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Galleria refreshed

I have been renting a booth space at the Andersonville Galleria for a couple years now – it is a happy space for me. It was the first place I started showing my work, and not only have I made many sales, but I have also met some great people and been “found” by some people who have helped my career as a Chicago painter along on it’s merry way.

A couple weeks ago I revamped my booth. I put up a fresh coat of paint, and put up all new art (save my portrait samples). I took down florals and put up abstracts. I took down my old landscapes and put up my Absurdity Birdity and Snow Day series. Now in addition to watercolors you’ll also find encaustic paintings and oil/cold wax paintings. All new matted prints are available too.

It’s a whole new booth. If you haven’t visited recently I invite you to come take a new look. It’s the Rochelle Weiner Fine Art booth, on the first floor, in the back.

TIP: If you let me know you’re planning a visit, I can meet you there. And if you buy an original while I am there, I may extend you a courtesy discount!

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Opening on Friday May 10

I am one of 10 featured artists at the Deer Path Art League’s show “Art is for the Birds” opening Friday May 10 in Lake Forest, IL.

Art is for the birds

May 10-June 14

Deer Path Art League & Gallery
400 E. Illinois Rd, (2nd Floor)
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Open Monday through Friday
10:00 am- 4:00 pm
Saturdays by appointment only

The elegant gallery space is in a beautiful spot on the edge of downtown Lake Forest, looking out over the treetops. Eighteen of my paintings are on display, encaustic works and monoprints, all featuring our feathered friends. The other artists will be displaying oils, hand made bird cages, mixed media works, jewelry, sculpture, acrylics, and etchings. I got a glimpse yesterday and it promises to be an amazing show!

I’m entirely disappointed I will not be able to attend opening night. However, if anyone else is interested in going that night, it promises to be a fun event. If anyone is interested in going any other time during the run of the show let me know and I’ll do my best to meet you up there!

Following are my paintings that will be in the show:

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Art is for the Birds

I have been asked to show 12 works featuring birds in the “Art is for the Birds” group show at the Deer Path Art League and Gallery – yay!

I’ve focused on birds in many of my paintings and I will be showing a series of monoprints and encaustic works at this show. Very excited to be included! Thank you Deer Path Art League! 🙂

Details:

May 10 – June 14, 2013

Deer Path Art League and Gallery
2nd Floor, Gorton Community Center
400 East Illinois Road
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

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Now showing at Pizza Rustica, Chicago

Big announcement! My first 1-woman show has now officially begun. Juliana Montebello-Roman and Chef Stefano Roman invited me to show my work at their beautiful and delicious Italian restaurant – Pizza Rustica. The restaurant is located at 3908 North Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60613 (just 3 blocks north of Wrigley Field, one block south of the Irving Park “L”).

The show will run for a couple months – no end date set yet. But if you are interested in viewing please stop by for something to eat and to have a browse. The food is truly amazing – rustic northern Italian cuisine including amazing pizza, fresh pasta and to-die-for sandwiches – Stefano is truly an artist.

We are having an open reception on Sunday, January 20 from 1-3pm which will include a craft beer tasting hosted by one of their vendors. I hope you will stop by, either for the reception or some other time during the run of the show!

Juliana met me yesterday morning and was a fabulous partner – couldn’t have done it without her! – in helping me get the show hung. Below are photos of the finished product.

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Added 1/12/12 – Read the interview with Juliana Montebello-Roman in the Examiner – great write up!!

 

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Just won an IWS Award of Excellence for my painting, “And then I lost it”

Big news – last night I was honored by winning an “Award of Excellence” at the Illinois Watercolor Society’s Annual Member Show for my painting “And then I lost it” (shown below)! I am over the moon thrilled about this. My first award since taking up painting again 2 years ago.

I walked into the exhibition last night with my best friend Robin, took a look around and thought to myself – oh man, I don’t have a chance. There were so many truly amazing paintings on display last night, by some incredibly talented artists. This show is really something to see – and I figured no way was I going to win anything…. but then I did!

The judge was Marilynn Derwenskus, NWS, IWS – I was told that my painting was chosen for the story it told, for the risks I took in the composition and for the “glow” I was able to achieve in the execution. Super thrilling for me to get such high praise from a nationally respected artist and judge.

The painting, “And then I lost it” is one of a series I’ve been developing from discarded vintage photos found in junk shops and antique stores, which I’m calling the Discarded Series. The resource photo I used for this painting was of a little girl, circa 1930s, standing on a hillside with a white dress blowing in the wind. I added the cliff in front of her and the kite, to tell a story of innocence lost.

If you are interested in seeing a truly wonderful show, it runs through December 5 at The Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 West 31st Street, Oak Brook, IL.

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Felines & Canines – a very worthy cause

Last year I met some wonderful people. An amazing group of people who dedicate their lives to taking care of cats and dogs who have found themselves without homes. And they were right around the corner from where I’ve been living for the last 6 years.

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Felines & Canines is a no kill dog and cat shelter headed by Abby Smith and Kelly Thompson, located on Chicago’s far north side. Their current temporary location is at 1962 W Peterson Ave. Chicago – but only until their year-long renovation of their real home is complete. At that time they will move back to their place at 6379 N. Paulina St.

As a donation I just completed a series of portraits of their residents – some with heart warming stories. There is Tink – short for Tinkles – who is the sweetheart of the people who work there and pretty much everyone who walks in. He came to them at 6 months old having been hit by a car, leaving the back half of his body paralyzed. He has found a warm and nurturing home with F&C – he runs and plays and is cherished as one of the family.

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Then there is Nana – their first canine rescue. Felines Inc had been their name since the 70s but with the renovation they have expanded their space and therefore are now a cat AND dog shelter. Nana came to them off the street and everyone fell in love with her instantly, and she found her forever home within days of being taken in by F&C.

Then meet Thelma – a long term resident of F&C. She is not friendly with humans – one of the many feral residents at the shelter. She skulks around the place with her funny little face – taunting those such as me who want to scoop her up and give her a cuddle. Don’t let her fool you, she’s not having it. Because of this, she is unlikely ever to leave the shelter, but that is ok. F&C is a no kill shelter so Thelma will have a home with them as long as she wants it.

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Anyway – I can’t say more about this place and these wonderful people. Following are the finished paintings. In time for the grand opening I will be getting these framed and they will decorate one of the walls of the newly renovated home.

I can’t wait.

Click the thumbnails to see any of the photos up close.

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“Discarded Memories” – opening reception May 19

(Pictured above, “The Spinster Sisters Do Mexico”, 40″ x 40″, acrylic)

I’m thrilled to be able to invite you to the unveiling of my newest series of paintings, entitled “Discarded Memories” at the Phantom Gallery on May 19.

I’ve always been drawn to vintage photography, often standing for ages in antique stores sifting through boxes of discarded family memories now for sale for 10 cents apiece. I have been collecting some of these photos, which have inspired this series of narrative works. Every picture tells me a story, and I try to bring it to life on canvas to pay respect to the person whose memories have been tossed aside.

Also on display will be works from artists representing the International Artist’s Group – Lewis Rice, Piotr Wolodkowicz, Alan Emerson Hicks, Jolanta Nawrocka, Ruyell Ho and Mark Matejko. It’s going to be a fantastic show!

Opening Reception

When: Saturday, May 19 2012, 7pm – 10pm
Where: Phantom Gallery at 4161 North Damen, Chicago
RSVP: rochelle@rochellewcarr.com

This group show runs May 19 – June 10.

Gallery hours are as follows:
Monday through Friday, 6pm – 8pm
Saturday and Sunday, 1pm – 5pm
Also available by appointment

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A new direction

Painting from life

I am thrilled to report a new direction in my art. Back in art school I used to really look forward to my painting from life classes. I love the immediacy of standing there and painting what you see and feel from another human being, right on the spot. It’s amazing to me that there would be a class full of students, all painting the same model, same pose, each ending up with a totally different interpretation. Everyone’s painting was different, because everyone’s experience is unique and individual – even when the stimuli are as controlled as a single person sitting in a single pose for 3 hours time.

No opportunities

I’ve not had an opportunity to paint from life like this since I was in school – nude models aren’t exactly knocking on my door (that’s probably a good thing…) But I’ve always had it in the back of my mind that if I’d ever find this opportunity again, I’d jump on it. Well, the opportunity presented itself through a brilliant artist I met recently, Piotr Antonow. He and I are currently in a gallery show together in Chicago and he does these remarkable, large scale, colorful, energetic, abstracted nudes. Stunning work, I am blown away by his talent. On meeting him and discussing his work he has now invited me in on the live model sessions he attends 1-2x a week.

What joy!

Finally the opportunity has presented itself, and I am having a ball. A third artist is also working with us – Marina Nemtseva – and between the three of us we present three totally different points of view of the same model, same pose. This is just like I remember from art school. Cool!

I thought I’d show an example of this. Below is an example of two paintings I did during last week’s 3 hour session, and also an image of Piotr’s painting done of the same model at the same time. Alas I do not have an image of Marina’s painting because I didn’t have the idea to write this blog until a few days after she – shockingly – destroyed her painting! What?! Bummer! it was really cool! I guess she must not have liked it! (I’ll have to be faster next time.)

Susan at the Window - original acrylic painting by Rochelle Weiner

Susan at the Window – original acrylic painting by Rochelle Weiner

Susan in Glowing Light - original acrylic painting by Rochelle Weiner

Susan in Glowing Light – original acrylic painting by Rochelle Weiner

Nude in Natural and Artificial Light by Piotr Antonow

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Opening night at the Phantom Gallery

Wow – that was fun! Last night was my first official art gallery opening night – at the Phantom Gallery currently located at 4161 North Damen in Chicago. That in itself made it a very special night for me.

Great turn out – the gallery was packed with friends of the artists and well-wishers. I got a chance to talk to some very interesting artists and patrons and got lots of compliments on my work (yay!). There were also three performance artists who provided entertainment plus a fabulous guitar player who provided beautiful music throughout the night. A man named Chris did a barefoot interpretive dance to go with his fiddle playing and Alan Hicks created temporal sculptural art on the fly with much fanfare using only an old video tape. Very cool! However the highlight of the night for me was Louise Cloutier of Voiceborne who improvised songs to a number of pieces in the show. I was able to get video of her singing to my painting, “Unfold”. What a treat!

Thank you so much to those of you who made it to the show last night – I really appreciate you making an effort to come out on such short notice! You helped to make my night extra special!

To those who couldn’t come, the show runs through April 10. Let me know if you’d like to go and we can set up a time to meet! 🙂

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