LVA's Artebella On The Radio 9.6.18


Lauren McCombs & Jack Wallen are starring in Cabaret for Pandora Productions. They joined us to perform live in the studio Thursday along with Music Director Alex Roby and Pandora Artistic Producing Director Michael Drury. Tune in to LVA's Artebella On The Radio at 10am on WXOX 97.1 FM/


Lauren McCombs works as an Graphic Designer for a national restaurant chain. She studied theatre at Eastern Kentucky University, she has worked many times with CenterStage at JCC, Acting Against Cancer, and Pandora Productions, where she is now playing Sally Bowles in Cabaret.

 Jack Wallen (pictured above) is a free-lance writer at TechRepublic and writes for The Linux Foundation, and is playing the Emcee in Cabaret.

 Alex Roby is a Data Quality & Metadata Analyst at Invesco. He has recently been on stage in Hairspray at CenterStage and is currently the Music Director of Cabaret.


Michael Drury Studied Speech/Theatre at Morehead State University and is now the Producing Artistic Director of Pandora Productions, where he has directed numerous productions, and he has acted in recent years for Theatre [502] and The Liminal Playhouse.


LVA's Artebella On The Radio 8.30.18


On the August 30 LVA's Artebella On The Radio we spoke with three women artists who are opening exhibits on September First Friday: Jacque Parsley, Gayle Cerlan, & Meredith Harber. Tune in each Thursday at 10am to WXOX 97.1 FM/ to hear Keith Waits talk to local artists.

Frac/tured An abstract introspection by Meredith Harber  
September 4-29, Reception September 7, 5-7pm
McGrath Art Gallery, Bellarmine University, Wyatt Center for the Arts, Norris Place

Frac/tured serves as an abstract expression of the seemingly disjointed sense of self, both individually and as a gathered community. Through fine lines, gestural marks, and bold colors, Meredith Harber creates a chaotic moment on the canvas that intends to capture the viewer and challenges them to make sense of what is before them. While each piece may serve as a playful distraction from one’s surroundings, it is the artist’s intent that one put each thematic motif into context as it relates to them personally and how it ties into the modern world.

Shared Vision-Gayle Cerlan and Jacque Parsley
September 7-30, Reception September 7, 6-9pm
Craft(s) Gallery & Mercantile, 572 South 4th Street, Louisville


Gayle Cerlan has been an active member of the Kentucky arts community through her involvement as the creator and director of the Cityworks exhibition (1997-1998), and as curator of the DinnerWorks exhibition (1994-1997). She has served on the boards of Louisville Visual Art and the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft and has been an Adjunct Professor of Ceramics at Indiana University Southeast, Bellarmine College, and the University of Louisville. She founded Cerlan Gallery in Lexington, Kentucky (1997-2007) and established a fine arts school for all ages, ArtStudio (1997-2014). Cerlan has exhibited her ceramic art nationally and internationally and has won many awards and grants. Her work can be found in numerous public collections.


Jacque Parsley Using the flotsam and jetsam of everyday life, including a myriad of found objects, artifacts, ephemera, and vintage printed matter, I present an iconography that creates a dialogue between the permanent and the transient.

As Kurt Schwitters said, “The waste of the world becomes my art”.

As a child I embroidered, wove potholders, collected charms and played with paperdolls.  The influence of the fond memories have been integrated into my art by means of collage, assemblage and embellishment. Each work reflects a partly told tale, a moment in time that gives a nostalgic visual narrative of memories that have been recycled, and a past that has been reinterpreted.


LVA's Artebella On The Radio 8.23.18


Angela Williams & Michael Roberts are in The Liminal Playhouse's upcoming production of Jim Grimsley's Mr. Universe, and Richard McGrew is one of the producers and co-founder with Tony Prince of The Liminal Playhouse. They talked about it with us on the August 23 LVA's Artebella On The Radio. Join us each Thursday at 10am on WXOX 97.1 FM/ to hear artists talk about their work.



Angela Williams, graduate of Louisville Male HS, has worked with Smoked Apple Theatre, Theatre [502], and has appeared in the recent film Convenience and the upcoming Black Mamba.


Michael Roberts, Louisville native and a graduate St X and Xavier University. He has worked for Finnigan Productions, Louisville Repertory Company, Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company, and the Liminal Playhouse in their first production, Christmas on Mars.

Richard McGrew, Producing Director for The Liminal Playhouse, Sound Design, Musician, Composer, he studied at Yale, the University of Louisville, and Brescia University.

Due to a technical malfunction, the archive file only contains the first 20 minute segment of this interview.


LVA's Artebella On The Radio 8.17.18

Noted playwright Idris Goodwin is beginning his first season as Artistic Director of StageOne Family Theatre, and he was our guest on August 16. We also hosted Travis Reckner & Matty Sciannameo of the Louisville Jack O Lantern Spectacular. Join us each Thursday at 10am on WXOX 97.1 FM/


Idris Goodwin is an award-winning playwright, director, orator and educator. He is the Producing Artistic Director of Stage One Family Theater in Louisville, KY for which he penned the widely produced And In This Corner: Cassius Clay. Other widely produced plays include: How We Got On, This Is Modern Art co-written with Kevin Coval, Bars and Measures, The Raid, and Hype Man: a break beat play. The Way The Mountain Moved, commissioned as part of Oregon Shakespeare’s American Revolutions series. He has work produced by or developed with Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Steppenwolf Theater, The Kennedy Center, The Denver Center for The Performing Arts, Cleveland Playhouse, Seattle Children’s Theater, Nashville Children’s Theater, Boulder Ensemble Theater, TheaterWorks, Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor Program, La Jolla Playhouse, The Eugene O’Neill Center, The Lark Playwriting Center and New Harmony Project. He’s received support from the NEA, The Ford, Mellon and Edgerton Foundation, and is the recipient of InterAct Theater’s 20/20 Prize and The Playwrights’ Center’s McKnight Fellowship.                                                 


Travis Reckner and Matty Sciannameo

Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular - October 9-November 4, 2018
Iroquois Amphitheater  1080 Amphitheatre Road

Travis & Matty are looking to recruit more Louisville artists to work on this project. With over 5,000 professionally carved jack-o-lanterns including well over 100 masterpieces lighting nearly a one-third-mile trail. Grouped in themed scenes and set to music, this year’s show, “A Night at the Library”, is a celebration of the Smithsonian’s 50th anniversary with vignettes highlighting imagery from literature, pop culture, history, arts and cinema. Proceeds from the event benefit the Louisville Parks Foundation. Gates open at 6 p.m. Trail opens at dusk (near 7:30 p.m.). Concessions available.

We were playing Aretha Franklin in the first place, but were saddened to receive the news while listening to the first of her songs that she had passed away earlier that morning. We played three of her songs on this broadcast.



LVA's Artebella On The Radio 8.9.18

Grass Men, Living Costume, Grass, Soil Substrate, Fabric,  2013

Grass Men, Living Costume, Grass, Soil Substrate, Fabric,  2013

Jenny Zeller, the Visual Art Coordinator at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest was our guest this week, and she will introduced us to Ashley Peevor, who is in the middle of a Residency at Bernheim. We talked about CONNECT at Bernheim, which takes place August 18. Join us each Thursday at 10:00am on WXOX 97.1 FM/


Jenny Zeller was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky and earned an Arts Administration degree from University of Kentucky in 1995.

Jenny is currently working with the Louisville Photo Biennial, helping to bring arts education to underserved communities in the Louisville Metro area. In 2017 she was awarded an Artist Professional Development Grant from the Great Meadows Foundation and a Regional Artist in Residence at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.


In July 2017, Jenny stepped into the role of Visual Arts Coordinator at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.

Ashley Peevor, a qualified fashion designer who studied fine art at Arts University Bournemouth. In recent years, his costumes have been showcased at festivals and venues across the UK, including the artist-led Bristol Biennial in 2014. He is perhaps best known for the creation of his living costumes, fondly referred to as "Grass men". Part-sculpture and part-performance, Grass men is a body of work that involves carefully crafted living costumes made from grass, flowers, and other flora.


Bernheim received a Regional Imagine Greater Louisville (IGL) 2020 grant for the Seeds of CONNECTion! Project.

The show begins approximately 4 minutes into the recording.


LVA's Artebella On The Radio 8.2.18

Matthew Mazzotta

Matthew Mazzotta

Artist Matthew Mazzota and Architect John David Wagner are developing a project in the California neighborhood on the west side of Louisville, and they came on the August 2 LVA's Artebella On The Radio to talk about it. Listen to Keith Waits talk to artists every Thursday at 10am on WXOX 97.1 FM/

Matthew Mazzotta works at the intersection of art, activism, and urbanism, focusing on the power of the built environment to shape our relationships and experiences. His community-specific public projects integrate new forms of civic participation and social engagement into the built environment and reveal how the spaces we travel through and spend our time living within have the potential to become distinct sites for intimate, radical, and meaningful exchanges. Through his process, each project starts by creating temporary public spaces for listening – ‘Outdoor Living Room’ - as a way capture voices from local people that might not attend more formal meetings. Stemming from this approach are experiences that involve people from a range of backgrounds working together to create new models of living that contribute to local culture beyond the economic realm. Mazzotta received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a Masters of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology, and is a Loeb Fellow of Harvard University. 

John David Wagner is a Master of Architecture student at Harvard Graduate School of Design. His area of interest is in the emerging methods of alternative architectural practice and collaborative artistic engagement in the civic realm. Working with cities such as Fitchburg, MA, Charlotte, NC, and Louisville, KY, his studies and professional practice address art, public space, and community empowerment. 

Mazzotta & John David Wagner in the WXOX studios just before broadcast.

Mazzotta & John David Wagner in the WXOX studios just before broadcast.

"We have been working closely in the California neighborhood with residents, local artists, and the Metro Louisville government for 1.5 years. They have been on the ground in Louisville for the summer organizing community design meetings and culminating our efforts in a final design to be debuted in mid-2019. The project focus is on food and community space. With a network of partners, we envision a new community food ecosystem, providing affordable meals at a constellation of pop-up restaurants. At the project's focal point will be an installation near several new developments at 18th and Broadway. Here, we are interested in providing a unique new space in California reflective of the neighborhood culture and experience."  - Matthew Mazzotta & John David Wagner


LVA's Artebella On The Radio 7.26.18


We began this week's show with the announcement from WXOX Station Manager Sharon Scott and outgoing LVA Outreach Director Ehren Reed that this design by Wilfred Seig III won the selection for a mural on WXOX's east facing wall! Seig will begin the mural soon, and expects to be finished by the end of August.

Then incoming LVA Outreach Program Manager Katy Delahanty, Portland studio artist, and board member for the Portland Museum, joined us to talk about her new job with LVA, why the Portland neighborhood is important to the city. She was joined by fellow Portland artist Bryan K. Holden to discuss The Future Is Now mentorship program that is a collaboration with LVA and KyCAD. he was paired with Ballard HS student Marc Nadmid, who was also in the studio with us.

The Future Is Now exhibit of opens Friday, July 27 and runs through August 7 at KyCAD's 849 Gallery, with a reception July 27 from 5-7pm. Tune in WXOX 97.1 FM/ every Thursday at 10:00am for the live broadcast of LVA's Artebella On The Radio.


LVA's Artebella On The Radio 7.19.18

Jordan Clark, Lee Mai, & Abbie Springer of Cirque Louis were with us in the studio July 19. They will be performing at iroquois Amphitheatre on July 20 & 21 as a part of the Amphitheatre's 80th Birthday Celebration! Tune in WXOX 97.1 FM/ at 10am each Thursday to hear Keith Waits talk to artists!



Jordan Clark was first taken to see the circus by his grandparents. From there, a fascination of the circus and its characters began to grow. The circus was a place where Jordan’s childlike imagination could manifest into a tangible experience. After training on his own in high school, Jordan began his formal circus training in 2006 at the National Circus School of Montreal’s summer program. He was later accepted into the school’s prestigious college program where he completed his training in 2012. Jordan has performed his hand-balancing act in over 20 countries as well as at sea.




Lee Mai is a Juggler and circus enthusiast who is one of CirqueLouis’ most consummate and active performers. He is a regular fixture at CirqueLouis’ city wide events and productions, playing a Vaudeville star in Bootleg “Untapped” (2015) and Puck in “A Midsummer Night’s Circus” (2016) and major roles in Pinocchio (2016), East of the Sun (2017), and Kaleidoscope (2017). In addition to performing, Lee is also an instructor for CirqueLouis’ educational outreach and Social Circus program. Beyond circus, Lee enjoys food, good conversation, kindness, and cheesy sci-fi.




Abbie Springer grew up in Kansas City, Mo, but moved to Louisville to compete with the nationally ranked University of Louisville cheerleading squad and in 2009, she began her circus arts training. Abbie has trained extensively in doubles acts and apparatus (Acro, Adagio, Trapeze, Chandelyra, and Sphere). She has trained on Silks, Aerial Rope, Lyra and completed her instructional training through NECCA (New England Center for Circus Arts). Abbie has performed in CirqueLouis’ previous productions of Bootleg “Untapped” (2015), A Midsummer Night’s Circus (2016), Pinocchio (2016), East of the Sun (2017), and Kaleidoscope (2017).


LVA's Artebella On The Radio 7.12.18

Zoë Peterson, Megg Ward, & Jon Becraft were my guests on the July 12 edition of LVA's Artebella On The Radio. All 3 will be participating in the new Louisville Fringe Festival that starts July 13: Tune into WXOX 97.1 FM/ each Thursday at 10am to hear me talk with Louisville artists.


Zoë Peterson is a student at Atherton High School and the Commonwealth Theatre Center, where she has acted, written, and directed. She is also involved with the Derby City Playwrights, from which has sprung her first full length play, “Shot In The Dark”, which will be presented during the Louisville Fringe Festival, Friday, July 13 at 7pm, Saturday, July 14 at 10pm and Friday, Feb. 20 at 7pm, all times at Four Pegs.


Megg Ward is a Louisville native who studied Theatre Arts, Humanities, Communicating History at University of Louisville & Shakespeare and Creativity at Shakespeare Institute. She will be premiering her new play, “If”, at the LFF on Sunday, February 15 at 10pm at Four Pegs.


Jon Becraft is a theatre artist active with Kentucky Shakespeare, The Bard’s Town, and others, and he is the co-founder of Baby Horse Theatre and the LWW. Baby Horse will be presenting “Robothello” on Saturday, February 14 at 7pm at the Monnik Beer Co. and Saturday, February 21 at 10pm at both at Four Pegs.


LVA's Artebella On The Radio 7/5/18


Kristi Papailler is an actor, director, teacher and activist who recently directed "Fences" and appeared in "Steel Magnolias" and teaches at Central High School, so we had no problem filling the hour this Thursday on LVA's Artebella On The Radio. tune in to WXOX 97.1/ at 10am.


LVA's Artebella On The Radio 6.14.18


Scott Davis, Founder and Producing Director of The Alley Theater and the Arts Caravan was our guest on the June 14 LVA's Artebella On The Radio. We talked about the closing of The Alley Theater on August 1 after 25 years producing plays in Louisville, and the future for the Arts Caravan initiative. Tune in to WXOX 97.1 FM/ every Thursday at 10am.


LVA's Artebella On The Radio 6.7.18


A couple of weeks ago I taped an interview with Billy Hertz pictured here with partner Tom Schnepf), local living legend in the visual arts community. Think that's hyperbole? Listen to the interview, which aired on this week's LVA's Artebella On the Radio. Tune in each Thursday at 10am on WXOX 97.1 FM/

Because of some technical difficulties in the live playback, the actual interview begins about 12 minutes into this file.


LVA's Artebella On The Radio 5.31.18


C.J. Pressma opened a new show at PYRO Gallery May 31, Steve Heine just installed a new piece at the new AC Hotel in NuLu, and Printmaker Elizabeth Foley is a member of the inaugural class for Hadley Creatives through the Community Foundation of Louisville, which opened an exhibit at KMAC June 1.Tune in WXOX 97.1 FM/ every Thursday at 10am for LVA's Artebella On the Radio, hosted by Keith Waits.



LVA's Artebella On The Radio 5.24.18


Mixed Media Artist Ashley Cathey and Photographer Zed Saeed were my guests this week. They are part of Looking Up: Heroes For Today – An LVA Exhibit at Metro Hall. Join us by tuning into WXOX 97.1 FM/ each Thursday at 10am.


Ashley Cathey is a Louisville native whose paintings have brought her to prominence in a fairly short time after moving back to Louisville from Chicago. When she returned, she quickly found her footing and exhibited work in a group show at the Louisville Community Center, one of the Metro Parks community centers overseen by Portia White. From there, Cathey caught the attention of ArtsReach’s Julia Youngblood, who commissioned Cathey to create a series of portraits, which ArtsReach used for posters for their annual Keepers of the Dream celebration at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.

Zed Saeed is an art and documentary photographer currently working with recent refugees and immigrants that have settled in Kentucky. In Louisville, he connects with these individuals mostly through the Catholic Charities-Migration and Refugee Services. Saeed believes strongly in the power of photography to create connections and to alter perceptions about people, places and things.

Looking Up: Heroes For Today – An LVA Exhibit at Metro Hall, May 14, 2018 – January 11, 2019


LVA's Artebella On The Radio 5.17.18


Eileen Yanoviak is the new director of the Carnegie Center for Art & History in New Albany. She joined us to talk about the challenges of a new job and the community of artists she has worked with for the past few years.

Spalding Instructor Ezra Kellerman also came on with student Miguel Rodriguez to discuss the Senior Thesis exhibit for KyCAD/Spalding. Tune into WXOX 97.1/ each Thursday at 10am for LVA's Artebella on the Radio.

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LVA's Artebella On The Radio 5.10.18


Alphaeus Green, Jr. preparing for the upcoming Faithworks Studios production of August Wilson's "Fences" directed by Kristi Papailler. He was in the studio with me on May 10 to talk about the production, which opens May 23, Tune in at 10am each Thursday for LVA's Artebella On The Radio on WXOX 97.1 FM/


LVA's Artebella On The Radio 5.3.18


"Poetry in Motion: The Equine Art of Jaime Corum and Richard Sullivan" is on exhibit at The Brown Hotel through July 1. What better Derby week guests to have for LVA's Artebella On The Radio! Tune in Thursday at 10am on WXO 97.1 FM/

"Gabi + Izzy" by Jaime Corum

"Gabi + Izzy" by Jaime Corum

Jaime Corum is an equine artist based in Louisville, Kentucky. Jaime's equine art is inspired and refined by her own experience with horses, especially her own horse Chesapeake. She has been drawing horses since she can remember and riding ever since she could talk her parents into it. Jaime's art evolved from doing portraits of friend's horses for fun to a full time career of commissioned portraits and original compositions. Jaime's work can be seen at Kentucky Fine Art Gallery in Louisville, KY, New Editions Gallery in Lexington, KY, and Tilting at Windmills Gallery in Vermont and Saratoga, NY

"Derby Field #2" by Richard Sullivan

"Derby Field #2" by Richard Sullivan

Richard Sullivan is an artist and former professional baseball player with the Atlanta Braves. Born and raised in Louisville, KY, he studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) where he received a BFA in Illustration. He had the opportunity to play baseball at SCAD and to continue his interest in art and illustration. In 2008, Richard was drafted by the Braves in the 11th round as a junior and played 6 years of minor league baseball. He returned to SCAD in 2014 to finish his degree and focus exclusively on his artwork.  

His work has been accepted into the permanent collection of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Yogi Berra Museum and exhibited by the Louisville Slugger Museum and the Kentucky Derby Museum.

In 2017 the Atlanta Braves commissioned Richard to create 18 original watercolor paintings and 20 prints for their new stadium SunTrust Park. The paintings line the corridors of the Champions suite and the Executive Offices.


LVA Interview with Commonwealth Theatre Center


Can you find Charlie Sexton and Donald Kimmel in this picture from 1977? They came in the WXOX 97.1/ studios with Keith Waits April 26 to talk about their history with Walden Theatre, and then later that night they were performing as a part of A Night Of Acting Up! at Commonwealth Theatre Center (Walden Theatre/Blue Apple Players).


LVA's Artebella On The Radio 4.26.18


Stone sculptor Mike McCarthy with "Cor Liberum", his large-scale commission for Norton Audobon Hospital. He was with us in the studio April 26 to talk about this large public installation, which took almost a year to complete. Tune in for LVA's Artebella On The Radio at 10am each Thursday on WXOX 97.1/



LVA's Artebella On The Radio 4.19.18


LouFringe is excited to announce the dates for the 1st ever Louisville Fringe Festival. The weekend of July 13, 14, 15, and 16 will get things started, and the fun continues the weekend of July 20, 21. Confirmed venues include Kaiju, Four Pegs, and The Cure. If you wish to submit something, proposals are due by May 1st. The three organizers of the festival joined us to talk about how people can get involved.

Eli Keel is “pretty much” a Louisville native. You may have seen him around town reading poetry, short stories, dancing or acting. He’s a passionate locavore, so you may have also seen him stuffing his face at one of Louisville’s amazing restaurants. When he isn’t too busy writing short stories, he blogs at

Nicholas Hulstine is an actor and director known for his work on Above Suspicion (2018) and My Friend Dahmer(2017). In Louisville he has worked with Theatre [502], The Bard’s Town, and The Alley Theater.

Paul Coffey is a film producer and the CEO and Founder of Jutsu Aiki Martial Arts.

Tune in to WXOX 97.1 FM / each Thursday at 10am for LVA's Artebella On The Radio.