Visually Speaking: This week’s art news and events (3/7)

[The above image of a vine table is by blacksmith/sculptor Craig Kaviar.]

Art news
The Kentucky State Fair has created an award for blacksmiths and forged metalwork sponsored by Kaviar Forge & Gallery. All entries will be exhibited in the fine art section of the Kentucky State Fair. Anyone residing in the U.S is eligible to enter the Kentucky State Fair. Deadline: July 1 (

Louisville Visual Art, in association with Kroger, is seeking an artist interested in creating a large-scale indoor artwork for the Kroger on Westport Road. This artwork will have high visibility and will be prominently displayed within the store. There is no application fee to enter. Payment: $7,500-$10,000. Deadline for proposals: April 1 (

Art events
UofL’s Cressman Center for Visual Arts is featuring Mark Peiser as their next speaker/demonstrator in the Sutherland Endowed Chair in Glass Lecture Series. Tuesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. (

The Carnegie Center is presenting “A Natural Muse: Challenging Notions of Art,” a talk given by Martha Slaughter on Thursday, March 10 from 6-7:30 p.m. Slaughter is the Visual Arts Coordinator at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest; the Carnegie Center’s current exhibit “Bernheim: A Natural Muse” is a collaboration between Bernheim and the Carnegie Center (

“BASIC SHAPE: an open studio evening,” featuring work by John Brooks, Theo Edmonds, Denise Mucci Furnish, Dominic Guarnaschelli, Jacob Heustis, Sara Pitt, Letitia Quesenberry, Chris Radke and Rosalie Rosenthal, will be on Thursday, March 10 at 6-9 p.m. 1520-B Lytie St. (

Louisville Clay is recruiting new members. As part of that recruitment, they are holding a demo by Wayne Ferguson and potluck dinner (non-members are not required to bring a dish). Thursday, March 10 at 6:30-8:30 p.m. at AA Clay Studio & Gallery, 2829 S. Fourth St. (

Lettersong Calligraphy Studio/Gallery is presenting “Drawing on Emptiness: Opening Space for Creative Innovation, ” a two-day workshop that enhances creative problem solving. The instructor is Peter Fraterdeus, a longtime student of San Francisco calligrapher Kaz Tanahashi. March 12 & 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Fee will be $175 (early bird fee discount of $165), supply fee of $25 (

The Speed Art Museum will reopen on Saturday, March 12 at 10 a.m. There will be events for 30 continuous hours through Sunday, March 13 at 4 p.m. Free (

The Second Saturday Artist Demonstrations at the Mellwood Art and Entertainment Center is on Saturday, March 12 at 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (

“Functions in Two Dimensions: Art and Design by Ron Jasin and Ryan Patterson” is at the Green Building Gallery through April 8. The artists’ reception is Saturday, March 12 at 6-9 p.m. (

“ARTLIK NuLu 2016” and the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft have collaborated to show work by ten artists in local businesses through April 1 (

“Al Farrow: Wrath and Reverence” at 21c Museum through July 15 (