Karen exhibits in various galleries across the USA. From July 18, 2006 through September 24, 2006, 22 original paintings were on display for the
public at the Clark County Library in Las Vegas, NV. She is a prior member of the Henderson Art Association and a current member of the
Pine Shores Art Association and the Vegas Artist Guild. On November 7, 2009 Wallo won First Place in Painting in the "Fall Art Affair," a regional
juried competition at the Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art.
Current Exhibitions :
1603 Long Beach Blvd.
Surf City, New Jersey 08008
July 24, 2012-August 7, 2012
Go Green Show
Art House Gallery
182 North Main Street
Manahawkin, New Jersey 08050
July 18, 2012-August 18, 2012
Summer group exhibit
Gallery 5 One
Space 51, Clifton Park Center
22 Clifton Country Road
Clifton Park, New York 12065
October 22, 2013-ongoing group exhibit
The Hudson Disco-Tek Gallery
283 Hudson Ave (corner of Dove)
Albany, New York 12210
November 1- November 30, group show
December 1-December 31, solo show
Summerlin-area Artist Receives First-place Ribbon
Marc Chicoine/Special to View
Summerlin-area resident Karen Wallo holds her first-place ribbon in the oil / acrylics painting category at the Southern Nevada Museum
of Fine Art, 450 Fremont St., Nov. 7. The regional competition was open to artists from four states. Elizabeth Herridge, former director
of the Guggenheim Museum of Las Vegas and current director of the Springs Preserve, juried the competition. Wallo received a
blue ribbon for her abstract expressionist piece titled "Purple Twilight," seen beside her. "It is deeply fulfilling and motivating that my
work has been recognized by someone who is such an authority on art," Wallo said. The group exhibition is on display until Jan.8th
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KAREN WALLO: Art from the heart
Former lounge singer draws inspiration from inner wellspring for paintings
By JAN HOGAN
VIEW STAFF WRITER
Drooling tubes of paint lie waiting on her dining room window ledge. An easel occupies central space in the
room. After 20 years of putting painting on the back burner and singing full time, Karen Wallo of Summerlin
began immersing herself in her life's passion, painting, eight years ago. Art is in her blood. Wallo is the niece
of Maurice Valo, famous Czechoslovakian artist of the 1930s.
Wallo, whose family Americanized the Valo name, paints in mixed media, and while she uses a variety of
styles, said she likes doing impressionism and abstracts best. Perhaps that's because she relies on her inner
self to create images."I never use references when I paint," she said.
"I don't go sit in a forest and draw. It's from my heart. It's already in me.
"It's so in her that she "zones out" when she's at her easel and lets the
creativity flow, she said. Afterwards, elements such as birds and
dolphins can be detected in her abstracts. Her creations can take
hours or months to complete."I know when it's done," she said.
"It's like it speaks to me."Wallo studied fine arts and music at
Montclair University in New Jersey and graduated in 1981, magna
cum laude.Still, the credit for her ability to paint goes elsewhere,
she said."I give all glory for my creative gifts to God, our Heavenly
Father," she said. "I hope my work brings beauty and inspiration to
the world."Her art is already in private collections around Europe, in
Canada and across the United States, she said.
Above, artist Karen Wallo works on a painting.
Below, Wallo's piece, titled "Prehistoric Wetlands”
Photos by Louie Traub/View
A Swedish musician, Thomas Rydell, used one of her paintings for the cover of his CD,
Wallo said. She said that at one point, she combined her talents with Fernando Molinari,
well known artist from Buenos Aires, to paint nine pieces in tandem. Joe Palermo, an artist
who owns Gallery P in Holsum Lofts, 231 W. Charleston Blvd., said he has watched Wallo
begin to emerge as an artist of note."It's always a struggle for an artist to make it," he said.
"The competition is stiff and the key is to find your own niche and get galleries to exhibit
your work." he said Wallo has talent and it's obvious her work comes from the heart. Artist
Janet Gwendolyn Smith promotes Wallo on her own site, www.jgsart.com, as one of the
field's up-and-coming stars. "Her work is very sensual in an interesting way," Smith said.
"She does everything to music and you can see the music in the strokes of her brush."
Wallo's piece, titled
" Photos by Louie Traub / View
Wallo already had a successful 20-year career in the music business.
It was that talent that brought her to Las Vegas 13 years ago. She
sang in lounges at a variety of Strip hotels. Before that, she performed
all over the United States and recorded a CD in Nashville under the
name Karen Green. For three years, she toured with the Boxtops,
a group best known for the song "The Letter.""I wasn't one of the
original members," she said. She now supports herself through her
art, as well as teaching voice. Wallo said she has a gut feeling 2008
will be her year.
Artist Karen Wallo sits in her Summerlin home,
where she paints in mixed media.
Photos be Louie Traub/View
Commissions available upon request.
Karen was interviewed live by Sheldon Baker on the internet television station, centralvalleytalk.com in
Fresno, California. She was a special guest on "Baker in the City," from 1-2PM PST on March 23, 2010.
She spoke about her art, music and animal rights work. The interview was 45 minutes long and will be airing
On 3/4/2010 Karen was interviewed live on “The Wake Up Show” at xradio.biz. She spoke about her
art, music and animal rights work.
Karen was interviewed on 91.5 FM, KUNV radio in December 2007 and March 2008. She spoke candidly
about her beginnings as a artist, her techniques and what inspires her to create such unique works of art.
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