Geared for Culture!
The beautifully-styled 1968 Corvette introduced the third generation, and GM's initial foray into limited-edition Corvettes occurred during these years, so it's only fitting to focus on the more refined side of Bowling Green on this itinerary.
Visual art from the area's most accomplished artists is followed by a selection of decorative and textile art on the first day of this trek. If the schedule allows, finish the day with a performance at the Southern KY Performing Arts Center or Capitol Arts Theatre.
Perhaps the most hidden jewel in Bowling Green, at least for now, is a tribute to world-renowned artist Joe Downing. Originally from Horse Cave, Ky., Downing spent most of his life creating noteworthy art in France. This vast private collection was almost destroyed by fire several years ago, so don't miss the haunting photos and recovered pieces on display.
If you fall in love with Joe Downing's work on the first stop, don't fret! There are some of his original pieces for sale at the next site on this cultural trail. Exclusively featuring the work of local artists, this contemporary art gallery raises the argument that Bowling Green is Kentucky's top visual arts destination!
A short drive to historic downtown Bowling Green will land you at the edge of Western Kentucky University's campus and its collection of fine, decorative and fabric arts. Pieces in the Snell-Franklin Decorative Arts Gallery span five centuries, and the vibrant Quilt Gallery features rotating collections.
One of the centerpieces of downtown BG's revitalization is your next destination. Opened in 2012, SKyPAC is the region's premiere performing arts center with a striking tribute to Corvette... two vintage factory colors were used in the Performance Hall! The spacious lobby and two art galleries are open to the public on weekdays and weekend show days, but be sure to check out their online calendar that also includes events at the Capitol Arts Center on the square in order to catch a show.
Begin the next day of culture-cruising through Bowling Green by seeing local potters at play before dining among regional art. Then you'll wrap up this artsy itinerary with a theatrical performance, concert or possibly some live music at one of several nightlife venues.
Three working pottery studios are located in BG and visitors are invited to watch unique pieces come to life on the wheel. Perhaps you will find that one-of-a-kind gift or souvenir to take home at one or all of the following locations.
Art enthusiasts enjoy more than great food at The Bistro in downtown Bowling Green. Patrons are treated to original art from regional artists adorning the walls of the historic 1893 Fletcher House on College Street. Open for lunch and dinner on weekdays, dinner on Saturday and brunch on Sunday, The Bistro is undoubtedly one of BG's best.
A little advanced planning is needed to make the most of the final act. Hopefully between our professional and university music ensembles, community and student theatre troupes, live music venues or simply a bar & grill showcasing local acts, you'll find something on our arts & entertainment calendar to help you fine tune your evening!