Nearly 70 Louisville-area artists will open their studios for the public to take an insider’s look next weekend, all to benefit budding artists through a UofL scholarship program and local art classes for children.

A kickoff celebration from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 8 at UofL’s Cressman Center for Visual Arts, 100 E. Main St., will allow people to meet the artists and examine at least one piece of their artwork on display.

Kentucky artists from Louisville, Simpsonville and Crestwood and southern Indiana artists from New Albany, Georgetown and Jeffersonville will discuss and demonstrate their creations in a wide range of media including oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings; pottery; fiber; photography; sculpture; glass; metal; letterpress; collage and mixed media. (See a list of artists.)

Then Open Studio Weekend participants can choose as many studios as they like to visit from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 9 and noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 10. This is Louisville’s first such event. It’s sponsored by UofL’s Hite Art Institute and the Louisville Visual Art Association.

Proceeds will help UofL’s Mary Spencer Nay scholarship program and the LVAA’s Children’s Fine Art Classes program. At least one-third of the participating artists are UofL alumni, said John Begley, UofL gallery director.

The $20 wristbands required for Open Studio Weekend can be purchased online; by phone at 502-584-8166 (extension 100); and at the Cressman Center, LVAA’s 609 W. Main St. office, Preston Arts Center, Revelry Boutique Gallery, Carnegie Center for Art and History in New Albany, Ind., and Commonwealth Bank and Trust locations in the Highlands, Anchorage, Middletown and Holiday Manor.

The wristbands also will be for sale during the Nov. 8 kickoff event at the Cressman Center. Student tickets for $10 will be available for purchase in person with valid school ID at the Cressman Center.

Judy Hughes
Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.