June 2022 in the Galleries at Parklawn

Artists & Makers Studios presents the work of Robert LeMar in “Crossing the Line”, the Resident Artist exhibit “10×10” and the Artists of Gallery 209 for the month of June

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville will host the work of Robert LeMar in the exhibit “Crossing the Line”, the Resident Artists’ exhibit – along with new work in Gallery 209 and building-wide Open Studios. The June 4th opening will run from 11am – 3pm. LeMar’s interest in line has always been prevalent in his work. Three years of portrait sketching on the beaches of Chicago when he was a preteen developed his affinity to line. This was further bolstered by sketching portraits on the boardwalk of Ocean City Maryland in his twenties. Even though he was later encouraged by his art professors at The Maryland School of Art and Design in Silver Spring to not rely on drawing when painting, he still persisted in drawing on the canvas before applying paint. To this day drawing remains a major element in his painting technique. In his recent abstract work, as he crosses the line between realism and abstraction, he gives line an obviously dominant and defining role. The small works of Resident Artists in “10×10” will fill the Gallery Hall, and the Artists of Gallery 209 will feature new work in the large Gallery.

“Crossing the Line” with Robert LeMar
“10×10” Small Works exhibit with the Resident Artists
The Artists of Gallery 209

Opening Reception

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Saturday, June 4th, 2022
Robert LeMar Gallery talk on Saturday June 11th and June 18th, from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Artists & Makers Studios
11810 Parklawn Drive, Suite 210
Rockville, MD 20852

Exhibits for Robert LeMar and Resident Artists will run from June 1st through June 22nd. Gallery 209’s exhibit will run from June 1st through June 27th. Viewing hours are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday-Saturday, and Sundays by chance or appointment. Masks firmly covering nose and mouth are required in the building.

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 87 artists, and 80 student artists. Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley, AZ is a jewel box location with 15 resident artists, 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.

Artists and Makers Studios Press Release JUNE 2022 Parklawn Exhibits

May 2022 in the Galleries at Parklawn

Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville
is pleased to exhibit the recent work of J. Jordan Bruns,
and a Tribute Exhibit for Artist Kris Loya with Steve Loya

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville will host the recent work of J. Jordan Bruns, as well as a Tribute Exhibit for Artist Kris Loya with her husband, Steve Loya – along with new work in Gallery 209 and Artists’ Open Studios. The May 7th opening will run from 11am – 3pm. Tadaima is a phrase that means “I’ve just come home now” in Japanese.  J. Jordan Bruns, a long time Glen Echo Park resident artist and instructor has returned from a three-year sabbatical in Tokyo, Japan.  “Tadaima” will highlight some of the work created during his sabbatical as well as work created since his return. In the Tribute Exhibit, “May Flowers” the exceptional life of Kris Loya will be celebrated with collaborative work that she and her husband Steve created before her diagnosis in October of 2021 with metastatic breast cancer, which would claim her life in December, just two days before her 41st birthday. Since then, Steve has been working hard to honor his beloved wife by celebrating her life and her work, and will continue to let the world know about Kris’ art – which remains a reflection of her kind, loving, and vibrant spirit.



“Tadaima” with J. Jordan Bruns
“May Flowers” Tribute Exhibit for Kris Loya with Steve Loya
The Artists of Gallery 209

Opening Reception
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Saturday, May 7th, 2022

Artists & Makers Studios
11810 Parklawn Drive, Suite 210
Rockville, MD 20852

Exhibits for J. Jordan Bruns, and Kris and Steve Loya, will run from May 5th through May 25th. Gallery 209’s exhibit will run from May 5th through May 25th. Viewing hours are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday-Saturday, and Sundays by chance or appointment. Masks firmly covering nose and mouth are required in the building.

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 87 artists, and 80 student artists. Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley, AZ is now a one-year-old jewel box location with 15 resident artists, 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.

Artists and Makers Studios Press Release MAY 2022

Tadaima Exhibit Details

May Flowers Exhibit Details

May/June 2022 in the Galleries – Springtime Trio

Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley, AZ
“Springtime Trio” The Art of Kimberly Castro, Mark Hamilton, and Patty Sjolin

(Oro Valley, AZ) – Artists and Makers Studios in Oro Valley is delighted to host three talented local artists in the next exhibition, “Springtime Trio” – the art of Kimberly Castro, Mark Hamilton, and Patty Sjolin. These three Tucson artists share a refreshing, upbeat perspective utilizing uncommon materials, vibrant colors, and the joy they express for their subject matter. The public is invited to come enjoy this lively combination of creative processes ranging from large-scale mural painting on corrugated tin, solar powered sculpture crafted from found materials, to traditional painting created to uplift the viewer through its bright imagery and community service mission.

Exhibit Dates
May 6 – June 24, 2022

Exhibit Opening Reception

Saturday, May 7, 2022, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Gallery Hours

Thursdays 10:00am – 4:00pm, Fridays 12:00pm – 6:00pm and Saturdays 10:00am – 4:00pm

Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley

Steam Pump Village, 11061 North Oracle Road, Suite 150, Oro Valley, AZ 85737

Plan to visit and see the galleries, and the studios of 15 resident artists.

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 and is home to 87 artists and 80 student artists. Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley is now a one year old jewel box location with 3,575 sq ft of studios, 15 resident artists, 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.

Springtime Trio Exhibition Press Release

Springtime Trio Bios

April 2022 in the Galleries at Parklawn

Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville Hosts Returning Artist
Nana Bagdavadze with a Timely Exhibit – “The Prayer for Peace”

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville is honored to once again present the new work of metro-area artist Nana Bagdavadze in her solo exhibit “The Prayer for Peace”. This Georgian born and classically trained artist will exhibit work to honor Ukraine – along with two additional exhibits and Open Studios. The April 2nd opening will run from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Enjoy additional exhibits – “Threads” with A&M Resident Artists, and Gallery 209 Member Artists exhibiting their latest works. In “The Prayer for Peace,” Nana dedicates the exhibit to Ukraine. Having just returned from her recent trip to Georgia, she says that the world has finally woken up and is coming together after ignoring the warning in 2008 when Putin invaded Georgia. And now, she says, “we have this horrible war.” Exhibit curated by Cathy Hirsh.

“The Prayer for Peace” with Nana Bagdavadze
“Threads” with Resident Artists
The Artists of Gallery 209

Opening Receptions
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Saturday, April 2nd and April 9th, 2022
Artist Talk by Nana Bagdavadze on Saturday, April 16th, 2022, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Artists & Makers Studios
11810 Parklawn Drive, Suite 210
Rockville, MD 20852

Exhibits for Nana Bagdavadze and the Resident Artists will run from March 30th through April 27th. Gallery 209’s exhibit will run from April 1st through May 2nd. Viewing hours are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday-Saturday, and Sundays by chance or appointment. Masks firmly covering nose and mouth are required in the building.

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 87 artists, and 80 student artists. Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley, AZ is now a one-year-old jewel box location with 15 resident artists, 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.

Artists and Makers Studios Press Release April 2022

SPRING 2022 Open Studio Events

Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley, AZ
Open Studios, Art Sales and Meet the Artists Events This Spring!

(Oro Valley, AZ) – Artists & Makers Studios in Oro Valley is pleased to welcome the public for two Open Studio events. These events will feature 15 resident artists in our beautiful jewel box facility where you can shop local and handmade. Enjoy original works of art – painting, pottery, jewelry and more. Each artist owns and operates an independent business, and all have a passion for their work creating one-of-a-kind art.

At Artists & Makers Studios, local artists have come together to share, inspire, and be inspired in creating wonderful art. Please support local artisan businesses and join us for these two fun spring events!

Two Open Studios Opportunities:
Friday March 4, 2022, 4pm – 6pm
and Saturday, April 9, 2022, 9am – 2pm

Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley
Steam Pump Village
11061 North Oracle Road, Suite 150
Oro Valley, AZ 85737

Plan to visit and see the galleries, and the studios which are full and on waitlist. 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 and is home to 87 artists and 80 student artists. Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley is now a one year old jewel box location with 3,575 sq ft of studios, 15 resident artists, 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.

March/April 2022 in the Galleries – Eldon Ward and “Looking for Tranquility”

Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley, AZ
“Looking for Tranquility” An Exhibition of Paintings by Eldon Ward

(Oro Valley, AZ) – Artists and Makers Studios in Oro Valley announces their latest exhibit, Looking for Tranquility, a collection of Eldon Ward’s paintings that seek to balance graphic precision and a vibrant, Fauvist approach to color, with an intent to evoke a sense of calm and contemplation. His compositions tend toward orchestrated mash-ups with multiple layers of (mostly) recognizable elements and geometric forms: presented in a manner that is orderly, but leaves room for viewer uncertainty and interpretation. Eldon’s paintings are acrylic and other water-based media on panels he makes from salvaged building materials – primarily hollow core doors and scrap lumber – finished to be a viable alternative to traditional stretched canvas.

A native of rural eastern Colorado, Eldon Ward earned his BFA from Colorado State University. He has an extensive background in urban design and has been commissioned to create many public and private murals. Eldon has participated in dozens of juried and invitational exhibitions, winning numerous awards. The artist relocated to Oro Valley in 2018 where he is a member of the Southern Arizona Arts Guild and the Sun City Art League. For more information go to www.eldonward.com

Exhibit Dates
March 4 – April 29, 2022

Exhibit Opening
Friday, March 4, 2022, 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Gallery Hours
Thursdays 10:00am – 4:00pm, Fridays 12:00pm – 6:00pm and Saturdays 10:00am – 4:00pm

Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley
Steam Pump Village, 11061 North Oracle Road, Suite 150, Oro Valley, AZ 85737

Plan to visit and see the galleries, and the studios which are full and on waitlist. 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 and is home to 87 artists and 80 student artists. Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley is now a one year old jewel box location with 3,575 sq ft of studios, 15 resident artists, 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.

Eldon Ward Exhibition Press Release

March 2022 in the Galleries at Parklawn

Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville will Feature the Work of Marcie Wolf-Hubbard in March

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville is pleased to present the work of Marcie Wolf-Hubbard in her solo exhibit “The Weight of Our Environment” and her connection made during the pandemic with the figure and nature – along with two additional exhibits and Open Studios. The March 5th opening will run from 11am – 3pm. Enjoy additional exhibits – “Dark and Light” with A&M Resident Artists, and Gallery 209 Member Artists exhibiting their latest works. In “The Weight of our Environment,” Marcie reveals her connection made during the pandemic with the figure and nature. Her initial charcoal drawings, embedded in encaustic medium, become the subject of her encaustic paintings. Additionally, she has translated her 2D drawings to 3D sculptures in wood cutouts, standing forms, and tiny interiors—- created environments for her figures. Her work includes papier mache, cardboard, and encaustic paint. Marcie Wolf-Hubbard is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County Government and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County. Exhibit curated by Cathy Hirsh.

“The Weight of Our Environment” with Marcie Wolf-Hubbard
“Dark and Light” with Resident Artists
The Artists of Gallery 209

Opening Reception
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Saturday, March 5th, 2022
Artists & Makers Studios
11810 Parklawn Drive, Suite 210
Rockville, MD 20852

Exhibits for Marcie Wolf-Hubbard and the Resident Artists will run from March 2nd through March 23rd. Gallery 209’s exhibit will run from March 2nd through March 28th. Viewing hours are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday-Saturday, and Sundays by chance or appointment. Masks firmly covering nose and mouth are required in the building.

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 87 artists, and 80 student artists. Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley, AZ is now a one-year-old jewel box location with 15 resident artists, 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.

Artists and Makers Studios Press Release MARCH 2022

February 2022 in the Galleries at Parklawn

Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville is Pleased to Present the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville will feature the work of members of the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild in “COVID Revolutions” along with two additional exhibits and Open Studios. The February 5th opening will run from 11am – 3pm and will warm the cold Winter month. Enjoy additional exhibits – “Love and Compassion” with Resident Artists, and Gallery 209 Artists exhibiting their latest work. During COVID lockdowns, COVID openings, and everything in-between, what has been created in fiber art in all types of fiber mediums and themes? Works on display in the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild exhibit will demonstrate how COVID has affected artists’ lives through art. This exhibition will explore what members have been up to since the first COVID lockdown in March of 2020 up to present day. These works will reflect how COVID has impacted the artist’s individual styles, emotions, techniques, mediums, materials and subject matter. From memorials, to using humor to cope, from scientific points of view to the spiritual, this exhibit will offer a view into the maker’s mind. Curated by Cathy Hirsh.

“COVID Revolutions” with the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild
“Love and Compassion” with Resident Artists
The Artists of Gallery 209

Opening Reception
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Saturday, February 5th, 2022

Artists & Makers Studios
11810 Parklawn Drive, Suite 210
Rockville, MD 20852

Members’ Sale with the Guild – February 19th, 11:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Exhibits for the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild and the Resident Artists will run from February 5th through February 23rd. Gallery 209’s exhibit will run from February 5th through February 23rd. Viewing hours are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday-Saturday, and Sundays by chance or appointment. Masks firmly covering nose and mouth are required in the building.

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 87 artists, and 80 student artists. Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley, AZ is now a one-year-old jewel box location with 15 resident artists, 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.

Press Release February 2022

Mosaic work by Resident Artist Brigitte Messali

Patty Sjolin A&M AZ

My name is Patty Sjolin. Sjolin is Swedish and pronounced show Leen. I work in colorful vibrant acrylic paint. I love movement in my paintings with a touch of whimsy. My main creative influence was Walt Disney. I grew up on the old Disney animated movies and knew I would work there one day. Although I never got to work at Disney, I did get to work for Lisa Frank here in Tucson back in the 90’s. Some of my characters I developed have been seen around the world!

I am very excited to be accepted into the Oro Valley Artists & Makers Studios residency program!

I have done a lot of public artwork in Arizona and Texas and private commissions. Looking forward to being a part of this great team of artists!

PattySjolin.com

January 2022 in the Galleries at Parklawn

Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville Welcomes Returning Metro Area Artist Schroeder Cherry for a January 2022 Solo Exhibit

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville will welcome featured artist Schroeder Cherry for his exhibit “Future Voters and Other Stories” in collage on wood along with two additional exhibits and Open Studios. The January 8th opening will run from 11am – 3pm and will usher in the new year. Enjoy additional exhibits – “What I am Working On” with Resident Artists – either works in progress or newly finished works, and Gallery 209 Artists exhibiting their latest work.

Using paint, glass, keys, locks, buttons and other objects on wood, Schroeder Cherry creates open-ended narratives based on events from the past, present and his imagination. The Future Voter Series is inspired by children witnessing recent voter suppression efforts across the U.S.  The Barber shop Series reflects on those communal spaces where men gather to get a shave their hair cut. The Rainbow Keeper Series illustrates those responsible for mending colors and then displaying them in the sky to indicate a storm is over.  Each of these pieces is open-ended because they welcome interpretation of the viewer.  There is no one way to tell a story. Curated by Cathy Hirsh.

Originally from Washington, D.C., Schroeder Cherry is a now Baltimore-based artist who captures everyday scenes of African diaspora life. He earned a bachelor’s degree in painting and puppetry from The University of Michigan;  a master’s degree in museum education from George Washington University; and a doctorate in museum education from Columbia University. An award winning artist, his recent Barbershop Series received an exhibition at The Walters Art Museum in 2019 as a Sondheim finalist, and a one-man exhibition at Baltimore City Hall in 2020.  He was awarded the 2020 Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Artist Travel Prize for research in Bahia, Brazil. His works are found in private and public collections across the US.

“Future Voters and Other Stories” with featured Artist Schroeder Cherry
“What I am Working On” with Resident Artists
The Artists of Gallery 209

Opening Reception
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Saturday, January 8th, 2022

Artists & Makers Studios
11810 Parklawn Drive, Suite 210
Rockville, MD 20852

Gallery Talk with Schroeder Cherry – January 22nd, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Exhibits for Schroeder Cherry and the Resident Artists will run from January 5th through January 26th. Gallery 209’s exhibit will run from January 6th through January 31st. Viewing hours are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday-Saturday, and Sundays by chance or appointment. Plan to visit and see the galleries, and the studios which are full and on waitlist. Currently masks firmly covering nose and mouth, and social distancing are required.

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 87 artists, and 80 student artists. Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley, AZ is now a one-year-old jewel box location with 15 resident artists, 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.

Artists and Makers Studios Press Release JAN 2022 Parklawn Exhibits

January/February 2022 in the Galleries – Harrie Handler and “Seeing with my Heart”

Handler - Pastel Valley

Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley, AZ
“Seeing with my Heart” Solo Exhibition by artist Harrie Handler

(Oro Valley, AZ) – Artists and Makers Studios in Oro Valley announces their latest exhibit, “Seeing with my Heart” paintings by Harrie Handler. Harrie is an award-winning painter based in Tucson. With an extensive background in art, education, and photography, she studied with photographers Jack Welpott, Todd Walker, and Harold Jones and was inspired by their work. Her volunteer work at the UA Center for Creative Photography allowed her the opportunity to meet Ansel Adams and other outstanding photographers. Harrie taught photography and art for twenty-eight years in addition to leading various interior design projects

Harrie’s paintings are inspired by what she sees in water, clouds, peeling paint, shadows, and ordinary objects. She expresses her unique appreciation of beauty in her art. Harrie is a member of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild (SAWG), Contemporary Artist Society (CAS), Southern Arizona Artist Guild (SAAG), International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP), Contemporary Artists of Southern Arizona (CASA), and the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild (SDMAAG). To see more of her art, visit artbyharrie.com.

Exhibit Dates
January 8 – February 26, 2022

Exhibit Opening Celebration for Community and Artists
Saturday, January 8, 2022, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Gallery Hours
Thursdays 10:00am – 4:00pm, Fridays 12:00pm – 6:00pm
and Saturdays 10:00am – 4:00pm

Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley
Steam Pump Village
11061 North Oracle Road, Suite 150, Oro Valley, AZ 85737

Plan to visit and see the galleries, and the studios which are full and on waitlist. 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 and is home to 87 artists and 80 student artists. Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley is now a one year old jewel box location with 3,575 sq ft of studios, 15 resident artists, 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.

Harrie Handler Exhibition Press Release

Sandra Pérez-Ramos A&M1, Gallery 209

Sandra Pérez-Ramos is a Puerto Rican artist and community art leader working in the DC/MD area. Inspired by Design from the 1950’s – 70’s, global folk arts and textiles, she invents colorful, whimsical narratives that explore fantasy or mystical and natural connections. Her intention is to create uplifting works that encourage healing, inspire connection and celebrate diverse cultures. Her body of work includes drawings, public art, murals, mixed media, fiber arts and digital, NFT art.

Her works have received numerous awards, including the Maryland State Arts Council 2022 Project Implementation Grant for her public art design “The Gathering Tree” for the Glenmont Forest Neighborhood Park, in collaboration with artist S. Diekmeyer. Her sculpture for the National Cherry Blossom Festival 2021 was acquired by the Children’s National Hospital in DC, for its permanent, public collection. In 2020, she designed the commemorative poster for Hispanic Heritage Month for M-NCPPC PG Parks and Recreation and her work “Sun Fades, Moon Rises” is part of PG County’s permanent collection. Her drawings were acquired by The Marie Reed Project for Community Of Hope in DC, by Mayor Tracey Furman, for the Kensington Town Hall in MD and by Artists & Makers Studios, arts center in Rockville, MD. Her murals for the Wheaton Gateway Project, Pike District Connector and AHCMC #Art HappensHere are currently in Wheaton, Bethesda and Silver Spring. She served in multiple leadership roles in local art co-ops and non profit  organizations, including Wheaton Arts Parade, former The Latino Art League of Greater Washington, DC and Montgomery Art Association.

Websites:
www.sandraperezramos.com

https://opensea.io/collection/festive-masks

Social media:
IG:  @art.sandraperezramos

FB: www.facebook.com/art.sandraperezramos

E-mail: sandraperezramos@hotmail.com

PH: (301)300-2343

Rebecca Baier Ropp A&M1

Artist Statement

I create stained glass art with a purpose of bringing beauty and joy to the viewers. There is a thrill in selecting the colors and unique textures of glass, and experiencing how the artwork is altered by the light shining through it. My personal style involves an abstract exploration of layers of glass, which gives a 3-dimensional aspect to the artwork as the piece itself creates novel colors and textures beyond the original materials.

This artistic journey began with developing the skills to create stained glass work in a club led by a high school chemistry teacher. She taught us to safely cut and grind glass, apply copper foil and solder. This club was motivated as an opportunity to introduce students to the chemistry involved in glass coloring as well as the metal alloys of soldering. For me, this after school activity kicked off a life-long creative venture, and I appreciate the thoughtful support of my mother who presented me with my own set of tools after graduating.

My vision is to work collaboratively to develop art pieces specific to a space, with special meaning to the owners who bring their ideas and personality to the final design.

Nur Sagmanligil A&M1

Artist Statement

I am a Jeweler and Metalsmith. Although I worked in a different field before, arts and crafts have always been an important part of my life. Over the course of my life I created objects using different media. I have worked with fiber, paper, glass and found objects. After taking classes in flower making, crafts and needle work, finally, I found myself in a metalsmithing class. On the first day of class, I was fascinated with the idea that I can incorporate my techniques with metalsmithing.

My inspiration for art is life. Creating something from a piece of medium is like giving birth to a creation which becomes part of our life. With each piece, it seems I start with one thing and end up with something else; like life, it is unpredictable and full of surprises. When I see my finished work, it’s like seeing a newborn baby. A new life is waiting for it; I do not know who will use it, or how they will use it. My hope is that other people feel the same connection to my work as I have.

nurarts.weebly.com

Colleen Darkow A&M1

I am a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory with a major in flute performance. I worked as a freelance classical musician for over 35 years. As a sewist and maker, I was mainly taught by my grandmother and mother, and of course, self-learning. I create purses, cross-body bags, notebooks, instrument covers and handmade accessories for musicians using colorful textiles, and accessories for creatives!

Lori Anne Boocks A&M1

Solo Exhibitions
2017    Discreet Objects, Artists & Makers Studios, Rockville, MD
2017    The Shape of Memories, BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD
2016    Seeking, Johns Hopkins University, Montgomery County Campus, Rockville, MD
2015    Continuum, Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, Frederick MD
2013    Any Ordinary Day, Hoyt Center for the Arts, New Castle, PA
             Narratives & Numbers, Sitar Arts Center, Washington, DC
2012    Evidence, Studio Gallery, Washington, DC
2011    The Distance Between, Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, Frederick MD

Two-Person & Group Exhibitions
2018
Marksmanship, Kentlands Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD

2017
Camp Artscape, Center for the Arts Gallery, Towson University, MD
Emulsion, PEPCO Edison Place Gallery, Washington, DC

2015
Artomatic, Hyattsville, MD
Resident Artist Exhibition, Artists & Makers Studios, Rockville, MD

2014
Alchemical Vessels, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Washington, DC
Words and Letters, The Athenaeum, Alexandria, Virginia
Things that Scare Me, The Rouse Company Foundation Gallery, Howard County Community College, Columbia, MD

2013
Mathematics, Maps, and Myths, Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington, MD and Studio 1469, Washington, DC (with Joan Belmar)
Similar Differences, MAXgallery, Baltimore, MD
Remembrance, BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD

2012
Hickok Cole Art Night/Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC
Altered States, Studio Gallery, Washington, DC

2011
The Mysteries of Place and Space, Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington, MD (with Elizabeth Grusin-Howe)
The 9/11 Arts Project, Studio Gallery, Washington, DC
Strokes of Genius, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD
Coming Home / Lighting Out, Capitol Hill Arts League, Washington, DC
Living Gallery, Annmarie Arts Center, Solomons, MD

2010   
small boxes… some on fire, Studio Gallery, Washington, DC (with Jan Willem van der Vossen)
Lust, artdc Gallery, Hyattsvile, MD
Exposed, Mayer Fine Art, Norfolk, VA
Mind, Body & Spirit, University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, MD

2009
Members’ Group Exhibition, Studio Gallery, Washington DC
New Narratives, John Cade Fine Arts Gallery, Arnold, MD
Artomatic, Washington, DC

Corporate Collections
Marriott Marquis, Washington, DC
Monash Health, Victoria, Australia
Mark G. Anderson Consultants, Washington, DC
SK & A Structural Engineers, Washington, DC

Awards & Honors
2018    Trawick Prize Finalist
2012    Bethesda Painting Awards Semi-Finalist
2011     The Living Gallery Residency, Annmarie Arts Center, Solomons, MD
2000  Contemporary Art Center of Virginia Wine Label Competition, First Place

Education
1992     BFA, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

Press
The Town Courier, 6/14/18, Making Their Marks, M. Bono
The Washington Post, 8/11/17, The Shape of Memories, M. Jenkins
North Potomac Times, January 2017, Local Artist’s Work is Abstract and Highly Personal, D. O’Keefe
The Washington Post, 5/22/14, Words and Letters at the Athenaeum, M. O’Sullivan
Washington City Paper, 4/24/14, Vessel Mania: 125 Plain White Bowls Get a Makeover, C. Cauterucci
The Youngstown News, 11/6/13, Exhibits at Hoyt Explore Nature
The Washington Post, 11/1/13, Galleries: Mathematics, Maps and Myths, M. Jenkins
The Gazette, 9/14/11,  A Beginning Space, T. Forchecz
The Frederick News-Post, 8/4/11, Germantown Artist Depicts Emotional Paths with Rope, L. LaRocca
Georgetowner, 6/09, Art Runneth Over at Artomatic, J. Blee
The Clipper (Virginian-Pilot), 11/25/01, Close-Up: Lori Boocks, S. McCaskey

www.lorianneboocks.com

 

Ashley Chiang – PaperLiberated A&M1

PaperLiberated was born out of the desire to give handmade one holiday season filled with destiny. This colorful whirlwind began with a simple craft project as a gift for my sister, and turned into two Etsy shops, galleries and gigantic shows over the last four years. I would’ve have never guessed my little paper projects would have taken me so far!

Collaborative projects to date have included working with The Rainforest Alliance and Domtar Paper for pieces they displayed at GreenBuild Expo 2013 in Philadelphia, PA and GreenBuild 2014 in New Orleans, LA, as well as working with Spice 6, a local restaurant, on an extensive paper installation work and recent advertising work on a Marshalls campaign.

A bit of tradition thrown in with a whole lot of whimsy and excitement! With each project I find my creativity grows… My skills honed a bit sharper every minute, I find falling into a groove happens much more smoothly.

You can see the behind the scenes and find me locally by visiting PaperLiberated.com.

Sara Hitchcock A&M1

Artist’s Statement: the process of creating art keeps me grounded, stops time, knows no bounds, ideas become tangible and filled with light, while I learn, explore and experiment. I am most happy when I am creating.

Current areas of focus: Glass Casting/Fusing; Feltmaking; Photography


Education
:

Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, focus on photography, printmaking and graphic design, 1994

Teaching:

Elementary Art School Teacher in Deland, FL, 2001-2004

Owner of Sara Hitchcock’s School of Art in Oshkosh, WI, teaching classes in many mediums to children and adults, 1994-2001.

Recent Exhibits:

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Sesquicentennial Exhibition – juried exhibit for past alumni and staff, November 2021.

A Place to Hold, an Invitational to participant in a group printmaking project. The prints were exhibited in Art Space Collective in Oshkosh, WI and several other galleries in the state, 2019.

Art Space Collective Past Members Invitational exhibit, 2016.

Recent Awards/ Contests:

Annual participant in the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, Home Arts and Art Exhibits. Most notable awards:

Champion Ribbon for Pate de Verre vase with inclusions – August 2021

Champion Ribbon for Felted Basket – August 2021

1st Place for Felting – Nuno Felted Vest with Floral design – August 2021

Best of Felting Champion Ribbon for felted scarf with hand-made glass bead embellishment August 2017

Judges Choice Award for a photo of a black and white water and dramatic sky photo 2016

Champion Ribbon for a Pysanky Dyed Egg 2015

Many other 1st place ribbons for photography, fiber arts, ceramics, and fused glass. From 2010 to present.

Affiliations:

Member of Artists and Makers in Rockville, MD, studio participant, July 2021 – Present

Member of the NEFG 2020 to present

Member of Potomac Fiber Arts Guild, 2008

Member of Art Space Collective in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, a juried art cooperative. Each member had an Annual Exhibit plus an annual all-members themed show. 1994-2001.

Continued Education/Classes:

Participant in classes at Corning Glass Museum and Studio in Corning, NY. January 2020 – Present.

Participant in Maryland Sheep and Wool fiber classes and Carolina Fiber Festival classes, 2008 – Present.

Participant in glass making classes at Weisser Glass Studio in Kensington, MD, 2016 – Present.

Participant in various art classes at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, 2004-2012

 

Rebecca Ravenal A&M1

I have been making pottery for over twenty years. More recently, I began designing and creating mosaics, from small decorative pieces to large installations. In my ceramics, I use a traditional Italian “maiolica” technique which showcases my love for color and fanciful design. Wheel-thrown or hand-formed pieces are made from red earthenware clay, then fired and covered in a white tin-based glaze. Bold designs of fruits, flowers and birds are painted with colored stains on top of this white base, and melt into the glaze when fired a second time, creating a lovely, softened effect. My recent mosaic work brings together bright bits of stained glass, beads, jewelry and found objects to create intricate, elegant designs. As in my ceramics, I try to give a new twist to time-honored techniques to create beautiful and useful objects for everyday enjoyment.

My work has been juried into numerous shows and has sold in stores and galleries across the country. I received a degree in English Literature from Bryn Mawr College, then studied at The Corcoran College of Art and Design, and several of the country’s top crafts centers, including Haystack, Anderson Ranch, Penland and Arrowmount. I teach classes for adults and children at various local schools and art centers, and previously shared a studio at the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

Kate Bramante A&M1

I come from an artistic family. My mother is a retired art teacher and printmaker. My daughter is also an art teacher, as well as a jewelry artist. Wellfleet Dunes, my senior thesis show, at the University of Central Arkansas, was awarded the College of Arts and Communication’s, “Outstanding Art Exhibition of the Year.”  I have participated in group shows in the Black Box Gallery and the Baum Gallery of Fine Art at the University of Central Arkansas, as well as at the Cove Gallery in Wellfleet, MA. Born in Bridgeport, CT, I have lived in Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Greece and Brazil. I received a BA from Boston University and earned a BFA from the University of Central Arkansas. I currently live and work in the Washington, DC area.

I am a process-oriented artist and constant experimentation leads me to exciting discoveries. My process embodies the predominantly intuitive and responsive way that I make art. When I work, I make choices as I go based on both intuition and thoughtful consideration. I am an “accidental artist” in the sense that I am most excited by the creative challenge of responding to the visual imagery that presents itself to me. Constant experimentation leads me to exciting discoveries.

I work mostly with various media on paper (monotype and digital prints, drawing, watercolor) to create works that I cut and manipulate in an obsessive and ritualistic way. I end up with hundreds of pieces which I organize and hang on walls, creating site-specific relief installations that grow organically across space.

 

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