Penni Weinberg

One of Penni Weinberg’s paintings.

A year ago, Moreland Hills resident Penni Weinberg would never have imagined her paintings appearing in an art gallery, let alone the star of a one-woman exhibition at a gallery, because she didn’t begin painting until about December 2018.

In a little less than a year, Weinberg has become an artist and will have about 25 pieces of her work displayed and for sale at the River Gallery in Rocky River from Oct. 5 to Nov. 2. She said she’s always been exposed to art but didn’t start creating herself until a friend of hers invited her to paint.

“I started painting,” she said. “I had no idea, never thought I had any talent and (I) didn’t give it a lot of thought until I got in front of the canvas. I entered an art show in my community in Florida and everyone went crazy.”

She said she paints abstract, contemporary art, with an emphasis on color and a lot of layering, usually using acrylics and occasionally mixing in pastels, and prefers to paint on large canvases, because she said she “feels so free” painting on the large space.

“I evolved, can’t say exactly what my style is,” she said. “I’m having such a wonderful time.”

She said she was connected with River Gallery through a friend; he asked for one of her paintings and at one point, began showing some of Weinberg’s work to the gallery’s owner, Ara Hamamjian, who began asking how he didn’t know about Weinberg. Hamamjian called her up and asked to see more of her work in person.

“I thought he was going to ask me if his gallery could have a painting,” she said. “He offered me a one-woman show.”

Weinberg, a member of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Beachwood, said other galleries have expressed interest in her paintings, but none have offered an exhibition besides River Gallery, yet. She doesn’t have a website for her art yet, either, though she said it’s on her to-do list. In the meantime, her work will be available for purchase during the exhibition at River Gallery. She said she would “love” for people to come see the show once it opens.

“I think they’d find it interesting and I’d like to think I have something for everyone,” she said.

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