Bench and Bar Social

The Louisville Bar Association hosted its annual Bench & Bar Social at Old Forester’s Paristown Hall on Jan. 23. 

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Four Roses at Boat Show

On Jan. 22, Four Roses hosted a VIP reception for top dealers and their guests at the Louisville Boat, RV and Sportshow. 

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Flowers for Robert Opening Night

Local artists honored and celebrated the life of Robert Streeter with a gallery opening at Susan’s Florist on the evening of Jan. 24. Robert passed away in 2018 when he was hit by a car while walking home from a family birthday. Artists participating in “Flowers for Robert” include Joe McGee, Penny Sisto, Moonhe Baik and several others. The gallery is open at Susan’s Florist until Feb. 20. 

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Check it Out

On Santiago:   Isaia plaid sport coat, $4,495; light grey Sasso turtleneck, $350; dark rinse SMN jeans, $229, available at Rodes For Him. Shoes from model’s personal collection. On Kristina: BA&SH Pola shirt, $235, available at Rodeo Drive. Talbots dress, $28; Elliott Lauren cream pants, $42; Journee Collection pumps, $16; earrings, $16, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment. Belt and headband from stylist’s personal collection.

 

Photography: Andrea Hutchinson

Styling: Miranda McDonald

Contributing Stylist: Liz Bingham

Styling Assistants: Hilda CarrChloe Games and Mariah Kline

Photo Assistant: Jessa Mayhew

Hair and Makeup: NOVA Salon: Alexis Apanewicz and Alexandra Dunne

Models: Santiago Arenas HenaoLynne Mueller and Kristina Russ (COSMO Models)

Location: Louisville Free Public LibraryDowntown Branch

On Kristina: Milly skirt, $38, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment. Silk scarf, $32; Prada patent Mary Jane shoes, $128, available at Stella’s Resale Boutique. Shirt from stylist’s personal collection.

On Santiago: Isaia plaid sport coat, $4,495; light grey Sasso turtleneck, $350; dark rinse SMN jeans, $229, available at Rodes For Him.

On Lynne: Zara tropical print dress, $38; J. Crew striped turtleneck, $28; Prada patent Mary Jane shoes, $128, available at Stella’s Resale Boutique. Glasses from model’s personal collection.

On Kristina: Banana Republic jacket, $38; earrings, $12, available at Stella’s Resale Boutique. J. Crew white shirt, $18; J. McLaughlin skirt, $36; available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment. Undershirt from stylist’s personal collection.

On Santiago: Canali blazer, $1,695; Hudson 5 pants, $185, available at Rodes For Him. Turtleneck from model’s personal collection. On Kristina: Amanda Uprichard dress, $238, available at Rodeo Drive. Shirt and beret from stylist’s personal collection.

On Lynne: Lipstick print dress, $22, available at Stella’s Resale Boutique.

On Kristina: Chamberlain blazer, $473; Margot high-rise pants, $165, available at Rodeo Drive. Juicy Couture blouse, $28; earrings, $12, available at Stella’s Resale Boutique.

Poised for Success

Underserved individuals are empowered thanks to Family Scholar House

By Mariah Kline
Photos by
Andrea Hutchinson

Five hundred twenty-three college degrees earned, 54 homes purchased and 34 children of program participants pursuing post-secondary education. These are the results made possible by the work of Family Scholar House.

The nonprofit’s mission is to change lives through education, empowering youths and families to succeed and achieve lifelong self-sufficiency. They can provide housing and other resources to single parents, all of whom have experienced poverty, unstable housing and, oftentimes, domestic violence. Their staff strives to meet each individual’s needs so that they may reach their career and family goals.

“These are outcomes that not only change the lives of these families but also Greater Louisville,” says Director of Mission Advancement Kellie Johnston Moore, “as these participants enter career-level employment and become contributing members of our community.”

On March 6, Family Scholar House will hold Wine Women & Shoes, its largest annual fundraiser that has brought in a net total of $1,275,945 since it began in 2014. The night is spectacularly fun for all who attend and lets the organization continue its life-changing work.

The night includes wine tastings, unique shopping experiences, auctions and a fashion show sponsored by Von Maur.

Cathe Dykstra and her Katy Perry pumps.

“The evening is filled with opportunities for networking with women leaders in our community and chances to win some fabulous prizes – including a Café dream kitchen donated by GE Appliances and a $10,000 shopping spree from Von Maur,” says Johnston Moore.

New this year is a big change to the silent auction. Though organizers aren’t revealing what all this will entail, they have said that everyone who participates in the “Pick Your Passion” Super Raffle will go home with a bracelet from Super Raffle Sponsor Merkley Kendrick Jewelers.

“There are always surprises,” says event co-chair Terri Bass of Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty. “There is so much good energy in the room having so many women in one place with only two goals: having fun and supporting Family Scholar House.”

Bass and co-chair Melanie Cook of GE Appliances have worked on Wine Women & Shoes for a number of years and have seen first-hand the incredible impact the event makes.

“Family Scholar House offers young, single parents the opportunity to change their life and the life of their child in a few short years,” Bass says. “It’s successfully changing two generations and most likely all future generations for these young people. The results are immeasurable.”

For Melanie Cook, the organization’s mission is close to her heart.

“Their mission and programs resonate deeply with me,” she says. “My grandmother raised three children on her own at a time when that was not only unheard of but also when there was no support or resources. She was a fiercely independent and globally-minded woman. Family Scholar House provides women like my grandmother – single parents and young adults – access to the power of education and a safe environment. This helps them break the cycle of poverty and become their best self.”

Family Scholar House has plans for 2020 that will advance its work in identifying the community’s needs and addressing barriers that keep families and individuals from succeeding.

“Our latest initiatives are focused on programs and services to address not only the short-term needs of people in crisis but also to expanding educational and apprenticeship opportunities,” says Johnston Moore. “As we continue to grow our reach and expand our services regionally, expect to see Family Scholar House in the news in 2020 for a variety of creative, new initiatives to help address the barriers to success for disadvantaged individuals and families.” V


A Full House

The Folks Behind Family Scholar House

By Chloe Games

At Family Scholar House, staff members and community volunteers are a key factor behind the organization’s impact in Louisville. Two teams of staff members drive the organization’s day-to-day operations.

“Our advocates and coaches have the unique opportunity to meet the participants where they are, provide resources and advising through their journey to self-sufficiency and truly get to know them through the process,” Director of Mission Advancement Kellie Johnston Moore explains. The community engagement team complements the efforts of the academic coaches and advocates, reaching out to the broader community to coordinate opportunities that help the families of Family Scholar House further succeed.

Volunteers from across Louisville make Family Scholar House’s educational and fundraising programs possible, putting into action its commitment to empowering the entire family. In-house, volunteers offer presentations that range from the culinary to the literary, providing insight on everything from cooking vegetables in an appetizing way to practicing responsible dental hygiene. These community volunteers serve participants and their children through toddler storytime and help with homework. Events like Wine Women and Shoes benefit from the onsite support of volunteers, too, and it’s events like these that provide Family Scholar House with the resources to further its mission.

“100 percent of the proceeds go directly to support the programs and services that help our participants overcome barriers to education and success, such as academic coaching, family advocacy, speed mentoring, job shadowing, internship and apprenticeship placement, career coaching and many others,” Moore explains. It’s this partnership with community members that’s at the heart of Family Scholar House’s success. Moore says, “‘Family’ is in our name, and it is truly what our advocates and coaches become with our participants: family.”  V

To learn more about volunteering with Family Scholar House, email getinvolved@familyscholarhouse.org.

Artistic Endeavors

2020 Speed Ball Committee:
Top Row (L-R): Ozair Shariff, Brian Lavin, Thomas Barnes, Bill Mudd, John Crockett, Stephen Reily.
Front Row (L-R): Charles Walker, Grant Roberts, Michelle Mudd, Elaine Crockett, Henry Crockett, Jim Allen.
Photo by Kathryn Harrington.

The Speed Art Museum furthers its reach

 

By Mariah Kline

In 2020, the Speed Art Museum is celebrating its 93rd year. The institution is furthering its educational programming and its scope – offering free admission to Title I schools across the state and bringing the Art Detectives program into more classrooms throughout Kentucky. In April, they will make room for “Andy Warhol: Revelation,” an exhibit featuring more than 100 items from The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

On March 7, the museum will host its largest annual fundraiser, the Speed Art Museum Ball. This year, the team set a goal to raise $500,000 in corporate sponsorships and have already surpassed that, making it the largest amount raised in the ball’s history.

Simply put, 2020 should be a great year at the Speed.

The ball is one of the most legendary events in Louisville society. Guests are served dinner prepared by Wiltshire at the Speed in the galleries, and then an outrageous dance party ensues. Entertaining this year is the high-energy band Java from Charlotte, North Carolina. Those who want to skip dinner can opt for Late Night tickets and have access to desserts and drinks in addition to dancing.

Photo by Kathryn Harrington.

New to planning the ball this year is Abby Shue, who joined the Speed as chief advancement and programming officer in April 2019. Shue has spent the last 10 years working in Louisville’s art scene – first with the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts and then with Fund for the Arts – so she was thrilled to have the opportunity to join the Speed.

“We have so many families, individuals, companies and foundations that have supported us for generations,” Shue says. “It’s a fun night to come together and celebrate with all of them… While it’s been a tradition for generations, we’re also continuing to bring new people into the mix and new companies are showing their support.”

This year’s planning committee is made up of individuals ranging in age – from retirees to those who are just a few years out of college. By having the support and enthusiasm from younger people, the Speed is able to ensure that the tradition of the ball will remain for years to come.

“When you have great chairs like this and you’ve got younger generations who are part of the committee, they get to see those leadership skills and can eventually become leaders in the museum and in the community,” says Corporate Relations Manager Matthew Schumann.

The younger planners have a great deal to live up to since the Speed Ball has such an illustrious reputation. But beyond the glamour and the tradition, there is an intense desire to serve the region through art.

“I always look forward to the energy in the community,” Schumann adds. “We get people from all over the city and all over the state who just love being under the roof of the Speed. It’s an elegant night to celebrate the museum, but also by being there, they make so many services and initiatives possible.”

A Family Affair

Chairing this year’s Speed Ball are married couples Michelle Mudd, community philanthropist, and Bill Mudd of Churchill Downs and Elaine Crockett, designer with Bittners, and John Crockett of LG&E and KU. As longtime supporters of the museum, all four have embraced the opportunity to raise funds and be a part of the planning committee. We spoke with the two couples to find out what they enjoy most about the museum and what it is like to work on an event alongside your spouse.

Photo by Andrea Hutchinson.

Bill & Michelle Mudd

How long have you been involved with the Speed?

Bill: We’ve been involved with the Speed since we returned to Louisville in 2008. We’ve been more so involved in the last couple of years as Churchill Downs has become a bigger sponsor. It’s been a wonderful experience.

What has it been like working on this event as a couple?

Bill: It’s been fun because I love working with my wife, but it’s also because the museum has such a professional staff. It’s born out of passion and excitement, and I think they put their hearts and a lot of work into it to make it such a success.

What about the ball are you most looking forward to?

Michelle: We have friends who are coming who have never been before. To see people experience it for the first time is awesome. The food is always fabulous and the dancing is fun, but to me what stands out is having art as the backdrop. You just don’t get that in any other venue.

What is your favorite piece or collection in the museum?

Michelle: The European-American art collection is my favorite. I like the history that’s intertwined with the art.

Bill: Right now, my favorite thing is “Tales From the Turf” because there are so many different mediums they use – from photography to statues to manuscripts. It really shows how much heritage there is in the Kentucky horse and what it means to this state.

Why do you believe the museum is such an important asset to our community and the art world?

Michelle: I think even if you’re not an art connoisseur, you can still enjoy the Speed. You can see the beauty of the art and take advantage of the many events and programs they have to offer.

Bill: The great thing about the Speed is that it reaches across all parts of society. The ball raises money to pay for free admission for Title I schools and families who are on any form of government assistance. It’s something the whole community gets to enjoy, and it brings people from all different backgrounds together.

Photo by Andrea Hutchinson.

John & Elaine Crockett

How long have you been involved with the Speed?

John: I’m a Louisville native, so I’ve been coming to the Speed since I was a child. Elaine and I were in law school together at the University of Kentucky and we returned to Louisville 30 years ago, so we’ve been coming to the ball every year with very few exceptions.

Elaine: I served on the Speed Ball committee for several years and loved it. Soon after our children were born, Art Sparks opened and we became regulars. That was a big part of our weekly life with three young children.

What has it been like working on this event as a couple?

Elaine: It’s been the first time we’ve done anything like this together, and it’s been great fun. We’ve had different endeavors we’ve done independently, and it’s really nice to do this as a couple.

Our two oldest sons who live and work in Louisville are also on the committee this year. They’ve heard us talk a lot about the ball and when we asked them if they’d like to get involved, they recruited a couple of friends to join in. They’ve gotten a couple of sponsors and their businesses have gotten involved. It’s been really fun to have that family involvement.

What about the ball are you most looking forward to?

Elaine: I look forward to the special enhancements that only happen on the night of the ball – the beautiful floral arrangements, the fabulous band and the lovely dinner. It’s always a celebratory atmosphere.

John: It’s the most elegant event in the city during the course of the year.

What is your favorite piece or collection in the museum?

John: Elaine’s father, Lon Roberts from Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, was an antique collector. He gave me a real appreciation for 19th century Kentucky antique furniture, so I love those pieces.

Why do you believe the museum is such an important asset to our community and the art world?

John: A couple of years ago I heard Stephen Reily say that he believed the Speed should be known as Kentucky’s museum as opposed to just Louisville’s museum, and that really resonated with me. I think it’s a treasure for the entire Commonwealth, and there’s nothing like it anywhere else.

Elaine: I’m also proud of the outreach programs. For example, the free admission Sundays. It makes it accessible to everyone, and it shows how effective it is with the amount of people who are in and out of here. V

Purchase tickets to Late Night at the Speed Ball at speedmuseum.org or contact Ashley Giron at 502.634.2704 or agiron@speedmuseum.org. The Voice of Louisville is proud to be the exclusive media sponsor of the Speed Art Museum Ball.

KMAC Couture Fashion Week: Where Art and Fashion Collide

Photos by Kathryn Harrington and Andrea Hutchinson

Over the last eight years, KMAC Couture has cemented its status as a must-see local event, transforming the 700 block of West Main Street into a covered runway for high-concept fashion and wearable art. The comparisons to New York Fashion Week were inevitable, prompting KMAC to add its own Fashion Week in the days leading up to the Couture runway show. Still a celebration of art and fashion, KMAC Couture Fashion Week, presented by Merkley Kendrick Jewelers and Digenis Plastic Surgery Institute, brings local businesses into the mix for a series of free events that combine unique experiences and exclusive discounts. To learn more about this exciting week, we spoke with KMAC’s Development and Membership Associate, Kris Pettit, and KMAC Couture Fashion Week Committee Chair, Lee Middendorf.

What will attendees see at the third annual KMAC Couture Fashion Week that’s different from years past?

“This year, we’re focusing attention on specific Louisville neighborhoods for Fashion Week,” says Pettit. “We’ve found that Fashion Week attendees want to be able to park the car and really dive into a neighborhood on foot. This will give them a chance to do that. Each evening will have a different neighborhood focus, from St. Matthews to Crescent Hill to NuLu, with multiple participating businesses.

Willa Pettit and Dr. Sean Maguire.

“A great example of the types of synergies this can produce can be seen in Crescent Hill,” she continues. “Fashion Week attendees will be able to explore businesses like Jordan Clines Jewelers, Summer Eliason Design and Peacock Boutique while enjoying light bites provided by Crescent Hill staples like Blue Dog Bakery & Cafe. We love the idea of highlighting the local flavor of each location, both literally and figuratively.”

What local businesses are hosting events this year?

“In addition to the Crescent Hill businesses mentioned earlier, we’ll have an event at SKYN Lounge, now in their new Chenoweth Lane location, featuring a SkinCeuticals gift with purchase,” says Pettit. “Guests at the Fashion Week Drybar event will want to be sure to book their KMAC Couture day-of services. Drybar will be offering a free gift bag with blowout service for Couture attendees. Guests can also enjoy events at Pappy and Co., RJE Interiors and Rabbit Hole Distillery. Whether you’re looking for hair services, cosmetic treatments, furniture, jewelry, fashion – or bourbon! – KMAC Couture Fashion Week has an event for you.”

“We’re really excited about the platform sponsorship with Merkley Kendrick Jewelers,” adds Middendorf. “We’ve been working to grow KMAC Couture Fashion Week over the last few years. “The addition of Merkley Kendrick alongside our other long-time business supporters really demonstrates that this week of events has hit its stride in the local community.”

What fun surprises are planned at each location?

“Our Fashion Week sponsors always enchant us with their inventive take on the week, and this year is no exception,” says Pettit. “Expect fun raffles and signature cocktails at the Work the Metal/Maker’s Mark event, eye-popping gift card giveaways at Peacock Boutique and exclusive discounts at Physicians Center for Beauty and Merkley Kendrick Jewelers. But we can’t give away everything that’s up our sleeve. You’ll have to make plans to attend if you don’t want to miss out on this year’s Fashion Week excitement.”

How does Fashion Week help build momentum for KMAC Couture?

“Whether we’re talking about the Kentucky Derby or KMAC Couture, Louisvillians love to take an evening of festivity and turn it into a week of celebration,” laughs Pettit. “The level of excitement and inspiration in the tent at KMAC Couture is already off the charts. The only way we could improve upon it was by extending the party throughout the week. In all seriousness, though, we feel so grateful that Louisville has embraced KMAC Couture and Fashion Week, especially since Couture is so crucial to the work of KMAC Museum.

“As our signature fundraiser, Couture helps make sure that we’re able to continue our mission of connecting people with art and creative practice through our education activities, exhibitions and programs,” she adds. “The proceeds from Couture ticket sales are invested directly back into that mission, and Fashion Week really helps to bring it all together. With this year’s ticket sales already exceeding our wildest expectations, it looks like KMAC Couture and Fashion Week are on track to ensure another great year at KMAC Museum.” V

For more information, visit kmacmuseum.org/couture or call 502.589.0102.

Kinsey: The Dragon Slayer

Condoleeza Rice giving Kinsey her diploma from Stanford University in 2018.

Behind the scenes with a remarkable young woman and the family who saved her life

By Laura Ross

She is the Dragon Slayer.

Barely into adulthood, Kinsey Morrison, 23, has faced cancer, death, heart-stopping moments (literally), discrimination, relapses and more. She’s also excelled as a student and packed in more activism at a national level than most people will accomplish in a lifetime. She’s ready to take on the world and make a difference for others, and it’s not a stretch to imagine her on the national political stage in her future.

Kinsey – who was named after Kinsey Milhone, the main character in Sue Grafton’s alphabet mystery series – is the oldest daughter of retired teacher Audrey Morrison and Gilda’s Club of Kentuckiana CEO Karen Morrison. She has two sisters, Jillian, 20, and Teagan, 16. Their tight-knit family has been through many storms but has flourished as a core group of strong women who don’t take “no” as an answer – in any part of life.

Kinsey acquired the “Dragon Slayer” moniker when she was five years old and faced a horrifying diagnosis that every parent fears. “I was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, which is a rare bone marrow failure disease that is often confused with leukemia, where my bone marrow does not make blood cells and platelets,” said Kinsey. “On Mother’s Day 2002, my parents were told I had four weeks to live and to call hospice. My moms said, ‘No, not going to do that.’”

With Kinsey fading and time ticking, Audrey and Karen moved their family to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and put all of their hope in specialist Dr. David Margolis. He maintained a grim prognosis but worked feverishly to save her life. One option was having a matched sibling bone marrow donor, but at the time, sister Jillian was not a match. As Kinsey and her parents fought through treatment, the family was blessed with the birth of Teagan in 2003.

“What makes it especially crazy is Teagan was born healthy but premature,” said Kinsey. “And she was a perfect match. Since she was premature, we had to wait for her to reach her goal weight, but in that time, I went into remission on my own.”

The family was stunned. After so much waiting and painful treatments, just prior to the transplant, Dr. Margolis did one more bone marrow biopsy and found Kinsey had 85-percent cellularity, which was a miraculous and unexplainable remission.

“Teagan was born to save my life, but we have never needed the match,” said Kinsey. “But, if I do relapse, she is there for me.”

The family was not out of the woods. The fight to save Kinsey led to Karen and Audrey losing all of their life savings and accumulating $250,000 in medical debt. “And that was with great health insurance,” Kinsey quipped.

The family returned to Louisville, Karen began work with Gilda’s Club and Kinsey settled into school – and a public speaking career. Six-year-old Kinsey accompanied her parents to a United Blood Services fundraiser and instead of being acknowledged at their table, Kinsey took matters into her own hands.

“I said, I think they could hear me better if I just went to the stage,” Kinsey laughed. She gave an impromptu speech, calling herself the Dragon Slayer and launching a speaking career that now includes more than 60 high-profile speeches across the country. She figures since that first impassioned speech at age six, Kinsey the Dragon Slayer took that energy throughout her school career and teen years to speak and fundraise in front of more than 25,000 people.

“In all my public speaking, my refrain has been the Dragon Slayer,” said Kinsey. “If you are out there supporting a charity, you are a dragon slayer, too.”

Kinsey excelled at St. Francis School but faced another frightening health scare over Thanksgiving weekend 2007. On one terrifying day, her heart stopped seven times due to myocarditis, an inflammation of her heart muscle. She survived that only to face Grave’s (thyroid) disease in 2008, and four years ago, she was diagnosed with moderate aplastic anemia, which is currently manageable. Despite her health challenges, she excelled in academics, sports and impassioned charity work.

Like any mom, Audrey Morrison is quick to list her daughter’s accomplishments. “She is a National Merit Scholar, a Coca-Cola Scholar and one of only five national high school winners of the Prudential Spirit of Community Award in 2014,” Audrey said. That was before graduating from St. Francis School and heading to Stanford University, where Kinsey graduated in 2018 with a degree in international relations and Spanish. Along the way, she also picked up a Bell Award from WLKY-TV and a Youth in Philanthropy Award. She has raised a combined $500,000 for Gilda’s Club, the Red Cross, the Aplastic Anemia Foundation and more.

“I really didn’t know if I could live with losing a child, so I did everything I could,” said Karen Morrison. “Of nearly equal importance to trying to save her was the idea that we might not be successful and so ensuring she had a high quality of life – however long that might be – was important.”

That translated to “campouts” in the hospital, fun crafts and games when Kinsey was ill or in quarantine and indulgent day trips to cheer her up. “A few times, we took trips to Louisville, IV pole sticking out of the sunroof,” added Karen. “We were determined to live life to the fullest and her doctor was very supportive of that.”

At Stanford, Kinsey nurtured her love of activism, which led, among many efforts, directly to the Supreme Court. When the 2015 marriage equality case came before the U.S. Supreme Court, Kinsey knew what to do. Her parents had been together for 25 years, and had a 1995 commitment ceremony, but growing up in a same-sex family in Kentucky was frustrating for Kinsey and her sisters. “We were a family,” she said. “But it just didn’t seem fair that legal representation and benefits weren’t available for them. I felt my parents had fought so hard and given up so much in their lives to save my life. Everyone contributed to my survival, so working for marriage equality was a way to show my appreciation.”

Kinsey and her sisters made a video called “Sanctity” at the beginning of 2015 that showed how their family’s love was not compromised by being in a same-sex union. The video was picked up nationally and went viral, and before she knew it, Kinsey was speaking at the rally outside the Supreme Court on the day of the arguments. She also helped write part of the brief in support of children of LGBTQ+ parents. National media helped tell her story. “Being a part of that was amazing and a lifelong dream,” said Kinsey. “It’s one of the things I am most proud of.”

In a family of impassioned women, activism comes naturally. “I still struggle with having fun and enjoying my life because I know how short it is,” said Kinsey. “I focus so much on activism, but I know how lucky I am to have been born in a family with a lot of opportunity.”

Kinsey has her sights set on a political future, and as a new college graduate, dove feet first into Andy Beshear’s campaign for governor. Working together, Kinsey, her moms and sister drove state-wide to help campaign. “We connected with 7,183 people, walked 230 miles and saw parts of our city and state that we didn’t know existed,” said Kinsey.

Her perseverance paid off and Kinsey was thrilled to accept a position with the Beshear administration in January as a communications advisor, where she will consult on speechwriting and policy research. “That boggles my mind and yet doesn’t shock me a bit,” said Karen Morrison.

“Kinsey is my hero,” she added. “Her energy, passion and warmth are magnetic and infectious. When I consider Kinsey’s path, filled with twists and turns in the dark, I know the grit and tenacity she had to keep going, always at an accelerated pace. She will no doubt change the world and for the better.”

“My goal is to make more people heard and be understood and represented. When people have a voice, more people will be treated as they should,” said Kinsey, who plans to build her political future and keep raising funds for causes that touch her heart. “If you can find that passion, whether it’s glamorous or the everyday grind, is crucial, no matter what you choose to do in life.”

“Cancer is an equalizer,” the young Dragon Slayer with a bright future added. “Life is fragile and that is a reminder to me always. You never know what people are going through. We all have this vulnerability and none of us is guaranteed time. That makes me a little less combative, especially in politics. It’s people and family first. Always.” V

Kinsey in Washington D.C.

Karen and Audrey with Kinsey, Teagan and Jillian Morrison.

Letter from the Publisher

“In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds us closer together and the music that brings harmony.” –Eva Burrows


F
ebruary is the time to celebrate love, and in this issue, we’ve decided to put a special emphasis on the love of family. I hope you’ll enjoy reading the stories of local families who have come together in remarkable ways.

You’ll also find two features that celebrate the love of literature. First, learn about the newly-opened Northeast Library and all that it has to offer. Then, take in our fashion editorial that was beautifully captured at the Louisville Free Public Library’s Downtown Branch. Thank you to everyone at the library who made our team feel so welcome.

This month we’re also giving you a sneak peek at three magnificent events that I look forward to every year: KMAC Couture Fashion Week, Wine Women & Shoes and the Speed Art Museum Ball.

Fashion Week is a great way for fashionistas and fans to get excited about KMAC Couture: Art Walks the Runway, and it’s a chance to score several deals at local businesses. Stay tuned for more on this amazing event in our March issue.

The name Wine Women & Shoes says it all: this evening has great drinks, some of the city’s most fashionable and philanthropic women and fabulous shoes galore. It’s an ultimate ladies night that supports Family Scholar House, which does so much good for single parents who are pursuing an education and a better life for their children.

And then there’s the Speed Art Museum Ball, one of the most iconic events you can be a part of. The dinner, the dancing, the art – I love it all. The museum is an irreplaceable fixture in our community, and thanks to proceeds from the Speed Art Museum Ball, the staff can share art with more and more people around the state.

Thank you for picking up The Voice. May your February be full of love.

Janice

A Gathering Place

By Chloe Games
Photos by
Kathryn Harrington

grey-blue coat of paint enshrouds this East Louisville home in the unmistakable aura of the ocean. Stepping into the foyer, guests are greeted by a display of shells collected from decades of family vacations. You can almost smell the sea breeze. “I always called it our Hamptons home,” the homeowner says, “where every day you can be on vacation.”

The color pallet of the home evokes the calming tones of an ocean escape. “When you ask about the colors of my house, they’re the colors of the ocean, they’re the colors of the grasses, the sand, the sky,” the homeowner says. “That’s how I went with the colors – those that brought calm and the happiest moments for us.”

More than an ode to a seaside retreat, the home unfolds room by room into a reflection of the family who built it. “Really, the house tells a story of our family,” she says. Inspired by the happy moments of post-slopes conversation in a ski lodge, four cushioned armchairs are grouped centrally in the living room, allowing for easy conversation. On the far wall, an intricately-engraved wooden plank once salvaged from a bar provides texture and illuminates one of the homeowner’s design philosophies: endless experimentation. “There are multiple functions for things – just maybe not what they’re intended to be.”

A fireplace brightens the ultra-cozy reading nook at one end of the room, where literary luminaries share shelf space with old yearbooks.“Those are the treasures of my life. It’s not just great books, it’s also our memories. That’s what houses should be: living memories,” the homeowner says.

In this house, memories are tactile: a runner from Turkey cushions hallway footfalls in gentle blues, and in the dining room, a sturdy wooden farm table provides a gathering-place fit for a crowd. When she came across the statement piece in Paris, the homeowner was immediately sure that the table would be coming home with her to Louisville.

Floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors span the length of the living and dining rooms, bringing the outdoors inside no matter the season. “I love to bring the outside in, the inside out. I think nothing of bringing my furniture outside and putting it on the deck,” the homeowner says. On the patio, pinstripe fabrics provide a classic yet livable covering for the daybed and outdoor furniture. Tall grasses surround the pool and resurface throughout the landscape. Trees flourish on the outskirts of the property, and it’s no surprise that all manner of wildlife visit the home. With fond memories of summer camp, the family sought to bring the same emphasis on nature within city limits. “We always said, ‘We want that same camp feeling,’ and that’s what we have.”

Throughout the downstairs hallways, heirlooms and found items piece together a storied family history. Gently weathered shutters from North Carolina frame a hallway window, and an antique music box sparks corridor conversation. An enormous painted screen provides interest in the same first-floor hallway, and you would never guess that it once served as a headboard in the master bedroom. In this home, objects are treated as dynamic elements of design, and no careful placement is treated as a final resting place.

“My husband can come home and a chair that was in one position one hour will be in a different spot another hour,” the homeowner laughs. She finds endless possibilities in treasures found near and far. An armoire discovered in Florida became a vanity with the addition of a mirror and a sink. Placed at an entryway, fern planters provide a catch-all space for magazines and miscellanea.

In bedrooms, repurposed objects provide a personal touch. Lamps crafted from antique pots illuminate the master suite, and a handed-down typewriter recalls the family member whose workplace it once graced. In the attached bathroom, elegant monograms designate personal space. When topped with a handcrafted bit of pottery, an antique vase becomes a table by the bathtub. For this homeowner, “taking the unusual and making it usual” is a go-to strategy.

The upstairs is illuminated by a massive chandelier that hangs above the stairwell. “This is what the house was built around,” the homeowner explains. A bridge between the past and present, the chandelier was recovered from a previous home, where it “took up the whole foyer.” Now, it adds effortless glamour to a nonetheless family-friendly home.

In the upstairs bedrooms, texture reigns supreme. Grasscloth curtains compliment the home’s gentle color scheme, and in the office, vintage French pillow cases accent a cushioned daybed. With idyllic views of the wooded property, each room is unmistakably livable and inviting.  “Comfortable-chic – that would define my house. It’s so comfortable, and nothing stays the same,” the homeowner says.

With family memorabilia and collected items furnishing every room, this home provides a blueprint for building a family-centric space. The homeowner says it beautifully: “I think you should live with what you love.” V

A Significant Breakfast

How shared family meals can create life-long memories

By Liz Gastiger

In this hectic day and age, it might help parents to have a formula for making lasting family moments. Today’s technology pulls us into our shells where we email, Instagram, text, chat, and tweet on impulse with generally no enduring memories from these too frequent occurrences. Sometimes making connections with everyone in cyberspace does not bode well for important family relationships.

This brings me to the story of my best friend growing up. Let’s call her Sofie Magee. She may be Irish. Sofie was one of nine children, and she attended high school with me. This was not so long ago, but it was before the internet. One day a month, Sofie’s mother would allow each of her nine children to bring a friend home for an overnight stay with their family. This is a family story and memory that has stayed with me, as I tell you now.

I was excited that Sofie asked me to the big sleepover at her house because she was my best friend. We had the usual after-school activities and then got home to a house full of exchange, flit and flutter. It was so much fun with nine friends of the families’ nine children. After a frolicking night, what stuck with me was Mother Magee’s unwavering rule that every member of the family and their guests come down for breakfast on time for what was more than a meal.

In the morning, Sofie’s mother cooked a magnificent breakfast of pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs and potatoes. What I saw – a group of family and friends bonding over a meal together – taught me a recipe for creating lasting memories. The Magee family breakfast prepared each individual to face the world each day, equipped with a fresh bout of inspiration. The Magee family eventually encountered the age of the internet, but each member carried this formula for daily renewal with them into it.

Back then, I always wondered why Sofie was consistently late to class when she lived right across from the school. I never questioned why she came late again after I spent time with her family, which I discovered was so important to her.

Now, let me give you a breakfast recipe to help bring your family to the table to start their day.


Classic Waffles

This is a lovely, crispy-on-the-outside and soft-on-the-inside waffle that’s perfect for any morning.

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 ½ teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed

1 tablespoon white sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground pepper (optional, but adds a nice spice)

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 ½ cups milk, warmed

½ cup butter, melted

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat the waffle iron (The VillaWare or Cuisinart brands are good ones.)

Whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, sugars, cinnamon and black pepper.

In a separate bowl, combine eggs, milk, butter and vanilla.

Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and whisk until well blended.

Spray the waffle iron with a non-stick spray and pour batter into the preheated waffle iron.

Cook waffles until golden brown, serve and enjoy.

A nice way to turn this recipe into something special is to add mini chocolate chips or berries. I like to sprinkle the batter with a cinnamon-sugar mixture before and after baking for a French toast-inspired waffle.