2013 Exhibitions


A Closer Look: Forms in Nature

New Sculpture from 

John McCarthy



PYRO Gallery


909 East Market Street


Louisville, Kentucky 40206


Show Dates: July 5th, 2013 - August 10th, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday July 5th, 2013: 6 PM - 9 PM

First Friday Trolley Hop: August 2nd, 2013: 6 PM - 9 PM


In preparation for this exhibition, the artist’s intention was to focus on form in nature – broadly and in its smallest details. The undulating contours of a hillside, the shape of spring fern fronds, a rocky textured creek bed, all inspired ceramic sculptor, John McCarthy, to explore form from a variety of perspectives.

McCarthy was influenced by an orchestral suite, Aus Italien, in which Strauss musically described the Tuscan countryside. He was struck by the way Strauss employed rhythms, melodies, and tones in music to recreate his impressions of the environment. McCarthy responds to his Kentuckiana environment in a similar way, expressing the rhythm achieved while scanning a knob view landscape, the repeated melody in the life cycle of a tree, the subtle tones in a seedpod. He uses his medium, ceramics, as Strauss used his music, to interpret the larger landscape, the individual elements of the environment, and its smallest details. It is the musicality of his environment that has influenced McCarthy and that he wants to share with viewers.  

Focusing such close attention on these aspects of nature also caused McCarthy to consider not only nature’s form and beauty, but also to feel its vulnerability. Hence, awareness of deforestation and the daily loss of the earth’s tree canopy, water pollution, and man’s destructive effects on nature – all bring an appreciation of the balance necessary to preserve these forms in nature. 

John McCarthy is an artist, ceramic sculptor, and art educator. His sculptural pieces are hand-built and highly manipulated to create organic shapes with an emphasis on texture and subtle, naturally glazed surfaces.  McCarthy has used stoneware firings to produce one-of-a-kind compositions that are striking and durable, whether used indoors or as exterior garden sculpture

Also: In the Members’Gallery : Inspired by Nature
Shohei Katayama, Mary Dennis Kannapell
Mike McCarthy, Corie Neumayer & Philip Rodriquez

Contemplating the Mystical Connection

Mary Dennis Kannapell

Sculptural Ceramics


Julia Comer

Sculpture to Wear



PYRO Gallery


909 East Market Street


Louisville, Kentucky 40206



May 16th, 2013 through June 30th, 2013


Opening Reception: Thursday, May 16th, 2013: 6-9 PM


First Friday Trolley Hop: Friday, June 7th, 2013: 6-9 PM


Mary Dennis Kannapell

Sculptural Ceramics


Julia Comer

Sculpture to Wear


From shamanic origins to fairy tales, the idea of a connection between worlds has been central in imagery and literature across cultures and throughout time. The inherent potential of the spiraling evolutionary force is the inspiration for this body of work by these two talents. Axis Mundi was the term the ancients used to describe the journey and the connection.


Mary Dennis Kannapell focuses on the mystery of the classic egg form and vocabulary of inspired shapes and symbols. These mixed media assemblages reflect the astrological aspects that accompany the journey to bring the gifts of enlightenment to the earthly plane. The marriage of elemental forces are embodied in her larger scale ceramic figurative busts.


Renowned for her exquisite taste in international jewelry and wearables, Julia Comer has been breaking barriers for the Louisville community for years as she introduces new ways of looking at personal adornment. Recently, she has created her own innovative line of inspired jewelry for her Flo Gallery on East Market St.


Julia Comer introduces a large scale sculpture in the newly relocated PYRO Gallery in Nulu district as part of this collaborative exhibition. Included will be a selection of her new sculptural jewelry.


This dynamic collaboration will be on display through June 30.





APRIL-MAY: Constellate



Layer on Layer,

 Mystery on Mystery

 Image on Image,

 Dream on Dream

Both the work of Corie Neumayer and James Norton celebrate life...both in the actual creation of an image as well as in the finished art.  The photographs and paintings constellate, or collect in one place, discoveries, memories and ideas that   seek an understanding of the unexplainable world.

 Corie Neumayer uses spray paint and stencils cut from vinyl shelf liner to layer multiple images of birds...or of people, that are  brought together in groups that may have happened only by impuse.  People may dress differently, think differently, and come from different backgrounds, but like other species we still congregate in groups.  


James Norton's photograps are comprised of a series of images illustrating the deconstructive effects of Alzheimer's disease.  His work simultaneously grieves the inexorable loss of structure and follows the contextual path that leads the viewer to a new memory and a new shared experience. The blending of past and present through complex composited imaging, subtly reveals a central point or primary focus within each image.


Layers of meaning and layers of images unite the work of both  artists as they celebrate the dreams and mysteries of life.


CORIE NEUMAYER's work can be viewed here:

JAMES NORTON's work can be viewed here:


February-March: Two Concurrent Solo Shows:

The Next Call: LetterForms                                  

WOW: Wonderful Old Women


    Keith Auerbach                                                     Ann Stewart Anderson


February 21st, 2013 through March 30th, 2013  

Opening Reception: Friday, February 22nd, 2013: 6-9 PM

First Friday Trolley Hop: Friday, March 1st, 2013: 6-9 PM

 On first look, the work by Keith Auerbach  "The Next Call: LetterForms" and that of Ann Stewart Anderson "WOW - wonderful old women" have almost nothing in common. Although both artists work in two dimensional format, Auerbach's images exude elegance and fluid arabesques of movement; Anderson's portraits of imagined women are blatantly figurative and emotional.


However, both artists are concerned with similar concepts. Auerbach begins with original text, print, fonts, hieroglyphs, and graffiti and transforms them into intriguing abstract images.


Anderson cuts pages from art magazines employing scissors and glue to re-vision the elements to create features, clothing and jewelry for her ladies. Both artists are actively engaged in a process of masking and unmasking.The dynamics of actually cutting an image of a John Chamberlain sculpture from a magazine and pasting it on a woman's head both conceals the original work while it is revealed in its new form as a stylish hat.


For Auerbach, 15th century Latin Gutenberg script twists into fossil forms. The patinated colors of Egyptian hieroglyphs evolve into musical rhythms. A mysterious landscape slips out of a 1940's Geometry textbook. The written word echoes the printed past and is a new image altogether.


For both artists this revealing and concealing, masking and unmasking, establishes rhythmic intensity. Though the visual outcomes are different, Auerbach and Anderson work instinctively to create compositions replete with shifts in visual focus and infinite possibility.


PYRO Gallery is open 12 PM to 6 PM on Thursdays thru Saturday, or by appointment. The gallery is open late during artist receptions and First Friday Trolley Hops. Admission to PYRO Gallery is FREE and open to the public.



January-February 2013

Natural Inclinations

Ended 2-18

Opening Reception

Friday, January 4th, 2013: 6 PM-9 PM

First Friday Trolley Hop Friday, February 1st, 2013: 6 PM-9 PM  


In a technology-oriented society, many individuals crave a reconnection with the natural world.  For artists, this craving has fostered an exploration of natural objects and materials, and a re-thinking of imagery, approaches, and mediums.  This shared affinity is presented in Natural Inclinations, an exhibition that includes PYRO member, Bette Levy, along with invited guests Vallorie Henderson, Kay Polson Grubola, and James Grubola.  Each of these artists employs distinctly different approaches, styles, and mediums to convey their impressions and relationships with the world of nature.


Bette Levy typically works with meticulous hand embroidery in silk thread on black grounds, depicting abstract renditions of objects found in the world around her.  In this exhibition, in addition to her embroidered work, Levy also incorporates various new techniques and mediums.  Working with walnut ink, shibori, rust stain, burning, and discharge, Levy moves into new realms of production.  Much of her work focuses on topographical views of land and water.  Also included are examples of faux-calligraphy reflecting her interest in weather-beaten ancient texts. 


Vallorie Henderson, whose work has always had its origins in nature, now directs her attention to the traditional basket forms of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee.  Incorporating a new approach to her felted, machine-stitched vessels, Henderson creates hyperbolic curves shaped from flat Nuno felt through a series of tucks, darts, pleats, and shearing techniques.  This method of construction allows her to work with felt that is more sheer and gossamer.  Multiple layers of thin merino wool and transparent silk organza create a complex blending of colors.


For Kay Polson Grubola, the eternal cycle of growth, death, and decay form the structure of the landscape and are the heart of its beauty.  For some time, Polson Grubola has explored organic objects presented in formal compositions.  Now, in Natural Inclinations, she turns her sights to feminism and the traditions of Celtic mythology, which has its roots in the cyclic patterns of nature.  This most recent work focuses on the adornment of the Goddesses using those materials closely associated with their domains.


A sense of order has always been an important component of James Grubola's work.  By layering lines, he has tried to define and develop the surface of the drawing and to explore such concepts as placement and inter-relatedness.  Previously, Grubola used sticks as source material for his drawings of architectural structures.  For Natural Inclinations, Grubola takes a new approach and looks at living features, such as thickets and vines.  Grubola works in gold and silverpoint, which allows the subtle variations in the colors of the two metals to create quiet spatial differences.


PYRO Gallery is open 12-6 PM on Thursday, and Friday and Saturday or by appointment.  The gallery is open late during opening receptions and First Friday Gallery Hop.  Admission to PYRO is free and open to the public.

PYRO Exhibits in 2012

Bob Lockhart & Mike McCarthy
01/19 - 02/27 

Jeffrey Skinner & Laura Skinner
03/01 - 04/08

Christopher Mozier
04/12 - 05/20

Group Show
05/24 - 07/01

Deb Lott & Juried Exhibition
07/05 - 08/19

The Human Condition
Regional Juried Art Exhibition

July 5th through August 19th, 2012
Opening Reception:  July 6th, 2012 - 6 PM to 9 PM
First Friday Trolley Hop: July 6th & August 3rd, 2012 - 6 PM to 9 PM

Pyro Gallery member, Debra Lott presents the gallery’s first juried exhibition challenging Kentuckiana artists to visually portray the Human Condition, 2012. Twenty three artists were selected regionally, from Indianapolis to Lexington to Elizabethtown, working in painting, mixed media, photography and sculpture. The list of regionally recognized artists includes: Britany Baker, Barry Motes, Benjamin Cook, AJ Nafziger, Katherine Corcoran, Michael O'Bannon, Chris Doerflinger, Patrick Pfister, Molly Gruninger, Sara Pitt, Melissa Hall, Richard Rink, Bryan Holden, Christina Robinson, Kerri Horine, Jan Malone Sowder, Trish Korte, David Toczko, Carol Labashosky, Joel Toste, Helen Merrick, Russie Wight-Waltman, and Thea Meussling.

In addition, Lott will exhibit new work reflecting the contemporary human experience alongside the juried exhibition.


Bette Levy
08/23 - 09/30

Food Show
10/04 - 11/11

Mary Dennis Kannapell
11/15 - 12/30