May 26, 2022

PORTRAIT OF MY MOTHER, DE YOUNG MUSEUM, PICTURES OF PEOPLE EXHIBITION

  

My contribution to the de Young Museum's "Pictures of People" exhibition

Alice Neel (1900–1984) referred to her paintings as “pictures of people,” emphasizing the humanity of her sitters. She was one of the century’s most radical painters; a champion of social justice whose longstanding commitment to humanist principles inspired her life as well as her art. 

As part of the comprehensive retrospective of Alice Neel's work at the de Young, the museum asked artists to share their creative works of “pictures of people.” 

The museum's prompt: Why and how did you choose to represent this person? How did making the picture help you to better understand this person or your relationship to them?  

My response to the prompt:

Painting my sweet mother’s portrait brought me closer to her. As a toddler, she would tint whipped cream and encourage me to paint on the walls while taking a bath. She taught me to play the ukulele and was my Brownie troop leader. She ran talent shows at my elementary school. She wrote published children’s books that she had me illustrate.

At the young age I was painting, singing and dancing, my mom witnessed the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

She helped name my paintings, until Alzheimer’s slowly took her away from me. Painting my mom allowed me to appreciate her life even more. I love and miss her dearly.

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The collection of more than 50 of my Inspirational Women oil paintings is on the move. Read where you can see the paintings in person.

HUG YOUR MOTHER!

Thank you for visiting,

Merrill

May 07, 2022

INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN PORTRAITS AT THE MEDIA ARTS COUNCIL

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The Inspirational Women are on the move! For five years, I have been painting a collection of now more than 60 oil painting portraits of incredible, strong women. These are women who overcame hardships, broke records and blazed trails, shattering glass ceilings along the way. 

Friday, June 3, 2022 from 5 to 7 pm, the Media Arts Council hosts the Grand Opening of the MAC Arts Center, with a ribbon cutting, reception and artist talk.

Two exhibitions will be shown at the Center through June 26, 2022; my Inspirational Women, and Big French Dance – A Documentary Exhibit featuring photographs by Ron Stanford. This project by Ron and Fay Stanford in the 1970s, who spent two years in southwest Louisiana documenting regional French music, is an unexpected time capsule of Louisiana life and a treasure for art and music lovers alike! 

This show will make you feel inspired, confident and ready to make a difference in the world.

For directions to the Media Arts Council Arts Center, 11 E. State Street, Media, Pennsylvania, click HERE. Parking lot map is found HERE. You will want #4 Firehouse/Jasper Street lot.

Hope to see you there! 

Merrill

May 03, 2022

2022 CHESTER COUNTY STUDIO TOUR COUNTY COLLECTOR

12 ARTISTS | 12 COUNTY COLLECTOR PAINTINGS

All 12 participating Chester County Studio Tour artists at Spring City Mill Studios have created one unique 6x6-inch framed piece of original art that will sell for $75 in order to show that art can be everywhere! Twelve artists, 12 County Collector pieces.

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"Spring Tulips," 6x6-inch oil painting by Merrill Weber

The early bird gets the worm, or my County Collector piece, in this case.  The show runs Saturday, May 14, 2022 from 10 am to 6 pm, with the second and last day being Sunday, May 15, 2022 from 11 am to 5 pm

“Spring Tulips," an original framed oil painting for $75! Yep, you read that correctly. The first person to arrive at my studio #101 during the tour (doors open at 10 am) gets first dibs!

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What is a County Collector painting? It is a fun part of the tour. It is to encourage you to come to an artist's studio first. Every artist creates one commemorative piece that can only be purchased on the days of the tour (May 14 & 15), in person.

At Spring City Mill Studios, we usually have people waiting outside when the doors open at 10 am on May 14. The only way to be sure to get it!

We're #1 on the studio tour map, with 12 artists showing our work in our renovated historic knitting mill building built in 1896.

Spring City Mill Studios
20 E. Bridge Street
Spring City, PA 19475

Click HERE for directions.

I'm in studio #101 on the first floor. 

SAVE THE DATES FOR THIS TWO-DAY EVENT

Saturday, May 14, 2022
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

-and-

Sunday, May 15, 2022
11:00 am to 5:00 pm


All subscribers of my newsletter will receive a heartfelt gift!

Hope to see you there!

May 03, 2022

2022 CHESTER COUNTY STUDIO TOUR, STUDIO #1

SAVE THE DATES! MAY 14 & 15, 2022

TWO DAYS | 12 ARTISTS

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Come visit me and 12 fantastic artists during this year's Chester County Studio Tour at Spring City Mill Studios in Spring City, Pennsylvania. 

You will want to make STUDIO #1 your FIRST STOP on the studio tour, as all 12 artists will be offering something very special. Click HERE for details.

SAVE THE DATES FOR THIS TWO-DAY EVENT

Saturday, May 14, 2022, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and 
Sunday, May 15, 2022, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

20 East Bridge Street, Spring City, PA 19475. Free parking. Accessible.
 
Click HERE for directions.
 
FIRST FLOOR
Studio 101 - Host Merrill Weber, guest Erika Stearly
Studio 104 - Host Joanne Carothers, guest Catherine Colsher

SECOND FLOOR
Studio 200 - Host Anne Mitchell Reid, guest Linda Turoczi
Studio 201 - Host Sandra Severson, guest Ann Guidera-Matey
Studio 205 - Host Kim Hoechst, guest Lee Pohlsander

THIRD FLOOR
Studio 304 - Host Judy Lupas, guest Alecia Miller

SPRING CITY MILL STUDIOS is a three-story renovated knitting mill factory built in 1896. The perfect place for nurturing creativity.

Hope to see you! xoxo
 
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Hope to see you there!
 


November 29, 2021

INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN SOLO EXHIBITION OPENS TO A CROWD OF HUNDREDS

Inspirational Women, my solo exhibition, four years in the making, opened on November 11, 2021. A great big THANK YOU to all who attended!

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Inspirational Women is up through November 30, 2021 at the Huston Gallery in West Chester, PA. Hosted by the Chester County Art Association, the collection consists of 57 oil painting portraits of incredible, strong women. These are women who overcame hardships, broke records and blazed trails, shattering glass ceilings along the way. This show will make you feel inspired, confident and ready to make a difference in the world.

Didn't make it to the reception? Go see the exhibition in person, through November 30, 2021.

And, watch this short video of the opening celebration. 


Peggy Davis's reaction (video) when she learns that her painting is included in the show is now one of my fondest memories. Be sure the read the accompanying narrative, which can also be found here.

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These are women who overcame hardships, broke records and blazed trails, shattering glass ceilings along the way.

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This show will make you feel inspired, confident and ready to make a difference in the world.

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Inspirational Women exhibition posters are now available here.

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Meet the Inspirational Women. Not all are famous. Learn about them here.

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Thank you for continuing to uplift and support all women. We all rise together!

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November 16, 2021

MEET THE INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN: NOT ALL ARE FAMOUS

Over a four-year period, I painted a collection consisting of 57 oil painting portraits of incredible, strong women. These are women who overcame hardships, broke records and blazed trails, shattering glass ceilings along the way. On view at the Chester County Art Association in West Chester, Pennsylvania through November 30, 2021. This show will make you feel inspired, confident and ready to make a difference in the world.

The highlight of my solo exhibition, for me, continues to be the four of 57 not widely known Inspirational Women.  These giants make a difference in the lives of others without recognition or glory. 

I love these wonderful women!

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Introducing, from left to right:

PEGGY DAVIS, a Collegeville, Pennsylvania farmer, helps to ensure that those in need have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Peggy is passionate about giving back to her community. She has donated thousands of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to promote food security. And, she isn’t stopping there. “Caring for others should come naturally.  I help people because it feels right,” Peggy says.
 
Watch this video to see what happens when Peggy learns that her painting is included in the show. Her reaction is already one of my fondest memories. 
 
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LAUREN ZELLNER is a bioengineer (and, my amazing daughter) in Hershey, Pennsylvania. As an undergraduate and graduate student in engineering at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, Lauren mentored young women in the STEM fields. She urged each mentee to find her voice, to stand up for herself and to persevere even when the odds were against her. She continues to advise women to stand up for themselves and to stand up for others.
 
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CARYL OBERMAN, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, an attorney since 1974, has always been motivated by a passion for justice and a belief in the transformative power of education. She has enabled thousands of children with disabilities to receive the quality education to which they are entitled. She knows in detail the challenges parents face in raising children with special needs. She listens. She honors them for facing those challenges every day. She shares her knowledge, empowering them to be powerful advocates on their own.

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BETTY ANN WEBER HAYES, Orlando, Florida. It wouldn't be an Inspirational Women exhibition without a portrait of my sweet mom. Better known as a storyteller, my mom was a creator, published writer, composer and teacher. She wrote books for both adults and children, including four published children’s books that I illustrated. She was a magical person who led others to the magic in themselves. This show is dedicated to her. I miss her each and every day.

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November 13, 2021

ARTIST MERRILL WEBER CELEBRATES INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN IN SOLO EXHIBITION

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We recently celebrated the opening of my Inspirational Women solo exhibition, four years in the making at the Huston Gallery of the Chester County Art Association. Thank you to the hundreds of people who attended. I was blown away, and appreciate each and every one of you. The collection consists of 57 oil painting portraits of incredible, strong women. These are women who overcame hardships, broke records and blazed trails, shattering glass ceilings along the way. This show will make you feel inspired, confident and ready to make a difference in the world.

The highlight of the evening was watching the reactions of the inspirational women who were not aware that their paintings were included in the show. For example, Peggy Davis. Here is what is included on Peggy's painting’s display label bio:

"Local farmer, Peggy Davis, helps to ensure that those in need have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Davis is passionate about giving back to her community. She has donated thousands of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to promote food security. And, she isn’t stopping there. She and her husband, Barry Davis, farm 35 acres on Collegeville Road in Collegeville near Skippack, where they grow corn, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, lettuces, summer squash, zucchini, cantaloupes, watermelons, herbs, flowers and much more. Her father was a gardener, and his father was a gardener from Ireland. They were poor but always helped others. She was raised to help. “Caring for others should come naturally. I help people because it feels right,” Davis says."

Many, many thanks to my wonderful husband for his patience and support during the four years devoted to preparing for this show, oftentimes while I painted in my studio until well after midnight. And, to talented artist and friend Karen Delaney for the marvelous job installing, to my studio neighbor, friend and photographer/videographer Amie Schroeder for taking photos and producing a video that made me cry, and to another studio neighbor and friend Patty Kline Capaldo at Creative Light Factory and my BFF Susan Gorn for all of their help with the bios. And, to the Chester County Art Association for providing the venue that continues to uplift and empower all women.

The Inspirational Women exhibition runs through November 30, 2021 at the Huston Gallery at the Chester County Art Association, 100 N Bradford Ave, West Chester, PA 19382.



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