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January 2019 in the Galleries

Artists & Makers Studios 1 and 2 Present Five Uplifting Exhibits at Two Locations for the Month of January along with Resident Artists’ Open Studios to Browse

Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive and Wilkins Avenue in Rockville are featuring five new exhibits for the month of January at two locations. A&M1 Parklawn will host solo exhibits for artists Wayson R. Jones with Elementals – considering the landscape through thickly textured paintings, Sharon Fox-Mould’s Angels and Abstracts – informed by her Jamaican roots, and Maduka Francis Uduh’s At Peace, At Home – sculptures inspired by his native Nigeria. At Wilkins enjoy the work of Jamie Downs – Searching for Oneness: 50 Years of Spiritual Art, and the photography of Howard Clark in For Love of Landscape.  These five exhibits will open First Friday festivities between 6-9pm on January 4th, and artists’ studios will be open for browsing at both locations.

Opening Reception
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday, January 4th, 2019

“Elementals” with Wayson R. Jones
“Angels and Abstracts”
with Sharon Fox-Mould
“At Peace, At Home”
with Maduka Francis Uduh
Artists & Makers Studios 1
11810 Parklawn Drive, Suite 210
Rockville, MD 20852

“Searching for Oneness: 50 Years of Spiritual Art” with Jamie Downs
“For Love of Landscape”
with Howard Clark
Artists & Makers Studios 2
12276 Wilkins Avenue
Rockville, MD 20852

Artists & Makers Studios 1 on Parklawn hosts “Elemental” – Wayson R. Jones considers landscape, not pictorially, but as an embodiment of process: geologic, meteorological, and cosmologic. Concerned with primal forces and masses that underlie the built world we often take for granted – these thickly textured pieces have a sculptural, weighty presence that at times recalls rock, snow and ice, or dried-up waterways. “Angels and Abstracts” features the colorful combined series of Sharon Fox-Mould. The sculptures of Nigerian artist Maduka Francis Uduh in “At Peace, At Home” began 30 years ago, inspired by his environment as he created pieces influenced by the culture, landscape, and the socioeconomic uncertainties of his country. In a new chapter of his life, he finds himself on a new journey of creativity. Theremin music throughout the evening by Arthur Harrison in the artist hall as well as resident artists’ open studios will add to the experience.
Additionally, A&M2 on Wilkins is proud to present “Searching for Oneness: 50 Years of Spiritual Art.” Jamie Downs has worked in mixed media non-objective painting for over 50 years exploring themes of oneness and transcendence, searching for her own personal archetypes. “For Love of Landscape” features the photographs of Howard Clark and reveals the hidden treasures in our neighborhoods, local parks, our National and State parks. The Montgomery County Camera Club hosts a group exhibition titled “The Winner’s Circle”, along with a new exhibit by the member artists in Gallery 209 and resident artists’ open studios – all just 9/10’s of a mile from the flagship location on Parklawn with free parking at both locations and the best parties in town.

These exhibits at both locations open Friday, January 4th, and continue through Wednesday, January 23nd, 2019.  Viewing hours coincide with office hours and are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Tuesday-Saturday, and Sundays/Mondays by chance or appointment.

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 now home to 66 resident artists. Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville is a 23,000 sq. ft. facility with 95 resident artists and more to come. 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.

January 2019 Press Release

January 2019 Exhibit Details

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 now has three classrooms – a 1,000 sq ft classroom located at Artists & Makers Studios 1 on Parklawn in Rockville, The Compass Atelier Annex in studio 8 at A&M1, and a new 1,100 sq ft classroom at Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville that offer classes and more for all skill levels and many disciplines, styles, and subject matter.  Weekly Classes offer a great entry point to art-making.  The Certificate Program takes those interested in a professional artistic career to that goal in the most efficient way.  Weekend Workshops with internationally acclaimed visiting artists provide yet another dimension to artistic learning.  Study Abroad programs give students access to the world of art.  For more information on all this and more visit TheCompassAtelier.com or follow us on most every social media platform.

Peter Swift A&M2

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).


2018 Monthly First Friday Gallery & Open Studio Events

Come and see gorgeous gallery exhibits at two locations (just 9/10’s of a mile apart in Rockville) 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. Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville is a 23,000 sq. ft. facility with 73 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 5th
Feb 2nd
Mar 2nd
Apr 6th (Open Studio Weekend April 7th and 8th, 12-5pm)
May 4th
June 1st
July 6th
Aug 3rd
Sept 7th
Oct 5th
Nov 2nd (Open Studio Weekend November 3rd and 4th, 12-5pm)
Dec 7th

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

Neal Schlosburg A&M2

Neal Schlosburg – Juried Artist – 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.

Artist Bio

I am an artist who paints with light. My camera is my palette, my lenses are my brushes, Photoshop is my painter’s knife, and metal is my canvas.

My creative life began early with charcoal and pastels. 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.

Music has also 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

Anthony Williams A&M2

Anthony has been interested in photography for many years and now that he’s retired, he can dedicate more time to this art that he truly loves. Anthony has taken a variety of photography courses at the Smithsonian as well as WSP workshops and specialty studio shoots that the school offers. Anthony has been a WSP Camera Club member for over 7 years where he continues to sharpen his photography skills.


Anthony Williams

Elizabeth Stecher A&M2

“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

Millie Shott A&M2

Formerly called the Washington Water Color Club, the Washington Water Color Association is one of the oldest societies of professional artists and can trace its beginnings to the late 19th century.

Washington watercolorist and teacher, Marietta W. Andrews, originated the idea for such a society. The first meeting, March 28, 1896, was attended by 15 professional artists. The first exhibition, December 1896, had 134 works displayed at the Cosmos Club of Washington. Between 1897 and 1899, the Water Color Club exhibited at the Connecticut Avenue Gallery.

The exhibit of 1900 was held in the Hemicycle Room at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. In the years between 1921 and 1930, the WWCA held exhibits at the U.S. National Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Howard University and the Arts Club of Washington.

In 1921, the name was changed to the Washington Water Color Association and the group became a non-profit, educational organization. By 1936, artists from the twenty-one states and the District of Columbia were displaying their works at the association’s exhibitions.

Among the well-known artists exhibiting works over the years were William Henry Holmes, Thomas Anshutz, William Merritt Chase, Joseph Pennell and American Impressionists Frank Benson and Chile Hassam.

In later years Elliott O’Hara, Andrew Wyeth, Don Kingman, Henry Gasser and Alice Pike Barney were among the painters exhibiting in annual WWCA shows. Alma Thomas, Delilah Pierce, Lois Mailou Jones and James Wells were among African American artists who exhibited regularly.

Internationally recognized artist Lily Spandorf was a member of WWCA until her death. Vienna-born and educated, Lily Spandorf made London her base of operations for several years, dividing her time between Britain and Italy, painting and exhibiting in both countries. She came to the United States at the end of 1959 and had a solo show in New York City. In 1960 she arrived in Washington, where she has had many solo exhibits.

Another WWCA member, Japanese artist Unichi Hiratsuka was one of the founding fathers of the Creative Prints movement (Sosaku Hanga) and one of the big names of twentieth century Japanese art. Hiratsuka is best known for prints in black and white. He died at the age of 102 years.


  • Juried member shows throughout each year. Sites vary according to availability.
  • Several meetings within a year to discuss club business and enhance knowledge through demonstrations and workshops.
  • Annual luncheon meeting in late spring to exchange ideas and get better acquainted.
  • Newsletter published periodically which includes information and a calendar of upcoming events.
  • Community service through contributions to educational institutions and art groups in the Washington metropolitan area. WWCA offers an annual scholarship for a deserving high school senior who plans to pursue a career in art.

Millie Shott

Jeanne Powell A&M2

An Artist’s Journey

Traveling introduced me to the joy of painting. For many years I was merely a photographic observer. In 2003, my semi-retirement from being a research economist at NIST afforded me the time to pursue painting in classes and workshops (mostly at the Yellow Barn). With wonderful surprise, I found that plein air painting enriched my travel experience far beyond what my camera could and also introduced me to the beauty and variety of the Maryland landscape.           

Jeanne Powell

Alton F. Knight A&M2


Hi, my name is Alton Knight and I’m a photographer who specializes in creating portraits, headshots, and portfolios for actors, models and other creatives.  I also shoot lifestyle and event photography for a variety of clients who desire albums and digital images of special occasions and other memorable moments.   

My clients include models, actors, authors, event planners, sporting event companies, universities, high schools, corporations, nonprofit organizations, wedding photographers and individuals who wish to document special occasions in a lasting and personally meaningful way.

I am based in Owings Mills, Maryland and can work with you in a studio or on location as required. Please take a minute to browse through my galleries for examples of my work. I welcome the opportunity to work with to you in designing a photography program that meets your needs.  Please feel free to contact me today for pricing and availability.


Alton F. Knight