Pat Goslee, Affiliate

She creates lush layers of patterns that speak to nature and the effects of global warming. Bits of figurative elements can often be seen that are in a state of entropic evolution; that is, they are falling apart while attempting to reorganize. In this chaotic time of death, grief and change, she paints topographies inhabited in our energetic bodies.

Her painting helped to illustrate antimicrobial resistance on the cover of the April 2018 CDC journal, Emerging Infectious Diseases and the fragility of coral reef ecosystems for the 2020 BROTO Art-Climate-Science conference.  Her painting “Enclave” was recently installed at the US Embassy in Lusaka as part of the Art in Embassies program.


Her work is included in the permanent collections of the 

US Embassy in Ethiopia, the US Embassy in Nepal,

the Wilson Building (DC City Hall), National Institutes of Health,

Children’s National Medical Center, the Union of Concerned Scientists, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital and the University of Georgia as well as in many private collections.


She has been awarded Visual Artist Fellowship grants from the

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in 2019, 2018, 2017

and 2009.


Anne Sanderoff-Walker A&M1

Smooth silks…

Warm wools…

Color, Color, Color

These are the tools that noted weaver and fiber artist
Anne Sanderoff-Walker uses to create wearable fiber art,
quilted wall hangings, and Judaica Legacy pieces.

Anne chooses the fibers she uses for their color and texture. She focuses on clothing construction using her own hand-woven textiles. The fabrics for her legacy wall hangings are carefully chosen based on each original design.

Choose a completed piece from Anne’s gallery, or commission a custom, one-of-a-kind design to flatter your body, decorate your home, or commemorate a special celebration such as a wedding, commitment ceremony,
anniversary, birth, or religious occasion.

Janet Barnard A&M1

Which path to take is always a dilemma when it comes to fiber art. I have experimented with a myriad of techniques, taken countless workshops, and I am still amazed at the opportunities to learn yet another style, process or method.  At present, I focus on silk dyeing and weaving, creating clothing, accessories and wall art. Many more ideas are hiding in the wings, waiting to be played with.

Heather Van Houten Makeup & Hair A&M AZ

We are Southern Arizona’s On Site Makeup and Hair Artists! Whether you have a wedding, boudoir, engagement shoot or headshot; our artists have your beauty needs covered with a full salon kit ready to tackle any beauty need. We understand how hair and makeup behaves in HD photography, and this is highly important if you are working with a professional photographer.  We take our art and your booking seriously. Our artists and office staff will be on your side to create your look, your story, and vision. You will also have the peace of mind knowing that the office staff will keep your booking on time and organized from day 1. 




Susan Swanson A&M AZ

I have been painting since I was 8 years old.  I loved the different mediums and experimenting with different styles.  I was interested as a young girl going to museums and seeing the work of other artists. 

As I grew up I knew several friends who were very creative but then had accidents that left them with brain damage.  When I was in college I heard of a new field called Art Therapy.  I moved to Cambridge Mass. And started a master’s program in the field where I learned to work with children and adults with mental challenges.

I have had a career in Expressive Arts Therapy for over 40 years all the while painting on my own and having exhibits.  I work in acrylic on canvas, watercolor on paper and make fine art cards.  My work is Southwestern, abstract, and impressionistic.

Jamie Downs, Affiliate

Jamie Downs has been painting for over forty years.  For most of the time, her work has been a non-objective Jungian search of the collective unconscious; but 15 years ago it took an unexpected turn.  Very large close-up images of flowers became a part of the mixed media paintings, and that began a new direction and inspired some new work for this artist who works in series.

As a very young child Jamie was obsessed with birds – playing bird and drawing birds.  What would thirty plus years of abstract expressionist style work do to her paintings of birds?  That exploration would become a fun adventure which would expand to animals as well.

Like most artists, Jamie has had other day jobs throughout her life.  Her work as a newspaper photographer, graphic designer and web designer, arts administrator, curator, gallery operator… has provided skill sets that have become a part of her creative process.  The inspiration for several of her birds and animals comes from scanned black and white negatives from her time as a photojournalist.  Other paintings are derived from her huge collection of photographs from family trips to zoos across the US or vacations in Central America.

Her process often begins as digital and is rarely shown at that stage.  The final work on canvas or Mylar is several steps removed from this initial digital creation.  Her mixed media paintings reflect her love of materials and techniques.  Beginning with watercolor, colored pencil, water based crayon and markers, she progresses through acrylics and inks to Sennelier oil pastels and sometimes oils, using numerous mediums, metallics, glazes, pigments…producing multiple, though subtle, textures.   Layers of the process are often preserved, color field style, on the edges of the painting or in line elements.  Her colors are pure, bright and bold.

Her current series is birds and animals representing each letter of the alphabet.

Jamie’s studio is in Silver Spring, MD and is open by appointment.  She has shown through galleries throughout the Mid-Atlantic and is widely represented on-line.

Laura Stafford, Affiliate AZ

I grew up in Tucson, Arizona so a lot of my jewelry designs reflect the beauty of the Sonoran Desert.  I have been designing jewelry for over a decade and have been featured on the cover of several beading magazines over the years. 

For me designing jewelry is a labor of love—you just know when it all comes together.  The greatest joy is to hear a customer say “I just have to have this, it was made for me”.

My second passion is photography.  I specialize in photographing birds, animals and cactus blooms.  One of my greatest accomplishments was to have my image of a Pyrrhuloxia featured on the cover of the National Audubon Magazine.



Michael B. Mason A&M AZ

My work is largely informed by my many years of wilderness exploration and wandering through the open spaces of the western United States. I have loved the outdoors since I was a child, always fascinated by the natural environment, and eager to see what could be found beyond the immediate horizon.

Memories from my time outdoors often provide a starting point for my work. Through the addition of “what if” ideation, i attempt to reinterpret an element of the landscape or an environmental system, giving it prominence and new meaning. 

This approach to art making appeals to me because it provides an opportunity to coalesce the beauty of the natural world with that which can only be imagined, satisfying a need to create an alternate view beyond what is immediately apparent.

Michael B. Mason

Prancing Llama Emporium A&M AZ

It all started with a culture of artisan work brought down by generations. My fondest memories are of my family working with their hands as knitters, dressmakers, leatherworkers, bakers, cheesemongers and moonshiners. These humble beginnings gave me the foundation to provide high quality, beautiful items with a culture of service. We welcome you to a unique blend of carefully curated products that encourage and enhance your atmosphere.  

Our waxes, butters and oils are sourced from locations that are sustainably conscious. Specifically our candle wax blends and fragrance oils are vegan, gluten free, toxin free, paraben free, and phthalate free.  Prancing Llama Emporium Candles are hand-poured in small batches and slowly cured. Our Coconut Soy blend and Coconut Apricot candle wax is long lasting and burns clean with minimum smoking and sooting. 

Prancing Llama Emporium candle vessels are statement pieces that can be repurposed throughout your home. We guarantee product satisfaction and value feedback!

Our crystal and mineral collection is locally curated from the World’s Largest Gem and Mineral Show in Tucson, Arizona. We deal directly with international vendors to bring you the highest quality.

We also partner with Studio Oh! Gift & Stationary to bring you limited edition accessories. 

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Prancing Llama Emporium

Exhibits in the Galleries – DEC 2020, JAN 2021

Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley, AZ
Bold Color in the Galleries

(Oro Valley, AZ) – Artists & Makers Studios in Oro Valley is pleased to announce new gallery exhibitions featuring local artists Dennis Wunsch and Javi Valenzuela, on display through January 31st, 2021. Dennis Wunsch’s canvases, shown in the Main Gallery, present delightfully intricate large-scale paintings full of color and nuance. Wuncsh is a well-established artist and illustrator with a successful career in the arts. Javi Valenzuela’s work, shown in the Gallery Hall, portrays a world of color and symbolism based on his family’s life and heritage in Sonora, Mexico. A self-taught and prolific painter, this exhibit marks the first gallery showing of Valenzuela’s collective paintings. Both artists present a unique vision of their life experience in vibrant, beautiful details. The galleries are open 12-6 pm, Friday – Saturday – Sunday, or by appointment.

Office Hours
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley
Steam Pump Village
11061 North Oracle Road, Suite 150
Oro Valley, AZ 85373

Plan to visit and see the galleries, and the studios as the last few fill. Currently masks firmly covering nose and mouth, and social distancing are required.

Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville, Maryland, 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 – Oro Valley is a brand new jewel box location with 3,575 sq. ft. of studios, galleries, and flex-classroom space. 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.


PressRelease – Dec 2020 – January 31, 2021

Elaine Boucher Burch Taylor, Affiliate


B.A. in Fine Art, Boston College, Boston, Massachusetts

B.S.C.S. in Computer Science, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia

Study Art at Boston University, Harvard University, Montgomery College, Corcoran School of Art and The Compass Atelier

Career as a Software Engineer at NIH, National Cancer Institute

Exhibitions and Gallery Associations

Washington International Art Fair II, III, IV and V

Art Fair Gallery, North Potomac MD

Paul Rosen Graphics, Washington DC

Tidewater Artists’ Association, Norfolk VA

Montgomery County Artists’ Association, MD

United States Information Agency, Central America

Spectrum Gallery, Washington, DC

Gallery Grace, Menlo Park, CA

New York Expo, New York, NY

Art Expo West, Los Angeles, CA

Art Works, Alexandria, VA

Klevit Fine Art, Rockville, MD

Tideline Gallery, Rehoboth, DE

Strathmore Hall Foundation, Member, North Bethesda, MD

Strathmore Membership Juried Show 2007, Bethesda, MD

Strathmore Hall 25thYear Celebration Juried Show, Bethesda, MD

National Institutes of Health 2009 Juried Show, Bethesda, MD

Orchard Gallery, Group Show December 2010, Bethesda, MD

Orchard Gallery, Solo Show February 2011, Bethesda, MD

Strathmore Membership Juried Show 2012, Bethesda, MD

Resident Artist, Washington Art Works, 2015, Rockville, MD

Resident Artist, Artists and Makers II, 2016-2019, Rockville, MD

Resident Artist Group Show, Artists and Makers II, 2019, Rockville, MD

Affiliate Artist, Artists and Makers Studios, 2020-Current, Rockville, MD


Painting published by the United Nations for UNICEF card design; distribution started in 1983.


Various media and subject matter explored over the years.

Elody Crimi, Affiliate

Elody Crimi is an alumni graduate of the Washington School of Photography and is an accomplished commercial and fine arts photographer, specializing in landscape and portrait photography.  She is also a photography instructor, teaching a vast range of classes (currently via Zoom) including: PS Elements for the Painter (through the Compass Atelier), PS Elements for the Photographer and Smartphone Photography (through Washington Photo Safari), and DSLR Basics. 

Her greatest passion is to experiment with raw images, using alternative processes and techniques to assure that the “emotion of the moment” has been captured. Currently, most of her work is creatively altered using various Photoshop techniques.


Stacy Claywell A&M1

fun facts

Stacy was formally trained and has her BFA from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia.

While in college, she of course, had great aspirations and dreamed of doing it all;

paint in France, fashion design in NY, create jewelry in Spain. But as fate would have it, she got caught up in the fast-paced world of advertising. Think redhead meets Mad Men.

Her career took her from South Beach to Madison Avenue. Having worked at some of the worlds top ad agencies & boutique design firms, Stacy has created and produced award-winning work in both the consumer and business space. She is a creative visionary with years of experience in strategy, brand-building, print, advertising, television, product launches and all things digital.

She desperately needed to break out from “behind that large box” (aka iMac) where she spends most of her time .

Picking up the brush again, exploring oils, acrylics and mixed media has allowed her to express herself beyond

the corporate limitations.

And as she always says…The Best is Yet to Come…

You can contact Stacy at



Stacy Claywell / artist & creative guru

Inspired by the sounds and colors of living and working in NYC, Miami and coastal Georgia.

Life experiences are expressed throughout

my work creating a mix of vibrant color as well as a subdued palette. You will find hints of music and dance and a little bit of sparkle throughout my abstractions. I love to make marks on paper, canvas and wood and I am currently working in oils and cold wax.

Stacy now resides in the DC area.

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