Revelry Boutique Gallery hosts the LVA student exhibits. | Courtesy of Revelry

NuLu’s Revelry Boutique Gallery will play host this year to the Louisville Visual Art students’ year-end exhibitions. And as another way to change things up, the students had to tailor their works of art specifically for the limited space on Revelry’s walls, which encouraged ingenuity and resourcefulness from both students and instructors.

Work from LVA’s Academy high school students | Courtesy of LVA

There will be three separate exhibits — broken down into high school students, middle school students and elementary students — and they’ve already begun, starting with the high school artists’ “Academy of LVA Exhibition.”

The work will be on display through May 25, and then removed to make room for the “Children’s Fine Art Classes (CFAC) Middle School Exhibition” from May 27-June 1. And finally, the “Elementary School CFAC Exhibition” will go up from June 3-7.

Since the classes accommodate hundreds of students, instructors encouraged the artists to create smaller pieces of functional art, like refrigerator magnets, miniature 3-D sculptures, and small prints and drawings. And all the work is for sale, with proceeds will go back to the CFAC and Academy programs.

The classes for children and young adults have been one of LVA’s anchor programs since 1925. Each student selected receives a $350 scholarship to ensure that economic status does not deter participation.

Work from LVA’s middle school students | Courtesy of LVA

Revelry owner and artist Mo McKnight Howe tells Insider she’s thrilled to host a show from an organization that helps foster creativity in our community. McKnight Howe’s dedication to LVA’s mission also goes beyond these exhibits; she sits on the board of directors for LVA and has for the past five years.

“They were in need of a place to hold the CFAC exhibits, and I volunteered Revelry, as it is in our mission to support young emerging artists, and what a cool thing for them to say they have already had a gallery show,” she says. “Also, I never discriminate in age when it comes to curating Revelry, so I thought I may find some new talent in these young artists. It is never too young to begin a career in the arts.”

Work from LVA’s elementary students | Courtesy of LVA

The three rounds of exhibits should be interesting, expansive and, to say the least, fun.

Revelry Boutique Gallery is located at 742 E. Market St. The high school exhibit continues through May 25; the middle school exhibit runs May 27-June 1 with an opening reception on May 28 from 2-4 p.m.; and the elementary exhibit runs June 3-7 with an opening reception on June 4 from 2-4 p.m.

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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."