June 2024 in the Galleries with Hampton R. Olfus, Jr.

Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville Presents
“Travels and Techniques”
the Odessey or Artist Journey of Hampton R. Olfus, Jr.

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville is thrilled to host Hampton R. Olfus, Jr. for the month of June. The exhibit runs from June 5th through June 26th at Artists & Makers Studios, with an opening reception on Friday, June 7th, 5 – 8pm. “Travels & Techniques” samples works created between 2009 and 2023. In October 2008 artist Hampton R. Olfus, Jr. retired after working 33 years at the U.S. Postal Service, and began his journey as a full-time artist. Over the years, Hampton and his wife Susan Olfus, a dress maker and designer, traveled and enjoyed 7 years in Charleston, S.C. – eventually returning to the DMV. The viewer will experience some of the techniques and media Hampton used during his extended ongoing personal artistic travels – including inks, watercolors, collage, acrylic paints, and mixed media. Enjoy additional exhibits “Right Angles” with Resident Artists – on view in the Gallery Hall, along with nineteen Gallery 209 Member Artists exhibiting their latest work. Shop and support local working artists, makers, and professionals.

“Travels and Techniques” with Hampton R. Olfus, Jr.
“Right Angles with Resident Artists
The Artists of Gallery 209

Opening Reception
5:00pm – 8:00pm, Friday, June 7th, 2024

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

Meet the Artist – Saturday, June 8th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm


Viewing hours are 10:00am – 4:00pm, Monday-Saturday, and Sundays by chance or appointment. Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville, established in October of 2014 by artist and arts community builder Judith HeartSong, is a 13,000 sq. ft. facility is home to 87 artists, as well as student artists. Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley, AZ is a three-year-old jewel box location with talented Resident Artists, 3,575 sq ft of studios, galleries, and flex-classroom space. Construction is currently underway in San Gabriel, CA for Artists & Makers Studios’ third location, with construction set to begin shortly for the fourth location in North Hollywood, CA. 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 2024 Parklawn Exhibits 052024


“TRAVELS AND TECHNIQUES “

The Odessey or Artist Journey of Hampton R. Olfus, Jr.

2009-2023

Artist Statement

In October 2008 artist Hampton R. Olfus, Jr. having worked 33 years at the U.S. Postal Service retired, and began his journey as a full-time artist. Over the years, Hampton and his wife Susan Olfus, a dress maker/designer, had in mind relocating to Negril, Jamaica, West Indies. Their plans were to have dual citizenship, and live 6 months out of the year in Jamaica. The couple was offered the position of managing an art gallery that carried and exhibited Hampton’s art. Their plans of relocating to Jamaica were changed by an unforeseen situation. The couple had traveled to Santa Fe a few years earlier, and decided it was not the right fit. While visiting Hampton’s sister, in Charleston, S.C. in 2008, they decided to relocate to Charleston. After settling into their new home, they were introduced and welcomed to Charleston by members of the Charleston artist community.

Hampton & Susan would make Charleston, their home for 7 years. During his time in Charleston, Hampton focused on working in a variety of mediums, while using a variety of techniques. Before long, Hampton had produced a large body of work. During this time, Hampton also developed lasting relationships within the Charleston artist community.

In April 2017, Hampton & Susan returned to the DMV to assist with their mother’s physical health challenges. Upon their arrival, they were welcomed to stay in Annapolis, Maryland at the home of a friend and art collector while house hunting. In September of 2017, they moved into their home/studio in St. Mary’s County, MD. Hampton continues with his artistic process of moving from one media, style, or technique to the next.

Within this exhibit are selected pieces from different series of work, created from 2009 – 2024. During this exhibit, the viewer will experience some of the techniques and media Hampton used during his “Odessey” (extended ongoing personal artistic travels) including inks, watercolors, collage, acrylic paints, and mixed media.

Hampton R. Olfus, Jr. is a member of Black Artists of D.C., and his art work is available for purchase at, Just Lookin Gallery, Hagerstown, Maryland, Kulture Gallery, Waldorf, Maryland, Anacostia Gallery & Boutique, Washington D.C., Framed Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio.

Online at, www.absolutearts.com/@holfus

www.artsy.com, www.fineartamerica.com./holfus

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Potomac Fiber Arts Guild A&M1

We are thrilled to announce that the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild is joining us at Artists & Makers Studios. ‘The Potomac Fiber Arts Guild promotes excellence in design and fine craftsmanship in the fiber arts. It is especially interested in providing educational opportunities for its members and the general public to further their skills in, and appreciation of, the fiber arts.’

 

The Potomac Fiber Arts Guild was started in 1944 as the Potomac Craftsmen Guild by a small group of people in the Washington, DC area who liked to do handwork, especially weaving. For many years they met in one of the Smithsonian Institution buildings where one of the members was employed.

With more than 70 years as a premier fiber arts guild, we have grown to nearly 400 members. Our interests have built upon and expanded beyond weaving to include a wide range of fiber art, such as lace making, embroidery, spinning, knotting, knitting, crocheting, felting, quilting, dyeing, paper making, and stitching and surface design of all types.

Our guild’s mission is:

  • To widen knowledge of the fiber arts and increase the number of techniques known.
  • To investigate and study the fiber art made in our own and other lands.
  • To improve our membership’s creativity, methods and techniques.
  • To gain inspiration from one another by sharing our experiences.
  • To promote the use of quality hand-made fiber art in our vicinity.


Membership information can be found here.

Quilt by Marilyn Harrington

May 2024 in the Galleries

Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville Hosts “Creative Convergence: Artists who met at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery” and a Book Signing of  “Art From Your Core” by Artist Kate Kretz

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville is thrilled to host a dynamic creative group for the Month of May. The exhibit runs from May 1st through May 29th at Artists & Makers Studios, with an opening reception on Friday, May 3rd, 5 – 8pm. “Creative Convergence” includes five artists who met during the last ten years in HorseSpirit Arts Gallery. Members April M. Rimpo, Allen Alexopulos, Nancy Lee Davis, Beverley Hunter, and Linda Trope will exhibit. Owner and curator Robin Holliday described her selection of artists as “talented, kind-hearted, local Artists that would evolve into a very special art community.” They say mission accomplished! The artists of HorseSpirit Arts Gallery became an extended family. Bonds grew that make them want to continue their relationship now that HorseSpirit Arts Gallery has closed. These artists hope their art continues to provide viewers with a sense of refuge and serenity, and gives them happiness each time they see it. A&M is thrilled to host Kate Kretz for a signing of her new book “Art From Your Core” during the First Friday event. Enjoy additional exhibits “The Secret Garden” with Resident Artists – on view in the Gallery Hall, along with nineteen Gallery 209 Member Artists exhibiting their latest work. Shop and support local working artists, makers, and professionals.


“Creative Convergence: Artists who met at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery”

Book Signing of “Art From Your Core” by Artist Kate Kretz
“The Secret Garden with Resident Artists
The Artists of Gallery 209

Opening Reception
5:00pm – 8:00pm, Friday, May 3rd, 2024

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

Meet the Artists – Saturday, May 18th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Viewing hours are 10:00am – 4:00pm, Monday-Saturday, and Sundays by chance or appointment.

Allen Alexopulos – Master Wood Turner

Allen has been creating custom woodturning art in his studio in Annapolis, Maryland since 2001. He strives to create unique turned objects from both domestic and exotic tree species.  His woodturning repertoire includes natural edged and formal vessels, lidded boxes with ornate finials, hollow forms, platters and sculpted forms.  Simple shapes combined with graceful curvatures amplify the beauty of his turnings.​

Nancy Lee Davis – Oil Painter

After years of environmental leadership on local, state and national levels, Nancy began a second career as a modern impressionist painter and art teacher.  Now she is attempting to save the landscape on canvas with oil paint and brushes.  She takes pleasure in knowing that collectors in many states and countries are enjoying her art.

Beverley Hunter

For Beverley, Mosaic Art is a culmination of her creative passions from a very early age, including portraiture, needlepoint, quilting, ceramics, incessant drawing, and adoration for color! Beverley uses many types of media in her mosaics, including glass, ceramics, beads, tiles, and unique found treasures.

April M. Rimpo

April Rimpo, a passionate artist who believes her subject matter chooses her, unveils a collection of landscapes, urban scenes, and everyday moments in her artwork. With an unwavering love for exploring the stories embedded in diverse places and events, Rimpo’s paintings capture the essence of life as their storyteller.

Linda Trope

Linda Trope has always been fascinated with modern dance and especially capturing the intensity and exuberance of the dancing figure. Her figures are anonymous, because she wants the viewer to concentrate on the essence, power and beauty of bodies in extended movement. Over the years, her work has increased in complexity, including fanciful landscape settings and complicated grid and repeat patterns.

Artists and Makers Studios Press Release May 2024 Parklawn Exhibits

May/June 2023 in the Gallery

Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley, AZ

A Year in Review: Exemplary Work by Basis Oro Valley Students, 2023 -2024

(Oro Valley, AZ) – Artists & Makers Studios in Oro Valley is pleased to announce the new gallery exhibition, A Year in Review: Exemplary Work by Basis Oro Valley Students, 2023 -2024, running from May 11 – June 28th. Organized by 10th grader Azani Anderson, this juried exhibition features artwork created by students between grades 6 and 12 at Basis Oro Valley charter school. Students submitted work for consideration to a jury consisting of Art Department Faculty, Administrators, and members of the Tucson gallery community. The student work on view ranges in media from graphite, charcoal, and ballpoint pen to printmaking and collage.

 

A Year in Review: Exemplary Work by Basis Oro Valley Students, 2023 -2024

Opening Reception

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Saturday, May 11th, 2024

 

Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley

Steam Pump Village

11061 North Oracle Road, Suite 150

Oro Valley, AZ 85737

 

Viewing hours are Thursday 10am – 4pm, Friday 12pm – 6pm and Saturday 10am – 4pm, or by chance or appointment.

April in the Galleries with Ellen Cornett

Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville Hosts “Once Upon a Time, Words and Pictures” with Ellen Cornett

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville is thrilled to host Ellen Cornett for the month of April. The exhibit runs from April 3rd through April 24th at Artists & Makers Studios, with an opening reception on Friday, April 5th, 5 – 8pm. Artists & Makers Studios presents Once Upon a Time, Words and Pictures, illustrations from recently published books by artist, Ellen Cornett. Cornett re-wrote these familiar stories, illustrating them in colored pencil and carbon pencil; Hush Little Baby, The House That Jack Built, The Fisherman and the Flounder and Stone Soup. In collaboration with Cornett, professional model and muse, Harry Edgel, posed for the human characters in the drawings. With his bottomless costume trunk and a dancer’s expressiveness, Edgel was instrumental in bringing the characters in Cornett’s illustrations to life. Enjoy additional exhibits “Earthbound” with Resident Artists – on view in the Gallery Hall, along with nineteen Gallery 209 Member Artists exhibiting their latest work. Shop and support local working artists, makers, and professionals.


“Once Upon a Time, Words and Pictures” with Ellen Cornett

“Earthbound with Resident Artists
The Artists of Gallery 209

Opening Reception
5:00pm – 8:00pm, Friday, April 5th, 2024

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

Meet the Muses Event – Saturday, April 13th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Viewing hours are 10:00am – 4:00pm, Monday-Saturday, and Sundays 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 87 artists, and 80 student artists. Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley, AZ is a three-year-old jewel box location with talented Resident Artists, 3,575 sq ft of studios, galleries, and flex-classroom space. Construction is currently underway in San Gabriel, CA for Artists & Makers Studios’ third location, with construction set to begin shortly for the fourth location in North Hollywood, CA. 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 2024 Parklawn Exhibits

Mark McAlister A&M1

Born in Memphis, TN and moving to Williamsburg, VA at the age of 5, I was always considered a creative child. Always in my room drawing, building, writing stories, singing my own songs, but somewhere along the way I received the message from people around me. That my future didn’t lie in art and I should make other plans. So I spent my adolescence slowly drifting away from my creative nature, eventually graduating from Christopher Newport University with a Bachelors degree in Philosophy, and sought out a “normal” career path like any college graduate should have.

After bouncing around from job to job, I found myself into the construction world as an estimator, sales representative, project manager, and eventually, a general manager. Along the way I would draw and doodle while at the office, occasionally drafting the odd architectural illustration here or there, but I otherwise still disconnected from my artistic nature. That was until 2019.

The quarantines that accompanied COVID-19 served as a type of crucible that forced me to find outlets to express my feelings of worry, uncertainty, and sadness borne from isolation. It was while at home that I decided to start experimenting with painting, drawing, collage, etc – any other medium that excited my long dormant creative spirit.

My paintings developed into mixed media work, using spray paint, acrylic and oil paint, paint markers, duct tape, cut out scraps from magazines and books, as well as anything that I could find at the local hardware store to use in an unexpected way in my work. Finding initial success in the summer of 2022 with having (2) two original works selected to be displayed inside FedEx Field – home of the Washington Commanders – I began to believe that contrary to the childhood message I wrongly held onto for nearly 40 years, my future could actually lie in the arts.

In 2022, through some quite unexpected circumstances, I lost my job at the construction company I was General Manager of and after much discussion with my wife, Wendy McAlister, decided to form “McAlister Creative” and see just how far my creative and artistic talents could take me. Since then, I have done everything from handyman work, bar-tend, and assemble IKEA furniture for money – anything to keep the dream alive. However, more importantly, I’ve steadily grown my portfolio to include several murals, commissioned art pieces for private homes and office, customized shoes, customized guitars, graphic design for clothing company, and even labels for a local brewery.

I currently live in Kensington, MD with my wife of 18 years, Wendy McAlister and my three amazing boys Malachi (16), Silas (14), and Canaan (11).


Instagram: @mark_mcalister and @mcalister_creative

Phone: 202-309-3245

Website: www.TheMcAlisterCreative.com

Etsy: www.TheMcAlisterCreative.Etsy.com

Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville Hosts “Recent Works by Jenny Wilson” For the Center’s 9th Anniversary

‘I play with materials creating layers of tension and balance like a dancer moving to music. By exploring the exterior landscape and translating it through the interior lens, I leave room for improvising and allow for twists and turns that lead to unexpected destinations in my work.’

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville is thrilled to host Jenny Wilson for the month of March. The exhibit, “Recent Works by Jenny Wilson” runs from February 28th through March 26th at Artists & Makers Studios, with an opening reception on Friday, March 1st, 5 – 8pm. Jenny Wilson is an award-winning musician and artist. Her background, growing up in New York City, included dance classes at the Alvin Ailey School as well as attending the High School of Art and Design and the theater at the Library at Lincoln Center. She developed an eye for seeing the beauty in nature and pattern amidst the chaos of the city. Jenny’s musical training includes a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance and a Master of Music degree in Jazz Pedagogy. Jenny studied in Switzerland with pianist Art Lande and flautist Marianne Stucki at the Winterthur Konservatorium. She has performed with the Camden Shakespeare Company in Maine and plays with her husband and son in the Jenny Wilson Jazz Trio. ‘Recent Work by Jenny Wilson’ at A&M will include drawings in mixed media, acrylic painting, watercolor, and collage. Known for her large abstract landscapes, this show of Jenny’s work will also include recent small works from travels to Cape Cod, Maine, Arizona, and the Yucatan in Mexico. Enjoy additional exhibits “Marsh” with Resident Artists – on view in the Gallery Hall, along with nineteen Gallery 209 Member Artists exhibiting their latest work. Shop and support local working artists, makers, and professionals.

“Recent Works by Jenny Wilson”
“Marsh with Resident Artists
The Artists of Gallery 209

Opening Reception
5:00pm – 8:00pm, Friday, March 1st, 2024

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

Meet the Artist Saturday, March 2nd, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Closing Reception Saturday, March 23rd, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Viewing hours are 10:00am – 4:00pm, Monday-Saturday, and Sundays 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 87 artists, and 80 student artists. Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley, AZ is a three-year-old jewel box location with talented Resident Artists, 3,575 sq ft of studios, galleries, and flex-classroom space. Construction is currently underway in San Gabriel, CA for Artists & Makers Studios’ third location, with construction set to begin shortly for the fourth location in North Hollywood, CA. 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 MAR 2024 Parklawn Exhibits

Barry D. Lindley, Affiliate

Barry D. Lindley is particularly known for the strength and vigor of his paintings, as well as his expressive realism in landscape, waterscape, and cityscape and the agility and fluidity of his sketching on location around the world. Recent work emphasizes interpretations drawn from around the DC area and the Arkansas countryside, and from his travels, in places such as Alaska, Paris, Vietnam, the Caribbean, Mallorca, South America, and South Africa. He is a juried member of Washington Society of Landscape Painters, a Signature Member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, Potomac Valley Watercolorists, and Mid-Southern Watercolorists and of the Institut des Arts Figuratifs, and is a founding member of AquaFolio International Group, with whom he has exhibited in Canada and Greece.  He is a regular Contributing Writer for the Canadian publication Watercolour Gazette, taught courses at BlackRock Center for the Arts and Eureka Springs School of the Arts, and presents lectures and workshops to artists’ groups. He has paintings in over 300 private collections and many corporate or public collections in 27 states and 7 foreign countries and has won numerous awards.

 “I travel widely and draw incessantly.  An avid birder, fisherman, hiker, and traveler, I am fascinated with the world around me and driven to express that experience. My art reflects my interest in the sensuous qualities of paint, paper and canvas, abstract design with concrete references to nature, and making paintings as a link to shared experience.  In all cases I begin with direct observations, on-site analysis, and – when possible – sketches, although I sometimes use my own reference photographs in making studio paintings.  In style, my paintings are largely interpretative, or expressive realism.  I choose medium, character of brush work, compositional emphasis, and color relationships to represent how I looked at the subject, how I felt about it, and what I want you to experience as well.”

His most recent major solo exhibition was at The Art League Gallery in the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA.

In addition to scientific degrees from DePauw University and Case Western Reserve University, he studied drawing at the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis and painting at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where he also served as Visiting Lecturer of Medical Illustration.  As a painter, he has participated in workshops but is primarily self-taught from active practice, visits to the great galleries of the world, and books.   Now a resident of Rockville, MD, he lived and worked for many years in Indiana, Ohio and Arkansas. A full-time artist after a distinguished career as a scientist and educator, he paints on location and in a studio in Rockville.

BarryLindleyArt.com

The Broken Circle Soap Co A&M AZ

We want to thank you for taking the time out of your day to spend with us. We know time is one of the most precious commodities and we are humbled and grateful you chose to spend some time with us. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!

We hand make all of our bath and body products in small batches, paying the closest attention to details to ensure we make the very best products for you to enjoy. We pride ourselves on our mantra:

It’s not what we do, it’s who we are.

When we say we are all-natural, that is what we mean, No Games. No Gimmicks. No Hidden Agendas. Every ingredient we use in our products is all-natural meaning it is derived from mother nature herself-no artificial or synthetic materials. No chemicals. No names you can’t pronounce. Just the most beneficial ingredients that nature has to offer. 

We pride ourselves on our transparency. We want you to know what goes into our products so that you are comfortable in knowing what you put onto your skin is the purest. With skin being the biggest organ, it is imperative that we nourish it, take care of it and treat it well. 

 With each of our products, we explain, in detail, what goes into it and what the benefits of each ingredient are. This is for your knowledge so you can feel comfortable and confident in what you are purchasing. 

Please enjoy your time here. We look forward to embarking on this new found friendship.

The Broken Circle Soap Co

February 2024 in the Galleries with Laurie Breen

Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville Welcomes
Laurie Breen and her Solo Exhibit “lost and found”

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville is thrilled to host Laurie Breen for the month of February. The exhibit, “lost and found” runs from January 31st through February 21st at Artists & Makers Studios, with an opening reception on Friday, February 2nd, 5 – 8pm. Laurie begins each new painting with an open mind. She approaches the blank canvas with intuitive painting and drawing, piles of collage, lines, shapes, too many colors. She makes mistakes and creates ugliness. She builds up layers, moving toward chaos. Laurie often gets lost as she creates, but she forges ahead. She finds new paths and eventually reaches a place she could not have predicted but must have been heading for all along, a place of beauty and energy, balance and movement. Laurie’s paintings are full of saturated color, bright yellows, oranges, pinks, and reds, cool blues, and rich greens. There are pleasing shapes formed by layers of paint and drawing and collage. Her paintings evoke happiness and joy, even though her process may have been one of struggle. Look closely. Can you see the early layers peeking through? Do you see the history of the painting in the painting? Laurie Breen is a mixed media painter with a studio at the Gateway Arts Center in Brentwood, Maryland. Laurie has been painting, exhibiting and selling her work for over twenty years. Laurie is a three-time recipient of the Individual Artist Grant from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County. Enjoy additional exhibits “Freudian” with Resident Artists – on view in the Gallery Hall, along with nineteen Gallery 209 Member Artists exhibiting their latest work. Shop and support local working artists, makers, and professionals.


“lost and found”
with Laurie Breen
“Freudian with Resident Artists
The Artists of Gallery 209

Opening Reception

5:00pm – 8:00pm, Friday, February 2nd, 2024

Artists & Makers Studios

11810 Parklawn Drive, Suite 210

Rockville, MD 20852

Meet the Artist Saturday, February 17th, 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Viewing hours are 10:00am – 4:00pm, Monday-Saturday, and Sundays 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 87 artists, and 80 student artists. Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley, AZ is a three-year-old jewel box location with talented Resident Artists, 3,575 sq ft of studios, galleries, and flex-classroom space. Construction is currently underway in San Gabriel, CA for Artists & Makers Studios’ third location, with construction set to begin shortly for the fourth location in North Hollywood, CA. 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 FEB 2024 Parklawn Exhibits

Deborah Brisker Burk, Affiliate AZ

I have been creating artwork since childhood. From a young age, I was fortunate to have been exposed to the great museums of the National Gallery in DC and to have been born into a family of musicians, dancers and writers. Over time my work has evolved from an impressionistic view of the world to an abstract practice.

In creating abstract artwork of the land, sea, sky, and figure, my intuition regarding the color, texture and shape serves as my guide. As an observer of the world around me, I strive to bring an interpretive eye to my work, based on memories, mediations and travel. Action painting, being in the flow of the here and now—a moment of time is how I am able to distill the imagery from the recesses of my psyche. Beyond that, I aim to connect to the culture and people through my work— to uplift and bring a place of serenity and inquiry to the viewer.

www. briskerburk.art

debbybriskerburk@instagram.com

debby@artvistas.com 

mobile: 240-432-0004

January 2024 in the Galleries with Bill Johnson

Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville Features
Bill Johnson and “Friends and Landscapes of the Mind”

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville is delighted to host Bill Johnson for the month of January. The exhibit, “Friends and Landscapes of the Mind” runs from January 3rd through January 24th at Artists & Makers Studios, with an opening reception on Friday, January 5th, 5 – 8pm. The show features many new nonobjective mixed media paintings and some of his older work. Each painting exhibits the mysterious quality of perceived intentional figures where no intention can be pinpointed. One admirer likened this to the psychological phenomenon in which people see faces and patterns in a random stimulus. The show invites the viewer to slow the eye, open the mind, and come play in the created landscape. Another admirer described Johnson’s work as “a mystery that blurs the lines between intentional genius and happy accident.” Johnson is adept at the “first I’m hidden, and then I’m found” technique. At first glance, the average person will see only lots of color and motion; but, with a little imagination and a relaxed eye the hidden landscapes and characters emerge. Enjoy additional exhibits “White” with Resident Artists – on view in the Gallery Hall, along with nineteen Gallery 209 Member Artists exhibiting their latest work. Shop and support working artists, makers, and professionals.


“Friends and Landscapes of the Mind”
with Bill Johnson
“White with Resident Artists
The Artists of Gallery 209

Opening Reception
5:00pm – 8:00pm, Friday, January 5th, 2024

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

Meet the Artist Saturday, January 13th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Artists and Makers Studios Press Release JAN 2024 Parklawn Exhibits

MAR/APR in the Galleries with Mark Hamilton

Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley, AZ
Mark Hamilton
When Materials Collide and Decide: Letting Paint, Rust, and Glass Form and Inform

(Oro Valley, AZ) – Artists & Makers Studios in Oro Valley is pleased to announce the new gallery exhibition of mixed media sculpture and painting by Mark Hamilton When Materials Collide and Decide: Letting Paint, Rust, and Glass Form and Inform. Painting with a brush would require Mark Hamilton to impose his will on the direction the colors flow. But pouring allows the paint to act with self-determination. Texture and viscosity temper, while the artist waits in wonder. Witnessing its agency allows Hamilton to take a moment without control. Hamilton works in concert with the material, rather than monopolizing the conversation. Like stubborn children with (often brilliant) minds of their own, the colors meander across the canvas, rather than follow his direction. Hamilton loves sifting through an 800-pound stash of rusty clutch plates or glass castoffs. Because somewhere in there lies his next piece. Once assembled, the reciprocal relationship between gloss, sheen, and coarseness emerges. Mark Hamilton bonds these elements into a coherent, organic structure, to be illuminated by sunlight or neon.

Mark Hamilton
When Materials Collide and Decide: Letting Paint, Rust, and Glass Form and Inform

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

Viewing hours are Thursday – Saturday 10am – 4pm, or by chance or appointment.

 

Gary Corbett A&M AZ

Gary is a photographer and auctioneer. Here is a snippet of an interview by SHOUTOUT COLORADO

We live in an age of acrimony, fed by soundbites and stereotypes. What inspires me is the opposite. As a benefit-fundraising auctioneer for so many years, every bias of my own — religious, political, cultural, racial, gender, ideological — gets challenged constantly by the incredible generosity and commitment displayed from a broad swath of our community to a variety of causes.

A poem by William Carlos Williams, profound in its simplicity, means a lot to me:

so much depends
upon

a red wheel
barrow

glazed with rain
water

beside the white
chickens.

Melinda Lowy A&M1

Melinda Lowy is a national award-winning quilter and is actively involved in local art quilt scene and has exhibited nationally. She is a member of Surface Design Association and Studio Art Quilts Associates. Locally she is a member of Potomac Fiber Arts Guild, Fiber Art Study Group and several small critique or art quilt groups. 

She previously served as Treasurer for the Surface Design Association and also as Chair of the Website Committee.She resides in Silver Spring, MD and is retired from a career at a non-profit scientific society, where she managed their higher education programs. She continues to manage a small non-profit scientific society on a part-time basis.

Awards

2021

Innovative Use of Materials (given by Fiber Art Study Group) – Indian Palace, Creative Crafts Council, Strathmore Mansion, Rockville, MD

2019

2nd Place Fiber – Past to Present, Creative Crafts Council, Strathmore Mansion, Rockville, MD

2006

Best Quilt in Show – Deco Album, Southern Maryland Quilt and Needlework Show, Sotterley

2002

American Quilters Society 2001 Winning Quilts Exhibit – Still Crazy After All These Ties,Tokyo Quilt Show, Tokyo, Japan

2001

3rd place, Mixed Techniques category – Still Crazy After All These Ties, American Quilter’s Society Show, Paducah, KY

2000

Best Quilt in Show- Still Crazy After All These Ties, Southern Maryland Quilt and Needlework Show, Sotterley

Honorable Mention, Other Techniques category- Still Crazy After All These Ties, Quilter’s Heritage Celebration,
Lancaster, PA

1999 

Mountain Mist Best of Show Award; Annapolis Quilt Guild Best of Show Award; Southern Comforts Best of Show Award; Best of Show and Grand Champion- Still Crazy After All These Ties, Maryland State Fair, Timonium, MD

Published Work

2012

Selected Image for Show Postcard,Celebrating Our Past. 2012 QSDS Invitational Exhibit, Ross Art Museum

2011

Featured in Artist’s Spotlight, Chevy Chase Patch online newsletter and video, June 11, 2011 issue

2002 

American Quilter’s Society Wall Calendar

2001

Fall issue, American Quilter Magazine

American Quilter’s Society video, 2001 Quilt Show and Contest

2000

More Snippet Sensations by Cindy Walters

1999

Maryland Quilts video, MPT On Location Magazine, Maryland Public Television Selected Recognition

MelindaLowy.com

Seema Reza A&M1

Seema Reza is the author of A Constellation of Half-Lives & When the World Breaks Open. 

Based in Maryland, she has led writing workshops within correctional facilities, military and civilian hospitals, elementary and secondary schools, and universities. She is the CEO of Community Building Art Works, a unique arts organization that encourages the use of the arts as a tool for narration, self-care and socialization among a military population struggling with emotional and physical injuries. Reza’s work with veterans is featured in the 2018 HBO documentary We Are Not Done Yet. She was awarded the Col John Gioia Patriot Award by the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore for her work with service members. An alumnus of Goddard College and VONA, she has had writing online and in print in McSweeney’s, The LA Review, The Feminist Wire, The Offing, and Entropy among others. Case studies from her work with military populations have appeared in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Related Diseases in Combat Veterans. She has performed across the country at universities, theaters, festivals, bookstores, conferences, & one fine mattress shop.  

Writing. Reading. Educating.

Poetry

Permission (California Journal of Poetics)

This Poem is Want (The Offing)

A Letter to My Coffin (Hematopoiesis)

Belemnite (Hematopoiesis)

Cycles(Beltway Poetry)

Help (Rogue Agent)

I can’t sleep & Muslim Community Center(Anomaly)

Places Temporarily Submerged (Duende)

When We Remember These Nights (Hematopoiesis) 

While We Sleep & Apples (Hermeneutic Chaos)

 Essays

Teaching Poetry in a Correctional Facility (The Washington Post)

The Work of Waking the Sleeping in a Broken World: We Are Together (The Feminist Wire)

Becoming Ourselves Through Writing (Elephant Journal)

Warnings for My Sons (The Manifestation)

Counseling (Full Grown People)

Meeting(Full Grown People)

Chicken Soup (Pithead Chapel)

Letting Go(abcd lady)

Fear (Referential Magazine)

Am I Allowed to Be Sad? (Entropy)

The Partnership Compulsion (The Nervous Breakdown)

 

SeemaReza.com

Kore Fitness – Kristine Harris A&M AZ

Pilates and Art

 

I have a passion for fitness and have been helping people reach their fitness and health goals for the past 17 years. I became a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor in 2006 and have worked with clients of all different ages and fitness levels. I have worked extensively in physical therapy clinics for several years and have developed exercise and Pilates based programs to guide my clients to their post-rehabilitation goals. in 2020,

I became certified as a Polestar Rehabilitative Pilates Practitioner with specialization in developing core strength and stability as well as balance and mobility which are vital for maintaining overall health. 


Certifications

Bachelor of Science (BS)

TRX Suspension Training

CPR/ AED Certified

ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist 

Personal Trainer

Polestar Pilates Instructor

AFAA – Aerobics and Fitness  Association of America

Polestar Reformer Pilates

 

“Exercise not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude, and your mood.”

Kore-fit.com

 

Don Zavis & Sean Smiley, A&M AZ

Burgeoning Art Brokerage and Sales Coaching

We are a national sales training, international keynote speaking and award-winning sales coaching organization for the Financial Services, Retail, Manufacturing and Professional Services Industries. Our practice focuses on educational workshops, private one-on-one sales coaching/training, keynote addresses, group sales training/coaching, webinars, conference calls, recorded materials, Zoom, Skype, social media, and written materials.

DonZavis.com

Shavana Smiley A&M AZ

Shavana Smiley

lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

born Tucson, AZ 1992

shavana@shavanasmiley.com
www.shavanasmiley.com

Exhibitions
2021 Sexy Sex, Gallery Perchee, (Virtual)
Talisman, Monica King Projects (Virtual)
2020 Bushwick Open Studios 2020, (Virtual)
Nature, Virtual Online Show at yupinpramotepipop.com
Dearly Disillusioned: In the Making, The McNichols Civic Center, Denver, CO
2019 Synthesis: Art and Nature in the Post-Digital Age, Masur Museum, Monroe, LA
2018 Border Walls, The Border Projects, Brooklyn, NY
2017 ∞ = ø, Space 776, Brooklyn, NY
2016 Better Than Real, Miller Contemporary, New York, NY (Solo)
Work, Miller Contemporary, New York, NY
4 Hours Specific, Space 776, Brooklyn, NY
Art Expo New York, New York, NY
2015 The New New People, Big Irv’s Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Hex Art, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL
Cubicle The Musical, 537 S. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL
Undergraduate Exhibition, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL
Nippon 22, 900 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
2014 Design Show, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL
The Walk, Millennium Park, Chicago, IL
SAIC at 900, 900 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
2013 Five Gals, 20 North State Street, Chicago, IL
Underwater, Johrei Fellowship, Tucson, AZ (Solo)
2012 Next Gallery, The Charlestowne Mall, Chicago, IL
Art Bash, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2011 The Scholarship Collection, The Westin La Paloma, Tucson, AZ (Solo)
Where Desert Meets Water, Floating Stone, Tubac, AZ
Mujeres, Raices Taller 222, Tucson, AZ
Viviendo Verde, Raices Taller 222, Tucson, AZ
2010 Small Wonders, The Drawing Studio, Tucson, AZ
2008 Milagros Gallery, La Encantada, Tucson, AZ

Education
2015 Bachelors of Fine Arts with Honors, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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