Shari Weschler aka Sumo Bunni
Shari Weschler, branded as Sumo Bunni, is a figural narrative painter who exhibits nationally and internationally. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art, with concentration in painting and art history. While attending MICA she also studied drawing, printmaking and gelatin silver photography.
Weschler's arts related professional experience includes, Studio Assistant for an avant-garde quilting artist, Artist-In-Residence and Elementary Arts Education through her company Artrageous Adventures. Her curatorial experience began in Baltimore in the 1990s for The Ellicott City Theatre Gallery and continued into Rhode Island in 2013 as a partner and curator/gallery director for Coastal Living Gallery in Wickford and Warren RI. Working with New England based artists, she hosts over twelve exhibits a year and was invited as guest juror for The Warwick Museum of Art, WAA & PAC. As a Co-Founder of Providence Center for Photographic Arts (PCPA) she co-curated an exhibition of exceptional northeastern female photographers honoring Women’s Month, March of 2017. Now a Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate, Weschler is the administrator for Coastal Properties Group brokerage; managing marketing, social media, event planning, legal documents, website development and maintenance.
Weschler is an owner and the director of Coastal Contemporary Gallery founded May of 2018 in Newport, Rhode Island.
Her work has toured globally with the Affordable Art Fairs throughout Europe, Asia and NYC through Retrsopect Galleries and Artzandra Gallerie. She is currently represented by Woodman Shimko CA & MA, ArtProv Gallery and Coastal Contemporary RI, Carver Hill ME, and has been published in numerous online and print publications.