Ashley Brossart : September 6th, 2016

Map by Ashley Brossard

Map by Ashley Brossart

Howdy listeners.

The other day I was thinking about how childhood memories, when looking back in retrospect, can be far more significant and formative than you once thought. For Ashley Brossart, one of those memories could be the mural her mother painted in her childhood home’s basement. It contained popular characters borrowed from television and coloring books—Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers, stuff that made up so many 90’s kid’s lives. The influence of this collage style from her mother’s mural can be seen throughout Ashley’s work.

Louisville Map by Ashley Brossart

Louisville Map by Ashley Brossart

Ashley is my guest today. We chatted a little about her work last week in her studio. She is definitely a very hands on artist, and one that has a grasp on many styles & mediums. Her work is a natural consequence of all her experimentation, creating blended works full of movement. Ashley prefers large scale but she also has ongoing, kind of ‘creative geocaching’ projects, called Art Drops. With the Art Drop series ‘Places & Spaces Tucked Away‘, the found pieces recreate a map of sorts.

Ashley’s work tends to focus on how cities are always changing, and how we interact within them. With many of her pieces, she wants to give you the experience of exploring these urban locations. As an advocate of public art, Ashley is also a professional mural artist.

You can more of her work at

You can listen in to our chat using the player below, or subscribe to Blind Date on iTunes.

Mixdown Monday : October 7th, 2015


Every culture is colored by creative expression. In particular, every part of the world produces its own brand of music. And if you asked, most musicians would agree that music is an universal language that can break down most communication barriers.

This idea is built into the foundation of Mixdown Monday, and its predecessor, the Americana Digital Music Project.

The forces behind both of these projects (and much more) is Jared and SCZ. They, along with musician Christella Philippe, are my guests today. I talk with them about the weekly meetings, music making, Louisville’s refugee community, and their work with FORward Radio. Through their work at Americana, they got to know refugees around the city and the importance of music in their communities. They also saw how it brought a variety of people together, which was the stepping point for Mixdown Monday.

Mixdown Monday is a weekly event that features workshops on making beats, mixing, and producing music. Mixdown is an off shoot of a project that they started at the Americana Community Center.

The focus of these project’s are on young musicians, but all are welcome.

Each Mixdown Monday a meal is provided, and you can expect help with song writing along with homework, life advice, or getting on the radio.

Jared and SCZ say they’re welcome to volunteers— you can share a skill, hold a workshop, etc. Just send them a message via Facebook, so they know how much food to make.

To get involved or just learn a bit more about all the stuff Jared & SCZ are up to, visit the Facebook page or

As always, just use the handy player below to hear our discussion or find Blind Date on iTunes and subscribe.


P.S, here is a short list of links for some of the musicians that frequent Mixdown Monday:

Christella Philippe


Jean Philippe

Joshua Jenkins : July 1st, 2015


A Portrait of Five” by Joshua Jenkins. Just to give you an idea of scale, the dimensions are 64x59in.

Looking at Joshua’s work, his influences seem to span many styles, places, and periods—a love of Picasso, bits of the Harlem Renaissance, and street art. He also acknowledges what the classic painters have passed down to us, though he’s far from a traditionalist.

Greetings listeners.

Today, I’m talking about Joshua Jenkins. Joshua is a freelance artist and the coordinator for the LVA‘s Artebella program. His work tends to be large scale, mixed media abstracts that range from portraits to scenes of daily life. Joshua’s interest in art grew when he discovered Picasso’s prolific body of work. For him, this was a realization of what art could be was much more than the classic Renaissance painters.

Joshua uses a very layered technique blending text, color fields, and abstract figures, all with a very bold and expressive brushstroke.


‘Portrait of a King 2’ by Joshua Jenkins.

You can get a better understanding of his work at or

Listen to our chat using the player below.


Jesi Evans : June 3rd, 2015

At First There Is Movement by Jesi Evans. Photo credit to Sarah Davis.

At First There Is Movement by Jesi Evans. Photo credit to Sarah Davis.

How are you, listeners?

Despite certain difficulties, I am here with another discussion as promised. If I sound exasperated in the interview, it’s because my computer froze during the first take…

Today’s guest is an old friend of mine, Jesi Evans. Our friendship is very much seeped in art—we met in High School art class, have shared interests regarding art & music, and have gone on to collaborate through our fledgling collective Hot Garbage.

Jesi is a Berea college grad that works primarily in fibers, with a special emphasis on embroidery. Jesi uses this rather ‘familiar’ medium to redefines craft for herself, as well as the viewer. The medium is familiar and welcoming to her due to a childhood full of projects with her mother & grandmother.

Her latest series of work delves into personal environmental concerns and the emotional response tied to them. The project is right now a work in progress, but you can get a peek at You can check out her past projects at her Cargo Collective site.

Sooner Or Later You'll Have To Go To Sleep by Jesi Evans. Photo credit Sarah Davis

Sooner Or Later You’ll Have To Go To Sleep by Jesi Evans. Photo credit Sarah Davis

For a more in-depth introduction, check out her websites and our chat using the player below.

Remember, you can always subscribe to the podcast via iTunes and keep up to date when new episodes are posted.

Till next time.



Shands Collection : April 1st, 2015

Petah Coyne's Untitled (Al's Garden). Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis

Petah Coyne’s Untitled (Al’s Garden). Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis

Hello listeners.

As you know, earlier in the year I talked about the importance of art collecting on the art community with Larry Shapin & Ladonna Nicolas. And thanks to that interview I was invited to the estate of Al and Mary Shands, Great Meadows. The Shands’ home is nestled in a more woodsy area of Crestwood, in the midst of quiet expansive fields. To say the least, it is an amazing spot for a home built specifically for living with, and reflecting on, a large art collection.

Another shot by Sarah Katherine Davis. In the foreground is an Anish Kapoor piece.

Another shot by Sarah Katherine Davis. In the foreground is Anish Kapoor’s Untitled (Yellow Wall Disk).

Great Meadows is home to hundreds of pieces of art, much of which are large scale sculptures. The house was designed to accommodate such pieces, while also being a home and social gathering place. As an Episcopal preacher, Al Shands is very into the idea of bringing people together, whether it’s socializing or quiet reflection. Shands is someone who delights in exchanging ideas, so with all this in mind, his home is no surprise.

Sol LeWitt's Untitled drawing on the wall of the Shands' living room. Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis.

Sol LeWitt’s Untitled Wall Drawing in the Shands’ living room. Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis.

I spoke with Al Shands and Julien Robson about the collection and the estate. Al Shands will leave the entire collection to The Speed Art Museum upon his passing. Al and Julien worked together within The Speed, and have come together again to produce the book Great Meadows: The Making Of Here, to give people a feel of the home as it is now. Al hopes to help grow The Speed with his gift, and to inspire others to collect with his story.

The beautiful book chronicling the progress of Great Meadows is available here.

Below you can listen to our chat (I apologize for the ‘levels’).



DH McNabb : March 11th, 2015

Photo provided by artist

Photo provided by artist


Think about your day.

How many times did you encounter glass, be it window, mirror, or screen?  I’m sure it’s more times than you can count; glass is everywhere, it surrounds us. And I think this has most of us take it for granted. If you stop to think about it, glass can be quite ‘magical’ visually. It serves many purposes. And it can be many things; transparent or reflective, fragile or protective.

DH McNabb has spent much time pondering this medium, unlike most.

DH came to Kentucky in 99, starting undergrad at Centre college with ideas of becoming a Vet or Naturalist. He soon shifted his interest to glass blowing as he realized that it could provide him with what he was looking for in these vocations—travel. Glass is ubiquitous, and glass blowing almost as much. As someone with a taste for exploration and beliefs in the community of art, DH fit in perfectly with glass making.

DH creates glass works that range from the functional to the conceptual; much of it is an overlapping of the two extremes. And for him it’s the same, because the creative, intellectual moment happened. Conceptually, DH is interested in the ephemeral nature of things, the loss of a ‘moment’. He explores such concepts with his project Poof! and further for his exhibition Monuments: Moments. As he mentions, monuments were these things, these ideas, that were meant to last but are just as temporal as the moment of passing from one room to the next.

DH is currently working at the Flame Run glass studio and gallery.

You can see his work at

Click the player below to hear our discussion.

Till next time.

December 4th, 2013


Hey there listeners!

This week I showcase Mark Kramer in the spotlight. Mark is probably best known for his music project Tender Mercy. I feel like what sets Tender Mercy apart is the starkness and ambience of its sound. Mark creates a solid mood of solitude and reflection with his minimal approach; classic guitar, some effects, and a handful of words.

You can form your own opinion (or blog worthy description) based on what you find at the Tender Mercy Facebook page. Or cut out a bit of the ‘middle man’ and try the Tender Mercy Bandcamp. You can also catch some of Mark’s stylings on two compilation albums he took part in. He also is anticipating the release of his newest EP, As Someone Else You Embrace The Moment In Us.

Find out more by using the links below! Enjoy!

November 6th, 2013

It’s the middle of the week once again listeners. The weekend is almost here. It definitely should be a pretty interesting one in Louisville, due to the Open Studio Weekend hosted by LVAA. To learn more about this first time event, visit Speaking of first time events, only a few more days till Glances: an evening of short films and performances. If you haven’t heard yet, click here for more info.

Without further delay, today’s episode. Today’s post is a discussion I had with the gallery director of Open, Mark James. Open is a relatively new space to the Louisville Metro. Besides housing four resident artists, the gallery also offers weekly events, workshops, and open mic nights. Mark and I discuss the beginnings of the gallery, his views on art and artists, and how creative expression is impacted by society & vice versa.

Learn more at, or on their Facebook page.

Only a week away…

Oh, hi November. The holidays are around the corner, as is Blind Date’s first hosted event Glances: An evening of short films and performances. For only five dollars, you get to see work from creative people of Louisville, its sister cities, and beyond. This will be an evening of short films, music videos, and visual/auditory performances showcased at the Clifton Center’s Eifler Theatre. Doors at 7, show should start around 7:15 (so please don’t be late). You can find out more information on the Blind Date Facebook page, in the events section. Learn more about the Clifton Center at their site,,

Also, be sure to take some time to listen to this week’s episode (posted on Wednesday as always), featuring a hearty discussion with Mark James. Mark is the gallery director of Open. Open provides a forum for artists of all mediums including visual, audio, and performance art, helping them to develop their vision and then provide them a venue to present their work. It is a contemporary art gallery that houses four resident artists, with five studio spaces.

Find out more by listening in.

Till then.

Sept 25th, 2013

From the series 'Devalued by Gold. Devalued Michael Jordan Card No. 1

From the series ‘Devalued by Gold’. Devalued Michael Jordan Card No. 1

It’s Wednesday again, listeners. For you today, I have Benjamin Cook. Ben is an U of L graduate whose focus was originally painting, but set out to broadens his ideas of art. Themes Ben explores are current events, technology, nostalgia, and the way artwork is consumed. Much of his work is a direct respond to the constantly changing times we live in, where input is coming at you from all sides, all the time.

You can learn more about Benjamin at Of course, you can also listen to the interview either through the player below or by subscribing to the podcast.

Thanks, and enjoy!