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Gallery Spotlight: John Stephen Hockensmith

When you enter the Bleubird Studio & Suites, you are instantly greeted by the Bleubird Gallery. Jane, the Bleubird's owner and curator, uses the gallery to spotlight local artists such as John Stephen Hockensmith.

A Kentucky native, Hockensmith is one of the most prominent equine photographers in the United States. Hockensmith has an extensive and impressive resume, but if you're a Georgetown local, you may know him as the owner of Fine Art Editions Gallery & Press. While horses may be his specialty, his ability to capture a wide variety of subjects, everything from landscapes to butterflies, and use his photographs to tell a story, is astounding.

Currently on display in the Bleubird Gallery is 12 of the 24 breathtaking photos from Hockensmith's collection, The Chrysalis Project, an artistic chronicle of the life-cycle and migration of the eastern North American Monarch butterfly. Hockensmith compares the beauty of the monarch's wings to stained glass and his photos reflect that beauty in the most magical way.

The traveling exhibit serves the purpose to bring not only ecological awareness but also awareness to Chrysalis House of Lexington. Chrysalis House of Lexington is Kentucky's oldest and largest licensed substance abuse treatment center for women. These women receive support during addiction recovery so they can transform their lives, like the monarch butterfly transforms from caterpillar to butterfly. 15% of all print purchases from this collection will be donated directly to Chrysalis House.

Each print from The Chrysalis Project is a limited-edition, superior quality giclee print, measuring 30" x 19.5" with full gamut inks on Museo rag paper to museum standards.

All of the prints showing in the Bleubird Gallery are available for purchase.

Framed: $875

Print Only: $545

Stop by the Bleubird Gallery to experience The Chrysalis Project in person.

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