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NKY Bourbon Barrel Walk

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TOUR GUIDE

 COVINGTON, NEWPORT & BELLEVUE

Tour Summary

NKY is the "Gateway to Bourbon Country."

As we did in 2019, we are again celebrating bourbon and art by matching local businesses with artists to create barrels that celebrate the people, places and passions of our region.

The barrels are on display through August 2023 in the entertainment districts of NKY's river cities. Visitors and residents can "take the walk," as the barrels lead them to interesting and exciting destinations.

We have barrels displayed in several cities. Click on the city route below you'd like to see or just scroll down to begin in Covington.

 

Click here to learn more about the project, which is a collaboration between the Catalytic Fund and the NKY Chamber of Commerce.

Covington's Walk

The route through Covington takes you from the Riverfront through three entertainment districts: Roebling Point, Downtown and Main Strasse Village.

Enjoy the interesting architecture and stunning public art as you explore this eclectic, welcoming city.

 

COVINGTON RIVERFRONT

LOCATION: NKY Convention Center, 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd., Covington

SPONSOR: NKY Convention Center

ARTIST: Kim Vanlandingham

ARTIST STATEMENT: Want a room with a view?  Visit the Northern Kentucky Convention Center for an event and take a stroll around to see some of our iconic views by the river.  I was truly intrigued by this lamp post down by Riverside Drive. Probably un-noticed by most, its beautiful design just spoke to me.

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COVINGTON RIVERFRONT

LOCATION: NKY Convention Center, 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd., Covington

SPONSOR: NKY Convention Center

ARTIST: Lizzy Milligan

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COVINGTON RIVERFRONT

LOCATION: Trinity Church, 326 Madison Ave., Covington

SPONSOR: NKY Tri-ED

ARTIST: Rebekah Del Matto

ARTIST STATEMENT: NKY Tri-Ed and I are both passionate about equality and inclusivity. We wanted to make sure that was the forefront of the design. Using the bridges of NKY to display the connection and elevation of what can be! 

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COVINGTON RIVERFRONT

LOCATION: Learning Grove, 333 Madison Ave., Covington

SPONSOR: The Catalytic Fund

ARTIST: Jill Morenz

ARTIST STATEMENT: I love to read, so my design features the spines of books, some of which come together to create the trunk of a tree.

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COVINGTON RIVERFRONT

LOCATION: RiverCenter Towers, 50 E. RiverCenter Blvd., Covington

SPONSOR: Odyssey Financial Advisors

ARTIST: Zijah Popajah

ARTIST STATEMENT: I love to paint local scenery. With a mix of cool and warm tones, this design aims to capture the beauty of the Cincinnati Skyline, featuring a riverboat in the foreground that is sailing towards the setting sun.

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COVINGTON RIVERFRONT

LOCATION: East RiverCenter Blvd., Covington

SPONSOR: BM2 Freight

ARTIST: Zijah Popajah

ARTIST STATEMENT: I love to explore the natural beauty of the city through my art. My design features the Cincinnati Riverfront, set against the backdrop of a summer sunset.

RUNNER UP for the NKY Proud Award for best representation of the Northern Kentucky region.

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RUNNER UP for the Best of the Best Award.

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COVINGTON RIVERFRONT

LOCATION: East RiverCenter Blvd., Covington

SPONSOR: eGateway Capital

ARTIST: Matt Eckerle

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COVINGTON RIVERFRONT

LOCATION: East RiverCenter Blvd., Covington

SPONSOR: Horizon Community Funds

ARTIST: Sabrina Mantle

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COVINGTON RIVERFRONT

LOCATION: The Gruff, 129 E. 2nd St., Covington

SPONSOR: meetNKY

ARTIST: Ben Kaczmarek

ARTIST STATEMENT: I love the Northern Kentucky area. In my barrel designs I’ve represented a few of the local attractions in given areas of town. I tend to, in all my works, use bold, highly contrasting and Chromatic areas of color.

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COVINGTON'S ROEBLING ROW NEIGHBORHOOD

LOCATION: Roebling Row Apartments, 240 Greenup St., Covington

SPONSOR: OneNKY Alliance

ARTIST: James Billiter

ARTIST STATEMENT: James Billiter of Billiter Studio is a designer and artist specializing in illustration. His work celebrates place-making and cultural history with the intent of inspiring community pride and belonging in the viewer. His barrel for OneNKY Alliance highlights cultural landmarks from Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties — all communities benefiting from OneNKY’s leadership and initiatives.

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COVINGTON'S ROEBLING ROW NEIGHBORHOOD

LOCATION: Roebling Point Books & Coffee, 306 Greenup, Covington

SPONSOR: Normand & Lisa Desmarais

ARTIST: Alisha Mason

ARTIST STATEMENT: This barrel is for Normand and Lisa Desmarais, who will eventually put it at their lake house, which is where the inspiration for wooded scenes came from. 

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COVINGTON'S ROEBLING ROW NEIGHBORHOOD

LOCATION: Keystone Bar & Grill, 313 Greenup, Covington

SPONSOR: Step CG

ARTIST: Katrina Dienno

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COVINGTON'S ROEBLING ROW NEIGHBORHOOD

LOCATION: Smoke Justis, 302 Court St., Covington

SPONSOR: Stock Yards Bank & Trust

ARTIST: Linda Bittner

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COVINGTON'S ROEBLING ROW NEIGHBORHOOD

LOCATION: Frosthaus, 115 Park Pl., Covington

SPONSOR: Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center

ARTIST: Trent Redmon

ARTIST STATEMENT: This barrel is a love letter to Kentucky. Bourbon rains down from the sky as horses and jockeys race around a winding rickety track. Animals, people, and various other Kentucky icons adorn the background in a chaotic cartoon scene. The top of the barrel is a tribute to Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center in Covington, KY where I teach art classes for kids. I’m extremely grateful to be able to paint and teach art in this state that has meant so much to me. 

WINNER of the Best of the Best Award.

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COVINGTON'S ROEBLING ROW NEIGHBORHOOD

LOCATION: Covington Yard, 401 Greenup, Covington

SPONSOR: Comey & Shepherd Realtors

ARTIST: Allyson Coffren

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COVINGTON'S ROEBLING ROW NEIGHBORHOOD

LOCATION: Legacy Financial, 117 E. 4th St., Covington

SPONSOR: Legacy Financial Advisors

ARTIST: Chris Kidwell

ARTIST STATEMENT: In this I wanted to pay homage to the Mural on the Legacy Financial building and portray the birds and the managing principal of the firm as their clients finding shelter in their services.

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COVINGTON'S ROEBLING ROW NEIGHBORHOOD

LOCATION: DBL Law, 109 E. 4th St., Covington

SPONSOR: DBL Law

ARTIST: Chris Kidwell

ARTIST STATEMENT: This design was inspired by a vintage postcard showing this Covington neighborhood.

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COVINGTON'S DOWNTOWN

LOCATION: Chimaek, 405 Scott St., Covington

SPONSOR: Orleans Development

ARTIST: Dye Brothers

ARTIST STATEMENT: CHIMAEK - Chicken and beer. That's the order that our chicken wants be sure everyone remembers and just to be sure, he's putting the beer in its place. Or maybe he's about to perch on this newly poured beer that he claims as his own. Either way, chicken and beer.

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COVINGTON'S DOWNTOWN

LOCATION: PNC, 404 Madison Ave., Covington

SPONSOR: PNC

ARTIST: Jennifer Baldwin

ARTIST STATEMENT: This barrel design was inspired by PNC's Grow Up Great program for early learners.

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COVINGTON'S DOWNTOWN

LOCATION: Chas. Bilz Insurance, 412 Madison Ave., Covington

SPONSOR: The Pickle Factory

ARTIST: Lyndsey Paynter

ARTIST STATEMENT: The Pickle Factory now houses incredibly cool Airbnb spaces.

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COVINGTON'S DOWNTOWN

LOCATION: The Globe, 12 E. 5th St., Covington

SPONSOR: The Globe

ARTIST: Jennifer Baldwin

ARTIST STATEMENT: This barrel is painted to look like a glass of the delicious bourbon sold at The Globe.

RUNNER UP for the Top Shelf Design Award for best representation of bourbon.

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COVINGTON'S DOWNTOWN

LOCATION: C-Forward, 5 W. 5th St., Covington

SPONSOR: C-Forward

ARTIST: Jim Conroy

ARTIST STATEMENT: My barrel has the theme of autism awareness. I was fortunate enough to be able to portray the eyes of someone with autism and I wanted to portray the beauty of the person locked behind the puzzle of autism.

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COVINGTON'S DOWNTOWN

LOCATION: Gateway Community & Technical College, 516 Madison Ave., Covington

SPONSOR: AlphaMark Advisors

ARTIST: Susan Mordigal

ARTIST STATEMENT: My design was inspired by the ongoing conflict between the bull and bear market. This can be broadly interpreted to just about any life struggle of opposing sides. The bold colorful background offers a stunning backdrop of style and hope. Here’s to your bull market!

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COVINGTON'S DOWNTOWN

LOCATION: Egelston-Maynard Sports, 525 Madison Ave., Covington

SPONSOR: NKU

ARTIST: Amanda Bollman

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COVINGTON'S DOWNTOWN

LOCATION: Huntington, 540 Madison Ave., Covington

SPONSOR: Huntington

ARTIST: Katrina Rattermann

ARTIST STATEMENT: As a native of Cincinnati and a ceramic enthusiast, I love Rookwood Pottery! My design was inspired by the massive Rookwood tile arches at the entrances of the Carew Tower Arcade. Both the repeating floral pattern and the Art Deco style are featured in the design.

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COVINGTON'S DOWNTOWN

LOCATION: Smith Law, 605 Madison Ave., Covington

SPONSOR: Smith Law

ARTIST: Emily Stamm

ARTIST STATEMENT: Here come the horses!! I am proud of my home state of Kentucky!  In the spring, the Kentucky Derby is such a happy celebration and I am all for celebrating the good things in Kentucky!! 

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COVINGTON'S DOWNTOWN

LOCATION: The Hannaford, 619 Madison Ave., Covington

SPONSOR: C-Forward

ARTIST: Tiffany Grider

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COVINGTON'S DOWNTOWN

LOCATION: East to Vest, 10 W. Pike St., Covington

SPONSOR: Gravity Diagnostics

ARTIST: David Rice

ARTIST STATEMENT: This design highlights all the work that Gravity Diagnostics does for health care in our region.

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COVINGTON'S DOWNTOWN

LOCATION: City Hall, 20 W. Pike St., Covington

SPONSOR: TiER1 Performance Solutions

ARTIST: Steven Montag

RUNNER UP for the Colossally Creative Award for most creative barrel design.

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COVINGTON'S DOWNTOWN

LOCATION: Point Perk Coffee, 43 W. Pike St., Covington

SPONSOR: Scooter Media

ARTIST: Ybette Inojosa

ARTIST STATEMENT: Coffee!!

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COVINGTON'S DOWNTOWN

LOCATION: Madison Event Center, 700 Madison Ave., Covington

SPONSOR: FFR Wealth Team

ARTIST: Tiffany Grider

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COVINGTON'S DOWNTOWN

LOCATION: Revival Vintage Bottle Shop, 5 E. 8th St., Covington

SPONSOR: Revival Vintage Bottle Shop

ARTIST: Diana Murphy

ARTIST STATEMENT: My design features favorite bourbons of the staff and customers of Revival Vintage Bottle Shop. I’ve also “rolled out the red carpet” to honor a bottle from the personal bourbon line of Brad Bonds' great-grandfather.

WINNER of the Top Shelf Design Award for best representation of bourbon.

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COVINGTON'S DOWNTOWN

LOCATION: Rich's Proper Food & Drink, 701 Madison Ave., Covington

SPONSOR: Ion Center for Violence Prevention

ARTIST: Pinky Sivrais

ARTIST STATEMENT: I really wanted to take The Ion Center's positive messaging and make it a bold, attention-grabbing statement. I love using high contrast and thick lines in my pieces, and I really tried to embrace that to the fullest extent on the barrel, so those values could translate even from far away.  

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COVINGTON'S DOWNTOWN

LOCATION: Rich's Proper Food & Drink, 701 Madison Ave., Covington

SPONSOR: VonLehman

ARTIST: Deborah Thornberry

ARTIST STATEMENT: My granddaughter is 4 and loved flying kites this spring, when asked to do the barrel for VonLehman, we have what is called a service shape.  It’s the shape created by the overlapping V and L.  In looking at it I saw a kite, which fit perfectly with the firm as they are always reaching for new heights, which in turn led to the diversity of the children as the firm strives to implement this in the workplace.

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COVINGTON'S DOWNTOWN

LOCATION: Parlor on 7th, 43 W. 7th St., Covington

SPONSOR: Rudler

ARTIST: Jimmy Henkenberns

ARTIST STATEMENT: I have always enjoyed the juxtaposition of different elements coming together. So, I have the space background in warmer colors counterbalanced by the splatters of cooler colors.

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COVINGTON'S DOWNTOWN

LOCATION: Duveneck Statue, Pike & Washington, Covington

SPONSOR: Verst Logistics

ARTIST: Elizabeth Murray

ARTIST STATEMENT: The images are iconic family spaces and places in Northern Kentucky along with the connection of towns via roads or now, technology. Parts of the images will fade with time, just as some of our memories do, reflecting on the passage of time, people and places. 

WINNER of the NKY Proud Award for best representation of the Northern Kentucky region.

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COVINGTON'S DOWNTOWN

LOCATION: The Point Arc, 629 Washington, Covington

SPONSOR: Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)

ARTIST: Donovan Dietrich

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COVINGTON'S MUTTER GOTTES NEIGHBORHOOD

LOCATION: Flying axes, 100 W. 6th St., Covington

SPONSOR: Covington Business Council

ARTIST: Jennifer Baldwin

ARTIST STATEMENT: Celebrating 50 years of this impactful organization.

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COVINGTON'S MUTTER GOTTES NEIGHBORHOOD

LOCATION: Greenline Salon, 201 W. 6th St., Covington

SPONSOR: The Carri Chandler Family

ARTIST: Lori Kay Farr

ARTIST STATEMENT: "Garden Flowers" My design was inspired by my sponsor and my love of flowers. I took inspiration from vintage garden flowers that our family grew in our yards. The yellow lemon drop peonies and the orange zinnias were some of our favorites. 

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COVINGTON'S MUTTER GOTTES NEIGHBORHOOD

LOCATION: Craig & 6th Streets, Covington

SPONSOR: C-Forward

ARTIST: Eileen Byrne-Smock

ARTIST STATEMENT: C-Forward Information Technologies, with locations in NKY, Lexington, and Louisville, provides IT solutions from Cloud Computing, Email management and hosted Exchange Servers to Data and Disaster Recovery. These services, as well as others, are provided to small and mid-size businesses. My barrel design is a representation of how nearly all of our current technology is “in the cloud” - from handhelds, to files, to computers. The satellites and towers send the signals to the devices to keep us connected.

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COVINGTON'S MUTTER GOTTES NEIGHBORHOOD

LOCATION: Craig & 6th Streets, Covington

SPONSOR: St. Elizabeth Healthcare

ARTIST: Diana Cendales

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COVINGTON'S MAIN STRASSE VILLAGE

LOCATION: 6th Street, Covington

SPONSOR: St. Elizabeth Healthcare

ARTIST: Jennifer Baldwin

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COVINGTON'S MAIN STRASSE VILLAGE

LOCATION: Near 602 W. 6th Street, Covington

SPONSOR: AGNT

ARTIST: AGNT

ARTIST STATEMENT: AGNT created an interactive art installation out of its barrel, with a mission to send passers-by through the storied history of the MainStrasse Village while welcoming them into the world of NFTs by minting free Proof of Attendance tokens (POAPs). Simply tap your phone on the device embedded in the barrel head to get started. If you have trouble getting the website to open, you can go directly to the website here.

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COVINGTON'S MAIN STRASSE VILLAGE

LOCATION: Spoon, 501 Main St., Covington

SPONSOR: Alpine Valley Water

ARTIST: Betsy LaSorella

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COVINGTON'S MAIN STRASSE VILLAGE

LOCATION: Lisse Steakhuis, 530 Main St., Covington

SPONSOR: Jeanne Schroer & Michael Dinn

ARTIST: Anne-Marie Herrera

ARTIST STATEMENT: A forest is very much like a community. Standing tall together, intertwined and connected. 

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COVINGTON'S MAIN STRASSE VILLAGE

LOCATION: Wiseguy's, 603 Main St., Covington

SPONSOR: Tour With Us KY

ARTIST: Matt Meyung

ARTIST STATEMENT: Celebrating all the great bars, restaurants and distilleries on the B-Line.

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COVINGTON'S MAIN STRASSE VILLAGE

LOCATION: OKBB, 629 Main St., Covington

SPONSOR: Cork 'n Bottle

ARTIST: Spencer Schwier

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COVINGTON'S MAIN STRASSE VILLAGE

LOCATION: Crafts & Vines, 642 Main St., Covington

SPONSOR: Firestone Building Products

ARTIST: Brian Beck

ARTIST STATEMENT: This design shows Firestone's manufacturing process from start to finish.

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COVINGTON'S MAIN STRASSE VILLAGE

LOCATION: Kaleidoscope Stained Glass, 704 Main St., Covington

SPONSOR: Jack's Glass

ARTIST: June Pfaff Daley

ARTIST STATEMENT: "A Bengal's Pane in the Glass" When the roar of the jungle causes an unfortunate crack in the windshield, our beloved #9 drives in for repairs as the Northern Kentucky landscape reflects in the glass.

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Newport's Walk

The route through Newport starts at the Purple People Bridge and winds through Newport on the Levee. It then goes south on both Monmouth and York Streets. 

Enjoy Newport's exciting blend of the historic and the new, as it honors its past and looks to the future.

 

NEWPORT ON THE LEVEE

LOCATION: By the Purple People Bridge

SPONSOR: Southbank Partners

ARTIST: Kimberly Popil Moon

ARTIST STATEMENT: I wanted to show how the bridge brings the two cities, Cincinnati and Newport, together.  It’s the bridge's 150th anniversary.  

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NEWPORT ON THE LEVEE

LOCATION: By the Purple People Bridge

SPONSOR: KLH Engineers

ARTIST: William Ashton

ARTIST STATEMENT: I was challenged to paint the purple people bridge and what it would look like illuminated. It’s difficult to put somthing like a bridge that is longer then it is tall on to a barrel that is much taller then it is in with not to mention it’s also round . On top of that add the challenge to try and show what it would look like with a dynamic light show on it. My barrel is what I came up with.

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NEWPORT ON THE LEVEE

LOCATION: On the approach to the Purple People Bridge

SPONSOR: Baynum Painting

ARTIST: Anisha Sanghani

ARTIST STATEMENT: I am a contemporary artist with a diverse background in Surface Design, Graphic Design, and Fine Arts. My versatility stems from my fun–loving, adventurous self. I love Amusement Parks such as Kings Island and the idea of riding huge roller coaster...however, I am terrified of the same. Therefore, I manifested my dream by painting roller coasters to attract what I want to do.

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NEWPORT ON THE LEVEE

LOCATION: On the approach to the Purple People Bridge

SPONSOR: Rising Star Casino

ARTIST: Jim Conroy

ARTIST STATEMENT: In this design I wanted to portray the beautiful rolling hills of Kentucky and show the ferry bringing together two states and the beautiful ferry run by the Rising Star Casino.  

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NEWPORT ON THE LEVEE

LOCATION: 3rd Street in front of Newport on the Levee

SPONSOR: Gustin Construction

ARTIST: Carrie Bertschy

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NEWPORT ON THE LEVEE

LOCATION: 3rd Street in front of Newport on the Levee

SPONSOR: Newport Racing & Gaming

ARTIST: Jimmy Henkenberns

ARTIST STATEMENT: Over a flowing background of red and blue, there are a couple of classic-style gaming machines. Because they can't be contained, all of the lemons, cherries and everything else come flying out of the machines toward the viewer.

RUNNER UP for Best Sponsor Showcase Award for best representation of the barrel's sponsor.

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NEWPORT ON THE LEVEE

LOCATION: 3rd Street in front of Rotolo 

SPONSOR: Rotolo Bowling Bocce Eatery

ARTIST: Jim Dies

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NEWPORT ON THE LEVEE

LOCATION: Near valet parking 

SPONSOR: Heartland Bank

ARTIST: Allyson Coffren

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NEWPORT ON THE LEVEE

LOCATION: Along river walk  

SPONSOR: Champlin Architecture

ARTIST: Edward Lopez

ARTIST STATEMENT: As an avid lover of photography and every other visual art, I was excited to try my hand at this daunting concept. My design features fireworks over a silhouette of the city skyline, partially shrouded in smoke.

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NEWPORT ON THE LEVEE

LOCATION: Near Bridgeview Box Park 

SPONSOR: The Millstone

ARTIST: Jill Jaiswal

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NEWPORT ON THE LEVEE

LOCATION: Near Newport Aquarium 

SPONSOR: HSD Metrics

ARTIST: Diana Cendales

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NEWPORT ON THE LEVEE

LOCATION: Near the Lawn 

SPONSOR: HORAN

ARTIST: Donovan Dietrich

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NEWPORT ON THE LEVEE

LOCATION: Near the Lawn 

SPONSOR: Newport on the Levee

ARTIST: Emily Mason

ARTIST STATEMENT: The theme of my barrel is “What makes the Levee Great” You will find it features something from every tenant here on property. From drinks and aquatic creatures, to cotton candy and stands of lights, I tried to capture all of the unique finds that make us the fun destination we strive to be. If you look closely, you will also find hidden initials of the management teams, because we are part of what makes the levee great!

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NEWPORT ON THE LEVEE

LOCATION: Near the Lawn 

SPONSOR: America's Best Restaurants

ARTIST: Emma Schutte

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NEWPORT ON THE LEVEE

LOCATION: Near Pizazz 

SPONSOR: GO Pantry!

ARTIST: Sharon Roark Chesser

ARTIST STATEMENT: In this painting I wanted to share how the GO Pantry nonprofit helps to bring children out from the shadows of hunger.

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NEWPORT ON THE LEVEE

LOCATION: Near Brothers

SPONSOR: Turfway Park

ARTIST: Tim Gold

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NEWPORT ON THE LEVEE

LOCATION: Inside the Gallery building

SPONSOR: Duke Energy

ARTIST: Matt Eckerle

WINNER of the Best Sponsor Showcase Award for best representation of the barrel's sponsor.

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NEWPORT 

LOCATION: SE corner of 3rd & Monmouth Streets, Newport

SPONSOR: meetNKY

ARTIST: Ben Kaczmarek

ARTIST STATEMENT: I love the Northern Kentucky area. In my barrel designs I’ve represented a few of the local attractions in given areas of town. I tend to, in all my works, use bold, highly contrasting and Chromatic areas of color.

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NEWPORT 

LOCATION: Atlas Cleaners, 328 Monmouth St., Newport

SPONSOR: Colonial Cottage

ARTIST: Kimberly Popil Moon

ARTIST STATEMENT: I wanted show the main things people remember about the Colonial Cottage.  The fireplace was a spot everyone would gather around.  They were known for their fried chicken 4-piece dinners with mashed potatoes and green beans.  I also wanted to show their connection to the community by listing some of the places they helped.  

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