Perennial Small Space pop-up gallery puts art in intimate setting

COVINGTON, Ky. –  Devan Horton plans to show that beauty can be found in the most unexpected places when her exhibit “Pulchritudinous" opens at the Perennial Small Space pop-up art gallery on Saturday.

“Pulchritudinous is such an intimidating word, but I liked it because it actually means something of great physical beauty,” said Horton, who graduated from Northern Kentucky University in 2015.

Horton will debut her paintings of fungi inside of the gallery’s 10-foot-by-10-foot storefront from 5-9 p.m. Saturday at the Mutual Building, located at 625 Madison Ave. in Covington. The gallery will reopen noon-5 p.m. Sunday and noon-5 p.m. Aug. 19-20.

“The word fungus, like pulchritudinous, is perceived as such an ugly word but (fungi) are crazy with their patterns and colors,” Horton said. “They are like something alien.”

Horton’s show is the second in a six-month series she is curating in the Perennial Small Space gallery; the first show featured the works of sculptor Xan Conner. Horton said each featured artist will attend their show's opening and offer an interactive experience with their works.

Horton, who has hosted various pop-up galleries in the past, said Perennial Small Space came about with the help of Renaissance Covington and the Mutual Building's owners. She said the building’s owners puzzled over what to do with the tiny space before donating it for the gallery’s use.

“It’s just an odd little space,” said Katie Meyer, executive director of the nonprofit Renaissance Covington. “There is energy bubbling up where people are wanting to use vacant space to showcase their artwork. We’re really excited to help activate a vacant storefront.”

Horton said the space is perfect for creating immersive art experiences.

“Each one of these shows is really immersive,” she said. “The gallery is more than just browsing through art pieces hanging on a wall. I will have 100 'bugs' that will also be all over the walls and also a few sculptures for my show as well.”

Horton’s paintings, along with the works of other artists, will be available for purchase.

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