Peace Lily, 2013, by Barbara Crawford. (Top Photo)
It’s one thing to know that we have a killer record store in this city like Surface Noise, but it gets me fired up to know that they are expanding. Although maybe not in the way you would assume. Surface Noise is opening a new gallery space, and to get things going the first exhibition is titled, “A Family Affair: An Exhibition by 10 Artists from the Surface Noise Family” and it runs June 8-30. In this exhibit you will see works from a lot of names you may recognize like, Barbara Crawford, Raymond Graf, Catherine Irwin, C.M. Laster, Harold maker, Joel McDonald, Carrie Neumayer, David Pajo, Richard Peyton and Letitia Quesenberry. The opening reception for “A Family Affair” is Friday, June 8th from 6:00-9:00pm.
At the opening, a new bookshelf built by Jameson Welch and hand painted by artist Richard Peyton will also be unveiled, quintupling the number of books in the store with a large number from owner Brett Ralph’s personal collection. Ralph has been collecting records for 45 years and books since he was a teenager. He opened Surface Noise in late 2016. Ralph is also a veteran of the local underground music scene, having fronted Malignant Growth, Fading Out, Rising Shotgun, and Brett Eugene Ralph’s Kentucky Chrome Revue. Black Sabbatical, his debut poetry collection, is available from Sarabande Books.
Store and Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. – 7p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. For more information on the new gallery and the debut exhibition, go here.