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.
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Garry "Gee" Horton was born and raised in Louisville, KY. He's a self-taught, Hyper-realistic Visual Artist. His drawings often capture a heightened sense of realism through the use of graphite and charcoal pencils. Gee strives to create art that triggers a degree of emotional connection between his viewers and his subjects.
As early as he could remember, Gee has always been obsessed with art and spent a vast majority of his childhood drawing everything in his immediate surroundings. Around age 13, the artist inside of Gee was encouraged to put his drawing journal and pencils away to focus more on playing basketball, which later led to him playing college basketball and coaching after graduate school.
By the age 31, he found himself in a very promising career as college coach, working at the highest collegiate level. At the same time, he felt unhappy and very unfulfilled, both professionally and purposefully, so he picked up a drawing journal, some pencils and reconnected with his childhood artist. He later walked away from coaching and began teaching himself while pursuing an art career on the side for the pass two years. He has already gained a variety of experience; creating commission work, sidewalk murals and live art performances. He has been featured in local art exhibits such as The WE Gallery's exhibit at Cincinnati Music Hall, Artworks Secrets art show and the Mohawk Gallery’s Manifestations of time: The Black Experience exhibit.
Mind Over Matter is a Louisville hip hop duo that features Desmond Martin and Ricky Mason, elementary school friends and college roommates! Mind Over Matter is inspired by their West Louisville upbringing, college life, and entrepreneurial endeavors. Mind Over Matter focuses on messages of positivity, inspiration, and self-motivation. Hints of 90’s golden era of rap, jazzy notes, and heavy bass round out the vibes of this duo. Music can be found on Apple Music, Spotify, etc. Follow @MindOverMatter502 #keepmakingmoves
Joe Phillips has over 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry and has been trained in the art of fine dining. Some of his former work residences include Copper & Kings, , and . His most recent venture is a solo project -- Pints & Union in downtown New Albany (and The Root's neighbor!) -- is a progressively old world Public house with classic cocktails, small plates, and comfort beers.
Reecee is the Master Barber at Underground Classic Cuts, an upscale, classy barber shop with a relaxed, casual feel. "In one word, the shop is comfortable. Clients feel at ease when they walk through the door. They know they'll be taken care of," says Brittany Enoch, Owner. Reecee adds about his work, "It's all about the people factor—talking, growing with them. You get to find out what's new in their lives each visit. Having them share their special occasions with you and being responsible for making sure they look GREAT. The satisfaction of seeing their smiles in the mirror."