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May 2019 in the Galleries

Artists & Makers Studios 1 and 2 Host Must-See Exhibits for the Month of May

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive and Wilkins Avenue in Rockville are hosting five gorgeous exhibits at both studio centers for the month of May. Five exhibits will open for First Friday festivities between 6pm and 9pm on May 3rd and will showcase artists open studios for browsing, along with additional studio group exhibits.

“Modern Botanicals” with Lesley Riley
“In the Moment: Recent Work by Cathy Abramson”

“WTF Gurlz” Mimi Frank, Kate Kretz, Betsy Packard, Angela White
Opening Reception
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday, May 3rd, 2019
Artists & Makers Studios 1
11810 Parklawn Dr., Suite 210
Rockville, MD 20852

“Watercolor: A New Direction” with David Daniels
“What Color is Your DNA?” with Nana Bagdavadze
Opening Reception
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday, May 3rd, 2019
Artists & Makers Studios 2
12276 Wilkins Avenue
Rockville, MD 20852

David Daniels Gallery Talk on May 25th at 11am – Wilkins

Visit A&M1 and tour the three main gallery exhibits for the month of May, and open studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville and enjoy Theremin music with Arthur Harrison. Additionally, A&M2 is proud to present two gallery exhibits along with more resident artists’ work in the open studios, exhibits by Gallery 209 and The Montgomery County Camera Club will present a solo exhibition by member Anthony Williams, all just 9/10’s of a mile from the flagship location on Parklawn.

These exhibits at both locations open Friday, May 3rd, and continue through Wednesday, May 29th, 2019.  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 now home to 66 resident artists. Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville is a 23,000 sq. ft. facility with 95 resident artists and more to come. 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. 

“Modern Botanicals” with Lesley Riley
Her work with leaves began three years ago when she moved from the city to a mountain forest. Her eyes and heart were opened to a new, deeper and more meaningful form of creative expression. In her surroundings, inspiration literally falls at her feet. Riley combines the 150-year-old cyanotype process with a little water (wet cyanotype) and modern digital technology to enhance and be witness to the inherent beauty of leaves.

“In the Moment: Recent Work by Cathy Abramson”
This recent body of work continues to tell stories but is more attuned to painterly qualities, revealing people and objects through light, color and brushstroke. “A single moment in time” comes to mind when one views her work, as each image appears to freeze-frame a whir of urban activity or a quiet moment in the landscape and offers the viewer a chance to reflect on that moment’s juxtaposition with and application to other locations, cultures, and actions. Like photography, she deals with events and moments that vanish but unlike photography she can paint a memory.

“WTF Gurlz” Group Exhibit with Mimi Frank, Kate Kretz, Betsy Packard, Angela White
While the ‘WTF Gurlz’ pursue individual responses to finding meaning (in life, politics, religion, culture, and art), we also share a unified desire to try and collectively understand what’s going on in our world. And why. We pursue these questions through strong and diverse artistic work. But we also pursue these questions as a group, through meetings, conversations, and through the community of strong women artists that we are building together.

“Watercolor: A New Direction” with David Daniels (Additional Gallery Talk, May 25th at 11am – Wilkins)
David Daniels art lies directly in the three-way intersection of his biology degree, his art degree and his love of nature. Those three elements have equally shaped Daniels’ life and art. He finds watercolor surprisingly versatile, which feeds into his drive to experiment with various materials and methods. Borrowing from batik, Daniels’ uses a masking agent and multiple washes to achieve a range of effects, from delicate to bold. It is an ever-present challenge to push the limits of watercolor by using innovative techniques; all the while, preserving the natural beauty of the medium. Each painting in this exhibit is a delicate dance between his desire to bring harmony and beauty to the viewer, and an exploration of new directions.

“What Color is Your DNA?” with Nana Bagdavadze
By successfully donating bone marrow to her sister, Bagdavadze developed fascination towards genetics and began to visualize DNA. In her work, the iconic Double Helix represents a symbol of life, rebirth and healing. We are made of this organic living language and share 99.9%. This series of paintings titled; “What Color Is Your DNA?”, represent the connectedness of everything and celebrates what we have in common with each other and the universe. Captivated by the rhythm and complexity of its form, in the Double Helix ladder the artist sees the dance between art and science. Throughout history, each has borrowed knowledge from the other and each uses the other to understand and express itself.

Exhibit Details for all Five Shows May 2019

Press Release

April 2019 in the Galleries

Artists & Makers Studios 1 and 2 Celebrate the Coming of Spring with Five Exhibits and Open Studio Weekend

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive and Wilkins Avenue in Rockville are ushering in Spring with five exhibits at both studio centers. Five exhibits will open for First Friday festivities between 6pm and 9pm on April 5th and will showcase artists open studios for browsing and again for the Open Studio Weekend following on April 6th and 7th from 12-5pm.

“Splotch Monsters” with Steve Loya
“Branching Out – Works on Paper”
with Ronni Jolles
“Lions Tigers & Bears” the paintings and drawings of Kathy Moore Wilson
and Spring Open Studio Weekend
Opening Reception
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday, April 5th, 2019
Artists & Makers Studios 1
11810 Parklawn Dr., Suite 210
Rockville, MD 20852

“An Exploration of Proxemics” with printmaker Matthew T. McLaughlin
“Land Portraits: a soulful journey” with Leslie M. Kraff and Cecelia M. Laurendeau
and Spring Open Studio Weekend
Opening Reception
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday, April 5th, 2019
Artists & Makers Studios 2
12276 Wilkins Avenue
Rockville, MD 20852

Enjoy celebratory food and drink at A&M1 and tour the 3 main galleries and open studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville and enjoy Theremin Music with Arthur Harrison. Additionally, A&M2 is proud to present wine and light refreshments along with more resident artists’ work in the galleries and studios, exhibits by Gallery 209 and the Montgomery County Camera Club’s exhibit “Black, White and Monochrome”, all just 9/10’s of a mile from the flagship location on Parklawn.

These exhibits at both locations open Friday, April 5th, and continue through Wednesday, April 24th, 2019.  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 now home to 66 resident artists. Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville is a 23,000 sq. ft. facility with 95 resident artists and more to come. 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 2019

April 2019 Exhibit Details

Spring Open Studio Press Release

March 2019 in the Galleries at Parklawn & Wilkins

Artists & Makers Studios 1 and 2
Present a Grand Fourth Anniversary Celebration at Two Locations Featuring the Work of Resident Artists in Five Galleries

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive and Wilkins Avenue in Rockville are proud to mark the organization’s fourth anniversary at two locations with “at 4(four)” featuring the artwork of more than 150 resident and affiliate artists in the studios, galleries, and halls of both studio centers. A five-gallery exhibit will open for First Friday festivities between 6pm and 9pm on March 1st, and will showcase artists open studios for browsing as well.

“at 4(four)”
A Grand Fourth Anniversary Celebration

Opening Reception
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday, March 1st, 2019

Artists & Makers Studios 1
11810 Parklawn Dr., Suite 210
Rockville, MD 20852
and
Artists & Makers Studios 2
12276 Wilkins Avenue
Rockville, MD 20852

Enjoy celebratory food and drink at A&M1 and tour the 3 main galleries and open studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville and enjoy Theremin Music with Arthur Harrison. Additionally A&M2 is proud to present wine and light refreshments along with more resident artists’ work in the galleries and studios, exhibits by Gallery 209 and the Montgomery County Camera Club, all just 9/10’s of a mile from the flagship location on Parklawn.

These exhibits at both locations open Friday, March 1st, and continue through Wednesday, March 27th, 2019.  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 now home to 66 resident artists. Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville is a 23,000 sq. ft. facility with 95 resident artists and more to come. 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 2019

Work by John Dennis Murphey “Roma”

Open Studio Weekends 2019

Open Studio Weekends 2019

APRIL 6 & 7, 12-5 pm
NOVEMBER 2 & 3, 12-5 pm

154+ resident artists working in a wide variety of practices including:
jewelry • glass • fiber • painting • pottery 
• pastel • sculpture • drawing • encaustic • screen printing 
• and more!

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

Artists & Makers Studios 2
12276 Wilkins Avenue
Rockville, MD 20852

Spring Open Studio Press Release

February 2019 in the Galleries

Opening Reception
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday, February 1st, 2019

“Something Old & Something New” with Russell Simmons
“Baba Yaga’s Garden”
with Therese Brown
“Canvas & Silk”
with Phyllis Gordon
Artists & Makers Studios 1
11810 Parklawn Drive, Suite 210
Rockville, MD 20852

“Fiber as Form, Form as Fiber” with the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild
Artists & Makers Studios 2
12276 Wilkins Avenue
Rockville, MD 20852

These exhibits at both locations open Friday, February 1st, and continue through Wednesday, February 20th, 2019.  Viewing hours coincide with office hours and 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 now home to 66 resident artists. Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville is a 23,000 sq. ft. facility with 95 resident artists and more to come. 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 & Makers Studios 1 and 2 Present Four Stunning Exhibits at Two Locations for the Month of February along with Resident Artists’ Open Studios to Browse

Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive and Wilkins Avenue in Rockville are featuring four new exhibits for the month of February at two locations. A&M1 Parklawn will host solo exhibits for artists Russell Simmons with Something Old & Something New – examining a career of more than 45 years with work that is kinetic and grounded in the elements of lines and colors of the African diaspora – unexpected patterns, images, shapes, texture, and collage; Therese Brown’s Baba Yaga’s Garden – a series of wet cyanotype prints on watercolor paper, and lumen prints on Ilford photographic paper. The garden is muse and mentor. Also at Parklawn, Phyllis Gordon’s solo exhibit Canvas & Silk – brings inspiring views, beautiful flowers, and intimate compositions that capture the moment in paintings and elegant hand painted scarves. A pair of flutists will perform, and enjoy Theremin music throughout the evening by Arthur Harrison in the artist hall.

At Wilkins marvel at the work of the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild – Fiber as Form, Form as Fiber – from wall art and quilting to weaving and free-form crochet, there is something for everyone by these talented artists, as well as the Montgomery County Camera Club’s member exhibition, and a new exhibit by the member artists of Gallery 209.  With free parking at both locations and the best parties in town, join the crowd for a memorable evening.   These exhibits will open First Friday festivities between 6-9pm on February 1st, and artists’ studios will be open for browsing at both locations.

February 2019 Press Release

Feb 2019 Exhibition Details

January 2019 in the Galleries

Artists & Makers Studios 1 and 2 Present Five Uplifting Exhibits at Two Locations for the Month of January along with Resident Artists’ Open Studios to Browse

Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive and Wilkins Avenue in Rockville are featuring five new exhibits for the month of January at two locations. A&M1 Parklawn will host solo exhibits for artists Wayson R. Jones with Elementals – considering the landscape through thickly textured paintings, Sharon Fox-Mould’s Angels and Abstracts – informed by her Jamaican roots, and Maduka Francis Uduh’s At Peace, At Home – sculptures inspired by his native Nigeria. At Wilkins enjoy the work of Jamie Downs – Searching for Oneness: 50 Years of Spiritual Art, and the photography of Howard Clark in For Love of Landscape.  These five exhibits will open First Friday festivities between 6-9pm on January 4th, and artists’ studios will be open for browsing at both locations.

Opening Reception
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday, January 4th, 2019

“Elementals” with Wayson R. Jones
“Angels and Abstracts”
with Sharon Fox-Mould
“At Peace, At Home”
with Maduka Francis Uduh
Artists & Makers Studios 1
11810 Parklawn Drive, Suite 210
Rockville, MD 20852

“Searching for Oneness: 50 Years of Spiritual Art” with Jamie Downs
“For Love of Landscape”
with Howard Clark
Artists & Makers Studios 2
12276 Wilkins Avenue
Rockville, MD 20852

Artists & Makers Studios 1 on Parklawn hosts “Elemental” – Wayson R. Jones considers landscape, not pictorially, but as an embodiment of process: geologic, meteorological, and cosmologic. Concerned with primal forces and masses that underlie the built world we often take for granted – these thickly textured pieces have a sculptural, weighty presence that at times recalls rock, snow and ice, or dried-up waterways. “Angels and Abstracts” features the colorful combined series of Sharon Fox-Mould. The sculptures of Nigerian artist Maduka Francis Uduh in “At Peace, At Home” began 30 years ago, inspired by his environment as he created pieces influenced by the culture, landscape, and the socioeconomic uncertainties of his country. In a new chapter of his life, he finds himself on a new journey of creativity. 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 “Searching for Oneness: 50 Years of Spiritual Art.” Jamie Downs has worked in mixed media non-objective painting for over 50 years exploring themes of oneness and transcendence, searching for her own personal archetypes. “For Love of Landscape” features the photographs of Howard Clark and reveals the hidden treasures in our neighborhoods, local parks, our National and State parks. The Montgomery County Camera Club hosts a group exhibition titled “The Winner’s Circle”, along with a new exhibit by the member artists in Gallery 209 and resident artists’ open studios – 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, January 4th, and continue through Wednesday, January 23nd, 2019.  Viewing hours coincide with office hours and 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 now home to 66 resident artists. Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville is a 23,000 sq. ft. facility with 95 resident artists and more to come. 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.

January 2019 Press Release

January 2019 Exhibit Details

Studios…Get Your Studios!

Artists & Makers Studios Parklawn and Wilkins maintain 36,000 sq. ft. of studio space at two locations after opening full and on wait list in March of 2015 at Parklawn! We now host more than 150 artists in two locations with dedicated classroom and workshop space for teaching artists, along with five galleries. Tour today for available studios, or get on our wait list for your dream studio.

 

 

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.

A&M1

“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

A&M2

“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

A&M is the 2018 Editors’ Pick, Best Place to Experience Art in BEST OF Bethesda Magazine

Artists & Makers Studios is the
“Best Place to Experience Art”
according to the editor
s of the 2018 issue of
BEST OF BETHESDA MAGAZINE, JAN/FEB 2018

 

Featuring the studio of Kristina Penhoet
Featuring the Compass Atelier with Glen Kessler and students
 Featuring Christine Cardellino (Torpedo Factory Artist) and her solo exhibit at A&M

“Want to try your hand at painting, glassmaking or even belly dancing? Artists & Makers Studios has offerings in everything from smartphone photography to doll-making and provides an outlet for all kinds of creative pursuits for beginners through professional artists……..”

Editor’s Pick PDF here

 

And Best Bets in the same issue of BEST OF BETHESDA MAGAZINE
Featuring the work of David Amoroso
and mentions for
Marily Mojica
&
Sergio and Claudia Olivos

“Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was known for her intense self-portraits, but an exhibitionat Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville shows how four local artists depict the famous painter, feminist and political activist. The Mexican holiday Day of the Dead is another common theme among the paintings and mixed-media artwork by David Amoroso, Marily Mojica and Sergio and Claudia Olivos on display in the exhibition Frida and the Day of the Dead……”

 

Best Bets PDF here

2019 Monthly First Friday Gallery & Open Studio Events

Come and see gorgeous gallery exhibits at two locations (just 9/10’s of a mile apart in Rockville) each month, and enjoy resident artists’ open studios, demos, entertainment, wine and light refreshments. We throw the best parties in town!! Events are typically First Friday unless a major holiday pushes them to Second Friday.

Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville is a 13,000 sq. ft. facility with 65 resident artists. Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville is a 23,000 sq. ft. facility with 73 resident artists. 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.

2019
Jan 4th
Feb 1st
Mar 1st
Apr 5th (Open Studio Weekend April 6th and 7th, 12-5pm)
May 3rd
June 7th
July 5th
Aug 2nd
Sept 6th
Oct 4th
Nov 1st (Open Studio Weekend November 2nd and 3rd, 12-5pm)
Dec 6th