Sight, the workhorse of the five senses, puts in too many hours keeping man from falling in manholes. Reward the most overworked sense with today's visually stimulating Groupon, which gets you a one-year membership at the Louisville Visual Art Association on River Road. Choose one of the following membership options:
- $20 for an individual membership (a $40 value)
- $35 for a family membership (a $75 value)
Founded in 1909, the Louisville Visual Art Association casts a creative spark on contemporary culture by showcasing a variety of rotating exhibits and supporting both emerging and established artists. A membership provides admission to the gallery, which currently allows patrons to experience the Reflections on a Louisville Landmark exhibit about Louisville’s Greek Revival–styled, 169-foot water tower, which also serves as home to the art center. The exhibit features artwork based on the original pumping station and water tower. Past exhibits include Fritz Klemperer’s hand-colored photographs, and model airplanes built by adults dressed like one of the Wright brothers.
Louisville Visual Art Association
In 1909, a group of local art enthusiasts banded together to foster a community appreciation for art and further the practice of creating art. More than three decades later, they moved to their new home in Portland, and will fill their new space with workshops, classes, and exhibits. Louisville Visual Art remains dedicated to promoting local artists, artistic styles, and contemporary culture.
A team of instructors instills painting and sculpting skills in children of all ages with the Children's Fine Art Classes program, which lets kids hone their understanding of color and technique during nearly 40 classes and camps. They also teach adult art classes, and help economically and socially disadvantaged students exhibit their artwork through Open Doors. Six to eight annual exhibitions often showcase work from these programs, but may also display fabric and knit pieces from local artists, or house events such as custom plates, cups, and utensils fashioned by 16 national ceramics artists to recreate Salvador Dali’s themed dinner parties. Each year, staff also fill two galleries with up to 800 works from its children’s programs.