Summer is a great time to head outdoors, but it’s also an ideal time to enjoy art. From outdoors events to new exhibits to art classes, Northern Kentucky is filled with opportunities to take in creative works.

Art in the Garden
Held June 1 on the banks of the Ohio River in Augusta, the annual Art in the Garden event brings together more than 60 artists to showcase their work alongside the spectacular gardens on Riverside Drive.

In its 19th year, the event will feature a variety of food vendors, a children’s area and live entertainment. In years past, the one-day event has featured paintings, and pottery alongside cloggers and violinists. In 2015, more than 4,000 people attended Art in the Garden.

The Year of Duveneck
To mark the 100th anniversary of the death of internationally renowned artist Frank Duveneck (who lived in Covington), the Behringer-Crawford Museum is hosting a yearlong exhibit honoring his talent and influence. The second floor of the museum is home to a rotating gallery that features 52 past Duveneck Art Show award winners.

If you’d like to see the works competing in the 50th annual Duveneck Art Show, head to George Rogers Clark Park in Covington on May 11. The annual event brings together dozens of local artists to show off their paintings, graphics, sculptures and fine crafts. Created by the Northern Kentucky Heritage League in 1969, the goal of the event is to increase the region’s interest in the arts, give regional artists a place to show off and sell their works, and promote local history. This year’s competitors will have their work on display from noon to 5 p.m.

Art Classes
If you’d prefer to make art, Northern Kentucky has many organizations that can teach you techniques in a variety of mediums.

The Carpenter Art Enamel Foundation in Bellevue hosts a series of workshops and classes throughout the summer. The foundation will be offering workshops on topics like drawing and painting in enamels, enamel screen printing, creating adjustable hinged bracelets and more. Many of these are multi-day workshops that assist participants in gaining advanced skills.

The Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center in Covington offers eight-week classes in a variety of topics—like drawing, pottery and painting—for both children and adults. The center also hosts several weeklong summer camps for kids looking for a creative outlet. This summer, the camp themes include Picasso Meets Pokémon, Creative Fantasy and a young artist intensive for middle and high school students. 

Other Resources
Covington Clay
Pottery studio and gallery that offers classes
16 W. Pike St., Covington. 859-491-3900,

Keith Klein Art Studio
Professional artist who teaches painting and drawing to students of all ages
251 Main St., Florence. 859-525-7052,

Mudlark Pottery Studio
Wet clay studio with classes in both wheel-throwing and hand-building techniques
1739 Roberts Road, Verona. 859-630-0701,

RESN8 Gallery & Studio
Art gallery that offers pour painting classes, a Budding Artists class and more
413 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue. 513-907-3903,