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Local Art at The Tasting Room: Meet the Artist



Did you know that The Tasting Room features local Syracuse artists at the restaurant? When you visit The Tasting Room for lunch, dinner or happy hour, you’ll notice that the walls are adorned with beautiful artwork. And each piece that graces our walls has been created by an artist local to the Syracuse area!


Every couple months, we feature a different artist’s work. Most or all pieces are available for purchase from the artist as well. So if something catches your eye, you can certainly add it to your collection.


Featuring a new artist every couple months not only helps support the local arts community in Syracuse, it also refreshes the vibe of our restaurant. Our menu changes monthly and the artwork changes periodically as well, so there’s always something new to see or try when you visit The Tasting Room!


Currently we’re featuring beautiful realistic acrylic and watercolor paintings from local artist Karen Wheeler. Learn more about the artist below and be sure to make a reservation at The Tasting Room to see the art for yourself!


Meet the Featured Artist: Karen Wheeler


Karen Wheeler (formerly Sehn) is a Central New York native who lives and works in the Syracuse area. She is a freelance artist and illustrator and is noted for her detailed and vibrant animal paintings as well as live wedding paintings. Her style is realistic with subjects that remain true to form, but the color palette can range from real to rainbow.  Her pet portraits have a wonderful way of conveying personality and emotion. Her wedding paintings capture the energy and heartfelt love of the day.  Her artwork is typically done in acrylic and watercolor.


Karen has created artwork for salons, spas, galleries, restaurants, homes, weddings, and children’s books. Her commissioned work can be found in private collections from New York to California, across the world in South Africa, as well as public venues in New York and Colorado.

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