By Knox van Nagell | May 16th, 2011 | See all in Fayette Alliance Blog
Generating more in a generation Architect Richard Levine designed and built his pioneering Raven Run House in Fayette County in the 1970s. Designs of energy-efficient solar homes have changed dramatically since, as super-insulated models greatly reduce power demands. | Photo by TOM EBLEN | Kentucky.com
Tom Eblen: Solar power a viable alternative in Kentucky
by Tom Eblen, 05.16.11, Kentucky.com
I heard from readers when I wrote about the pioneering solar home that Lexington architect Richard Levine built for himself in the 1970s and recently upgraded with new technology.
I heard from more readers when I wrote about Warren County’s new “net-zero” school, designed to generate as much power as it uses.
Many readers wanted to know this: How could they use solar power and innovative design to help the planet and lower their utility bills?
As solar technology gets better and cheaper, it is becoming a viable alternative for more Kentucky homeowners, said Andy McDonald, director of the Kentucky Solar Partnership, an advocacy organization in Frankfort. Options range from solar-powered water heaters to super-insulated “passive” homes… Read more at Kentucky.com
By Knox van Nagell | May 13th, 2011 | See all in Events, Fayette Alliance Blog, Past Events
Artist Kelly Brewer Paints for Her Supper
The May 12th Paint for Your Supper event was a great success and sold out weeks in advance!
A Special Thanks to Ouita Michel, Holly Hill Inn, Cross Gate Gallery, and acclaimed local artist Kelly Brewer for making this event possible.
It was an outstanding event with delicious food, superb music, and beautiful art!
This series features well known artists at local venues painting for their supper. On completion of this series, an auction of works by featured artists will be held to benefit The Fayette Alliance and its mission of advocating for a sustainable Lexington.
Kelly Brewer is a native Lexingtonian, and an exciting new artist in Central Kentucky. Masters Painters Joaquin Sorolla, John Singer Sargent, and Nicolai Fechin greatly influence Kelly’s impressionistic approach. The natural beauty of the Bluegrass, the dramatic effects of light and its transformative effect on the most ordinary subject inform her incredibly popular and respected paintings.
Guests Attending Paint for Your Supper
Special thank you to Cross Gate Gallery for sponsoring the Paint for Your Supper series.
Please contact Charlene Mingus (859) 281-1202 or Charlene@fayettealliance.com if you have any questions.
Previous Paint for Your Supper events featured Thomas Coates and Andre Pater.
Kelly Brewer with Finished Artwork
Paint for Your Supper
By Knox van Nagell | May 11th, 2011 | See all in Fayette Alliance Blog
Lexington | Photo by Jeff Rogers | www.jeffrogers.com
Tom Eblen: It’s time to get involved in Lexington’s planning process
by Tom Eblen, 05.11.11, Kentucky.com
Lexington leaders have taken a significant first step in the latest round of planning for growth and prosperity. Now, it is time for them and everyone else to get involved in taking the next steps.
The mayor, most Urban County Council and Planning Commission members and representatives of the Home Builders Association and Commerce Lexington announced April 26 that they all agreed there is no need to expand the Urban Services Boundary in the foreseeable future…
…Officials say there are 6,700 vacant acres available for development inside the Urban Services Boundary, and perhaps an additional 6,000 acres suitable for redevelopment. “We have to be very sophisticated about how we use this land,” said Knox van Nagell, executive director of the Fayette Alliance, a group started in 2006 to promote good land use and rural preservation…Read more at Kentucky.com
By Knox van Nagell | May 9th, 2011 | See all in Community Events, Events, Fayette Alliance Blog
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Registration begins at 8:30 am
Sessions run from 9 am to 5:30 pm
This event is free and open to the public.
Click Here to register at Nowwhatlexington.org
For more information about this event visit Nowwhatlexington.org
Tom Eblen: Now What, Lexington? conference returns
by Tom Eblen, 05.09.11, Kentucky.com
Now what, Lexington?
That is the question ProgressLex is asking again as the citizens group hosts a second Now What, Lexington? gathering Saturday at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. Like last year, the event is free and open to anyone with ideas for making Lexington a better place.
More than a dozen sponsors are paying for participants’ breakfast and lunch, so organizers want attendees to register (NowWhatLexington.org) so they know how much food to prepare.
The “unconference” format of Now What, Lexington? means anyone can sign up to lead a breakout session on a topic they have ideas about. Participants attend those sessions based on their own interests… Read more at Kentucky.com
By Knox van Nagell | May 9th, 2011 | See all in Fayette Alliance Blog
An artist's rendering of proposed changes to downtown's Triangle Park, which include a café. Work is to begin Monday. | Kentucky.com
Plan OK’d for new Triangle Park with cafe, central lawn, ice rink, games area
by Beverly Fortune, 05.07.11, Kentucky.com
The Lexington Center board Friday approved renovations to Triangle Park that will include a central lawn, outdoor café, activities area for games, and ice skating rink in the winter.
The $1.3 million in improvements will be made by the Triangle Foundation, which built the downtown park with private funds more than 30 years ago and contributes annually to its maintenance. The park is owned by the city but is under the care and control of Lexington Center Corp.
Work will start Monday. It is expected to be completed in 90 days, but it will take longer to open the café, said Steve Grossman, president of the Triangle Foundation…Read more at Kentucky.com