View from the Grandstand and Millinery hat artist Madam Foo Foo at the Brown Hotel Gallery

Fine hats and fabulous horses this First Friday at the Brown Hotel Gallery!

Meet Madam Foo Foo, a local haberdasher & millinery extraordinaire  set up in the entry way to the gift shop  this First Friday from 10am-1pm at the Brown Hotel Gallery. Get gussied up for Oaks and Derby with an elegantly unique derby hat and take a stroll through the featuring artists Jaime Corum, Melanie Osborne, Donna Bernstein and Thomas Allen Pauly.



About View From the Grand Stand:

Time to gear up for Kentucky Derby season! Gallery at the Brown will host the horse-themed “View from the Grandstand” art show featuring artists Jaime Corum, Melanie Osborne, Donna Bernstein and Thomas Allen Pauly. Light appetizers and wine will be served at the event. The show will close June 16.

image003.jpgLocal equine artist Jaime Corum draws inspiration from her own experience with horses, including the one she owns, Chesapeake. Versatile in her approach, Corum specializes in thoroughbred racing, dressage, show jumping and eventing, and uses oils to bring her visions to life.

Melanie Osborne’s love for horses stems from her childhood in Ashland. Raised on a farm, she was surrounded by horses, a factor which ultimately led her to a career in art. Osbourne started her talent with pet portraits and now paints equine murals.

Donna Berstein’s equestrian paintings reflect her early interest of the form and anatomy of horses. Using a simple style with no brushes or tools, Bernstein constructs classic designs that combine intimate elements with a modern structure. She says, “It’s not the horses that I paint; I paint how they make me feel.”

Recognized internationally, award-winning equine artist Thomas Allen Pauly uses watercolors and oils to create portraits depicting the energy and celebration of achievement in horseracing. A world traveler, Pauly has produced paintings for numerous national and international competitions, including Royal Ascot, Dubai World Cup, Belmont and the Kentucky Derby.

Gallery at The Brown features local artists to bring awareness to Kentucky’s visual arts scene. Located on the first floor of the hotel, Gallery at the Brown is open for the Republic Bank First Friday Hop! as well as Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

About the Brown Hotel:

A Louisville tradition since 1923, the Brown Hotel is home to the four-star English Grill fine dining restaurant, quintessential Lobby Bar and casual breakfast and lunch venue J. Graham’s Café, where guests can try the legendary Hot Brown sandwich. Located at the corner of Fourth and Broadway, the AAA Four-Diamond hotel is a member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts and Historic Hotels of America. Named to Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best list and Conde Nast Traveler’s “#10 Hotel in the South,” the 293-room luxury venue is part of 1859 Historic Hotels Ltd. For more information, visit or call (502) 583-1234. Follow the Brown Hotel on Facebook and Twitter.

About Madam Foo Foo Hats:

Madam Foo Foo Couture hats and “FOOscinators” are designed in the Kentucky studio with the latest fashion trends and color palettes in mind.

Long before Philip Treacy designed for Kate Middleton and the royal wedding, we were inspired by him. “He’s elegantly outrageous!” according to Lisa Lake-Roedemeier. ” I absolutely love his lines and his uncanny ability to balance whimsy and tradition.” We also receive creative inspiration from God and music…in that order!

Founded in 2009, Madam Foo Foo Couture gives a portion of profits to thoroughbred rescue, retirement, and retraining. Madam Foo Foo is one of Lisa’s former racehorses and a retirement success story.


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