Art & Architecture

Gerald Stuart Baron | Architect
Over six decades, Gerald Baron designed contemporary homes in Louisville and beyond with walls of glass, natural wood, and irregular angles. His use of curved walls, multi-level living and dining spaces, spiral staircases, free-standing stone fireplaces, creatively outfitted kitchens, and expansive windows welcoming the outside in, set Gerald Baron homes apart.
Lonnie & Twyla Money: 50 Years of Kentucky Appalachian Folk Art
The story of two iconic Kentucky artists who have not only been making highly regarded folk art pieces for nearly 50 years, but who have helped to shape this unique Appalachian art form.
Gideon Shryock: His Life and Architecture, 1802-1880
Gideon Shryock, Kentucky's first formally trained architect, brought the international style of the Greek Revival to Kentucky and the American West, and over the course of his half-century career imparted a template of architectural and professional dignity for others to follow. Today he is considered one of the state's – and the era's – most important architects.
Jerry Eifler: A Retrospective
A lovely full-color book of photographs showcasing over 90 oil paintings and watercolors Jerry has created over the last five decades of his life. His works of art are a testament to Jerry's ability, through his creative lens, to see extraordinary beauty and mystery in ordinary life, and to inspire us to live our own lives more creatively, more deeply, more richly, and more fully.
65 YEARS: making. moving. art.
In 2017, Louisville Ballet celebrates its 65th Anniversary. Follow the history of the fourth-oldest professional ballet company in the United States, as told through hundreds of photographs and engaging narrative.
Samuel Joseph Elsby: Banker, Businessman, and Community Leader
The Elsby, built in 1916 on the corner of Pearl and State Streets, was New Albany, Indiana's first high-rise office complex. It was a testimonial to the art of ingenuity and innovation, incorporating the most modern conveniences available at the time. In 1917, the New Albany Public Press declared, "Everyone admires the new Elsby." But who was this man, Samuel J. Elsby, who built it? This book dives into the history of both the man and the building, which Elsby considered his crowning achievement.
Making Pottery Functional: Over 200 Pottery Items and How to Make Them Work
Veteran potter and teacher Melvin D. Rowe provides a wealth of creative inspiration and insightful tips for creating over 200 unique pottery pieces that can actually be used.
Actors Theatre of Louisville: Fifty Years
This beautiful keepsake volume tells the story of Actors Theatre, from its humble beginnings in a rough and tumble loft space on Fourth Street to its growth into one of the most important regional theatre companies in America today. Celebrating 50 years of creative accomplishments, this limited-edition book offers a graphic timeline packed with colorful anecdotes of the people who lived it and the community that embraced it, and is punctuated by hundreds of photographs of the most fascinating and memorable aspects of Actors Theatre's history — the productions themselves.
The Houses of Richard B. Isenhour: Mid-Century Modern in Kentucky
An investigation into the simple lines, open living areas, and natural materials at the heart of the "mid-century modern" style of architecture, this book details 43 houses designed and built by Richard B. Isenhour in the Lexington, Kentucky, area from 1956 to 1978. Presented chronologically, the book shows the evolution of an exemplary mid-century designer.
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The Leight House: The Home and Collections of Leonard and Adele Leight
Over forty years, Leonard and Adele Leight have assembled one of the foremost studio art glass collections in the United States, which is exquisitely situated throughout their home and intermingled with their ceramic and furniture collection. The Leight House is not only a room-by-room depiction of the Leights' collection and the architecture that displays it, but a story of how two people collaborated in building what is truly an exceptional home museum.
Country Houses of Louisville, 1899-1939
With over 300 contemporary and archival illustrations, this beautiful full-color coffee-table book presents an in-depth view of 32 spectacular country estates in Louisville, Kentucky, and the families and architects who built them. This period and genre of residential architecture and related social history in Louisville have never before been documented this thoroughly or extensively.
Julius Friedman: Images and Ideas
For the first time ever, Julius Friedman, one of America's most prolific and versatile artists, photographers and graphic designers of the modern era, presents the output of a lifetime in this beautiful, full-color coffee-table book. Herein Friedman explores his life, his processes, and his complete works to date, giving readers a glimpse into the mind and instincts of the artist, and moreover exploring the processes that power art in all media around the world.
A Celebration of Glass
This beautifully illustrated, full color commemorative book showcases the best of contemporary art and architectural glass. Originally produced for the groundbreaking "Celebration of Glass" exhibit in 2003, the book now serves as a compilation of those works and a testament to the beauty of the genre.
Kentucky Houses of Stratton Hammon
His name evokes images of timelessly handsome, classically beautiful homes that remain highly sought-after many decades after their construction. In this magnificent volume, the authors present a comprehensive appreciation of Hammon's work through gorgeous photography and full description. This book was awarded a Bronze Medal for Excellence in the national Architecture category of the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards.
Louisville Landmarks: A Viewbook of Architectural and Historic Landmarks in Louisville, Kentucky
This complete yet purse-sized volume is the perfect guidebook to Louisville's most significant buildings, historic residences and landmarks, incorporating the dates, the architects, and the style, significance and historic status of over 60 of Louisville's most notable sites.
Crossing the American Grain
Grady Clay's wide-ranging radio essays known as "Crossing the American Grain" have been a staple on Louisville's NPR station, WFPL, for many years. In this comprehensive volume, Clay has collected the best of those commentaries, discussing visual and cultural landscapes, urban design and more with the incisive insight that has made his radio shows so captivating.
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