“The human form is the source of my inspiration,” explains painter Debra Lott. “It is content that proves inexhaustible as well as dynamic. My art making reflects the human experience, specifically, women adjusting to and coping with contemporary challenges. I never seem to lose interest in individual expressions and the complexity of the human spirit.”
Lott’s work has always been concerned with the need, “…to create awareness and to promote the position of women with a visual expression of their spirit,” and her newest work expresses that theme with a slightly sardonic edge. In these three images we see gangly, exaggerated limbs rendered with harder, more defined contrast in color and tone, and in “At Arm’s Length”, we get just a glimpse of faces, just as exaggerated, but emphasizing the terse humor in the slightly garish expressions.
Regionally, Lott’s work has been showcased at The Center for Women and Families, as well as Family Scholar House with work purchased by University Of Louisville Women’s Commission. Her Elderly Womanexhibit was chosen for a segment on Insight Communications Network, Villionaire Series including an interview about her work and technique. Several of Lott’s pieces have been juried in to the 54thand 55th Mid States Art Exhibition at the Evansville Museum of Arts, IN and Louisville’s Water Tower Regional Juried Exhibition. Most recently she was in two juried university exhibits: The Art at the X National Juried Exhibition, Xavier University, Cincinnati, “Multicultural Expressions of Faith”, Award of Excellence, 2013, and The Chautauqua National Exhibition, Eastern Kentucky University, 2015.
“My immediate future goal as an artist is to continue my feminist social commentary paintings as I spotlight the media’s unethical and idealistic portrayal of women. I have received my third grant from Kentucky Foundation for Women (2016) and look forward to this opportunity to use my skills as an artist to advance our society’s recognition of the merit of all women. The artwork produced with this grant is in the upcoming exhibit.”
Human-Nature, a two-person show featuring Debra Lott and Mike McCarthy at PYRO Gallery in Louisville runs August 25 –October 8, 2016, with an Artist’s Reception, Friday, August 26th, 6-9pm
Meditation comes in many forms, and for artist Shawn Marshall, it’s through the physical act of painting. She refers to the resulting images as “inward landscapes.” Her solo exhibition at Downtown Pilates Studio & Art Gallery features her preference for the palette knife’s impasto effect. The opening reception is June 23 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. If that time doesn’t work for you, the studio is on both the FAT Friday Trolley Hop and the Republic Bank First Friday Hop routes.
PYRO Gallery presents ENID, Generations of Women Sculptors.
The exhibition begins Thursday, April 13, 2017 with an Opening Reception on Friday, April 14th from 6-9 pm.
It will run from April 13th – May 27th.
PYRO Gallery is located at 909 East Market Street and is open from 12-6pm Thursday through Saturday, and until 9 PM on May 5th for the First Friday Gallery Hop.
PYRO Art Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of ENID, Generations of Women Sculptors, a group exhibition featuring the artwork of the Louisville, Kentucky-based collective of female sculptors. The name is taken from the first recognized female sculptor from Louisville, Enid Yandell.
ENID formed in 1998 has collectively shown in the region since that time. Their ages range from 33-95 with members having different levels and various degrees; from self-taught sculptors to those with graduate degrees, from those who have remained steadfast to sculpture to those who have ventured into other mediums. The common thread is their support for each other as artists.
Eighteen members of ENID will be featured in this exhibition including Leticia Bajuyo, Gayle Cerlan, Caren Cunningham, Jeanne Dueber, Linda Erzinger, Ewing Fahey, Sarah Frederick, Fran Kratzok, Valerie Sullivan Fuchs, Mary Dennis, Kannapell, Paula Keppie, Shawn Marshall, Suzanne Mitchell, Joyce Ogden, Jacque, Parsley, Emily Schuhmann, Gloria, Wachtel, and Melinda Walters.
“Lucent Cloud” , one of Steve’s “Cloud Panel” series, was selected for this summer’s 2016 “Bluegrass Biennial: A Kentucky Juried Exhibition” in Morehead, KY. An architectural glass panel composed of laser-cut steel, handblown sheet glass and poplar, “Lucent Cloud” received a Merit Award at the show.
Two of Steve’s other pieces—“Blue Wash”  and “Beetle” —were recently selected for “Gathering: Contemporary Glass from the Heartland”, featuring “the best of emerging and established glass artists from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Wisconsin—the heartland of America.” The show runs during the month of October at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. “Blue Wash” is from Steve’s “Cloud Panel” series. “Beetle” is a hollow-core vessel cast from recycled light bulbs. The wax positive for the glass was slowly turned on a wood lathe. The glass was then cast using the lost-wax process. The lid for the vessel was turned from ambrosia maple.
Steve’s a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Architecture. His work has received support from the Kentucky Arts Council.
Although she was born in Virginia and has called Louisville home for more than 30 years, Shawn Marshall counts her upbringing overseas as a crucial influence on her attitude towards life. She has lived or traveled in Cyprus, Lebanon, Germany, Kenya, Egypt, Italy, and the U.S. “My travels have provided a deep well of inspiration for my work. In fact, a recent trip to southern France made such an impact that I took a break from 15 years of sculpting to immerse myself in painting. Not only was I taken by the diverse landscape and amazing color, but also the raw emotion evoked from being in that environment.”
"Can't Take My Eyes Off It" an oil painting by Pyro member Shawn Marshall, was selected for the 27th International Juried Exhibition at Viridian Artists Gallery in Chelsea, New York, New York. The show was curated by
Tumelo Mosaka, Independent Curator, formerly Curator at Krannert Art Museum and Associate Curator at the Brooklyn Museum . The show will run June 28-July 16 with an opening reception June 30 from 6-8pm. Her website is www.shawnlmarshall.com
NEWS RELEASE: A major gift to the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art of 17 works of art by Pyro member and artist Bob Lockhart was unveiled at a reception honoring the artist recently. The works include some of Lockhart's iconic bronze and clay sculptures as well as his popular Neo-Color drawings. These works join 32 other works of art already in the museum's collection, making up the largest collection of Lockhart work in Kentucky and offering an encyclopedic overview of Lockhart's art from the early 1980s to the present.
The exhibition continues through April 29 and will be open during regular museum hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 10-4 pm; Friday 10-7 pm and Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 pm. For more information, call (270) 685-3181.
Sculptor Dave Caudill states that he is inspired by: “…the wonderful spirit of Alexander Calder,” and that influence is clear in the work we see here today. Calder is famous for creating the mobile, and even though these pieces are “stabiles”, they capture the open, linear quality and sense of play we associate with the iconic 20th century artist.
They also share positivity in their mission. Caudill intends his work to celebrate the beauty and vitality of humanity, and perhaps all creative achievement does this by constantly reaffirming our desire to express an understanding of our place in nature.
Although his work is usually large scale outdoor sculptures, Caudill will be exhibiting smaller pieces in Two Friends, at PYRO Gallery February 18th – April 3rd, 2016, with an Opening Reception Friday, February 19th, 6-9 PM. The show pairs Caudill with his former instructor and now good friend, Bob Lockhart.
Caudill has several public sculptures in Louisville: at 6th & Main St, the University of Louisville School of Music, Maryhurst Alternative School, the Crescent Hill public library, and the offices of the Waterfront Development Corp in downtown.
Jeffrey Skinner is a photographer-poet-playwright, which makes him quite the multi-hyphenate, yet the separation between the disciplines is not always as great as we might first imagine. The blurred, ghostly image of the pitcher in “The Old Ways” uncovers visual poetry in the way that words might construct an image in our mind. And what is “Ephraim” if not a forceful expression of the photographer’s eye seeing ethereal qualities in nature that others might have overlooked?
Skinner’s photographs have had solo shows and been part of many group exhibitions in and around Kentucky. He is a member of Pyro Gallery in Louisville where, in January 2015, he curated a unique exhibit of collaborations between 16 pairs of visual artists and poets called Double Vision. He is scheduled to have a solo exhibition at Pyro in August 2016.
In 2015 Skinner was given one of eight American Academy of Arts & Letters Awards. Also a writer, Skinner is the recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry. His most recent book of poems, Glaciology, won the 2012 Crab Orchard Open Poetry Award, and was published in 2013 by Southern Indiana University Press. In 2006 he was awarded his second Creative Writing Fellowship ($20,000) from the National Endowment for the Arts. Skinner is Professor Emeritus at the University of Louisville, and currently serves as President of the Board of Directors, and Editorial Consultant, for Sarabande Books, a literary publishing house he founded with his wife Sarah Gorham.
Gallery Representative: PYRO Gallery
See the article here: http://www.artebelladaily.org/artists/jeffrey-skinner/
At the packed, buzzing opening reception for the juried Annual Mazin Art Exhibit in the Patio Gallery on Sunday, November 22, many people paused and pondered in front of the first prize-winning piece, “Fusion.” The enigmatic earth-toned multimedia work shows four conical faces connected by threads to a large boulder-like item.
“I’m trying to figure it out,” said Mazin artist Sarah O’Koon. “It’s challenging. It draws you in and makes you think, what is this artist trying to say to me?”
The meaning behind “Fusion” was never revealed. Its creator, Russie Wight-Waltman, wasn’t there to explain it because she was sick and not able to attend the show.
The work’s puzzling quality was part of what made Mazin juror Luanne Rimel pick it as the winner of the first-place ribbon and $1,000. “There’s a lot of mystery in that piece,” Rimel said during the prize presentation.
Rimel, a St. Louis-based textile artist and experienced juror, culled 129 Mazin submissions down to 29, and also chose the winners.
She said narrowing the entries down was a major challenge, and that she was impressed by the range of inspired work she saw in the process. ”It never stops amazing me what people make and how the creative spirit lives in so many of us and we have to make our ideas become visual in some way.” Second place and $500 went to Tom Pfannerstill’s enamel-painted basswood “portraits” of a band aid box and oil can titled “Band Aid” and “3-in-One.” “I’m overjoyed. It’s wonderful,” Pfannerstill said. “I sent a similar piece to another show and it was rejected.”
Third place and $300 went to Alexander Taylor’s oil painting “Woodford Reserve Distillery.” Taylor said he hadn’t planned to paint the Distillery the day he visited it for the first time, but he was unexpectedly charmed and inspired by it.
“It was a beautiful day and I took a few photographs,” Taylor said. “I loved the way the light was hitting the building. Most of my work is architectural, cityscapes or landscapes, so it’s right up my alley.”
Vickie Wheatley’s bright textile piece “Las Ruinas” and Paul Reynolds’ bleach on paper piece “Wood,” both received honorable mentions.
The winners reflected the wide variety of styles and media comprising the show. Other memorable and unconventional pieces include Craig Kaviar’s “Illumination,” an alluringly ancient- looking forged iron menorah; Barbara Tyson Moseley’s “Button,” a button-covered contemporary ethnic doll; and Kevin Schultz’s “Mermaid, a crochet lace sculpture of a female torso that looks like it is about to wiggle off the wall.
Jana John, a local artist and co-owner of Gallery Janjobe in the Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center, marveled at “Mermaid.” “The intricacy is just amazing,” she said. “It must have taken forever.”
Patio Gallery Director and accomplished textile artist Bette Levy was beaming with pride as she kept busy mixing and mingling with the artists and gallery-goers.
“I think the show is terrific. Luanne worked really hard to make sure she had a good representation of different types of art work,” Levy said. “This is one of the largest turnouts we’ve ever had. Our group shows bring out all of the artists and all of their families.”
After Rimel announced the prize-winners, Levy received a surprise tribute honoring her for 15 years tirelessly working to make the Patio Gallery a premiere destination for the art community in addition to managing her own thriving art career. (See story.)
It was the perfect time and place for the tribute because so many of the artists and colleagues Levy has worked with over the years were there to share the moment.
In brief comments, JCL President and CEO Sara Klein Wagner said, “Bette has given many hours and years making sure our gallery is successful and beautiful. She has been the leader, making everything happen and we just wanted to say thank you.”
The attendees applauded and Wagner and Levy hugged. Then Wagner presented Levy with a big present wrapped in polka-dot paper, which Levy didn’t open until close to the end of the reception. The gift was a fabulous frosted glass menorah with multi-colored studs. “It’s fantastic,” Levy said. “It’s going to be so gorgeous with the candles burning.”
The Mazin Art Exhibit was created 10 years ago by Bernice and Benjamin Mazin, z”l, and is funded by the Mazin Visual Arts Fund. “The Mazins were on the JCC’s Visual Arts Committee and wanted to have a show that would celebrate local artists, so they set up a fund to underwrite the cost of having it on an ongoing basis,” Levy said. “We are so grateful to Bernice and Benjamin and their family.”
Judy Hummel, the Mazins’ daughter, was at the opening. She was grateful that the tradition her parents started is more popular and relevant than ever.
“I think it’s a beautiful show and I love that we got somebody from St. Louis to judge. The piece that won, I really like. It’s so cool and so different. I was taken by it,” she said. “The show is growing and I feel very pleased. I pray it stays this way for a long time.”
The Mazin Annual Art Exhibition will remain in the Patio Gallery through December 29.
When you enter the Jewish Community Center, the first thing you see when you look to the left is the Patio Gallery. This gallery has plenty of room to move around, comfortable, oversize chairs and good lighting.
Best of all, the gallery walls, and sometimes its floor space, are filled with marvelous creations – paintings, drawings, photos, sculptures and more, sometimes using traditional mediums and sometimes using things you’d never expect to find in a work of art.
If the current exhibition doesn’t speak to you, come back again and within six weeks, you’ll find something new that will appeal. It’s almost like magic.
But it isn’t really magic. A lot of work and careful planning goes into ensuring that the gallery offers a wide variety of curated exhibitions that are arranged in the most respectful way and that challenge you to think. Just ask Bette Levy who has served as the Patio Gallery director and chair of the JCC’s Visual Arts Committee or a volunteer for 15 years.
Asked about the highlights of her years with the Patio Gallery, Levy said, “We’ve presented a number of exhibitions that dealt with social issues.” One that stood out for her showed various ways people experience the sacred in their homes. “We had people from all different religions, cultures, and spiritual pursuits bring in ritual objects that were of significance to them,” she explained. “It was a pretty powerful show” that included items from Native American, African American, and Baha’i cultures as well as those from more traditional religions.
Other exhibitions that stood out for Levy included “one on addictions, one by people behind bars who were creating art, and one by artists living with HIV/AIDS. I think those were pretty potent and educational shows.”
Many of the shows feature local and regional artists, but Levy also brings in artists from out of state. She drew attention to two exhibitions coming in the next two years. In 2017, “Naftali Hilger, who is an Israeli photographer who has done a study on Jews from Yemen” will be featured. In addition, Wendy Weiss, who went to India on a Fulbright Scholarship to study weaving, will have a display of the Indian weaving technique known as ikat.
“One of the things I tried to do during my tenure over the years is present a variety of exhibitions in a diversity of mediums,” she said, “partially to give opportunities to different artists and partially to educate the community about what art is. I’ve developed a consistent pattern of presenting group, individual and rotating organizational exhibitions
“We have an annual Mazin Show,” she added, “which presents yet another forum, and in that particular regard, we are trying to expand the reach of that program so that it includes not just local artists, but also regional artists within a 200 mile radius of Louisville.
The Mazin Show was created by Bernice and Benjamin Mazin 10 years ago. It is a juried show that draws well over 100 entries each year, offers monetary awards, and is currently on display in the Patio Gallery. (See story, page 19.)
Running the Patio Gallery is not a solo endeavor Today, Levy works closely with Senior Adult Programming and Cultural Arts Director Slava Nelson. “Working with Slava is fabulous,” Levy said. “One of the first things that she ever said to me was if you need something done, just let me know and it will be done. She has remained true to her word. We trust one another implicitly and she makes my work easy.”
She also had kind words for Marsha Bornstein and John Leffert, who worked with her before Nelson. “The Center has been very receptive to the shows that I’ve put on and the things I want to achieve with the gallery, and I’m grateful for that. It’s been a win-win situation.” Levy is originally from New York, and she lived in San Francisco before coming to Louisville to get her masters degree in art therapy. She also had a long career in fund development and event production.
“Late in life,” Levy said, “I married my wonderful husband, Dr. Robert Acland , and after our marriage, I went back to school to get a second masters degree in textile arts.”
“When I married Robert,” she added, “he said to me, you want to make art? Quit your day job and go ahead and make art. This enabled me to get on to create my own art and enabled me to oversee the Patio Gallery. His declaration of support freed me up to do the things I wanted to do, and I’m eternally grateful to him for that.”
Levy is one of about eight founding members of Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists (LAFTA). “There were a number of textile artists who were busily working in their studios by themselves without the opportunity to interact with like-minded people,” she explained. “A group of us got together to talk about banding together and forming an organization where people could be with kindred spirits, have critiques, have opportunities to exhibit and also to educate the community.”
She is a member of PYRO, a successful cooperative gallery that gives its members a place to exhibit and sell their artwork.
Levy has participated in numerous exhibitions and conducted personal research into textiles through world-wide travel. Beside LAFTA, she is a past member of Fiber Forum (an arm of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America), a past vice president, board member, and Kentucky state representative for the Surface Design Association, and a member of numerous other textile, arts and community organizations. She has also written articles for Surface Design Journal, Arts Across Kentucky, and other professional journals.
Pyro member Kay Grubola is included in an exhibition at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft this summer. The show opens to the public June 14 - August 31.
Other artists include: Jennifer Angus, John James Audubon, Bigert & Bergström, Drew Conrad, Mitch Eckert, Carlee Fernandez, Charles Fréger, Adam Fuss, Kay Polson Grubola, Edward Hart, Laura A. Hartford, Jochem Hendricks, Damien Hirst, Jacob Heustis, Lonnie Holley, Jessica Joslin, Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis, Vladimir Peric, Rosalie Rosenthal, Andrea Stanislav, Turner + Guyon, Meyer Vaisman
Sculpture from six Pyro Gallery artists have been selected for the 7th Annual Garden Art Sculpture Show Exhibit. The show set on the beautiful grounds of the Yew Dell Botanical Gardens will run from May 17th to August 3rd, 2014. Work by Bob Lockhart, Sho-hei Katayama, Mike McCarthy, John McCarthy, Beverly Glascock, and Philip Rodriguez was selected for the popular juried exhibition. In addition, a Bob Lockhart bronze sculpture will be raffled off at the opening May 17th.
The show features dozens of pieces from more than 20 artists in a wide range of materials including stone, wood, metal, glass, ceramic and more. Pieces range in size, form and style offering something for any garden setting. All pieces in the show are for sale. The exhibition is sponsored by The Glenview Trust Company.
Mike McCarthy just found out that his stone sculpture, "Flight," has been accepted to "The Bluegrass Biennial: A Kentucky Juried Exhibition" at Morehead State University. His sculpture was one of only 50 works selected for this show. The exhibit will run from June 9-August 27, 2014 at Morehead State University’s Claypool-Young Art Gallery. Congratulations Mike!
The ninetieth annual John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships were revealed on April 10. Pyro Gallery is proud to announce local poet and artist Jeffery Skinner, a Pyro member, is one of the 177 scholars, artists and scientists honor this year. Drawing from a pool of approximately 4000 applicants 177 fellowships were awarded this year in a wide variety of disciplines.
The great variety of backgrounds, fields of study, and accomplishments of Guggenheim Fellows is one of the most unique characteristics of the Fellowship program. In all, fifty-six disciplines, eighty-three different academic institutions, twenty-nine states and two Canadian provinces are represented by this year’s Fellows, who range in age from twenty-nine to seventy-seven.
Since its establishment in 1925, the Foundation has granted over $315 million in Fellowships to almost 17,700 individuals, among whom are scores of Nobel laureates and poets laureate, as well as winners of Pulitzer Prizes, Fields Medals, and other important, internationally recognized honors.
Jeff Skinner is an active member of Pyro Gallery and epitomizes the unique make up of the artist cooperative gallery. In addition to his work as a poet, Mr. Skinner is a active photographer and is currently curating an exhibition of photographs for a May exhibition. He is also organizing an collaborative exhibition of work by poets and visual artists that will be presented at Pyro Gallery in January of 2015.
PYRO is an artist owned and operated gallery with 22 current members. Working in many different styles and media, a diverse group of professional artist members guarantees a lively assortment of work to visitors and collectors.