Artists

David Modica

David Modica is a native of the Louisville, Kentucky area, currently residing in New Albany, Indiana. A photographer for nearly 30 years, David’s work is expressed in traditional black and white silver gelatin prints; made by hand in his own darkroom.

David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Indiana University and studied photography formally at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn (Chicago), Illinois. He is a founding member of PYRO, an artist’s cooperative gallery in Louisville, where he has served as Business Director and Treasurer. David’s personal work is held in many private collections and on display in many corporations throughout the region. His work of the Stock Yards is part of the fine arts collection at the University of Louisville Photo Archives.

Dru Pilmer

Dru is a Contemporary Expressionistic Abstract acrylic painter.  Born in Rhode Island, raised in Mississippi, and now calls the Greater Louisville area her home.   Her work as a voice teacher and former work as a professional actor/dancer, informs the improvisational approach she takes in her paintings, which are often described as energetic and bold. 

Jeff Reinhardt

All of my products are made by me in my shop in Indiana. I heat the items in a forge and then using hand hammers and a power hammer I forge the item to near shape. Then I finish the products by grinding, sanding, applying a patina or painting and coating. Some of my products get a heat treatment to harden them as well. Most of the equipment in my shop was made by me including the power hammer. All of ,my products are slightly unique as each is made by my hand and eye. No two will ever be exactly alike. No dies that make a stamped shape are ever used. I forge with a coal forge or propane forge depending on the item and most are forged at 2200F.

Kevin Schultz

Kevin studied art at Indiana University Southeast and received her BA in 1982.  She went on to study with many artists and received her MAT in 2001 from the University of Louisville.  She lives in Floyds Knobs, Indiana where she has a beautiful studio designed by her husband, Rick.  She teaches drawing and photography at New Albany High School.    She has won many awards and continues to compete in juried exhibitions. 

The creative process inspires me to explore and develop art in many different media.  Making art enriches my life and feeds my soul.  I want to fill everyday with discovery!  As an Educator, I love to share my passion and encourage others to make their own discoveries in their creations!

Wendi Smith

Wendi Smith’s work has been exhibited regionally for over thirty years. She has been a member of local co-ops Zephyr and Pyro Gallery, and a supporter of the local arts scene. Exhibit credits include Four Star Gallery in Indianapolis, the Carnegie for the Arts in Cincinnati and Zephyr Gallery in Louisville. She has taught fine arts at Bellarmine University and Indiana University Southeast (IUS).

Her work deals with the adaptation of ritual objects to natural subjects.  The presented work is inspired by fetish objects, created from found natural elements and simple threads and beads.  Each fetish is housed in a box, on which the object is portrayed

Brian Somerville

Brian Somerville earned his BFA from the University of Evansville and an MFA from Florida Atlantic University. Brian has a studio in Burns, TN where most of his beasts are created. He helps others explore their own beasts through hands-on workshops and live sculpting demonstrations.

Kimara Wilhite

Kimara Wilhite is a self-taught photographer that regularly attends workshops where she learns new techniques from fellow photographers. She loves to travel and finds great joy in capturing nature and dramatic light. She is a member of the Professional Photographers of America, Equine Photographers Network, and Louisville Visual Art Association. Her work has been published in magazines and exhibited in numerous exhibitions throughout the United States.

Bonnie Zimmer

Bonnie is a lifelong artist, teacher, arts activist, and resident of northwest Indiana. She has lived in Rensselaer, Indiana for over three decades with her husband Bill and now grown, three children. Over the years she has taught art in the public schools at all levels. Now Professor Emeritus of Art, she retired from Saint Joseph’s College in May of 2016 where she was an Associate Professor of Art and chair of the Art Department at Saint Joseph’s College. Also a committed artist, she has made art “whenever she could”, exhibiting nationally. She has also lived up to her commitment to service and the importance of having “art” in her rural community by taking a strong leadership role.