Ashley Brossart
Ashley Brossart

Ashley Brossart’s art is often a geometrical interpretation of Louisville. Sometimes there are familiar scenes from a particular neighborhood, and other times there are repeated patterns of shapes, lines, swirls and colors that depict dizzying movement on a two-dimensional canvas.

Brossart says she’s inspired by maps and pathways, and when she puts pen to paper, patterns just tend to take shape.

"Ink Drawing No. 2" by Ashley Brossart
“Ink Drawing No. 2” by Ashley Brossart

“Through collecting images from an environment, I capture key areas of visual importance to recreate a location inspired by elements I find most significant,” she says in her artist statement.

She’s had dozens of solo and group exhibitions in town — from the Gallery at the Brown Hotel to the Mayor’s Gallery at Metro Hall — and has worked on art projects like Gallapalooza (her horse was named “Best Louisville Design” in 2015) and painting murals in area Kroger stores.

You can see her ink drawings and new work at all three Quills Coffee locations — eventually. Her exhibit will rotate each month to a new location. This month, it’s at the U of L spot (327 W. Cardinal Blvd.); in May, it moves to the Highlands (930 Baxter Ave.); and in June, it crosses the river to New Albany (137 E. Market St.).

Brossart tells Insider she was intrigued by the thought of a rotating show at a coffee shop and believes it’s a great set-up, because people will be able to view and experience the art in a similar way as if it was hanging in their living rooms.

“I think it’s great that many shops offer walls for artists and are excited about exhibiting new work,” she says. “All of it really depends on how you can make the most of the experience and the opportunity, and what you want to do as an artist.”

Detail of "City" by Ashley Brossart
Detail of “City” by Ashley Brossart

Brossart will add new pieces to the exhibit throughout its three-month run, and all the pieces can be purchased at the counter.

As for the future, Brossart is staying busy creating pieces for upcoming shows. She’ll be doing live ink drawings at Churchill Downs’ opening-night ceremonies on Saturday, April 30, and she’ll have a full show at Lenihan Sotheby’s in May.

We got Brossart to put down her pen for a few minutes to answer some very important questions …

What’s the most surprising thing on your Bucket List?

Own a Victorian home and have a water slide from the top floor into backyard pool! But it’s really a tie with owning and running a snow cone shack on a beach somewhere.


What poster was on your wall in junior high?

It was poster heavy — poster of a Kandinsky painting (composition No. 6). There was also poster of a Picasso painting, and one of Baltimore Orioles outfielder Brady Anderson.

If you were mayor, to whom would you give the key to the city?

Tough one! Sarah Lindgren! Or Mary Carothers … or Jackie Pallesen … or the Art Sanctuary trio of Frankie Steele, Britany Baker and Lisa Frye. So many people come to mind! Can we do one big key for all of them collectively?

What are your preferred pizza toppings?

Banana pepper, mushroom and black olives — on thin crust!

If you could be any age for a week, what would it be?

23.5 … I have actually thought about this a lot.

What famous person do people say you resemble the most?

Lauren Ambrose from "Six Feet Under"
Lauren Ambrose from “Six Feet Under”

Does double take: “You look like that girl in that show ‘Six Feet Under.'”

Who would you most like to be stuck with in an elevator?

Comedian Chelsea Handler, Rachel Short, my brother Rob. Any of these and it would probably turn into a pretty comedic event.

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Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville. She's known around town as the Bar Belle and updates her blog ( daily. She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."


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