Deborah Brisker Burk, Affiliate

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.  mobile: 240-432-0004


SUMMER Virtually 2020

JULY VIRTUAL 2020 EXHIBIT for BADC – “Still We Rise”

Artists & Makers Studios Parklawn will share our July Black Artists of DC exhibit virtually on FaceBook due to COVID-19, and we await public health guidance regarding our exhibit schedule for the rest of this calendar year.

The art center is currently closed to the public to protect the artists. Visit our Facebook page to see artist profiles, and check out their websites to shop with them right now from home! Help support the creative economy.

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

Learn From Home!

Announcing our first virtual class…

With in-person art classes out of bounds for the next few months, we are launching ‘Painting Through The ZOOM Lens’ starting April 10th. 

Painting Through The ZOOM Lens

Through the online platform Zoom, we can again have scheduled weekly painting time with instruction, critique, and camaraderie. Glen will run classes on Friday mornings and afternoons this Spring at a discounted rate to the normal in-class experience.

Fridays, April 10-May 29  10am-1pm
Fridays, April 10-May 29  1:30-4:30pm

Learn more here:
The Compass Atelier

Teaching Artists

COMING SOON! The Oro Valley location will host gallery space than can flex for small classes and workshops. If you are a teaching artist looking for a new place to bring people together for hands-on workshops, consider renting a studio, or inquire about holding classes and workshops at A&M Oro Valley as an independent contractor. We will list your classes and workshops on our site, directing students to a link on your artist site where they can register and get a supply list. You will only pay a classroom fee for use of the flex space.

Come be a Part of the Art!

Are you an artist who has a studio already, but would like to be more involved in the local arts community, learn more about the business of art, and perhaps get a start on a solo exhibition? If some or all apply to you, perhaps you would like to join our Affiliate Program.

In 2020 we are offering an annual Affiliate Membership to artists which will allow a profile on our high-traffic site, free application for solo exhibits, participation in two Open Studio Weekends per year, promotion of accolades and exhibits through social media as appropriate, and access to special opportunities that come across our Executive Director’s desk on a regular basis. Current Affiliate Artists who apply for a studio will need to not pay a $50 application fee.

“Artists & Makers 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.”

Part of our vision is to support, each and every day, the artists in our community and beyond. While we host a population of practicing metro-area artists, we also work to help grow the careers of artists with studios elsewhere through the sharing of information & opportunities and connections with designers, consultants, and gallery professionals who place and showcase artists’ work. 

This membership may be renewed each January, and is just $100. Membership fees may be paid via PayPal by entering the following email address:  OR by mailing a check made out to Artists & Makers Studios to:

Artists & Makers Studios
c/o Judith HeartSong
11810 Parklawn Drive, Suite 210
Rockville, MD 20852

After confirmation of payment via email, please send your resume/bio, your website URL, 1(one) 300dpi image of your work, and phone number and or email address if you would like them listed on our site with your profile to

Coming Soon! The jewel box Oro Valley Project!

We are thrilled to finally be able to announce our BIG NEWS!

We are building out our first Arizona location for Artists & Makers Studios, and we should be opening up in the Summer of 2020.

We are opening a gorgeous jewel box location in Oro Valley, AZ – in Steam Pump Village – approximately nine miles north of Tucson. We have been working with a marvelous developer, all newly constructed space. 12 studios, a gallery, on-site management and a wealth of opportunities to grow artistic careers.

To announce this news, in the 5th anniversary year of our flagship location, is exciting. There will be opportunities for studio swaps and who knows what other exciting adventures between locations, and our artist populations will be able to interact with one another.

We have been working on this project for more than a year and a half now behind the scenes, and we are thrilled to see it coming to fruition. With thanks to our supportive partnership, and our wonderful development team – who have gone the extra mile to make this work.


****We will hire a part-time manager (we are looking for an enthusiastic artist/maker) to manage the space…… someone who would also like to use the office as a studio to work in for additional hours of the week. We are taking applications now.

Job overview – staffing Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12-6. $15/hour. Manager will work with the business owner to create a welcoming resident artist and guest experience – with monthly gallery openings on Saturday afternoons. We will work together to curate local artist exhibits to bring visitors to the artist studios. Great personality and computer skills are a must – WORD, Excel, research skills, basic accounting, and a can-do attitude….. most of all a love of the arts. Send resumes to:

Application for Employment

Come to see a new A&M location in Arizona soon!!

Studio Floorplan  – look for your dream studio now with studio pricing coming soon, and paperwork is at the links below for when jurying is complete & you have chosen your studio
Letter of Intent – Oro Valley
Application – Oro Valley
Emergency Contact Form – Oro Valley
New Artist Letter – Oro Valley



Artists & Makers Studios Parklawn will re-schedule our April and May exhibits due to COVID-19, and we await public health guidance regarding our Summer exhibit schedule.

The art center is currently closed to the public to protect the artists. Visit our Facebook page to see artist profiles, and check out their websites to shop with them right now from home! Help support the creative economy.

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

Nolan Winkler, Affiliate AZ

This series was a ‘breakthrough’ for me. I left representation behind, for the most part, picked up a potato or yam and started carving, painting and printing it onto paper or canvas. Then came back with paint or wax crayons or graphite to finish. The ‘print’ part of it all finds itself in many of my latest pieces, too.


Please contact me with questions about the work, pricing or comments.

I also have a couple of sites to share with you:

Tim Weedlun, Affiliate AZ

My art depicts figures interacting with swirling forms of matter. This is a personal meditation on the circle of life and the law of physics that energy cannot be created or destroyed but converted from one form to another. Are the figures dissolving into ether or is the ether coalescing into a new form? Or do both events happen at once?

The concept springs from an impending awareness of mortality. While traces of ourselves can linger on in lives we’ve touched, it only takes a few generations before those meager shreds seem to disperse like wisps of smoke into the elements from which we emerged.

Many faiths offer more optimistic afterlife scenarios: some believe we merge into an eternal collective consciousness; some believe we’ve lived through this cycle many times before; and some even believe that we design, well ahead of our birth, our earthly experiences. I like these more hopeful ideas as I want to believe consciousness is not lost and that everything eventually counts for something somewhere.

The mystery of our origins and our ultimate destination, and any possible connection between the two, captivates me and compels me to construct a palatable story to tell through my art.

Cindi Gaudette, Affiliate AZ

Cindi earned degrees from Lesley University College of Art and Design (formerly AIB of Lesley University) in Boston, MA and The Corcoran College of Art+Design in Washington, DC. She has also studied at SACI in Florence, Italy.

She currently is residing in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she has been influenced by the vast open spaces that speak to emptiness and isolation.

Cindi has spent several years traveling in order to research women’s issues. This allows her to discover threads of connection to address the current state of affairs regarding women’s choices about their bodies. 

Cindi has had exhibitions in California, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Washington, DC, Canada, and Italy.

Most recently, she traveled to Ireland to enjoy a month long residency in the Burren where she found inspiration from delving into the concept of identity through place.

My work reveals a confluence of emotions, as I expose painful memories, while at the same time attempt to hide my vulnerabilities. I use materials such as plaster, cheesecloth, and hair to tell my story. I follow my need to engage in small, repetitive gestures that represent an attempt to suppress my unprocessed loss.

Each stitch is a means to connect the present with the longing of an unknown forgotten identity. The physical act of making objects allows me to unearth intuitive connections that transform a deeply submerged sensation of someone or something gone missing. This process has manifested as the accumulation of symbolic objects and scraps of memory as I wrestle with my own anxiety, perceptions, and experiences, which reflect an intense need to connect the missing gaps that occurred through secrecy.

Rose O’Donnell, Affiliate AZ

I graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Practice of Art then spent 30 years teaching art and music at all grade levels from pre-school to college. I worked at various private art galleries in the Sacramento, CA area, started a cooperative gallery with a group of friends and served as Gallery Director of the Ridley Gallery at Sierra College in Northern California from 1996 – 2002.

My traditional watercolors were exhibited widely in the Sacramento, CA area. However, after the death of my father in 1999, my work became much more introspective reflecting on memory and loss.  My mixed media work and prints allow me to express those feelings. I studied printmaking at Discover Graphics in the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA.  I joined the Art League in Alexandria, VA in 2005 and was Director of the Art League Gallery for ten years. After retiring in 2018 I moved to Sedona, AZ where I am an exhibiting member of the Sedona Arts Center. My work has been shown at the World Bank in Washington, DC, Mattawoman Art Center, Maryland, Ellipse Gallery in Arlington, VA, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA, The National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD, Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC, Washington Printmakers and the Sedona Arts Center. My mixed media work titled, Rosalie, is currently part of a traveling exhibit titled One House.

C Tanner Jensen, Affiliate AZ

When I was a child, all I wanted was to be around horses. I wanted to ride them, watch them, smell them. I wanted to know everything about horses.I also wanted to paint, to be an artist. Decades later, it’s still all that I want to do.

I’m enthralled by horses. Their strength, their grace, their beauty— the sheer joy expressed through their movement sends me reeling. This is why I use the visage of the horse as my gateway to deeper meaning.

It’s a mystery to me why the horse lends itself to my search for understanding, but it does. Through these animals, I have learned to be a much better human being. They’ve taught me patience, given me lessons about life and death, lead me through grief, and are a constant reminder to stay present and to delight in this miracle of a world.

The expression of my gratitude and love — the asking of unending questions through brush and color — gives me boundless joy and the deepest satisfaction.

I hope that you enjoy my art and that it takes you to a place of wonder and joy.

Kate Kretz, Affiliate AZ

Kate is represented by Jen Tough Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico

“I often experience news stories of inhumanity as a literal blow to my body, and carry the negative energy around with me until I process a way to remove it from my person through transformative creation. My work functions as a meditation, a healing prayer, a potent incantation to embed the finished object with as much power as possible, to rival the impact of that original negative impetus for making it. I am aiming for a beautiful, exquisitely-crafted gut punch.

I consider the inordinate amount of time invested in each piece as a gift given to the viewer. In this day and age, it often feels as though the earnest, cathectic things I make are an act of profound resistance: I give birth to the tactile as I am swallowed by the virtual. I obsess over craft as our world becomes disposable. I wield emotion in its messiness because it’s uncool. I work until my hands shake, because the world does not care.

I am banging my head against the wall, but the stain is beautiful.”

Novie Trump, Affiliate AZ

I am interested in work that explores the unknown, both literal and figurative. Secrets are an integral part of my work: the unopened box, the unbroken egg, the lost ritual, the illegible word, the empty cocoon.

Novie Trump is an Arizona based sculptor and installation artist working in ceramic, mixed media and sound. Formally trained in classical archaeology at the University of North Carolina, her work has been selected for juried and invitational exhibitions in the US and Europe and has been featured in numerous publications. Winner of the Fairfax Strauss Fellowship, she has been awarded numerous grants and commissions for public art works, most notably at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC. In 2013, Novie Trump was selected as a Fulbright Candidate by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars.

Formerly the Executive Director of Lee Arts Center in Arlington, VA, Novie Trump currently curates exhibitions and juries for arts organizations throughout the US. Trump has served on the boards of several arts organizations, most recently as the Chair of the Distinguished Artist Series on the James Renwick Alliance Board, a non-profit support organization for the Smithsonian Renwick Museum. Trump is also an educator who teaches workshops in ceramics and professional development.

Novie Trump is the founder and director of Flux Studios, a contemporary arts space formerly of Washington, DC and currently based in Jerome, AZ.

Dana Lehrer Danze, Affiliate AZ

Dana divides her time between Arizona and the DC metro area. You can find her work at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia, in studio 226. She creates teapots, vases, bowls, platters, oil lamps, brie bakers, birdhouses, pitchers, and many other forms. She mainly works in blue and green glazes and red-brown raw clay. Images like birds, spirals, and leaves decorate the work.

Dana is always making more new work, and teaches classes and workshops. Call if you fall in love with a piece on her site and want a similar creation. Of course, since each piece is handmade on the potter’s wheel and individually glazed, so there are no two exactly alike.

Barbara Ziselberger, Affiliate

As a painter working primarily in acrylics and Chinese ink, I am inspired by Chinese calligraphy and American graffiti. I employ gestural brush strokes and asemic marks to produce energetic abstract works with a visual language of their own. An East coast native, my work is informed by dunes of the Atlantic barrier islands and ridges and valleys of the Appalachian Mountains. I currently live and work in the Washington, DC area.


Studied under:

Nicholas Wilton

Bertrand Mao

Helene Mai Sze McCarthy


2018 Juried Exhibition, Labor Day Show, Glen Echo, MD


Private collection, Kensington, MD

Private collection, Buxton, NC

Private collection, Charlottesville, VA


My works can be found online at and at The Swell Art Gallery, Hatteras Island, NC. Current projects and experiments can be viewed on Instagram @barbaraziselberger.



Our 5th Anniversary Celebration in March 2020!

Artists & Makers Studios Parklawn Hosts the
Resident Artists’ 5th Anniversary Exhibit

& “Raised by TV” with David Amoroso

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville is proud to feature the work of Resident Artists for our 5th Anniversary Celebration in March of 2020 in two galleries with sculpture, jewelry, paintings, fiber, mixed media, printmaking and more. David Amoroso exhibits a new series in the large gallery – “Raised by TV”. David’s fondest childhood memories are of the times he spent drawing or watching TV. Meet his favorite characters in his signature larger-than-life portraits. These exhibits will open for our 5th Anniversary First Friday festivities on March 6th between 6pm and 9pm and will showcase Resident Artists’ open studios for browsing and shopping, and acoustic guitar with David Ziegele.

“5th Anniversary Resident Artist Exhibit”
“Raised by TV” with David Amoroso

Opening Reception
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday, March 6th, 2020

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

Visit A&M1 Parklawn with friends and family and enjoy the gorgeous gallery exhibits, along with artists’ open studios, a perfect time for shopping and gift-giving, or for finding a treasure for yourself. Enjoy wine, soft drinks and light refreshments, and rich and varied art for browsing and buying – all in one location. Come discover the most welcoming artspace in the area.

These exhibits at A&M1 Parklawn open Friday, March 6th, and continue through Wednesday, March 25th, 2020.  Viewing hours are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Tuesday-Saturday, and Sundays/Mondays by chance or appointment.

Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville, established in October 2014 by artist and arts community builder Judith HeartSong, is a 13,000 sq. ft. facility is home to 66 resident artists. Artists & Makers Studios 2 has left the former Wilkins location and will be announcing its new home shortly. A&M Studios is dedicated to providing a supportive and vibrant environment for artists to realize their creative goals – through studio practice, collaboration, education, opportunities, networking and connecting with the community beyond our doors. First Fridays sponsored by the Chesapeake Framing Company in Kensington.

Artists and Makers Studios Press Release March 2020 Parklawn Exhibits

MARCH 2020 Exhibit Details for Parklawn Galleries

Myra Ryan, Affiliate

Ms Ryan has been painting for more than forty years. She currently works with watercolor, soft and oil pastels, acrylics, alcohol inks and mixed media in a mostly abstract style. She expands her knowledge via workshops, classes and by teaching.

Myra seeks to express emotions and feelings through color, shape and texture. She enjoys learning how her paintings conjure up memories and feelings in the viewer.

She has been juried into shows at the Philadelphia Sketch Club, Historic Yellow Springs, Notre Dame Academy, Daylesford Abbey, Center for the Arts and numerous others throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. September through December, 2019 she had a two person show at the Abstract Expressions Gallery in Mount Holly, NJ.

In 2019, Myra moved to Maryland and now exhibits in DC and the Maryland suburbs.

Her work is in the permanent  collection of the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, American Cancer Center Hope Lodge and private collections in the U.S., France, Australia, England and Sweden.

Ms. Ryan coordinated all art exhibits at Palmyra Cove Nature Center in New Jersey. She is past board member of The Artists Circle and Past President of the NJ Pastel Painters Society. For ten years she exhibited at and was a member of the Home Fine Art Gallery, Mount Holly, New Jersey. Currently she is a member of the Rockville Art League, the Laurel Art Guild, the Montgomery County Art Association and is an Affiliate Member of Artists and Makers.

Myra especially enjoys encouraging others to use art as a means of personal expression. She teaches various mediums in her studio, and via demonstrations and workshops in many locations. When not painting or teaching, she can be found in her garden “painting with flowers.”

Selected Awards

Best in show, NJ Pastel Painters Society, 2011

Third Place, NJ Pastel Painters Society, 2012

Best in Show, NJ Pastel Painters Society, 2014

Third Place, NJ Pastel Painters Society, 2016

First Place, Art Alliance, 2016

Third Place, WAA Abstract show, 2017

Second Place WAA open juried show, 2019

Marilyn Banner, Affiliate

Marilyn Banner holds a BFA in painting from Washington University in St Louis and a MSEd from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Additional studies include 1968-9 Graduate Painting Department at Queens College of CUNY, plus art and art education classes at University of MD, Corcoran, University of Buffalo, and R&F Encaustics. Her works have been widely exhibited in more than thirty solo and over one hundred group shows, and are in numerous public and private collections.

Exhibition venues include The Katzen Museum of American University; The Corcoran Museum, Washington, DC; Ceres Gallery, New York City; McLean Project for the Arts, McLean VA; The University of Maryland Global College (UMGC), College Park MD; Hebrew Union College Museum, NYC; Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ: Artists & Makers, Rockville MD; B’nai B’rith Museum, Washington DC; BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD; Marymount University, Arlington, VA; Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely MD; Carroll Community College, Westminster, MD; Loyola College, Baltimore, MD; DCAC and Gallery 10, Wash DC; Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, WV; Ratner Museum, Bethesda MD; Delaplaine Center for the Arts, Frederick, MD;  Costa Rican Embassy, Washington, DC and Czech Embassy, Washington DC.

Ms. Banner is the recipient of ten residency fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Sweetbriar VA, and in 2012 was awarded a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation VCCA Creative Fellows Grant. She was chosen as one of ten participants in Art Cart 2013, honoring lifelong artists of note in the DC area. Her work has been reproduced and included in Encaustic Art in the 21st Century, by Ashley Rooney, as well as many other books and publications.

Marilyn Banner lives in Takoma Park, Maryland with her musician husband Carl Banner. For 10 years she led No Limits for Women in the Arts support groups locally and traveled the east coast as a No Limits regional leader. With her husband she co-founded (1998) and helps produce Washington Musica Viva, a continuing monthly music and arts performance series. She is a member of Ceres Gallery, New York City.


John Aquilino, Affiliate

Awards, Competitons and Grants

District Arts, Frederick, MD, “SATURATION” (2019, Best in Show)

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Art Center, Dowell, MD, “Ebb & Flow: The Power of Water” (2019, Juror’s Award)

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Art Bank Grant (2018, 2016, 2014, 2009)

Edward Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, NY, “Small Matters of Great Importance: Light and Shadow” (2015, Honorable Mention)

Bethesda Painting Awards (Finalist, 2016 and 2011; 2nd Place, 2005)

New American Paintings (juried exhibitions-in-print), Southern Competition #88, June/July 2010

Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County Individual Artist Grant (2010)

Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award—Visual Arts: Paintings (2010, 2008, 2006)

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