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December 2018 in the Galleries at A&M 1 and 2

Artists & Makers Studios 1 and 2 Present
Five Exhibits in Six Galleries at Two Locations
for the Month of December

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive and Wilkins Avenue in Rockville are featuring four exhibits at two locations with A&M1 Parklawn hosting a solo for artist Liz Lescault – Chimerical, Selected works of Robert Yi, and Inspired by Frida curated by David Amoroso featuring juried artists along with David’s Fridas at both Rockville locations. At Wilkins enjoy a dual exhibit Places to Wander: Paintings by Ken Bachman and Tom Semmes – graduates of the Compass Atelier in the main gallery, and an additional merge gallery filled with more Inspired by Frida. These four exhibits will open First Friday festivities between 6-9pm on December 7th and a holiday market will round out festivities at both locations with Frida-themed art and merchandise on December 7th, 6-9pm and on December 22nd, 10-4pm at both locations.


“Chimerical” with Liz Lescault 
“Robert Yi: Selected Works”
“Inspired by Frida” curated by David Amoroso with juried artists
Opening Reception
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday, December 7th, 2018
Artists & Makers Studios 1
11810 Parklawn Dr., Suite 210
Rockville, MD 20852


“Places to Wander: Paintings by Ken Bachman and Tom Semmes” 
“Inspired by Frida” curated by David Amoroso with juried artists
“Abstracts/Monument” Photographs by David Paynter
Opening Reception
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday, December 7th, 2018
Artists & Makers Studios 2
12276 Wilkins Avenue
Rockville, MD 20852

Artists & Makers Studios 1 on Parklawn hosts “Chimerical” Lescault’s biomorphic sculptures evoke beings that exist only in her mind’s eye. Her sculptures combine elements from all forms and stages of life, active and inert, living and dead, combining attributes and impressions into new visions. “Robert Yi: Selected Works” presents the early works of Robert Yi juxtaposed by current paintings that explore masks, patterns, and symbolism in transition. “Inspired by Frida” curated by David Amoroso features his award-winning works and those of juried artists, along with a Frida-themed market. Theremin music throughout the evening by Arthur Harrison in the artist hall as well as resident artists’ open studios will add to the experience.

Additionally, A&M2 on Wilkins is proud to present a dual exhibit “Places to Wander: Paintings by Ken Bachman and Tom Semmes” featuring landscape paintings from locations near and far by these Compass Atelier graduates. “Inspired by Frida” continues in the merge gallery with accompanying market place of Frida-themed goods. The Montgomery County Camera Club is showcasing club member, David Paynter in his very first solo photography exhibition titled “Abstracts/Monument”, along with a new exhibit by the member artists in Gallery 209 and resident artists’ open studios will be on display – all just 9/10’s of a mile from the flagship location on Parklawn with free parking at both locations and the best parties in town. 

These exhibits at both locations open Friday, December 7th, and continue through Saturday, December 22nd, 2018. Viewing hours coincide with office hours and are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Tuesday-Saturday, and Sundays/Mondays by chance or appointment.

December Press Release

December 2018 Exhibit Details

Karen Lantner A&M1

I did some painting in high school, but then didn’t have much time for art for a long while. School, then marriage, job, raising two sons, directing a dance troupe – all filled up my days, and then some! I took early retirement from my high-stress job (managing very large software development projects) when my husband accepted a tour with the Foreign Service to Niger, in West Africa. Niger has got to be the most exotic place on earth, and it was during our three years there that I discovered a love of photography. Our next tour was to Viet Nam. An Italian friend of mine encouraged me to go with her to the Hanoi Fine Arts University to study traditional Vietnamese lacquer painting. I loved it, but after three years I came back to the states to discover no opportunity to do lacquer painting. So I chose a painting class at random  – “Painting Through the Lens” taught by Glen Kessler. Now, eight years later, I am in year 2 of the 3-year Master Artist Program at The Compass Atelier. My art journey continues to unfold.


Heather Brugger A&M1


I have spent years on the border between life and death. Two of my children are designated Miracle Kids for Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. Although unrelated medical issues, both defied every prognosis and are thriving today. The pain of almost losing them changed my perspective on the world. These traumas and their related miracles are in my every brush stroke. Painting has helped me work through some of this darkness and embrace the silver linings of life.

I create large-scale abstract paintings that are composed of bright tones, or contrasting colors, complimented by a dense texture. My background in photography and ceramics help inform my practice. Deeply influenced by my environment, my eyes serve as a lens in synthesizing images. My roots in three-dimensional ceramics appear in the creation of my mediums. I initially engage natural elements – sand, grass, clay, and dirt – with recycled or found industrial materials to create rich textures. I then add gesso to my canvas, wood panel or board followed by the application of the raw materials with spatulas and knives. Five to eight layers of underpainting are then applied to create a thick undulating surface. More paint is then added.

My inspiration often comes from a restless night’s sleep: the colors, shapes and movement float as I emerge into consciousness. Such elements contribute to my style – loose but connected – and are recognizable throughout my body of work. I also enjoy playing with the contradiction of opposites and know how to manipulate value, tone, and composition to this affect. I see the world in a constant state of such dichotomies – turmoil and beauty, peace and peril, harmony and disaster – which is reflected in my work.

Due to my children’s’ medical experiences, I walk through life with an altered perspective. I try to approach all things in my life with love, kindness, and appreciation and infuse such values in my art. I like for my work to feel ethereal yet have a subtle dark component. My artistic intent is to create a feeling of a memory as opposed to a memory of a specific place. I hope such sentiment shifts the way in which people see themselves and the world – beautifully flawed and impossibly kind.


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