2019 Cabbage Patch Auction

The Cabbage Patch Settlement House hosted their annual auction on Sept. 26 at The Olmsted. Funds raised help the organization continue their work serving at-risk youths and their families through purpose-driven programs.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

James Beard Taste America Gala

On Sept. 26, the James Beard Foundation presented the Taste America: Louisville Gala at the Speed Art Museum. A cocktail and tasting reception was followed by a dinner and dessert reception featuring foods from some of Kentucky’s most talented chefs. The dinner menu was created by visiting all-star chef Richard Blais and local all-star chef Sara Bradley.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Harvest Homecoming – Bourbon on the River

Fall is here, and Harvest Homecoming in New Albany is a great way to start the season.

Enjoy a taste of the region’s best distilleries and wineries at Harvest Homecoming’s Bourbon on the River event on Thursday, October 10. The $25 admission will include a souvenir glass and free tastings of bourbons and wines. Food trucks will be on site for any hunger pangs and Jake & Elwood “Blue’s Brothers” will be on hand to provide some music.

Get a taste of the region’s best sketch comedy while you enjoy a delicious catered lunch at the Business Luncheon on Friday, October 11. Admission to this event includes a delicious lunch, two drink tickets, an official Harvest Homecoming pin, and a concert and variety show called CarniFALL. 

The world of craft beer has come a long way, especially in the Kentuckiana region. Enjoy tastes of craft and domestic brews alongside fall ciders and pumpkin beers at the first-ever Hops Beer Fest on Saturday, October 12. The $35 admission includes a souvenir collectible glass and free tastings.

Harvest Homecoming has been creating a family-friendly festival for over 50 years. The festival started as a way to bring the community of Southern Indiana together to share the community’s talents, history, and beauty. What started as a three day “Pumpkin Festival” is now over a week long and includes great fall events.

Cooking at Millie’s October Events

October is the time to be spooky – but it’s also a great time to pick up some cooking skills. 

Learn to cook a meal from some of the best local chefs, like Jackson Skelton of Louvino (10/10), Shawn Ward of Ward 426 (10/11), Shayne Griley of Hammerheads (10/17), Jereme McFarland of Bourbons Bistro (10/19), Rob Rice of Grassa Gramma (10/25). Each class includes a bottle of wine for each couple along with learning a full three-course meal. 

Cooking with Millie’s also offers several date-night cuisines with Alison Mann (10/4, 10/12, 10/26) with dishes like Traditional Italian Tiramisu, Blue Cheese Encrusted Salmon with Parmesan Risotto, and Maryland Crab Cakes. You can also impress friends and learn to make your own mozzarella and ricotta cheese with Andrew Kotheimer (10/23).

If you love Japanese fare, you won’t want to miss the Japanese Cuisine Date Night with Heather Lentz and special guests from Bourbon City Creamery (10/5), where you’ll learn the basics of tempura, sushi rolls, and ginger ice cream.

And October wouldn’t be complete without some type of Halloween affair. Master the delicate macaron, learning the tricks to make this complicated treat.

For more details and a full list of October events at Cooking at Millie’s, visit Red Pin Tix.

Violins of Hope

Event series coming to Louisville will honor stories of the Holocaust

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This month, Louisvillians will get to experience 10 days of concerts, exhibits and free programs dedicated to the Violins of Hope, a collection of instruments that were played during and survived the Holocaust. The series of events will take place Oct. 17-26 throughout the community. To learn more about the Violins of Hope and their appearance in Louisville, we spoke with Master Violinmaker Avshalom Weinstein and Program Director Miriam Ostroff. 

Avshalom “Avshi” Weinstein, Master Violinmaker.

What inspired your father to begin restoring these remarkable instruments? What inspired you to join him? 

“It all began when my father received a request to do a lecture about the violins in Germany in 1999, and from that, he continued to grow the collection. I have been working in his workshop since I was a child, so that’s how I got involved. I love woodworking and tinkering with things.” 

What has it been like working alongside him and sharing them with the world? 

“Very difficult. [Laughs] Working alongside your father isn’t always easy. But it has great benefits and it’s good fun. It’s important work.” 

Why is it so important for people around the world to see and learn about the Violins of Hope? 

“If people don’t remember what has happened in the past, they forget. If they forget, they might make the same mistakes again. As we get further and further from the holocaust, there are fewer survivors and firsthand accounts of what happened. These instruments serve as a reminder.” 

Which event(s) are you most looking forward to sharing with the Louisville community?

“Each and every one of them. They are all important, especially the educational events within the schools. This may be the first time that the students hear stories from the holocaust and that’s very important.

“I hope this program will make a difference. I hope that people will come out to the events to listen and learn what we have to say. And, I hope they go home and keep learning more than what I’m able to provide in the short time that I’ll be there.”

Miriam Ostroff, Program Director.

How did you learn about the Violins of Hope? What inspired you to help bring this program to Louisville?

“I first heard about the Violins of Hope from a friend who was involved with their appearance in Florida. By chance, several weeks later, I also saw a PBS special about the Violins of Hope. After that, I knew I had to get them to Louisville. It was immediately important to me that our community be made aware of their story and significance to our lives now. I just had to figure out how to make it happen. With the help of many passionate community leaders and organizations – including the Jewish Federation of Louisville, Frazier History Museum and Louisville Orchestra – the vision came to life.” 

Why is it so important for Louisvillians to see and learn about these instruments?

“These instruments are a memorial to more than six million victims of the Holocaust. Each violin was owned and played by an identifiable victim. Therefore, the instruments are now tangible survivors of that event. They serve as very powerful evidence that the Holocaust did in fact happen, and that it can never happen again. Out of the horrors of the Holocaust, these instruments that witnessed it now provide beautiful music for people today. They symbolize what we should learn from their history – to value tolerance and diversity, not ignore it. Everyone needs to be reminded of this, especially the youth in our community. That’s why special efforts are being made to bring this programming to local schools.” 

Which event(s) are you most looking forward to experiencing?

“We will host more than 30 free events throughout the 10-day initiative, culminating with a wonderful concert from the Louisville Orchestra. We will have something that is appropriate for every age group, and each event appeals to various interests. Perhaps most intriguing will be the display of the instruments at the Frazier History Museum. When you walk through and see the violins all around you, their significance becomes very real. 

“I am so grateful for the support from community leaders and organizations for making this possible. Their help has been critical, both creatively and financially. I hope that everyone can come out and experience the Violins of Hope while they are in Louisville.” 

For more information, including a full list of events, visit www.ViolinsOfHopeLou.com. 

The Morton Center Annual Luncheon

On Sept. 24, supporters of the Morton Center gathered for the organization’s annual luncheon at The Olmsted. John Walsh, co-founder of the Morton Center, served as the keynote speaker and honored prior board member and supporter Mark Robinson with the Stephen C. Gault Stewardship Award.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

The Bacchanal Pre-Party

Members of the Speed Art Museum’s Patron Circle took part in the Bacchanal Pre-Party at the museum on the evening of Sept. 25. Guests received a special tour of the museum from Curator of Contemporary Art Miranda Lash and celebrated the upcoming Bacchanal, which will take place on Nov. 2.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Drivin Fore Dreams

Grab your clubs and hit the green for a good cause on Monday, October 7.

The event will have a four-person scramble format with awards for the team closest to the hold on all par 3’s and hole-in-one prizes on all par 3’s, as well as prizes for first, second, third, and last-place teams. Prizes include a Costa Rica Getaway, a Disney World Adventure, a Los Cabos All-inclusive package, and a Fairmont Bermuda trip.

If you scratch on the golf tournament, you can still win big at the event’s silent raffle and auction—or sink a 50 foot putt to win $5,000! There will also be a meet and greet with Bellarmine Basketball coach Scotty Davenport.

Sponsored by Delta Dental, the 11 th annual Drivin’ Fore Dreams golf tournament will benefit Dreams With Wings, an organization that helps to empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The event begins at 11am and ends at 6pm. Hole or Team Sponsorship is $800. Team entry is $500.
Hosted at the Woodhaven Country Club, the event will have dinner and drinks.

Farm to Fork Fundraising Dinner

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If you consider yourself a foodie, this event is for you. Enjoy a delicious, farm-fresh meal crafted by Chef Brian Schack of The Block Gourmet Deli, using locally-sourced ingredients from farmers. Enjoy the meal inside the gorgeous Hockensmith Barn just outside of the bustling pace of the city.

The event begins with a cocktail hour, complete with small plates and appetizers before the featured event. The once-in-a-lifetime meal will start with a Farmer’s Basket salad bar with freshly-plucked greens and handcrafted dressings along with potato and pasta salads and artisan breads. Choose from four entrees for your main course, served directly from the cutting board, each with a custom beer or wine pairing. Desserts are provided by excellent pastry chefs from Baker Chic, Salted Baker, and Red Barn Bakery. 

Griffytown and Nick Peay will make sure your ears are as satisfied as your belly with their music. Although the meal itself is guarantee enough of a good time, the event also includes a silent auction with one-of-a-kind items as well as meet-and-greets with local farmers who provided produce.

The event benefits The Eastwood Village Council, a non-profit organization which advocates for all things related to the Eastwood Village and the surrounding area.

General admission tickets are $80. Tickets are nonrefundable, but may be transferred. Each dinner ticket includes two drink tickets. Additional drink tickets may be purchased at the event. The doors open at 6pm on Saturday, October 5. The event ends at 9pm.

The Speed Art Museum October 2019 Calendar


Photo by Andrea Hutchinson.

Now open Late ‘til Eight every Friday! Plus join us for the After Hours Party every third Friday until 10pm!


GONZO! The Illustrated Guide to Hunter S. Thompson

Through November 10, 2019
Special Exhibition, South Building

As one of Kentucky’s most famous exports, especially in the world of modern investigative journalism, the Speed is uniquely positioned to present this exhibition highlighting the professional collaborations (and personal relationships) that Thompson enjoyed with the artists and photographers who were tasked with illustrating his work, and even more importantly, articulating his vision through visual means.

Ebony G. Patterson: …while the dew is still on the roses…

Through January 5, 2020

The Speed Art Museum will present the work of artist Ebony G. Patterson in the comprehensive solo exhibition …while the dew is still on the roses… Organized by the Perez Art Museum, the project is the most significant presentation of Patterson’s work to date and includes work produced over the last five years, embedded within a new installation environment that references a night garden.


Costumed Figure Drawing Workshop

October 4 at 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us at Late Til 8 hours at the Speed for open figure drawing sessions! This series provides visitors ages 14 and up the opportunity to draw from a live model dressed in costuming inspired by one of the artworks from the Speed’s permanent collection. Registration not required, but materials and folding stools available first-come, first-serve. Guests many bring their own materials. PLEASE NOTE: Sketching materials permitted in the galleries include: pencil, conte crayon, and colored pencils.

Speed Cinema Presents: Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

October 4 at 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
October 5 at 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

October 5 at 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

October 6 at 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch Directed by Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky, Nicholas De Pencier A stunning sensory experience and cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is a years-in-the-making feature documentary from the award-winning team behind Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013) and narrated by Alicia Vikander.

Gonzo! Tour with Erika Holmquist-Wall and Tim Denevi

October 4 at 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join exhibition curator Erika Holmquist-Wall and author Tim Denevi for a tour of Gonzo! The Illustrated Guide to Hunter S. Thompson. Following the tour, there will be a reading and signing from Denevi’s book, Freak Kingdom: Hunter S. Thompson’s Manic Ten-Year Crusade Against American Fascism, available for purchase at the Museum Store.   FREE with admission as part of Late ‘Til 8 Fridays at the Speed.

Enid Yandell 150th Birthday Celebration

October 6 at 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Celebrate sculptor Enid Yandell’s 150th Birthday with a tour of the exhibit exploring her career, co-led by Johna Ebling, curatorial researcher for Kentucky Women: Enid Yandell, and Dr. Cristina Carbone, an architectural historian and professor, specializing in the history of World’s Fairs. This exhibition presents a fresh look at Enid Yandell’s career, contextualizing the world in which she lived, as a young woman living and working in turn-of-the-century Louisville, Paris, and New York City. FREE as part of Sunday Showcase.

Museum Playdate: Baby Bonanza

October 9 at 10:30 am – 11:30 am

2nd Wednesday of the month 10:30 – 11:30 am, See Guest Relations for Location Ages 0 – 12 months old Get out of the house and come to the Speed for a morning of interactive play with your baby! Each month we will set up in a different gallery to look at art and engage in related hands-on play. Join us for the whole hour or stop by for a few minutes and enjoy some social time with other families at the Museum.

Museum Playdate: Toddler Takeover

October 10 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

2nd Thursday of the month 10 am – 12 pm, Pick up Activity Map from Guest Relations Ages 12 – 36 months Bring your toddler to the Speed for a fun, laid-back Museum experience. Drop in for a quick visit or stay the whole time – it is up to you! A variety of activity stations will be set up throughout the Museum for you and your child to explore at your own pace.

Museum Closed

October 13 at 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Museum will be closed due to the 2019 Ironman Triathlon and will reopen with regular Museum hours on Wednesday, October 16.

Art Lab

October 13 at 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Visit Art Lab and put your creativity to the test. Art Lab provides a creative space for artistic experimentation, encouraging visitors to solve creative challenges, tinker with technology and discover new materials for art-making. All ages are welcome; All youth must be accompanied by an adult. Free with museum admission as part of Sunday Showcase.

Memories at the Museum Tour: Words + Pictures

October 16 at 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Join us at the Speed for a special program designed for those living with early- and middle-stage memory loss and their care partners. This program will combine a tour of the exhibition Gonzo! The Illustrated Guide to Hunter S. Thompson with a hands-on art-making experience inspired by our tour. Slow down at the Speed and strengthen bonds as you discover new connections with your loved ones. To register, please call the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900. Advance registration is required.

After Hours at the Speed

October 18 at 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Stay up late with us at the Speed! On the third Friday of each month, the Museum will be open until 10 pm. Each After Hours event comes alive with an eclectic mix of music, performances, cash bar + food available by Wiltshire at the Speed, and of course art! Come experience the Speed after hours like you’ve never experienced it before.  Generously sponsored by Spectrum Reach and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. October’s exciting events include: 5 — 7 pm: Family programming…

Open Studio

October 27 at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Visit the Speed for an open art making studio, where the only limitation is your own creativity! Each month, different materials will be provided for you to make artworks inspired by the Museum’s collection. All ages are welcome, all youth must be accompanied by an adult. FREE as a part of Sunday Showcase Education Court

The Female Persuasion

The Maiden

St. John sweater, $695; Lafayette skirt, $798, available at Rodes For Her. Earrings, $18; pearl necklace, $18, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment. Standing mirror, lotus oil diffuser, gold frog and arrows available at Details Furniture Gallery and Design. Wishbone ring in rose, $65; Shimmering Wishbone ring in rose, $55; polished crown ring, $45, available at PANDORA Louisville.

Andrea Hutchinson

Miranda McDonald

Wardrobe Assistant:
Mariah Kline

Prop Styling:
Britany Baker

Hair and Makeup:
Stephanie Johnson

Art Sanctuary

Summer Reed
(Heyman Talent)

Holly Blackwell

Olivia Grace Blackwell

Elise Fazio

Pearl brooch, $12, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment. Gold key available at Details Furniture Gallery and Design. Dress and fur from model’s personal collection. Headband from stylist’s personal collection.

The Mother & Child

Lucian coat, $796, available at Rodes For Her. Lord & Taylor faux fur, $28; J. Crew blouse, $18; pearl and gold necklace on table, $28, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment. “O” pendant, $60; “You are Magic” dragon charm, $50; silver chain, $55, available at PANDORA Louisville.

Set of golden vintage frame isolated on white background

Top: Link rose necklace, $225; Sparkling Mushrooms charm, $75; rose open bangle, $115; leaves charm, $70; multifaceted ring in silver, $50; multifaceted ring in rose, $65, available at PANDORA Louisville.

The Matriarch

Bottom, right: Cerao suit jacket, $655, available at Rodes For Her. Smythe blouse, $42; pearl necklace, $18, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment. Polished crown ring, $45, available at PANDORA Louisville. Crown from photographer’s personal collection.