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Judith HeartSong A&M1

I have been working as a professional artist for more than thirty years now, after a public school education in which my focus was completely art-centric. As a child I was always out in nature, in the woods and along the creek beds of northern Pennsylvania. I developed a sense of awe and respect for the natural world early on and that devotion has never wavered. My work is often called Romantic Pop.

Special allowances were made in the course of my education to provide art instruction and the time I needed to focus on it. I studied privately with some tremendous artists and worked with every sort of material I could get my hands on to build my knowledge of mediums.

Plants and flowers fascinated me with their lush shapes and wonderful colors, and I was always interested in looking at botanical renderings and nature studies. To me they were often cold and impersonal, and that was not how I saw nature. I became captivated with trying to capture and share the world as I saw it.

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Jennifer Lynn Beaudet A&M1

Jennifer is an award-winning representational painter whose oil paintings explore intriguing color combinations and brushwork to convey energy and mood. In addition to capturing expressive portraiture, she is inspired by familiar narratives that evoke a sense of possibility, wonder, and story.

See her featured artist portfolio article on Artsy Shark to learn more.

Artist Statement

The process of applying rich color to canvas is extraordinary. It’s tactile, focused, and a pure reflection of connection – to my mind and to my subject. At times, my brushstrokes are purposeful and exact. Sometimes, they are mixed up and chaotic. My mood and curiosities about the subject create a tug and pull of expression that comes through in my work. The process is meaningful to me and my hope is to portray this meaning in my art.

My brushwork and color choices go hand in hand—they are not independent of one another. Sometimes my brush will take a color in a direction that surprises me. It’s all part of the exploration and creative process. I get to share a bit of my process when I leave those marks.

My paintings highlight the possibilities of a moment. These days we need to remind ourselves to connect to our experience of the world — feel its possibilities. The shine and glimmer of a wet roof, the warmth of light during transitions of the day, the excitement of a new adventure, the love in a person’s eyes – all are precious,  fleeting, and beautiful.

Awards

Best In Show – “Rockville Art League Juried Members’ Winter Show” Rockville, MD, 2019, Juror: Kris Loya

Third Place, Kensington Category – “Paint the Town Art Show 2019” Kensington Armory, Kensington, MD, 2019, Juror: Glen Kessler

Honorable Mention, Landscape – “Paint the Town Art Show 2019” Kensington Armory, Kensington, MD, 2019, Juror: Glen Kessler

Honorable Mention, Oils – “Women’s Club of Chevy Chase Art Show” Chevy Chase, MD, 2019

Honorable Mention, Portraits – “Women’s Club of Chevy Chase Art Show” Chevy Chase, MD, 2019

Third Place – “Penn Place Invitational Show”, Garret Park, MD, 2019

First Place, Landscape – “Paint the Town Art Show 2018” Kensington Armory, Kensington, MD, 2018, Juror: Gavin Glakas

Best in Show – “Paint the Town Art Show 2018” Kensington Armory, Kensington, MD, 2018, Juror: Gavin Glakas

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Mary Vinograd A&M1

Mary sees Art as an interactive cycle supporting self-expression, learning and healing for both the creator and the viewer. Mary studied painting at East Carolina University and UNC Chapel Hill. Her artwork includes paintings in acrylic, oils and mixed media. A licensed mental health professional (MSW, LCSWc) with  specialized training in energy psychology and excessive therapies, Mary has spent the recent 10 years working in the field of mental/ behavioral health providing counseling and social services, which include the use of art for therapeutic purposes. See Mary’s line of  art for children.

Amy Sabrin A&M1

In my art, I am drawn to joyous colors, bold compositions, and glowing light. Watercolors – with their transparent luminosity and purity of hue – are my preferred medium, but I also work in acrylics.  My works depict the quiet beauty of quotidian objects and the bolder beauty of nature, but my true subjects are light, color, pattern and shape.

My enthusiasm for art dates to my childhood, when my father would take me to the great museums in Manhattan.  I studied drawing and painting in high school and college, where I majored in art history. I moved to Washington, D.C., in 1974 and pursued a career first in journalism and then in law, rising to become a partner at the firm of Skadden, Arps, where I practiced white collar criminal defense law.  All the while, I painted when I could, and studied with several fine teachers, including Susan Abbott and Deborah Ellis at the Art League in Alexandria, Virginia, and Walt Bartman and Glen Kessler of the Yellow Barn Studio at Glen Echo National Park in Maryland.  In 2011, I retired to travel and devote more time to developing my skills as a visual artist.   I take my paints with me when I travel, and have painted in France, Italy, Mexico, the Bahamas, and the American Southwest.

In 2015 I was selected for membership in the Potomac Valley Watercolorists, and in 2016 I became a juried member of the Touchstone Gallery in Washington D.C. (http://www.touchstonegallery.com).  Several of my award-winning works have been accepted in juried shows, including:

·      “Shadow Play,” Best in Show, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA, Open Show, Dec. 2017

     “Glen Echo Creek,” Best in Show (watercolor), The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA, Open Show, Oct. 2017

·      “Stained Glass October”, Yellow Barn Gallery Members Show, December 2014

·      “Market Baskets, Provence”, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA, All Media Exhibit, January 2015

·      “Tin Box with Tulips”, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA, All Media exhibit, April 2015

·      “Chinese Lanterns with Pumpkin”, Honorable Mention, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA Open Exhibit, September 2015

·      “Okavango”, The Art League, Alexandria, VA, “Superstition and Belief “ Show, October 2015

AmySabrinStudio.com

February 2020 in the Galleries

Artists & Makers Studios Parklawn Presents
The Compass Atelier’s Master Artist Program Thesis Exhibition, Class of 2020

(Rockville, MD) – The graduates of The Compass Atelier’s Master Artist Program, Class of 2020 will have their Thesis Exhibition at Artists & Makers Studios from February 7-27, 2020. This exhibition will feature the work of 21 graduating artists completed during their Thesis Year of the Master Artist Program. The Master Artist Program combines traditional painting methods with contemporary concepts in just 3 years of logical step-by-step artistic study, and has become a viable alternative to more expensive and time-consuming university education with waitlists now stretching into 2023. It is the brainchild of longtime Maryland Institute College of Art instructor Glen Kessler, an internationally recognized artist in his own right. An opening reception will be held on Friday, February 7th from 6-9pm in conjunction with Artists & Makers Studios’ First Friday events. Also, from 1-3pm on each Saturday and Sunday of the show, exhibiting artists will hold Artist Talks, Artist Demonstrations, and Artist Lectures. A full calendar of speakers is listed on The Compass Atelier’s website (TheCompassAtelier.com). This three-gallery exhibit will open for First Friday festivities on February 7th between 6pm and 9pm and will also showcase Resident Artists’ open studios for browsing and shopping.

“The Compass Atelier’s Master Artist Program Thesis Exhibition, Class of 2020”
Opening Reception
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday, February 7th, 2020

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

Visit A&M1 Parklawn and enjoy the gorgeous gallery exhibit, along with open studios – a perfect time for shopping and gift-giving, or for finding a treasure for your home or office. 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, February 7th, and continue through Thursday, February 27th, 2020.  Viewing hours 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 home to more than 66 resident and affiliate artists. Artists & Makers Studios 2 has left the former Wilkins location and will be announcing its new home soon. 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. First Fridays are sponsored by the Chesapeake Framing Company in Kensington.

Artists and Makers Studios Press Release FEB 2020 Parklawn Exhibits

Tony Ventouris Photography A&M1

Born into a family of contractors, Tony Ventouris has been surrounded by architects, developers, and artists since an early age and has naturally developed a deep appreciation for the art of building. His unique background, photographic education, and lifelong devotion to the creation of artistic images has resulted in his successful career as a professional photographer.

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January 2020 in the Galleries

Artists & Makers Studios Parklawn Hosts
Three Talented Metro Artists in January
Unexpected Viewpoints Steal the Show

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville shows off the talents of three exceptionally unique metro-area artists in January 2020.  It’s a small (art) world after all in the new miniature work of Lori Anne Boocks. Supported by a cast of model railroad figures, Boocks explores current events, imaginary large-scale installations, and how people experience art. Playful and often personal, her sparse dioramas invite you to leave our big noisy world behind and lean in for intimate adventures in “slow looking” where art becomes backdrop, mirror, and lens.

In a world where we are constantly bombarded by information, the paintings in Information Overload create a space for viewers to break free of the noise of daily life. Stephen Boocks uses a variety of processes associated with composers of minimalist music to create works that only ask to be considered and enjoyed as shapes, lines, and colors, without any specific agenda.

Allen Hirsh draws inspiration for his mathematically transformed images from numerous antecedent artists, among them Washington painters of the color field school. This exhibit is inspired by Gene Davis, one of the most prominent of the color field artists. Where Davis usually produced elegantly simple, purely abstract structures, Hirsh prefers intense complexity in his similarly abstract creations – owed in part to his background as a biologist – yet he retains strong vertical elements and contrasting colors in these pieces as the connection to Davis. These exhibits will open for First Friday festivities on January 3rd between 6pm and 9pm and will showcase Resident Artists’ open studios for browsing and shopping.

“It’s the Little Things: Imaginary Installations in Miniature” with Lori Anne Boocks
“Information Overload” with Stephen Boocks
“A Gene Davis Inspiration” with Allen Hirsh

Opening Reception
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday, January 3rd, 2020

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, January 3rd, and continue through Wednesday, January 29th, 2020.  Viewing hours 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 home to 66 resident artists. Artists & Makers Studios 2 has left the former Wilkins location and will be announcing its new home soon. 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. First Fridays sponsored by the Chesapeake Framing Company in Kensington.

Artists and Makers Studios Press Release JANUARY 2020 Parklawn Exhibits

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.

2020
Jan 3rd
Feb 7th
Mar 6th
Apr 3rd
May 1st (OPEN STUDIO WEEKEND – May 2nd and 3rd, 12-5pm)
June 5th
July 10th*** Second Friday
Aug 7th
Sept 4th
Oct 2nd
Nov 6th (OPEN STUDIO WEEKEND – November 7th and 8th, 12-5pm)
Dec 4th

Laura-Leigh Palmer A&M1

Laura-Leigh Palmer is chief and only creative at asap graphics+interiors360 a boutique marketing firm for small and medium businesses and organizations. She takes the company motto “making small companies look big and big companies look good” seriously. Work for both print and web includes: social media postings and graphics, web site creation, brochures, logos, ads, print collateral, illustration and event and product photography.

She is an Adjunct Professor at Montgomery College teaching Introduction to Digital Illustration and Intro to Web Design, and is a Google Trusted photographer creating StreetView Enhanced tours for local businesses. She is active in multiple organizations: Keyclub Advisor for JFKenndy High School, Secretary of the Wheaton Silver Spring Kiwanis, past President and current member and on the board of the Wheaton Kensington Chamber of Commerce, and past President of MAA (Montgomery Art Association) and current member. She is the founder of Adobe Addicts and Digital Creators and active with the Wheaton Arts Parade and Festival projects: parade, arts factory, gallery and pop up arts events.

Recent 2d work includes a wall mural at Artists & Makers Studio (Butterflies Rebirth) that falls in line with her interest in optical illusions and dreamscapes. 3d work involves book deconstruction with folding, pocket size icons and yin yang symbol collages formed from found objects. Currently working on a series of the 60 year Chinese Zodiac and is concentrating on founding a new organization the Wheaton and Greater Kensington Historical Society as a place for the research she accumulated while writing Images of America: Wheaton published by Arcadia Press. 

asapgraphics.com

240-354-5454

laura.leigh@asapgraphics.com

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. 

anngcorbett@aol.com

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, Affiliate

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.

gengaines.com

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.

paolaluther.com
paola@paolaluther.com

Pooja Campbell, Affiliate

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.

EDUCATION

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

www.poojafineart.com

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
BEST OF BETHESDA MAGAZINE, JAN/FEB 2018

 

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

A BETTER ART SCHOOL

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.

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