ART: The gift of art: holiday exhibitions and sales

We’re in that long holiday stretch that shows up at the end of every year. Hopefully you’ve been a good girl or boy so you can get the art gift that’s on your wish list. If you haven’t found the pottery, painting or pin you want to give or receive, don’t worry; there are a number of local galleries and museums planning special holiday exhibitions, open houses and sales.

The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (715 W. Main St., kmacmuseum.org) is bringing back a favorite holiday shopping event with “Martinis and Mistletoe” on Thursday, Dec. 4.

In celebration of their 25th year in business, E&S Gallery (108 S. 10th St., eandsgallery.com) is planning a special three-day holiday open house Dec. 4-6. They will be selling Afrocentric gift items on all days, but the main event will be during the Dec. 5 First Friday Trolley Hop with a reception for guest artist Walter Lobyn. The Block Party Handmade Boutique (560 S. Fourth St., blockpartyhandmade.com) is also opening its holiday-themed art show during the Trolley Hop; the exhibition runs through December. The New Vintage (2126 S. Preston St., newvintagelouisville.com) is presenting its First Annual Christmas Bizarre also Dec. 5, with art for sale $20 and under.

The University of Louisville’s ceramic students and faculty hold an annual end-of-the-semester clay sale perfectly timed for the holidays. It’s Dec. 5-6 in the building that houses the U of L’s Studio Arts (2314 S. Floyd St., louisville.edu/art). Another ceramics studio, Payne Street Pottery and Gallery (531 N. Hite St., paynestreetpottery.com) is holding its holiday student show Dec. 13 and 20.

The Flea Off Market’s 3rd Annual Holiday Bazaar is Dec. 6-7 at Art Sanctuary (1433 S. Shelby St., facebook.com/thefleaoffmarket‎), with local artists among the over 100 vendors selling at the last flea market of the year. B. Deemer Gallery (2650 Frankfort Ave., bdeemer.com) has a Christmas open house Saturday, Dec. 6, while Creative Diversity Studio (107 S. Ewing Ave., creativediversity.org) is holding its holiday sale Monday, Dec. 8.

The local historic house museums have geared up for the holidays in a big way, decorating the mansions in bygone splendor. “Christmastide at Locust Grove” (561 Blankenbaker Lane, locustgrove.org) is Dec. 5-6, with the house decorated as it would have been in 1816. Both Whitehall House & Gardens (3110 Lexington Road, historichomes.org) and the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (1402 St. James Court, conrad-caldwell.org) are serving up tea for the holidays Saturday, Dec. 6 (reservations required). The Conrad-Caldwell House is also part of the Victorian Holiday Tours with the Brennan House Historic Home and Gardens (631 S. Fifth St., thebrennanhouse.org). Preservation Louisville, located in the Brennan House, is again producing a calendar featuring its top 10 preservation successes with photographs by local artists. The Howard Steamboat Museum & Mansion (1101 E. Market St. in Jeffersonville, steamboatmuseum.org) is holding its holiday open house Sunday, Dec. 14.

Saturday, Dec. 13 is artfully busy. The artists of Quattra 4 (quattra4.com) are having a sale of their jewelry and wearable art on that day to benefit The Heuser Hearing & Learning Institute at the Louisville Boat Club (4200 River Road). The World’s Second Most Awesome Art Market is presenting the “Umpteenth Annual $20 Art Show” at Copper & Kings Distillery (1111 E. Washington St., copperandkings.com) on Saturday. In celebration of its seventh anniversary, the Tim Faulkner Gallery (1512 Portland Ave., timfaulknergalleryart.com) is presenting its first “Winter Fest” Dec. 13, with the exhibition on display through Jan. 3.

Blow-your-own glass ornaments continue to be popular. Appointments are available at Flame Run at Glassworks (815 W. Market St., flamerun.com) through Dec. 23 (check out their exhibition “Holiday Hullabaloo” through Jan. 24). Hyland Glass (619 E. Main St., hylandglass.com) is taking reservations through Dec. 28.

“Presents, Presents!” is at Gallery Janjobe (Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center, 1860 Mellwood Ave., galleryjanjobe.com) with works by over 60 artists through Dec. 27. They are also doing “Holiday Tea: The Magic of Matcha” on Dec. 13 (free, reservations required). Another Mellwood gallery, Kore Gallery (koreartgallery.com), is presenting its holiday show “Small Works” through Dec. 31 with all the art under $100.

The Arts Association of Oldham County’s Gallery 104 (104 E. Main St. in La Grange, aaooc.org) is showing “Holiday Artistique,” which also goes through Dec. 31. Galerie Hertz’s holiday exhibition runs through Jan. 3 (1253 S. Preston St., galeriehertz.com).

“Holidays Around the World,” a show on how holidays are celebrated in other cultures, is at the Frazier History Museum through Jan. 4 (829 W. Main St., fraziermuseum.org). My favorite holiday movie is “White Christmas,” so I’m excited the Frazier is also featuring “White Christmas: The Exhibit” through Jan. 11, with memorabilia and costumes on loan from the Rosemary Clooney House in Augusta, Kentucky. A similar world show, “Once Upon a Holiday,” is at the Muhammad Ali Center (144 N. Sixth St., alicenter.org) through Jan. 18.