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.

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.



November 03, 2021

SPRING CITY MILL STUDIOS' ANNUAL HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

You are invited to Spring City Mill Studios' Annual Holiday Open House! 

Join three floors of working artists and creatives as we open our doors to you and yours. Come eat, drink, visit and be merry!

You will find me in Studio #101 on the first floor. I will be giving a free gift for all newsletter subscribers. Don't delay, sign up right away! 

When: Saturday, November 20, 2021, from 11 am - 4 pm

Where: 20 E. Bridge Street, Spring City, PA 19475

 

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Click here for directions to 20 E. Bridge St., Spring City, PA, 19475.

Hope to see you there! 

xo,

Merrill
 

October 22, 2021

INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN: ART EXHIBITION

 

MERRILL WEBER 

Inspirational Women

SOLO EXHIBITION

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A collection of more than 50 oil painting portraits of incredible, strong women, four years in the making. These are women who overcame hardships, broke records and blazed trails, shattering glass ceilings along the way. They will make you feel inspired, confident and ready to make a difference in the world.

 November 11 - 30, 2021
  
Opening Reception: 
November 11, 5 to 7 pm
 
Huston Gallery
100 North Bradford Avenue
West Chester, PA 19382
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June 03, 2021

SPRING CITY MILL STUDIOS WEBSITE COMING SOON

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Soon you will be able to visit Spring City Mill Studios via our new website. 

Spring City Mill Studios hosts more than 20 working artists and creatives - painters, photographers, weavers, printmakers and writers. Individual studios are open by appointment. The studio building is a three-story renovated knitting mill factory built in 1896. Located in Chester County, Pennsylvania, 30 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

When not working on oil paintings for my Inspirational Women solo exhibition at the Chester County Art Association this November, I'm designing our collective art studios building website. The latter includes collecting artists' photos and links and adding them to the new website.

You will find me in Studio 101. Contact me me to schedule a visit. Sign up for my newsletter to be the first to know about upcoming events and fun art classes.

Watch this space for the new launch of our Spring City Mill Studios website!

March 08, 2021

NEW ENGLAND SAILING AND CIVIC PRUNING AT THE J.M. BYRON HOUSE

A painting of a salty sea dog adorns my bathroom wall, keeping me company while I shower. I stumbled upon him in an odd vintage shop on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake, a stone’s throw from the marina where we docked our boat.
 
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For years, decades rather, we were sailors. One summer, we ventured from our safe haven in Maryland, all the way to Block Island, Rhode Island. This was bluewater, no anchoring, all-day/all-night sailing. Huge waves crashed over our bow. I thought we were going to die.
 
Once safe and sound on a mooring on Block Island, we rented a scooter and tooled about the island, enjoying freshly caught seafood on a whim. Each morning, we would hear, “Andiamo . . . andiamoooooo,” which meant an Aldo's Bakery boat was coming around to bring fresh pastries and hot coffee right to our boat.
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The New England adventure continues with the artfully styled interiors of The J.M. Byron House. Every happy photo on their Instagram feed is painting-worthy. In the end, yellow forsythia against multiple shades of blue won me over. I paint room interiors that make me want to be there. This is most definitely one.
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Many thanks to the The J.M. Byron House for allowing me to paint their living room. Their Instagram post
stated, "Forcing forsythia is a fun way to jumpstart spring in your house. Just remember to ask for permission before cutting down your neighbors’ forsythia hedges." #civicpruning 
 
"Yellow Forsythia in New England," 6x6-inches, oil on Museum Gessobord. One in a series of room interior oil paintings by Merrill Weber.  
 
Personal style is a journey - not a destination.  One that takes a lifetime.
 
Thank you for sharing my adventure.
 
xo,
 
Merrill 

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