Art Is in the Air

Last week 1619 Flux: Art + Activism, a nonprofit organization opened at 1619 W. Main St. with a curated art exhibition. Kara Nichols is the founding director.

Barbara Nichols and Tom Musselman hosted a cocktail party there celebrating the art and the opening. Everyone who was anybody showed up and visited, viewed the art and the exhibition building. They were all enthused.

The large, welcoming building with white walls in and out has convenient and ample parking in the front of the one-story structure. You walk in, and immediately your eye is drawn to a large black and white portrait of a man. On closer inspection, you see that it is made of computer keys/tiles. Even closer, you see that the keys, while forming the portrait, also spell out ideas, verses, sayings and thoughts with the alternating black and white series of tiles making witty, wise, funny and profound statements. Bryan K. Holden is the creative artist of the piece offered for $26,000.

One of Stephen Rolph Powell’s fabulous glass pieces was a delight to enjoy as always.

“1619 Flux is a nonprofit organization that produces art events integrating established and emerging artists from different racial, socioeconomic and demographic origins, and serves as an incubator for discussing and resolving social justice issues.”

Guests were asked to support economic development of the city through the arts and investment in West Louisville by funding 1619 Flux.

The large attendance included Cissy Musselman, J.P. Davis of Fund for the Arts, Faye and Dick Thurman, Judy Hannekamp, Mary Lee and Greg Fischer, Don Powell and Arnie Levine, Pat Ballard, Lindy and Bill Street, Elise and Charlie Brown and Brenda Light.


The ladies of the Bellarmine Woman’s Council are hard at work ironing out the last minute details of this year’s show house at 2320 Village Drive. The longtime home of the late Barbara Cox will be presented September 10-25 as the 42nd Designers’ Show House, chaired by Donna Borden and Sandy Byrd.

Now owned by Mr. Nick Kues, this three-story English Tudor home was built in 1925 for the Mengel family by prominent architect Stratton Hammond.

It has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen, a finished walkout lower level with an entertainment area and bar, a deck and a two-car garage, which will house the boutique. There will be plenty of on-site parking behind the house as well as room for the popular Ladyfingers Cafe. You will be able to purchase tickets for the Show house on site.


With gardens, guests and hot weather in mind, Butchertown Grocery has launched its new summer lunch menu featuring salads, sandwiches and smaller portioned entrees.

“With the temperature heating up and the availability of summer produce, we want to focus on a lighter fare for our guests,” said Butchertown Grocery chef/partner Bobby Benjamin. “We will keep some of our signatures on the lunch menu, like the chicken and waffles and the pig and goat burger for those with a hearty appetite.”

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Highlighted dishes include watermelon gazpacho with tomato, crema, pistachio and basil, served with toast; avocado tartine with poached farm egg, arugula, citrus and pickled red onion, served with chips; summer squash and zucchini with pepitas, alfalfa sprouts and roasted tomato; and miso glazed salmon with baby bok choy, Marcona almonds and tea broth. The dinner menu will also include seasonal additions based on summer ingredient availability.

Located at 1076 E. Washington St. in a century-old former grocery store, Butchertown Grocery features a downstairs bistro restaurant and urbane upstairs bar that doubles as a performance space. Co-owned by chef Bobby Benjamin, My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan and lawyer Jon Salomon, the two-story eatery embodies the artsy soulfulness of the surrounding historic area. VT