KMAC Couture. When Art Walks the Runway

 

With a dedication to exploring the meaning of art through fashion, the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft will present the fifth annual KMAC Couture: Art Walks the Runway show on April 15, 2017.

Since its inception in 2013, KMAC Couture is a fashion presentation dedicated to showcasing handcrafted, wearable art from emerging and established regional artists that include costumers, milliners and designers. Every year, there is a unique theme for the event. This year, KMAC artists will explore the idea of color and how it has been utilized to connect people throughout history.

According to the KMAC website, “Color theory connects us to centuries of creative expression seen by artists using vivid colors as texture and narrative, like Sam Gilliam, Helen Frankenthaler and Dan Flavin, or artists who use lack of color as texture, like Eva Hesse or designer Alexander Wang. Color can be a symbol of beauty and power, as well as a political tool used to divide and isolate. This year, KMAC Couture artists will challenge the vast spectrum of color as a subject matter by adding layers of creative interpretation that evoke emotion.”

Through the creation of handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces that are composed of unconventional materials, local artists like Gunnar Deathrage (former contestant on Project Runway) will explore the distinctive relationship between art and fashion for KMAC Couture. The unconventional materials that are used range from human hair to candle wax, and even match sticks.

The event will take place under a tent outside of KMAC Museum. Proceeds from the show support educational and exhibition programming for the museum throughout the year. To find out more and purchase tickets, click here.

Ph: The Chic Street

Eats. A Local Lunchtime Favorite

 

north end cafe

I have to be honest, the first time I tried quinoa I was completely clueless as to what it was, or even how to pronounce it (I still don’t even know if I’ve mastered the latter). However, one thing I did know was that the grain was being heralded in as the next big thing in the vegetarian world, and not being much of a carnivore myself, I had to see what all the buzz was about.

Fast-forward to now, and I not only seriously enjoy this edible seed, but I actually actively seek it out on menus. One such menu that is included in this search is the one at North End Cafe in Louisville. This restaurant boasts a variety of options for those seeking vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free plates, and my favorite menu item is the chickpea and quinoa cake.

The cake is a baked combination of chickpeas and quinoa seeds that is topped with grilled vegetables that are locally-grown, crumbled goat cheese, red pepper coulis, and a balsamic reduction that is lightly drizzled on top. The vegetables are grilled perfectly to a crisp in order to balance out the softer consistency of the cake, and the goat cheese tangos beautifully with the balsamic reduction. These elements, combined with that coveted feeling of being satisfied and not stuffed after eating, are what make this one of my favorite lunch dishes in the city.

To learn more about North End Cafe and to see there menu, click here.

Lou Love. Revelations Fall Fashion Experience

Ph: Ann DeEvelyn

In partnership with Center Stage at the Jewish Community Center, Ann DeEvelyn Clothing Co. presents “Revelations: A Fall Fashion Experience” on October 15, 2016. Hosted by Angie Fenton of Great Day Live and Extol Magazine.

Expect a night of luxury, fun, and fashion as we celebrate the Louisville arts community. This year’s runway show will feature original pieces from Louisville designers as well as graduates of the Ann DeEvelyn Clothing Co. summer internship program.

Louisville is filled with amazing artists and this year the fashion will be sharing the runway with original works of poetry, film, music, and live musicians. The arts community is a valuable force in Louisville, and we are doing our part to keep the community growing by donating part of the proceeds to Center Stage’s Acting Out, a program that brings live theater to schools and community centers for kids that may not have the opportunity otherwise. By attending this event, not only are you supporting professional local artists, but local artists in the making.

For more information, click here.

Mahonia Studios. Where All Your Succulent Dreams Come True

 

mahonia studios louisville

With its modern, yet simple approach to home decor, plants and floral arrangements, Mahonia is a store that inspires its patrons from the moment they walk through the door. Mahogany-stained bookshelves double as plant, pot and vase holders, and living plants hang on almost every white wall in the space, instead of wallpaper.

The store’s owner and creative director, Bridget Davis, spent most of her life working with plants as a floral designer and merchandiser, and this is represented well by Mahonia’s subtle, yet impactful presentation of home and floral goods. It’s Davis’ desire to bring joy to others by creating beautiful spaces that makes Mahonia’s studio off Market Street in Louisville so welcoming.

Named after a yellow flowering shrub native to western, North America, Mahonia has found its niche locally by offering a truly unique mix of plants and flowers, and a vast selection of carefully-curated pots, containers and vases for you to place them in. However, the assortment of Tillandsia – also known as air plants- and the custom terrariums that hang throughout the store (my favorite designs are are being held in the air by gold chains) are what truly sets Mahonia apart from other shops in the area.

The store also offers custom, floral designs for any occasion, and workshops on how to create your own floral arrangements, wreaths and terrariums. To find out more about this local gem, click here.

Eats. The Best Coffee Companion in Louisville

 

please and thank you yogurt parfait

If you live in Louisville, or have perused any food-related magazines lately, you probably know that the local culinary scene has become a true tour de force. Every week, a new restaurant opens up, and food bloggers are often liken to local celebrities because of all the mouth-watering chatter that circulates over the next big thing to come out of the city’s restaurant scene.

Besides the fact I am a self-proclaimed “foodie” (whatever that really means), this extreme local emphasis on food is why I started this Friday addition to The Chic Street. However, instead of only writing about a restaurant as a whole, I have decided to up the ante, get more specific and start a discussion on some of my favorite local dishes as well.

This edition of Foodie Friday is focused on a classic that I indulge in almost weekly when patronizing Please and Thank You: a local coffee joint that is an absolute favorite of mine. Though minimal in its ingredients, the Granola Parfait is a constant companion to the frequent coffee and work days that are spent at this Louisville establishment. The granola is made in-house, and baked with cinnamon for a nice, crispy texture that pairs perfectly with the vanilla yogurt and layers of fresh fruit that consist of strawberries and blueberries. Fresh mint then tops off this dish, which is truly as simple as it is truly delightful.