art[squared] Artist Appreciation Party

Photos by Emily Peters

Louisville Visual Art hosted the art[squared] Artist Appreciation Party on June 23 at KORE Gallery as a private event to show their gratitude to the artists who make art[squared] possible.

Reaching for the Stars

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”
– Walt Disney


By Elizabeth Scinta
Photos provided by Alden Allen, Andrew Peckat & Project Backboard


You might know Angel McCoughtry as the first female athlete in the University of Louisville’s history to have her jersey retired in 2010. Or, you might know her for winning gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. My point is that she’s known as a basketball superstar, but some fans might not know that she’s also a philanthropist aspiring to help others find their passion.

After spending her college years at UofL, accumulating title after title, McCoughtry entered the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) as the number one draft pick in 2009. Although this next step in her career took her away from Louisville, Derby City was never far from her thoughts. One year after planting her roots with the Atlanta Dream, McCoughtry founded the Angel McCoughtry Foundation (rebranded in 2020 to McCoughtry’s Mission). McCoughtry’s Mission strives to bridge the gap between young people in the United States and Africa and inspire youth in Baltimore, Louisville, Atlanta and Las Vegas.

In 2021, McCoughtry zeroed in on Louisville and decided to refurbish a basketball court that needed a facelift to encourage dreaming, determination and hope. “Louisville has been an amazing place. The fans and the community have always given back to me since I was aspiring to accomplish my hopes and dreams,” explained McCoughtry. “Louisville was always a place I could call a second home, and I wanted to be able to do something that was going to give back, leave a long-lasting legacy and inspire.”

After sharing her idea with Valerie Owens-Combs, a former UofL basketball player, the plan was put into motion. Owens-Combs pointed her towards Shively Park, and after visiting the park, McCoughtry knew it was perfect. “It’s a beautiful, quaint park in a beautiful city right outside Louisville, “ said McCoughtry.

As an Adidas Basketball Athlete, McCoughtry teamed up with the renowned sportswear brand to help turn her vision into a reality. At the Shively Park court, the McCoughtry team added bleachers, new rims, flooring and a dazzling mural by Leah Provo, later painted on the court by Project Backboard. “The design is my favorite part of the court, showing perseverance and reaching for the stars. That’s the theme of the court, “reaching for the stars,” explained McCoughtry. “I love that Adidas allowed me to have a lot of creative control to pick the muralist and say, ‘I want this to be like this,’ or ‘can this show more emotion.’ So, I really thank Adidas for allowing me this creative role.”

The mural by Provo displays radiant colors, McCoughtry’s signature bun and heavy emotion throughout her features that signify dedication, hard work and commitment, according to McCoughtry. “This court isn’t just a basketball court. It’s a mural of hope, prosperity and for people to feel like they can,” said McCoughtry. It’s exquisite, but it’s functional, and McCoughtry plans to utilize the refurbished court to bring the community together through basketball camps, 3v3 tournaments and more.

Along with her plans to keep the community involved, McCoughtry hopes the court inspires kids and adults alike to find their passion and stick with it. “Finding a passion will take you places you’ve never been, like what sports have done for me. We want the kids to have that and to find their own legacy,” explained McCoughtry. So reach for the stars and look to McCoughtry for inspiration if you feel lost and determination if you feel defeated.

McCoughtry Mission

Meet & Greet with Judge Angela McCormick Bisig

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Joyce Meyer, Lisa Stemler, Dr. Rebecca Terry and Pette Thompson hosted a meet and greet with Judge Angela McCormick Bisig on June 24. Bisig is running for the District Four seat on the Supreme Court of Kentucky.


Playwright Kate Hamill’s reimaged version of “Dracula” comes to Actors Theatre


By Sarah Carter Levitch
Photos provided by Actors Theatre


Whether you’ve seen “Dracula” before or not, Actors Theatre’s production of Kate Hamill’s version will be unlike any version before. Reimaged as a modern-day feminist revenge fantasy, this “Dracula” is a statement against toxic masculinity. We spoke with Director Jennifer Pennington, Actress LaShondra Hood (playing Doctor Van Helsing) and Executive Artistic Director Robert Barry Fleming to learn more about the upcoming production that will run in the Bingham Theater from September 7 through 18 this year.

How does this version of “Dracula” differ from the original?

Jennifer Pennington: This “Dracula” is a completely different beast! In fact, Dracula is not a beast at all. Kate Hamill’s script deals with the horrifying idea that the monsters look like us. Sometimes, they can look quite attractive and therein lies the danger. Dracula does not have fangs or a long black cape, and he is not corpsified. He is a good-looking white man who uses his privilege and power to get what he wants.

LaShondra Hood: The script gives the female characters a lot more agency and calls out toxic masculinity and misogyny. It blurs the roles and expectations of the sexes. Also, “Dracula” has been running for decades and has never seen this many people of color simultaneously. I am stoked to step into this role, a role that traditionally could not be any more different than who I am as a person. Van Helsing is typically an old dutch man, whereas I am a young African-American woman.

What would you tell someone who has seen “Dracula” before?

Robert Barry Fleming: It’s the kind of project you may think you know if you’ve read the novel, seen the 1992 Coppola film with Gary Oldman or have caught Nosferatu or Bela Lugosi’s “Dracula” late at night on TV. I find this version renews some wonder, evokes surprise, seduces, transports, and thrills so you can discover the story you feel you know all over again in an immediate and viscerally holistic way.

LaShondra Hood: Even if you have seen the production several times, this one will be extremely different. I am interested to see how the patrons that attend annually respond to the changes. I do not think they will be disappointed, but instead, I think they will be refreshed.
Jennifer Pennington: This will be a whole new experience. This “Dracula” considers the multi-faceted trauma this country has gone through, holding up a mirror to society in a compassionate way. Kate Hamill’s script was born out of the #MeToo movement and couldn’t be timelier.

Why should someone come to see this production?

LaShondra Hood: This production is history in the making. I think everyone wants to witness historical moments and have the chance to say ‘I was there’ or ‘I remember when.’ I am hoping that the production will leave a lasting impression.

Robert Barry Fleming: There has been an ever-present, multigenerational fascination with this narrative. It has relation today with the ubiquity of the unfathomable horrors in current events chronicled relentlessly in the 24-hour news cycle, another storytelling form in conversation with a classic novel like “Dracula.” A story of good vs. evil feels particularly relevant and at the forefront of our minds after a spate of mass shootings, murder-suicides, and other troubling existential dilemmas that continually assert themselves in our consciousness. Framing and exploring such emotional flooding and fatigue in a story can be a cathartic escape, restorative joy ride, or an experience that is simply a heck of a lot of fun when we need it most. Come out and feel the pulsating aliveness, roller coaster stomach drop and mind-bending wonder only an in-person theatre experience can offer.

For tickets, visit

Actors Theatre of Louisville
316 W Main St
Louisville, KY 40202

Louisville Youth Philanthropy Council Inspires Local Action

Educating youth through leadership and action


By Ina Miller
Photos provided byLYPC


The Louisville Youth Philanthropy Council, or LYPC, has empowered youth to learn, lead and take action locally. We allow students to explore our community’s challenges and use philanthropy as a vehicle to make positive change by investing in local nonprofits doing the important work. LYPC students have supported mental health in youth, equine therapy, immigrants and refugee care, just to name a few. With more than $275,000 donated to over 43 different local organizations, the impact of LYPC over the past 15 years is extraordinary.

Working as Executive Director of LYPC with these remarkable students inspires me every day. Watching them experience the program is rewarding because they want to make a difference and leave with the knowledge and experience to make positive change. Not only have I witnessed our youth gain philanthropic understanding, but I’ve also seen growth in their confidence and abilities as individuals. As LYPC alumnus Sydney Bright said, “I am going to change the world, and LYPC is my first step.”

As we turn the page on a new chapter in our organization, the LYPC is envisioning ways to expand youth philanthropy in Louisville. We genuinely believe that anyone can be a philanthropist and that everyone’s voice is essential. To us, philanthropy is part of the fabric of our communities. As we look to solve root issues and create a thriving society, we must include youth and philanthropy as a tool. I hope these students’ stories inspire you as much as they inspire me. Their philanthropic spirits are shining bright!

Claudia Bejarano,
LYPC graduate
Claudia is a graduate of Bellarmine University and is currently the Hispanic services coordinator for Catholic Charities of Louisville.

When I came to LYPC as a sophomore in High School, I had no idea of the meaning of a mission statement or philanthropy. By the time I was a senior, I didn’t just have an understanding of those two words and applicable knowledge of them as concepts, but I left with the knowledge of the vast world of nonprofits in Louisville. I remember feeling empowered as a young student in LYPC to be given the space to decide where the money went and what organization fit our group’s mission most after spending a significant part of the school year researching. The best part was to visit that site the following year and talk to staff about how the money was used.

Getting involved in giving back, being informed in your community, and learning the interconnects of our city is an important muscle to exercise at a young age. There are so many specific needs that, unfortunately, are not addressed systematically at large. LYPC supports students as they research these issues and develop a mission statement. LYPC also teaches fundraising skills and how to allocate these important funds in a professional environment. This setting allows students to learn in a real-world environment where decisions have real consequences. I carried these skills into college and use them daily in my professional career.

LYPC opened my world to see that helping people could be a job. The program has heavily influenced what I choose to study in college and where I work now.

Adriana Mulet-Miranda,
LYPC graduate
Adriana is currently a student at Bellarmine University.

On August 25, 2006, my family and I embarked on a journey to a new country where we came with nothing and knew nobody. Thankfully, due to different nonprofit organizations in the city, we got the aid that we needed to be successful in this country.

Growing up, I wanted to be able to give back to these nonprofits. During this time, I could only think of being able to give back with my time by volunteering or uniting others to volunteer with me.

While this is a great way to give back, organizations cannot survive and continue to help people without funding. I always had in mind that I would need to acquire money to be able to grant money. Although, thanks to the LYPC, I was taught differently. One of the things that we learned that you do not have to have a large sum of money or come from a family with money to help in the nonprofit sector.

Thankfully, due to this, I have seen the intersectionality between my future career path of being a physician and a philanthropist. Not only will I hope to give back to places that helped me, but I hope to open a free clinic where people who do not have access to insurance or proper healthcare can get appropriate medical attention.

A medical building is not easy to maintain, so I would need to go and ask for grants from different companies and people. An essential aspect of the class is learning how to do “ask presentations” and later going on them to raise money for the following year’s class. With these experiences I have gained, I now have the tools to work toward my goals.

I have been fortunate enough where my path has led me towards philanthropy, but many other youths want to find a way to give back, which is just as important. Our city is ever expanding, and sadly the problems that plague this city, such as poverty, pollution and general lack of resources, are also growing.

It is vital that all of us collectively use our time in a way to help alleviate these issues. My high school had a motto that what you do makes a difference. Even if it is just sitting with someone on a Saturday listening to their life story, planting trees, or serving food in a kitchen, it will undoubtedly change someone’s life and make a positive change in our city.

Louisville Youth Philanthropy Council
325 W Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202

Castle Gardens Capital Campaign

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens is raising money for their first garden project with landscape architect firm Land Morphology


By Sarah Carter Levitch
Photos by Andrea Hutchinson


It’s 6:30 a.m., and Andrea Hutchinson, our photographer, and I have made our way to the Gardens to capture a moment seldom seen: the sunrise at Yew Dell. The sun slowly paints an orangy pink horizon, shifting the clouds into little wispy puffs as we arrive at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens. Andrea snaps some photos of the Castle, Yew Dell’s iconic visual feature, which will be entirely transformed by the land surrounding it in two years. You could say the sun is rising on a new era at Yew Dell.

The Gardens enter their 20th year being open to the public, a significant milestone to celebrate. It feels only natural to reflect on all the achievements while also imagining the future. Executive Director Paul Cappiello noted, “over the years, we’ve done a handful of capital campaigns. They have been involved with purchasing property or architectural projects, renovating older buildings and developing new ones. We focused on ways to generate revenue so we had a strong, sustainable organization that could support the garden and greenhouses. Now, 20 years in, we’re ready to tackle major garden projects.”

The project will redesign the land surrounding the Castle, tripling the garden space and doubling the number of people that can be handled at large events. Cappiello said, “it’s a win-win. We achieved that through strategic and creative design, and the garden isn’t losing any of the historical characters.”

Without compromising the level of creativity, attention and investment given to past architectural projects, Yew Dell hired the landscape architecture firm Land Morphology based in Seattle and led by the founder Richard Hartlage. Cappiello shared a fun fact about Hartlage, “he’s a great plantsman, he ran a botanical garden in the past and he’s worked with landscape architect design firms, so he’s got a huge diversity of talents and abilities. Also, Hartlage is from Crestwood, Kentucky and grew up 2 miles down the road. He even credits Theodore Klein, whose property this was, as part of his inspiration for going into the field. It’s a great marriage of bringing a big name from out of town and local talent who knows the area and history of the property.”

With the help of The Land Morphology Team, the Castle Gardens project will address some issues to help lay a foundation for the future of Yew Dell. Cappiello explained, “this property wasn’t designed as a public botanic garden, so there’s always a challenge of accommodating large crowds of people while retaining the character. This project will be setting the template for further development down the road and improving accessibility. The land around the Castle covers an area with three distinct elevations. We’ll take those elevations and blend them with a series of accessible ramps so that all our visitors can get to all garden areas.”

Putting all these goals together, the project will be Yew Dell’s most extensive capital campaign to date, with a goal of $5 million. Cappiello expanded on the project’s timeline. “We’re a little over $2.1 million raised as of July 2022. We hope to finish fundraising through the winter and early spring of 2023. Hopefully, we’ll start construction in late spring or early summer of 2023 and finish the majority of construction at the end of 2023. It’s an ambitious goal, but you don’t get there if you don’t set the goal.”

Supporting the growth and potential of the gardens at Yew Dell, along with other projects such as the new irrigation pond and the apprenticeship program, The Castle Gardens Project stands as a portal into the future of continuing education, innovation and community at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens.

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To learn more about the Castle Garden Capital Campaign, visit

Colour Me Confident

Nikki Snow and Meghan Tinker.

Cancel comparison culture and find your hue


By Elizabeth Scinta
Photos by Andrea Hutchinson


Meghan Tinker and Nikki Snow, Color Consultants at House of Colour, assist others in becoming their most confident self through color and style analysis. Tinker and Snow gave us some insight into House of Colour and why everyone should have a color consultation.

How did you end up at House of Colour (HOC)?

Meghan: I have been a stylist for over twelve years, mainly as a hobby and a supplement to my primary career in the pharmaceutical industry. I loved the creative aspect of styling people but had never been formally trained in body architecture or coloring.

I saw a friend’s before and after color analysis photos from House of Colour on my Instagram feed, and it stopped me in my scrolling tracks. I was in my early 40s, and several trips to Sephora had not fixed the tired and washed-out look that seemed to be a permanent state. I did not need new makeup; I needed my friend’s vibrant, healthy glow.

I went to the company’s website to see if there was a HOC near me. Unfortunately, there was not, so I did what any self-respecting entrepreneurial spirit would do and went down the research rabbit hole on how to bring this service to Louisville. Finally, after extensive training in HOC’s Style and Color Analysis processes, I opened my doors to clients in the fall of 2020.

Nikki: I went through the color analysis process with Meghan in September 2020 and knew I had to partner with her in this business before I was even out the doors. The process is about finding and highlighting the best you, not showing you how to be like “her.” It erases that comparison culture we so deeply live in today. I love how much this job meshed my background as a counselor and my love for making others feel good about themselves. I opened my doors in February of 2021 and never looked back!

Meghan and Nikki, can you tell me about your roles at HOC?

Meghan: Most of my time is spent face to face with clients through our Color Analysis and Style Analysis classes.

Nikki: My day is also spent mostly seeing clients in my studio. My weeks vary with color analysis, style analysis, personal shopping, and my favorite – closet clean-outs. Each week changes depending on what my clients need that week.

Please walk me through a color analysis.

First, using a series of various colored drapes, we narrow down if your skin undertones are warm or cool. Next, we determine if you look best in bright or muted colors. Once we have your best palette, we use that information to talk color head to toe. Next, we will do a mini-makeup routine using makeup colors that suit you, discuss hair and jewelry and finally discuss clothes, your tools and how to use them. The feedback I have received from our clients ranges from “this was fun!” to “life-changing,” so expect a good time!

After someone has a color analysis done, what’s the next step?

We give our clients a challenge when they leave. Wear your color palette and lipstick for the next three weeks. Once you get used to seeing how fresh and bright you look every day, it will be easier to part with the items that are not in your palette.

The next step is often a Style Analysis, where we discover your clothing personality and guide you on how to dress authentically to your character and body structure. From there, we can list items that would help their wardrobe be more harmonious. At this point, we might help with a Closet Review/Clean-out.

What are the benefits of having a color analysis done?

Everything we do as women: clothes, hair color, makeup and aesthetic procedures, all become simplified and automatic when you know your color palette. The choices we make when we are armed with the tools to find the most flattering cuts and colors are much more likely to be keepers in your closet. We need less because we want to wear it more.

Meghan, what advice would you offer those who struggle to find clothes that define them well?

Dress for you. So many of us are influenced when we shop. It’s ok to appreciate your stylish friend or your beloved Instagrammer’s outfits, but they might not suit you. A Style Analysis can be a great way to learn more about yourself.

Nikki, what three words would you use to describe someone after having their first color analysis done?

Refreshed. Confident. Excited.

House of Colour

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Pluto and The Planets

Why Pluto is no longer considered as a planet


By Steve Humphrey


My friend Tom Miller recently asked me to explain why Pluto is no longer regarded as a planet. Generations of grade school students were taught that there were nine planets orbiting the Sun, and we learned different mnemonics to help us memorize their order. For example, “My Very Elderly Mother Just Sat Up, Noticing Pastry.” (I made that up.)

When the first humans looked up into the night sky, they saw a collection of bright dots, now recognized as stars. These stars maintain their positions relative to one another, which allows us to see the same constellations (e.g., the Big Dipper) the ancients did thousands of years ago. These early astronomers also saw, over days or weeks, some stars move against the background of the fixed stars. These were called “planetes” or “wanderers” in ancient Greek. Some of these wanderers regularly returned over the course of a year, while others came and went. The latter was probably comets. Occasionally, a bright star would appear, blaze for a few weeks, then disappear. These were known to the Chinese as “guest stars,” now known to be novae or supernovae, stars that explode with unimaginable energy.

Galileo was one of the first to train a telescope on the heavens. By then, five planets had been identified through naked eye astronomy: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. The Copernican revolution was still in its infancy, so it took a while longer to recognize that Earth was also a planet. In fact, Galileo was sentenced to house arrest by the Church for supporting the view that the Sun was at the center of the Universe and not the Earth.

As telescopes got bigger and more powerful, astronomers were able to see further and further, and more “planets” were spotted. Uranus was discovered next in 1781 by William Herschel, and then Neptune was discovered, not by astronomers but by a French mathematician, Urbain Le Verrier. He noticed that the orbit of Uranus contained an anomaly. That is, its orbit was inconsistent with Newton’s theory of gravitation and suggested it might be explained by the gravitational influence of a more distant object. He calculated where such an object had to be in order to affect the orbit of Uranus and told the astronomers to look there. They scoffed but did it and, sure enough, found Neptune.

A similar anomaly was seen in the orbit of Mercury, so, flushed with his success, Le Verrier postulated a new planet, which he named Vulcan, residing inside the orbit of Mercury. It would always be very close to the Sun, so it makes sense that we would never see it since it would be obscured by the Sun’s bright light. Unfortunately, it was never found, and the explanation for the “anomalous precession of the perihelion in the orbit of Mercury” would have to wait until Einstein’s theory of gravity.

Pluto was discovered in the traditional way, in 1930, by Clyde Tombaugh, by observing its motion against the fixed stars, and generations of students thereafter were taught about the nine planets revolving around the Sun.

But not everything that orbits the Sun or transits the solar system is a planet. For example, the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter consists of a great many rocky bodies ranging in size from tiny to fairly large. The largest, Ceres, was discovered in 1801. But how do we distinguish between genuine planets and asteroids and other objects? There has to be some kind of criterion, though it will always be somewhat arbitrary. In 2006 the International Astronomical Union decided upon just such a set of criteria. The three criteria for being a planet are: it must be in orbit around the Sun, it must be massive enough to be rounded by its own gravity, and it must have cleared the neighborhood of its orbit. Pluto fails this last criterion, as does Ceres and the rest of the asteroids, and these are now regarded as dwarf planets.

Our best theory of the formation of the Solar System is that a cloud of gas formed and became gravitationally bound with net angular momentum. This cloud gradually flattened out into a pancake shape with a bulge at the center. The bulge condensed under gravitational influences and became the Sun, and the planets formed by accretion in the disc revolving around it and clearing their orbits of remaining debris. But Pluto’s orbit suggests that it didn’t form in this way. Pluto’s orbit is highly eccentric, moving above and below the plane of the ecliptic, and it even sometimes travels inside the orbit of Neptune.

Further, it lives in a cloud of icy bodies called the Kuiper Belt. As more and more Kuiper Belt objects were found, it seemed unreasonable to insist that Pluto remain a planet. If Pluto is a planet, so are the other such objects, and the population of planets grows dramatically. The mnemonic would be hopelessly large.

So, Tom, I hope this answers your question, and I hope you enjoyed our little lesson in planetary astronomy. If any of my readers have questions about science or philosophy, please let me know, and I’ll do my best to satisfy your curiosity.

Steve Humphrey has a Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science, with a specialty in the philosophy of physics.
Questions? Comments? Suggestions?
Email him at

The Embers of Love

“The smallest amount of empathy will change your whole perspective and allow you to live stress free in this world.”
– Lance G. Newman II


By Elizabeth Scinta
Photos byAndrea Hutchinson


Love: a four-letter word with an immense amount of meaning. But without us giving that four-letter word meaning and power, it’s simply another sound that rolls off our tongues, convoluted by circumstances. Lance G. Newman II (also known as Mr. Spreadlove), a Louisville artist, philanthropist and professional, took that four-letter word and gave it the power to inspire. “We placate and dilute love and dress it up as this romantic endeavor when I truly believe it’s the core element of humanity and every religion that has ever existed,” explained Newman. “It can be cheesy, or you can dress it up as a Rastafarian one love thing, but I truly believe in love. I know that love exists in each one of us even though sometimes we can’t see it.”

Newman is a man of many talents ranging from spoken word and written poetry to acting and producing, playwriting and comedy and teaching and visual arts. His journey began at 12 years old with poetry when he wrote and performed a diss poem about his bullies. The bullies stopped in their tracks after hearing that one. That performance opened Newman’s eyes to the power behind a word and the ability to use his talent for good. For the past 20 years, Newman has been creating and performing poetry and leading open mics and poetry slams all over Louisville. “I have hosted open mics and slams in abandoned buildings. I’ve been on a corner with a microphone and a speaker. I don’t necessarily believe the art needs to live in a gallery or an institution,” explained Newman.

He co-led a monthly poetry slam at Sweet Peaches and was invited to co-host the events at the KMAC Museum around seven years ago. “We were rocking 70 to 80 attendees each time and the most diverse crowd you’ve ever seen. So, during the pandemic, I put on my production and video editing hat, and I created a series on YouTube called the ‘KMAC Poetry Series’ where I highlight and feature various poets from the city,” explained Newman. “Now that things are open again, we are back in person, and the slam season starts back on the last Saturday in September.”

Although poetry is his favorite medium to work with because of the instant gratification from the audience, he began dabbling in the visual arts realm in 2017. In 2018, Newman was chosen to be a part of the first cohort of the Hadley Creative Initiative. The initiative sent Newman through a six-month professional development program focused on visual arts; during this stint, he decided to pursue his visual artworks aspirations. Using Black & Mild Cigars, he creates thought-provoking visual arts that tell a story about himself and his community. “I smoke these cigars, but even before I started doing visual art, I would collect them because I was tired of littering. So I would find them in my backyard, and I’d go to clean, and I’d have trash bags full; that’s where you get the Hadley Creative piece,” explained Newman.

His evolution and use of the Black & Mild cigars are astounding, especially to the infrequent art consumer. “When you ask how my art evolved, you can see (in the newer pieces) there’s body contour, shading and a whole new use of the materials,” explained Newman. “If we’re talking about from the beginning, poems and plays can’t live with you in your home. They can’t sit on your walls, and they can’t inspire you in the morning when you’re brushing your teeth, but visual art can encapsulate those feelings. That’s why I moved to the visual. I love theater, and I’m still doing theater, but at the same time, I think the visual is a way to leave a legacy.”

Newman’s legacy extends beyond his artwork to the love he exudes for his community, and receiving the 2022 Bill Fischer Award for the Visual Arts proved to him he’s making a difference. To him, receiving this award has not only opened a world of possibilities but has reaffirmed that he’s on the right track. “The Fischer award provided some recognition I had not received in the past 20 years. It was confirmation that I was on the right path and that I am correct in my assumptions of how to express myself. It’s validation from a wider audience. We know Louisville is heavily segregated, and the crossing over is what Bill Fischer signifies in my mind. That crossover is from being the West End local to something a little more. It’s all about where you are in your career. Now that I have the award, I’m about to produce so much more.” Follow @mr.spreadlove on Instagram to stay up to date on all of his future projects.

Lance G. Newman II


As Publisher of THE VOICE TRIBUNE, my tenure has been exhilarating to say the least. However, I recognize it is time to move onto another adventure as of SEPTEMBER 1, 2022. The August issue will be our last. This has been a very challenging and gut-wrenching decision to make. Several factors have influenced this decision, and I would like to share them with you. Over the past several years my husband and CFO of our publication, Steve Humphrey, and I have invested an enormous amount of time and money to sustain The VOICE TRIBUNE. These efforts have been fueled by our passion to continue publishing what is considered our city’s iconic magazine. Covid has impacted our industry and in an effort to support local businesses we lowered our advertising rates. As we monitored the revenue stream / cash flow and continued to receive price increases from our printer for paper and ink supply, and increases in rent, payroll, etc., we had to conclude that we could no longer sustain the business without continued and increasing personal subsidies. Thus, it is unavoidable that we will be closing The VOICE TRIBUNE as of AUGUST 31, 2022.

It has been my honor and privilege to publish and deliver The VOICE TRIBUNE to our beautiful community monthly. Every member of our team brings incredible talent to the production of each issue and for that I am forever grateful. And without you, our readers and advertisers, we could not have done what we have done so well. Your loyalty and consistent support have been invaluable, and for that, we thank you. We kindly request your cooperation in helping settle all outstanding accounts as soon as possible.

The Editor in Chief of Sophisticated Living Magazine and friend, Bridget Williams, will be working with me over the next few weeks to provide an outlet for our advertisers. She will also be a source for any future media sponsorships and event coverage we have scheduled. Please reach out to Bridget at

It has been a delight working with you. Again, we would like to say thanks to you and all those people who have worked with us. If you have any questions concerning the closing of the company, you can contact me via email. Your patience is appreciated as we move through this process.

It’s been one heck of a ride that I will always cherish.

Please join us August 3, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm at Yew Dell Gardens for the August issue launch event. We would like to enjoy the evening as a farewell celebration.

Sincerely yours,
Janice, Publisher of THE VOICE TRIBUNE

“I have not failed. I’ve just found ten thousand ways that won’t work.”
Thomas Edison

Support Local

The Buy Local Fair is back in full force after having a scaled down version in 2021


By Elizabeth Scinta
Photos by Kriech-Higdon Photography


Get out your credit cards and head down to the annual Buy Local Fair at Louisville Water Tower Park on Saturday, July 30. We promise you won’t want to miss this event as it’s the first time since 2019 that the fair will be back in all of its glory.

“It’s been a rough past couple years for our local businesses, and there’s no better time than now to get out and patronize the businesses that make our city unique,” said Jennifer Rubenstein, Executive Director of Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA), the organization putting the event on. “The Fair is also one of LIBA’s biggest fundraisers, and the funds are critical to our mission of supporting local, independent businesses and promoting the Buy Local message.”

Up and down the lawn, attendees can shop at more than 100 booths from local businesses, artists and craftspeople, community organizations and farmers. When guests have fulfilled their shopping quota, they can watch Chef Jeff Dailey of Proof On Main take on Chef Henry Wesley of 8UP in a cooking competition, cool down in the misting tent and bob along to some music by DJ Kim Sorise. If you’ve got kiddos tagging along, don’t fret, the fair will also have a Kids Fun Zone presented by Carmichael’s Bookstore.

“The Buy Local Fair is a chance for us to come together with our fellow independent businesses and connect with the community,” says Stephanie Philpott, owner of Amish Hills Furniture. “It’s a great way for people to get to know their Louisville neighbors behind the local businesses that keep our community unique and thriving. Amish Hills continues to support the Fair because it’s good for our business and good for the community, a win-win all around.”

A few new additions to look out for include Carmichael’s Bookstore unveiling their “book mobile” created from an old Frito Lay truck and demonstrations from the Derby City Street Curling Club, according to the press release. So, grab your friends, support local businesses and have fun while doing it.

Buy Local Fair

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens Event Calendar is Blooming

Everyone romaine calm! Yew Dell has a program or class for all to enjoy.


By Elizabeth Scinta
Photos provided by Yew Dell Botanical Gardens


Take a break from the heat and indulge in a chicken salad wrap, a side of pasta salad (think: roasted corn, feta and balsamic reduction) and a homemade cookie from Martha Lee’s Kitchen, Yew Dell Botanical Garden’s newest addition. The restaurant opened on July 7 and was named in honor of Martha Lee Klein, who played an essential role in the success of Yew Dell Farm & Nursery, according to the press release. The restaurant is open on the weekends and also Thursday nights while the Bourbon & Botanicals Summer Music Series is occurring.

Throughout July and August, on Thursday nights, attendees of the Bourbon & Botanicals Music Series receive a tour of Yew Dell’s enchanting gardens and jive to the music from the impeccable lineup they’ve arranged. The lineup features bands like Bourbon Baroque, Rosie and The Rockabillies and the Fab 2, to name a few. Although the series has already sold out for this season (make a note for next year so you can get tickets in time), Yew Dell has many other opportunities for visitors to enjoy their spectacular grounds.

Consider trying one of their many workshops like the Soil Conservation Overview in-person workshop or the Forest Bathing in-person Workshop, where Russ Turpin helps guide you into immersing yourself in the atmosphere of the trees. Visitors can lace up their hiking boots and hop on a trail, participate in garden plant research or participate in an educational program like the two mentioned above. Additionally, the Children in the Dell program has three sessions remaining focusing on the topic of pollinators. This event runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon every Saturday through the end of July.

As Yew Dell celebrates their 20th anniversary, they continue to add new events, update the grounds and focus on educating visitors on gardening techniques and all things nature. Also, workshops and classes don’t stop when the leaves begin to change and the temperature drops, so make sure to take advantage of the variety of programs they offer.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
6220 Old LaGrange Rd.
Crestwood, KY 40014