Art News & Bits

The Speed Art Museum has extended the exhibition “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” through Jan. 18 and lowered the admission price. In addition, they’ve hired Suzanne Weaver as the new curator of contemporary art. They’ve also been promised more than 100 pieces of early Kentucky furniture and artifacts.

“Louisville Landmarks & Legends” is the new DVD by architect/historian Steve Wiser. It’s available at Carmichael’s Bookstores for $10. Historian/councilman Tom Owen also has a new DVD, “Life in the Old Neighborhood” ($21.98 at local bookstores).

The Louisville Graphic Design Association (www.lgda.org) will host its 19th Annual 100 show on Dec. 11.

Kentucky Backroads Gallery and the New Center for Contemporary Art have closed.

Holiday events/sales:

Ceramic show and sale on Dec. 5-7 at the Mary Anderson Center (www.maryandersoncenter.org).

Sale on Dec. 5-12 at StudioWorks (www.zoomgroup.org). 

32nd annual Old Louisville Holiday House Tour (www.holidayhousetour.com) is on Dec. 6-7. $20 in advance, $25 day of tour.

“Martinis and Mistletoe” is on Dec. 11 at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (www.kentuckyarts.org). Free members, $20 non-members.

Blow your own glass ornament through Dec. 21 at Flame Run Hotshop and Gallery (www.flamerun.com) and Glassworks (www.louisvilleglassworks.com).

Call for entries:

Louisville Downtown Management District (www.ldmd.org) is seeking designs for 10 bike racks/sculptures. Contact Ken Herndon at 817-2766. Deadline is Dec. 31.

Nelson House in Lexington is a new store selling furniture from Louisville’s Red Tree. They are looking for Kentucky artists to feature. Contact [email protected].

Family Scholar House, formerly Project Women, is seeking submissions by women artists for “Women of Wisdom 2009.” Contact Karen Cassidy at [email protected]. Deadline is Dec. 31.