock Louisville for the fourth annual Galentine’s Day celebration on Friday, Feb. 15. The party will feature live music, art, adult beverages, a waffle bar, a smash-the-patriarchy piñata and an open, supportive environment for all ages.

This year there’s also a theme — prom! — so dust off those formal gowns or tuxes, or just hit up the dozens of great thrift stores we have around town to find some throwback attire. Dressing up, however, is not required, for those just looking to have a fun night out without cramming their feet into stilettos.

“It’s important for me to put on this event because I have seen the positive impact of bringing people together for a better community,” gallery owner Mary Levinsky tells Insider. “I especially love seeing teens come and tell me they don’t have anything like this to go to. So it’s a nice opportunity for all ages to come out and do something fun and different while doing their part to support the female artist community.”

“Frida Kahlo” by Sarah Clevenger

Performing at Galentine’s Day will be local, all-female bands Bungalow Betty and The Delighters. And feminist-themed artwork will be available to purchase by more than 15 artists including Gemma Correll, Suzanne Edds, Mia Calotta, Melissa Moss and many more.

This will be Louisville artist Sarah Clevenger’s first time participating in the event, and she’s offering some of her art inspired by strong women.

She has pieces depicting Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Frida Kahlo, Stevie Nicks and Dolly Parton made with micron pen, watercolor and gold leaf.

“I feel like each of these women have not only forged their own way, but made paths for the women who came after them,” says Clevenger. “I admire them for their strength and tenacity.”

She’s very honored to be included in this year’s Galentine’s Day.

“To me, it’s an incredible way to give back to some local organizations in Louisville and a great way to spotlight them,” she adds. “I am glad my art can be a part of that.”

Admission to the event is free with a box of tampons, pads or menstrual cups — which will be donated to the Louisville Rescue Mission, Home of the Innocents and the Center for Women and Families in order to help women in need. It runs from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, at Block Party Handmade Boutique, 560 S. Fourth St.

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."