JEFFERSONVILLE – A scavenger hunt featuring new sculptures in downtown Jeffersonville is among the upcoming events in the NoCo Arts & Cultural District.
On Saturday, the Jeffersonville Public Art Commission will present Jeffrey’s Journey, which features 10 permanent sculptures hidden in downtown Jeffersonville.
The mile-long scavenger hunt will run from 1 pm to 3 pm and will begin at Overlook at 100 W. Riverside Drive and end at the NoCo Arts & Cultural District Wildflower Mural.
The small sculptures include a story told on plaques next to each installation, and they feature a character named Jeffrey, a fish that travels from the Ohio River to the NoCo Water Reservoir mural, explained Emily Dippie, Jeffersonville Public Art Administrator.
The sculptures were created by local artist Amanda Hoback, and each one is different, Dippie said. The accompanying story was written by student author Ava Gleitz.
The exact locations of the sculptures have not been revealed, but Saturday is the official unveiling of the art installations. Participants will receive brochures with a map and clues to help them locate the sculptures – this map will also be available on the Jeffersonville Art website.
“I think it’s an amazing opportunity to provide something free, permanent, and family-friendly to help people explore downtown and the NoCo Arts & Cultural District,” Dippie said. “It’s something really special to be able to do that with art and a character, and I hope Jeffrey inspires people.”
The event will include a ceremony to recognize the contributions of Hoback and Gleitz and a variety of activities, including the opportunity to contribute to a collaborative work of art.
A number of other future events are planned for the NoCo Arts & Cultural District, Dippie said.
On October 8, an opening reception for the “Obscura” photo exhibit will be held at the NoCo Arts Center at 628 Michigan Ave. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibit is part of the 2021 Louisville Photo Biennale and features work from the Ivy Tech Sellersburg visual communication program.
Dippie said it was a “diverse group of photos taken by a diverse group of students,” and describes the work as “mysterious and compelling.”
The student photographers featured in “Obscura” used “visual symbolism, metaphors, and various ideas to tell stories,” which is how the Ivy Tech Sellersburg Visual Communications website explains the project.
The show opened on September 16 and will be on display until October 30.
On October 23, the Jeffersonville Public Art Commission will present the NoCo Mural Mile, an event that has been postponed twice due to weather conditions.
During this event, community members are invited to contribute to a mural that will span from the base of the Big Four Bridge to the NoCo Arts & Cultural District. Participants will use stencils and pre-mixed paint to create the mural, designed by local artist Cheryl Ulrich-Barnett.
The mural will cover 1,800 linear feet and the artwork is focused on ecology and local pollinators, Dippie said.