Strata+Sphere at the ARC Gallery

I’m currently exhibiting my Strata+Sphere series at the ARC Gallery in Chicago – please stop by!

Exhibition dates: July 20 – August 13, 2016
The ARC Gallery, 2156 North Damen, Chicago
Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12-6 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm  

Strata+Sphere, Abstract works by Rochelle WeinerRochelle Weiner is a contemporary multi-media artist, recently returned to her home town of Milwaukee after working and residing 20 years in Chicago. This series of abstract works, entitled “Strata+Sphere”, uses layered painting techniques to depict abstract memories of growing up on Milwaukee’s East Side neighborhood. Rochelle’s main interest in painting lies in storytelling. The layered painting techniques that she has developed – using opaque and transparent mediums to build up layers of color and texture, scraping 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 board,


Two Series live at Tease

I am very excited to announce a new one-woman show now live at Tease Salon (2222 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207). The team at Tease did a fantastic job posting the show – the quirky antiques and cool vibe at Tease really make my stuff look great!

For this show, I am presenting pieces from two very different series: 1) the Discarded series, representative watercolor works inspired by antique photography and 2) Strata+Sphere, multimedia abstract works inspired by my childhood in Milwaukee.

For those in the area, Tease takes part in Bay View Gallery Night and I will be there for the grand opening of this show the evening of June 3, 2016. Come one, come all!

Discarded Series

Strata + Sphere Series



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

The Lowes

In memoriam

A very good friend lost his father a few months ago, and he and his mom have been having a particularly tough time. He asked if I could create a portrait for his mother in memoriam of their beautiful marriage. Attached is the finished product – it was given to her for mother’s day this year.


Currently showing at Café Vocar

I had the pleasure of celebrating Easter with my family at Café Vocar amongst 6 of my paintings currently decorating the dining area. Thank you to Michael and JoAnn at Café Vocar! They look fantastic and dinner was delicious and fabulous! Anyone in the Milwaukee area, I highly recommend a visit to the café soon!

Café Vocar
932 East Wright Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212

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Oil and Cold Wax workshop with Jim Scherbarth

(Above: Sweeney admiring my work. Or maybe it just smells nice.)

Just got back from a fantastic workshop at Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point, WI with James Edward Scherbarth. The workshop was Oil and Cold Wax. This is the third workshop I’ve taken in this medium, with three different instructors. Each time I learn something amazing and new, and my work improves each time.

Click to view my gallery of work in Oil and Cold Wax.

The first class I took was with Lisa Pressman at Shake Rag Alley a couple years ago, and she focused on R&F Pigment sticks with the cold wax. That was my start with the medium, and I was hooked immediately. The tactile quality of the medium, the infinite techniques, and the layering – so much more flexible than the watercolor medium in which I typically work.

In February, I took my second class with instructor Dianne Martia at Water Street Studios in Batavia, IL. Diane reinvigorated my passion for the medium, teaching me all new techniques focusing on oil paint from the tube mixed with the wax, incorporating stencils and mark making techniques, and combining marble dust to increase the textural possibilities. My passion was re-stoked.

That class led me to Jim Scherbarth’s class, which was filled with 9 other artists of varying levels of experience. What a great group this was and how lucky I was to be part of it. Jim led us each day with demos on new techniques and inspirational talks and exercises on how to develop your individual voice as an artist. The group as a whole had enormous creative synergy, each person inspiring and encouraging each other. The work from the artists was awesome on so many levels. We also had the great luck of viewing several pieces of Jim’s work on display at a local art walk on the same weekend. Seeing his work in person his work was an enormous treat – he is truly inspired. It all leaves me itching to get back into the studio.

Following are works completed in Jim’s class:

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I look forward to future collaborations with these wonderful artists, taking more workshops, and continuing to develop my artistic voice. I can’t wait to see what happens next!


Babs had to get in on the fun too.


My friends at Felines & Canines

Last month I wrote a post when I completed a series of pet portraits I planned on donating to my friends at Felines & Canines. I wanted to give them something to help decorate their soon-to-be-completed, totally renovated, new and improved pet shelter. Well – the long year of construction is finished – and now they have a totally gorgeous, warm and happy, no-kill shelter for cats and dogs. They moved in this week. They took an old house and made it into a state of the art, clean and friendly place where they can house 2-3x the pets they could before. Not to mention prior to the move they took in only cats – but now with all the extra space they have become a cats and dogs shelter. They are an amazing team and truly wonderful people. I can’t say enough about them. If you are a pet lover, you must stop by. Adopt a pet, donate to a very worthy cause, donate some of your time, or just stop by to say hello. You will be as impressed with them as I am.

The photo above was taken yesterday – only a day after they moved in. They are posed in front of my donation – featured in their fabulous new adoption room. Abby Smith and her partner Kelly Thompson run this amazing place and Marie-Clare Balabanian pictured at left is one of the many dedicated and warm-hearted staff members who take such excellent care of these pets. The lovely canine front and center is Knuckles – Abby and Kelly’s dog and a favorite at the shelter. Knuckles is featured in one of the portraits, upper right.

Congrats, my friends, on the fabulous new place, and the beginning of a new era for Felines & Canines!

Pictured above, from left: Marie-Clare Balabanian, Knuckles Thompson-Smith, Kelly Thompson and Abby Smith

To get a better view of the portraits, click the thumbnails below.

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Valentine’s Day at the Galleria

Woot! Thank you to Scott and Ken at the Andersonville Galleria for featuring one of my Valentine’s paintings in the front window display.

I’ve just finished 4 new small lovebird paintings in time for the upcoming holiday. New greeting cards will also be available soon. Looking out the window right now with the snow coming down I can see why Valentine’s Day is so well placed this time of year – everyone could use a warm-up!

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