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East Side Milwaukee artist returns home after 20 years in Chicago

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August 10 2015 | Rochelle Weiner Fine Art | Milwaukee, WI

CONTACT:
Rochelle Weiner | 773 609 0008 | rochelle@rochellewcarr.com

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East Side Milwaukee artist returns home after 20 years in Chicago

Rochelle Weiner is an award winning contemporary artist, recently returned to Milwaukee, her hometown, after working and residing for 20 years in Chicago. She is now showing her abstract series, “Strata+Sphere”, at Lulu’s Cafe in Bay View and Juniper 61 in Wauwatosa.

Showing through October 2015
Lulu’s Café and Bar, 2261-2265 S Howell Avenue, Milwaukee WI

Showing through January 2016
Juniper 61, 6030 W North Avenue, Wauwatosa, WI

“It’s surreal to be an East Sider again after being away for so long – so much has changed yet much has remained the same. Twenty years ago I moved to Chicago to expand my career opportunities. Now I’ve moved back into my family home, and I’m setting up an art studio in my old bedroom.”

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Rochelle’s main interest in painting lies in storytelling. Her “Strata+Sphere” series of abstract works uses layered painting techniques to depict abstract memories of growing up on Milwaukee’s East Side. The layered painting methods that she has developed – using opaque and transparent mediums to build up layers of color and texture, scraping and washing back to reveal earlier layers and then building up and covering up again, shows a history of what went before, even if in a very subtle way. This tells a story both of her painting process and of her subject matter. She works in varied mediums to achieve her goals, including watercolor on aquabord, oil/cold wax on board, watercolor and powdered charcoal on paper.

Rochelle hopes that the paintings will stir memories for those who lived in Milwaukee through the 70s and 80s. Titles like “Downer Ave Bike Race”, “Snake Hill”, and “Meet me at Bradford Beach” may be of some help.

“This is a series about memories of growing up in Milwaukee in the 70s and 80s. There’s a painting currently hanging at Juniper 61 called “Painting Kowalski’s Wall”. This title refers to a day when I was about 7 years old. My friend Laurie and I took a can of grey house paint and some brushes from my parent’s basement, hid behind a bush on Bradford and Downer right by the bus stop, and started painting the brick wall of the building there. A neighbor spotted us and alerted my mother – which quickly ended our fun. I got in big trouble for that caper. The bushes we hid behind are no longer there, but you can still see the grey paint on that wall today.”

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“The painting called “Sr Agnes Marie”, currently hanging at Lulu’s, is about my 1st grade teacher. She was a tiny, angry nun who taught at Sts Peter and Paul in the days when nuns could still get away with corporal punishment in the classroom. I was never the recipient of her anger, but I saw some kids get their heads rapped against the blackboard when they misbehaved. You did not want to mess with Sr Agnes Marie.”

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Rochelle Weiner studied painting and drawing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works professionally as owner of Andiamo Creative, [ANDIAMOCREATIVE.COM], a full service branding and web development company now relocated to Milwaukee. Rochelle shows her work in Chicago at The Leigh Gallery, the Andersonville Galleria, and I Love Chicago on North Michigan Avenue and at O’Hare Airport. Rochelle won honorable mention in the 2014 Watercolor Showcase national competition with Watercolor Artist Magazine and her work was published in the April 2015 issue. She is a member of the ARC Gallery in Chicago, and is also a member of the Illinois Watercolor Society, where she won honorable mention at the 2014 Members show. She was given the “Award of Excellence” at their 2012 Members show, and was juried into the 2012 national exhibition. Rochelle’s work has been featured on the sets of NBC’s Chicago Fire, NBC’s Chicago PD, ABC’s Mindgames, USA Network’s Sirens, and Sense8 on Netflix. Rochelle’s work can be viewed online at rochellewcarr.com and facebook.com/RochelleWeinerFineArt. Rochelle Weiner is currently seeking gallery representation in Milwaukee.

 

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Installation complete – shows open tonight

The Strata+Sphere show is opening tonight in two Milwaukee locations – following are installation photos. Come one come all!

At Café Lulu | 2261-2265 S Howell Avenue, Milwaukee Wisconsin

At Juniper 61 | 6030 W North Avenue, Wauwatosa, WI

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JUL 24 2015 – Strata+Sphere – Art Exhibit in Milwaukee

I am opening my “Strata+Sphere” exhibit in two locations in Milwaukee starting July 24 2015.

Click here to see the collection

This series of abstract works, titled “Strata+Sphere” combines a layered painting technique with layered memories of growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The collection is comprised of a mix of oil/cold wax works alongside watercolor/multimedia pieces. Large scale works will be on display at LuLu Cafe & Bar in Bay View and and smaller pieces will be at Juniper 61 in Milwaukee.

Café Lulu 2265 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207

Juniper 61  6030 W North Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53213

I will be at Café Lulu from 7-10 on opening night. I hope to see you there!

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Show opening at Juniper 61 in Milwaukee

I am very excited to announce that I will be showing two concurrent shows in Milwaukee starting July 17, 2015 – wow! I just agreed to post at Juniper 61 (6030 W North Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53213) at the same time that I am showing at Lulu’s Café (2265 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207). I will be showing a series of abstract works at both shows – large works at Lulu’s and smaller works at Juniper 61 – but all part of the same series of work.

 

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Upcoming show at Lulu’s Café in Milwaukee

Pictured above, working title, “Egg on your face” – 36″ x 48″ x 2″, oil/cold wax on cradled board. 

Very excited to announce an upcoming one-woman show in my home town, Milwaukee. The show opens on July 17, 2015 at Lulu’s Café in Bay View (2265 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207). I am developing a series of abstract works specifically for this show, most of which are currently in the works, but in the vein of the work pictured above, “Egg on your face”.

The opening on July 17 coincides with a city-wide art walk.

More info to come.

 

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Red Ball accepted into Blick show

Last week I found out my watercolor “Red Ball” was accepted into the “Winter Wonderland” exhibition – a juried show at Blick’s Loop location. Very exciting!

The show will be hanging from 12/04/14-01/04/15 with an opening reception on Thursday, December 4 2014 from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM.   There will be a raffle, and winners of both the show and the raffle will be announced at 7 p.m., during the reception.

Hope to see you all there!

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I Love Chicago – Michigan Avenue

Very excited to announce that my work will now be on display at the new “I Love Chicago” store on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago. I have already been showing my work in their shop at O’Hare’s international terminal, and they have now invited me to show at their new shop as well. I’m headed off to drop off a couple originals today, as seen below.

The address of the new shop, opening soon:

I Love Chicago
316 N Michigan Ave
First Floor, Suite 101
Chicago IL 60611

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Awarded Honorable Mention for Faded Chalkboard Memories

I just found out that my painting, “Faded Chalkboard Memories” has won honorable mention from the Illinois Watercolor Society’s 2014 member show. I am over the moon thrilled about this! Hooray! Show is on Sunday at 2pm if anyone wants to truck out to Bloomingdale.

IWS Member’s Show 2014
The Bloomingdale Park District Museum
108 South Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale, IL
630 339 3570

Hip hip hooray!

Below are a couple details:

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One of my pieces was stolen

Ok – I was showing my work – 7 pieces – at a place that for privacy reasons I will not name. The show was over and I had planned to pick up the work on a agreed-upon day. The day before that however, I find out that one of my paintings had been stolen from the show.  !!!

The work that was stolen is pictured above. It’s called All In, and it’s part of my Discarded series. All the works in that series are based on old photographs that I’ve found in junk shops and antique stores.

Of course I was upset and freaked out – but also a little excited. Have I reached a new level in my art career? Work so good it’s worth stealing? Well – I don’t know about all that, but I couldn’t help but feel a little complimented by the act of larceny. Is that weird?

The story ends well, I am happy to report. I got the painting back through the heroic acts of one lovely man who deduced who had stolen the painting and demanded it back on threat of pressing police charges.

My friend, I am forever in your debt. 😀

And for anyone interested in buying a piece with a past – please give me a call!

 

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