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Remembering Jesse Mark
JESSE MARK, Co-founder of CREATE
1929 – 2020
With this exhibit, we honor and celebrate the life of Jesse Mark.
I first met Jesse back in 2015 or 2016. Around that time, he had discovered the field of arts in health and it piqued his interest. Jesse lived a long life, and as such, he had a wealth of knowledge and varied experiences under his belt by the time I met him. He was a well-educated man of faith and spent a good portion of his career working in healthcare. After retiring, Jesse became much more involved in the arts. He spent seven years teaching oil painting at UK’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, served on the board and was president of the Lexington Art League and spent time as the director of the Christ Church Cathedral art program.
Having worked in healthcare and spending much of his retirement engaged by and immersed in the arts, it made perfect sense that Jesse’s interests would coalesce around the field of arts in health. As he sought to learn more, he began contacting individuals and organizations in Lexington involved or working in the field of arts in health. As fate would have it, Jesse found his way to me. He expressed great interest in the work I was doing in my role as manager for the UK Arts in HealthCare program. He wondered if we could team up with other organizations and professionals in the community to build a greater awareness of the health and wellness benefits of engaging in and with the arts. Never one to shy away from an opportunity to engage my community and promote the work I do, I said, “let’s do it.”
From that first meeting with Jesse, CREATE was ultimately born. Local music therapist and owner of Edge Music Therapy, Austin Robinson later joined our efforts and became our third Co-founder. Together, along with an everchanging cast of committed organizations and individuals, we were able to put on a number of visual arts exhibits that were coupled with the performing arts and educational components centered on themes related to arts in health and wellness.
Beyond our work together with CREATE, Jesse became a dear friend and a man that I admired.
In honor of Jesse Mark, a human being of the highest caliber, CREATE continues our mission. Though Jesse’s spirit now soars across realms unimaginable, he is with us as we continue on this Unprecedented Journey.
- Jason Akhtarekhavari
The Lexington Art League builds up chances for Lexington area artists and those who like their work. We do this by introducing a fascinating and assorted exhibition program, financing public events, offering arts education, and building up productive partnerships with other individuals and organizations. The Lexington Art League was discovered in 1957 as a membership organization for observable artists from Lexington and the nearby area. Starting in the 1970s, the Lexington Art League started a partnership with the city’s parks and recreation department to create the annual Woodland Art Fair, which dwells one of the greatest such events in Kentucky after more than forty years. After years of development, the League shifted into the historic Loudoun House at Lexington’s Castlewood Park in 1984.
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The Loudoun House
209 Castlewood Dr.
Lexington, Ky. 40505
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All Lexington Art League programs are made possible through the generous support of LexArts. LexArts allocation of $50,000 represents the largest single donation to the operations of the Lexington Art League.
The Kentucky Arts Council, a state arts agency, provides operating support to the Lexington Art League with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support provided by Lexington Parks & Recreation.