We all love a pat on the back, a hardy well done. Louisville Visual Art is doing just that with its inaugural “The Stars Among Us,” a luncheon to celebrate four individuals in our visual art community. Actually, it’s more correct to say eight individuals, for each recipient is receiving an award in memory of another significant art person. Photographer Vinhay Keo will receive the emerging-artist Rising Star Award, which is in honor of painter Bob Thompson. The Visual Art Educator Award, in memory of longtime teacher Anna Huddleston, is going to Wilma Bethel. She’s taught LVA’s Children’s Fine Art Classes for 45 years. Sculptor Charlotte Price was the embodiment of a philanthropist, making her the perfect namesake for the Benefactor of the Year Award. Porter Watkins, this year’s recipient, is on several local boards, including LVA. The recently deceased graphic designer Julius Friedman casts a big shadow. The Legacy Award, named in his honor, is going to another person who’s larger than life, Elmer Lucille Allen (see “Deans of the Louisville Art Scene” in last week’s LEO). To celebrate “The Stars Among Us,” LVA is hosting a luncheon in their honor. Tickets are on sale now on the LVA website.
THURSDAY, MARCH 1Kentucky Center for African American Heritage
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | $50