Artist Ray Kleinhelter has long been inspired by the Ohio River, which informed his artwork in ‘FLOAT: An Ohio River Way of Life.’

NEW ALBANY — From nature scenes to pet portraits, three exhibits with opening receptions on April 12 will offer plenty of variety on the Southern Indiana arts scene.

Details are below.

• 'Spirit of the Horse': Kimara Wilhite, and 'Fish Out of Water': Larry Beisler

When: opening reception 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12 (exhibit through May 16)

Where: ArtSeed, 1931 E. Spring St., New Albany


Kimara Wilhite developed a love of nature and the outdoors from a childhood spent camping with her grandparents. Her grandfather was an avid photographer of nature, and she inherited his passion. She is always inspired by dramatic light and capturing fleeting moments of nature.

Wilhite loves to travel and finds great joy in capturing nature around the world. She is a member of the Professional Photographers of America, Equine Photographers Network, Louisville Visual Art Association, and Art Seed Gallery in New Albany, Indiana. Her work has been published in magazines and exhibited in numerous exhibitions throughout the United States.

Larry Beisler's Inspiration for his stone sculptures comes mostly from nature. Carving is his greatest love. He has no preconceived idea as to what he is going to create but lets the stone tell him what it has to reveal.

Beisler lives and creates near Elizabeth. He is an award-winning artist and has exhibited widely in the Kentuckiana area. His work is included in numerous public and private collections and his large bas-relief sculpture, located in Corydon, was part of the Millennium Project.

• 'AFLOAT: An Ohio River Way of Life': Ray Kleinhelter

When: opening reception, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12 (exhibit through April 27)

Where: Kleinhelter Gallery, 701 East Eighth St., New Albany


Artist Ray Kleinhelter has long been inspired by the Ohio River, even refurbishing an old cruiser to be a floating studio. Kleinhelter’s paintings and drawings balance between description of the river and its shoreline, and a concern for abstract order. His gift for color and rhythmic composition make his work a vital addition to the long roll call of artists selecting the Ohio River Valley as their principal subject matter. This show is a part of "AFLOAT: an Ohio River Way of Life," a year-long project that celebrates the life and work of Harlan Hubbard and the Ohio.

• 'Whatever Works': Chelsea Harris

When: opening reception, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 12; Artist Talk: noon, April 27; closing reception and GSA Coffeehouse event: 5 to 9 p.m. May 31(exhibit through May 31)

Where: Brick Street Studios, 428 E. Sixth St., New Albany


Chelsea Harris is a recent graduate of Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Mich., where she earned her B.F.A. of Fine Arts.

"Whatever Works" is a collection of paintings and drawings produced in the tenuous period following Harris’s college graduation. Ranging from figures, plein-air landscapes, still lives, and pet portraits, these works are often connected only by the condition that they were completed during a period of life transition.

This exhibition chronicles the first two years since she completed her degree. Here, Harris offers an uninhibited view of whatever works she was able to produce, while faced with the challenge of entirely self-determined studio practice.

Harris is currently serving as the Youth and Family Program Assistant at the Speed Art Museum and studio assistant to a painter, Gaela Erwin. Harris has been selected to serve as the May 2019 Artist in Residence for COLLIDER, the South Central Regional Library’s artist-in-residence program.

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