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Art of the Run

With JD Dotson

JD Dotson, our resident explorer, has shared his love of running and photography with Extol readers since we started in 2015. We always send him out
‘n’ about in Southern Indiana – for obvious reasons – but this time, we asked him to cross the mighty Ohio and head into Louisville with one main goal:
Capture the public art while on a run through the River City.
When he catches his breath, we’ll send JD on his next exploration. If you want him to come toyour city, send an email to extol@extolmag.com.Extol+Summer+2020_Page_34_Image_0001Extol+Summer+2020_Page_34_Image_0002Extol+Summer+2020_Page_34_Image_0003Extol+Summer+2020_Page_34_Image_0004Extol+Summer+2020_Page_34_Image_0005Extol+Summer+2020_Page_35_Image_0001Extol+Summer+2020_Page_35_Image_0002Extol+Summer+2020_Page_35_Image_0004Extol+Summer+2020_Page_35_Image_0005Extol+Summer+2020_Page_35_Image_0006Extol+Summer+2020_Page_36_Image_0001Extol+Summer+2020_Page_36_Image_0002Extol+Summer+2020_Page_36_Image_0003Extol+Summer+2020_Page_36_Image_0004Extol+Summer+2020_Page_36_Image_0005Extol+Summer+2020_Page_36_Image_0006Extol+Summer+2020_Page_37_Image_0001Extol+Summer+2020_Page_37_Image_0002Extol+Summer+2020_Page_37_Image_0003Extol+Summer+2020_Page_37_Image_0004Extol+Summer+2020_Page_37_Image_0005Extol+Summer+2020_Page_38_Image_0002Extol+Summer+2020_Page_38_Image_0003Extol+Summer+2020_Page_39_Image_0002Extol+Summer+2020_Page_39_Image_0003Extol+Summer+2020_Page_40_Image_0001Extol+Summer+2020_Page_40_Image_0003Extol+Summer+2020_Page_40_Image_0004Extol+Summer+2020_Page_40_Image_0005Extol+Summer+2020_Page_40_Image_0006Extol+Summer+2020_Page_40_Image_0002

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COVID HAVE YOU DOWN? BLESSINGS ABOUND WHEN YOU GET CRAFTING

By Morgan Sprigler

Hello Fellow Crafters! I hope you are happy and healthy! The uncertainties COVID-19 has brought to our lives brought a new set of challenges for all of us, regardless of your circumstances. I am in the stage of life where I am attempting to raise two well-rounded, well-mannered little girls. If you are in a similar arena of life, I just have one
question for you: How much wine do you drink in a week? No, seriously.

It’s hasn’t been easy being the everything: The teacher, the chef, the housekeeper, the counselor, the entertainer, the laundry folder, the spill cleanerupper (and the list goes on and on, amirite?!). Our most important job right now, though, is to be the parent who reminds their children that they are safe and loved and that life can still be fun. This craft wraps all of that in one for our sweet kiddos and allows them to explore the beauty of
our earth, alongside their favorite person (YOU!) and creating something silly all in the name of fun!!

SUPPLIES:
Use what you have on hand – or take a trip
to Ben Franklin Crafts New Albany, 420 New
Albany Plaza, where they’re practicing social
distancing to ensure shoppers and staff stay
safe and can keep crafting.
• Scissors
• Paper
• Glue
• A ruler or a book for tracing
• Pencil
• Supplies from Nature

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STEP ONE My family has spent much of our time with three of our favorite little people, The Miller Triplets. Their family has spent much of their time safe at home like we have, so we made the decision to allow the kids to play outside together (which also offers a bit of a breather to their momma and to me). So, I sent the five of them into the back yard with baggies to collect their supplies. We talked about different trees, leaves and flowers and learned (from one of the trio, Beau) that if a ponytail holder is found outside, it is considered a part of nature. Like most things these days, I’ll allow it!

STEP ONE
My family has spent much of our time with three of our favorite little people, The Miller Triplets.
Their family has spent much of their time safe at home like we have, so we made the decision to allow the kids to play outside together (which also offers a bit of a breather to their momma and to me). So, I sent the five of them into the back yard with baggies to collect their supplies. We talked about different trees, leaves and flowers and learned (from one of the trio, Beau) that if a
ponytail holder is found outside, it is considered a part of nature. Like most things these days, I’ll
allow it!

STEP TWO I used my address book to trace our canvases onto poster board, because I thought the size would allow appropriate space for the kids to work in. For extra support, I traced two squares side by side, cut them out together, folded them together like a book, and then glued. You can do this with any paper you decide to use for make it more sturdy.

STEP TWO
I used my address book to trace our canvases
onto poster board, because I thought the size
would allow appropriate space for the kids to
work in. For extra support, I traced two squares
side by side, cut them out together, folded them
together like a book, and then glued. You can do
this with any paper you decide to use for make
it more sturdy.

STEP THREE Using sticks that we gathered, we measured and glued around the edge to create a frame.

STEP THREE
Using sticks that we gathered, we measured and glued around the edge to create a frame.

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STEP FOUR I worked with each child invididually to create their own vision out of the items they gathered. This was so much fun to see their little minds working. We ended up with a flower (Avery), a man with a belly button (Beau), a fiisherman (Quinn), a tree (Evelyn), a field of flowers (Genevieve), and a portrait of a quaratined mom holding a wine bottle (that would be me).

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Painting with a Purpose

Finding a creative spark in troubling times
BY LAURA ROSS | PHOTOS BY JASON APPLEGATE


Art is a window to the soul and in times of a pandemic, many souls need soothing. That’s why a New Albany art teacher tapped her palette during the quarantine and opened a creative world for thousands with Painting with a Purpose.

Mary Arnold typically spends her days as an elementary school art teacher in the New Albany/
Floyd County school system. She teaches art at nine schools within the system, and when the
COVID-19 quarantine hit in March, the last thing she wanted to do was sit idle at home.
To keep busy, she inquired if a few friends might want to do a free weekly painting class
online. She called her Facebook group Painting with a Purpose and was floored when the effort went viral. The group now has more than 18,000 followers – and rising – in 18 countries on Facebook and You Tube.

Arnold loves the creativity she sees on her
Facebook group and is heartened that entire families are putting quality time in for art
throughout the pandemic.

“We’ve had families across the state and country get together to watch the same videos on Zoom or Face Time and paint together,” said Arnold.

“It’s so important right now that families, kids, and even adults, have a
creative outlet.”

Arnold and two friends, Abby DeVary and Christin Brown, create video painting tutorials
each week on Facebook and You Tube. They also host live online painting events where viewers
can interact with the instructors and share their talents. The projects range from simple child focused art to more advanced acrylic painting classes. All classes are free for online followers.

“She’s making such an impact. It’s so cool,” said
Micah Arnold, Mary’s husband. “She’s always on
the run and this has given her an outlet for her
energy during quarantine. It’s amazing to me
how it’s grown.”

As her project grew, the New Albany Housing Authority (NAHA) took notice. Mary Arnold joined
forces with NAHA to create summer art kits for children. The kits provide packets full of paint, brushes, canvas, and chalk so children can use the supplies at home as they watch Painting with a Purpose’s online classes.

“For me, it’s really important that we work together as a community,” said Arnold. “It’s our
goal to put those art supplies in the hands of kids
who need it.”
“With everything going on in our world, kids
cannot voice what they are feeling sometimes,”
she said, “but they can put it down on paper. We
need that creativity. Kids are making projects to
give to essential workers, to give to grandparents,
to give to friends and family. Families have time
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“Art has a voice that sometimes you cannot
put down into words,” she added. “Being able to provide a creative outlet for families is our mission.”


You can find Painting with a Purpose on
Facebook and YouTube.

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Gabby & Brandon Jones

Sept. 28, 2019

Photos by Krystle Hiott of Krystle Hiott Photography | krystlehiottphotography.com krystalhiottphotos@gmail.com | 317.750.1897


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On a late fall afternoon, with the warm sun just peeking through the beautiful fall-tinged leaves surrounding The Old Barn at Brown County, Gabrielle Boone of Floyds Knobs married Brandon Jones of Columbus, Indiana.

The venue gave the couple everything they wanted for their rustic vintage theme. Two large, beautifully appointed cabins flank the barn, and these were rented by the couple to accommodate their wedding party.

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As the leaves rustled, Gabby descended the wrap-around wooden deck of the bride’s cabin. Designed by Mori Lee, Gabby’s gown provided the chic, eloquent silhouette she had always dreamed of. Ivory in color, with a plunging neckline and open low back, the gown flowed with tiers of alternating striped offray sheer and solid patterned satin. Gabby’s shoes were Kate Spade rose-colored velvet and pearl-studded sandals.

Always wanting an outdoor wedding, the groom was handsomely appointed in a charcoal Bonobos suit and Bruno Magli wing-tipped shoes. Brandon waited, and perhaps shed a few tears, while Gabby made her way across the beautiful, leaf-covered path and down the aisle trimmed with white pumpkins to the small congregation seated on wooden benches. The beautiful porch-like setting was the perfect location for the exchange of vows.

Following the vows, guests enjoyed a beautiful reception decorated with crystal vases, candles, peonies and baby’s breath. In addition to the customary wedding cake, macaroons, the bride’s favorite, were served.

Always looking to surprise and treat their guests, the couple chose a breakfast buffet for their reception meal. Piping hot biscuits and gravy, frittatas and bacon were just a few of the offerings with cocktail hour miniature waffles complete with individual syrup pipettes.

Gabby is a 2014 graduate of Floyd Central High School with a degree in fashion marketing, merchandising and retail management from the Art Institute of Indianapolis. Brandon graduated from Columbus East High School and holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.

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GIVE ME A SIGN

Creatively inspired by Ben Franklin Crafts in New Albany

By JD Dotson


How many times have I begged the universe to give me a sign? Whether I have a difficult decision to make, a project to finish, or I’m just feeling down, I will look around for that sign to help decide or guide or give a bit of hope.

Some days the signs present themselves in unique ways, like an unexpected phone call or taking a wrong turn that leads to something wonderful. Other days, they present themselves as actual signs that I am fortunate enough to pull my head up in time to see.

Two of my favorites stick out: The first was on a trip to New Orleans on a side street and regular path to the French Quarter, but on this particular day someone had placed a giant “LIVE A GREAT STORY” sticker on a heavily graffitied corner. That lucky encounter has spawned a mantra in my life. The second is near my house and something I had driven by for who knows how long and never noticed. Feeling down and out, I was walking to work due to car problems and most likely an empty bank account when I looked up to see “NEVER GIVE UP” painted on the side of the highway. It was the sign I needed to see at that moment.

This issue’s project is a collection of signs to inspire someone special to me. My hope is that they will inspire or comfort her when she is feeling lost. For you, however, the possibilities are endless, but let’s start with what you want to say and your list of supplies, which are available at Ben Franklin Crafts New Albany, the wonderful shop located across from the giant Kroger.

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SUPPLIES:

• Your sign surface (whether a premade sign, slats of wood, or found materials such as yardsticks or paint stirrers)

• 1” wide wood slats for the back

• Clamps

• Wood Glue

• Stencils or Letter Stickers

• Acrylic Paint/Wood Stain/Spray Paint

• Paintbrushes

• Hanging hardware/Jute string

• Staple Gun

• Optional: Wood Burning Kit

Materials provided by Ben Franklin Crafts & Frame Shop420 New Albany Plaza | New Albanybenfranklinartsandframing.com


STEP ONE

Prepare your surface. I found some great premade signs at Ben Franklin that were only in need of a stain or undercoat of paint. If you are building your base from slats or found material, arrange the pieces with the facing surface down. I prefer the uneven edges on mine and then glue the 1” wide slats to the back and clamp until dry.

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STEP TWO

Figure out what you are going to say. Then, how are you going to get your message to the surface? There are several ways to go about it. You can use stencils to draw the letters and then paint inside the lines. You can use the letter stickers as a mask and paint outside the lines or spray paint the whole surface, then peel the letters off. If you have time, patience and a wood burning kit with letter attachments, you can burn each letter into the wood one at a time or even hand letter your saying.

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STEP THREE

Hang it. There are many ways to hang your signs: sawtooth hangers that can be hammered into the back of the piece, picture hanging kits with wire or a long piece of jute stapled to each side of the back.

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STEP FOUR

Finally, hang it and prepare yourself for inspiration. Sometimes, we all need little reminders that there is good all around, that people care for us, that we all matter, that the answers we seek are waiting to be discovered. Hang them where you will see them every day. Hang them so someone in need of a sign will come across it. Attach it to a pole and march that inspiration down the street. Some people will say, “Look at that crazy person carrying that sign” but there will be some that think “I needed to see that today.”

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WHERE ONE DOOR CLOSES…

Made by Morgan

Creatively inspired by Ben Franklin Crafts in New Albany

By Morgan Sprigler


…Another one opens and just like that it’s Spring, bringing us a promise of sunlight, crisp air and fresh beginnings. To welcome the new season, I’m sharing with you a kid-friendly craft that incorporates a little education, too, and started – as always – at Ben Franklin Crafts New Albany. By the way, new store hours went into effect in January. Ben Franklin is open 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. If you’re ready to get down and Derby, stop in sometime soon to see the growing collection of fascinators and hats (for men too!) or talk to a staffer about creating one specially for you.

Now, let’s craft!


BEN FRANKLIN CRAFTS NEW ALBANY SUPPLIES

• Wooden hanging door

• Chalk paint of your desired color

• Cardstock of your desired color x 2

• Scissors

• Spring items of your choosing

• Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Total project cost = $42


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Find some time when you and your kid(s) can go craft supply shopping together. As you are browsing, start up a conversation about seasons. Use this opportunity to test their knowledge and do a little teaching, too. Start with the wooden door. Because it has 6 “panes,” have your child(ren) come up with six different aspects of spring. Each item will eventually be displayed on your door and will remind your child(ren) what the season is all about. My girls and I settled on rainclouds made from cotton balls with rain made from blue stones, butterflies, a birds nest with eggs, flowers, birds on a twig, and a cross to symbolize Easter.

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Paint! We chose a delicate, light pink chalk paint in a spray can. However, you may use any paint you desire. I like the look of chalk paint for this project, but a flat or matte paint would be pretty as well. The red door from Ben Franklin is also very nice just as it is, if you want to skip this step. We also decided to paint our door handle gold using acrylic paint, because, why not?! Paint and then let the door dry.

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Using your heated glue gun, apply glue around the perimeter of one sheet of cardstock. Apply sheet to the back of your door, covering four of the bottom panes.

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Cut your second sheet of cardstock in half and repeat step three to cover the top two remaining door panes.

STEP FIVE

Glue your spring items to the cardstock inside each pane, while talking with your child about why each one is important and/or specific to the season. Again, all of our items were purchased from Ben Franklin Crafts New Albany, with the exception of our rain clouds, which are simply three cotton balls arranged together. We also found a twig outside to use as a branch for our little birdies. Instead of items for every pane, you and your child also can paint or draw inside one or more panes or you can collect items from your garden.


Note: This door can be updated for each season by easily removing the cardstock from each pane and adding new objects. (You could even update for birthdays by choosing six of the birthday guy or gal’s favorite things.)

Variation 1: Instead of cardstock, you can use felt for the background and utilize Velcro to attach your objects instead of glue. This would make this project even more conducive to changing out with the seasons.

Variation 2: If you would rather have a centerpiece for your kitchen table or kids table, Ben Franklin carries an array of wooden boxes that would work well for this project, too. You and your child(ren) could decorate each side of the wooden box and add a floral arrangement to the top! Voila!

Happy Spring, Extol Readers!

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Speed Across the River for Great Art and More

5 things we love about the Speed Art Museum

COURTESY PHOTOS


ExtolMag_30_FINAL_Page_17_Image_0001When the Speed Art Museum reopened in 2016 following a massive, three-year closure for renovation and expansion, guests were mesmerized by the changes. Today, the Speed continues to evolve into a place where great art meets great community, with a focus on exhibitions, events, film, food, and more, that draws families, art lovers, and the entire community to its iconic building.When the Speed Art Museum reopened in 2016 following a massive, three-year closure for renovation and expansion, guests were mesmerized by the changes. Today, the Speed continues to evolve into a place where great art meets great community, with a focus on exhibitions, events, film, food, and more, that draws families, art lovers, and the entire community to its iconic building.

If you haven’t visited recently, here’s a primer on some of our favorite things about the Speed Art Museum: Art for All – The Speed Art Museum is Kentucky’s oldest and largest art museum, covering 6,000 years of art from around the world. From ancient Egyptian art, to the European Masters, including Rembrandt and Monet, to modern classics and more, the Speed invites everyone to experience art for all. Thanks to a generous grant from Brown-Forman, the Speed offers free admission to all every Sunday from 12-5 p.m.

FREE Admission for IUS Students – Thanks to a partnership between The Speed and Indiana University, IUS faculty and students with a current student ID receive free admission through Aug. 1, 2022. What are you waiting for? Go now!

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Excellent Exhibitions – The Speed’s permanent collection is breathtaking in its quality and historical significance. The museum’s curators frequently rotate pieces from the expansive collection in storage to keep the art fresh and exciting as you visit time and again. The latest special exhibition on display is Tales from the Turf: The Kentucky Horse. If you love horses, don’t miss this first exhibition to examine Kentucky’s relationship to the horse through art. It features paintings, sculpture, photographs, drawings, prints, and manuscripts from Kentucky’s major private collections, all telling equine tales of Kentucky’s history with horses. Most of the collection has never been seen in public and is only on display until March 1, so hurry in for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see this equine spectacular.

The Speed Cinema – Catching a flick takes on new meaning when you visit the Speed Cinema, which shows films you can’t see anywhere else in this area. Documentaries, independent masterpieces, foreign classics, and more are carefully curated to showcase the best in cinema.

A Museum on a Mission – In addition to the world class art, the Speed features dozens of events, tours, and activities for all ages every month. The popular After Hours adult evening event takes place every third Friday for mingling, drinks, food, music and of course, art. Each month features a different theme, with speakers, entertainment, cinema and more. Families are always welcome at the Speed, with a special focus on the tiniest visitors through Art Sparks’ hands on learning opportunities. New to the Speed are family Saturdays, with all Saturday programming focused around the family.


The Speed Art Museum

2035 S. Third St.

Louisville

502.634.2700

speedmuseum.org

HOURS

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday

10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday

12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Closed Monday and Tuesday

ADMISSION

Members: Free

Adults: $18

Seniors (Age 60+): $12

Kids (Age 4-17): $12

Kids (Age 3 and under): Free

University of Louisville students, faculty, and staff: Free

Select area schools (including IUS): Free

College students with valid ID: $12

Military personnel: $12

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LIGHT THE HOLIDAYS

Creatively inspired by Ben Franklin Crafts in New Albany

By JD Dotson

ExtolMag_30_FINAL_Page_45_Image_0002The holidays are fast approaching and seem to sneak up on me every year. ’Tis the season we typically pull out all of the holiday decorations, lights, garlands and trees and cover every inch of our house in festive decor. Glitter seems to cover most surfaces, too, by the end of it despite my banning of the substance.

Intent on finding new ways to spruce things up, I took a trip to Ben Franklin Crafts in New Albany, which had my head spinning with thoughts of updating my festive decor, but I was on a mission.

I had a conversation with a friend who wasn’t going to decorate this year citing a super-busy schedule leading up to a holiday vacation, so he wouldn’t be home enough to enjoy it. There have been years when my decorating was minimal and years when the sparkle was over the top, but I had a hard time imagining nothing. This issue’s craft project stemmed out of that conversation.

The craft could definitely serve as a centerpiece or a mantle, but I also wanted it to suffice as a holiday scene for someone in a small apartment, dorm room or beautiful gift that’s sure to spread some Christmas cheer.

The beauty of this project is that it can be customized to your own unique slice of life. Switch the bunny out for a deer, or the lovebirds for cardinals. Add a couple of tall skinny trees and a less rustic fence. There is no shortage of options roaming the aisles of Ben Franklin and plenty of room to create your own personal scene.


SUPPLIES:

Lantern

Ribbon and greenery wire

Sprig of greenery

Small tree

Beads (for ornaments)

Elements in the scene: bunny, birds, fence

A bag of snow

Elmer’s Glue

Long craft paintbrush

Glue gun and glue sticks

Materials provided by Ben Franklin Crafts & Frame Shop

420 New Albany Plaza | New Albany

benfranklinartsandframing.com


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Start with the tree. I took turns with red and green “ornaments” (they’re actually beads) to evenly distribute. Want to ditch the traditional red/green color combo? Do it! Hot glue your favorite color ornaments all over your little tree. I am usually pretty particular about excess glue all over, but in this case, the glue looks like ice and icicles and fits in perfect with the scene. Next, carefully wind your lights up the tree starting at the bottom and finish at the top. Make sure to leave a bit of wire left to reach the inside of the top of the lantern.

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STEP TWO

ExtolMag_30_FINAL_Page_46_Image_0003Glue everything down. Start with the tree and don’t be afraid of being heavy-handed with the glue gun — it’s all getting covered in snow. Once the tree is anchored, I glued the battery pack into the top of the lantern. With the lid closed, it will be hidden. Just make sure to position the opening mechanism so battery changing is easy. Add all your elements — bunny, fence, birds, deer, whatever — your imagination has dreamed up and glue them into place.

STEP THREE

ExtolMag_30_FINAL_Page_47_Image_0004Let it Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Before you let loose your powerful snowstorm, use a paintbrush to paint a bit of glue to things that would naturally catch a bit of snowfall if they were real-sized. I brushed the glue on the posts of the fence before the big storm started, so that they caught some of the flakes on the way down. You want a good amount of accumulation on the ground, but not enough to call off school.

STEP FOUR

ExtolMag_30_FINAL_Page_47_Image_0005Accessorize! I wired a big, hand-tied bow on top, green with red velvet accents, pulling in some colors from my ornaments and added a bit of snow-covered greenery. The selection of ribbon and greenery accessories at Ben Franklin is staggering, so mix it up and bring your own taste into your scene. Then, tie away… unless you need some help. I have a confession, dear readers. I ran into Ben Franklin co-owner Kristy Dunlap-Smith who tried to teach me how to make the perfect bow. I took the ribbon home and made some not-so-perfect, pretty awful bows. So, I used Kristy’s sample as the bow for my final project. You can easily use a pre-made bow or have one of the super-helpful people at Ben Franklin help you out. It is the season of giving, after all.


Whether you are surrounded by twinkling lights and up to your ears in decorations or enjoying your tiny slice of festivity, I hope your holiday is full of love and kindness.

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Harvest Ahead

HARVEST HOMECOMING’S CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD COURTNEY LEWIS OFFERS A SNEAK PEEK OF THE UPCOMING FESTIVAL SEASON 

PHOTO BY CHRISTIAN WATSON 

HARVEST HOMECOMING 2019 is on the horizon. So, we asked Courtney Lewis, chairman of the board, for a bit of insight and input as to what to expect. 

Q & A WITH COURTNEY LEWIS:

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A PART OF THE HARVEST HOMECOMING VOLUNTEER TEAM? 

This year marks my 12th or 13th festival. At some point all the fun runs together. 

WHAT DOES HARVEST HOMECOMING MEAN TO YOU PERSONALLY? 

For me, Harvest Homecoming really is about family and friends. We all have a Harvest Homecoming story. A great memory from our childhood or the first time we got to go on the (non-sanctioned) Beer Walk or meeting the love of our lives (not me, but if Mr. Right is ready, I’ll be in downtown New Albany for a couple weeks in October) or taking our children to get their first chicken and dumplings. It’s become a bit of a tradition with my coworkers to spend that Friday afternoon together. It’s like team building for us. I will never forget (thanks to the pictures) those moments. My nieces started volunteering last year, and I couldn’t be more proud of them for taking time out of their teenage lives to give back to their community. They are setting an example, knowingly or not, for their friends. Every place in the world has their thing, but for anyone who grew up here, Harvest Homecoming holds a very special spot in our hearts. 

WHY IS HARVEST HOMECOMING BENEFICIAL TO OUR COMMUNITY? 

Harvest Homecoming is such a great way to showcase our city and really celebrate the beauty of our neighbors. New Albany’s best assets lie in the people in this community. It feels great to see people come together and enjoy our city during the most beautiful time of year in Indiana. Not only is the economic impact beneficial to our businesses and local non-profits, Harvest Homecoming is able to give back to the younger members of our community through our scholarship programs. As an all-volunteer work force, Harvest Homecoming is also able to continue a rich tradition of giving back to our city and passing those values on to the next generation of pumpkins. 

WHAT CHANGES CAN THE COMMUNITY EXPECT TO SEE FOR THIS YEAR’S HARVEST HOMECOMING? 

Harvest Homecoming is really evolving and trying new things this year. Parade Day will look different with a day full of family fun in downtown. The Carnegie Center for Art & History will host their annual #IAMPUBLICART event on Bank Street at noon; the parade will kick-off at 3 p.m. (new this year) from New Albany High School, and then we’re going to park the floats around Bicentennial Park so people can get up close and personal with them while we partner with Mayor Jeff Gahan and the City of New Albany for Harvest Kickoff Karaoke in Bicentennial Park. 

We’ve got some amazing new partners this year like Samtec Cares, UPS, SoIN Tourism, the Community Foundation of Floyd County and so many more that we’re excited to welcome to our Harvest Family. With the support of our neighbors in the community, we’re able to take our all of our kids’ events and riverfront concerts to the next level. 

We have a great team working on the new Samtec Cares Family Stage in the First Financial Parking Lot that is going to be huge for kids of all ages. Vice President Amy Cummins and her team are working with new partners at the Floyd County Library and its branch at the Carnegie Center to fill that space with fun, interactive and educational programming Thursday and Friday during Booth Days, and I think everyone is going to be very excited to check that out. 

Make sure to follow Harvest Homecoming on Facebook & Instagram for a full schedule of events. 

WHAT IS THE THEME FOR HARVEST 2019? 

This year’s theme is CarniFALL, based on our president’s, Art Niemeier’s, love of the Bahamian Festival, Carnival. It’s also a carnival, so look at us being clever. We are so excited to celebrate culture and unity and the joy of being a vibrant community of loving people from everywhere. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HARVEST HOMECOMING EVENT? 

This is so hard. I really love all of our events for different reasons. I am so excited about the parade this year. Our Parade VP, Allyson Glass, has really put in so much effort to take our parade to the next level, and I can’t wait to see the community be able to enjoy her hard work. I LOVE Pumpkin Chunkin and what that partnership with Purdue Polytechnic Institute has done to further STEM education and awareness in our community. 

The Business Luncheon is hands down THE (clap) BEST (clap) luncheon, probably in the world. 

I also really enjoy our Riverfront Events from the car show to the concerts and new this year, the Harvest Hops Beer Fest. 

With help from our friends at Sounds Unlimited Productions, Alpha Media and Monarch Beverage, we’re working to bring exciting concert experiences to the Riverfront Amphitheater this year. Also, if you haven’t been to the Kid’s Dog Show, I highly recommend it. Super-cute dogs, even cuter kids; it’s the best way to spend a Monday evening at the Riverfront Amphitheater. 

WHAT FOOD IS A MUST-TRY AT HARVEST HOMECOMING? 

LOL. Literally everything. A couple years ago, myself and a couple of the ladies in the festival started a new tradition called “Smorgasbord Sunday.” I would venture to say the three of us spend 20 to 30 bucks apiece, we all get something different, go in a room at the Harvest Homecoming Office where no one can find us and we pig out. Some of our favorites are Brooklyn & the Butcher’s loaded potato and steak tips, Mason donuts, ribbon potatoes with cheese sauce and beans, and greens and cornbread from Chef Walker. 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ANYONE WHO HAS NEVER EXPERIENCED HARVEST HOMECOMING? 

Be prepared to have fun and be patient. We are so blessed that hundreds of thousands of people choose to visit our city every year during the first week in October, but that also means a bit of congestion. I would make sure you’re following Harvest Homecoming, the City of New Albany and SoIN Tourism on social media so you can plan your perfect Harvest Homecoming visit. We have something for literally every age and interest. 

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Art for All

The Kentuckiana area is lucky to have an amazing
event once a year known to bring more than 250,000
attendees from all over the world. If your mind went
immediately to horses and giant hats, think again.
When the leaves change and the weather cools, the
St. James Court Art Show is what attracts people
from near and far.

The one-of-a-kind experience for art lovers in
the heart of Old Louisville is a juried show that now
has more than 700 exhibitors who sell their wares
and high-level art.

Howard Rosenberg, executive director of the
St. James Court Art Show, said the event is special
for many reasons. “The setting is unique,” he said.
“There are very few art shows in the country – I don’t
know of any of them – that are right smack dab in
the middle of a historic landmark neighborhood.
It also gives people an opportunity to see some of
the finest art in the country.”

And it’s free.

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The show was started in 1957 by St. James Court
Association President Malcolm Bird as a way to
make money. The association was out of funds,
and it had looming debt because of recent fountain
repairs. The show was originally open to all and
was just an exhibit. Art was hung on clotheslines
from tree to tree.

Over the years, the show grew and expanded in
the neighborhood, adding Belgravia Court, sections
of Third Street and the West End Baptist Church. The
neighborhood impact average of St. James Court Art
Show is about $56,000 annually, which surrounding
schools and churches each raise – on average – by
using their parking lots for St. James Court Art
Show visitor parking. The money raised from the
actual show has helped fund historic preservation
of the neighborhood, which has spurred housing
restoration in the area. “It grew because it became
such an iconic art show, but it also grew because it
benefits the other neighborhoods to participate,”
Rosenberg said. “They’re all part of a consortium
that makes up the art show as participants. It’s grown
because of the level of art, because of the demand,
because of it being so special.”The St. James Court
Art Show also focuses on ensuring diversity of artistic
medium, making sure that it’s not just oil paintings
or watercolors. There are 17 different mediums,
including jewelry, clay, wood and more.

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The jurors of the show select artists based on
photos of the art, with no idea who the artist is,
Rosenberg said. So, entry is entirely based on the
quality of the art. “Then, during the show, another
group of jurors – people from the art world – visit
and assess the artists themselves,” Rosenberg said.
“Are they engaging? What do people think of the
art? Are they actively participating? Not like a car
salesman trying to sell something, but are they
engaging people?”

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The show annually awards $50,000 in scholarships
to area high school students. Several of are as high
as $15,000 individually. So, visitors are not only
supporting artists who are supporting themselves,
they are also supporting the next generation of artists.

Rosenberg has lived in Old Louisville off and on
for 37 years, and has been a volunteer and organizer
of several projects in the area. He said he likes the
way the St. James Court Art Show showcases the
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“Because of the setting, because of Central Park, I
think that that’s what’s so special about it,” Rosenberg
said. “The fact that it continues to improve and
expand, and new artists are brought in. The fact
that there’s a scholarship program for students. It
brings the neighborhood together and showcases
it in a special way.”

This year’s St. James Court Art Show is Oct. 5, 6
& 7 in Historic Old Louisville. It’s open 10 a.m. to
6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday. Admission is free, but please leave your
dogs at home. For a complete list of artists and
vendors, pick up a free program available at the
welcome tents at St. James Court and Magnolia
Avenue, Fourth Street and Magnolia Avenue, St.
James Court and Hill Street. Or just ask a volunteer,
who will be happy to help you.


St. James Court Art Show
Oct. 4, 5, & 6

Historic Old Louisville

For GPS, use 1402 St. James Ct.
in Louisville

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday & Saturday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

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Free Admission

Rain or shine

No pets allowed