ENID, Generations of Women Sculptors

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.

 

Enid Yandell (1869-1924) represents a timeless tale of strength and persistence against the odds.  Her success as a professional sculptor at the turn of the twentieth century is particularly impressive on many levels. Despite her gender, Yandell achieved great recognition through major projects and commissions in cities like Chicago and Paris and ultimately was accepted into the National Sculpture Society. Her brazen attitude and bold professional approach is perhaps best captured in her creation of Pallas Athena, a 30-foot-tall plaster sculpture of the Greek goddess that was presented in the Parthenon reconstruction for the Nashville Biennial in 1897. Although this piece has since been destroyed, her legacy lives on locally through two iconic Louisville sculptures: Hogan's Fountain and the portrait of Daniel Boone. Her story, both interesting and inspiring, should be a staple of art and local history.