Members in the News!
Julia Davis at STRIVE! Wednesday 9-14! September 13 2016, 0 Comments
Tomorrow!!! @ Strive (622 Baxter Ave) from 6-9!!
Julia will be showcasing several of her latest series of oil paintings.
Come take a look!...
Great Day Live meets human nature! The interview! September 12 2016, 0 Comments
Take the opportunity to see our very own Debra Lott interviewed regarding the new show at PYRO Gallery in Louisville!
Steve Heine — 2016 “Bluegrass Biennial” and 2016 “Gathering: Contemporary Glass from the Heartland” August 28 2016, 0 Comments
“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.
Shawn Marshall-Artebella! June 20 2016, 0 Comments
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.”
See the full article here:
Viridian Artists Gallery-Shawn Marshall-Juried Exhibition-Chelsea, NY June 20 2016, 0 Comments
"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
Bette Levy-Opening May 22nd at the JCC Patio Gallery! May 23 2016, 0 Comments
Owensboro Museum of Fine Art-Bob Lockhart! March 24 2016, 0 Comments
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.
Dave Caudill In Artebella February 16 2016, 0 Comments
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.
Artebella - Jeffrey Skinner February 08 2016, 0 Comments
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.
See the article here: http://www.artebelladaily.org/artists/jeffrey-skinner/
Bette Levy Honored Mazin Show Opens in Patio Gallery; Winners Announced February 06 2016, 0 Comments
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.
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.
Levy Marks 15 Years with Patio Gallery! February 06 2016, 1 Comment
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.
American Connection-CJ Presma February 06 2016, 0 Comments
PYRO Gallery Photographer CJ Presma was recently interviewed by Susan Burnstine regarding the body of his work over the years. The article can be found here:
Kay Grubola at the Kentucky Museum of Art May 30 2014, 0 Comments
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
Wendi Smith "Sacred Familiar" Showing at JCC May 23 2014, 0 Comments
7th Annual Garden Art Sculpture Show Exhibit April 25 2014, 0 Comments
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-The Bluegrass Biennial Sculpture Submission Accepted April 19 2014, 0 CommentsMike 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!
C.J. Presma "Night Lights" Artist Talk April 12 2014, 0 Comments
CJ Presma will be holding an Artist talk on Saturday, April 19th beginning at Noon.
Please join him for a Question and Answer session around his latest multimedia exhibit now showing at PYRO!
Amanda Breide-"New Moon Ball" -Opening April 24th in Cleveland April 12 2014, 0 Comments
As part of the Window2Sculpture 2014 Emerging Artist Series
Open April 24- May 29, 2014
Opening reception Thursday, April 24 from 5:30-8:00 with artist talk at 6:15
At The Sculpture Center's Euclid Avenue Gallery,
1834 E. 123rd Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
With additional funding from The Kentucky Center's Governor's School for the Arts.
JEFFERY SKINNER AWARDED JOHN SIMON GUGGENHEIM MEMORIAL FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP April 12 2014, 0 Comments
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.
Night Lights-CJ Presma's Multimedia Exhibition April 02 2014, 0 Comments
Got to sneak into CJ's show as he prepares for this weekends opening.
It's a wonderful sensory experience that I think everyone can appreciate.
There are three showings of the program this Friday at 6, 7 and 8:30 PM.
Come down to PYRO and catch this great opening night.
Jeffrey Skinner on Slate April 23 2013, 0 Comments
Pyro Gallery's own Jeffrey Skinner presents one of his poems, "Distant Wants" on SLATE.
Go hear to hear Jeffrey present and to see his presentation in conjunction with one of his daughter Laura's images.
Keith Auerbach-Review of "The Next Call"-Now Showing at Pyro Gallery March 23 2013, 0 Comments
Check out this wonderful article reviewing the latest work from Keith Auerbach at Pyro!!!
The Louisville Story Program March 23 2013, 0 Comments
The event I'm inviting you to is in support of our son-in-law Darcy Thompson's student writing initiative at Shawnee High School. This is an extremely worthy and well-thought out program that will result in students from underprivileged backgrounds being helped by writers to actually write books about their lives and community. Anyone with an interest in writing, helping young people, or improving Louisville should have a stake in this.
Darcy, a researcher for TeachAmerica, is doing this good work pro bono because he wants to help others by providing an opportunity that currently doesn't exist. He is energetic, intelligent, and dedicated to anything he undertakes. This will be a winner and in a year's time everyone in this town will be astonished at its achievement. I seldom, if ever, ask anyone to do anything, but I'm making an exception in this case. Please join us and help this effort succeed.
The information below will explain more about how to support this project while enjoying a bowl of great soup.
The Louisville Story Program has been invited to be one of three presenters at the posSOUPbility Spring Fling, an event in which attendees pay $10 each (cash only) for a soup dinner (prepared by Farm to Fork and the Blind Pig), during which you listen to pitches for three new projects/ventures benefiting our community. Attendees vote on the best project, and the winner gets 90% of the proceeds. (So, as far as I understand it, it’s basically a popularity contest—meaning, the more friends who show up for us, the more likely we are to win. I think we may have stiff competition.) It’s on Sunday, April 7, from 5-7pm at Americana Community Center. If you could make it out and/or spread the word and/or bring friends, I would be so grateful.
The organizers of the event ask that you RSVP to email@example.com with number of guests and dietary restrictions. They also have a Facebook event here, and a not-very-informative website at www.posSOUPbility.blogspot.com.
Anne Stewart Anderson and Keith Auerbach-LEO Review March 23 2013, 0 Comments
Curios to see what LEO has to say about their ongoing show at PYRO?
Take a look here:
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