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Ellis Walker Gallery

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.

Day 1

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.

Stop 1

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.

Downing Museum at the Baker...

270-842-7415
4801 Morgantown Road
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Bowling Green, KY 42101

The Downing Museum at the Baker Arboretum is one of Bowling Green's gems.... Read More

Stop 2

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!

Ellis Walker Gallery

(270) 904-2325
1945 Scottsville Road
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Bowling Green, KY 42104

Featuring and promoting the work of local artists who have original roots... Read More

Stop 3

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.

Kentucky Museum

270-745-2592
1444 Kentucky Street
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Bowling Green, KY 42101

If you think the Bluegrass state is only horses and bourbon, then step into... Read More

Stop 4

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.

Southern Kentucky Performing Arts...

270-904-1880
601 College Street
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Bowling Green, KY 42101

SKyPAC hosts a bustling schedule of local and touring arts performances,... Read More

Day 2

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.

Stop 1

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. 

Gallery 916

270-843-5511
601 State St
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Bowling Green, KY 42101

A Kentucky Crafted Retailer featuring the finest original art from around... Read More

Rickman Pottery

270-782-8550
1121 E. 14th Ave.
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Bowling Green, KY 42104

Rickman Pottery offers handmade, functional, and one-of-a-kind pottery... Read More

The Pots Place Gallery & Studio

270-535-0561
428 East Main
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Bowling Green, KY 42101

Home to eight potters who work and sell their beautiful wares on site in... Read More

Stop 2

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.

The Bistro

270-781-9646
1129 College St.
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Bowling Green, KY 42101

Located in Bowling Green, Kentucky's historic downtown district, just two... Read More

Stop 3

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!