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  Karen exhibits in various galleries, museums, colleges & libraries across the USA. 

  Karen is a current member of the Seacoast Artist Guild in Myrtle Beach, the Belmar Arts Council in NJ and the Arts Council of Princeton. She is a prior member of the Henderson Art Association, 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. The juror was Elizabeth Herridge, previous director of the Guggenheim.

      Current Exhibitions

Seacoast Artists Gallery 3032 Nevers St. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Group Exhibition, 4/8/24-4/22/24 Opening reception 4/8/24 5pm-7pm


Ocean Club 3101 Boardwalk Atlantic City, NJ. Group exhibition opening reception 6/23/23, by invitation only. 6-month ongoing exhibition.

Ongoing Group Exhibition begins 5/4/23 at Galeria West 111 Quimby Street Westfield, NJ 07090

SOLO EXHIBITION: 12/6/2022 through 1/4/2023 Location: Small World Coffee

14 Witherspoon St Princeton, NJ

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday 12/16/22 from 6pm-7:30pm

Group exhibition 12/10/22-12/22/22 Opening reception 12/10, 3pm-5pm Arts Council of Princeton-Paul Robeson Center for the Arts

102 Witherspoon Street · Princeton, NJ 08542


July 18, 2012-December 2020

Gallery 5 One

Space 51, Clifton Park Center

22 Clifton Country Road

Clifton Park, New York 12065

(sadly Gallery 5 One closed permanently during COVID 19)


November 3, 2019-November 25, 2019

Group show of TRAC; Ocean County Library

301 Chambers Bridge Rd

Brick, New Jersey 08723


October 1, 2019-November 30, 2019

Group show; Grunin Center for the Arts

Ocean County College

1 College Drive

Toms River, New Jersey 08754

April 6, 2019-April 27, 2019

Group Exhibit of the Belmar Arts Council

608 River Road

Belmar, New Jersey 07719

Go Green Show

Summer Solo Exhibition-2014

Art House Gallery

182 North Main Street

Manahawkin, New Jersey 08050

Gallery 1603-Solo Exhibition

1603 Long Beach Blvd.

Surf City, New Jersey 08008

July 24, 2012-August 7, 2012

Summerlin-area Artist Receives First-place Ribbon

Marc Chicoine/Special to View

Wallo with her Blue Ribbon Painting "Purple Twilight"

  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.

Animal Advocate

'Karen Wallo's NEW CD " We're in This Together" is dedicated to saving endangered wildlife, particularly wolves, wild horses, and burros. She contributes a portion of the proceeds from her art and music to various animals rights organizations. 

Her CD is Available on Amazon.

To listen and purchase, click on the CD cover above! Karen's CD was previously on sale at Whole Foods Markets in Las Vegas, NV during her time as a Nevada resident.

Whole Foods Poster|karen wallo
karen wallo working on a painting

 Karen Wallo wins 4 state competition

Prehistoric Wetlands

"Prehistoric Wetlands"

KAREN WALLO: "Art from the Heart"

Lounge singer draws inspiration from inner well-spring for paintings



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.

  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,, 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 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 by: Louie Traub

Commissions available upon request


Arts Council of Princeton | Building Community Through The Arts

(created CD covers for Thomas Rydell Music. Click bandcamp to view)

(for prints & other products please visit top link above for Karen's Fine Art America online store!)

Karen was a guest on the Geri Petito Show on Hamilton Radio 7/12/22, see youtube link above for a video of the full show. 

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