Photography in England
Photography in England

Laura Hartford, a Bonnycastle resident and an assistant professor at Bellarmine University (pictured, second from left), recently led a class on photography and the history of photography in England. During the four-week course, which took place during July and August, students toured historic sites and museums, produced photographs and participated in workshops that demonstrated historical photographic processes, such as making a cyanotype.

The photo shows the class, along with curator Roger Watson, in front of Lacock Abbey, the home of William Henry Fox Talbot, who invented one of the first photographic processes. Pictured (from left) are Jennifer Runyon, instructor Laura Hartford, curator Roger Watson, Tarra Landry, Annie Hermann, Ezekiel Davis, Jessica Sparks, Mark Becker, Misty Hays, Angela Ress, Jacqueline Connelly, Amanda Tollberg, Emma Pitchford and Elizabeth Bligh. Students were mainly from colleges and universities in the South and Southeast, and included four Bellarmine students.

Volunteers Needed for Nursing Home Visits

Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA) Long Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to go to area nursing homes and check on residents once a week to see if they are receiving the care they deserve.

Training is provided. The program serves 76 nursing homes in seven counties. To volunteer, call (502) 637-9786.

Meals on Wheels Needs Food Prep / Drivers

Highlands Community Ministries Senior Services is looking for volunteers to help prepack meals for their Meals on Wheels clients on Mondays and Tuesdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Volunteer drivers are also needed to deliver the meals from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. For more information or to volunteer, call Donna Douglass at (502) 459-0132.

Interior Designer Opens Green Design Boutique

Local interior designer Stacy Barczak recently added a new dimension to the Louisville design scene: Decoupage Interiors, a design shop featuring products that are environmentally friendly, recycled and sustainable. Based on the concept of green design, Decoupage also carries a variety of exclusive refurbished vintage pieces, a mainstay of Barczak’s interior design practice.

As a local designer, Barczak saw a void in the city’s home accents stores. She wanted to be able to furnish her clients’ homes with environmentally friendly products, but had no local store from which to source them. This convinced her to create a retail option in addition to her design services.

Inspired by a year of research in the field, she scouted all over the world to bring home the newest, most unique and eco-friendly products to share with her clients – and now, the public.

“Green design is modern design. It is the concept of using recycled or recyclable materials in products in a effort to reduce our ecological footprint,” says Barczak, citing examples such as finding an alternative use for an object, or refurbishing a good piece of furniture to make it more modern and functional. “Decoupage is the first interior design boutique in the Louisville Metro area to not only fully embrace these ideals, but also stand true to them to provide unique and also smart design,” says Barczak.

Decoupage carries solely green retail merchandise for the home environment, and they’ve also teamed up with a number of local and international artists in order to provide handmade and custom pieces upon request.

Barczak focuses on the fact that a person’s home is their personal space and, first and foremost, should be comfortable, while reflecting the person’s individual style. Her business also provides design strategies for apartment and dorm living, as well as nurseries and kids’ rooms.

Decoupage is located at 2002 Highland Avenue, across from Wick’s Pizza. The store is open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and noon to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call (502) 472-0231.

Ride to Conquer Cancer

University of Louisville student Jessica Moore is a University of Louisville Football student trainer whose career goal is to become a physician’s assistant.  Moore has always been interested in medicine, and wants to begin making contributions to the medical community – even before she graduates. “That is why I am participating in the Ride to Conquer Cancer,” she says.

Moore is gearing up for the 150-mile journey from Louisville to Lexington and back, taking place September 25-27. The Ride to Conquer Cancer benefits the Norton Cancer Institute, which provides cancer care in the Louisville and Southern Indiana region. Funds raised by individuals participating in the event will support breakthrough cancer research, treatment, and the discovery of new therapies. Moore’s goal is to raise $2,500.

“With one in four deaths resulting from some form of cancer, I hope that I am able to raise enough money to help find a cure,” says Moore.

If you would like to support Moore on her participant page (Participant ID: 530294-1), visit or call 1-877-688-BIKE (2453).