Artists & Makers Studios flagship operation is an art center complex in Rockville, MD. Hosting a wide variety of resident artists and affiliates, it offers studios for rent, extensive classroom/workshop spaces, and several galleries. Artists and exhibitions are juried and curated by Cathy Hirsh under the direction of executive director Judith HeartSong.
Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley, Arizona is a brand new studio complex which opened as of September 2020 overseen by Javier Dosamantes. A jewel box location in a lovely community, this location hosts a variety of professional artists and practices in space designed and built out specifically for artists’ use. With a gallery, a wonderful covered portico fronting the studios for Saturday Art Markets, and lots of windows, we cannot wait to welcome visitors on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. To apply for the wait list, email Javier at OroValley@ArtistsAndMakersStudios.com
A brand new two story project has just been approved in San Gabriel, California. With more than 40 studios, along with a gallery/community meeting space, we cannot wait to get started when construction is completed.
A brand new three story project has just been approved in North Hollywood, California. With more than 50 studios, rehearsal and performance space, and a gallery/community meeting space, we cannot wait to get started when construction is completed.
Artists & Makers Studios is dedicated to providing a supportive and vibrant environment for artists to realize their creative goals – through studio practice, collaboration, education, opportunities, networking and connecting with the community beyond our doors.
To apply for our wait list, please email your resume/bio, website link and/or jpegs, studio requirements (how much space are you hoping for), whether you are willing to share a studio, monthly budget, and all pertinent details about your medium. Oil painters must use fume-free solvents. SPECIFY MARYLAND, ARIZONA, SAN GABRIEL, or NORTH HOLLYWOOD LOCATION in your email. Send to Judith@ArtistsAndMakersStudios.com
About Founder Judith HeartSong
Building on her past experience as an artist, curator, art consultant and activist, Judith has always had a vision for building community for artists and the art appreciating public.
In 2011, she founded Salon – an Artful Conversation–a lively, friendly conversation between participants and a gifted and knowledgeable presenter. Her goal is to bring together artists, writers, and arts professionals in person and virtually where they can feel a sense of community, network, learn more about the business of art, and build bonds with other like-minded professionals.
In 2013, Judith transitioned from Founding Board Member to Executive Director of Capitol Arts Network, a non-profit art center. They housed more than 40 artist studios, 65 resident artists, a classroom and a gallery which hosted monthly exhibits and events. CAN Studios opened with 95% of studios occupied, well above the 65% requested by its board.
In 2015, Judith opened Rockville’s Artists & Makers Studios where she serves as owner and executive director. In September 2015, the operation expanded by 3,619 sq. ft., and now runs on a waitlist. In November of 2016 Artists & Makers Studios expanded again to open A&M2, another 23,000 sq ft – we are looking for an exciting new location for that project soon. In the Summer of 2020 Artists & Makers Studios opened a new location in Oro Valley, Arizona. Brand new projects are now also underway in San Gabriel, California and North Hollywood, California. Stay tuned for more!
About the Staff and Contractors
Cathy Hirsh – Curator/Gallery Manager, Maryland
Cathy Hirsh is the Curator for the A & M Guest Artist Gallery at Parklawn. Each month, the Gallery showcases emerging and established artists from the Washington Metropolitan area who are not affiliated with the A&M community. Cathy is also an A&M Resident Artist (studio #41) and the founder and manager of Gallery 209, which exhibits monthly in another of the A&M Parklawn public galleries. An award-winning visual artist, her work spans landscapes, floral, and abstract subject matter in multiple media. Cathy also teaches art workshops and classes in her studio. A past president of the Montgomery Art Association, she managed the MAA Gallery at the Westfield Wheaton mall during its 6-year existence. Cathy enjoys painting on location as well as creating in her studio. She looks forward to meeting many new, and returning, visitors to A&M!
Javier Dosamantes – Operations Manager/Curator, Arizona
Having lived many years in Tucson and Mexico, Javier Dosamantes brings his unique and diverse perspective to Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley. His goal is to help grow the community around the studio, with a strong focus on individuality and self-expression. As an artist with a concentration on Illustration—Javier understands the challenges of our modern and fast-changing world, so he will work with our resident artists and staff to design a space especially curated to nurture creativity.
Britten Traughber – Support Staff, Arizona
Britten Traughber is a visual and performing artist who has fallen in love with the people and landscape of Tucson after relocating to Arizona last year. She is honored to serve the local artistic community as support staff at Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley. Britten’s own work deals with community and identity, using a combination of storytelling and documentary portraiture to create transformative images. Her book FLATLAND-a collaboration with author Teague Bohlen – was nominated for a 2020 Colorado Book Award. You can see more of her work at www.brittentraughber.art
Tom’s Cleaning – Arizona
Meet Tom Loflin, the owner of Tom’s Cleaning, LLC. Tom worked hard as a truck driver to provide for his family. He loved his job and the people he worked with. One day he decided to start his own company so he could devote more time to his family.
Tom believes that in addition to being clean, things should also be sanitary. It is Tom’s goal as a commercial cleaner to provide professional results and customer satisfaction.
You have invested a lot of time and money into your business, protect that investment by keeping it clean and maintained. Cleaning is a time consuming process, so let Tom’s Cleaning do all of the dirty work for you so you can spend more time growing your business. Tom’s Cleaning, LLC
Virginia Cooper & Caitlin Miller – Maryland
Virginia Cooper and Caitlin Miller handle bookkeeping and reporting for all of the Artists & Makers Studios projects. We are grateful for their help and assistance.
Todd Baxter Dawson – Maryland
Todd Baxter Dawson serves as webmaster for Artists & Makers Studios, and has also designed our logos and graphics. “I’m passionate about helping businesses improve their image in print and online. It’s a fact that great design results in increased customer response. My goal is to boost your business by making you look your best.
I provide graphic design services to small and medium-sized businesses and startups. Clean, clear and elegant design are what I am known for. A background as a gallery painter and over 30 years as a graphics professional inform my work in print, web and custom graphics development, bringing fine art aesthetics to digital design.” todddawsondesign.com
Robert Walter – Maryland
R. Walter Creative designs fliers, collateral, and logo treatments for Artists & Makers Studios. Robert is a retired Creative Director who is interested in freelance design work and consultation. R. Walter Creative
Take a Video Tour
We’d like to give you a virtual tour before you visit, and if you have been here before, you may notice new things. The cornerstone of our business model is building community, and all of our affiliated artists make it worthwhile!
Judith HeartSong’s Interview on Artist & Maker’s 3 Year Anniversary
Hear the A&M story from Purple Couch’s “The Creative Life” Podcast last year.