Members in the News!

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 Comments

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! 

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.




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

Hello Friends,

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 with number of guests and dietary restrictions. They also have a Facebook event here, and a not-very-informative website at


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: 


C.J. Presma-Artebella-Featured Artwork-March 1/2013 March 01 2013, 0 Comments

PYRO Galleries own, CJ Presma currently has a piece on display via Artebella at this site:

Check out the article about C.J. here and don't forget to review his work on his own site as well:


Bette Levy-New Exhibit at Metro Hall Features Local Artists February 21 2013, 0 Comments

Works showcase Louisville neighborhoods, landmarks

LOUISVILLE, KY (Feb. 21, 2013) – Louisville’s neighborhoods, landmarks and surrounding rural areas are vividly portrayed in photos, paintings and dimensional art in a new exhibit on display at Louisville’s historic Metro Hall, Feb. 25 - June 8.

The exhibit, titled “Shared Boundaries”, is part of the ongoing Rotunda Art Project. It features three artists, each taking a distinctively different approach to examining places in and around Louisville:

  *   Rachel Seed’s photographs freeze scenes and locations in the Portland neighborhood.

  *   Martin Rollins uses colored oil pastels to capture moments in time of neighborhoods including the Highlands, Clifton, Crescent Hill, Germantown and St Matthews.

  *   Bette Levy’s old farm tools and hand-knitted embellishments express the history of her family and others in rural areas of Jefferson County and beyond.

“This eclectic display capturing scenes from our historic neighborhoods and reaching out to our rural roots should appeal to a broad range of people and it’s a great fit for this art series,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “Whether it’s viewing art, attending our monthly music shows, grabbing lunch on Food Truck Tuesday or discussing new ideas for our city’s future, we want people to enjoy Metro Hall and use this historic public facility to its fullest.”

The exhibit is curated by Daniel Pfalzgraf, a multi-media artist and curator who has been exhibiting art professionally for over 14 years. He is currently director of The Green Building Gallery and also director of Media Services at B. Deemer Gallery in Louisville.

The Rotunda Art Project series is produced in partnership with the Louisville Commission on Public Art, with assistance from the Louisville Visual Art Association.

Visitors may see the exhibit anytime the building is open to the public, which is generally weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. There is no charge to enter Metro Hall, but people are required to go through security and show a photo ID.


Daniel Pfalzgraf is a multi-media artist and curator who has been exhibiting art professionally for over 14 years. He is currently the Director of The Green Building Gallery and the Director of Media Services at B. Deemer Gallery in Louisville. He was previously an assistant preparator at the Speed Art Museum and the Media Coordinator at Bill Lowe Gallery in Atlanta, GA. He has also worked as an independent curator creating exhibitions under the name of

Pfalzgraf’s art is represented locally at Swanson Contemporary. His current series of work, “Blindly Following History” are blind contour drawings of portraits that are then painted in with oil paint and old, used motor oil.

Pfalzgraf received a BFA from Murray State University (1999) in sculpture and drawing. He has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Louisville and Atlanta.


With the art and artists I selected to exhibit in Metro Hall, I wanted to examine places in and around Louisville filtered through time.  From specific landmarks in the various neighborhoods of the city, to the rural surrounding areas, Bette Levy, Martin Rollins, and Rachel Seed all give us a second look at our day-to-day surroundings.

Rachel Seed’s photos freeze the Portland neighborhood into a singular moment in time. Her attention to composition, to the color and textures of the area breathes new life into the old buildings and scenes that are often go unnoticed to as we travel from “point a” to “point b”.

Through simple manipulation of colored oil pastels, Martin Rollins captures a real sense of precise moments of time in the neighborhoods of his drawings. You know when you see each work the exact the time of day, the temperature, and the feel and smells of the Highlands, Clifton, Crescent Hill, Germantown, and St. Matthews. His drawings don’t just reproduce the appearance of our city – they provoke emotional understanding of the community.

Bette Levy’s use of old farm tools and hand-knitted embellishments reminds us of the importance of heritage, relationships and craft often associated with the rural life found further out in Jefferson County and beyond. Levy’s artwork elegantly expresses both her family’s personal history and the history of families all around the Metro area.

– Daniel Pfalzgraf, 2013Bette Le


Shohei Katayama-GEN-Currently on exhibit at Crane House January 30 2013, 0 Comments

 Shohei Katayama, an accomplished young artist with a broad talent across multiple media currently is showing his work at The Asia Institue at Crane House.

The official Press Release follows here:

January 7, 2013

Asia Institute –Crane House Presents:


January 25-April 19,2013

Louisville, KY. Asia Institute – Crane House presents GEN, January 25 through April 19, 9:30a to 4:30p.  Special Saturday hours, January 26, March 9, April 6, 11a to 3p. Admission is free.


Through motif shapes and forms resident artist, Shohei Katayama, takes you on a journey exploring the relationship between humanity’s ‘origin’ or gen and its perpetual problems of ecology, community and spirituality. 


Katayama’s works are narratives for contemporary issues – the increase of natural disasters and pollution, demand for alternative energy, the gradual collapse and rebirth of communities to name a few. The works are inspired by futurist Michio Kaku, Sachiko Kodama & Yasushi Miyajima, Motoi Yamamoto, Sagaki Keita and architect Ryuji Nakamura. Of the exhibition, AICH Executive Director, Bryan Warren says "Showcasing Asian and Asian American artists, in our region is an important part of our work at Asia Institute - Crane House. Shohei is an emerging artist who is creating an unusual and challenging exhibition that exemplifies the high quality artistic practice that can be found in the Asian community.”


Katayama graduated from Bellarmine University in 2010 with a BA in Fine Arts. He is an active leader in Asian culture awareness.  He has given many lectures and demonstrations at educational institutions and events over traditional forms of Japanese art. Katayama has received additional sculpture training at the University of Louisville in glass blowing, studying under Ché Rodes.


Support for this and other programming has been generously provided in part by Brown-Forman Corp., D.D. Williamson & Company, Stites and Harbson, PLLC, and members and donors of Asia Institute – Crane House. The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support to Asia Institute – Crane House with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Asia Institute – Crane House is a community resource that promotes understanding of Asian cultures and heritage through education, outreach and the arts.  The organization offers dynamic programming and outreach for all ages and interests which include K-12 educational programs, strengthening the civic presence of the Asian communities within Louisville and providing opportunities to engage in Asian culture abroad. Through the generous support of corporate sponsors and members and donors, AICH offers numerous programs, exhibits, workshops and language classes throughout the year and offers business-related services to the community.  AICH is located at 1244 S. Third Street in Louisville, Kentucky. Operating hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9:30a to 4:30p.  For more information, call 502.635.2240 or visit

Natural Inclinations: Currently showing at PYRO Gallery-Review January 30 2013, 0 Comments


Great news for the new PYRO Gallery location.

The first show, Natural Inclinations,  has been reviewed by the folks at the Arts Louisville Blogspot.

Take a look at their article here:


PYRO Gallery is Reopening in NULU! November 01 2012, 0 Comments

  Pyro has relocated to 909 East Market Street in the NuLu District of Louisville, Kentucky.

The Grand Opening of the new location will be kicked off by a poetry reading on November 14th in the new space.

The community is excited about this new opportunity for PYRO to join this great, expanding part of the revitalization effort in east Louisville.

Come by and take a look.

We think you'll love it as much as we do.