Engagement Announcement: Caitlin Sue & Christian Goodan

Photo by Anna May Photography.

Mr. and Mrs. Timothy and Carla Dobson of Louisville, Kentucky, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Caitlin Sue to Christian Goodan, son of Mr. Jeffrey Goodan of San Diego, California, and Ms. Carla Strohmeier of Louisville, Kentucky. The bride is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in psychology and works in marketing and business development for medical distributor Lite Source Inc. The groom is also a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in equine management and is employed as a financial analyst at Farm Credit Mid-America. A December wedding is planned at the First Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Kentucky.

Photo by Anna May Photography.

Bon Appetit, Y’all

The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Louisville returns, letting Kentucky’s chefs shine

By Mariah Kline
Photos by
Kathryn Harrington

Last fall, Ashbourne Farms hosted the first-ever James Beard Taste America Louisville dinner, an incredibly prestigious evening that showcased some of the area’s most talented chefs. This year, the James Beard Foundation is returning with a two-part event featuring the best of Kentucky’s food and beverage industry.

Representing our city – and our state – at this showcase is an extraordinary group of culinary artists. By sharing the many diverse cuisines our state has to offer, the chefs will demonstrate that Kentucky’s food scene is more than just fried chicken and bourbon (though those elements are, of course, sacred). Hailing from Paducah to Appalachia, Lexington to Louisville, this well-rounded group is bringing their collective A-game.

The two-part event will begin on Sept. 26 with an elegant gala dinner hosted at the Speed Art Museum. A cocktail and tasting reception will feature bites and beverages from some of the area’s best chefs and bartenders. Creating the gala’s dinner menu is visiting all-star Richard Blaise and local all-star Sara Bradley. Blais is best known for winning the Bravo network’s “Top Chef All-Stars” and can be frequently seen judging on “Top Chef.” The San Diego restaurateur also appears in several Food Network shows and has penned two best-selling cookbooks.

Bradley, who earned second place on season 16 of “Top Chef,” is the owner of Freight House, a Paducah restaurant with elevated southern fare. She is looking forward to sharing her locally-sourced ingredients with diners and offering up a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

For us, it’s more like getting together to play with food, but it also helps the cause.”
— Bruce Ucan

“This is a great opportunity because not everyone has the chance to eat at the Beard House,” she says. “Not everyone has the chance to cook there, so this is amazing for chefs and people in the area to really see what happens in New York City.”

A dessert reception will follow dinner and include tastings made by Claudia Delatorre from the Bakery at Sullivan University and pastry chef Nokee Bucayu from Ashbourne Farms. As for what they’re cooking up, most of the chefs remained pretty tight-lipped, but a handful of them offered some hints.

“I’m thinking something fall-inspired with spice,” says Bucayu of her dessert. “I’m looking forward to challenging myself and taking something that’s traditional and turning it into something different. Part of the reason I went into food is to open peoples’ minds to different cultures through food.”

Also representing Louisville at the dessert reception are Annie Harlow and Leslie Wilkinson, the duo behind Hi-Five Doughnuts, who are plotting a donut bread pudding with some bourbon elements. Prior to dinner, Mayan Cafe’s Bruce Ucan has ideas for a Mayan hot brown or a traditional Yucatan pibil.

“It’s fun seeing what other chefs come up with,” he says. “I always love to hang out with them, and for us, it’s more like getting together to play with food, but it also helps the cause.”

The James Beard Foundation’s mission has many facets to it, but its overall focus is celebrating chefs and furthering the influence of America’s food culture. The organization promotes diversity and sustainability in the industry and works to address the gender imbalance. Through education and leadership initiatives and awards, the foundation is not only bettering the culinary world but changing lives within it.

“This is a dream come true,” says Davy Butterworth, beverage director at Decca. “It’s an experience to grow in my craft and learn from seeing other people here doing their things.”

Butterworth and several others will be taking part in Raise the Bar, the second night of Taste America, on Sept. 27. Those who attend Raising the Bar will get to dine and drink at the rooftop bar of the Brown Hotel, which parallels a New York City-style experience. The English Grill at the Brown Hotel’s Dustin Willett and James Adams are eager to share their space and their hospitality.

“It’s a very intimate setting,” says Adams. “It’s a pinnacle moment in your career once you’re invited to come to an event like this, so you want to grab on with both hands and take full advantage.”

“I’m excited to serve the people,” says Willett. “I love seeing people enjoy the food we make – that’s the most rewarding part for me.”

While the chefs are eager to show off their skill sets for fellow foodies, their main feeling is a sense of humility and reverence.

“It’s a joy and a surprise to be selected for something so momentous,” says Samantha Fore of Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites in Lexington. “I’m excited that the James Beard Foundation is bringing much-deserved attention to both Kentucky cuisine and immigrant cuisine.”

“Just to be recognized by my peers and people in the industry is great,” says 610 Magnolia’s Kevin Ashworth.

“It means a lot to me being a Louisville native,” says Volare’s Josh Moore, who has had the honor of cooking at the Beard House in New York. “I grew up here and have a lot of hometown pride. It’s a big deal for me to see Louisville on the map like it is as a food city. Twenty years ago it wasn’t what it is now, so it’s awesome to be a part of that progression.”

“It is such an honor to be involved in events organized by the James Beard Foundation,” said Mark Ford with Anoosh Bistro. “This organization, this charity, provides a backbone of support and a megaphone to speak through for the industry I know and love.”

Kristin M. Smith, owner and executive chef of the Wrigley Taproom & Eatery in Corbin, is delighted to share her region’s unique at Raising the Bar. 

“I’m thrilled to represent the Appalachian region of Kentucky,” she says. “I think is the first time we’ve been invited to the table, and I’m super excited to represent our area and our culture.” V

To learn more and purchase tickets, visit jamesbeard.org/taste-america-louisville, email tasteamericalou@estespr.com or call 502.614.6038.

Louisville Raising the Bar Reception
Sept. 27, 2019
The Brown Hotel’s Rooftop


James Adams &
Dustin Willet
The Brown Hotel, Louisville


Matt Brown
Hell or High Water, Louisville

Davy Butterworth
Decca, Louisville

Eron Plevan
Alex&nder at Copper & Kings, Louisville

Jake Sulek
West Main Crafting Company, Lexington, KY


Max Balliet & Katie Smith
Pizza LUPO, Louisville

Mark Ford
Anoosh Bistro, Louisville

Ming Pu
The 502 Bar and Bistro, Louisville

Jonathan Searle
Proof on Main, Louisville

Kristin Smith
The Wrigley Taproom & Eatery, Corbin, KY

Barbara Turner
Butchertown Grocery, Louisville

Louisville Gala Dinner
Sept. 26, 2019
The Speed Art Museum


Richard Blais
Juniper & Ivy; Trail Blais, San Diego


Sara Bradley
freight house, Paducah, Kentucky


Jeremy Asby
AZUR, Lexington, Kentucky

Kevin Ashworth
610 Magnolia, Louisville

Samantha Fore
Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites, Lexington, Kentucky

Josh Moore
Volare Ristorante, Louisville

Bruce Ucan
The Mayan Cafe, Louisville


Nokee Bucayu
Ashbourne Farms, Louisville

Claudia Delatorre
The Bakery at Sullivan University, Louisville

Annie Harlow & Leslie Wilkinson
Hi Five Doughnuts, Louisville


Dustin Willett and James Adams

Nokee Bucayu

Josh Moore

Sara Bradley

Davy Butterworth

Kristin M. Smith

Barbara Turner

Leslie Wilkinson and Annie Harlow

Ming Pu

Jake Sulek

Samantha Fore

Claudia Delatorre

Kevin Ashworth

Signature Social 2019

On Aug. 8, March of Dimes hosted its annual preview of the Signature Chefs Auction at Churchill Downs. Those in attendance were introduced to this year’s event co-chairs: Monica Bohn and Bryan Wiegandt, and the ambassador family, Erin, Charley and Emory Grant. The Signature Chefs Auction will take place Nov. 14 at the Omni Louisville Hotel.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Letter from the Editor

Behind the scenes of The Voice-Tribune’s fall fashion shoot at Lincliffe.
Photos by Andrea Hutchinson.

It sure doesn’t feel like autumn is around the corner, but this – our fall fashion issue – will conjure up memories of pumpkin spice lattes, cool evenings and crunching leaves breaking the silence on a solo walk. It’s also filled with the latest fashions of the upcoming season.

The September issue is always the best of the best when it comes to fashion, and The Voice’s in-house stylist Liz Bingham, photographer Andrea Hutchinson, art director Britany Baker and columnist Janice Carter Levitch worked hard to deliver that yet again. The backdrops for the shoot were the beautiful gardens of Lincliffe, which is owned by Steve Humphrey.

Whether you’re a fashionista who stays on top of every trend or are just looking for inspiration to help you get dressed in the morning, for our fall 2019 fashion shoot, they decided to showcase some of 2019’s top fall trends and present them in a wearable way that are all available to purchase locally. If you like to keep things simple with classic tweeds, knits and monochromatic looks, or you like to spice things up with animal prints and neon hues, this season, almost anything goes, and we guarantee there’s a trend out there for you – and a local shop where you can find it for purchase. 

Photo by Britany Baker.

This issue also provides 33 ways each of us can help our community and an overview of Give for Good Louisville, as well as mini spotlights on a handful of charities and a feature about the upcoming James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Louisville.

As always, thank you for taking the time to read The Voice. Your support means so much.

Angie Fenton
Editor in Chief

An Aesthetic Homecoming

Louisville Visual Art is reuniting art students from all decades

By Annalee Hubbs
Photos courtesy
Louisville Visual Art

For the past 94 years, Louisville Visual Art (LVA) has been a fervent supporter of the arts throughout Louisville. Having spent those years encouraging and prioritizing art education and community outreach for Louisville’s youth, LVA has been especially committed to empowering young artists through inclusion and accessibility. On Oct. 20, the organization will host its first-ever LVA Homecoming at the Creative Hub in an effort to connect these artists to one another – whether they have been proud alumni for many years or are just starting to embrace their alumni status. All alumni are welcome to come and support the programs and people who helped them grow as artists all these years. To learn more, we spoke with LVA Communications and Marketing Director Grant Johnson.

What can guests expect from LVA Homecoming?

A friendly gathering where they can connect or reconnect with others who’ve benefited from LVA’s many art education programs; a car-trunk art show – exactly what it sounds like – in the LVA parking lot; music by Louisville favorite Ben Sollee; food trucks; and the opportunity to add their LVA education story to an ever-expanding collage depicting the program’s enormous positive impact.

Which former students and instructors will be sharing their stories?

Three former LVA students – legendary sculptor Ed Hamilton, former Home of the Innocents CEO Gordon Brown and energetic local artist LaNia Roberts – will each deliver a message that speaks to the enduring value of art education at LVA for them and the community. There will also be a station where anyone who has an LVA story to share may be photographed holding a sign bearing their personal message. Those images will be added to a digital collage projected inside LVA’s warehouse space throughout the afternoon. This ever-expanding collage mirrors the positive contributions of LVA’s education offerings throughout Metro Louisville.

Since this is the first year for this event, what do you hope will come out of the celebration?

We’re hoping that LVA alumni, former teachers, family and friends from each decade will turn out to celebrate art education in Louisville. We also know that many people in town have taken our classes over the past 94 years without connecting them to LVA. We’re especially eager to welcome back some of those LVA alumni who are making valuable contributions in the city but may not realize LVA provided the art class that was so meaningful to them in their youth. We also look forward to gathering those LVA stories that are essential to understanding and sharing how our programs benefit participants.

LVA Fine Art Classes through the years, from the 1970s through 2014.

How do I find out if an art class I took was through LVA?

If any readers took an art class outside of school time in Louisville in the past 94 years, there’s a good chance that it was provided by LVA. We want to help all LVA alumni reconnect, especially those who aren’t sure of their alumni status. If any readers think they, a loved one or a friend may have participated in an LVA art education program, they can reach out to grant@louisvillevisualart.org, or visit this page: louisvillevisualart.org/visual-art-education to learn more. We hope to see many new faces at our first-ever homecoming on Oct. 20.

What does LVA have planned for upcoming Fine Art Classes and other educational programs?

Registration for Fall 2019 Children’s Fine Art Classes (CFAC) and the Academy of LVA is now open on our website: louisvillevisualart.org/visual-art-education. Students in fourth through eighth grade need the recommendation of an education professional outside of LVA to register. This is easily done via an online form, and most art teachers in area public schools already know the process. Also, LVA will again coordinate Open Doors educational offerings in public schools across the Metro and throughout the 2019-2020 school year. These offerings supplement existing art curricula and make meaningful connections with other academic subjects such as science and history.

We also plan to continue our Water Tower: Form and Function partnership with the Louisville Water Company Foundation. It combines art, engineering and history by teaching students about the historic Louisville Water Tower and then asking them to design their own water tower with cardboard and colored paper. And, of course, we’re already looking forward to our 2020 CFAC and Academy Exhibitions, showcasing the best work made by our students in the fall and spring terms. V

LVA Homecoming will take place at Creative Hub, 1538 Lytle Street. For more information, visit louisvillevisualart.org or call 502.584.8166. 

Event of the Century

Bryan P. Wiegandt and Monica Bohn.

Signature Chefs Event Chairs from Century Mortgage intend to raise a record-setting amount for March of Dimes

By Mariah Kline
Photos by
Kathryn Harrington

Century Mortgage was started in 1996 by the late Matt Bohn, who prioritized treating customers like family and giving back to the community. Now led by his wife Monica Bohn and his close friend Bryan P. Wiegandt, the company continues to create lasting relationships with clients and use their prosperity to help those in need.

Owner and CEO Monica Bohn, who also owns Century Lending and Century Entertainment & Furnishings, met Matt at Georgetown College. She recalls his upbringing and how it influenced the formation of the business.

“Matt was one of nine children,” says Bohn. “His family had a background in real estate and building, so he decided he wanted to do mortgages as a way of helping his family. He started working with friends and family who were building on their own or with his family members, and that kind of set the tone for how he treated customers.”

“Over the years, other people in the industry have moved toward internet lending,” explains Wiegandt, who serves as president of Century Mortgage’s retail division. “Even though we understand that automation is going to be valuable in the future, we still believe in a very personal experience with our customers.”

Wiegandt grew up in Louisville with Bohn and started as a loan officer for the company in 2002.

“Matt and I sat beside each other in first grade,” Wiegandt says. “It was a 15-minute bike ride across a field from my house to his house, and I really felt like one of his nine brothers and sisters.”

When Matt Bohn became ill in 2005, staff members rose to the occasion. While her husband underwent treatment over the course of a few years, Monica Bohn gradually learned more about the job and how she could take on some of his duties.

“We had great leadership that was able to step in and take on different roles while he was out,” she recalls. “Eventually, he lost his ability to speak, so I had to become his interpreter in a way. I learned a lot that way. When he passed, I was able to step in here as well as at the other businesses we had established.”

Century Mortgage’s staff has carried on the mission of their founder, focusing not just on individual transactions but on building relationships with families. Efficiency is also a major priority for the company. On average, their customers can close on a home in just 24 days while the normal time in the home-buying industry is 90 days. Wiegandt explains that the amount of low turnover in employees is also exceptional.

“We have a very tenured staff of loan officers, which is rare in the industry,” says Wiegandt. “Our people stay with us an average of nine years, and the industry-standard is about a year and a half.”

Each member of the Century Mortgage team shares a passion for helping local business partners and causes, including March of Dimes Kentuckiana. Bohn first got involved with the cause through last year’s Signature Chefs Chair Marla Guillaume, who serves as the president of Century Lending. As she urged Bohn to join the planning committee, Bohn then recruited Wiegandt to help her in chairing this year’s event.

“Last year at Signature Chefs, I saw Monica at a table talking to someone from March of Dimes,” he recalls. “The next thing I know, she’s pointing at me and waving, so I waved back. Pretty soon after, I learned that I had been recruited to co-chair, and she was telling the staff member who I was.”

Wiegandt was surprised but grateful for the opportunity to work alongside his friend and colleague for the organization. He and Bohn both possess something of a competitive streak and are hoping to raise even more funds than Guillaume did as chair last year.

Though chairing takes a great deal of work throughout the year, both feel honored to serve in such an important role. Wiegandt’s wife, Holly, has been a neonatal intensive care unit nurse for more than 25 years, and he has seen the profound effect March of Dimes has made through his wife’s work. After caring for her husband, Bohn understands the significance and urgency of the care provided by March of Dimes.

Food served at the 2018 Signature Chefs Auction.

“(During) my experience with Matt, I had organizations that supported us as well as family and friends who were there to help,” she says. “We were lucky that we had that, but not all families are so fortunate.”

For new parents, March of Dimes provides financial and emotional help, creating an invaluable support system for families during a frightening and challenging time. The Signature Chefs Auction allows the organization to assist more families in Kentuckiana in times of crisis.

Bohn and Wiegandt look forward to the night of the event when the culmination of all their efforts and the hard work of so many will come to fruition. The delicious eats in store are, of course, a nice bonus.

“There are so many great restaurants in Louisville, so I always keep a running list of ones I want to eat at,” says Bohn. “Signature Chefs is the perfect place to check off a lot of them at once.” V

The Signature Chefs Auction will take place on Nov. 14 at the Omni Hotel Louisville. Visit signaturechefs.marchofdimes.org/louisville or call 502.473.6682 to purchase tickets and learn more.

For more information on Century Mortgage, visit centurymortgage.com or call 502.425.7740.

The Speed Art Museum September 2019 Calendar

Now open Late ‘til Eight every Friday! Plus join us for the After Hours Party every third Friday until 10pm! Visit speedmuseum.org to learn more. 




GONZO! The Illustrated Guide to Hunter S. Thompson

Through November 10, 2019

Special Exhibition, South Building

As one of Kentucky’s most famous exports, especially in the world of modern investigative journalism, the Speed is uniquely positioned to present this exhibition highlighting the professional collaborations (and personal relationships) that Thompson enjoyed with the artists and photographers who were tasked with illustrating his work, and even more importantly, articulating his vision through visual means.

Ebony G. Patterson: …while the dew is still on the roses…

Through January 5, 2020

The Speed Art Museum will present the work of artist Ebony G. Patterson in the comprehensive solo exhibition …while the dew is still on the roses… Organized by the Perez Art Museum, the project is the most significant presentation of Patterson’s work to date and includes work produced over the last five years, embedded within a new installation environment that references a night garden.

Yinka Shonibare MBE: The American Library

Through – September 15, 2019

FREE for members and FREE with admission for non-members

Photo by Andrea Hutchinson



Collection Highlights Drop-In Tour

Daily from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm 

Explore the Speed and engage in conversations during this one-hour Docent-guided tour focused on the highlights of our collection. Free with admission. 


Speed Cinema Presents: Buddy

September 1 at 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm 

Buddy Directed by Heddy Honigmann “Warm, observant, mildly philosophical and deeply curious about the daily and inner lives of both the people and their four-legged assistants.”—Wesley Morris, New York Times 

In this poignant and carefully composed portrait of six service dogs and their owners, renowned documentary filmmaker Heddy Honigmann explores the close bond between animal and human. Honigmann questions the owners in her characteristic way—respectfully and with genuine concern rooted in a deep trust—about what the animals mean to them.


Family Drop-In Tour

September 1 at 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Explore the Speed’s collection on this interactive, hands-on tour designed for children and families. Free with general admission.


Speed Cinema Presents: Los Reyes

September 1 at 3:00 pm – 4:17 pm

Los Reyes Directed by Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff “A charmingly roundabout documentary born of curiosity, patience, and no small amount of inventiveness.” —Peter Debruge, Variety

Los Reyes, the oldest skate park in Santiago, Chile, brings together teenagers from very different social and cultural backgrounds, while also acting as the home of two stray dogs living as outcasts. Chola, a young and vigorous puppy, spends her days playing with balls she throws into the repurposed pools in which skaters ride.


Speed Cinema Presents: Honeyland

September 6 at 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm 

Honeyland Directed by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov “A bitter and mesmerically beautiful documentary.”—David Ehrlich, IndieWire 

Nestled in an isolated mountain region deep within the Balkans, Hatidze Muratova lives with her ailing mother in a village without roads, electricity, or running water. She’s the last in a long line of Macedonian wild beekeepers, eking out a living by farming honey in small batches to be sold in the closest city—a mere four hours’ walk away. 


Art Lab

September 8 at 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Visit Art Lab and put your creativity to the test. Art Lab provides a creative space for artistic experimentation, encouraging visitors to solve creative challenges, tinker with technology and discover new materials for art-making. All ages are welcome; All youth must be accompanied by an adult. Free with museum admission as part of Sunday Showcase.

Photo by Andrea Hutchinson.

Borders and Movement Series Part Two: U.S. Foreign Policy, Refugees, & Immigrants

September 8 at 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Borders and Movement, a two-part community discussion led by the University of Louisville’s Cultural Center’s Hispanic and Latino Initiatives and La Casita Center Part 2: “U.S. Foreign Policy, Refugees, & Immigrants” presented by Dr. Theresa Keeley Sunday, September 8, 2019, 2-3:30pm Grand Hall, FREE with admission, part of Sunday Showcase. Join us for an in-depth discussion on U.S. and Central America relations and transnational activism. Dr. Keeley will explain how the current migration problem is not an isolated event.


Family Drop-In Tour

September 8 at 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

Explore the Speed’s collection on this interactive, hands-on tour designed for children and families. Free with general admission.


Museum Playdate: Baby Bonanza

September 11 at 10:30 am – 11:30 am 

2nd Wednesday of the month 10:30 – 11:30 am, See Guest Relations for Location Ages 0 – 12 months old Get out of the house and come to the Speed for a morning of interactive play with your baby! Each month we will set up in a different gallery to look at art and engage in related hands-on play. Join us for the whole hour or stop by for a few minutes and enjoy some social time with other families at the Museum. FREE.


Museum Playdate: Toddler Takeover

September 12 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 

2nd Thursday of the month 10 am – 12 pm, Pick up Activity Map from Guest Relations Ages 12 – 36 months Bring your toddler to the Speed for a fun, laid-back Museum experience. Drop in for a quick visit or stay the whole time – it is up to you! A variety of activity stations will be set up throughout the Museum for you and your child to explore at your own pace. FREE with Museum admission.


Speed Cinema+ Presents: Fiddlin’ with Producer Vicki Vlasic

September 13 at 6:00 pm – 7:36 pm 

Fiddlin’ Directed by Julie Simone Fiddlin’ is an Old Time and Bluegrass music documentary that takes place at the world’s oldest Fiddler’s Convention in the Appalachian Mountains. Wayne Henderson, a world-renowned luthier known as the “guitar god,” is both a master craftsman and master storyteller. His friendship with 11-year old guitar prodigy Presley Barker shows just how closely-knit a community of musicians can be. The enduring relationship between mentor and prodigy is a testament to music’s power. 


Adult Workshop Back to Basics: Grown-Up Tie Dye

September 14 at 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Adult Workshop Back to Basics: Grown-Up Tie Dye Inspired by Yinka Shonibare CBE: The American Library, we’ll experiment with dyes and folding techniques to create our own fabric patterns. All materials provided. Ages 16 and up. Members $10 | Non-members $20 TICKETS

Photo by Andrea Hutchinson.

Speed Cinema Presents a Free Owsley Sunday Film: Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride: Hunter S. Thompson on Film

September 15 at 1:00 pm – 2:13 pm 

A Free Owsley Sunday Film Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride: Hunter S. Thompson on Film Directed by Tom Thurman Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride: Hunter S. Thompson on Film is an intimate look at Thompson with a special emphasis on his childhood friends in Louisville and his Hollywood connections. 


“Duel” Citizenship Game

September 15 at 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

In association with Yinka Shonibare CBE: The American Library, put your knowledge of American civics to the test – the Citizenship Test! Drop in and compete as individuals or teams to see who can do better on the United States Naturalization Test and win some AMAZING PRIZES! Did You Know that to become a naturalized U.S. citizen, you must pass the naturalization test? 


The Speed Art Museum and the Filson Historical Society present Hidden Histories of Kentucky Art with Mack Cox: Exploring Early Kentucky Furniture of the Bluegrass Region.

September 15 at 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Hidden Histories: Kentucky Art with Mack Cox Exploring Early Kentucky Furniture of the Bluegrass Region The first in a lectures series from historian and Kentucky antiques collector Mack Cox. Starting in 1775, pioneers trekked hundreds of miles into a wilderness to claim fertile Bluegrass lands.  Statehood came in 1792, but Indian hostilities stunted improvements until 1794


Family Drop-In Tour

September 15 at 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Explore the Speed’s collection on this interactive, hands-on tour designed for children and families. Free with general admission.


The Art of Bourbon

September 19 at 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm 

The Art of Bourbon combines Kentucky’s official art museum with Kentucky’s greatest product to produce the region’s premier bourbon auction and party, featuring Bourbon Curator and Emcee, Fred Minnick, as well as live music! This year, Art of Bourbon serves as a kickoff event to the Bourbon and Beyond music festival, one of Kentucky’s premiere music festival experiences. Join us for cocktails, a bourbon-inspired Kentucky Bison dinner, and a live auction of extremely rare bourbons and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. 

Photo by Andrea Hutchinson.

After Hours at the Speed

September 20 at 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Stay up late with us at the Speed! On the third Friday of each month, the Museum will be open until 10 pm. Each After Hours event comes alive with an eclectic mix of music, performances, cash bar + food available by Wiltshire at the Speed, and of course art! Come experience the Speed after hours like you’ve never experienced it before.  Generously sponsored by Angel’s Envy. 


Speed Cinema Presents: Streetwise

September 20 at 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Essential Cinema: New Digital Restoration Streetwise Directed by Martin Bell “Streetwise is surprising for the frankness of the material it contains.”—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Taking their camera to the Seattle streets in 1983 in what was supposedly America’s most livable city, filmmaker Martin Bell, photographer Mary Ellen Mark, and journalist Cheryl McCall set out to tell the stories of those whom society had left behind: homeless and runaway teenagers living on the city’s margins. 


Speed Cinema Presents: The Raft (Flotten)

September 21 at 6:00 pm – 7:37 pm

The Raft (Flotten) Directed by Marcus Lindeen “A riveting and illuminating study of the unscrupulous endeavor.”—Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times

In the summer of 1973, a young international crew of six women and five men embarked together on a most unusual sea voyage—a close-quarters trip across the Atlantic from Spain to Mexico on a free-floating raft christened the Acali. Initiated by Mexican anthropologist Santiago Genovés, who initiated the voyage, proposed to use the group as guinea pigs in his investigation.


Open Studio: Embellished Portraits

September 22 at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Visitors to the September Open Studio will use Instax cameras to take instant portraits and embellish them with elaborate and colorful frames, inspired by Ebony G. Patterson…while the dew is still on the roses… About Open Studio: Visit the Speed for an open art making studio, where the only limitation is your own creativity! Each month, different materials will be provided for you to make artworks inspired by the Museum’s collection. All ages are welcome


Speed Cinema Presents a Free Owsley Sunday Film, Part of the Appalshop at 50 series: Nature’s Way and Catfish: Man of the Woods

September 22 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm 

A Free Owsley Sunday Film Part of the Appalshop at 50 series Nature’s Way Directed by John Long and Elizabeth Barret With Catfish: Man of the Woods Directed by Alan Bennett “Charmingly chronicles the use of old-time cures and remedies.”—Newsweek 

Nature’s Way shows how most early mountain settlers did without professional medical help and learned to cure their own ailments using herbs, Native American folklore, and home remedies. The practice of folk medicine has not disappeared from Appalachia. 

Photo by Kathryn Harrington.

Family Drop-In Tour

September 22 at 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

Explore the Speed’s collection on this interactive, hands-on tour designed for children and families. Free with general admission.


Global Speed Lecture Series: Austria

September 24 at 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 

Join us for the first in our Global Speed Lectures series exploring the art of Austria. More details coming soon! Global Speed is a community lecture series featuring international figures in the art world, to entertain and inform on global art topics. For more information call 502.634.2700. TICKETS COMING SOON FREE for members | $10 non-members | $75 for dinner


Speed Cinema Presents: Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

September 25 at 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch Directed by Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky, Nicholas De Pencier Special screening in conjunction with the United Nations Climate Summit
A stunning sensory experience and cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is a years-in-the-making feature documentary from the award-winning team behind Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013) and narrated by Alicia Vikander. The film follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group.


Speed Cinema Presents: Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes

September 27 at 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm 

Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes Directed by Sophie Huber “This tidy, thoughtful film gets at jazz’s joy and pain.”—Glenn Kenny, The New York Times
Blue Note Records, one of the most important record labels in the history of jazz—and, by extension, that of American music—has been the home of groundbreaking artists such as Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Art Blakey as well as present-day luminaries like Robert Glasper, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Norah Jones.  


Speed Reading Book Club: These Honored Dead: A Lincoln and Speed Mystery by Jonathan F. Putnam

September 28 at 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join us for this program that is part book discussion, part gallery tour. This month we will read These Honored Dead: A Lincoln and Speed Mystery by Jonathan F. Putnam before exploring works in the Speed’s collection. Visit the Museum Store to purchase a copy. FREE with admission.


Teen Workshop: Alternative Fashion

September 28 at 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm 

Teen Workshop: Alternative Fashion Experiment with materials and methods as you explore identity and self-expression at the Speed! This teen workshop, inspired by Ebony G. Patterson…while the dew is still on roses…, gives participants a chance to create an entirely unique garment through non-traditional construction techniques. All materials provided. Members $5 | Non-members $10 TICKETS

Photo by Tim Valentino.

Speed Cinema Presents: Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes

September 28 at 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm 

Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes Directed by Sophie Huber “This tidy, thoughtful film gets at jazz’s joy and pain.”—Glenn Kenny, The New York Times 

Blue Note Records, one of the most important record labels in the history of jazz—and, by extension, that of American music—has been the home of groundbreaking artists such as Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Art Blakey as well as present-day luminaries like Robert Glasper, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Norah Jones.  


Speed Cinema Presents: Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes

September 28 at 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm 

Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes Directed by Sophie Huber “This tidy, thoughtful film gets at jazz’s joy and pain.”—Glenn Kenny, The New York Times 

Blue Note Records, one of the most important record labels in the history of jazz—and, by extension, that of American music—has been the home of groundbreaking artists such as Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Art Blakey as well as present-day luminaries like Robert Glasper, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Norah Jones.  


The Adele and Leonard Leight Series: Art, Design, and Innovation presents Joyce J. Scott

September 29 at 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm 

Join us for a presentation from world-renowned artist, sculptor, quilter, performance artist, installation artist, print-maker, lecturer, educator, and 2016 MacArthur Fellow Joyce J. Scott. This lecture series is sponsored and made free to the public in honor of Adele and Leonard Leight. 


Family Drop-In Tour

September 29 at 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

Explore the Speed’s collection on this interactive, hands-on tour designed for children and families. Free with general admission.


Speed Cinema Presents: Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes

September 29 at 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes Directed by Sophie Huber “This tidy, thoughtful film gets at jazz’s joy and pain.”—Glenn Kenny, The New York Times 

Blue Note Records, one of the most important record labels in the history of jazz—and, by extension, that of American music—has been the home of groundbreaking artists such as Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Art Blakey as well as present-day luminaries like Robert Glasper, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Norah Jones. 

Celebration of Life: Paul Edwin Miesner Sr.

Paul Edwin Miesner Sr., 80, died peacefully in his sleep Aug. 4, 2019 at his home. He was a graduate of DuPont Manual High School, Class of 1956, and attended the University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering.

He began his career working for the Louisville Gas & Electric Company. He was then drafted into the Army during the Berlin Conflict. Upon receiving his associate degree from UofL, he worked as a DSO designer for the Ford Motor Company (KTP) for 31 years. He was a life-long member of Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, the former Bettie Hester; his daughters, Mrs. Paula Miller (Kevin) and Mrs. Holly Staab (Nathan); his son, Philip Miesner (April); daughter-in-law, Lisa Miesner; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Ellen Stice, Carole Ann Shramovich (George) and Judy Stuenkel (David); and two brothers, Tommy Miesner (Fran) and Herman Miesner; along with a host of nieces, nephews and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman A. Miesner and Ellen Epperson Miesner; his son, Paul E. Miesner Jr.; and brother-in-law, Kenneth Stice.

Some of his greatest pleasures were helping people, especially fixing things for neighbors and maintaining the Redeemer Lutheran Church property. He also enjoyed spending time with his immediate and extended family. He never gave up hope that he would someday overcome his debilitating physical condition, and he kept a positive attitude to the end.

His funeral service was held on Aug. 9, 2019 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 3640 River Park Dr., with burial following at Brookland Cemetery. Visitation was held at Embry-Bosse Funeral Home and at his church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Celebration of Life: Kathi E.B. Ellis

Kathi E.B. Ellis, 59, of Ruislip, Middlesex, England, passed away July 15 as a result of complications from cancer.

Kathi was a director and theater maker for most of her life, a champion of the arts, arts education and creating theater that brings change to communities. She was also a gifted teacher, sharing her love of theater and the arts with students of all ages from elementary school to college and beyond. She was a mentor to many artists during her career and loved seeing her students, colleagues and friends succeed.

She began her career in Louisville working in the non-profit sector for the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and Louisville Public Media (then Public Radio Partnership) and also served as the executive director for Kentucky Alliance for Arts Education.

An original board member of the Pleiades Theatre Company and a co-artistic director for Looking for Lilith, she also founded Shoestring Theatre, her own theater company. And with frequent collaborator Nancy Gall-Clayton, Kathi created the Louisville annual SWAN Day Celebration (Support Women Artists Now).

She was a member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, participated in the LaMaMa International Symposium for Directors and was a teaching artist for the Kentucky Arts Council.

She is survived by her daughter, Stephanie. Her parents, Jim and Mary Bayhylle, preceded her in death.

A memorial service was held on July 27 at the Wyatt Theatre at Bellarmine University. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Looking for Lilith Theatre Company, the Kentucky Foundation for Women or the Kentucky Arts Council.

The Brown-Forman Annual Meeting

The Brown-Forman annual shareholder meeting was held on July 24 at the headquarters building on Dixie Highway. The company celebrated its 149th year and introduced Lawson E. Whiting, the new president and chief executive officer.

Photos by John H. Harralson Jr.

5 Reasons to Drop Your Bank and Join The Movement with Class Act

Story by Class Act Federal Credit Union

1. Class Act Gives Back

Class Act Federal Credit Union is a resource to the educational community – not just a service provider. With a focus on education, Class Act is dedicated to teaching students financial literacy and giving back to the educational community.

2. Save More Money

From June 2017 to June 2018, Class Act saved its members an average of $490 per household*. Because Class Act is not-for-profit, they’re able to take the money they earn and give it back to its members and the educational community. Class Act offers its members many benefits including no annual fees for a home equity line of credit, free checking and savings accounts, including honors checking, which provides 4.00% dividends, and $25 in ATM refunds each month**.

3. Accessibility

Class Act’s five branches, 5,000+ shared branches, 30,000+ ATM locations, and online banking resources make it simple to manage your finances.

4. Stay Local

For those who like to support local businesses, Class Act is a perfect fit. Members can also rest assured that with Class Act, their money is kept local. Rather than shipping it off somewhere else, Class Act keeps your money right where you left it.

5. Member-Focused

Class Act is member-focused because each of their members own a share of the credit union. This makes members Class Act’s first priority. Employees work tirelessly to ensure they accommodate all of their members’ needs and provide superior customer service.

For more information on how you can “Join the Movement” call 502.964.7575 or visit classact.org today.

*Source: Informa Research Services, National Credit Union Administration, and Credit Union National Association.”
**Details on all Class Act checking accounts can be found at www.classact.org/checking.

Stairway to Fitness

10 quick stair exercises to do anywhere

By Jeff Howard
Photos by
Erin Trimble

I’m always looking for ways to help people move. I hear repeatedly that people don’t have time to exercise, so I constantly look at different ways to solve this problem. On a recent run at the water reserve, I saw a beautiful stairwell and began running up and down it. I started doing exercises that I love using the stairs as fitness “equipment.” It was fun and quick, and I got my workout in. So, now I’m looking at stairs differently, and I hope you will, too. If nothing else, consider simply walking up and down them as part of your exercise routine.

Stair climbing is low impact, and it helps strengthen and tone your leg muscles. It keeps your leg arteries flexible, allowing blood to move more easily. Stair workouts are not only challenging, but they also firm your glutes unlike when you walk or run on flat ground. It’s when you have to dig in and climb that they become active. That’s why running up stairs burns 953 calories per hour. But, this is for the very fit. You can start with walking them and get amazing results. Since the activity requires you to use your whole leg, it’s as if you’re doing a lunge and a rep on the leg press machine with every step.

I designed the following program to give you a full-body strengthening, fat-burning, low-impact workout. Perform the exercises below with little to no rest in between movements. If you have 15 steps or less, repeat the sequence two to three times. You can add a one-to-two-minute jog up and down for a progression in between each exercise.

1. Warm-Up

Warm up with an easy walk or jog up and down for two to five minutes. Keep your shoulders back and down, and pump your arms. The more movement, the more calories you’ll burn.

2. Squat Jumps

Stand at the bottom of the staircase. Start in a squat and keep arms behind the body. Bound up one to two steps at a time to the top of the staircase. Jog back down. Continue for one to two minutes.

3. Side Run

Start by standing next to the steps. Place one foot on the step and run up facing in one direction laterally.

4. Push-Up on Incline

Start in a high plank at the bottom of the stairs. Bring your right hand up to the first step followed by the left hand. Return back to starting position, lower to the step and push up. Walk to the next step and repeat to the top of the staircase. Jog back down. Continue for one minute. For a progression, add two to four push-ups on each step.

5. Tricep on an Incline Then Decline

Start at the bottom of stairs with both hands on the step, then lower your body downwards until you feel comfortable. Lift up, returning back to starting position and repeat this to the next step. Once you have reached the top, repeat on the way down facing the same direction.

6. Plank Decline

Start in a high plank at the bottom of the stairs. Bring your right hand up to the first step, followed by the left hand. Hold for one minute.

7. Lunge Curtsy Lunge

Face the stairs with your left foot on the step and your right leg behind you in a lunge stance. Pulse and turn into a plié. Pulse, turn away from the stairs and pulse. Turn back to a plié and repeat. Continue for one to two minutes.

8. Bear Crawl on an Incline

Start in a high plank at the bottom of the stairs. Bring your right hand up to the first step followed by the left hand on the next step, keeping the hips lifted and the back flat. With legs moving opposite from the hands, continue to the top of the staircase. Jog back down. Continue for one minute.

9. Lateral Skater

Standing beside the stairs, place one foot on the step. Move laterally to the other foot and repeat back to the step. Continue for one to two minutes.

10. V-Sit

Position your bum on the step, lift your knees upwards and hold your hands by your chest. For a progression, lower the legs to the step and then lift. Hold for one minute.

Jeff Howard is a world-renowned fitness presenter who resides in Louisville. He also serves as promotional director of fitness for Baptist Health/Milestone Wellness Center.

Watch Jeff on WHAS11’s “Great Day Live!” at 10 a.m. Mondays!