Field & Fork

The seventh annual Field & Fork benefiting the Parklands of Floyds Fork took place on Sept. 7 at the Brown-Forman Silo Center. The delightful celebration of philanthropy, food and music included dinner provided by Ladyfingers Catering, entertainment from the Derby City Dandies and stargazing at the Afterglow Lounge.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Music Together Classes for Children and Families

Get the family together to make some music, wiggle some toes, and shake to some beats during the fall semester of Music Together, a series of music and movement classes for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers, and big kids.

For 10 weeks, kids of all ages will meet for 45-minute classes to create songs and chants, learn about big and small movement, develop rhythm with instruments, and learn about music from around the world. In addition to a love for music, students will learn in a developmentally-appropriate environment in a mixed-age setting. And the fun isn’t just limited to your kids—parents get to join in too!

These classes are designed to teach young children Basic Music Competence, such as singing in tune, keeping a steady beat, and simply enjoying music.

The Mixed Age classes serve children from birth to 5 years along with their parents or guardians. Babies Classes are for infants not yet crawling, while Littles Classes are for crawling infants up to 2 years of age. Rhythm Kids Level 1 is for those aged 4 to 6 with a parent or guardian. Rhythm Kids Level 2 is for kids aged 5 to 8—parental attendance is optional. 

Classes are held at the Louisville Academy of Music on Frankfort Avenue next to the St. Matthews Public Library. Class times vary over the course of the week. Check out the event page on Red Pin Tix for more information.

Sep 9, 2019 at 10:00 AM – Nov 18, 2019 at 10:45 AM
Louisville Academy of Music
Shine Louisville

Kentucky Harvest Golf Tournament at Valhalla

It’s time to tee off with a purpose! The fourth annual Kentucky Harvest Golf Tournament is set for Sept. 9 at the renowned Valhalla Golf Course. The Golf Tournament is the largest fundraiser for Kentucky Harvest, which delivers over two million pounds of donated food annually to 84 organizations in Louisville and Southern Indiana.

Golf Tournament registration begins at 10 a.m. with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. Lunch and snacks will be provided. After play, an awards reception and silent auction will be held. Auction items include Delta airline vouchers, Churchill Downs’ Millionaires Row experience, Kentucky Bourbon packages and golf packages to Valhalla and French Lick, Indiana. 

Since 1987, Kentucky Harvest has been collecting leftover food from restaurants, hotels and private parties and delivering it to shelters and soup kitchens in the Kentuckiana area. Each year, food comes from a list of 3,000 donors and is donated free of charge to 130+ shelters, missions and food pantries in Louisville and Southern Indiana. 

“We are so excited to host our fourth annual Kentucky Harvest Golf Tournament which is our largest fundraiser of the year and is a significant contribution to funding our mission of feeding the hungry in the local community,” says Kentucky Harvest Board Member Jeremy Melloan. “Our sponsors have been very generous and we are so excited to join together with great purpose and vision to ending the hunger battle which is significantly evident within our neighboring communities.”

Sponsors include:

  • Meijer
  • Thornton’s
  • Cox’s and Evergreen Liquors
  • Oxmoor Auto Group
  • Sysco
  • FB Purnell Sausage
  • Debufonts Design Studio
  • Republic National Distributing Company

To register for the Golf Tournament or learn more, call 502.894.9999 or email kyharvest@win.net. Another opportunity to support Kentucky Harvest will come in December with a Pappy Van Winkle auction in partnership with Cox’s and Evergreen Liquors. 

‘Bri’s Louisville’ Opening at Revelry Boutique Gallery

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Watercolor & Ink

Revelry Gallery invites you to local artist and illustrator Bri Bowers’ first solo show, “Bri’s Louisville.” The exhibit is a personal narrative of her life in Louisville, highlighting specific neighborhood landmarks associated with her memories through original watercolors, illuminated cardboard sculptures and interactive elements.

The show opens Sept. 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Revelry Boutique Gallery, 742 E. Market St.

Bowers graduated in 2012 from Parsons: The New School of Design in New York City and embarked to Louisville soon after. Her inspiration for the show is a love letter to Louisville – a city that has both inspired and embraced her. Each wall illustrates a time and place reminiscent of a stage of her life.

Hunter S Puppet
Sculpey, Wire, Crepe Paper, Recycled Fabric & Paint

Her Louisville landmark series has become a local favorite, and her new exhibit will both expand and display the full collection. As Revelry’s own visual director of the past two years, the gallery is thrilled to showcase her very first show and celebrate her successful journey as an artist.

In addition to the opening, Bri will also be giving an Artist Talk on Oct. 4 that will offer the audience a chance to experience the artistic timeline as she tells her story. The show closes on Oct. 8. 

For more information, visit revelrygallery.com.

Bourbon & Beyond Releases Full Schedule of Performances

Natalie Nicole Vladimirovs with Shannon Trujillo at Bourbon & Beyond 2017. Photo by Max Sharp.

The full schedule of music performances for Bourbon & Beyond is now available. The third year of the unique destination event expands to three days, Friday, Sept. 20, Saturday, Sept. 21 and Sunday, Sept. 22 at the newly created Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center, 937 Phillips Lane.

Bourbon & Beyond’s music lineup includes a unique mix of rock, roots, bluegrass and folk acts led by Foo Fighters, Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters, the Zac Brown Band, John Fogerty, Daryl Hall & John Oates and ZZ Top, among many others. In total, nearly 50 artists will play on three stages over the course of the weekend, including two side-by-side main stages and a bluegrass stage curated by the genre’s leading authority, The Bluegrass Situation. In addition, the World’s Largest Bourbon Festival also celebrates the craftsmanship behind award-winning spirits, master distillers and world-class chefs. Bourbon author, expert, and Amazon Prime host (Bourbon Up) Fred Minnick has curated one-of-a-kind tastings and seminars celebrating Louisville’s world-renowned distilleries, while culinary curators Edward Lee (The Mind of A Chef) and Anthony Lamas (Seviche) have teamed up to arrange special food experiences. Visit BourbonAndBeyond.com for full details.

A limited number of Bourbon & Beyond exclusive VIP packages, General Admission tickets, camping and hotel packages, as well as special event tickets are still available at www.BourbonandBeyond.com.

The music schedule for Bourbon & Beyond is as follows (subject to change).

Friday, September 20
Barrel Stage Oak Stage
9:20 PM Foo Fighters 7:55 PM John Fogerty
6:40 PM Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats 5:25 PM The Flaming Lips
4:10 PM +Live+ 2:55 PM Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
2:10 PM Lukas Nelson & Promise Of Real 1:25 PM Blackberry Smoke
12:40 PM The Record Company 12:00 PM Preservation Hall Jazz Band
11:30 AM Pearl    
       
The Bluegrass Situation Stage    
5:20 PM Greensky Bluegrass    
3:45 PM Mipso    
1:40 PM The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys    
11:45 AM Amythyst Kiah    
       

 

Saturday, September 21
Barrel Stage Oak Stage
9:30 PM Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters 8:05 PM Daryl Hall & John Oates
7:00 PM Trey Anastasio Band 5:55 PM Alison Krauss
4:50 PM Grace Potter 3:55 PM Jenny Lewis
3:05 PM Squeeze 2:15 PM Del McCoury Band
1:40 PM Samantha Fish 1:05 PM The White Buffalo
12:30 PM Maggie Rose 11:55 AM Patrick Droney
       
The Bluegrass Situation Stage    
4:20 PM The Travelin’ McCourys    
2:55 PM Fruition    
1:25 PM Cedric Burnside    
12:05 PM Ben Sollee

 

Sunday, September 22
Barrel Stage Oak Stage
8:40 PM Zac Brown Band 7:25 PM ZZ Top
6:20 PM Leon Bridges 5:15 PM Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros
4:20 PM Little Steven And The Disciples Of Soul 3:25 PM Kurt Vile And The Violators
2:40 PM Margo Price 1:55 PM Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
1:20 PM Whiskey Myers 12:45 PM White Reaper
12:10 PM Southern Avenue 11:35 AM Caroline Jones
       
The Bluegrass Situation Stage    
4:15 PM Dustbowl Revival    
2:40 PM Birds Of Chicago    
1:20 PM The Lil Smokies    
11:50 AM Front Country

 

The culinary experiences and bourbon workshops, along with the Derby Dance Hall schedule, are as follows:

Friday, September 20
Better In The Bluegrass Stage (culinary) Kentucky Gold Stage (bourbon)
12:00 PM Edward Lee 11:35 AM Welcome
1:30 PM Jose Salazar & Matt Abdoo 12:40 PM Beer Drinker’s Bourbon
3:00 PM Michael Voltaggio & Adam

Sobel

2:05 PM How Highball Can You Go?
4:30 PM Justin Sutherland & Ben Jaffe

(Preservation Hall Jazz Band)

3:50 PM Whiskey Women
    5:05 PM Bourbon Disrupters
    6:05 PM What Is A Master Distiller?
Derby Dance Hall    
12:30 PM Charleston Lesson    
1:20 PM Jitterbug Performance    
1:30 PM Jitterbug Lesson    
2:50 PM Foxtrot / West Coast Swing Performance    
3:00 PM Foxtrot Lesson    
4:05 PM Cha Cha Performance    
4:25 PM Cha Cha Lesson    
6:35 PM West Coast Swing Performance    
6:45 PM Music And Open Dancing    

 

Saturday, September 21
Better In The Bluegrass Stage (culinary) Kentucky Gold Stage (bourbon)
1:05 PM Graham Elliot 11:25 AM Bourbon Storytime
2:30 PM Tiffani Thiessen 12:25 PM Barrel Finish Vs. Traditional Bourbon
4:00 PM Brooke Williamson 1:35 PM Whiskey’s Dark Past
5:30 PM Kelsey Barnard Clark & Sara

Bradley

3:00 PM The Barrel
    4:45 PM The Van Winkle Family
Derby Dance Hall    
12:25 PM Jitterbug Performance    
12:35 PM Jitterbug Lesson    
2:10 PM West Coast Swing Performance    
2:20 PM Foxtrot Lesson    
3:00 PM East Coast Swing Performance    
3:10 PM East Coast Swing Lesson    
4:45 PM West Coast Swing / Foxtrot Performance    
4:55 PM West Coast Swing Lesson    
6:35 PM West Coast Swing Performance    
6:45 PM Music And Open Dancing    

 

Sunday, September 22
Better In The Bluegrass Stage (culinary) Kentucky Gold Stage (bourbon)
12:45 PM Ouita Michel 11:15 AM Welcome
2:05 PM Rusty Hamlin & Coy Bowles

(Zac Brown Band)

12:05 PM Manhattan Vs. The Old Fashioned
3:35 PM Amanda Freitag & Tierinii

Jackson (Southern Avenue)

1:15 PM Sweet Mash: The Whiskey Revolution
4:15 PM Jamie Bissonnette 2:35 PM Master Taster: How To Taste Like A Pro
    4:15 PM Executive Round Table
    6:15 PM Slavery In American Whiskey History
Derby Dance Hall    
12:40 PM West Coast Swing / Charleston Performance    
12:50 PM Charleston Lesson    
2:40 PM Jitterbug Lesson    
3:20 PM East Coast Swing Performance    
3:30 PM East Coast Swing Lesson    
5:10 PM West Coast Swing Performance    
5:20 PM West Coast Swing Lesson    
6:05 PM Music And Open Dancing  

Eighth Annual South Oldham Rotary Bourbon & Wine Experience

Why drink bourbon in a drab bar when you can enjoy Kentucky’s finest in artfully arranged botanical gardens?

Taste samples of the region’s best bourbons, vodkas, wines, and more at the Eighth Annual South Oldham Rotary Bourbon & Wine Experience, hosted on the grounds of the Yew Dell Botanical Gardens. Sip on over 80 pours from the likes of Old 502 Winery, Angel’s Envy, Jeptha Creed, Buffalo Trace, and more as you enjoy the nurseries and arboretums as well as unique architectural features of Yew Dell, like their miniature stone castle.

In addition to a long list of bourbons and wines, small plates and bites will be provided by Ladyfingers Catering. Live music by Misty Mountain String Band will have you tapping your feet or swinging around the dance floor before you head over to the silent auction.

Proceeds from this event will go to local charities and organizations. Last year’s event benefited Camden Elementary and Crestwood Elementary as well as South Oldham Interchurch Council Christmas food banks. In addition, funds were provided to relief funds, grants, and scholarships. 

All-inclusive tickets are $75 per person. The event starts at 6:30 and ends at 9:30 on September 6. 

Friday, September 06, 2019 from 6:30PM – 9:30PM
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
South Oldham Rotary Club

Bike to Beat Cancer Happening Sept. 14

Photo courtesy of Norton Healthcare.

Bike to Beat Cancer is a fun, family friendly cycling event in which the community comes together to honor those who have fought or are fighting cancer. The event also raises awareness and funds to help support patients of Norton Cancer Institute and Norton Children’s Cancer Institute. 

The 11th annual ride will take place on Sept. 14 at Norton Cancer Institute Brownsboro, 4955 Norton Healthcare Blvd. There’s something for all fitness levels: 15-,35-, 65- or 100-mile ride, a five-mile Family Ride, an hour long Spin Ride or a Virtual Ride. Register online at biketobeatcancer.org or in person at the event. 

The funds raised stay right here in our community to help patients of Norton Cancer Institute and Norton Children’s Cancer Institute, affiliated with the University of Louisville. One hundred percent of rider funds raised go directly to support the mission of curing cancer and eliminating suffering. 

To learn more, visit biketobeatcancer.org.

Kentucky Companies Taking Center Stage with “Trading Spaces” Star

Kimberly Greenwell, producer of the regional television show, “My Southern Home,” and Kevin Barber, representative of the Barber Cabinet Company, will share the Inspirations Stage with TLC’s “Trading Spaces” star Laurie Smith during the upcoming Nashville Home Show.

Greenwell is one of five panelists chosen by Nashville Home Show producers to lead educational seminars on home construction and design during its 36th annual home event that runs Sept. 6-8 at the Music City Center. There will be over 250 exhibitors featured and much more.

Kimberly Greenwell. Courtesy Photo.

Kentucky-based Barber Cabinet Company will be one of the home improvement experts featured on Greenwell’s panel discussion on Sept. 7 at 4:30 p.m. The family-owned and operated cabinet company has been in business for 71 years.

Greenwell considers it an honor to be featured along-side the “Trading Spaces” star designer. She said, “I grew up watching ‘Trading Spaces.’ I absolutely love the show. To be included as a speaker in a home show line-up that features Laurie Smith is a dream come true.”

In August 2017, Greenwell launched “My Southern Home” in the Louisville, Kentucky market. She expanded the TV show to Nashville, Tennessee with Barber Cabinet Company as the title sponsor in August 2018. 

“My Southern Home” is an interview-style weekly half-hour TV show that educates consumers about home-related topics and introduces them to people and companies that help them build or create their dream home. The show airs locally Sundays at 10 a.m. on WBKI-CW 58.

More information on Greenwell and “My Southern Home” can be found at mysouthernhometv.com. Visit barbercabinetco.com for more information about the Barber Cabinet Company and nashvillehomeshow.com to learn about the Nashville Home Show and ticket information.

St. Francis School Donor Reception

Supporters of St. Francis School received a special tour of the new theater and lobby at the Goshen Campus on Aug. 21. The major addition and renovation includes 400 theater seats, an outdoor amphitheater classroom space and a revamped entryway.

Photos courtesy of St. Francis School

Over the Garden Wall

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Photography: Andrea Hutchinson

Stylist: Liz Bingham

Wardrobe Assistant: Anne Baldridge

Makeup: Daniel Strasser, Creative Director of Clique Boutique

Location: Lincliffe

Models: Diaz Bolden, James Burden, Alexandra Hepfinger, Micah Hoag, Taylor Purnsley and Tyler Purnsley

Left to Right:

James
Canali jacket, $1,795; Eton shirt, $215; Eton pocket square, $80;
PT01 pants, $450; Torino leather belt, $155; Trask chukka boots, $245; Krewe tortoise sunglasses, $255, available at Rodes For Him.

Taylor
L’Agence silk bodysuit, $390; L’Agence blazer, $595; L’Agence pants, $265; Milly vegan shearling coat, $395; Christian Louboutin clutch, $1,090, available at Rodes For Her. Donald J Pliner suede studded sneakers, $89, available at Belle Monde Boutique.

Micah
Samuelsohn coat, $1,295; Eton shirt, $260; Eton tie, $145; Eton pocket square, $65; PT01 pants, $425; Krewe sunglasses, $255, available at Rodes For Him. Shoes from model’s personal collection.

Alexandra
Equipment silk blouse, $260; L’Agence jeans, $245; L’Agence suede jacket, $1,225; Vince trench coat, $645; Yves Saint Laurent purse, $1,690, available at Rodes For Her. Patent leather loafers, $22, available at Stella’s Resale Boutique.

Tyler
L’Agence sleeveless turtleneck top, $105; Elliott Lauren cropped pants, $160; Equipment leather shirt, $550; Milly vegan shearling coat, $445, available at Rodes For Her. Miss Wilson Von Fury platform loafers, $99, available at Belle Monde Boutique.

Diaz
Faherty crewneck tee, $68; Faherty woven shirt, $128; Eleventy bomber jacket, $595; J Brand dark wash jeans, $198; Trask chukka boots, $265, available at Rodes For Him.


Vince silk blouse, $325; Vince cashmere sweater, $425; Vince silk pants, $295, available at Rodes For Her. Miss Wilson Von Fury platform loafers, $99, available at Belle Monde Boutique.

Wenjilli vintage sweater dress, $128, available at Stella’s Resale Boutique. Sam Edelman velvet pumps, $68, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment. Carrie Hoffman earrings, $356, available at CIRCE. Shine Reflexions bracelet, $200; Shine Crown charm, $50; Shine Timeless Sparkle charm, $50, available at PANDORA Louisville.


Theory silk tank top, $245; ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo jogger pants, $295; Kule faux fur coat, $598; Carrie Hoffman earrings, $356, available at CIRCE. Shine Reflexions bracelet, $200; Shine Crown charm, $50; Shine Timeless Sparkle charm, $50; Silver Shimmering Wishbone ring, $45; Silver Wishbone ring, $35; Shine Wishbone ring, $45, available at PANDORA Louisville.

Acler silk dress, $199, available at Belle Monde Boutique. Kule faux fur stole, $198; Carrie Hoffman earrings, $356, available at CIRCE. Studded handbag, $95, available at Glasscock. Krewe sunglasses, $275, available at Rodes For Her. Shine Reflexions bracelet, $200; Shine Crown charm, $50; Shine Timeless Sparkle charm, $50; Silver Shimmering Wishbone ring, $45; Silver Wishbone ring, $35; Shine Wishbone ring, $45, available at PANDORA Louisville.

O.P.T. floral dress, $195; Mikael Aghal floral dress, $950, available at Glasscock.

L’Agence silk bodysuit, $390; L’Agence tweed blazer, $595; L’Agence pants, $265; Christian Louboutin clutch, $1,090, available at Rodes For Her.

L’Agence sleeveless turtleneck top, $105; Equipment leather shirt, $550; Elliott Lauren cropped pants, $160; Prada purse, $1,270, available at Rodes For Her.


Ted Lapidus vintage top and pants, $148, available at Stella’s Resale Boutique. DiOMi wool cape with fur collar, $1,065, available at Glasscock. Yves Saint Laurent purse, $1,690, available at Rodes For Her. Gold hoops, $95, available at Rodeo Drive. Boots from model’s personal collection

Trina Turk suede jumper, $125; Alexis suede cape, $82; Charter Club plaid shawl, $16, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment. Yuzefi leather purse, $525; Tom Ford aviator sunglasses, $395, available at Rodes For Her. Carrie Hoffman earrings, $356, available at CIRCE. Shine Reflexions bracelet, $200; Shine Crown charm, $50; Shine Timeless Sparkle charm, $50; Silver Shimmering Wishbone ring, $45; Silver Wishbone ring, $35; Shine Wishbone ring, $45, available at PANDORA Louisville. Hogl leather wedge sneakers, $289, available at Belle Monde Boutique.

Halston Heritage dress, $645, available at Glasscock. Kayce Hughes leopard print jacket, $48, available at Stella’s Resale Boutique. Silver Wishbone ring, $35, available at PANDORA Louisville.

Le Superbe snakeskin silk dress, $395; Jerome Dreyfuss leather clutch, $265; Carrie Hoffman earrings, $356, available at CIRCE. Prada kitten heel mules, $319, available at Belle Monde Boutique


Cinq a Sept toile top, $295; Amanda Uprichard leather shorts, $172, available at Rodeo Drive. India Hicks leather clutch, $99; Pomme D’or leather mules, $99, available at Belle Monde Boutique. Carrie Hoffman earrings, $356, available at CIRCE.

Samuelsohn coat, $1,295; Eton shirt, $260; Eton tie, $145; Eton pocket square, $65; PT01 pants, $425; Krewe sunglasses, $255; available at Rodes For Him. Shoes from model’s personal collection.

Canali jacket, $1,795; Eton shirt, $215; Eton pocket square, $80; PT01 pants, $450; Torino leather belt, $155; Trask chukka boots, $245; Krewe tortoise sunglasses, $255, available at Rodes For Him.


Taffeta skirt, $195; Douglas Hannant taffeta top, $2,010; quilted purse, $125, available at Glasscock. Gucci leather and pearl heels, $429, available at Belle Monde Boutique. Shine Reflexions bracelet, $200; Shine Crown charm, $50; Shine Timeless Sparkle charm, $50; Silver Shimmering Wishbone ring, $45; Silver Wishbone ring, $35; Shine Wishbone ring, $45; Silver Enchanted Crown ring, $80; Hearts of PANDORA hoops, $100, available at PANDORA Louisville.

Cotton by Autumn Cashmere sweater top, $176; Alice + Olivia plaid pants, $395, available at Rodeo Drive. Fur backpack, $249, available at Belle Monde Boutique.

Alice + Olivia sleeveless turtleneck sweater top, $225; Alice + Olivia plaid skirt, $285; Alice + Olivia faux fur coat, $495, available at Rodeo Drive. Calvin Klein leather boots, $28; Prism snakeskin purse, $24, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment.

Exquisite Upgrades

Inside a Harbortown Haven

Story provided by Details Furniture Gallery and Design
Photos by
Andrea Hutchinson

When a riverside condo in the Harbortown Condominiums was purchased by a local attorney and his wife, a retired critical care nurse, it was in need of a complete update. The footprint was wonderful – with curved walls and stairway – but nearly everything needed to be changed. A new kitchen and master bathroom along with flooring, carpeting, wallpaper, draperies and blinds were necessary.

The couple called in Lesa Buckler, owner and designer at Details Furniture Gallery and Design, with whom they had worked previously. Richard Buckler, co-owner and lead kitchen/bath designer, along with designer Christa Rose, joined the project, and all worked extensively with the clients to achieve what would become their dream home.

The kitchen was designed first, and the outcome is spectacular. The cabinets are Oyster Bay with 3D aluminum edging and topped with Alabaster Quartz countertops. The appliances are Wolf with a Subzero refrigerator. Richard said, “This was one of my favorite projects to design. You have to look closely to catch all the details, such as the curved doors, horizontal grain fronts, hidden LED linear lighting and no outlets or switches on the walls. Everything is concealed.”

The floating vanity was the first design element in the master bath. Edged in brushed stainless trims with mirrored countertop towers and a Thassos White Quartz counter, it provides lots of storage while looking light and elegant. The owners requested a walk-in shower with a soaker tub, which has become a favorite spot of Rocco’s, their African Grey parrot. The walls are covered in a transitional flocked wallpaper, and the marble on walls and floor is Hampton Carrara, which shines beautifully when lit by the crystal chandelier.

The foyer holds a metal console – which was purchased in Seattle during a tour of Boeing – with the same integrated riveting application that is used on aircraft. The steamboat arts above are curated from the owner’s collection. Lesa and Christa sourced art and accessories for the entire home but especially love the selections in this area. The curved stairway was painted high gloss black, and the grey antelope carpet is known as one of the interior designer’s favorites. It provides magnificent movement to the area, which is crowned with wall sconces from Arteriors.

A living room wall was reconfigured to allow for a modern linear fireplace, while another wall is mirrored and reflects the amazing view they have of the Ohio River. The curved wall is graced with “Secrets” by Frank Gallo, circa 1980, purchased in Chicago and gifted to the couple by a sister. This piece was done using white paper containing cotton fiber, which gives a pearlescent effect, and then mounted and framed with acrylic.

“This piece is incredible and it sets the tone for many curated objects throughout their home,” explains Christa. With furniture and accessories from Details that include swivel chairs, metal and glass étagères, an embossed leather ottoman and sumptuous sofas, this room is perfectly suited for entertaining with comfort and style.

The kitchen table is from Arteriors with Bernhardt chairs, and leather stools fit perfectly at the bar. The light above the island is from Visual Comfort. The dining room walls are covered in a textured Phillip Jefferies paper and painted blue. The John Richard wall sconces in gold are mounted with urns etched with blue Greek key design. Both the living and dining rooms have automated shades and workable drapery.

“The office has no windows, so we selected metallic grasscloth paper to apply on backs of shelving and then placed Visual Comfort sconces above to brighten the room,” Lesa says. “We also chose a light color for the Fabrica carpeting. The shelves are full of mementoes, awards and photos – even one of the homeowners when they were prom king and queen – from a life well-lived.”

In the master bedroom, the existing cabinetry was modified then faux painted and provides a wonderful transitional look and feel. “The room is unencumbered by a traditional dresser and nightstands,” explains Christa. “We were able to create a seamless, soothing palette that is carried through to the adjacent sitting room with custom upholstery and bedding along with grasscloth textured wallpaper.”

“It has been a delightful project,” says Lesa. “This couple has been married for more than 30 years, are best friends and love life. It is so wonderful, fun and easy to work with people like them.” V

 

Cool, With A Twist

Through prosperity and heartache, Tyra Twist Amrein makes her own kind of music

By Laura Ross
Photos by
Andrea Hutchinson

Tyra Twist Amrein is a mover, a shaker and a music maker. You could say she’s a rock star but she’s not. She is, however, a busy booking and musicians’ agent and owner of Twisted Talent.

Amrein is a blur of energy, booking and promoting artists in Louisville and across the world. She’ll throw an unforgettable event for your private gathering with her other business, Twisted Events. You’ll see her doing the mom-thing, hustling – one of her favorite words – her three kids through their busy lives. She enthusiastically supports her husband Jeff Amrein’s multiple successful businesses.

“He’s a serial entrepreneur,” his wife quipped with a deep, throaty laugh.

Life is good, if not great, for the Louisville native. But getting there wasn’t a piece of cake.

Needing to Pivot

After a tumultuous upbringing, Tyra married Jeff Amrein in 1994 and luck followed a lot of hard work. Jeff Amrein studied computers and coding at Murray State University, and by the time he graduated, he had founded a computer hardware consulting company focused on networking medical offices. As he built that business, he listened to clients’ needs and developed a scanning program that was quickly snapped up and distributed nationwide. “We were able to retire,” said Amrein. “But, that wasn’t really feasible for us since we were so young.”

Tyra is honest and great at pointing out inequities and calling out people who have been getting away with questionable business dealings for too long. The music business needs people like her.”
— Brigid Kaelin

The growing family – with children Zach, 23, Anna Leigh, 21, and Catey, 16, who were all little at the time – took a year off and moved to a house in the Bahamas. But Jeff was restless and missed his poker buddies stateside. He developed an online poker playing app, which became a new company, and when they moved back to Louisville, Jeff developed an area university’s online learning program, which he then sold to other university programs nationwide. He also recently became involved in the Kentucky hemp industry and is now consulting with hemp growers and manufacturers nationwide.

Tyra wasn’t one to sit back and relax either. As she raised her three children, Amrein sought her own ventures. She sold real estate and worked for a builder for several years, eventually “firing” her builder and taking on homebuilding herself. Simultaneously, she dove in to help her husband’s growing companies with event planning and management, and Twisted Events was born. “I focus on smaller, interesting events,” she said. “I didn’t want to be a wedding planner, but I can pull together a really unique event tailored to each client.

“I needed to pivot,” she added, noting that music was always the background to her life. She grew up around music and stage performers and was even a punk rock back-up singer for the late ’80s band the Happy Cadavers. “All I really had to do was yell,” she laughed. “I had a faux-hawk, and my sister who was a stylist styled me in red leather pants, a Union Jack ripped t-shirt and a safety pin in my ear.”

She was always around musicians and artists, and her children all have musical and theatrical talents. It all made sense. She launched Twisted Talent in August 2018 with the goal to help area artists succeed. “So many musicians in this area don’t have anyone advocating for them,” she said. “I got tired of seeing friends get ripped off by venues and bar owners all the time.

“I can sing, I can play the piano, but I don’t want the artistic side of it,” she said. “With Twisted Talent, I look at how the wheel works and how can I make it turn. I’m excited to produce moments then stand back and just watch it unfold.”

“Something I think people don’t realize about Tyra is how incredibly smart she is,” said singer-songwriter and touring musician Brigid Kaelin, who is a friend and client. “She’s both well-read and street-smart, and that’s a rare combination in this business.”

Amrein began representing Kaelin and Dave Ernst + The Early Favorites last autumn, and within a month, she was representing more than 50 independent musicians. One client out of Lexington, Mojothunder, is on the cusp of greatness. “They are the best original rock band I’ve seen in 20 years,” she said.

“Tyra is honest and great at pointing out inequities and calling out people who have been getting away with questionable business dealings for too long,” added Kaelin. “The music business needs people like her.”

“If reality wasn’t a part of the equation, I’d be Prince’s tour manager if he was still alive,” Amrein laughed. “I’m a gypsy at heart. I love travel, am super-insanely organized and I’d love being a part of a major tour. I see me developing young original bands that I feel have a real shot, getting them tours, having them open for larger acts, getting them in front of a recording label and seeing them succeed.”

On the outside, she thrives on the organization, frenzy and happy comfort of managing a successful business. But it hasn’t always been that way.

The story, as it is, has a twist: the family Twist.

‘Fake it ‘til you make it.’

Martin and Saundra Twist married young and had three daughters – Tonjua, Tyra and Tamara – in quick succession. “They were young, and my dad had to hustle,” Amrein said. “He was really smart, got into a lot of businesses in Louisville and got into a lot of bad businesses as well. He was the Bernie Madoff of Louisville, and he did a lot of oil, gas and well frauds later in life. He died in federal prison five years ago.”

Tragedy struck early in Amrein’s life. Her mother was killed in an auto accident in 1981, a day before Amrein’s 16th birthday. A stunning sculpture of Saundra, crafted by famed artist Barney Bright, features Saundra with outstretched arms, and is one of the most notable and visited gravesites in Cave Hill Cemetery. The iconic sculpture includes an inscription that reads, “God always seems to pick his prettiest flower.”

Growing up was difficult in the Twist household. “My father was not a nice guy. He was abusive emotionally and physically, and you never measured up in his world. We butted heads like two rams from day one, but I survived because of that,” said Amrein.

Her older sister Tonjua fled the nest early and dove into her artistic dream of becoming a stylist to the stars. She worked with legends like Bill Murray, Tony Bennett and Michael Jackson. She made a name among the most famous fashion designers and fashion magazine editors, who were eager to work with her in styling the stars.

Her fame came as the stylist to Mariah Carey. “She helped brand Mariah Carey and was solely responsible for the trend of the low-rise ripped jeans in the mid-1990s, when she ripped the top off of Mariah’s jeans,” explained Amrein.

“I learned so much from Tonjua,” mused Amrein. “She was on a worldwide tour with the hottest, most important star in the world and styled every album, every video and every stage performance outfit for Mariah Carey and many others. She’d call me and say, ‘Can you believe I’m sitting on the set of Michael Jackson’s video?’”

Tonjua reached the apex of her career in 2000, but the pressures overwhelmed her. Amrein received the phone call no one wants. Her beloved sister had killed herself with a precisely measured overdose. “It was so tragic. She was so burned out over seven years and had no anchor,” Amrein said. “She told a friend, ‘I am just so tired of this world.’ It was mind-blowing the people who contacted us from the fashion industry, the music industry, the theater. They all loved her. She was an incredible mix of a very sweet, shy and funny Southern gal but could get on set with an artist and make them feel so at home because she was a charmer.”

Tonjua left instructions that she wished to be cremated and have her ashes mixed with bluegrass seeds and wildflowers. “She said, ‘Scatter them some place where it looks like nothing bad can happen to me,’ so we took half to my mother’s grave and scattered the other half around a gazebo we had built at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Oldham County,” reflected Amrein. “It’s so peaceful there. I feel her spirit all the time.

“When you are as close to someone as we were, we shared all the same secrets, we talked constantly and that never goes away,” she said. “It’s like she’s in my head all the time, and I can hear her voice guide me. I didn’t understand how incredibly talented she was before she died. You take that stuff for granted because I had no context outside of our family. It’s like if you’re hanging out with Picasso and you’re Picasso’s brother, do you realize how incredible he is at that moment? Now, I understand that.”

The stranglehold of grief remains, years later, as Amrein’s youngest sister, Tamara, committed suicide just months ago.

Despite the preponderance of personal tragedy, Amrein remains strong. “My philosophy is always, ‘Fake it ’til you make it,’” she said. “Push through; stress later. I get things done, no matter what life throws at me.”

If you can’t figure out a hustle to make your dream come true, you’re just chasing clouds. I figured out my hustle, and my dreams are coming true.”
— Tyra Twist Amrein

Mastering the Hustle

Why dive into a new and challenging business with no guarantees when you’re a mom of three and financially comfortable? “I need to build value in my life. We only go through this life one time,” Amrein said quietly. “I’ve had my mother die. My sister committed suicide. My father died in prison. My other sister committed suicide two months ago. I am the last one standing in my entire core family.”

After a long pause, she added, “I don’t want to be on my deathbed and say I wish I’d done whatever. I want to fill my life with as many valuable experiences as possible. For me, that’s through music.”

She sees herself as an advocate and cheerleader – and perhaps, benefactor – to struggling musicians, and she wants to help elevate Louisville’s status as a music epicenter.

“I think we are on the precipice of having a music renaissance in Louisville,” said Amrein, noting the rise of the bourbon entertainment industry, the exploding festival scene and growing base of quality artists. “We could be the next Austin, Texas. We must take care of the grass roots musicians who are putting the music out there. We are a year-round tourism and foodie destination. It’s not just the two weeks of Derby anymore, and that has raised the bar for entertainment because we have to match that level of hospitality.”

Amrein hopes to be a major part of that equation, one delightful twist at a time.

“My motto has been ‘If you can’t figure out a hustle to make your dream come true, you’re just chasing clouds. I figured out my hustle, and my dreams are coming true.”

And that is music to her ears. V