Glen Kessler A&M1

Glen Kessler (b. 1976): Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA); Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Painting from the New York Academy of Art.   Glen has been awarded a 2013 Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) Grant, two Elizabeth Greenshields Grants, and the Prince of Wales Fellowship.  His artwork is collected widely internationally, and is in the public collections of Prince Charles, Ford’s Theater, Yale University, The George Washington University, Boston University, Maryland Institute College of Art, and St. Mary’s College of Maryland.  He has earned Best In Show honors at numerous national competitions including ‘The Artist’s Magazine.’ And his work has been prominently featured in ‘The Artist’s Magazine,’ ‘Professional Artist Magazine,’ and ‘ArtsyShark.’
In addition to his own studio work, Glen is also a renowned teacher and mentor. He has taught avidly at both the university and community level for nearly two decades and in 2013 he opened his own revolutionary art school, The Compass Atelier, to facilitate the teaching of a cohesive art curriculum that takes students through all the necessary elements for artistic success in the most logical, efficient order.  He has taught upper level painting and drawing classes at Maryland Institute College of Art, George Washington University, George Mason University, Boston University, as well as The Yellow Barn Studio and Capitol Arts Network.

Angela White A&M1

The concept of the many layers of our life experiences forming our physical, spiritual and emotional identity lends itself to creating and adding layers of visual depth and density in my art work. 

It is through this process of using layers of memory that I incorporate art materials to record the journeys, turning points and return to a new beginning. 

Art materials include encaustic, oil and mixed media.

Page Turner

My delicate sculptures are sewn and constructed entirely by hand, using heirlooms, preserved animal parts, domestic tools, and sacred objects.  My work honors the high art of domestic skills and is a reflection of femininity.  Each sculpture in my series A Stitch in Time Saves Nine is a totem of a specific woman who helped to forge my identity.

As a child, I was steeped in Mormon culture and taught by elders who strongly defined and enforced gender roles and responsibilities.  These sisters emphasized domestic skills and traditions to ensure my proper education.  While under the sisters’ tutelage, I discovered the sacredness of personal objects and how they truly reflect our identity as women.

I have always been bewitched by what is kept and saved, and by objects that are perceived to have little to no value.  I am attuned especially to objects and tools that women have owned or own, such as material remnants, and the everyday mementos that someone saves—sentimental objects, trifles, trinkets, and sundries.


Page Turner
208 4th Street, Roanoke, VA 24016
Roanoke, VA
(open by appointment only)

Leslie Kraff A&M1

Leslie Kraff was born with a crayon in her hand and an insatiable desire to observe and record everything she saw. Leslie Kraff Flowers Page Image 7x9 72dpi

“Everyday life is riveting to me.  I feel it is important to be aware of the daily vignettes that weave their threads throughout the fabric of our lives.  They become a large part of our life stories. When I put a frame on a painting, it is as if that instant is forever bracketed.  No other moment will be exactly like it.”

Leslie has had several other careers including stints as a high school French teacher and a clinical social worker.  Her journey continues with paint, winning ribbons along the way. 

Leslie’s current work explores mood, color and form as expressed in the natural world.

Norma Schwartz A&M1

Norma Schwartz, born in Argentina a few months before the end of World War II, began practice as a psychoanalyst, started a family and was involved in social and political issues during a harsh dictatorship. 

She emigrated to Spain, where the hope for a new democratic era was starting to emerge.  Norma moved to the United States in the mid ’80s, and found the opportunity to pursue a new passion: sculpting. 

As a sculptor, learning the techniques, exploring new materials, creating new forms of inhabiting a three-dimensional space, and the importance of light gave her the opportunity to express what would otherwise be impossible to express in a different way.  

In sculpting she found a new language to talk about her thoughts and feeling, where each of her works are an attempt to say something through an abstract language and each of them has the background of her own life.



Jody Sachs A&M1

Jody Sachs draws on her love for nature and science, inspired by nature and beauty in the simplest forms. 

FromJody Sachs leaves and trees, plants and insects to water and underwater life forms, Jody forms silver and gold by hand, transforming them into literally “precious” objects with a particular regard for the interaction of their shapes to make earrings, necklaces and bracelets.

Cathy Abramson A&M1

Cathy Abramson’s recent urban paintings are inspired by her photos of everyday events: sitting at a lunch counter; getting a watch repaired; having a cup of coffee. She paints images from the world around her.  Her work explores the mysterious, temporary, and incongruous nature of chance encounters in the urban environment. The viewer is pulled into the painting as though witnessing an event. There is usually a subtext to her paintings and the more the viewer examines a painting, the more it reveals about what lies beneath the surface.

After graduating from SUNY at Stony Brook and The University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Dallas, she had a successful career working as an art director at a local government contracting firm, art directing a political magazine, illustrating books for children and adults and co-owning a local graphic design firm. She also taught throughout Maryland as an Artist-in-Residence for the Maryland State Arts Council. 

Cathy studied at the Yellow Barn Studio is now at the Glen Kessler Atelier in Rockville.  She has been exhibiting her work since 1999 in galleries including invitational shows in New York City, local juried shows, and internationally at Than Mór Art Museum, Nyíracsád, Hungary.  She has won several painting awards and has received favorable reviews in local newspapers as well as feature articles in magazines.

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