Welcoming a French friend

| July 13, 2011
Guest of honor Francis Bellouguet, dinner hostess Sally Abell and Jack Roby.

Guest of honor Francis Bellouguet, dinner hostess Sally Abell and Jack Roby.

Francis Bellouguet of Toulouse was in town to visit Jack Roby. They met years ago at the Toulouse International Organ Festival and have been friends since then. Francis is a native of Rolez, France.

Last week Sally Abell gave a dinner for Francis. There was one table in the dining room and another in her absolutely charming octagonal garden room. The walls are wooden frames with woven wood inserts. The wooden ceiling is like a tent and gives the feeling of a charming gazebo.

Given the setting and then add Sally’s incredible collection of porcelain and Asian art, her wonderful cooking, good libations, delightful guests, and you have a memorable evening.

In addition to Jack Roby, Mary Jane Meyer, H.J. Redmon, Kate and Harry Talamini, Lois and David Ratterman were among the fun guests.

Multimedia artist Dominic Guarnaschelli and Monica Claerbout.

Multimedia artist Dominic Guarnaschelli and Monica Claerbout.


New Albany, which is getting ready for its bicentennial in 2013, unveiled three new public art pieces related to its history of industry and agriculture last weekend.

Loads of Louisville folks went over to view “Restartus” by Louisville’s multimedia artist Dominic Guarnaschelli. It commemorates the female workforce in the textile industry. New Albany mills employed more than 700 women by the 1870s. They produced yarn, thread, denim, blankets and items of clothing.

One of those companies opened a hosiery mill in 1870 and by 1887, it was considered the largest producer in what was then the Western United States of socks and footwear for boys. Between the hosiery and woolen mills, there were 960 employees by 1887 according to the New Albany history.

The large, hot pink, metal sculpture, “Restartus,” has a Latin name for “retailored,” which refers to New Albany’s historical textile industry in an abstract way. It is a modern version of a dressmaker’s dummy. The sculpture sits in a place of prominence on the lawn of the Carnegie Center for Art & History.

The center is in the former Carnegie Library, which is extremely handsome. But back then they all were beautiful. Did you know that Indiana has/had more Carnegie Libraries than any other state?

Dominic Guarnaschelli’s sculpture “Restartus” on the lawn of the Carnegie Center for Art & History in New Albany.

Dominic Guarnaschelli’s sculpture “Restartus” on the lawn of the Carnegie Center for Art & History in New Albany.

Dominic graduated from Notre Dame in 2001 and then got his Master of Fine Arts degree from Florida State in 2004. His work has been featured in exhibitions nationally including the upcoming show, “Portraiture: Inside Out,” at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. In 2005, he was awarded the FSU Visiting Artist/Teaching Fellowship to Florence, Italy, and he has taught studio art at universities throughout the U.S. He is now living and working in Louisville.

Prior to the viewing and walk-about, Dominic’s parents, Marty and John Guarnashelli, had friends and family in for cocktails at the wonderful Latin restaurant Habana Blues, a block from the Carnegie. It is definitely worth a repeat visit.

Dominic’s girlfriend, Monica Claerbout, his aunts and uncles, Debbie and Glenn Edelen and Mary Angela and Denny Kurtz, were there, as well as Amanda and Ben Payne, Betty Lee and Steve Payne, Jean and John Obrien, Doreen Ovca, Alice and Andy Dzenitis, Laura and Greg Elliott, Diane and Jim Buchart, Bonnie and Jerry Boland, Jeanne and David Ferguson, and Mike and Terry Cobb.


Fabulous Finds has the holiday spirit and all of its Christmas decorations as well as everything in the shop is on sale at half price! The shop at 2101 Frankfort Ave. benefits the Heuser Hearing & Language Academy (Louisville Deaf Oral School). Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the shop is always looking for volunteers and donations.

By the way, if you go you might ask to see the sculpted rosewood headboard that was donated by a generous supporter. It is valued at $10,000 and can be bought for a little less.


Don’t forget the fun, award-winning Shelbyville Horse Show Wednesday through Sunday, Aug. 3-6, at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. Admission is $5 or $45 to join the Horseman Club and have unlimited drinks and food and a great vantage point from which to watch the show.

photos by CARLA SUE BROECKER | contributing photographer

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