Ribbon Cuttings and Moments of Clarity

The Lash Lounge Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony at Chenoweth Square.

By Janice Carter Levitch

When I heard Britany Baker and her husband Frankie Steele had an art exhibit called “Moments of Clarity” at Art Sanctuary, I had to go see what it was all about. As an artistic duo, Baker and Steele bring together an imaginative collaboration of some of the most ethereal, beautiful art that any connoisseur would be privileged to add to their portfolio. I, for one, am looking forward to the inspiring task of making a selection from this current exhibit to add to my personal collection.

In her artist statement displayed at the exhibit, Baker explains that in her practice of art, she explores themes related to the body and to living forms. She is interested in the internal versus the external and in how things grow. 

Artists Frankie Steele and Britany Baker at Art Sanctuary, 1433 S. Shelby St. on opening night for their exhibit “Moments of Clarity,” which runs through Sept. 30.

The exhibit captures and conveys how sturdy yet delicate life is.

As a professional photographer, Steele wants to capture real people, each in their natural habitat, being present. He then slows the video down to allow the viewer time to see expressions and movements that would normally go unnoticed. It confronts the viewer with what it looks like to think, to play, to feel discomfort, happiness and more.

On display as the starting point for the exhibit, Steele’s video is a portrait of friends and family. It gave me a glimpse into the subtle nuances of these people and their relationships. It was fascinating to watch and made me realize this type of artistic expression could help us find out more about what we have in common with others as well as what makes us unique.

Speaking of unique, I was recently invited to attend the grand opening of The Lash Lounge in Chenoweth Square. The owner is Jennifer Kalmey, who took the time to explain to me what their mission is. “At The Lash Lounge, we pride ourselves in specializing in safe, sanitary and truly customized eyelash extension applications,” she explained. “Our exclusive technique tailors a perfect design for each individual’s unique eye shape. We also provide additional services including brow extensions, lash and brow tinting, threading and lash lifting for effortless beauty and an instant youthful appearance.”

“Layered Tether” by Britany Baker. Charcoal on paper.

Well, of course, I had to give it a go myself and see what it would be like to have eyelash extensions. In a spa-like setting, I was greeted with a warm welcome and asked to fill out a little bit of paperwork. In the blank where you are to fill in your birth date information, I tested their humor by writing, “a beautiful fall evening in October,” and waited to see the reaction. Yes, I’m a closeted comedian.

The process took about 90 minutes and the stylist thoroughly explained every step along the way. I was even given a blanket to keep me warm, which almost lulled me to sleep (you also get to lay down on a comfy reclining chair). I’ve never been a fan of someone awkwardly poking around my eyes, but I have to say this experience was relaxing. And if it weren’t for fear that I would snore louder than a bear, I could’ve taken a little siesta. Adios for now! VT

Owners of The Lash Lounge Doug and Jennifer Kalmey.