Katrina survivors’ ‘Twist’ of fate

CW39
This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

THE WOODLANDS, TX – There are a lot of ugly pictures associated with Hurricane Katrina. Algy and Kermie Irvin, owners of ‘Painting with a Twist’ in The Woodlands, paint one of survival and rebirth. Algy, a free-lance photographer and Kermie, an engineer, were married and living in New Orleans when the storm roared ashore ten years ago.

“Katrina came along in august and destroyed everything that we had, business was totally wiped out,” said Algy Irvin, Jr.

“We stayed there for a year and after that it was just the stresses of going through everything and not being able to start the rebuilding process, just became overwhelming,” said Kermie Irvin.

So, like many survivors, they headed to Houston for a fresh start. They filled their blank canvas with a new business venture.

“Starting our business in 2009 in the middle of a recession–everybody thought we were a little bit crazy,” said Kermie, “we were like, you know, we went through Katrina.”

Their perseverance paid off, and now they take pride in helping others unwind, with the help of glass of wine, of course!

“Being able to bring a little bit of New Orleans flavor to everyone with the painting, the socializing, it’s just been phenomenal,” said Algy, “Ten years later to see how far we’ve come has been truly amazing.”

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Popular

LATEST VIDEO

Food Truck Friday with Big 6 BBQ - Shannon LaNier

Weird wine creations - Adam Krueger and Hannah Trippett

$5K reward for the tiger - What would Adam do? - Watch!

"Moggy" - Adam Krueger makes up a new weather word!

Mystery Wire - Citizen Hearing on UFO Disclosure

Pairing wine with weather

Help your Neighbor

adam test 2

Houston Weather - Future Rain - Adam Krueger

Atlantic Hurricane Season - Adam Krueger

adam test

Grogan building supply

Houston Texans 2021 schedule

Houston Weather - Weekend forecast - Adam Krueger

Ohio to give $1 million to five vaccinated residents in weekly drawings

Houston Weather In One Minute - Star Harvey

Strengthen your home before a hurricane - Carrigan Chauvin

Personality Changes Due to Pandemic - Jane King

adam 6f

Houston Weather - Need Umbrellas, 10-day forecast - Star Harvey

FEATURED STORIES

More Featured

CRIME

More Crime

Local Headlines

More Local

Don't Miss