A Landscape of Artistry

Louisville’s Waterfront Botanical Gardens To Transform Trash Into Treasure

Story by Graham Pilotte

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

It takes imagination, courage and creativity to create a place of beauty in a spot that has been abused and abandoned, but that is the mission of Louisville’s new Waterfront Botanical Gardens. Twenty-three acres, nestled downtown by the river, are being transformed from a former landfill into a space that combines nature and art. For the land by the waterfront, it’s a beautiful type of second chance.

“We’re re-greening a landfill, which has its own challenges,” explains Kasey Maier, executive director of the project. “But I’m amazed at the growth and change we’ve seen throughout the years.”

The new botanical gardens have a long history. “Originally, our site was a residential neighborhood,” Maier explains, pointing out the famous facade at Frankfort Avenue and River Road. However, the floods in the 1930s and 1940s damaged the neighborhood beyond repair. “The city decided to turn it into a landfill,” Maier says. “But this house and the facade was still standing. The mayor at the time saved it.” The facade has become a symbol of strength and revitalization for the city. “Ten or 12 years ago, they moved it to its current location to serve as the icon for the future gardens,” Maier says.

The development of the gardens finally took off around 2013, and all the plans are now in place. “You’ll be coming into a beautiful botanical space. We’ll have three buildings: an education center, a visitors’ center and a conservatory,” Maier asserts. Small classroom buildings, various gardens and a greenhouse will also be featured on the property, as will two-and-a-half miles of trails and meadows for visitors to enjoy.

“Our main mission is environmental education,” Maier says. “You can go to a park, but this is more structured, planned and deliberate, with educators right there. We want to use our native plants, but also bring in non-native plants – not everyone gets to travel, and we want them to be accessible.” Maier knows the importance of raising awareness, too: “Plants are part of Mother Earth, and if we don’t take care of that organ, we won’t be here,” she says. 

Additionally, the gardens will be a beautiful venue. “When you start layering in music and visual arts and performing arts, it becomes an experience you can’t replicate,” Maier says. As part of this collaborative mission, Maier and her team are hosting a June fundraiser called Prelude, where they’ll be joined by various artists from around Louisville.

One featured performance joins professional Louisville Ballet dancers with internationally-acclaimed cellist Ben Sollee. Louisville Ballet dancer Leigh Anne Albrechta will be one of the performers that evening. “We’re the opening entertainment for the night,” Albrechta explains. “The performance will be about 10 minutes, and Ben has created brand-new music for our choreographer.”

This year will mark Albrechta’s fourth summer collaboration to raise awareness for the Waterfront Botanical Gardens. “We’ve done it in grass, barefoot. Sometimes we’ve done it raised on a real stage. And this year we’ll actually be on the facade, dancing,” she says. “Choreographically, it will be really nice to use the levels and have both the facade and nature as a backdrop.” She’s happy to have been involved for so long. “We really believe in what Kasey is doing, and we really wanted to support her and bring awareness from the ballet world,” Albrechta says.

Cellist Ben Sollee is also passionate about the collaboration. “I’ve been a longtime collaborator with the ballet – writing pieces here and there – and I have a lot of good friends who dance with the company,” he says. “Until we have the gardens built, the best thing we can do is present the arts and programming that we hope to see there.”

Like Albrechta, Sollee has been involved in the project for years. “I was lucky enough to get involved in the very first year of fundraising,” he says. “I’m excited about it. When I travel around the country or to major cities all over the world, they almost always have a botanical garden. Louisville has some wonderful gardens and lots of amazing private gardens, but not everyone can access them. This will be a botanical garden featuring the plants and flora of Kentucky in a pristine way but in a public way, too.”

The gardens will be uniquely suited to Louisville. “I believe that this city has a very special culture: loving, friendly, a little bit quirky,” Maier says. “I work a lot with younger people, and I love the thought of making our city better for future generations; more interesting, with better education, more health options and opportunities.” It inspires her to keep going despite the immense scale of the project. “The personal impact on Louisville is pretty amazing and overwhelming; almost more overwhelming than the size of the project,” she says with a laugh.

“‘You can’t do this alone,” she adds. “There’s our board, our donors and about 200 active volunteers. I’m just trying to help keep structure to it and keep some vision on it, push the conversation forward and fundraise in the meantime, as well.”

Albrechta, too, sees the new gardens as a sign of hope for both nature and the arts. “Being in a city, sometimes you can lose respect or awareness of greenery and of nature,” she says. “To bring people out of their busy lives, so that they’re able to just sit or walk around the gardens and just be in nature, that’s really important for a city. That’s really a special thing.”

Sollee concurs with the dancer. “I love the story of this place,” he explains. “I love the idea of building this amazing, intentional, curated garden on top of an old landfill.” The location that once gathered trash and debris has changed slowly, over a century, to become a place for Louisville’s most beautiful collaborations of nature and art.

“There’s a story in that,” Sollee says, “and it needs to be told.” VT

Waterfront Botanical Gardens

The Prelude: Urban Garden Party

6 to 9 p.m. June 10

Heigold Facade, Frankfort Avenue
and River Road



Sporting Clays Classic

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Lexus of Louisville hosted this reception and auction on May 17. The night featured fabulous food catered from Against the Grain, Brasserie Provence, Kern’s Kitchen, Uptown Café, River House and Varanese.

Norton Children’s Hospital Clips For Kids

Photos by Tim Valentino

A heart-warming event held to help cancer patients not feel alone during their journey took place on May 20 at Fourth Street Live. This fundraiser encouraged participants to clip, trim or shave their hair in solidarity with children fighting cancer at Norton’s Children’s Hospital.

Journey of Hope Luncheon

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Maryhurst hosted this 28th annual luncheon on May 11 at the Marriott Downtown, where guests heard stories of success and impact from Maryhurst alumnae. This year, the organization is celebrating 175 years of preventing abuse and empowering survivors.

VIPS Tennis Ball

Photos by Tim Girton

An elegant evening at the Louisville Boat Club took place on May 19 leading up to the VIPS Tennis Tournament the following day. The ball and tournament raises money to support VIPS efforts in education for blind and visually impaired children throughout Kentucky and Indiana.

Surprise Party for Sarah Wallace

Photos by Christian Watson

Family, friends and colleagues of Sarah Wallace gathered on May 19 to celebrate her retirement from St. Francis School after 22 years of teaching. The party was planned by her husband, Dave, and included dozens of members of the St. Francis community, including Head of School Alexandra Thurstone.

Night of a Thousand Laughs

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

The ninth year and counting for this event proved to be one to remember with a delightful comedy show and a cocktail hour on May 19. This hilarious and charitable event benefiting Gilda’s Club Louisville took place at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.

Kentucky Derby 144

On the Town with Celebrated photographer John H. Harralson Jr.

The 144th running of the Kentucky Derby proved to be a memorable and rainy day at Churchill Downs on May 5. Justify may have taken home the garland of roses, but the true winners of the day were those who had the pleasure of running into John Harralson at the track.

Summertime Society

Self portrait by legally blind photographer Kurt Weston.

Royal Tennis, Garden Clubs, Polo Ponies and Copper Stills

By Janice Carter Levitch

It just so happens that the royal wedding took place on the same day as the annual Tennis Ball held at the Louisville Boat Club benefiting Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS). You can imagine my excitement when I learned that attendees were requested to wear proper wedding attire, which meant a fascinator for the ladies. Sadly, in my overflowing hat inventory, I do not own a fascinator. I know, please don’t judge.

Taking the drive down River Road and arriving at the boat club is always tranquil, especially when you have champagne offered to you upon entering. Diane Nelson is the Executive Director of VIPS, and she had this to say about the fundraising evening: “This year, we set a record for what we raised and will be able to help more families that are in need.” The live auction was energizing and everyone was eager to give, raising their auction paddles to bid on their favorite lot. The guest of honor, a graduate of VIPS, was dressed like a little princess. Her mother gave a tearful speech as she spoke about the experience at VIPS and how it has changed their lives for the better. The evening left me speechless. It was marvelous to see everyone support such a fantastic cause and to truly make a difference in the lives of so many preschoolers and their families.

Janice with Kaveh Zamanian, founder of Rabbit Hole Distillery.

The American Printing House for the Blind is another fantastic organization that paves the way for individuals who are visually impaired. They too have an annual event that culminates in October – APH InSights Art Competition. It is a juried competition and exhibition for artists who are visually impaired or blind. Impressive and inspiring, these submissions moved me beyond words when I had the opportunity to get a peek while talking with Leslie Knox, the director of marketing and communications. “We have anywhere from 300 to 500 artists who participate every year,” she said. “All of the artists are legally blind. Three jurors are selected, and they will decide the finalists and winners in their various categories. It’s always been a very moving experience, not just for the artists but for their families and the staff here at APH.”

Photographer Kurt Weston is one of the artists who submits annually. His work is spiritual, and as an amateur photographer, it immediately caught my eye. Legally blind, Weston’s self portraits show us what it’s like “Peering Through the Darkness,” which is the title of one of his well-known black and white photos. The image continues to speak to my spirit and echo through my mind each time I look at it.

Speaking of echoes, Rabbit Hole Distillery has been making a lot of noise in the distilling industry. I recently caught up with Kaveh Zamanian, founder of the brand, and he graciously took me on a tour of Rabbit Hole.

“Usually the equipment is walled off in separate rooms from hospitality,” he said. “But we want the visitor to be immersed in viewing the process through multiple stages along the tour. From the silos, the grain, the loading dock, to the bottling, you will see it. But we want the Vendome copper still to be the hero here. Everything was designed in a way to ensure that the still remains the centerpiece.There is no distillery in the U.S. that has done this.”

Much like a cathedral in its charm, approach and placement, you get a sense of religious passage as you walk up the stairs to the still that towers over everything in sight. After sampling the bourbon, I see why Zamanian fell in love with the idea of distilling.

The only thing I adore more than bourbon is the sport of polo. Fortunately, Tiffany Meredith, marketing and development director for the Louisville Polo Club, invited me to attend Twilight Polo for a Purpose. The match was held at Oxmoor Farm and benefited Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s research at the UofL School of Medicine.

You always feel special making the drive down the fence-lined street and entering the open field to see the polo ponies galloping back and forth, preparing for the match. Chairs were set up under a tent with music, food and libations that set the tone for a perfect evening. Attendees included doctors that are world-renowned and families that have fine-tuned the art of tailgating. I made my way over to the horse trailers, daydreaming for a moment about being a polo player, and realized that is best left to the professionals.

The Glenview Garden Club held their annual tour recently and it knocked my gardening socks off with several luxurious properties. Benefiting Waterfront Botanical Gardens, this year it certainly made an impression on everyone attending. It brings a deeper appreciation for gardening (something I love) along with the tranquility it delivers to our soul and spirit. In fact, I recently took the time to have a photo taken at the façade marking the entrance to the Waterfront Botanical Gardens in honor of Mother’s Day. It seemed like a perfect location as I compare gardening to motherhood: plant the seeds and watch them grow.

Every garden was spectacular, and the tour was punctuated by the last property, Woodland Farms in Goshen. Laura Lee Brown, who owns the property, greeted me with a warm smile as we chatted about its historical significance. She truly embodies Southern charm and encouraged me to walk the property. As I strolled around, admiring the many vignettes of art and botanical wonders, I found my final vista before leaving. It was on the back lawn, cliffside, overlooking the mighty Ohio River. How fortunate we are to live in such a wonderful community that is rich in historical history and value. As they say, “You reap what you sow.” VT

Temples, Crafts and Goodbyes

Blue mosque in Kuala Lumpur.

By Carla Sue Broecker

With Singapore in the Seven Seas Voyager’s “rearview mirror,” so to speak, we sailed toward Port Klang, Malaysia. It is the port for Kuala Lumpur some 44 miles away from the cruise terminal. Klang town itself is a very busy port and can be reached in about 20 minutes from the ship. The shore excursion of choice for this one-day stop was a traditional six-hour tour of the “Highlights of Kuala Lumpur” by coach.

We had been to KL, as it is known, several years ago. Back then, we were impressed by the city’s modern infrastructure, and this time we wanted to see what new changes had come about. The city’s name translates to “muddy confluence” or “muddy city.” It is the capital of Malaysia and the country’s largest city, with a greater metropolitan population of more than 7 million people.

88-story Petronas Twin Towers in downtown Kuala Lumpur.

Forty minutes into our excursion before reaching the city limits of KL, we had a photo stop at the Blue Dome Mosque. Officially known as the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque, it is the country’s largest mosque. It has a stunning blue and silver dome and four 467 foot tall minarets on the four corners of the structure. There wasn’t enough time on our packed schedule to go inside, but we enjoyed a beautiful view from the entrance gates.

Then, we were off to Thean Hou Temple. It is a Buddhist Temple that was constructed in the 19th century and finished in 1894. We were able to go inside and see the entire place. It has an open courtyard with hundreds of bright, red lanterns overhead. Its red pillared entrance and golden swooping roofs are nothing short of spectacular.

Our next stop was the Sri Kandaswamy Temple. A Hindu temple, it was completely different from our previous two stops. Completed in 1902, its architectural style came from Southern India and is known as Dravidian. It is characterized by pyramidal shapes and is highly ornamented with very colorful ceramic figures.

Now, if you want to see a doozy of an official residence, you need travel no further than our next stop: the Istana Negara, home of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Monarch of Malaysia. Construction began in 2007 and was completed in 2011. This was only a photo stop from the entrance gate, but what an entrance it is. Included are enclosed arches where soldiers stand at attention. At certain hours, they are mounted on horseback. The whole view in glorious sunshine with bright blue skies is absolutely stunning.

Having seen a number of overwhelming structures on this excursion, it was interesting to next visit Independence Square in the downtown area. It is a lovely, grassy area and was formerly a cricket green. It is the actual site where in 1957, the Malaysian flag was hoisted for the first time – signaling the country’s independence.

Our final stop was the one that most of the crowd was looking forward to: a visit to the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. These César Pelli-designed twin towers were the tallest buildings in the world until 2004 and are still the tallest twin towers. This is what we wanted to take time to fully appreciate. That said, within view from the Petronas Towers is the Signature Tower that is under construction and will top out taller than its twin-tower neighbor.

Thean Hou Buddhist temple in Kuala Lumpur.

The Petronas Towers are 88 stories tall, constructed of concrete and clad in shiny steel and glass. Its design has many curved lines and is not simply tall and rectangular. The more you look, the more you see the beauty and thought that Pelli, an Argentine-born architect, put into what many think is his most significant work.

Back on the bus, we headed for “home” or ship, looking forward to a late afternoon libation and dinner with the “Social Travelers.” This is a group of people who are sailing by themselves. The ship has a social hostess, Marla Sanders, from Nashville. She is our friend and she looks after this group to make sure they are having a good time and meet others on the cruise. At times, we pitch in and help Marla, who also is an entertainer and once in a while appears as part of the evening entertainment in the ship’s Constellation Theatre.

We awoke the next morning in Penang, Malaysia. We were sort of “templed out” and needed a rest from overwhelming religious structures. So, we scheduled a revisit to a place we visited two years ago. It was a “Batik Creation Experience,” and it is exactly what the title implies. After a pleasant breakfast on the top deck overlooking the really lovely Penang Port, we headed off to a batik factory.

The factory has a shop where there are all sorts of wonderful dresses, shirts, scarves and other things with batik designs for sale. But the main objective was to create our own batik piece. In this case, it was a four-by-four foot creation that could serve as a scarf or wall hanging.

Having done this before, we knew what to expect. In advance of our arrival, the shop prepared a piece for each of us and had it mounted on a frame ready to be painted. The fabric is cotton and the design is “printed” on the fabric in paraffin wax.

Chalong Temple at Phuket, Thailand.

Each of us selected small bottles of water-soluble paint in concentrated colors. Armed with the colors we liked and a bottle of clear water, we set out to create. The purpose of the water was to dilute the concentrated color that is dabbed on the flowers and leaves. It allows for the dilution of the color while the wax design keeps the colors separated.

When the design is complete, the shop allows them to dry. They are then boiled in water to remove the wax and then ironed. With the wax gone, there are white lines remaining to create the typical batik look. Our creations were delivered to the ship before we sailed away that evening.

That night’s entertainment was an Australian vocalist named Beven Addinsall, who was once a child star on an Australian variety show. He has been entertaining on cruise ships for quite a few years. We not only enjoyed his performance on stage, we had dinner with him and his fiance the night before, where he was so very charming. We were surprised to hear them say that they were getting ready to move in two weeks from Australia to Penang to live permanently.

We closed the evening with a trip to the casino and my favorite penny slot machine. I am still down $14! I don’t think they are interested in giving money away.

Phuket was our next stop and last stop in Thailand. When we arrived, the dock was filled with souvenir vendors and my mouth began to water. Brad’s did as well because they were cooking local Thai foods on the dock, and there is nothing he likes better than sampling local food. So, we went off on a relatively short excursion.

The first stop was a cashew nut factory. The process is interesting and the opportunity to purchase cashews with all sorts of flavors was fun. We next drove to Chalong Temple, which is practically a whole campus with all sorts of beautiful buildings. The most interesting though was not beautiful at all. It is best described as a brick chimney approximately 10 feet tall. In it, the faithful can place huge quantities of firecrackers, which are set off in grateful appreciation for prayers answered. The sound can be deafening.

Brad’s batik creation.

We got back to the ship in time to say goodbye to the ship’s captain, Felice Patruno. He was off on vacation and we were going to miss him. We have had dinner with him several times, all of which were punctuated with much laughter and storytelling.

He first headed toward the sea at the age of 16 despite objections from his family. He accepted his first post as a cadet on a cargo ship on his birthday in 1980. He subsequently served on 23 Carnival ships. He has authored three books on shipboard safety and created numerous safety-training programs. He joined Regent in 2009 and soon became master of the Seven Seas Mariner, a ship similar to the Voyager where we are today. We are sincerely going to miss him and look forward to sailing together again in the near future.

Next week, we will get to Sri Lanka and India. VT


Ables, Flo Ann (Blackburn)

Flo Ann (Blackburn) Ables, 82, went to her heavenly home on Friday, May 18, 2018. She was born February 5, 1936 in Pike County, Kentucky, to the late Paris and Thelma (Spradling) Blackburn. She was predeceased by her husband of 41 years, Dewey Ables; sister, Claire Maynard; and brothers, Ray Blackburn and Billy Blackburn.

Flo is survived by her daughters, Cynde Lipke (Marty) and Connie Ables-Rigsbee (Chip); son, Kevin Ables (Margean); seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; two sisters and two brothers; and many nephews and nieces who will miss her dearly.

She was a loving and caring mother, grandma and friend who loved the Lord, her family and people. She was always happiest when she had visitors sitting around the table sharing stories.

Visitation was held 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 23, 2018, all at Love Funeral Home in Palmyra, Indiana, with burial following at Galena Cemetery.

Daniels Sr., Rev. Dr. C. Mackey

The Rev. Dr. C. Mackey Daniels, pastor of the West Chestnut Street Baptist Church in Louisville for over 40 years, peacefully made his transition from grace to glory on Sunday, May 13, 2018. Rev. Daniels was the former vice chair of JCPS, first black arbitrator to the courts of Jefferson County, Kentucky Bar Association, a Kentucky Colonel and former president of PNBC, Inc.

He leaves to carry on his legacy one daughter, DeAnna; four sons, Charles Mackey, Aldrin, Reuben and Zebadiah; and three grandchildren.

Visitation was held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at West Chestnut Street Baptist Church, 1725 W. Chestnut St.

Funeral was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the church with burial in Cave Hill Cemetery.

Erhard, Michael Lloyd

Michael Lloyd Ernhard, 75, born in Wellington, Kansas, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Michael was born October 8, 1942 to Lloyd and Lucille Erhard.

Mike took pride in his Allied Fence Company, where he worked beside his dad and brother, Lloyd E. Erhard and Rodger D. Erhard.

Mike stayed active with his poker group. Those games of poker were his therapy amongst brothers.

Mike was a Vietnam veteran. He proudly served and it forever changed his life and the lives of those he loved.

Mike’s pride and joy was his family. He has been married to Helen Carol Erhard for over 48 years. He is also survived by daughters, Kimberly Wolf  (Michael) and Jennifer Erhard; grandchildren, Kyle Thompson (Cortney), Mallory Thompson (Matt), Meagan Wolf and Allison and Zach Kerr; loving family members, Julie Simons (Myron), Rodger Erhard (Mary Jo), Regina Coleman (Harry), Kay Raley (Scott) and Jay Shaw (June); and stepmother, Nell Erhard.

An open house in Mike’s memory was held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Cornerstone Cottage, 3799 Bardstown Road.

Gibson, Marilyn Jean

Marilyn Jean Gibson, 90, passed away on Saturday, May 19, 2018.

Marilyn was born in New Albany, Indiana to Charles T. and Esther A. Bauer. She graduated from Louisville Girls High in 1945. She was employed as a bookkeeper for Bethany Memorial Gardens Cemetery and later as a computer operator for Bacon’s Department Store.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Paul F. Gibson. Her survivors include her brother, Charles T. Bauer II; a daughter, Phyllis Gibson; a son, David Paul Gibson; a grandson, Michael Gibson (Patti); a great-granddaughter, Jacklyn; and a family friend, Brenda Adams Davis.

A graveside service at Bethany Cemetery will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hosparus of Louisville at Hosparus Health, 3532 Ephraim McDowell Dr., Louisville, KY 40205. Ratterman and Sons, 3800 Bardstown Road, has been entrusted with arrangements.

Korfhage, Mary Virginia

Mary Virginia Korfhage, 85, passed away May 15, 2018.

Survivors include four children, Karen Kraus, Karol Keller, Kathryn Young and John Korfhage Jr.; and six grandchildren, Sarah, John, Suzanne, Steven, Jackson and Jordan.

Mary was a world traveler, attended college at the age of 40 and believed strongly in education. She worked for the Census Bureau, Oprah Winfrey and as a family therapist. Her motto was, “Just do it.” Services are private. Donations may be made to Bellarmine University. Nunnelley Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Rooks, Lenora

Lenora Rooks, 98, entered into rest on Saturday, May 19, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband, Welby Rooks, and a grandson, Tony Shelton. She is survived by her children, Bonnie Shelton (Norman), Dorothy Levin (Thomas), Hollan Rooks (Kathy), Alvin Rooks and Judy Wilkins (Ernest); her sister, Vange Lush; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Her funeral service was held on Wednesday at 12 p.m. at the Advantage Funeral Home – Hardy Chapel, with burial following in Bethany Memorial Cemetery. Visitation was held on Tuesday from 3 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Wells, Gerald Zane

Gerald Zane Wells, 81, passed away on May 19, 2018. He was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gladstone and Cynthia Wells, and sister, Jennie Lou Hawk.

Zane leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife, Mary Alice Wells; daughters, Suzanne Hanley (Phil), Amy Shults (Bob) and Jill Wells Specchierla (Tony); seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at Newcomer Cremations, Funerals & Receptions, Southwest Louisville Chapel, 10304 Dixie Hwy., Louisville, from 1 to 8 p.m. A celebration of Zane’s life was held Wednesday, May 23, 2018, beginning at 11 a.m. at the chapel of the funeral home.

Burial will follow at Bonnieville Memory Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that expressions of sympathy be made to The Gideons International, 2906 Melrose Dr., Louisville, KY 40299, or Hosparus of Louisville, 3532 Ephraim McDowell Dr., Louisville, KY 40205.

The family thanks the nurses and staff of Hillcreek Rehab for their care and compassion in his final years. www.newcomerkentuckiana.com.

State of the Art

An uncommon venue, an extraordinary collection and an organic inspiration

1. AC Hotel NULU, 725 E. Market St., is exhibiting art pieces from Kate Mattingly, Ewa Perz along with a permanent installation done by Steve Heine through Nov. 1. Kate Mattingly presented the sculptural artwork that is located near the elevators on the first floor of the hotel. Ewa Perz riddled eight paintings throughout the first and second floors of the building, and Steve Heine crafted the artwork composed of four lighted panels that resides in the corridor.

2. Joey Yates’ show of artist-made records and record covers, “Spin: Turning Records into Art,” is being displayed at the KMAC Museum, 715 W. Main St., until Aug. 5. This is accompanied by recent projects from contemporary artists who make use of the record in their sculptures and installations, including Rutherford Chang, Ajit Chauhan, Jamal Cyrus, David Ellis, Terrence Hammonds, Jennie C. Jones and Cynthia Norton. A substantial portion of the show features records from the collection of Michael Lowe, a Cincinnati-based art collector, with over 2,000 records that are international in scope and reflect the myriad historical relationships between the artist and the record.

3. “Botanicals,” the 13-piece installation by American photographer Laurie Tennent, is being presented at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens through Oct. 14. This series was created from a passion for beauty and a longing for a more meditative presence. Tennent works with botanists in the garden and discovers specimens in nature before capturing their portraits. She creates the images in her Birmingham studio and prints them on durable aluminum with a technique that fuses the pigments into the metal panels. These panels can be installed indoors and outdoors, often planted right back into the garden.