June 2024 in the Galleries with Hampton R. Olfus, Jr.

Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville Presents
“Travels and Techniques”
the Odessey or Artist Journey of Hampton R. Olfus, Jr.

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville is thrilled to host Hampton R. Olfus, Jr. for the month of June. The exhibit runs from June 5th through June 26th at Artists & Makers Studios, with an opening reception on Friday, June 7th, 5 – 8pm. “Travels & Techniques” samples works created between 2009 and 2023. In October 2008 artist Hampton R. Olfus, Jr. retired after working 33 years at the U.S. Postal Service, and began his journey as a full-time artist. Over the years, Hampton and his wife Susan Olfus, a dress maker and designer, traveled and enjoyed 7 years in Charleston, S.C. – eventually returning to the DMV. The viewer will experience some of the techniques and media Hampton used during his extended ongoing personal artistic travels – including inks, watercolors, collage, acrylic paints, and mixed media. Enjoy additional exhibits “Right Angles” with Resident Artists – on view in the Gallery Hall, along with nineteen Gallery 209 Member Artists exhibiting their latest work. Shop and support local working artists, makers, and professionals.

“Travels and Techniques” with Hampton R. Olfus, Jr.
“Right Angles with Resident Artists
The Artists of Gallery 209

Opening Reception
5:00pm – 8:00pm, Friday, June 7th, 2024

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

Meet the Artist – Saturday, June 8th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm


Viewing hours are 10:00am – 4:00pm, Monday-Saturday, and Sundays by chance or appointment. Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville, established in October of 2014 by artist and arts community builder Judith HeartSong, is a 13,000 sq. ft. facility is home to 87 artists, as well as student artists. Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley, AZ is a three-year-old jewel box location with talented Resident Artists, 3,575 sq ft of studios, galleries, and flex-classroom space. Construction is currently underway in San Gabriel, CA for Artists & Makers Studios’ third location, with construction set to begin shortly for the fourth location in North Hollywood, CA. 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 JUNE 2024 Parklawn Exhibits 052024


“TRAVELS AND TECHNIQUES “

The Odessey or Artist Journey of Hampton R. Olfus, Jr.

2009-2023

Artist Statement

In October 2008 artist Hampton R. Olfus, Jr. having worked 33 years at the U.S. Postal Service retired, and began his journey as a full-time artist. Over the years, Hampton and his wife Susan Olfus, a dress maker/designer, had in mind relocating to Negril, Jamaica, West Indies. Their plans were to have dual citizenship, and live 6 months out of the year in Jamaica. The couple was offered the position of managing an art gallery that carried and exhibited Hampton’s art. Their plans of relocating to Jamaica were changed by an unforeseen situation. The couple had traveled to Santa Fe a few years earlier, and decided it was not the right fit. While visiting Hampton’s sister, in Charleston, S.C. in 2008, they decided to relocate to Charleston. After settling into their new home, they were introduced and welcomed to Charleston by members of the Charleston artist community.

Hampton & Susan would make Charleston, their home for 7 years. During his time in Charleston, Hampton focused on working in a variety of mediums, while using a variety of techniques. Before long, Hampton had produced a large body of work. During this time, Hampton also developed lasting relationships within the Charleston artist community.

In April 2017, Hampton & Susan returned to the DMV to assist with their mother’s physical health challenges. Upon their arrival, they were welcomed to stay in Annapolis, Maryland at the home of a friend and art collector while house hunting. In September of 2017, they moved into their home/studio in St. Mary’s County, MD. Hampton continues with his artistic process of moving from one media, style, or technique to the next.

Within this exhibit are selected pieces from different series of work, created from 2009 – 2024. During this exhibit, the viewer will experience some of the techniques and media Hampton used during his “Odessey” (extended ongoing personal artistic travels) including inks, watercolors, collage, acrylic paints, and mixed media.

Hampton R. Olfus, Jr. is a member of Black Artists of D.C., and his art work is available for purchase at, Just Lookin Gallery, Hagerstown, Maryland, Kulture Gallery, Waldorf, Maryland, Anacostia Gallery & Boutique, Washington D.C., Framed Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio.

Online at, www.absolutearts.com/@holfus

www.artsy.com, www.fineartamerica.com./holfus

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May 2024 in the Galleries

Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville Hosts “Creative Convergence: Artists who met at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery” and a Book Signing of  “Art From Your Core” by Artist Kate Kretz

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville is thrilled to host a dynamic creative group for the Month of May. The exhibit runs from May 1st through May 29th at Artists & Makers Studios, with an opening reception on Friday, May 3rd, 5 – 8pm. “Creative Convergence” includes five artists who met during the last ten years in HorseSpirit Arts Gallery. Members April M. Rimpo, Allen Alexopulos, Nancy Lee Davis, Beverley Hunter, and Linda Trope will exhibit. Owner and curator Robin Holliday described her selection of artists as “talented, kind-hearted, local Artists that would evolve into a very special art community.” They say mission accomplished! The artists of HorseSpirit Arts Gallery became an extended family. Bonds grew that make them want to continue their relationship now that HorseSpirit Arts Gallery has closed. These artists hope their art continues to provide viewers with a sense of refuge and serenity, and gives them happiness each time they see it. A&M is thrilled to host Kate Kretz for a signing of her new book “Art From Your Core” during the First Friday event. Enjoy additional exhibits “The Secret Garden” with Resident Artists – on view in the Gallery Hall, along with nineteen Gallery 209 Member Artists exhibiting their latest work. Shop and support local working artists, makers, and professionals.


“Creative Convergence: Artists who met at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery”

Book Signing of “Art From Your Core” by Artist Kate Kretz
“The Secret Garden with Resident Artists
The Artists of Gallery 209

Opening Reception
5:00pm – 8:00pm, Friday, May 3rd, 2024

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

Meet the Artists – Saturday, May 18th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Viewing hours are 10:00am – 4:00pm, Monday-Saturday, and Sundays by chance or appointment.

Allen Alexopulos – Master Wood Turner

Allen has been creating custom woodturning art in his studio in Annapolis, Maryland since 2001. He strives to create unique turned objects from both domestic and exotic tree species.  His woodturning repertoire includes natural edged and formal vessels, lidded boxes with ornate finials, hollow forms, platters and sculpted forms.  Simple shapes combined with graceful curvatures amplify the beauty of his turnings.​

Nancy Lee Davis – Oil Painter

After years of environmental leadership on local, state and national levels, Nancy began a second career as a modern impressionist painter and art teacher.  Now she is attempting to save the landscape on canvas with oil paint and brushes.  She takes pleasure in knowing that collectors in many states and countries are enjoying her art.

Beverley Hunter

For Beverley, Mosaic Art is a culmination of her creative passions from a very early age, including portraiture, needlepoint, quilting, ceramics, incessant drawing, and adoration for color! Beverley uses many types of media in her mosaics, including glass, ceramics, beads, tiles, and unique found treasures.

April M. Rimpo

April Rimpo, a passionate artist who believes her subject matter chooses her, unveils a collection of landscapes, urban scenes, and everyday moments in her artwork. With an unwavering love for exploring the stories embedded in diverse places and events, Rimpo’s paintings capture the essence of life as their storyteller.

Linda Trope

Linda Trope has always been fascinated with modern dance and especially capturing the intensity and exuberance of the dancing figure. Her figures are anonymous, because she wants the viewer to concentrate on the essence, power and beauty of bodies in extended movement. Over the years, her work has increased in complexity, including fanciful landscape settings and complicated grid and repeat patterns.

Artists and Makers Studios Press Release May 2024 Parklawn Exhibits

April in the Galleries with Ellen Cornett

Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville Hosts “Once Upon a Time, Words and Pictures” with Ellen Cornett

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville is thrilled to host Ellen Cornett for the month of April. The exhibit runs from April 3rd through April 24th at Artists & Makers Studios, with an opening reception on Friday, April 5th, 5 – 8pm. Artists & Makers Studios presents Once Upon a Time, Words and Pictures, illustrations from recently published books by artist, Ellen Cornett. Cornett re-wrote these familiar stories, illustrating them in colored pencil and carbon pencil; Hush Little Baby, The House That Jack Built, The Fisherman and the Flounder and Stone Soup. In collaboration with Cornett, professional model and muse, Harry Edgel, posed for the human characters in the drawings. With his bottomless costume trunk and a dancer’s expressiveness, Edgel was instrumental in bringing the characters in Cornett’s illustrations to life. Enjoy additional exhibits “Earthbound” with Resident Artists – on view in the Gallery Hall, along with nineteen Gallery 209 Member Artists exhibiting their latest work. Shop and support local working artists, makers, and professionals.


“Once Upon a Time, Words and Pictures” with Ellen Cornett

“Earthbound with Resident Artists
The Artists of Gallery 209

Opening Reception
5:00pm – 8:00pm, Friday, April 5th, 2024

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

Meet the Muses Event – Saturday, April 13th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Viewing hours are 10:00am – 4:00pm, Monday-Saturday, and Sundays 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 87 artists, and 80 student artists. Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley, AZ is a three-year-old jewel box location with talented Resident Artists, 3,575 sq ft of studios, galleries, and flex-classroom space. Construction is currently underway in San Gabriel, CA for Artists & Makers Studios’ third location, with construction set to begin shortly for the fourth location in North Hollywood, CA. 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 2024 Parklawn Exhibits

Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville Hosts “Recent Works by Jenny Wilson” For the Center’s 9th Anniversary

‘I play with materials creating layers of tension and balance like a dancer moving to music. By exploring the exterior landscape and translating it through the interior lens, I leave room for improvising and allow for twists and turns that lead to unexpected destinations in my work.’

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville is thrilled to host Jenny Wilson for the month of March. The exhibit, “Recent Works by Jenny Wilson” runs from February 28th through March 26th at Artists & Makers Studios, with an opening reception on Friday, March 1st, 5 – 8pm. Jenny Wilson is an award-winning musician and artist. Her background, growing up in New York City, included dance classes at the Alvin Ailey School as well as attending the High School of Art and Design and the theater at the Library at Lincoln Center. She developed an eye for seeing the beauty in nature and pattern amidst the chaos of the city. Jenny’s musical training includes a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance and a Master of Music degree in Jazz Pedagogy. Jenny studied in Switzerland with pianist Art Lande and flautist Marianne Stucki at the Winterthur Konservatorium. She has performed with the Camden Shakespeare Company in Maine and plays with her husband and son in the Jenny Wilson Jazz Trio. ‘Recent Work by Jenny Wilson’ at A&M will include drawings in mixed media, acrylic painting, watercolor, and collage. Known for her large abstract landscapes, this show of Jenny’s work will also include recent small works from travels to Cape Cod, Maine, Arizona, and the Yucatan in Mexico. Enjoy additional exhibits “Marsh” with Resident Artists – on view in the Gallery Hall, along with nineteen Gallery 209 Member Artists exhibiting their latest work. Shop and support local working artists, makers, and professionals.

“Recent Works by Jenny Wilson”
“Marsh with Resident Artists
The Artists of Gallery 209

Opening Reception
5:00pm – 8:00pm, Friday, March 1st, 2024

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

Meet the Artist Saturday, March 2nd, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Closing Reception Saturday, March 23rd, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Viewing hours are 10:00am – 4:00pm, Monday-Saturday, and Sundays 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 87 artists, and 80 student artists. Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley, AZ is a three-year-old jewel box location with talented Resident Artists, 3,575 sq ft of studios, galleries, and flex-classroom space. Construction is currently underway in San Gabriel, CA for Artists & Makers Studios’ third location, with construction set to begin shortly for the fourth location in North Hollywood, CA. 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 MAR 2024 Parklawn Exhibits

February 2024 in the Galleries with Laurie Breen

Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville Welcomes
Laurie Breen and her Solo Exhibit “lost and found”

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville is thrilled to host Laurie Breen for the month of February. The exhibit, “lost and found” runs from January 31st through February 21st at Artists & Makers Studios, with an opening reception on Friday, February 2nd, 5 – 8pm. Laurie begins each new painting with an open mind. She approaches the blank canvas with intuitive painting and drawing, piles of collage, lines, shapes, too many colors. She makes mistakes and creates ugliness. She builds up layers, moving toward chaos. Laurie often gets lost as she creates, but she forges ahead. She finds new paths and eventually reaches a place she could not have predicted but must have been heading for all along, a place of beauty and energy, balance and movement. Laurie’s paintings are full of saturated color, bright yellows, oranges, pinks, and reds, cool blues, and rich greens. There are pleasing shapes formed by layers of paint and drawing and collage. Her paintings evoke happiness and joy, even though her process may have been one of struggle. Look closely. Can you see the early layers peeking through? Do you see the history of the painting in the painting? Laurie Breen is a mixed media painter with a studio at the Gateway Arts Center in Brentwood, Maryland. Laurie has been painting, exhibiting and selling her work for over twenty years. Laurie is a three-time recipient of the Individual Artist Grant from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County. Enjoy additional exhibits “Freudian” with Resident Artists – on view in the Gallery Hall, along with nineteen Gallery 209 Member Artists exhibiting their latest work. Shop and support local working artists, makers, and professionals.


“lost and found”
with Laurie Breen
“Freudian with Resident Artists
The Artists of Gallery 209

Opening Reception

5:00pm – 8:00pm, Friday, February 2nd, 2024

Artists & Makers Studios

11810 Parklawn Drive, Suite 210

Rockville, MD 20852

Meet the Artist Saturday, February 17th, 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Viewing hours are 10:00am – 4:00pm, Monday-Saturday, and Sundays 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 87 artists, and 80 student artists. Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley, AZ is a three-year-old jewel box location with talented Resident Artists, 3,575 sq ft of studios, galleries, and flex-classroom space. Construction is currently underway in San Gabriel, CA for Artists & Makers Studios’ third location, with construction set to begin shortly for the fourth location in North Hollywood, CA. 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 FEB 2024 Parklawn Exhibits

January 2024 in the Galleries with Bill Johnson

Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville Features
Bill Johnson and “Friends and Landscapes of the Mind”

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville is delighted to host Bill Johnson for the month of January. The exhibit, “Friends and Landscapes of the Mind” runs from January 3rd through January 24th at Artists & Makers Studios, with an opening reception on Friday, January 5th, 5 – 8pm. The show features many new nonobjective mixed media paintings and some of his older work. Each painting exhibits the mysterious quality of perceived intentional figures where no intention can be pinpointed. One admirer likened this to the psychological phenomenon in which people see faces and patterns in a random stimulus. The show invites the viewer to slow the eye, open the mind, and come play in the created landscape. Another admirer described Johnson’s work as “a mystery that blurs the lines between intentional genius and happy accident.” Johnson is adept at the “first I’m hidden, and then I’m found” technique. At first glance, the average person will see only lots of color and motion; but, with a little imagination and a relaxed eye the hidden landscapes and characters emerge. Enjoy additional exhibits “White” with Resident Artists – on view in the Gallery Hall, along with nineteen Gallery 209 Member Artists exhibiting their latest work. Shop and support working artists, makers, and professionals.


“Friends and Landscapes of the Mind”
with Bill Johnson
“White with Resident Artists
The Artists of Gallery 209

Opening Reception
5:00pm – 8:00pm, Friday, January 5th, 2024

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

Meet the Artist Saturday, January 13th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Artists and Makers Studios Press Release JAN 2024 Parklawn Exhibits

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

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