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Thank you to everyone who has called, emailed, and asked how you can help support us in the wake of the fire. To make things easier and less stressful, we are attempting to coordinate the relief effort.

Note - Please read the information on this website and follow our suggestions for ways you can help. Supporting us in this manner will make a major difference by allowing things go as smoothly as possible.


Ways You Can Help

  • Decide how you want to contribute (residential relief or studio relief, explained below)
  • Purchase items on the "list of needs" (see below)
  • Collect or donate money
  • Organize a benefit show


List of Needs

How you help, what you give, and who you help is your choice. We realize that some people might like to donate tools and art supplies to the artists, while others might want to donate clothing and food to the residents. It all helps! We are trying to keep this organized and fairly distributed amongst all those who have suffered a loss.

Since the LAVA House served the dual purposes of living space and art studios, we are dealing with a complex web of needs. We are organizing the "needs" into two main categories:

1. Residential Needs - Several Glassworks employees were victim to a house/studio fire on 1/26/08 at the Lava House. They did not make it out with anything - no car keys, no IDs, not even shoes. One particular employee lost his dog in the fire. Donations for the residents are being collected by Glassworks / Architectural Glass Art and they have pladged to match all donations. The money collected by Glassworks will be split three ways between Bart, Hannah, and Seed.

2. Studio Supplies - There were 9 artists who lost their studios. Monetary donations are being collected through a paypal account set up by the German-Paristown Neighborhood Association. Please visit the donation page to contribute.

Residential Needs
Bart Herre, Hannah Cameron, and Seed (Joshua Grubbs) lost everything they owned in the fire, because they were living there.

  • Registry - Bart, Hannah, and Seed will be registering at Target (Monday 1/28 & Tuesday 1/29) for things they need replaced. Bart and Hannah are a couple, so they will have a combined registry. Seed will have his own personal registry. More information will be posted after they have registered.
  • Gift Cards - Kroger, Valu-Market, Walgreens, Valu-City, Meijer, and especially Visa gift cards because they can use them anyplace
  • Furniture - couch(s), beds, night stands, dressers, chests, tables & chairs, desks
  • Duffle bags
  • Pots and Pans

Monetary Donations

  • Mail checks to Hannah and Bart, here:
    Bart Herre & Hannah Cameron
    c/o Noel Hawley
    971 Samuel Street
    Louisville, KY 40204
    *** Architectural Glass Art/Glassworks is collecting donations for the LAVA house residents and matching them through AGA/Glassworks. People can make donations via credit card through their online store
  • Mail checks to Seed, here:
    Joshua Grubbs
    c/o Aron Conaway & Hallie Jones
    941 Shelby Parkway #1
    Louisville, KY 40204

DO NOT MAIL CASH! If you have cash to donate, please contact Hallie Jones (502-641-4413) or Aron Conaway (502-758-8338). We will make arrangements with you.


Individual Requests from the Residents

  • Bart - Pants size 32/30, Shirt size Medium
  • Hannah - Pants size 11, Shirt size Medium, Needs T-shirts and Tank Tops, Lost her prized colorful sock collection (she hates plain socks), severely misses her I-Pod that allows her to have peace and be alone with her thoughts
  • Seed - Pants size 34 or 33 waist and 30 long, Shirt size Medium or Large, Boxer Briefs are the only undies he likes, Bike

Things they DO NOT Need

  • Toiletries
  • Ugly sweaters and stained old clothing (basically, if you don't want to wear something, assume they probably don't either)
  • Used underwear and socks

Studio Needs
There were 9 artists who lost their studios (Stuart Barr, Scott Belcher, Hannah Cameron, Dave Caudill, Aron Conaway, Bart Herre, Glenn Herre, Hallie Jones, Kristin Shelor). That means their tools, artwork, drawings, materials, supplies, personal items, storage..... the list can go on for miles.

We want to split all money that is raised for studio supplies equally in 9 ways. All other items, such as tools and supplies will be placed in storage until we can figure out what we're doing and how to split it up.

If there is a specific person you want your donation to go to, that is wonderful! Just let us know who should be the recipient of the gift.

  • Monetary donations
  • Gift cards - Lowe's, Home Depot, Preston Arts Center, Michael's, Baer Fabric, Visa gift cards

For people who have duplicate tools, things in storage that they don't need, and items that they might not use, here are some things that can help.

  • Drafting tables
  • Work benches
  • 4 sewing machines (Hannah, Hallie, Seed, Kristin all lost sewing machines)
  • Power tools (table saws, miter saws, chop saws, compressors and pneumatic tool attachments)
  • Welders
  • Cutting torches
  • Paint & brushes
  • Easels
  • Shelving and storage racks
  • Kilns
  • Plasma Cutter

More information and an updated list will be posted soon.

Please contact Hallie Jones (502-641-4413 - or Aron Conaway (502-758-8338 - if you would like to drop off donations. We will likely schedule a day and time for people to drop things off at our storage space.


Thanks to Everyone for stopping by, calling, and emailing in support and concern. We're doing what we can to move forward from here.