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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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WANTED: MORE ZZZS

By Angie Fenton


I often joked that I hadn’t had a good night’s sleep since late May 2015 when I learned I was pregnant. But sometime this summer, as I woke up for the umpteenth time in the middle of the night with my toddler’s feet in my face and her elbows in my ribs, I realized this was no laughing matter and I was tired of being tired.

My bed was so worn it was genuinely concave, and the constant exhaustion was starting to affect me and my on-the-job production. I researched the effects of sleep deprivation and was genuinely horrified about the seriousness of this not-so-uncommon epidemic.

According to Johns Hopkins, those of us who lack sleep are more likely to gain weight, age our brains prematurely, develop heart disease, cause car crashes… The list goes on and on — and it incited a newfound determination to do whatever I could to catch more ZZZs and ensure my daughter did, too.

The first move was obvious: It was time to get a new bed for the bedroom I share with my husband (except when he’d been relegated to the couch because said toddler was in his place). And, we decided, it was also an opportunity to transition our soon-to-be 4-year-old from her first bed into something more substantial and make bedtime something we all looked forward to.

On a sunny Saturday, the three of us ventured to Schmitt Furniture and – with the help of an incredibly knowledgeable gentleman who worked there – quickly found exactly what we needed: An adjustable split king-size bed for Mom and Dad (which we could control individually), and a bunk bed with safety features for Olive, which came equipped with stairs — as opposed to a ladder — and built-in shelves under each step as well as beneath her bottom bunk.

The Schmitt Furniture duo that delivered and set up the beds were courteous, kind (they didn’t blink an eye at the incessant questions my kid kept asking) and true professionals. That night, Olive quickly took to her “big girl bed,” and the hubby and I found ourselves snoozing with ease. My only regret: Why in the world didn’t we do this sooner???

I also consulted with friends and a couple of experts, all of whom advised setting and sticking to individualized bedtime routines, utilizing white noise apps if necessary, practicing meditation and “unpacking” the day’s stressors and tomorrow’s worries whether mentally or by writing them down.

While each night isn’t perfect – Olive is currently asleep in my bed right now but that’s because she was feeling a bit clingy today wanted to “cuddle with Mommy,” which I allow as a treat (to us both, mind you) but it’s no longer the norm. Found: More ZZZs.


Schmitt Furniture is located at 101 E. Main St. on the Furniture Corner of State and Main in downtown New Albany.

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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


ExtolMag_30_FINAL_Page_46_Image_0002STEP ONE

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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NEW YEAR, NEW YOU

Oct. 23 • Dragon King’s Daughter in New Albany

Photos by Christian Watson


Extol Events presented New Year, New You featuring experts Michelle Conkle, a financial consultant with a local financial strategies firm, and Rodefer Moss CPA Sarah Hunter. Attendees enjoyed free appetizers and drinks, giveaways, networking and the opportunity to fine-tune their fiscal fitness.ExtolMag_30_FINAL_Page_52_Image_0002ExtolMag_30_FINAL_Page_52_Image_0003ExtolMag_30_FINAL_Page_52_Image_0004ExtolMag_30_FINAL_Page_52_Image_0005

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WRIGHT CHOICE REALTOR APPRECIATION PARTY

Oct. 24 • The Exchange in New Albany

Photos by Christian Watson


Wright Choice Home Inspection held its annual realtor appreciation event featuring appetizers, giveaways and an evening celebrating the partnerships with those in the real estate community. Group; and Talon Logistics.

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HABITAT GROUND BLESSING

Nov. 6 • Clarksville

Photos by Christian Watson

Habitat for Humanity Clark & Floyd County hosted a ground blessing to start the Apostle Build on Fallsview Drive. Community partners include Axiom Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors and several other organization.

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1SI ACE AWARDS

Nov. 14 • Horseshoe Southern Indiana in Elizabeth

Photos by Christian Watson

One Southern Indiana hosted its annual ACE Awards, which are given to people who have used their abilities, skills and talents to enhance their organizations and the community.

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CADELLA’S FAVORITE THINGS

Nov. 14 • Joe Huber’s Family Farm & Restaurant in Starlight

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Lori Unruh and the Cadella’s team hosted a VIP event for 100 people who paid $100 each to attend, with proceeds benefiting Miles for Merry Miracles. Attendees also received “Cadella’s favorite things” – gifts from numerous local businesses.

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PASSING ON THE VALUES OF GIVING BACK

THE LES AND VIRGINIA ALBRO FAMILY FUND

Southern Indiana is a caring and giving community that offers wonderful opportunities to those of us who call it home. Les Albro and his wife, Virginia, learned that when they moved here with their family in 1959 so that Les could start a new job at local car dealership Rambler City.

With his accounting background, Les was going to help on the business side of the dealership while Walt Bales would handle the sales side of things. By 1979 Les had become president of what was now Bales Auto Mall and he and Virginia were doing their part to give back to a community that had already given so much to them.

“This community has always been very good to our family,” Les said. “We always felt that because of how Southern Indiana embraced us it was our responsibility to give back and support the causes that were making a difference.”

Les and Virginia were actively involved at Oak Park Baptist Church, the Red Cross, Jeffersonville Rotary Club and a number of other organizations. As time moved on, and after Virginia’s passing in 2014, Les wanted to find a way to pass down the value of giving back to his grandchildren and established the Les and Virginia Albro Family Fund at the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana.

“I wanted to see my grandkids learn about giving back and I wanted to be a part of it,” he said. Today, the Albro family has an annual meeting – usually around the holidays – when the family sits down to talk about being philanthropic and the important role giving back plays in this community. Each grandchild puts together a presentation about a particular cause or nonprofit they’re passionate about and by the end of the day the family decides what to support with grants from their fund.

Les said, “the Community Foundation is helping my family give back in meaningful and impactful ways. But most importantly, we’re doing it together, as a family – learning about what each of us is passionate about and having fun giving back.”

At CFSI, we help individuals, families, and businesses give back in meaningful and impactful ways. Last year, CFSI fundholders granted more than $5 million to the many varied and individual causes that are important to them.


If you’d like to learn how you can start your own family fund, or a fund to support your favorite causes, please call the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana. Because of a matching grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc. you can add to or create a new endowment fund for your favorite charitable causes and receive a $1 match for every $2 contributed.

Or, if you want to help the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana give back to our community through our community grant program, you can give to the Foundation’s unrestricted Community Impact Fund. For every $1 donated to the Community Impact Fund, Lilly Endowment Inc. will donate $2 – a two for one match – TRIPLING your charitable investment.

Have questions on how to take advantage of the match, start an endowment fund, or support the Community Impact Fund? Visit CFSouthernIndiana.com, or call 812-948-4662.


4108 Charlestown Road

New Albany | 812.948.4662

cfsouthernindiana.com

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BOARD AND YOU – AND FOR US, TOO

Local charcuterie board company brings flavor to the table.

IT’S A TREND that’s been sweeping both coasts and taking Instagram by storm: stunning charcuterie boards filled with premium cuts of meat like prosciutto and capocollo, hand rolled and surrounded by blueberry goat cheese, brie, hummus, multi-grain crackers, fresh grapes and chocolate-covered strawberries.

Thanks to Board & You, these mouth-watering plates are now available right here in Kentuckiana.

What started as a friendly “charcuterie off” competition between founder Sean Lara and a co-worker – who both claimed to make the best charcuterie boards for their families – turned into a fully blown business concept.

And the competition?


No two boards are alike, and each is a sensory smorgasbord designed to please both the eyes and taste buds.


“Both Sean and I are extremely competitive, so we did our research and Sean’s from San Diego and he’s very familiar with charcuterie because it’s very popular on the West Coast, the Northeast (and) some areas in Texas,” Flanagan says. “We put together this awesome board, and it looked so, so good for Easter and brought it to my mom’s side of the family. Both of my parents are one of five, so any event is no small occasion whatsoever.”bnu

Everyone crowded around what Lara describes as “a huge spread” – and Flanagan’s grandmother gets a shout out for telling the pair to put the charcuterie board on social media.

“It became the centerpiece of the party,” Lara says. “Everyone was so amazed by it, and Zack kind of looked at me and said ‘I think we have something. I think this definitely is something we can make something out of.’”

A9R3322w3_i0fc0m_39lcWith some quick research, they created Board & You as a fully formed business model. At first, Flanagan and Lara found their customers on Instagram and Facebook. They took orders for custom charcuterie boards filled with cornichons, nuts, rare meats and cheeses, fruit, candies, crackers, cookies and other delectable treats they could source locally or from vendors.


“One thing that we found during our research is yeah, there’s a lot of variety out there, but some lacked presentation and color.

– ZACK FLANAGAN


Lara and Flanagan built a web site and now create small boards for anywhere from two people up to entire tables full of creatively-designed catering goods for businesses and large gatherings.

The duo are graduates of the University of Louisville, where Lara served as cheerleader for five years and studied exercise physiology and Flanagan chose marketing as his course of study. They met almost three years ago and hit it off immediately.bnu2

“I would say the most popular cheeses that we have are our Merlot BellaVitano, our blueberry goat cheese, and the Saint-André triple cream Brie, which pairs amazingly with everything, either savory or sweet,” Lara says. “I’d definitely say those are the top three favorites.

A9R1dmht48_i0fc0w_39lcProducts are now sourced from large meat and cheese distributors, with some serving as staples and others as limited-time offerings.

“When you think of charcuterie, it’s a big, gorgeous platter of food,” Flanagan says. “One thing that we found during our research is yeah, there’s a lot of variety out there, but some lacked presentation and color. I think Sean kind of found his way with incorporating so many different colors into these boards just to make them really, really eye-popping and inviting to the guests that are grazing on them. I think that’s what helped set us apart in the beginning.”

They’re hoping to hire another staff member around February. “We’ve even had people ask if we can do something on Christmas Day, and we’re definitely not opposed to it. It’s just crazy to think that we’ve created something that’s so desirable.”


BOARD & YOU

boardandyou.com

@boardandyou

boardandyou@gmail.com