Helen Hanssen Woodworks A&M1

Helen Hanssen is a maker and craft person interested in hand-tool woodworking. Influenced by the work she did working in historic preservation and graphic design, Ms. Hanssen became enamored of traditional joinery methods and 18th century hand tools. Shaping wood with antique hand tools allows for her to bring all her passions together, including her background in Japanese art and design. Through the use of hand tools, she embraces the physical demands of ripping, crosscutting, and re-sawing timber after the furniture parts have been carefully laid out.

Ms. Hanssen finds using antique hand-tools in her workshop a satisfying experience and enjoys restoring vintage tools— many of which started out as rusted metal or dried up wood. A number of her hand planes date from the early1800s to 1960s and required some degree of tuning and refining. She believes working with hand tools isn’t all about creating an end product but rather the pleasure in the journey such as feeling the bite of a sharp chisel or driving a tenon home with one final tap.

Wanting to set up a small apartment workshop, many of Ms. Hanssen’s early projects were “shop furniture” designed by Christopher Schwarz at the Lost Art Press, such as the Dutch tool chest, a Japanese tool box, a saw bench, and a Roubo-tyle workbench. For a beginner, these projects act as a deep learning primer for hand-tool woodworking. From this hand-tool foundation, Ms. Hanssen started attending multiple woodworking classes taught by Aspen Golann (Bench brush, Windsor Chair, and pencil-making) at the Florida School of Woodworking in Tampa, Florida.

Recently retired from her position with the federal government, Ms. Hanssen is now embarking on her hand-tool woodworking adventure full-time.

Education

Helen Hanssen grew up in Maryland and received her BA in East Asian Studies with an emphasis on Japanese art history from the University of Maryland, College Park. She later studied graphic and web design at the Corcoran College of Art + Design and fine art B&W photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Ms. Hanssen had a gratifying 39-year career working for the federal government in Washington, DC as a web and graphic designer.

Helen Hanssen Woodworks

Jay Jacobs, Affiliate AZ

Although Jay’s propensity for drawing and painting was evident at an early age, it remained largely dormant until later in life. Jay Jacobs grew up in Newark and later, Maplewood, New Jersey in the 1950s and 1960s.His parents recognized his promising art ability and enrolled him in art classes at the Newark Arts School. His first painting made in 1963 still hangs in his mother’s residence.

As a teenager, athletics and academics took precedence over art. In fact, Jay’s interest in creating art was limited for the next four decades. During that time, he obtained a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1972 followed by a Medical Degree in 1978. Jay became board-certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. In 1983, he and his wife, Debbie, moved to Mesa, Arizona to begin a 35-year Cardiology career. During that time, they raised two daughters. His art talent surfaced occasionally in school and family projects.

Prior to retirement, Jay’s fascination with drawing and painting was reignited, and he began taking classes and workshops in various mediums and styles. Once he was fully retired, he immersed himself in art. He read extensively, studied and experimented with various art forms and styles. He attended art classes and even enrolled in online art history courses.

Having grown up in the New York metropolitan area, Jacobs was intrigued and influenced by the art and lifestyle of the abstract expressionist of the New York School. He particularly related to the free-flowing drip paintings of Jackson Pollock. The work of these expressionists inspired Jacobs and contributed profoundly on the development of his artistic voice.

With the assistance of his mentor, Marianne Mitchell an established artist and instructor, Jacobs transformed from representation abstraction to his current free-flowing style. Jacobs’ cardiology experience which encompassed the pressure of making continual life-and-death decisions reduced the fear of failure anxiety faced by many artists. Jacobs’ philosophy is “mistakes” may not be mistakes but his sub-conscious at work. Sometimes, mistakes become the central focus of a piece. However, Jay remains undeterred and unafraid to attempt a variety of palettes and techniques. While creating, Jacobs discovered a technique using rubber bands that mimics the effect that Pollock obtained by dripping his paints.

As a self-proclaimed introvert, Jay allows his art to express his “inner self”. He states, “Paintings are visual lyrical expression of thoughts expressions that I find difficult to express with word”. Marianne Mitchell believe he has an intuitiveness that reflects his sub-conscious and enhances his style. Jacobs approaches each painting without the knowledge of the final composition. He selects colors and applies random marks while employing subconscious thoughts, emotions and previous experiences.

With the use of lines, shapes, colors, layering and textures, he creates a visual lyrical composition. Jay wants the viewer’s eyes to flow freely around the canvas. The results enable one to discover something new with each viewing. The painting is complete when it demonstrates a visual lyrical interpretation of his “inner vibes”.

Currently represented by Arredon Art Gallery in San Diego. Jay had a successful one-man show in March 2022. His artwork is now displayed in over 20 private collections.

Are you that collector? Jacobs realizes that abstract expressionism is not for everyone. His art is searching for the special collector who appreciates the beauty and complexity represented in his visual free-flowing lyrical compositions.

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Carolyn Anne Fisch A&M AZ

There is a certain aesthetic that makes someone want to approach a piece of artwork at first glance. My objective as an artist is to create this intrigue. As I continue to hone my craft, I explore new ways in which to defy gravity, tango with physics, and simply play. At least half of my work goes early into the reclaim bucket, waiting again for another chance to emerge. Only the pieces with confident voices will evolve when my heart is on a positive journey with them.

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OCT/NOV in the Galleries with Fiber Artists of Southern Arizona

Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley, AZ

“Fiber Expressions”
Art Exhibition by the Fiber Artists of Southern Arizona

(Oro Valley, AZ) – Artists and Makers Studios, Oro Valley, is proud to present “Fiber Expressions,” an exhibition of innovative work in fiber. Fiber Artists of Southern Arizona is a group of 11 established artists committed to creating and promoting textile and fiber art. Located in Tucson, Arizona, they explore both abstract and representational themes in their work. By employing a variety of techniques such as piecing, applique, collage, hand and machine stitching, FASA artists have created compelling and unique works of art for this exhibition.

Exhibit Dates
October 2 – November 25, 2022

Opening Reception for the Artist and Community
Saturday, October 8th, 10 am – 12 pm

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

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

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 classroom space for rent. 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.


Fiber Artists of Southern Arizona Press Release

October 2022 in the Galleries

Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville Welcomes Travis Childers for
“Once in a Lifetime” – First Friday in October

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville will welcome featured artist Travis Childers for his exhibit “Once in a Lifetime” with two additional exhibits and an Open Studio event. The October 7th First Friday evening opening will run from 5pm – 9pm and will usher in the gallery season and a return to First Fridays. Enjoy additional exhibits – “Running with Scissors” with Resident Artists, and Gallery 209 Artists exhibiting their latest work. Childers says: “We often use the phrase: Once in a Lifetime to signify some positive or miraculous moment in a history or a person’s life. These moments are forks in the road that redirect the individual on another path that they may have never dreamed of before. But a once in a lifetime moment can also refer to dramatic or tragic events in which case, we’re thankful they are only once in a lifetime. The recent pandemic was just such a paradigm for us as a society and individuals. Most of the works in this show came out of my time in isolation during the pandemic as I dealt with the medical, social and political upheavals we were confronted with. Some of the pieces deal with the psychological toll of being confronted with the instability of the systems and structures we’ve created to maintain order. Other pieces make comments about human nature and our relationship to others and nature. But all the works are a product of my attempt to make sense of it all. Maybe it’s not our destiny to figure it all out, but once in a lifetime we get a chance to slow down and try.”

“Once in a Lifetime” with featured artist Travis Childers
“Running with Scissors” with Resident Artists
The Artists of Gallery 209

Opening Reception
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday, October 7th, 2022

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

Meet the Artist with Travis Childers – October 22nd, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Exhibits for Travis Childers, the Resident Artists, and Gallery 209 will run from September 28th through October 26th. Viewing hours are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, 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 two-year-old jewel box location with 15 resident artists, 3,575 sq ft of studios, galleries, and a classroom/workshop studio for rent. 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 OCT 2022 Parklawn Exhibits

September 2022 in the Galleries – with Michael B. Mason

New Paintings by Michael B Mason
Explore the Growing Water Crisis of the American West  Through the Visionary Thinking of John Wesley Powell 135 Years Ago

(Oro Valley, AZ) – Artists and Makers Studios, Oro Valley, is proud to present “Powell’s Prophecy,” an exhibition of new paintings by Michael B. Mason which explores the diminishing water resources of the American west through the visionary thinking of John Wesley Powell, who, in 1887, told Congress that the west was too hot and dry for unregulated development.  Mason, an Arizona native, uses historic and contemporary references, along with his personal observations, to create subtly powerful images.  Mason’s richly layered compositions speak to the prophetic words of Powell and to the uncertain future of water in the western United States.

Exhibit Dates
September 1 – 30, 2022

Opening Reception
Saturday, September 3, 2022, 1:00pm – 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

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.

Michael B Mason Press Release

September 2022 in the Galleries

Artists & Makers Studios presents Tory Cowles “Reflections: Fire on the Water” with Resident Artist exhibit “Perspectives”, and the talented Member Artists of Gallery 209

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville hosts the work of Tory Cowles in her solo exhibit “Reflections: Fire on the Water”, the Resident Artists’ “Perspectives” exhibit – along with new work in Gallery 209 and building-wide Open Studios. The September 10th opening will run from 11am – 3pm. Cowles says “The news is so bleak right now.  This show is a recognition of how much is at stake in the world, of how much we have to lose.  It’s also a memorial to a healthy planet, strong democracies, and relative peace on earth.  And finally, these pieces convey the enduring regenerative nature of the basic elements of fire, earth and water, even in the face of catastrophic threats.” The Resident Artists will fill the beautiful Gallery Hall with an exhibit titled “Perspectives”, and the Artists of Gallery 209 will feature new work in the large Gallery and adjoining halls for visitors to discover.

“Reflections: Fire on the Water” with Tory Cowles
“Perspectives” exhibit with the Resident Artists
The Artists of Gallery 209

Opening Reception
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Saturday, September 10th, 2022

“Meet the Artist” with Tory Cowles 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, September 17th, 2022

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

Exhibits will run from August 31st through September 21st. 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 SEPT2022 Parklawn Exhibits

August 2022 in the Galleries at Parklawn

Artists & Makers Studios welcomes Teresa Jarzynski back for her solo “Strange & Beautiful” with Resident Artist exhibit “Real or Imaginary”, and the talented Member Artists of Gallery 209

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville hosts the work of Teresa Jarzynski in her latest solo exhibit “Strange and Beautiful”, the Resident Artists’ “Real or Imaginary” exhibit – along with new work in Gallery 209 and building-wide Open Studios. The August 6th opening will run from 11am – 3pm. Fantasy, skewed perspective and other elements of imagination interweave with impressionistic applications of recognizable subjects. Some more strange, some more beautiful, but every piece contains a bit of both for the viewer to take in. By focusing on flowers, inanimate objects, and people from various encounters in life, Teresa challenged herself to transform the ordinary into something more extraordinary. Although each painting initially stems from direct observation, the act of painting turns each reality into an imagined place, no longer restricted by traditional ideas. The Resident Artists will fill the beautiful Gallery Hall with “Real or Imaginary”, and the Artists of Gallery 209 will feature new work in the large Gallery and adjoining halls for visitors to discover.

“Strange & Beautiful” with Teresa Jade Jarzynski
“Real or Imaginary” exhibit with the Resident Artists
The Artists of Gallery 209

Opening Reception
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Saturday, August 6th, 2022

“Strange and Beautiful” Artist Talk, 1:00 PM, August 20th, 2022

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

Exhibits will run from August 3rd through August 24th. 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 August 2022 Parklawn

Dorothy McGeorge, Affiliate

Art is Biography

Dorothy McDonough McGeorge

Dorothy McGeorge has most recently returned to the Washington area. Her paintings over the years have chronicled her surroundings from the open plains of Nebraska, the suburbs of Washington, D.C., the urban cityscapes of Montreal, Quebec and most recently the Southwest in New Mexico.

Her undergraduate degree in Fine Art is from Saint Mary’s College of Maryland where she studied with Baltimore realists Earl Hoffman and Tom Rowe. She earned her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska in 1993, where she studied with James Eisentrager and Karen Kunc.

In her thesis, “Monumental Images of the Midwest,” she used Dynamic Symmetry, a classical approach to organizing the picture plane into segments to compel the viewer to share the whole of the image through its parts. The idea of perfect proportions found in nature, supported by mathematical principals, has a direct influence on her work. The University of Nebraska had an impressive staff of highly regarded, regionally and nationally know artists, including painters Dan Howard, James Eisentrager and keith Jacobshagen and printmaker Karen Kunc.

She worked mostly with James Eisentrager who believed strongly in the gestalt principle that we perceive visual data in organized or configured terms and Dynamic Symmetry, a term presented in the 1920s by art theorist Jay Hambridge. These principles can be seen not only in the work of impressionist and post impressionists, but in more contemporary and sometimes abstract work of artists like Richard Diebenkorn and Willem de Kooning.

After receiving her masters, she became an artist with the Hayden Galley in Lincoln, Nebraska which was associated with the Sheldon Memorial Museum of Art. The subject of her work shifted from grain elevators (monumental midwestern images) to smaller local architectural images and familiar city and industrial scenes. When she moved to Washington, D.C. area in1995 she continued supplying the gallery with paintings of Lincoln with local structures until 2005

In 2005 she moved to Montreal Quebec. There she worked from her studio in the Complex du Canal Lachine, in St. Henry. Her work was of the City of Montreal, cityscapes of structures that reflected the character of the place through perspectives that transformed the colors and shapes of surfaces through direct sunlight and shadow. Her work shown mostly there at Espace D’ Art du Canal.

In 2011, she moved to New Mexico, there she chose to paint structures along historic Route 66 which were starting to disappear from the landscape. She showed he work in three different galleries there, the Old Schoolhouse Gallery, the Watermelon Gallery and the Gallery at 400 in Old Town.

July/August 2022 in the Galleries – It Takes Two

Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley, AZ

“It Takes Two” The Art of Fatima Olea and Sandra Perez-Leon

(Oro Valley, AZ) – Artists and Makers Studios, Oro Valley is thrilled to have internationally renowned artist and illustrator Fatima Olea exhibiting in our Main Gallery. Fatima’s paintings delight the viewer with their luminous color, skilled execution, and the touching stories they convey. She is passionate not only about painting, but inspiring others through her teaching to both college students and children.

Fatima Olea studied in Florence, Italy, and at the Art Students League in New York, NY, and received her BA in Illustration at the Southwest University of Visual Arts in 2015. She continued her studies working around the world with artists such as Omar Ortiz, Shana Levenson, Patricia Guzman and Antonio Castello.  Additionally, the American Latino Museum, currently being built on the National Mall, just awarded Fatima Olea winner of their 2022 Design Contest!

The paintings of Sandra Perez-Leon will accompany the exhibition in the Gallery Hall. Sandra is from Ciudad Obregón in Sonora, Mexico. At the age of 18, she has already participated in numerous art exhibitions not only in Mexico and the United States, but also in France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Honduras, Panama, and Peru.  Sandra recently completed a 1000 square foot mural!

Exhibit Dates
July 1 – August 26, 2022

Exhibit Opening Reception
Saturday, July 9, 2022, 1:00pm – 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, meet the resident artists, and see studios currently available

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.

It Takes Two Exhibition Press Release

July 2022 in the Galleries at Parklawn

Artists & Makers Studios is delighted to present “Moments” with Jeff A. Evans, along with animal-themed art by Resident Artists, and the Member Artists of Gallery 209

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville hosts the work of Jeff A. Evans in the exhibit “Moments”, the Resident Artists’ “Animal” exhibit – along with new work in Gallery 209 and building-wide Open Studios. The July 9th opening will run from 11am – 3pm. Lives are often connected, like dots, by the “moments” that inspire us from one place in time to the next.  Jeff A. Evans has travelled across the country for the last several years and for him, these moments of inspiration are often found in the people he meets and the places he sees along this path.  Rather than instantaneously capturing these moments on his smart phone, Evans has made a commitment to tell the story of this journey in the genre of plein air painting.  Akin to a singer songwriter with a quick melody of their experiences, it has been his ambition to capture insight and experiences through a visual medium.  These “moments” are but one perspective, or his point of view.  Jeff hopes they will continue to inspire an audience and perhaps take on an evolving story of their own, in the eye of the beholder.  Thank you for sharing in this journey. The animal-themed works of Resident Artists will fill the Gallery Hall, and the Artists of Gallery 209 will feature new work in the large Gallery and adjoining halls.

“Moments” with Jeff A. Evans
“Animal” exhibit with the Resident Artists
The Artists of Gallery 209

Opening Reception
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Saturday, July 9th, 2022

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

Exhibits for Jeff A. Evans and Resident Artists will run from June 29th through July 27th. Office closed July 1-5th. Gallery 209’s exhibit will run from June 30th through July 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 JULY 2022

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

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