Women’s Center for Creative Work

Posted on April 16, 2016


This Sunday, April 17, from 2-5pm I’m excited to be teaching a workshop on car maintenance at the Women’s Center for Creative Work in Los Angeles. Basic Car Care and Understanding the Magic of the Combustion Engine is for those who have interest in learning how the different systems of a car work together and practical skills such as how to change a flat tire on the side of the road.

Sunday April 17
Women’s Center for Creative Work
2425 Glover Place, Los Angeles, CA

Wagon Station Encampment

Posted on November 1, 2015

In October I had the privilege of participating in a two-week residency at Andrea Zittel’s Wagon Station Encampment, a part of her Institute for Investigative Living in Joshua Tree, California.  The experience gave me time and space to think about upcoming projects.  It was also an opportunity to learn different ways in which people can live, as conceived by Zittel.  Residents share a communal kitchen, composting toilets, outdoor showers, and work together on her land during what is called the Hour of Power once a day.  I was inspired by meeting like-minded creative people and exploring the vast and varied landscape that surrounds the breathtaking Joshua Tree National Park.

Wagon Station Encampment



Motorcycle Mechanics Workshop for Women

Posted on June 15, 2015

July – August 2015
8 sessions, Wednesdays 6pm-8pm

The Smoketown Motorcycle Mechanics Workshop empowers women with basic knowledge and experience of motorcycle mechanics and maintenance. This hands-on weekly class includes maintenance, repair, and service instruction, along with lectures, presentations, and engagement with professionals in the community. Workshop topics include combustion engine design and operation and related vehicle systems such as drive, chassis, and electrical systems. Introduction to various careers and apprenticeships as well as exploring further educational opportunities are an important aspect of the series. Students are given their own set of mechanics tools to use during the course. Upon workshop completion, they will take the tools with them for use in the workforce.

Funded by an ArtPlace America grant for Creative Innovation Zone/IDEAS 40203, partnering with YouthBuild Louisville.

women mechanics workshop tools

Cheyenne YouthBuild Louisville

Changing Speed

Posted on May 27, 2013

Welcome Neighbors: Art from NuLu

A group exhibition curated by Daniel Pfalzgraf at the Speed Museum satellite location

Opening reception June 7
822 East Market Street
Open Thursday-Friday 5p-8p and Saturday 11a-3p


Catherine Irwin for Thrill Jockey Records

Posted on May 12, 2012

A few favorites from photographing Catherine Irwin for the promotion of her new solo album, “Little Heater,” to be released this fall on Thrill Jockey Records.

LVAA Food For Thought: After Dark

Posted on February 20, 2012
portrait of Sarah Lyon

photo by Elena Dorfman



Friday, February 24
8 p.m.
Salvo Collective
216 S Shelby St, Louisville, KY

This month’s Food For Thought: After Dark features photographer Sarah Lyon. Food and cocktail samples will be provided by Garage Bar, wine samples by Taste Fine Wine and Spirits, desserts by Please and Thank You and special gift from Peace of the Earth. Reservations are suggested and admission is $10.

The Louisville Visual Arts Association’s Food for Thought After Dark program brings an insider’s view on visual art to the community. This monthly event takes place at various locations in the community during the evening hours. Each month, you have the opportunity to experience an intimate discussion with a select local artist while enjoying local food and beverages from restaurants and business specific to the neighborhood where the event takes place. louisvillevisualart.org/food

Limited ticket availability-Admission costs are $10; call Keith Waits at 502.896.2146 x 100 to get your ticket today, or pay at the door.

AUTOBIOGRAPHIES opening January 6, 2012

Posted on December 29, 2011



5 TO 9PM


Hours 11am to 6pm, Wednesday to Saturday

Artists Joel McDonald and Sarah Lyon explore the theme of Autobiographies with an amalgam of drawing, photography, and sculpture in a new exhibit at Zephyr Gallery from January 6 to February 11, 2012.

Magic plays a role in both artists’ work in this concurrent solo exhibition.  Sarah creates a 9-ft wall sculpture purging her of the need to make art, while Joel plays off the fictional Necronomicon to question who we really are in a triptych composed of large drawings, altars, Canopic jars, and a plant.  Upstairs in the gallery, Sarah’s stark color photographs depict recent places she’s been, in a domestic setting and in the landscape.  On the first floor, Joel’s brainstorms in ink and acrylic show what happens when you brood.

“My main theme is autobiography and identity through fiction.  The story we create that defines us, how we view reality, and how we interact with the world.”   — Joel McDonald

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Wendover Vacation Exhibit, Artist Reception Friday, October 14

Posted on October 10, 2011

Target Practice, archival pigment prints in 4x5 film holders

Wendover Vacation
Western Landscapes, Bomb Sites, and Target Practice Off the Grid
artwork by Sarah Lyon

Artist Reception Friday, October 14

Salvo Collective
216 South Shelby Street (at Market Street)
Louisville, Ky 40202

In conjunction with the Louisville Photo Biennial

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday 11-3
Thursday 11-3
Friday 11-6
Saturday 12-4

Wendover Vacation Installation at Salvo Collective

Wendover Vacation

During the summer of 2011, I took a trip to visit the Wendover Residence Program in Wendover, Utah.  Read More

Work in Progress

Posted on September 1, 2011


To be viewed in its entirety at Zephyr Gallery in Louisville, Kentucky, January 2012.
(motorcycle not included)

Summer Heat group exhibition at LOT

Posted on July 12, 2011
Image: Jessica at Tinks in the afternoon

Jessica at Tinks in the afternoon

July 15 – September 9, 2011
Reception:  7pm July 23, 2011

Land of Tomorrow
233 West Broadway, Louisville KY

Land of Tomorrow is pleased to announce Summer Heat. This new exhibition will open on the 15th of July with a reception on the 23rd at 7pm. Summer Heat will include works by several artists who are exploring sexuality and gender in their works.

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