Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft
715 W. Main St. • 589-0102
$5 (free for members); 6 p.m.
Alma Lesch came to textile arts late in life, but in the nearly five decades after she left work as a grade-school teacher, the McCracken County native became a luminary in the folk-art community. Credited as a pioneer of the American art cloth craft movement in the 1960s, Lesch became a founding member of the Art Center of Louisville (now the Louisville Visual Art Association) before her death in 1999 at the age of 82. She left behind hundreds of fabric collages, sculptures and banners that remain on display throughout Kentucky and in private collections. Artist Dennis Shaffner, a longtime friend and student of Lesch, will share his insights on the “no-nonsense” creative vision of this iconoclast of small-town America, and will discuss the evolution of the utilitarian feminine housekeeping practice of “mending” to a uniquely American art form respected throughout the world. —Eve Lee