Below is a little bit about WLWC’s current and past board members. Extended bios on individual pages are in the works.
Ramona Dallum Lindsey represents, inspires, and nourishes the human spirit with eco-friendly mixed media textile art. Her art breaks the rules. She free-styles with layers of fabric and 3-dimensional forms. Recycled and store bought textiles are free-hand cut and arranged until something unexpected breaks through. The layers are held together with machine and hand stitching. Paints and found objects are added to most pieces. Ramona’s contemporary textile wall art and soft sculpture is uncommon, unexpected, and earth friendly. She is currently experimenting with the use of eco-friendly materials in the creation of public art installations. She combines her artistic talent with 12 years experience as an elementary teacher to help people become storytellers and activists through visual arts.
Ramona is a 2013 recipient of the Kentucky Foundation for Women Artist Enrichment Grant. Her work was featured in Actors Theater of Louisville (Kentucky) African American Art Exhibition (2013) and Churchill Downs Mansion during the 2013 Kentucky Derby. Her past Illinois exhibits include: Gallery D’estee, Fermilab Art Gallery, Chicago Botanic Garden, and Gallery Guichard. During Summer 2012, her work was presented at several juried art shows including Fountain Square Art Festival (Evanston, IL), “Inspired By… Celebrating Illinois Women Artists and Artisans”, Woman Made Gallery (Chicago, IL), and The St. James Court Art Show – 1st Place Best of Show Fourth St. Section (Louisville, KY). Some of her projects include Center for Neighborhoods P.A.I.N.T. Project: Parkland Rising; We Too Are Chicago Exhibit (Human Threads Gallery in partnership with Rainbow PUSH Coalition); Fiber Artists for Hope’s American Spring: A Cause for Justice Traveling Quilt Exhibit; The Fallen: A Tribute to Chicago’s Slain Youth; The Stop the Violence Traveling Quilts Exhibit; and Peace Percolators Exhibit. She also lectured on textile art for social action during the Fine Art of Fiber 2012 (Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL).
Elmer Lucille Allen has been a volunteer for years and continues to serve her community in various capacities. She retired from Brown-Forman as Senior Analytical Chemist in 1997; she was the first African American chemist at Brown-Forman. She has received numerous awards for her distinction as a remarkable female leader, as well as for her artistic and community involvement. She is a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, breast-cancer survivor, caregiver and artist. She is and has been very involved in the local and regional arts community, including past President of the KY Coalition for AFRO-American Arts, Inc, volunteer curator/director of Wayside Christian Mission’s Expressions Gallery, and a volunteer with the KY Center for African American Heritage and with Art of Dreams.
Chenoweth Allen is a Licensed Art Therapist who provides independent art therapy contract services at non-profit organizations including Family Scholar House, West End School, and Kentucky Refugee Ministries. She worked as a PRN Art Therapist for four years at Kosair Children’s Hospital in the inpatient psychiatric unit. She has served on the Board of Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft for the past six years, including three years as co-chair of the education committee.
Robin Bray has lived in Louisville for thirty-three years. Her developing years were in Parkland Neighborhood in West Louisville and presently lives in Crestwood where she has been for twenty years. She is the owner of Bray Property Management LLC, and Bray Electric Services INC. She was previously a Real Estate Agent with Semonin Realtors. She has served on Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville Board for two terms, including a role as Chairperson, and is presently on the Site Selection Committee.
Beth Henson is a Louisville artist, co-founder of posSOUPbility, and a credentialed art therapist/clinical counselor who has spent the last four years working for Seven Counties providing in-home counseling services, in partnership with Healthy Start Program, to new mothers in the West End and to young children and their families. She is currently employed as a therapist with the Kentucky Department of Corrections and has witnessed the crippling effects of violent crime on individuals and communities and believes in the power of art to help both heal.
Gwendolyn Kelly is a workshop facilitator, visual artist, and curious citizen. She has designed and implemented arts and creativity programming for more than fifteen years at sites including: The Speed Art Museum, Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation, Louisville Visual Arts Association and Center for Neighborhoods. She has a Master of Arts in Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Louisville. Since October 2005 she has hosted a weekly, open-to-the-community, Jewelry Making studio in the California Neighborhood, which is supported by ArtsReach, a program of The Kentucky Center for The Arts. She was named a Louisville Connector by Leadership Louisville. She is currently working on a series of essays about living and eating in a food desert in the west end of Louisville.
Joyce’s bio went on vacation. It’ll return soon.
Past Board Members
Harvetta Ray is the Campus Coordinator of the Parkland Scholar House, a non-profit organization with the mission of “Ending the cycle of poverty by giving single-parent student the support they need to earn a four year college degree.” She joined the Family Scholar House team in 2010 as an intern and was hired in as a full time staff member in January of 2012. She is a Licensed Social Worker, holding a Masters in Science and Social Work (2011), and a BA cum laude in Science and Social Work (2010), both from the University of Louisville. She served for six and a half years as a residential youth counselor where she used specialized therapeutic care to serve children ages 7 – 18 with various types of problems and from numerous situations.
Pam Newman uses her awesome every day abilities for good as a superhero representing love and justice. She is also a Network Organizer focusing her powers on housing while building a better Louisville (and ultimately a better Earth) alongside her fellow avengers at the Network Center for Community Change. She first learned of her superpowers as a young lady while earning the Girl Scout Gold & Silver awards in her hometown of Philadelphia, PA. When not professionally saving the world, she is a huge nerd, hilarious storyteller and quasi-professional rock star always on the lookout for excuses to travel.