Kim Keller, Affiliate

Summary of Juried Exhibitions and Awards
Solo Shows
• Fall 2022: Parade Project, Abington Art Center (Jenkintown, PA)
• Spring 2023: Parade Project, Links Bridge Vineyard (Thurmont, MD)
• Spring 2023: City Color, Lyceum Gallery (Sandy Spring, MD)
2023 – Selected Group Shows
• Director’s Choice, 32nd Annual International Juried Exhibition, Viridian Artists (New York, NY)
• 31st Annual Strathmore Juried Exhibition: Play, Mansion at Strathmore (North Bethesda, MD)
• Color Love, Falls Church Art Gallery (Falls Church, VA)
• Texture, Falls Church Art Gallery (Falls Church, VA)
• Scaled Down for Spring, Wheaton Arts Parade Gallery (Wheaton, MD)
• Frames within Frames, Praxis Photo Arts Center (St. Paul, MN)
2022 – Selected Group Shows
• Life in the Pandemic and Black and White, Blank Wall Gallery (Athens, Greece)
• 5
th Chania International Photo Festival (Chania, Greece)
• Urban Landscapes and Nowhere Far, Glasgow Gallery of Photography (Glasgow, Scotland)
• Art to Art, Viewpoint Photographic Art Center (Sacramento, CA)
• Black and White: 2022, Black Box Gallery (Portland, OR)
• PhotoSpiva 2022, Spiva Center for the Arts (Joplin, MO) – Third Prize
• The Streets and Words, Words, Words, Praxis Gallery (Minneapolis, MN)
• Hill Center Gallery and Capitol Hill Art League Juried Exhibition 2022 (Washington, DC)
• Washington Gardener Annual Photo Contest 2022 (DC) – First Prize, Vignettes
• 51st Annual Labor Day Art Show, Glen Echo Partnership for Arts and Culture (Glen Echo, MD)
• Celebration, Wheaton Arts Parade Gallery (Wheaton, MD)
• Fall Salon, Torpedo Factory Art Center (Alexandria, VA)
• Phillips’ Mill Photographic Exhibition, Gallery at the Mill (New Hope, PA)
• International Photography Exhibit by the New Jersey Photography Forum, Watchung Arts Center
(Watchung, NJ)
• SHIM Art Network and Bushwick Darkroom Show, Atlantic Gallery (New York, NY)
• 8th International Call for Entries and Black and White and All the Grays Between, Rhode Island
Center for Photographic Arts (Providence, RI)
• Street Photography and Cityscapes, Blank Wall Gallery (Athens, Greece)
• The Birds, Mpls Photo Center (Minneapolis, MN)
• Hot Summer City: Street Photography Exhibition, Vestige Concept Gallery (Pittsburgh, PA)
• Click! Photography Festival Outdoor Exhibition (Raleigh, NC)
• 7
th Annual Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition, Allegany Arts Council
(Cumberland, MD)
• Hindsight is 2020: Street Photography in a Tumultuous Year and Official/Unofficial: Photographs
of Washington DC, Photoworks at Glen Echo Park (MD)
• 15th Annual Contest, Exposed DC (DC)
• Washington Gardener Annual Photo Contest 2021 (DC)
• All Together Now, Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts (Providence, RI)
• Board Member, Exposed DC
• Member, Silver Spring Camera Club
• Member, Close to Home Photo Salon
• Member, Wheaton Arts Parade Gallery
• Member, Falls Church Art Gallery
• Contributing Photographer, Sandy Spring Museum
• PhD, Indiana University (Bloomington)
• MA, Indiana University (Bloomington)
• BA, Michigan State University (East Lansing)


Kim Keller

Images Lost and Found – A Photo Website

Painting Classes with Resident Artist Cathy Hirsh

Workshops with Cathy – Try something new and also make faster progress.  For beginning and intermediate artists or experienced artists new to the topic area.

QuickStart to Painting with Media Exploration – full-day class on fundamentals, sketching, and tools/techniques. Exercises with media reinforce concepts and help students decide what to explore further. $150 supplies and “takeaway” tools included.

JumpStart Watercolor Workshop – 6 hours of technique demonstration and student practice.  $125 all supplies included.

QuickStart to Abstract Painting – full day class covering techniques to create and evaluate abstract paintings. Students will create paintings using three different approaches. $150 all supplies included.

QuickStart to Mixed Media – full day class on approaches and materials used for mixed media art. Techniques in collage, layering, and mark-making will be explored while students create 2 mixed media pieces. $180 all supplies included.

QuickStart to Flower Painting – full day class exploring different flower structures and methods to paint them, individually and in bouquets. Students bring the media, supports, and tools of their choice. $150

Weekly classes also available depending upon demand. for more information.


Workshop Flyer for Cathy Hirsh

The Compass Atelier with Glen Kessler


The Compass Atelier is home to the DMV’s best art classes! Beginners and veteran artists alike are finding The Compass Atelier THE place to start their artistic journeys or take their artistic learning to the next level!! Beginners find our classes ideal for establishing strong foundational skills, while veteran artists are constantly challenged by new projects and world-renowned artists.

  • We offer WEEKLY CLASSES available seasonally throughout the year. 
  • Our VISITING ARTIST WORKSHOPS bring in some of the world’s best artists and teachers for inspiring lectures and workshops.
  • Our STUDY ABROAD programs allow you to learn from art and culture around the world.
  • And our revolutionary MASTER ARTIST PROGRAM teaches students everything they need to know to become professional artists.

What are you waiting for? Come visit our gorgeous classroom located within the robust ARTISTS & MAKERS STUDIOS ART CENTER in Rockville, MD.

For more information on all this and more visit or follow us on most every social media platform.

The Mosaic Box – Classes and Workshops

Mosaic Classes and Workshops

Studio 30

Artists & Makers Studios
11810 Parklawn Drive
Suite 210
Rockville, MD 20852
New Classes and Workshops Opening
Mondays 11am-2pm
Wednesdays 6-9pm
Saturdays 10am-1pm
You can choose to doClasses

$360 +$50 (material)


Workshop Decoration Object with pre-cut tiles
(plates, trays, mirrors, small tables, any flat objects)
$180 + $50/75 (material)

Please register at least 2 weeks in advance
Payment due at registration
For registration contact Brigitte Messali

Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe A&M1, Gallery 209

Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe is a classically trained artist with extensive studies in art history. Her work is recognized for minimalist, methodical patterns, squares, and self portraiture. Her sculptures focus on constructed objects and the space created by them. She works primarily in plastic and production of multiples. Preoccupations include hex numbering systems and colors, and Blue Skies. Influences include early Minimalism and the Light and Space Movement.

Separate from her art and related art projects, Lissa’s professional nonprofit and advocacy career spans decades, from the 1990s to present. She has championed arts and cultural initiatives for leading national arts and humanities organizations and has advanced equitable access to arts and humanities in Washington, DC. Board service includes National Cherry Blossom Festival and the SoCo Arts Lab.

Instagram: @lissarosenthalyoffe



Cindy Rivarde A&M1, Gallery 209

Cindy Rivarde is an artist living and working in the Maryland Capital Region.  Her work focuses on connections and resonance in response to a sense of place and time both with landscape and figurative subject matter.  Early in her career, she worked as a scenic artist in the theater, which helps to inform a sense of drama and tension in her work. 



IG:  @cindyrivardeart

Phone:  305-903-9112


Sarah Stone, Affiliate, NoHo CA

Sarah Stone Painting

Sarah Stone is a North American painter best known for her colorful interpretations of people and nature. She calls her style, “Contemporary Pop Folk Art,” a mixture of pop-culture, outsider influences, ancestral memories, and dreams. Her narrative works incorporate the people and wildlife she encounters in her travels, intersecting paths and patterns between lives and experiences. 

Largely self-taught in painting, she studied children’s book illustration and film animation at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts before relocating to LA. There she discovered the Venice studios of Roger Corman where she worked as a prop maker, animator, and set muralist. This began a lengthy career designing for film and theater productions, laying the foundation for her current multi-disciplinary art practice.

Sarah paints with acrylics on wood and mural fabric (pellon/polytab) often also employing three dimensional and mixed media materials in her work.

She has exhibited in galleries across the US, including Ghost Gallery, Seattle; La Luz de Jesus Gallery, LA; Sylvia White Gallery, Agoura; Gabba Gallery, LA; the Ontario Museum of History and Art; San Luis Obispo Museum of Art; The Autry Museum; and Lancaster MOAH/Cedar.

She lives and works in a canyon in the Santa Susana Mountains where the cycles of nature provide daily inspiration. 

Rebekah Vermeulen, Affiliate AZ

Art has been a significant part of my life for as long as I can remember. As a child, the act of creating held both an at-home feeling and an out-of-this-world feeling that wholly captivated me. And that captivation never faded. However, I didn’t have a serious passion for drawing or painting until after I had been diagnosed at eighteen years old with an autoimmune disease. It was during the following years while my health slowly improved that I began drawing simply as a means to occupy myself. But over time, I started to realize that I had a growing passion and desire to pursue art full-time.

In the spring of 2022, I graduated from the Milan Art Institute’s Mastery Program. My work is often a mixture of mediums and techniques, subjects and themes, but always rooted in what I find beautiful and what my heart leaps at. I’m deeply inspired by nature and everyday miracles and strive to always be intentional about looking for the beauty within the ordinary.




Victoria Hanks, Affiliate

Victoria Hanks studied painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking at New York University and Brooklyn College, earned a BFA at Montclair State University and an MFA at the University of Hartford. A practicing studio painter, she studied and painted in Italy and in residencies in New England and upstate New York.  She has exhibited nationally and internationally.  Hanks has also written critical pieces for New York Arts Magazine and other arts periodicals and has taught studio and lecture classes at Montclair State University, Brookdale Community College and Monmouth University.

In addition, Hanks has created various site-specific installations in Venice, Italy (outdoor paper sculpture), New York, NY (Amos Eno Gallery wall painting), Newark, NJ (Newark National Building wall painting), Montclair, NJ (Montclair State University Cali building stairwell mural), Long Branch, NJ (Shore Institute of Contemporary Art wall painting), Halsey Street, Newark, NJ (window installation).



2018 Mend Me, Too, The Creativity Caravan, Montclair, NJ

2013 The End, art629, Asbury Park, NJ

2009 Vessel, Solo Project, Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark, NJ

         The Beingness of Animals, Newark Arts Council/Rutgers University, Newark, NJ

2004 The Adventures of Suzy Creamcheez and Dr. ViaGreat, Soho20 Chelsea, New York, NY

2000 Whatsits, Amos Eno Gallery, New York, NY

1999 the thingness of the thing, Amos Eno Gallery, NYC

1996 Recent Work, Zuzuˆs Gallery, Hartford, CT.

1996 Stations and Satellites, Taub Gallery, W. Hartford, CT.

1991 New Paintings, Fine Art Center, Passaic, NJ

1989 Fertile Imaginings, Fine Art Center, Passaic, NJ



2022    The Hillyer Gallery, Washington, DC, Invasion

            Studio Gallery, Washington, DC, My Muse

Washington Sculpture Group, Center for Hellenic Studies/Harvard University, Washington, DC, Images Show

2021    Maryland State Arts Council, Baltimore, MD, IDENTITY Online Winter Show

2020    The Art League, Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA, Patron’s Show

            Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA, A Light in the Darkness

            Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD, Mid Fall Madness

            Circle Gallery (online exhibition), Annapolis, MD, Money, Money, Money

            Towson Arts Collective, Towson, MD, Holiday Show

2019   Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ, New Jersey Crafts Annual:  New Directions in Fiber Art

            Jersey City Arts Council, Jersey City, NJ, 14C Art Fair

2018   Atelier Rosal, Rahway, NJ, Op Ed

Shenandoah Museum of Contemporary Art, Strasburg, VA, The Strasburg Biennial

Studio Montclair, Montclair, NJ, hankifers Window Installation

2017   Valley Arts Community Gallery, Orange, NJ, First Annual Members Show

2016   Firehouse Gallery, Orange, NJ, POL!T!CO:  Money and Effect

2013   National Museum of Animals & Society, Los Angeles, CA, UnCooped: Deconstructing the Domesticated Chicken

2011 Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ Art Reaction Benefit

2010 Keydar Art Studio, Newark, NJ White Christmas

2009 City Without Walls, Newark, NJ Metro 26

         Silpe Gallery, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, CT, Alumni 120 Show

         Index Art Center, Newark, NJ, X-RAY VISION

2008 Shore Institute of Contemporary Art, Long Branch, NJ, The Benny Show

         Transcultural Exchange, St Pancras Railway Station, London, 2008 London Biennial

         The Silpe Gallery, Hartford Art School, W. Hartford, CT, Size is Relative

         Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark, NJ, Boson Exotic

2007 The George Segal Gallery, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, Discoveries

Protest Space, New York, NY, Time’s Up

         Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ, Singularity in the Communal Tide

         Art Gotham, New York, NY, Square Foot Show

         Downtown Association, New York, NY, The Skyline Show

         Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark, NJ, Sanctuary

2006 Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark, NJ, Bridge Art Fair, Miami ’06.

         Joseloff Gallery, Hartford Art School, W. Hartford, CT., Alumni Small Works Exhibition

         Newark National Building, Newark, NJ, Newark Between Us

         Art Gotham, NYC, The Skyline Show

2005 1 Washington Place, Newark, NJ, Facing Newark

        473 Broadway Gallery, NYC, The 7 Deadly Sins

2004 Transcultural Exchange, THE TILE PROJECT, International traveling exhibition

        Soho20 Chelsea, NYC, Room 605

        Brent Sikkema Gallery, NYV, Visual Aids Benefit

        Stedman Gallery, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ, NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowship


        Seton Hall University, School of Law, Newark, NJ, with CWW, Living in an Immaterial World

        Downtown Arts Club, The Knitting Factory, NYC, ART BART

2003 Soho20 Chelsea, NYC, Small Works Invitational

         473 Broadway Gallery, NYC, Drawing Conclusions

         ENMU-R, Roswell, NM, The Regular Paper Show

         Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC, DogDays of Summer

         Southeast Museum, Brewster, NY, The Brewster Project

2002 Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ, Benefit Art Raffle 2002

         The Fuller Museum, Brockton, MA, Transcultural Exchange

         Rockland Center for the Arts, W. Nyack, NY, 9 Choose 9

2001 Greely Square Gallery, New York, NY, Emerging American Artists

         Arlington Art Center, Arlington, MA, Construction Show

         Museum of New Art, Detroit, MI, DOCUMENTA

         Museum of New Art, Detroit, MI, MONA Art Auction

         Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH, The Art is in the Mail(ing)

2000 TransHudson Gallery, New York, NY, Nomads Forever

         Visual Arts Gallery, Lincroft, NJ, EXIT 109

1999 Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, MSU China Faculty

         Exhibition Exchange Transcultural Exchange, Korea, Nomads

1998 Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ, Faculty Show

         Amos Eno Gallery, New York, NY, Nothing Serious

         Artistˆs Space, New York, NY Night of 1,000 Drawings

         Organization of Independent Artists, New York, NY Wall to Wall

         Trans Hudson Gallery, New York, NY No Boundaries

         Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY Annual Salon Show

         City Without Walls, Newark, NJ For the Sake of Beauty

         Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo, New York, NY Annual Venice Show

         Amos Eno Gallery, New York, NY Some Artists

1997 Artistˆs Space, New York, NY Night of 1,000 Drawings

         Amos Eno Gallery, New York, NY Nothing Serious

         Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo, New York, NY Annual Venice Show

         Monmouth University Gallery, W. Long Branch, NJ Faculty Show

1996 Rosenberg Gallery, New York, NY Captured Space

         Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York, NY Lines of Descent

         Artwell Gallery, Torrington, Ct, WORD

1995 IUAV, Venice, Italy, site specific installation, Manipulated Space

         IUAV, Venice, Italy, Works in Progress

         Untitled #130 Ltd. Gallery, Wayne, NY, Quiet, Flowing and Juicy

         Organization of Independent Artists, New York, NY Salon Show2

         Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY Montclair in Manhattan

1993 City Without Walls, Newark, NJ New Members Show

         Organization of Independent Artists, New York, Salon Show

1992 Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY Montclair in Manhattan

         Blackwell Street Center for the Arts, Dover, NJ Doors and Windows



2022 Protect Habitat, Save the World, Washington, DC

         Fiber Options 2022, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD, Honorable Mention    

2021 Orange Reclaimed, i19 Gallery, West Orange, NJ

2020 Strokes of Genius, Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD

         The Endangered, Can Art Save Them? Art Impact International, Inc., Washington, DC

2017 11th Annual Passion Through Art, Atlantic Health System Simon Gallery, Morristown, NJ

2017 Incarceration, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA

2017 Emerging Artists 2017, Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY

2015 Fourth Annual Art Show, NJ Law Center, New Brunswick, NJ

2012 Annual Juried Art Competition South Arkansas Art Center, El Dorado, AK

        Metro Show, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ

2004 Metro Show, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ

2003 Marks, Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA

1998 10th Annual National Art Competition, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO

        International Juried Show, NJ Center for the Visual Arts, Summit, NJ

        19th Annual Juried Show, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ

1997 Annual Womenˆs Works Exhibit, Old Court House Arts Center, Woodstock, IL

1996 Paper, Art and the Book, Center for Book Arts, New York, NY

        Annual Goldfarb Exhibition, Joseloff Gallery, W. Hartford, Ct.

       Connecticut Women Artists Show, The John Ely Slade House, New Haven, CT




2021 Ms. Ann Cole, Annapolis, MD

         Ms. Joann Vaughan, Annapolis, MD

2020 Ms. Nancy Collins, Alexandria, VA

         Ms. Shelby Claire de Lune, Alexandria, VA

         Ms. Lisa Taylor, Pasadena, MD

         Ms. Anne Rossilli, Bethesda, MD

2019, Anonymous, Montclair, NJ

2009 Mr. Ben Goldman, Newark, NJ

2006 Mr. Jack Baldwin LeClair, Franklin, NJ

2004 Ms. Illene Sunshine, New York, NY

2003 Ms. Danielle Arrecas, Tinton Falls, NJ

         Ms. Lise Alcala, Cardiff by the Sea, CA

         Catholic Charities Community Services, Bronx, NY

2002 Mr. Patrick Wornock, Brooklyn, NY

2001 Ms. Jane Harris, Brooklyn, NY

2000 Mr. Harsha Reddy, NYC

1999 Mr. Tony Zaza, Hoboken, New Jersey

1998 Mr. Michael Neuhaus, New Jersey

1997 Mr. T. Winn, NYC

         Mr. Peter Strounitsos, NYC

         Ms. Nicci Havekost, New Mexico

1996 Ms. Shandry Castelow, Tennessee

         Mr. Douglas Ferrari, New Jersey

1994 Montclair State University, NJ

         Mr. David Gray, NJ

1992 Mr. Kevin Lennox, Maryland

         Mr. Thomas Myers, NJ

1989 Mr. & Mrs. Bob Poda, NYC

         Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Vanslembrouck, Belgium

         Ms. Christine Rhodes, England



2019 The Glen Ridge Paper, Interview: Local Artist Has Two Works in MAM by Daniel Jackovino

2012 Artery NYC, Interview:  Inside the Mosh Pit with Vicky Allen Hanks by Tony Zaza

NYU Venice 1974-2011, Artists & Angiola Churchill published by NYU Steinhardt

2009 Star-Ledger, Newark in the Frame, reported by John Zeaman

2006 Jersey Journal, Behind the Seens, reported by Cotton Delo

2004 Cream Cycles/The Adventures of Suzy Creamcheez, etc., catalog essay by Tony Zaza

1998 Artnet Magazine, New York Reviews, No Boundaries, A Global Selection of NYU Artists, Trans       Hudson Gallery, reviewed by Meredith Mendelsohn



2015 Fellowship, Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony, Austerlitz, NY

2002 Fellowship, New Jersey State Council of the Arts, Trenton, NJ

1997 Angel Award at the Vermont Studio Center via Monmouth University, W. Long Branch, NJ

1996 Graduate Award, Joseloff Gallery, Annual Goldfarb Exhibition, W. Hartford, Ct.



2008 Curator, The Benny Show, SICA, Long Branch, NJ

2004 Curator, 7 Deadly Sins show, 473 Broadway Gallery, NYC

1998-99 Freelance writer, NYArts Magazine, New York, NY

1997-99 Adjunct Faculty, Drawing I, Intro to the Visual Arts, Painting I, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ

Adjunct, Art Appreciation, History of Art, Ancient to Medieval, History of Art,

Renaissance to Modern, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ

Adjunct, Art Appreciation, Monmouth University, W. Long Branch, NJ

1998 Panelist, Artists Talk on Art, Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY, What Makes a Coop Gallery Successful

1997 Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

1996 Internship, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT



1996 University of Hartford, Hartford Art School, W. Hartford, CT, MFA

1995 New York University, Venice, Italy, Graduate studies

1995 Brooklyn College of CUNY, Brooklyn, NY, Graduate studies

1994 Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, BFA, Summa Cum Laude

Elizabeth Matthews A&M1

Elizabeth Matthews is an oil painter working in the New Romanticism style using dramatic landscape as a metaphor and setting to confront challenging life experiences. Matthews lives and works in the Washington, DC metro area with a studio in Bethesda, MD. She was born in Salt Lake City and taught art in the Utah school system for ten years. Her education includes an M.Ed. in teaching and learning from Utah State University; and a BFA from Brigham Young University in painting and drawing; a K-12 teaching certification and a gifted and talented endorsement. 

Her work is currently included in the Potomac River Life exhibit at the Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA. She has work in the respected art collection of Salt Lake Community College and her work has recently been recognized with two honorable mention awards at The Art League Gallery in Alexandria, VA (2022); “Painting of  Exceptional Merit” artist award from Rehoboth Art League (2022 & 2021); and an FY21 EMGRR artist award from Arts Fairfax (2020). Other distinctions include solo exhibits at Bountiful Davis Art Center (2020) and Finch Lane Gallery (2019); and painting awards at Utah Valley University’s Woodbury Gallery (2020) and the Springville Museum of Art (2017).

Damien Carter A&M1

I am a wedding and lifestyle photographer serving clients in the Washington DC area. I love to capture special moments for clients and I strive to leave you with lasting memories that truly capture the essence of YOU. I have photographed families and portraits since 2010 and I began to shoot weddings in 2013.

Once I got that wedding bug I couldn’t let it go. Being a part of milestones in your life and being able to preserve them for you is an honor and a privilege for me. When you choose me as your photographer 2 things I can guarantee and that is my eye for storytelling and timeless images.

Inge Burman A&M1

Originally from Pretoria, South Africa, I lived and worked in Cape Town from 1995-2022. I recently relocated to Maryland and have joined Artists & Makers Studios.

I hold a BA Visual Arts (2010) and an associate’s degree in journalism. Additionally, I have pursued continuing education and training, including mentorship, community arts facilitation and volunteering.

My work has encompassed oils, acrylics and watercolors, pastels, ceramic sculpture, linocut printing and collage, and often incorporated embroidery and knitting. My thematic/conceptual interests concern the complexities of the human condition and the role of duality in our social and psychological worlds.

I have participated in several group exhibitions over the years including at Beit Berl, Israel (1982), the Natal Society of Arts, the AVA and Ruth Prowse Art School (1990’s), the Innovative Threads Exhibition at Artspace Durban (2007), and the ‘Mi’Story Exhibition at the Jean Welz Gallery in Worcester. In 2012 my work, ‘Hestia’s Lament’ was a finalist in the prestigious Vuleka competition, in 2013 ‘Emancipation 11’ appeared in the Sasol New Signatures finals. In 2014 I had two works, ’Urban Palimpsest’ and ‘Mirage’ in the finals of the Vuleka competition and in 2015 I won first place with ‘Undergrowth’. Most recently, my work appeared in “Paper” at Glen Carlou gallery in 2021 and Edg Gallery – an online exhibition in 2020 at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rosalind A. Manahan – Bezaworx A&M AZ

Rosalind, or Joy to many, has always been an enthusiast of design-related art, mainly architecture, interior design, graphic design, packaging, and other commercial art, even as a child. As a 6-year old, she created her own envelopes using magazine ads and made her own stickers and stationery set.  She worked tirelessly on her school posters, making sure they grabbed attention. In high school, she enjoyed creating stencils by hand for a t-shirt project. She found the packaging art and materials interesting and was fascinated with structures that had a uniquely impressive interior or exterior.

While working as a designer and later as an art director at a print and packaging company in California, Rosalind was able to lead several design projects and develop websites for notable local companies. In 2010, she (with her husband Manuel) founded Bezaworx LLC, a graphic design company that assists small businesses and organizations with their branding, printing, and marketing needs. A few years later, two other services were added – garment decoration and promotional products distribution, both born out of several requests from friends and clients.

Rosalind has extensive experience in print design and marketing in a deadline-driven and budget-conscious setting. She loves the creative and problem-solving nature involved in the fast-paced branding and promotional industry. There’s gratification in being able to produce or provide the client’s items in a timely manner and in the most affordable way.

Rosalind holds a B.S. Degree in Architecture from Saint Louis University, Philippines. She remembers being totally immersed in Industrial/Graphic Design, one of the subjects covered in the course wherein she had to design toys, packages, and brochures from scratch by hand without any digital files. After graduating and passing the board exam, she worked as a drafter and junior architect for a few short years in Baguio City, her hometown. She feels blessed that she was able to raise and stay with her 2 boys, now teenagers, while slowly building her small business.

Our website is:
IG: @bezaworx

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.


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.

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.

Sandra Pérez-Ramos A&M1, Gallery 209

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

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


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Colleen Darkow A&M1

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

Sara Hitchcock A&M1

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

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


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


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

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

Recent Exhibits:

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

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

Art Space Collective Past Members Invitational exhibit, 2016.

Recent Awards/ Contests:

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

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

Champion Ribbon for Felted Basket – August 2021

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

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

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

Champion Ribbon for a Pysanky Dyed Egg 2015

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


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

Member of the NEFG 2020 to present

Member of Potomac Fiber Arts Guild, 2008

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

Continued Education/Classes:

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

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

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

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


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