Louisville Magazine

MAR 2014

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11 0 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 3.14 arts the bits One Question Choose a Character in… Upcoming show What's the frst instrument you played? "An old Bundy single French horn that I found in my elementary school's band room when I was 10 years old, the day after hearing the San Francisco Symphony play Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. When I heard the French horn, I just knew that was what I wanted to play. I remember carrying the instrument home, fguring out how to play scales and trying to play along with my mom's Nat King Cole and Louis Armstrong records." — Jon Gustely, the Louisville Orchestra's principal horn player since 2007, who will be a soloist during an all- Mozart performance March 15 at the Brown Theatre. www.kosair.org The Color Purple March 20 to April 6 at CenterStage at the Jewish Community Center. "Celie. I admire her ability to persevere, despite being beaten down — literally and fguratively. She goes from being this beaten-down character to becoming somebody the whole town looks up to." — John R. Leffert, 48, CenterStage artistic director About a month out from show time, painter Billy Hertz sits before the massive easel in his airy studio- gallery-home on South Preston Street, working on an 8-by-8-inch canvas. Reds and yellows, blues and greens. "I'm trying to simplify more and more — simplifed but still complex. It's landscape-based; there are still references to mountains and to felds," he says. "Actually, at the moment I don't know what I'm doing, but the fnished product will be a masterpiece." More than 200 8-by-8-inch canvases from local artists will hang in Art [squared], March 7 to 15 at the Louisville Visual Art Association's Public Gallery downtown on Main Street. Each painting will be anonymous. "To put the focus on the work, not on a name," says Hertz, 66. (Last year, the oldest artist was 92, the youngest 7.) Each painting will cost only $100, and they go on sale on the 15th at 10 a.m., which seems like the kind of thing that should inspire Black Friday-long lines. Proceeds let the LVAA give free art lessons to almost 1,000 kids throughout the year. Will Hertz's paintbrush still be putting the fnishing touches on his piece three hours before the show? "Three hours was when I worked with acrylics," he says, laughing. "The oil needs more time to dry. So maybe three days before the show." — Josh Moss Photos by Aaron Kingsbury WWW.CELLARDOORCHOCOLATES.COM 84-120 BACK.indd 110 2/20/14 2:42 PM

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