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Heart Behind The Art

  • The Root 110 E Market St. New Albany United States (map)
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It all started with an idea, and it catalyzed with enthusiasm. The Root is a place for inclusion, collaboration, and innovation. It’s where locals are celebrated and stories are heard. Heart Behind The Art, held at The Root, is art in all aspects – from visual to culinary and everything in between. The first event, featuring a pop-up art gallery, live musical performance, and food tasting is not only a way for visitors to experience local art and culture, but give the artists a platform to share the reason for creating their art in the first place. For future events, we’re looking to showcase different types of artists and their multitude of mediums.


Mixologist Michael Shelley from The Earl is selling $8 cocktails. Some of the proceeds will go to our featured artists. Attendees also have the opportunity to buy artwork and merchandise.

The Root Members: FREE ADMISSION
Online: $10 + Taxes & Fees
At The Door: $15



Jacob Resch is a singer/songwriter/musician from Floyds Knobs, Indiana. Now 24 years old, Jacob started playing guitar at the age of 8. Jacob finds inspiration in his surroundings, experiences, and other music. He listens to nearly every musical genre and his favorite artists range from Frank Sinatra to Led Zeppelin and from Mac Miller to Bruno Mars.

With the help and influence of his musical mentors, Jacob has recorded and released two EPs with another on the way. His 2013 EP, “On the Rocks” and his 2017 EP “Good & Trouble” have been featured in radio rotations across the Louisville, Kentucky area. Jacob has played concerts regionally across Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, and South Carolina at notable venues such as Headliners Music Hall,  The Bluebird, The Elbo Room, The Windjammer, and Breakers. Jacob’s music has gained recognition outside of the United States as his short film “Cali Girl” was featured in the Hamilton Music and Film Festival in Toronto, Canada and was an awards winner at the 2018 Avalonia Film Festival.

Amanda Diaz is a single mom from New York. Previous places of residence include Texas, North Carolina, Oregon, and Arizona. Throughout her 20’s Amanda struggled with alcoholism and eventually checked herself in to The Healing Place in May of 2016. She’s been sober ever since.

Art has always been a part of Amanda’s life. Childhood consisted of sketches and pencil drawings,­­ and in high school she received a scholarship to a private boarding school to pursue her talents. During her recovery period, Amanda used art to express her thoughts and emotions. Her therapeutic process paid off and she’s now positively impacting others as a commissioned acrylic painter adult peer support specialist. Her work has been displayed at 1619 Flux and Highland Coffee and some of her canvases are currently being displayed throughout the men’s Healing Place. She’s aspiring to open her own studio so others in recovery and treatment can showcase their work and have a space to create art.

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Liz Martino has made Kentuckiana her home for over twenty-five years, but migrated from Niagara Falls, New York. She comes from a family of cake makers, thus learning, at a very early age, the fundamentals of pastry arts from the family dining table. Liz attended the University of Louisville to pursue a degree in Political Science, which would have been her path to law school. However, after many years of working in kitchens and attending school full time, she realized that her passion was no longer in politics, but in pursuing a career in the culinary arts.

While studying Baking/Pastry and Culinary Arts, Liz worked in her family's bakery, learning everything from kitchen management and large scale production to inventory control and beyond. She also worked for one of the nation's oldest confectioneries, Schimpff's Confectionery, where she learned chocolate and sugar arts from "old world" recipes and techniques. She further padded her résumé with an internship at Louisville staple Porcini for approximately seven years as their Executive Pastry Chef and Catering Chef.

Liz currently manages Adrienne and Co. New Albany and is the creative director at Mesa Kids Cooking School.  She also gives her time and services to many community based organizations and events.  She loves what she does, as it has allowed her to be hands-on, creative, develop strong culinary and business skills, travel abroad, and interact with many people in all walks of life.


Earlier Event: June 26
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Later Event: July 3
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