#36: Another show, new work, and a revival of “Cleaning Up the Studio”

Since it’s been so long since I posted (three months, what?!?) I have to review how to create a blog post (WordPress keeps telling me it’s a piece of cake.) Like many things, “If you don’t use it, you lose it” {insert your own concept here}. In any case, as this sultry New England summer muddles along, I’m moved to begin writing again, and sharing art events, thoughts, possibilities.

I have another show coming up right over the horizon. “Allowing Transformation” new work by Karen Rand Anderson,  at the AS220 Project Space, 93 Mathewson St. in downtown Providence, RI will be on view from Sept 1- Sept 26, 2015, with an opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 5-7 PM.  AS220 is a complex and amazing successful, artist-run, non-profit organization that has played a key role in the revitalization of downtown Providence. Check it out. 

Waterfire in downtown Providence

Waterfire in downtown Providence

FYI– also on that Saturday eve, Waterfire will be in full swing downtown on the Providence River, and if you have never had the opportunity to experience it, well– maybe now’s the time. Just for the record… the restaurants in Prov are only getting better and better, and a new favorite is Red Fin Crudo & Kitchen. It’s conveniently located right down the block from The Project Space Gallery, and I imagine it’s where I will be headed after the opening…

Here’s the Facebook link to the event “Allowing Transformation” at the AS220 Project Space. If you’re in the area, please stop by. And maybe check out Red Fin.

“Finding Answers in Shadows” 22×30″. mixed media on 300# Fabriano paper. ©2015 Karen Rand Anderson

#22. Look/see: The art of Sumo Bunni (and family)

#22. Look/see: The art of Sumo Bunni (and family)


“Alter Ego 1″ 48×36”. acrylic on canvas, 2013.

What is is about the cuteness (or weirdness) of bunnies? According to painter Shari Weschler Rubeck  (aka Sumo Bunni)—“In 2011, the Bunni became my story teller and continues to do so.  He or She is in a mood, communicating a specific experience.  [The Bunnies] are metaphorical messengers who relate to us easily.  They beg for us to look at ourselves and perhaps find humor in the serious.”

bunni in waiting

“Bunni in Waiting” 48×36″ acrylic/airbrush on canvas. 2011

robot swimmer

“Robot Swimmer” 10×8″ watercolor/graphite on Yupo paper. 2012

When I first saw the strange and magical work of Shari and her sculptor husband Christian Rubeck, at Gallery Z in Providence RI, I did a double-take, slowly perusing all the work at least twice over. The room spun with bizarre and wonderful imagery, peppered with off-beat humor. It took me a while to figure out that the pseudonym Sumo Bunni was actually the artist Shari (thank you, Facebook) and now I get it.


“Hide” 22×16″. watercolor/graphite on paper. 2012

"Long Hare" 40x30" acrylic on canvas. 2011

“Long Hare” 40×30″ acrylic on canvas. 2011

Shari’s massive body of work is comprised of several recent series which relate to one another in, well, odd ways. Best to put it in her words: “Life experiences, human psyche, curiosities of animal nature, elements of theatre, dance, backstage goings-on and pun drive my imagery.  Working in series that often materialize simultaneously, my imagery is primarily figural in nature.” She has a background as a dancer, which is apparent in the imagery and narrative in her work, and a BFA in painting from Maryland Institute College of Art. 

"Ram Head" 64x46" acrylic on board. 2012

“Ram Head” 64×46″ acrylic on board. 2012

There were so many of Shari’s paintings and drawings I wanted to post here, it was tough to pare it down to just 8. Or 10 or 12. But to see lots more and and figure out the Sumo Bunni mystery for yourself, visit Shari and Christian’s website, ArtInMind.org (FYI- Along with some other venues, Shari has a show coming up this year at Chez Pascal,  one of Providence East Side’s BEST restaurants.)

"Sharp Intrusion" 43x28" acrylic on canvas. 2013

“Sharp Intrusion” 43×28″ acrylic on canvas. 2013

"Rabbit Robot" 10x8". watercolor/graphite on paper. 2012

“Rabbit Robot” 10×8″. watercolor/graphite on paper. 2012

"Power Trip" 20x14". watercolor/graphite on Yupo paper. 2013

“Power Trip” 20×14″. watercolor/graphite on Yupo paper. 2013

weschler rubek

Weschler/Rubeck show at Gallery Z, showing some of Christian’s sculpture and Shari’s paintings, 2012

sculpture by Christian Rubeck

sculpture by Christian Rubeck

p.s. Shari and Christian have two awesome artist offspring, Skyla, 11 and Desi, 9. (It’s a family art affair, and they recently had a show titled “The Rubeck Four” at Coastal Living Gallery in the quaint village of Wickford, RI.)

Desi Rubeck, "Goose Eye"

Desi Rubeck, “Goose Eye”

Skyla Rubeck, "Bluebirds" and "Wooden Dog".

Skyla Rubeck, “Bluebirds” and “Wooden Dog“.

All images © copyright protected by Shari Weschler Rubeck, 2014