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A LEGACY ON CANVAS: MARY LOUISE SCHRODT’S PAINTINGS CAPTURE THE ESSENCE OF ST. MATTHEWS IN THE 1980S

Mary Louise Schrodt was walking to her St. Matthews art studio one rainy morning in the early 1980s when she was struck by the reflections of the storefronts in puddles on the pavement. The city had become her home, and she was inspired to create a series of 32 oil paintings featuring its various storefronts.

6  A Message From Mayor Tonini 10 Take Me Out To The Ballgame:

New $3M Voll Field Opens in St. Matthews

14 Business Spotlight:

Tim Holland, RE/MAX

16 A Mindful Minute: With Dr. Dave Schroerlucke

18 Sharp Shooter: JPD Officer Sarah King Talks About Being the Only Female Sniper in Kentucky

22 The Road to Success: Meineke

of Louisville Owner Bryan Brown Talks Family & Passion For the Automotive Industry

30 Business Spotlight: Tru Fit Windows

33 May Crossword Puzzle 34 Arts on the Green Festival

Celebrates 20th Anniversary

41 A Legacy On Canvas: Mary Louise Schrodt’s Paintings Capture the Essence of St. Matthews in the 1980s

46 Year After Year, Perennials Keep

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A MESSAGE FROM MAYOR TONINI: elcome to the inaugural edition of the New St. Matthews Magazine. The city council members and I constantly look for ways to communicate with our residents to be a transparent government. Even as we continue the quarterly publication of our city newsletter, I trust that our participation in this New St. Matthews Magazine will also be a valuable resource for you. This is an exciting time in our city for many reasons. The expansion and renovation to the St. Matthews Sydney Eline Library is complete and will be open to the public at a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 9th at 10:00 a.m. I invite you to visit and see what a wonderful and welcoming facility has been created for everyone to enjoy. An extensive project is nearing completion in our award-winning Brown Park. A new public restroom is being constructed along with a new children’s play area, while included in this project are improvements to our highly used park pavilion. The new state of the art baseball stadium at our Community Park has just recently opened for games. A partnership project between the City of St. Matthews and Trinity High School, this major league facility will be used by St. Matthews Baseball and Softball organization players and Trinity High School students. Many future project and improvement to areas around the city are now being studied for the benefit of our residents, as well as visitors. Please know that your City of St. Matthews elected officials continually strive to provide the highest quality of service to you, and to keep our city the best place to live, work, and play. 6 / ST. MATTHEWS MAGAZINE / MAY 2019 / StMatthewsMag.com


EVENT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

YOUR COUNCIL MEMBERS:

RIBBON CUTTING

Thursday, May 9 St. Matthews Eline Library - 3940 Grandview Ave 10 a.m.

There will be tours of the library, refreshments, and activities for the whole family. NOTE: This is a completion of an extensive 9 month expansion and renovation, making this the fourth largest branch in the Louisville Library system. This location is continually the busiest of all of the library branches.

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Bernie Bowling

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• City Council Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

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• Sign Up for Reach Alert Messaging at Reachalert.com (Network Name: St. Matthews –city) or call 877-3079313. Be informed about city emergencies and notices. Telephone, email, and/or text messages.

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• St. Matthews Police Department offers Free House Watches for St. Matthews residents, available for vacation, hospital stays, or other times when residents are temporarily away from home. Call 8939000 or fill out the online form on the city website at stmatthewsky.gov.

Congratulations to the Trinity Basketball team and head coach Mike Szabo for winning the 2019 State Basketball Championship. Way to make St. Matthews proud!

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS TOUR

May 11 St. Matthews City Hall - East Parking Lot 6:30 p.m.

The City of St. Matthews is proud to sponsor the Kentucky Shakespeare in the Parks Tour, who will bring their 6 actor, 90-minute production of Macbeth to St. Matthews City Hall, 3940 Grandview Ave, on Saturday, May 11, 6:30 p.m. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Parking available in the rear Library lot, while the performance will be given in the east side parking area. In the occurrence of inclement weather, the performance will be held inside the St. Matthews Community Center, 310 Ten Pin Lane.

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MAGAZINE Welcome to the inaugural issue of the St. Matthews Magazine. Over 17,000 copies of this magazine will be distributed each and every month. The mission for this magazine is to inform, entertain, educate and inspire those who live and around St. Matthews. There is a plethora of history and interesting stories that derive from the area and we hope to shed light on them on them over the coming years. Also, we plan on being a dependable resource for St. Matthews news, local

happenings and special events. Each month, you’ll receive our full-color magazine in your mailbox. We will also have copies available at area Krogers, Whole Foods CVS’s and other locations. If you know of something St. Matthews related that may make for a good story, send your idea to Corey@townepost.com. We look forward to showcasing St. Matthews and invite you to be part of the journey.

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame NEW $3M VOLL FIELD OPENS IN ST. MATTHEWS Writer / Shannon Siders Photography Provided

Kenan Stratman, Director of Public Works backs. There is also a standing room only mezzanine area, as well as a berm area for and Assistant City Engineer for the City lawn chairs along the third base line. of St. Matthews.

Voll Field at Trinity Stadium opened with a bang on March 25 as the Trinity Shamrocks baseball team cruised to an 8-0 victory over Canal Winchester (Ohio) to christen their new home. The stadium came about after years of discussions between the City of St. Matthews, St. Matthews Little League and Trinity High School.

The $3M project required cooperation between the three entities and included demolition of the former field area. Voll Field at Trinity Stadium features an artificial surface specifically designed for baseball play and a warning track in-fill made of crushed walnut shells.

“This field will not only benefit Trinity but is a major addition to the St. Matthews Little League, who will be using the facility more than half of the time,� says

The handicap accessible stadium, which was named after longtime St. Matthews Little League leader Ray Voll, can accommodate up to 500 fans in bleacher seats with

In addition to state-of-the-art LED field lighting, the stadium has an LED scoreboard that will eventually include a video monitor. Baseball players will enjoy professionalsized dugouts with custom-made bat and helmet storage. Off-field bullpens are connected to each dugout, and batters can take practice swings in the double batting cages, equipped with an artificial surface for increased safety.

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It s a real dream come true for all of our kids.

Voll Field was designed to reduce flooding and eliminate the need for lots of rainouts, something that has plagued Trinity over the last few seasons at Thurman-Hutchins Field on River Road. The stadium has a left field line the same length as Louisville Slugger Field, home to Louisville’s minor league baseball team, and is so spacious that three Wee Ball games can take place on the field at once. Trinity plays their last regular season home game on May 21, so their season has very little overlap with the St. Matthews Little

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League season. Both organizations will be able to utilize the field to the best of their abilities, and the city plans to host community events at the stadium throughout the year as well. “The league will now be able to host larger tournaments to not only generate revenue but provide a location for local teams to compete,� Stratman says. The league will now be able to host larger tournaments to not only generate revenue but provide a location for local teams to compete.

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Located in Community Park off of Ten Pin Lane, the stadium is near great restaurants, shopping, hotel and other family-friendly entertainment options. The beautiful park setting offers ample parking, restrooms and concession facilities. Rick Arnold, a 1986 Trinity grad in his fifth season as head coach for the Shamrocks, is thrilled about what the stadium means for his team moving forward.


“It’s the best feeling ever,” Arnold says. “In terms of an accomplishment from a facilities standpoint, this is a field of dreams, and it’s a true testament to all of our past players, all of our current players, and it will help us in the future. It’s a real dream come true for all of our kids.” Trinity President Dr. Robert Mullen expressed the same sentiment. “Trinity is very pleased to have been asked by the St. Matthews Little League to participate, and then to partner, with the City of St. Matthews to build the stadium,” he says. “The new stadium will serve children and youth from the smallest T-ball player to the senior in high school, for decades to come. I have seen the looks on the faces of these players, ages 5-18, when they first enter the stadium. It is one of wonder, excitement and joy. It makes all the effort more than worth it.”

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Chances are you’ve crossed paths with Tim Holland. The father of four has spent a decade coaching for St. Matthews Little League, serves as assistant athletic director at Our Lady of Lourdes, is in his third term as a St. Matthews city councilman and can often be found running around town preparing for marathons. If that’s not enough, Holland is also a realtor with more than 15 years of experience.

“I like being involved and serving as a leader,” Holland says. “I have a passion for the community and want to give back and have a say in the place where I live.”

With children ranging in age from six to 14, the Hollands have their hands full, and Tim strives to provide a positive example for his kids. That commitment to hard work encouraged him to run for Holland grew up in the south end of the St. Matthews City Council a third Louisville before attending the University of time after losing his previous two races. Kentucky. He and his wife Lori moved to St. His dedication led to a win in his third Matthews shortly after they married in 2003 campaign, and he received the most votes and have been here ever since. in his next race two years later.

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When he’s not juggling his community involvement roles, Holland trains to run marathons with his 72-year-old father. Holland first ran in the Kentucky Derby Festival Mini Marathon when he was just 13 and hasn’t looked back since. “That race has always been a big part of my family,” Holland says. “My dad and his three brothers ran most of them, and my Uncle John is one of very few people who has run in them all since the race started in 1974.” Holland and his dad have already run three major marathons together, starting with Boston in 2015. They have also completed the New York and Berlin marathons and will knock Chicago off their list together this fall. From there, they have their sights set on Tokyo and London. “I’m not a fantastic runner, it’s just something I enjoy doing,” he says. “It has given me focus, keeps me goaloriented and has taught me commitment, dedication, hard work and how to fight through adversity.”

In fact, Holland credits his passion for running as one of the reasons why he has earned a spot in the RE/MAX Hall of Fame since joining the company in 2006. He has helped more than 300 families find the homes of their dreams and has sold more than $100M in real estate throughout his career. Holland channels the same grit that helps him push through the final miles of a marathon as he helps clients in the final stages of their home buying process. He goes the extra mile for his clients and truly enjoys the relationships he forms because of his work. “My daughter asks me all the time what I like about my job, and it’s really about the people,” Holland says. “I love helping my clients and the relationships I build along the way. Many of my clients are repeat clients, and I’ve been there for them and their families.”

importance of clients taking their time to find their perfect fit. He works with clients to establish their goals, ensuring they are completely satisfied.

While some realtors grow frustrated when a client has yet to choose a home to buy after several showings, Holland understands the

“I’m not trying to help my clients find a house, I’m trying to help them find a home,” he says. Aside from helping with the actual real estate transactions, Holland connects his clients with excellent recommendations for HVAC, plumbing and other services crucial to a seamless home buying process. “Once I’m working with someone, I don’t look at it as a one-time transaction,” he says. “I’m still in contact with the very first person I sold a house to.” And most of the homes Holland has sold have been in the St. Matthews area. “As many great houses that I’ve shown and sold over the years, I feel like there’s no place I’d rather live than St. Matthews,” he says. “This is such a great community, with an awesome location and great parks.” If you’re interested in buying or selling your home call Tim Holland at 502-387-2780.

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W I T H D R . D AV E S C H R O E R L U C K E

Hey! Snap out of it. Are you paying attention or are you mindlessly skimming this magazine while your mind is really elsewhere? Can you bring your full attention to these printed words? Chances are, you can’t. This is less a comment about you than an observation of the fact that we live in a culture that tends to neglect the present moment. Most of us are so accustomed to racing through our lives on autopilot that we are rarely able to attend to what is actually happening in the here and now.

practice, we nevertheless struggle to pry ourselves away from our incessant internal monologue and take time to smell the proverbial roses. The need to constantly remind ourselves to be present is baked into the meaning of the word mindfulness, an approximate translation of the Pali word sati, which carries a connotation of “recollection” – not in the sense of recalling past events, but in the sense of remembering to pay attention to one’s immediate experience as opposed to being lost in thought.

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JPD OFFICER SARAH KING TALKS ABOUT BEING THE ONLY FEMALE SNIPER IN KENTUCKY

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Looking at Sarah King’s life on paper makes her seem as normal as any member of the general population. She’s a police officer who was born and raised in Louisville, attended NKU on a softball scholarship and graduated 2004 with a degree in criminal psychology. King has a wife, Brittany, an attorney for the court of appeals, and a two-year-old son named Asher. She’s also an officer and sniper for the Jeffersontown Police Department’s Special Operations Group (SPO, commonly referred to as SWAT) and the only female sniper in the state of Kentucky.

“As of right now, there’s only a certain amount of schools here in Kentucky that host basic sniper courses and talking to them and people in the NTOA (National Tactical Officer Association) and KTOA (Kentucky Tactical Officers Association), I am the only one,” King says.

“I always thought this field is really interesting,” she says. “In college, with my criminal justice classes, I did some ride alongs with the police that I thought this was a career path that I wanted to go in. The reason I went into this kind of work is because I’ve always really enjoyed helping people.”

When talking to King it seems as if course of her life — from her time as a softball player to her decision to pursue law enforcement to her role on SWAT — has been fulfilled quite organically — as if everything that has happened to her was something she planned.

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“I look forward to doing investigations I am given,” she says. “I enjoy working the puzzles and putting the pieces back together and finding that missing piece.”


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After practicing shooting with a recently retired officer, King was told she “definitely” had the capabilities, the “drive and skill and the attitude and demeanor” to become a sniper for the JPD. After conferring with other officers she knew, King decided she would look into taking the plunge into becoming an SPO officer. From there, after a place opened up, King found herself a member of the SPO as of October 2018. “I had to go through the basic sniper course through the Louisville Metro Police Department,” she says. “I really enjoyed that. It starts you out at the very basic, you learn about your rifle, learn how it works.”

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And if you’ve ever seen Hollywood portrayals of snipers, such as Mark Wahlberg’s in “Shooter”, King admits that some parts of it aren’t all that different in real life. “We also learn different math formulas to help for windage and elevation,” she says. “At different distances you’re going to have to make adjustments in order to be on the target.” More than simply a sniper, King has also learned many other elements of what it takes to be a good SWAT team member. She prides herself on being able to carry out any duties she might be called upon to perform. “I’m still new,” she says. “But we have training once a month. A full day. It varies each time what we do, what task. I still work on entry stuff. I’m also an entry guy. We’re not always going to be able to deploy snipers so with that I still have to keep my skills honed when it comes to entry.”

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This desire for King to understand every aspect of her job, to be a successful leader, she says, comes from an unlikely source: softball. “From back in my days of being a catcher in college when I was playing softball, I liked to be a team leader, I like to lead the field,” she says. “As a catcher, you’re running the field. You’re making sure everyone’s good, the team knows what’s going on and has control of the situation. When it comes to snipers, it’s kind of the same thing. You are the overwatch. So when they’re making entrance into a house you always have eyes on the house to make sure they’re going in safe. I think of it like a manager. You want to know how to do everyone’s job. I really like that aspect.” A great feature of being on SWAT is that King gets to put her SWAT-learned tactics and knowledge to use on the beat in Jeffersontown. Another good thing is, we can expect police officers like King, ones who hold the responsibility of their job in serious regard and labor to be the best they can be both for themselves and the people they protect, to be on the streets protecting us for quite some time. “I don’t like sitting behind a desk,” she says. ‘I like being out here doing things.” MAY 2019


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THE ROAD TO SUCCESS Meineke of Louisville Owner Bryan Brown Talks Family & Passion For the Automotive Industry Writer / Shannon Siders . Photography by Patricia Longmire Photography

If you had told Bryan Brown when he graduated from high school a little over 30 years ago that by 2019 he would own and operate one of the most successful chains of Meineke stores in the entire country, he would not have believed you. Brown always had the energy and enthusiasm necessary for an entrepreneurial lifestyle but did not take a particular interest in school. Growing up in Indianapolis, Brown always had a passion for working on things and was often found tinkering with bicycles and go-karts. By his teenage years, that interest migrated over to cars, and Brown decided to forego college and enter the workforce. By 1994, he had landed a role in Meineke’s corporate office, helping franchisees launch stores around the region. Brown’s client load had increased to 38 stores across three states when opportunity struck.


“I saw how I was helping other franchisees make money, and I thought why don’t I do it myself,” he says. Brown found the perfect opportunity to go into business for himself in Louisville, which at the time was a wideopen market. He and his wife Carla moved to Middletown in 1997 and have called the area home ever since. Their success and growth in the Louisville market can be described as nothing less than explosive. The Browns now own and operate 14 stores in the Greater Louisville area, including locations in Elizabethtown, Radcliff, New Albany and Charlestown. They have opened two new stores in the last calendar year alone, with another opening this spring.

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“I’m always looking for good opportunities for growth,” Brown says. “If we find good locations, we’re going to jump in there and open stores.” The Browns chain of stores generate the second-most revenue out of more than 900 Meineke locations across the United States. They trail only slightly behind one other organization under the Meineke umbrella, an operation with 25 stores. Along with the 14 Meineke locations, the Browns also own Mighty Auto Parts (located at 4172 Bardstown Road in Buechel), a wholesale company that provides many of his franchises with parts and supplies. An employee who has been with Brown for sixteen years runs Mighty Auto Parts, and the Browns have been lucky to experience excellent staff retention rates across all areas of their business over the years. One of their technicians, Mike, started with the Browns when he was 23 years old and is celebrating his 22nd year with the company.

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“Our staff means the world to us,” says Brown, noting that his locations employ around 75 people. “We are the biggest family-owned multi-unit automotive group in the city, and we look at our staff as family. We do whatever we can for them.” The Browns make it a point to get to know every employee in the company, and birthdays are celebrated with homemade treats from Carla. The pair hosts regular company outings and celebrations that include their staff ’s family members, fostering a sense of family across their large network of stores. One of the Brown’s three children is even involved in the operations and serves as the store manager for their new location in La Grange. While Brown was happy that Stephan, his son, wanted to join the family business after college, the role was not simply handed to him. “I told him to go out and get a job in this business, get some experience and then I

would interview him and see what happens,” ensure all staff — from technicians to sales — are armed with the training and tools Brown says. necessary to excel in their jobs and provide the best overall experience for customers. His other employees were shocked, but he said, “I respect them too much to bring in someone just because of their last name.” “Anytime we have a new initiative, we look at it through the customer’s eyes first,” Brown Stephan gained experience with a says. “Everything has to be about the customer competitor before he earned a spot in one of — customer first, company second.” Brown’s Meineke stores. He has followed in his father’s successful footsteps ever since. The Brown’s approach has garnered recognition at the national level. In 2016, “I’m really looking forward to seeing how he he and Carla became the only three-time progresses in the business,” Brown says. winner of the Meineke Franchisee of the Year award (also taking home the honor in Holding employees to a high standard 2008 and 2012), and their individual stores across the board is a must for Brown and are often recognized as top performing another reason why he believes he has been centers. The Franchisee of the Year is so successful. chosen based on sales numbers, customer satisfaction and time spent helping other “We really expect a lot out of our people, and franchisees successfully grow their own we compensate them accordingly,” Brown chain of stores. says. “We set our expectations high and don’t accept mediocrity or complacency.” “It feels awesome and it’s great recognition for our efforts over the years to receive An in-house training coordinator helps these awards,” Brown says. “Meineke as a

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organization that helps the local homeless population, and volunteer at Wayside Christian Mission.

Their organization is also making an impact outside of their stores. The Browns were just awarded the Meineke Philanthropy Award for the second year in a row and makes giving back a priority.

“We go down to Wayside every other month to contribute toiletries and clothes or to grill dinner for them,” Brown says. “We are getting something similar started in Shelby County now that we have a new store there.”

“The community supports us in such a big way, it feels good to give back,” he says. The Browns and their staff support a number of local charities and organizations, as well as Operation Homefront on a national level. Meineke places a big emphasis on supporting veterans, and Brown’s stores offer free oil changes to veterans on Veterans Day. “We run hundreds of cars through our stores on Veterans Day to make sure all of our veterans are taken care of,” he says. They also contribute to Fleur’s Dream, an

While he wishes he could spend more time in his stores, most of Brown’s time is spent in the office working on the overall management of his franchises and looking into opportunities for new development. In the shop working on cars, Brown has found a new way to keep his passion alive. Within the last few years, the car enthusiast began to collect muscle cars from the late 1960s to early 1970s and has already grown his collection to 10. “I love going to car shows and chatting with people who have the same interests,” he says.

And yes, he does have a life outside of the automotive industry. The Browns love spending time with their four grandkids, who, at ages four and under, keep their hands full. As for the future? “This is my 25th year with Meineke, and I still look forward to getting up and going to work every day,” Brown says. “I love it, and there’s a lot left in me.”

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The best gifts for new moms are things that save time and small comforts for sleepdeprived parents like super-soft mix and match pajamas you can find at Soma or a subscription to Shipt or Instacart!  They’ll 100 percent appreciate the thoughtfulness of not having to run to the grocery store when they need things for dinner, but the baby is napping.   For the Mom Who Needs Quiet The one thing moms can never get enough Does your momma like flowers? Most do, of is alone time, and there are many ways but there are a couple of different options here. For those who like to get their hands to give her that. She might have a preferred massage location or yoga spot that you can dirty in the garden, pop over to your local nursery or gardening and landscaping store grab her a gift card at. Or even better, book and grab a few of their favorite florals. You her an appointment and prepay! She’s sure to love this alone time especially when can purchase pre-potted arrangements or everything is taken care of. pick out a few flats for your mom to make their own combination. There are also For the Active Mom options for those who are less inclined to The best gifts for active mom are obviously garden but prefer fresh cut. If that’s the activities! If your mom is a gal who likes to case, check out thebouqs.com who offers really unique florals that she’s sure to want work out, then maybe buy her a few sessions to try out a new studio in your area. If they to show off.

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If your mom is one who loves to get crafty and make things, why not sign her up for a local workshop? Find one for decorating florals, creating candles, or hand lettering. Pouring candles is also very fun and maybe more her style. If so, sign her up for a candle pouring workshop in your area.

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Maybe she wears jewelry but likes finer pieces. If that’s your mom, find a local jewelry craft store where the ladies there will be able to create something custom or help find you something perfect that’s readily available from their beautiful collection. If you think something a little simpler might work, pick up a monogram necklace. There’s also amazing silhouette necklaces on Etsy if you have time to order. Check out LEILAjewelryshop or GracefullyMadeStudio for unique and heartfelt necklaces.   And if you aren’t able to figure anything out and all else fails, chocolate. Chocolates are quick and much loved. Pick out her favorites. Truffles, along with a handwritten card, and love are sure to please. As long as you make sure you give mom a day to relax and let her know how much you appreciate her and love her, you will win her heart over. Moms don’t hear these affirmations often enough, and usually, they are the icing on the cake to make for a perfect Mother’s Day — along with chocolate.

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This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Annual Arts on the Green, a Fine Arts and Crafts Show hosted by the Arts Association of Oldham County (AAOC). What started as a small outdoor art show with 15 artist’s booths back in 1999, has grown into an award-winning two-day Festival that includes more than 125 artist’s booths, live music, food, Wine & Beer vendors and children’s activities. It is estimated to bring more than 10,000 visitors to downtown LaGrange, Kentucky on a beautiful, picturesque weekend in early June.

talented artists and had experience planning and executing an outdoor art show. Held on the Oldham County Historical Center grounds, a total of 15 artists set up booths on a cold, rainy day in April. Eventually moved to the first weekend in June, the Arts on the Green show was also moved to its current location at the Oldham Courthouse Lawn. Surrounded by large, old trees, luscious thick grass and that beautiful stately-looking brick building, the existing sidewalks seemed to be a perfect fit for the walkways leading visitors past amazingly talented artists and craftspeople showcasing their work.

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or heart of Arts on the Green. Artist Judy Weganest directed the show for a number of years, followed by Marion Gibson as Director. Gibson ambitiously brought on food vendors and onsite sponsors were added to 2nd Street. Arts on the Green has always been a fine arts juried show with AAOC Board Vice President Jim Cheski leading the charge to select and coordinate talented and artistic judges each year. “We feel strongly about maintaining the quality of the show and our careful selection of judges makes the caliber of it a valuable asset to the creative community,” Cheski says. The show continued to grow, with artist numbers rising and the front lawn almost at capacity. In 2010, current Director Mary


their works. The public has the difficult task of selecting the top winners. Klausing also approached the Oldham County Historical Center to get more involved with the Festival. Under the direction of Nancy Theiss, the Colonial Trade Faire came into being. The history center grounds became a 1700’s Trade Faire. Vendors dressed in period costumes with trinkets and crafts appropriate for the era, adding yet another interesting and fun element to the festival setting.

Klausing was challenged by the AAOC Board to take the show to the next level as more of a Fine Arts and Crafts Festival. They wanted more community outreach and to Tim Curtis, Oldham County Parks grow their mission of “bringing the arts to and Recreation Director had a music Oldham County.” program called “Woodsongs, Old Time Coffeehouse.” Curtis coordinated musicians Children’s activities have always been to play once a month at the John Black an important component of Arts on the Center, and with a little encouragement Green. From finger painting on poster from Klausing, he and the musicians (that paper attached to large cardboard boxes, donate their time) agreed to play at the and an annual notecard contest, to a Arts on the Green Festival. They play both recycling project (coordinated by Elizabeth Saturday and Sunday each year. Kirkwood) last year encouraging children to “create something that made them feel good The festival grew and grew. With the about themselves, family or community.” addition of more artists, food, beer & wine vendors, and onsite sponsors took over the “We always make the children’s art activities Oldham County parking lot. A rest area and fun and creative,” Klausing says. “It’s dining tent with music were added at the surprising and refreshing how creative their 2nd Street Gazebo. artwork is in such a short amount of time.” “As a 501c3 non-profit, the Arts Association Several years ago, an “Emerging Artist of Oldham County is proud to present booth” was formed, giving Oldham County such a beautiful, solid fine arts festival,” says High School students a way to showcase Board of Directors President and artist Ann their artwork. Alvin MacWilliams, AAOC Stroth. “It’s great for the community and a Board Advisor, works with Art Teachers to wonderful part of our organization’s mission select the students that are chosen to display of ‘Bringing the Arts to Oldham County.’”

That mission also includes a large Fall art show (Oldham Arts on City Place), five competitive art shows annually in Gallery 104 (that is also home to 35 member artists), donation of annual scholarships, a partnership with Oldham County Singers and much more. “We’ve come a long way in 22 years,” Stroth adds. This year, Arts on the Green will host more than 125 artist booths with works in 10 artist mediums from paintings, pottery, jewelry, metal and wood, to consumables, craft art, fiber, photography and sculpture. In addition to corporate and business sponsors, there will be five retail sponsors, 10 food vendors, musicians and children’s activities at the Festival. Klausing credits the hard work of countless volunteers, phenomenal artists that participate year after year, and, of course, the amazing support of the community for the

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Mary Louise Schrodt was walking to her St. Matthews art studio one rainy morning in the early 1980s when she was struck by the reflections of the storefronts in puddles on the pavement. The city had become her home, and she was inspired to create a series of 32 oil paintings featuring its various storefronts. “She really loved St. Matthews, it was near and dear to her heart,” says Judy Warren, the late artist’s daughter. “St. Matthews was mom’s stomping ground, and she very rarely left the area.” Schrodt began the project by photographing dozens of storefronts around St. Matthews, then turning those photos into oil paintings. All of

the photographs were taken in the early 1980s, but some of the paintings were not completed until the mid-1990s. The series is now for sale, and Schrodt’s children are searching for a buyer who is interested in all 32 pieces. “Before my mother died, she said with no uncertainty, ‘Do not split up the series,’” Warren says. “When the paintings are displayed together, people go gaga for them.” For security and protection purposes, the series has been in storage for quite some time. There have been various public showings, including most recently at Actors Theatre in downtown Louisville, but Warren is hopeful the series can find a permanent home to be displayed.

The series features a rare glimpse into the past, serving as a tribute to Schrodt’s beloved St. Matthews. The paintings feature a combination of businesses that are still standing, as well as some that no longer exist. The first painting in the series (Lexington Rd. at Macon, 1981), depicts Top Hat Liquors, the establishment next to the original Schrodt Art Studio. That studio opened in 1975 after Schrodt, who was working as the dean of the arts department at Sacred Heart Academy, married Warren’s stepfather Paul Schrodt. “Paul suggested building an art studio for my mom in the home,” Warren says. “Mom said, ‘If you really want me to paint, you won’t put a studio in my home,’” noting all the distractions of daily life that would get in her way.

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Another painting captures popular watering hole Gerstle’s Bar (Cold Beer: No Coils, 1983) which looks nearly identical decades later. A family friend was unexpectedly captured in the photos Schrodt took of Gerstle’s and can be seen leaving the establishment in the painting. Fast-food joint White Castle is the only building featured in two separate paintings, first on an 18x28 canvas (Night Shift, 1982), and years later in a larger 28x40 painting (Dawn Patrol, 1987). The recently demolished St. Matthews Hardware, which was in business for nearly a century, is the subject of one of the paintings (Hoover Sale, 1983). In a personal touch, Schrodt included the family’s home address from the Norbourne Estates neighborhood on a flier in front of the building advertising a yard sale. “For anyone interested in the history of St. Matthews, the series makes such a strong statement when hung together,” Warren says. “I grew up in St. Matthews, so to me, they become more nostalgic every year.” Schrodt took a special interest in the project because she wanted to preserve the history of the city she loved so much. As retailers began to change and buildings were leveled to make way for new development, she sought to forever capture the essence of St. Matthews in the 1980s.

Schrodt Art Studio is one of the businesses that has experienced a change in scenery. In the first few years, Schrodt offered small classes to make just enough money to cover the studio’s rent each month. By the time of Schrodt’s death in 2001, there was a waiting list of nearly two years for new students to register for classes. Schrodt laid the building blocks for a close-knit community of budding artists in Louisville, which Warren has continued since joining the studio in 1993. “There was no advertising, it was all word of mouth,” Warren says. “People would call up and say they wanted to come paint. Once people got in, they didn’t leave.” The studio moved to a new location off

Dutchmans Lane (in the same building as Village 8 Theatres) in 2005, offering classes Tuesday through Saturday. Warren was at first hesitant to move into the space, but some prodding from Assistant Director Susan Cutchins, who came on board with the studio in 1991, convinced her of a greater vision. The space was on the first floor and offered plenty of parking (two things the original location was missing), and the duo transformed it into the perfect studio. Despite the change in location, the studio still carries on its original mission, established by Schrodt more than 40 years ago: instructing and encouraging fledgling painters at all skill levels. Today’s classes are comprised of students across all levels of ability, with most having little or no painting experience when they start.

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Warren follows her mother’s method of teaching where students base their oil paintings off photographs, just as Schrodt did with the St. Matthews series. “I have a very step-by-step, practical method of teaching, we’re not just throwing people up at the easel,” Warren says. She often sees apprehension from firsttime students, whose artistic ability may have long ago been quashed. Warren helps build up their confidence by walking them through the process, ensuring students can work toward their desired result. A binder full of photos serves as a starting point for students, who first get experience painting simpler pieces like flowers or fruit, to get their feet wet. “My job is to pace them and not let them bite off more than they can chew,” says Warren, noting she does not want students to become frustrated and quit before they ever really give the class a chance. “It’s

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such a joy to watch someone who never thought they could paint make their first canvas and be so excited.” Schrodt Art Studio is known for training students to see color correctly, a skill that is crucial to painting. After learning the basics, students are free to express their creativity however they like. Looking around the studio following a recent Saturday morning class, the works in progress on the easels ranged from beginners crafting their first pears and tulips, to more advanced students who have won awards for their pieces. Schrodt’s legacy lives on in the classes taught by Warren and Cutchins, as well as in her pieces that are displayed throughout the studio. Aside from the St. Matthews series, Schrodt was wellknown for her trompe l’oeil works, which is French for “fool the eye.” The art is designed to mesh so well with their environment, that one does not realize they are paintings. One of the first things a person sees upon entering the studio is a soda vending machine or is it? What appears to be a vending machine is actually a perfectly painted replication, down to the money slot. Just as with her St. Matthews series, Schrodt included some personal touches in these works as well. The Diet Coke vending machine has a reflection of Schrodt taking the photograph painted on and includes her name on one of the button options. Schrodt’s humor also comes through, as step 3 on the directions for how to operate the machine reads, “If light appears in push button - that’s amazing...call CNN!” “Mom had a great sense of humor, and that’s one of the things that’s great about this studio,” Warren says. “I have the greatest job in the world. I teach, I laugh, and sometimes I get to work on my own paintings.” For more information on taking classes at the studio, call 502-893-2842. 44 / ST. MATTHEWS MAGAZINE / MAY 2019 / StMatthewsMag.com


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This is the time of year to plant flowers! Flowers bring extra beauty and happiness into our world, and the best kind of flowering plant is the kind that keeps coming back year after year — the perennial. Growing perennials is one of the easiest ways to garden. I have more than 40 varieties of perennials in my yard, I just love them because they give me a great ‘cutting’ selection all growing season long in which to make beautiful floral arrangements. In the summer months, entertaining and gardening life go hand in hand.

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When one plant is finished blooming and the last bloom fades, I always design my gardens so that another plant begins to bloom. This keeps the garden in perpetual motion, with color consistently ever-present. It is called, succession planting. Another great tip is to design the flower garden with plants low in the front and high in the back. I also like to repeat a perennial three times in the garden plot, spaced apart from each other but in equal distances, this way there is easy rhythm in the design and the eye move freely through the plot. This is more of an English gardening technique.

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Different sizes of containers will yield more or less bloom. The bigger the plastic pot, the older the plant, thus, more blooms. Check the roots for an established root system with lots of little root ends showing. If roots have become root bound, which looks like rope wrapped around the base of the plant, choose another specimen. A root-bound plant has been there awhile, so there is more of a chance to bring home disease, too. Also, believe it or not, I often smell the soil. It should be earthy and fresh smelling, not sour or decaying in smell.

I give perennials a good watering when I get them home. Then, trim off any tired foliage or blooms. I like to plant in the lowest heat portion of the day, usually in the morning. Roll the round edges of the plastic container on the ground to loosen the soil, and then tip the pot to gently lift out the root ball into your hand. Check the root system, claw away some of the dirt so that the roots become loose and free to branch out when planted in the soil.

In addition, when picking the right plants to purchase from your local nursery, check the foliage for any disease. Look for the red spider mites or white aphids, which kind of look like cotton. If there is any indication, find another flowered friend!

Place root ball in the prepared hole. The top of the dirt from the pot should be level with the top of the hole at soil grade. Backfill the dirt into the hole and gently press to firm up the plant. This also helps remove any air pockets. Water in well.

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On the first Saturday of May the ‘most exciting two minutes in sports’—the Kentucky Derby — brings a certain buzz to the Blue Grass State. To the rest of the world, this event is a televised spectacle involving powerful thoroughbreds and jockeys racing at break-neck speeds around the track at Churchill Downs. But locals know there are other activities taking place — the Derby Festival, the Pegasus Parade, the Great Steamboat Race, the balloon glow and more.

There’s a lot happening in Middletown, especially at the local Kroger grocery store on Shelbyville Road. If you want to witness history in the making, head to Kroger where you can watch their master florists assembling the opulent garlands that are presented to the winners of each race. Originally, the rose garland was produced by Kingsley Walker Florists, but then in 1987, Kroger took over the assembly process. Kroger began assembling the Oaks garland in 1991 at the

request of Churchill Downs. “They asked if we could make a garland for the fillies,” Allison Gousha, Kroger’s Derby Coordinator, explains. “Up until then they only had the red rose garland for Derby day.” Kroger donates both garlands to Churchill Downs. The process begins in January and involves construction of the backing for each garland. Both are assembled by Louisville resident

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Bev Fairfax. She and her mother worked together for years making them, but now Fairfax carries on the proud tradition alone. It takes months to construct the backings, ensuring they’re both ready to be received by Kroger by the time Derby week rolls around. Fairfax buys fabric from New York and sews the pieces together, leaving spaces where empty water vials are packed in. This is where the flowers are placed. The backing has the Kentucky crest embroidered on it as well as the logo for the current race. Once the backings are complete, greenery is added to the border at the beginning of Derby week and the final placement of flowers occurs the night before each race. According to Gousha, 50 master florists from different stores in their district work on the garlands. In 2018, a florist from southern Illinois was selected to work on the pieces. There’s a long waiting list of Kroger florists who are eager to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Customers can visit the store on Thursday night of Derby week, from 4 to 9, to see the Oaks garland or the ‘Lilies for the Fillies,’ being constructed. Approximately 500 Star Fighter lilies are shipped from California and 144 flowers are used for the garland. They are magnificent and flamboyant with purplish-red petals adorned with dark spots and white ruffled edges. When finished, the garland weighs 20 pounds and measures 18 inches wide by 118 inches long. The

remaining lilies are used for the jockey’s bouquet and others are given to participants in the Kentucky Oaks Survivors Parade presented by Kroger. The garland is kept in a refrigeration unit until the next morning when it’s delivered to Churchill Downs accompanied by a police escort. On the Friday before Derby, from 6 pm to 10 pm, the florists meticulously sew on approximately 465 flowers to the rose

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