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December 2019 in the Galleries at Parklawn

Artists & Makers Studios Parklawn Hosts Three Visually Rich Exhibits in December
Painting and Photography Take Center Stage

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville highlights the work of three metro-area artists with rich visual vocabularies in three galleries for the month in December. Teresa Jarzynski shares textural still life paintings in Be Still My Life, Vladimir Zabavskiy’s gem-like paintings sparkle in May Beauty Follow, and Jenny Nordstrom offers some of her favorite images from a long-term project in Doors of Distinction. Pike District sponsors a very special December First Friday and celebrates North Bethesda’s Urban Core – and all there is to see, do, visit and try here. There’s something new behind every door in the Pike District. These exhibits will open for First Friday festivities on December 6th between 6pm and 9pm and will showcase artists’ open studios for browsing and shopping.

“Be Still My Life” with Teresa Jarzynski
“May Beauty Follow” with Vladimir Zabavskiy
“Doors of Distinction” with Jenny Nordstrom

Opening Reception
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday, December 6th, 2019

Artists & Makers Studios 1
11810 Parklawn Dr., Suite 210
Rockville, MD 20852

Visit A&M1 Parklawn and enjoy the gorgeous gallery exhibits, along with open studios, a perfect time for shopping and gift-giving, or for finding a treasure for yourself. Enjoy wine, soft drinks and light refreshments, and rich and varied art for browsing and buying – all in one location.

These exhibits at A&M1 Parklawn open Friday, December 6th, and continue through Friday, December 20th, 2019.  Viewing hours are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Tuesday-Saturday, and Sundays/Mondays by chance or appointment.

***Still Life Open Drawing and Painting with exhibiting artist Teresa Jarzynski in the Main Gallery on December 7th, 14th, 21st (Saturdays) 12-3pm. All are welcome and the events are free. Bring your art supplies – and easels, tables and chairs, and snacks will be provided.***

Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville, established in October 2014 by artist and arts community builder Judith HeartSong, is a 13,000 sq. ft. facility is home to 66 resident artists. Artists & Makers Studios 2 has left the former Wilkins location and will be announcing its new home later this year. A&M 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. From the Pike District, we invite you to join us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and check out our website

December 2019 Press Release
December 2019 Exhibit Details

Ann Corbett A&M1

I make art to discover the joy that is within.  All the elements of nature’s patterns and beauty are ours to discover and celebrate.

As an explorer, I open myself to the discoveries of paint and canvas. In that realm is an opportunity to find what lies under the surface of daily consciousness. I begin with loosely applied marks applied in an intuitive manner. Building upon this with spontaneous/loose gesture, I respond with variations of shape, color, texture to create abstraction related to emotion and feeling.

As colors and shapes emerge – some more dramatic and lyrical than others – negative shapes are defined; some areas recede while some blend; and the whole emerges as a simple, all-in-a-moment (gestalt) experience. 

These new mark-and-shape relationships can suggest leaves, lozenges, triangles, ovals, dots, waves and other reminders of the natural world’s geometry, patterning and beauty.

My process varies slightly in the two different media – whether distilling down to essentials as seen in making the large acrylic abstractions or accumulating and layering through the cold wax and oil works. 

Ann Corbett has a BFA from the Corcoran School of Art and Design.  Her gestural mark-making and interest in texture has evolved through various post-graduate painting workshops.

Her paintings include organic shapes in bold colors as well as a form of personal geometry that highlights her joy in nature’s creation. 


November 2019 in the Galleries at Parklawn

Artists & Makers Studios Parklawn Presents
Three Unique Exhibits in November
A Gorgeous Mix of Abstract and Representational Art

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville hosts four artists with unique viewpoints in three galleries for the month of November. Barbara Bell and Loren Scherbak let us eavesdrop on the conversation between watercolors and wood-fired clay in Earth Works, Russell Palanzo shares energetic and colorful abstracts in Snapshot, and Barbara Quinn invites viewers to explore a whimsical travelogue in Land, Sky, and Sea. These exhibits will open for First Friday festivities on November 1st between 6pm and 9pm and will showcase artists open studios for browsing, along with musical entertainment. Free Drawing for a Holiday Cooking Gift Basket that includes Penzey’s Spices and other awesome treats on First Friday.

Cooking Gift Basket with Penzeys Spices
Enter the free drawing for this Giant Holiday Cooking Gift Basket, November’s First Friday, 6-9pm

“Earth Works”
with Barbara Bell and Loren Scherbak
“Snapshot” with Russell Palanzo
“Land, Sky, and Sea” with Barbara Quinn

Opening Reception
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday, November 1st, 2019

Artists & Makers Studios 1
11810 Parklawn Dr., Suite 210
Rockville, MD 20852

Visit A&M1 and enjoy the galleries, along with open studios, all of A&M’s artists, soothing Solo Acoustic Guitar with David Ziegele in the lounge, and folk band Blackwood & Brass with Scottish Smallpipe, Mandolin, and Percussion. Enjoy wine, soft drinks and light refreshments, art and music – all in one location.

These exhibits at A&M1 Parklawn open Friday, November 1st, and continue through Saturday, November 23rd, 2019.  Viewing hours are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Tuesday-Saturday, and Sundays/Mondays by chance or appointment.

***GALLERY TALK on November 19th, 7-9pm with Phil Hutinet – Editor, East City Art***

CONFLUENCE: Two Rivers One City is East City Art’s annual anthology of critical writing.  Part of the presentation includes a discussion on trends in regional visual art, critical arts writing and what East City Art has been covering over the past 12 months.

Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville, established in October 2014 by artist and arts community builder Judith HeartSong, is a 13,000 sq. ft. facility is home to 66 resident artists. Artists & Makers Studios 2 has left the former Wilkins location and will be moving to its new home in December of this year. A&M 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. 

Press Release November 2019
Exhibit Details Parklawn, November 2019

Neal Schlosburg A&M1

Neal Schlosburg – NS Fine Art Images

Artist Statement

Neal Schlosburg, photo artist: The mood of an image is a shared experience between artist and viewer.

I explore energy, emotion, and sensibilities with my images and their titles. My goal is to have an expressive exchange; one soul directly to another. I converse with light, shades, tones, textures, shapes, and words to tell a story and to convey my feelings. Life is diverse, so too are the moods.

“The negative is comparable to the composer’s score and the print to its performance.” Ansel Adams

Artist Bio

More than fifty years past, my first hands on experience to photography was in summer camp. We developed black and negatives and printed them as contact sheets (thumbnails). The textures and shades of charcoal and pastels would later inform my photographic art.

Through the course of my life, my influences and passions have changed and evolved. Most of my artistic images over the last seven years reflect my desire to interact with spontaneous emotions. My subject matter is varied, but it is people and flowers I am most drawn to.

Musical Connection

Music has been an essential part of my life, and it entered the creative process in an unexpected way. Looking at one of my fine art images, a large delicate white flower with linen like petals, my wife said it reminded her of a beautiful wedding dress. The moment she made that comment, Billy Idol’s “White Wedding” played in my head. Since then, all my images are named after a song title, an album title, or a band name.

NS Fine Art Images & My Picture Tells A Story

Gen Gaines A&M1

Gen Gaines - Narcissistic Supply

I am a Native Washingtonian (as in the,”District of Columbia”).

I can’t remember a point in my life when I wasn’t creating some form of visual art. I’ve explored various artistic mediums and forms of visual expression such as acrylic, oil, and watercolor paintings; magazine collages and clay sculptures; pastel, graphite; charcoal, color pencil and (sumi)ink drawings; various kinds of archival paper and fabric printing, and more.

I have an extensive formal education in the fine arts—having attended Moore College of Art and graduating with a BA Degree in Arts Management from Howard University (studio art courses and business electives)in 2007.

Soon after graduating, my thyroid gland was severely damaged as a result of a botched medical procedure. My health became increasingly worse and I soon became abysmally out of touch with all aspects of my life. I continued to work but, I then sought out primarily clerical roles — far removed from what I went to school for. Eventually, I closed the door to all artistic pursuits.

In 2010, I was challenged with a professional diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder Type l. I can also evidence a mild Provisional Tic Disorder manifesting in facial grimacing and Coprolalia when I am under significant emotional stress. In 2016, I was diagnosed by an Endocrinologist with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.

This news was devastating but, extremely helpful. How? Because now, at least, I could understand what was making me so unwell for so long and, I was armed with a protocol to treat it.

In 2017, I discovered Art Enables. I volunteered as a staff aid at this NGO. They then offered me a Resident Artist Fellowship and I slowly began to switch back on the right side of my brain. The AE program helps disabled emerging artists (of all stripes) free up their mental and emotional baggage to produce exceptional works of art. For me, it proved to be extremely transformative.

I began to plumb the depths of my imagination with representational and abstract forms of acrylic painting and I have not looked back. I have begun to view and to conduct myself as a legitimate, professional artist.

I am currently inspired by the figurative mastery of Chloe Piene and the notan draughtmanship of Alphonse Mucha. Other professional artists of interest to me are: Tim OkamuraKadir NelsonMichael D’ Antuono, and others -too many to list.

As of April 2019, I am also a resident artist with Artists & Makers Studios located in Rockville, Maryland. My studio hours vary. More information about my A&M journey will be provided within the coming months.

So… Thank you for your interest in my art and in my life! Your visit to my website is greatly appreciated.


Paola Luther A&M1

Paola Luther’s delicate touch and sense of light and color infuses her broad range of art styles and mediums.  Paola has been painting since childhood. As an adult she became a professional artist in fine arts and continues to expand her skills under the tutelage of artists from Washington DC, Los Angeles, Spain, Peru and Central America.  Paola has attended multiple workshops with talented artists around the world. Traveling is a large part of Paola’s artistic inspiration. She has produced colorful plein-air pieces, commissioned paintings and portraits.  Paola’s original works can be found in private collections in the United States and Europe.


Pooja Campbell

My figures co-habitat a world filled with nature and colour – because that is how I see myself. Essentially nature. The subtleties, complexities, the curves, and arches of the body are very like the forms and lines you would find in the natural world around us.

Using line and form as structural guidelines, I sort through the internal dialogue I have about the realities of life, the truth in meditation, and my place in nature.

Sometimes I conflict with nature – my un-enlightened self, and sometimes I am in harmony with it – my ultimate self.

In my lotus series, my goal is to get the viewer to focus on the simplicity and elegance of line along with the beauty and almost abstract quality of the shapes.

I respond deeply to the lotus’ symbolism and the role it plays to a Hindu in our spiritual awakening. Rising from muddy waters to a thing of beauty and purity – devoid of attachment, the ultimate goal.

By keeping colour to a minimum, all extra noise is cut off and viewing the paintings becomes an almost meditative experience.


1999 – 2001 – Textile Designing Cape Technikon, Cape Town, South Africa

1995 – 1999 – B.F.A Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA

1994 – 1995 – Visual Arts Centennial College, Toronto, Canada

1991 – 1994 – Fine Arts Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore, India


Studios…Get Your Studios!

Artists & Makers Studios Parklawn and Wilkins maintain 36,000 sq. ft. of studio space at two locations after opening full and on wait list in March of 2015 at Parklawn! We now host more than 150 artists in two locations with dedicated classroom and workshop space for teaching artists, along with five galleries. Tour today for available studios, or get on our wait list for your dream studio.



A&M is the 2018 Editors’ Pick, Best Place to Experience Art in BEST OF Bethesda Magazine

Artists & Makers Studios is the
“Best Place to Experience Art”
according to the editor
s of the 2018 issue of


Featuring the studio of Kristina Penhoet
Featuring the Compass Atelier with Glen Kessler and students
 Featuring Christine Cardellino (Torpedo Factory Artist) and her solo exhibit at A&M

“Want to try your hand at painting, glassmaking or even belly dancing? Artists & Makers Studios has offerings in everything from smartphone photography to doll-making and provides an outlet for all kinds of creative pursuits for beginners through professional artists……..”

Editor’s Pick PDF here


And Best Bets in the same issue of BEST OF BETHESDA MAGAZINE
Featuring the work of David Amoroso
and mentions for
Marily Mojica
Sergio and Claudia Olivos

“Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was known for her intense self-portraits, but an exhibitionat Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville shows how four local artists depict the famous painter, feminist and political activist. The Mexican holiday Day of the Dead is another common theme among the paintings and mixed-media artwork by David Amoroso, Marily Mojica and Sergio and Claudia Olivos on display in the exhibition Frida and the Day of the Dead……”


Best Bets PDF here

The Compass Atelier with Glen Kessler


The Compass Atelier is home to the DMV’s best art classes! Beginners and veteran artists alike are finding The Compass Atelier THE place to start their artistic journeys or take their artistic learning to the next level!! Beginners find our classes ideal for establishing strong foundational skills, while veteran artists are constantly challenged by new projects and world-renowned artists.

  • We offer WEEKLY CLASSES available seasonally throughout the year. 
  • Our VISITING ARTIST WORKSHOPS bring in some of the world’s best artists and teachers for inspiring lectures and workshops.
  • Our STUDY ABROAD programs allow you to learn from art and culture around the world.
  • And our revolutionary MASTER ARTIST PROGRAM teaches students everything they need to know to become professional artists.

What are you waiting for? Come visit our gorgeous classroom located within the robust ARTISTS & MAKERS STUDIOS ART CENTER in Rockville, MD.

For more information on all this and more visit TheCompassAtelier.com or follow us on most every social media platform.

Peter Swift

Peter Swift is an award-winning contemporary realist artist.  his artistic philosophy is simple:  “I always paint common, everyday objects.  Using symmetry and design, I try to turn them into something new.  If the symmetry is successful, it will create a kind of dynamic stillness.  The painting will almost seem to absorb sound.”

Peter is a leading proponent of a developing new genre of still-life painting called “Magic Symmetry”.  Magic Symmetry is a combination of: (a) photorealistic renderings of objects; and (b) arrangement of these objects in symmetrical designs, such as circles.  Still-life symmetry is quite different from the traditional “slice-of-life” or “snapshot” approach, showing the objects on a table-top or in a cabinet, which has been used for centuries in still-life painting.  A good example of Magic Symmetry would be Peter’s painting entitled “Eight Wood Screws” shown above (acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 inches, or 122 x 122 cm).


2020 Monthly First Friday Gallery & Open Studio Events

Come and see gorgeous gallery exhibits each month, and enjoy resident artists’ open studios, demos, entertainment, wine and light refreshments. We throw the best parties in town!! Events are typically First Friday unless a major holiday pushes them to Second Friday.

Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville is a 13,000 sq. ft. facility with 65 resident artists. A&M 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.

Jan 3rd
Feb 7th
Mar 6th
Apr 3rd
May 1st
June 5th
July 10th*** Second Friday
Aug 7th
Sept 4th
Oct 2nd
Nov 6th
Dec 4th

Kristina Penhoet A&M1

Kristina Penhoet creates abstract and expressionist sculpture using traditional and modern felt-making techniques.  Her work takes cues from living organisms, landscapes and architecture; seeking to find beauty in the strange and ugly and pursuing themes of connection, mutation and diversity. Her use of wool as a tactile, natural material is consistent with her themes and the organic properties of her work.

After earning a degree in biology, Kristina attended Otis College of Art and Design concentrating on sculpture and environmental design, eventually pursuing a degree and career in architecture. When she became disenchanted with restrictive creative process of architectural design, she rekindled her love of making and discovered fiber as a medium.

Originally from the West Coast, Kristina currently resides in Washington, DC with her family and a naughty dog that wants to be good.


Terry Svat A&M1

I am artist and a printmaker in Washington DC area. I have been creating art my entire adult life. My prints hang in Argentina, Chile, Germany, Panama, Brazil and most recently in the new embassy in Sarajevo. Because I have had the opportunity to live and travel across the world, I naturally absorbed some of the culture and the spirit of the people including their symbols, rituals, and markings.

Terry Svat

Xcott Wolf & Lyana Pearson A&M1

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Elizabeth Stecher

“Watercolor does surprising things and is unpredictable, but sometimes spontaneous effects can be incorporated into the painting,” says Elizabeth. She chooses landscape subject matter based on her personal attraction which is typically mountains and Colorado scenery. While she often works from the photographs she takes when she travels, Elizabeth feels they do not capture the “interesting” part of the scenery. Because of this, she goes back and reinvents the initial attraction. Even though Elizabeth does not paint when she travels, she does compose sketches since it is easy to pack up. She seeks out scenery that creates interesting compositions for potential paintings. Her still life paintings are ordinary dayto-day subjects created from life such as food and shapes of environmental subject matters. At the end, she uses graphs to refine the painting. Elizabeth calls herself “compulsive” and a “perfectionist.” It is exactly these qualities that give her paintings a high degree of refinement and polish.”

Elizabeth Stecher

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