- The term "outsider art", coined and articulated by Roger Cardinal in 1975, has helped legitimize the work of many fine artists, who otherwise would not have been considered artists. "Self-taught" is a more encompassing expression that includes people living mainstream lives, who were not trained as artists, but who make art. Great artists produce great art, whether they are trained or simply have a natural gift for expressing themselves.
- In 1970, Sue and George Viener were introduced to the world of Folk Art and Americana during our visit to the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Museum in Williamsburg, Virginia. In 1986, we met Chuck and Jan Rosenak in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and we were welcomed by them into the world of living self-taught artists.
- We will only represent art which we own or would be proud to personally live with.
- We continue to enjoy the thrill of the hunt and learning about emerging artists, newly discovered art and “old masters”.
- We welcome you to our site and encourage your comments and questions.
- Read about Sue and George and the gallery in July 2008 Berks County Living Magazine
- Diane Hill, Gallery Manager, has been with the Gallery since its opening in 2005.
The Outsider Folk Art Gallery had lost its beloved co-founder, Sue Viener. Sue and George developed a love for art and for supporting artists. They especially loved Folk Art and Outsider Art and they opened a Gallery at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts when it opened many years ago. She was a wonderful Wife, Mother, community volunteer and supporter of the Arts. She will be remembered and missed by many.
Sue Brenner Viener (1939 - 2016)Sue Brenner Viener, 77, passed away on Friday, September 9th, 2016 in her home in Leesburg Virginia. She was the wife of George P. Viener.
Born April 12, 1939, in Harrisburg PA, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Jeanette Brenner and granddaughter of Jacob and Bessie Miller and Addie and Louis Brenner of Lebanon PA.
Sue attended Penn Hall Preparatory School where she was a Senior Trophy Gal and matriculated to The University of Maryland in 1957 where she obtained her Bachelors of Science Degree. After graduation she worked as a beloved Nursery School Teacher.
Sue was very active in the Reading community where she spent over 40 years on the board of the JCC and chaired all committees. She was on the boards of Temple Oheb Shalom, Opportunity House, and B’nai Birth House, Breast Cancer Support Services as well as actively involved in the UJA where she was the chairwomen several times as well as the chairwoman of the ladies Reading United Jewish Campaign. Sue also led Temple Oheb Shalom’s Life of the Temple campaign, raising over $575k.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Joseph Viener husband of Meryl Sanders Viener, of Upper Brookville, NY, and Adam Viener husband of Sara Lawson Viener, of Reston VA. She is also survived by her Sister, Louise Brenner Nelson of Wilkes-Barre, PA.
There are 6 grandchildren: Jack Viener, Addison Viener, Ruby Viener, Cara Viener, Riley Viener, and Jolie Viener. A memorial service and burial will be held at Oheb Shalom, 555 Warwick Dr, Wyomissing, PA on Monday September 12th at 1:30pm with the burial will be immediately following the service. Shiva will be held at the home of Sue and Herb Wachs at 7pm on Monday.
Sue was instrumental in bringing the PJ Library program to Reading and requests that memorial contributions may be made to support the PJ Library program in Reading care of The Jewish Federation of Reading, PA, 1100 Berkshire Blvd., Suite 125, Wyomissing, PA 19610.