General Information

 

Gallery Open Tuesday - Saturday 

10 AM - 5 PM

Village Court
890 Elm Grove Road
Elm Grove, WI
53122
Phone: 262-780-1191
Map to gallery

Village Court
890 Elm Grove Road
Elm Grove, WI
53122
Phone: 262-780-1191
Map to gallery

To make an appointment outside of gallery hours, please call.

 

River’s End Gallery Fine Art
Located In Elm Grove

Dara Chappie's Gallery

My art career began 30 years ago as a professional photographer and photo retoucher. Since then I have earned a BA in Professional Communications from Alverno College and a BFA from UW Milwaukee in Painting & Drawing and Metalsmithing. After photography, my first love was creating sculptural assemblage art using natural materials like rocks, burlap, coffee beans and found objects.

In 2009 my interest in working with concrete as an medium began. Since then I have created hundreds of concrete leaf sculptures. I have purchased an electric concrete mixer and have created a special garden where I grow the leaves that I cast. I have also experimented extensively with concrete acid stains, automotive paints, concrete sealants and polyurethanes.

I particularly enjoy the irony of creating something from concrete that is typically transient. It is somehow satisfying to create a thing of beauty that will not become lacy from the summer insects, shredded in the late summer hail storms or become crunchy and curled with the cold autumn air.

When it’s too cold to make concrete I create mosaic sculptures and experiment with armatures for concrete sculptures. I take a variety of art workshops whenever possible and I embrace the healing powers of a marker, paper and the simple art of doodling.

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