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.


Social media:
IG:  @art.sandraperezramos



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Rebecca Baier Ropp A&M1

Artist Statement

I create stained glass art with a purpose of bringing beauty and joy to the viewers. There is a thrill in selecting the colors and unique textures of glass, and experiencing how the artwork is altered by the light shining through it. My personal style involves an abstract exploration of layers of glass, which gives a 3-dimensional aspect to the artwork as the piece itself creates novel colors and textures beyond the original materials.

This artistic journey began with developing the skills to create stained glass work in a club led by a high school chemistry teacher. She taught us to safely cut and grind glass, apply copper foil and solder. This club was motivated as an opportunity to introduce students to the chemistry involved in glass coloring as well as the metal alloys of soldering. For me, this after school activity kicked off a life-long creative venture, and I appreciate the thoughtful support of my mother who presented me with my own set of tools after graduating.

My vision is to work collaboratively to develop art pieces specific to a space, with special meaning to the owners who bring their ideas and personality to the final design.

Nur Sagmanligil A&M1

Artist Statement

I am a Jeweler and Metalsmith. Although I worked in a different field before, arts and crafts have always been an important part of my life. Over the course of my life I created objects using different media. I have worked with fiber, paper, glass and found objects. After taking classes in flower making, crafts and needle work, finally, I found myself in a metalsmithing class. On the first day of class, I was fascinated with the idea that I can incorporate my techniques with metalsmithing.

My inspiration for art is life. Creating something from a piece of medium is like giving birth to a creation which becomes part of our life. With each piece, it seems I start with one thing and end up with something else; like life, it is unpredictable and full of surprises. When I see my finished work, it’s like seeing a newborn baby. A new life is waiting for it; I do not know who will use it, or how they will use it. My hope is that other people feel the same connection to my work as I have.

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!

Lori Anne Boocks A&M1

Solo Exhibitions
2017    Discreet Objects, Artists & Makers Studios, Rockville, MD
2017    The Shape of Memories, BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD
2016    Seeking, Johns Hopkins University, Montgomery County Campus, Rockville, MD
2015    Continuum, Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, Frederick MD
2013    Any Ordinary Day, Hoyt Center for the Arts, New Castle, PA
             Narratives & Numbers, Sitar Arts Center, Washington, DC
2012    Evidence, Studio Gallery, Washington, DC
2011    The Distance Between, Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, Frederick MD

Two-Person & Group Exhibitions
Marksmanship, Kentlands Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD

Camp Artscape, Center for the Arts Gallery, Towson University, MD
Emulsion, PEPCO Edison Place Gallery, Washington, DC

Artomatic, Hyattsville, MD
Resident Artist Exhibition, Artists & Makers Studios, Rockville, MD

Alchemical Vessels, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Washington, DC
Words and Letters, The Athenaeum, Alexandria, Virginia
Things that Scare Me, The Rouse Company Foundation Gallery, Howard County Community College, Columbia, MD

Mathematics, Maps, and Myths, Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington, MD and Studio 1469, Washington, DC (with Joan Belmar)
Similar Differences, MAXgallery, Baltimore, MD
Remembrance, BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD

Hickok Cole Art Night/Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC
Altered States, Studio Gallery, Washington, DC

The Mysteries of Place and Space, Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington, MD (with Elizabeth Grusin-Howe)
The 9/11 Arts Project, Studio Gallery, Washington, DC
Strokes of Genius, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD
Coming Home / Lighting Out, Capitol Hill Arts League, Washington, DC
Living Gallery, Annmarie Arts Center, Solomons, MD

small boxes… some on fire, Studio Gallery, Washington, DC (with Jan Willem van der Vossen)
Lust, artdc Gallery, Hyattsvile, MD
Exposed, Mayer Fine Art, Norfolk, VA
Mind, Body & Spirit, University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, MD

Members’ Group Exhibition, Studio Gallery, Washington DC
New Narratives, John Cade Fine Arts Gallery, Arnold, MD
Artomatic, Washington, DC

Corporate Collections
Marriott Marquis, Washington, DC
Monash Health, Victoria, Australia
Mark G. Anderson Consultants, Washington, DC
SK & A Structural Engineers, Washington, DC

Awards & Honors
2018    Trawick Prize Finalist
2012    Bethesda Painting Awards Semi-Finalist
2011     The Living Gallery Residency, Annmarie Arts Center, Solomons, MD
2000  Contemporary Art Center of Virginia Wine Label Competition, First Place

1992     BFA, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

The Town Courier, 6/14/18, Making Their Marks, M. Bono
The Washington Post, 8/11/17, The Shape of Memories, M. Jenkins
North Potomac Times, January 2017, Local Artist’s Work is Abstract and Highly Personal, D. O’Keefe
The Washington Post, 5/22/14, Words and Letters at the Athenaeum, M. O’Sullivan
Washington City Paper, 4/24/14, Vessel Mania: 125 Plain White Bowls Get a Makeover, C. Cauterucci
The Youngstown News, 11/6/13, Exhibits at Hoyt Explore Nature
The Washington Post, 11/1/13, Galleries: Mathematics, Maps and Myths, M. Jenkins
The Gazette, 9/14/11,  A Beginning Space, T. Forchecz
The Frederick News-Post, 8/4/11, Germantown Artist Depicts Emotional Paths with Rope, L. LaRocca
Georgetowner, 6/09, Art Runneth Over at Artomatic, J. Blee
The Clipper (Virginian-Pilot), 11/25/01, Close-Up: Lori Boocks, S. McCaskey


Ashley Chiang – PaperLiberated A&M1

PaperLiberated was born out of the desire to give handmade one holiday season filled with destiny. This colorful whirlwind began with a simple craft project as a gift for my sister, and turned into two Etsy shops, galleries and gigantic shows over the last four years. I would’ve have never guessed my little paper projects would have taken me so far!

Collaborative projects to date have included working with The Rainforest Alliance and Domtar Paper for pieces they displayed at GreenBuild Expo 2013 in Philadelphia, PA and GreenBuild 2014 in New Orleans, LA, as well as working with Spice 6, a local restaurant, on an extensive paper installation work and recent advertising work on a Marshalls campaign.

A bit of tradition thrown in with a whole lot of whimsy and excitement! With each project I find my creativity grows… My skills honed a bit sharper every minute, I find falling into a groove happens much more smoothly.

You can see the behind the scenes and find me locally by visiting

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


Rebecca Ravenal A&M1

I have been making pottery for over twenty years. More recently, I began designing and creating mosaics, from small decorative pieces to large installations. In my ceramics, I use a traditional Italian “maiolica” technique which showcases my love for color and fanciful design. Wheel-thrown or hand-formed pieces are made from red earthenware clay, then fired and covered in a white tin-based glaze. Bold designs of fruits, flowers and birds are painted with colored stains on top of this white base, and melt into the glaze when fired a second time, creating a lovely, softened effect. My recent mosaic work brings together bright bits of stained glass, beads, jewelry and found objects to create intricate, elegant designs. As in my ceramics, I try to give a new twist to time-honored techniques to create beautiful and useful objects for everyday enjoyment.

My work has been juried into numerous shows and has sold in stores and galleries across the country. I received a degree in English Literature from Bryn Mawr College, then studied at The Corcoran College of Art and Design, and several of the country’s top crafts centers, including Haystack, Anderson Ranch, Penland and Arrowmount. I teach classes for adults and children at various local schools and art centers, and previously shared a studio at the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

Kate Bramante A&M1

I come from an artistic family. My mother is a retired art teacher and printmaker. My daughter is also an art teacher, as well as a jewelry artist. Wellfleet Dunes, my senior thesis show, at the University of Central Arkansas, was awarded the College of Arts and Communication’s, “Outstanding Art Exhibition of the Year.”  I have participated in group shows in the Black Box Gallery and the Baum Gallery of Fine Art at the University of Central Arkansas, as well as at the Cove Gallery in Wellfleet, MA. Born in Bridgeport, CT, I have lived in Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Greece and Brazil. I received a BA from Boston University and earned a BFA from the University of Central Arkansas. I currently live and work in the Washington, DC area.

I am a process-oriented artist and constant experimentation leads me to exciting discoveries. My process embodies the predominantly intuitive and responsive way that I make art. When I work, I make choices as I go based on both intuition and thoughtful consideration. I am an “accidental artist” in the sense that I am most excited by the creative challenge of responding to the visual imagery that presents itself to me. Constant experimentation leads me to exciting discoveries.

I work mostly with various media on paper (monotype and digital prints, drawing, watercolor) to create works that I cut and manipulate in an obsessive and ritualistic way. I end up with hundreds of pieces which I organize and hang on walls, creating site-specific relief installations that grow organically across space.


Margaret Polcawich A&M1, Gallery 209

Margaret is a mixed media sculptor creating vessels, wall art, and wearable works.  Her creations incorporate decades of exploring the strengths and nuances of a variety of materials including polymer clay, metal, wood, and paint. 

Margaret studied art at Carnegie Mellon University, and has created award winning furniture and fine art sold through craft shows and galleries across the country. Her work is greatly influenced by natural processes of growth and decay, extensive study of botanical illustration, years of gardening, and motherhood of twin girls.


Marcia Bhorjee A&M1, Gallery 209

Picking up the strands of art interests from fifty years ago has been an adventure and a surprise. After retiring in ’07 from teaching, I thought dabbling in watercolors would be a pleasant hobby. Instead passion for art making has crept up behind me and has become a vital part of my life. 

Currently, experimenting with abstraction is my focus. In my artistic expressions I am looking for the universals and archetypes beneath surface realities – creating art beyond the visible. The human figure, is also a subject, —primarily as humans relate and reflect the rhythms of daily life. 

Since 2009 I have exhibited with Montgomery Art Association, and have been juried into shows with Gaithersburg Fine Art Association and Rockville Art Association where I  have received several awards.

Maduka Uduh A&M1, Gallery 209

Maduka Uduh ( b. 1963 in Delta State Nigeria. Lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland ) is a professional fine artist renowned for his sculptures and mosaic murals. A graduate of the prestigious school of art Yaba College of Technology,  Lagos, Nigeria. Uduh’s works are influenced by his immediate environment and revolve around intuitive discoveries.

His works have been featured in national and international art exhibitions/auctions and can be found in numerous private and public art commissions.

Phone number: 2406146807

Vicky Surles A&M1, Gallery 209

Vicky Surles is an award-winning realist artist, working mainly in watercolor and color pencil, focusing on portraits, still life and landscapes. She’s a member of the Montgomery Art Association, Gallery 209, Wheaton Arts Parade Gallery, and a juried Signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society. Her work is in many private collections, as well as the US Department of State’s Art in Embassies Program. Vicky traveled and lived in Guatemala and Mexico for several years, and painted palm trees, lakes, volcanoes, Mayan people, and archeological sites.

She has exhibited in juried solo and group shows, including Garrett Park Invitational Shows, Kensington Labor Day Weekend Shows, Strathmore Artists Juried Exhibitions, Betty Mae Kramer Gallery Juried Show in the Silver Spring Civic Building, The Arts Barn in Gaithersburg, the Friendship Heights Village Center, and at the University of Maryland. Her drawings have appeared in magazines, posters and in a book about the Caribbean.

Instagram: @surlesvicky

Patrick Sieg A&M1, Gallery 209

Patrick Sieg’s studio practice is focused on representational portrait and landscape paintings. A consistent theme in his work is a focus on sources of light. While his art is clearly “realistic” he strives to incorporate abstract compositional elements in his work. He finds inspiration in the work of artists John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla, Edward Hopper, Wayne Thiebaud and Richard Schmid.

Patrick is currently the President of the Rockville Art League, represented by the Cabell Gallery in Lexington, Virginia, and a Studio 209 Resident Artist in Rockville, Maryland.

After a long finance focused career with Marriott Corporation, he has revisited his love of art and oil painting and is continuing his studies and creative growth through classes at the National Gallery of Art, The Compass Atelier, the Yellow Barn Studio  (in Glen Echo, Maryland) and the Art League of Alexandria.

He has exhibited his artwork throughout the Washington, DC area and is an award winner in many juried shows.


Frank Mancino A&M1, Gallery 209

Frank Mancino is a fine artist living and working in Silver Spring, Maryland, working primarily in charcoal, oils and acrylics. HIs work ranges from traditional figurative rendering to abstract impasto color explorations in oil and acrylics.

Frank began formal art study in 2004 with a drawing class at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Virginia. From there he continued art studies at both NoVa and at the Corcoran School of Art and Design in Washington, D.C., eventually receiving an Associate’s Degree in Fine Art from NoVa and a Certificate in Drawing and Painting from the Corcoran. He continued my studies in academic drawing and painting with Natasha Mokina and Victor Pohamkin at Winter Palace Studios in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., and sculpture study with Patrick Beldio at Reunion Studios in Washington, D.C. In 2019 he left the telecommunications industry after 25 years to pursue art full-time.

In addition to being a new member of Gallery 209 in Rockville, Maryland, Frank is currently a member artist at the Wheaton Arts Parade Gallery in Wheaton, Maryland, and an affiliate artist with Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville, Maryland. He has shown his drawings, paintings, and sculptures at many venues over the years, including seven shows at Artomatic in the Washington, D.C. metro area (2004-2017). He is honored to be a member of Gallery 209 and is looking forward to continuing his journey with you there.

Instagram: fmancino1;

Phone: 571-294-7810

Jennifer Howard A&M1, Gallery 209

I am a painter and graphic designer who has lived and worked in Washington, DC for over 37 years. 

My paintings are about the moment, the immediacy of paint applied honestly, thickly and emotionally on canvas. I strive to convey a textural quality to the surface with layers of color and an emphasis on capturing light. I paint primarily in oil but also dabble in gouache and more recently with casein paints.

I have always loved to spend time outside and plein air painting has been a perfect match of painting in the moment and fulfilling my need to connect with nature and all its power. It gives me the space to dream and be inspired by life. My love of nature started in my childhood in the Hudson Valley and many trips to the Adirondack Mountains of NY. During COVID I started to do more studio painting where I was able to explore interpretations of nature and to paint on a larger scale.

After focusing on my graphic design career, fifteen years ago I dove back into painting and started painting in oils. I have studied painting at the Corcoran School of Art, the Yellow Barn Studio and the Art League under various artists such as Walt Bartman, Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro and Bethanne Cople. I have both exhibited and won awards at the Yellow Barn Studio and the Rockville Art League. I have exhibited at other local DC galleries including my last show at Gallery B in January 2020. My work has been purchased by collectors across the US.

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Instagram – partridge_paintings

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Janet Fox A&M1, Gallery 209

I love to make art and learn about art-making by experimenting in my studio, by viewing and discussing art with others, and through living and dreaming. My paintings are abstract or representational, often inspired by nature or the curious images in dreams. I paint with heated beeswax and fluid paints and pastels on wood, art board, canvas or paper and like to add fibrous and colorful papers, fabric, ink, beads, and found materials for fabulous textures.

I have been creating art for 20 years, have studied under Indianapolis and D.C.-area artists, and have attended many on-line art classes and workshops. I am a member of Gallery 209 at Artists & Makers Studios, the Montgomery Artist Association, International Encaustic Artists, and the Jung Society of Washington. 

the Mosaic Box A&M1

I am a mosaic artist, born in the south of France, having moved to the USA in 2001 from the Middle East in 2008. I studied  mosaic techniques from the ancestral way to more modern techniques in a 3 year program at the University Saint Joseph in Beirut, Lebanon – receiving my diploma.

I flesh out my own designs, getting my inspiration from pieces of linen, carpets, and china – combining shapes and colors to create a world full of colors, texture, scent and music. A major focus of my work is to translate in mosaic some famous painters like Klimt or Van Gogh or oriental artists that I admire. I use mainly glass tiles tesserae, gold, gold based glass tiles and mirrors – but also marble, stone, broken china and Murano millefiori.

My work can be used everywhere to decorate your house – on walls or floors.

The most important thing is that EACH PIECE IS UNIQUE.

I also create objects in mosaic like shoes, masks, plates, and furniture…

I work mainly on commissions.

Classes and workshops at the Mosaic Box – Artists & Makers Studios
instagram: brigitte_messali_mosaic

Ann Schaefer A&M1, Gallery 209

Ann is an outdoor artist, gaining her inspiration from the places she paints. The excitement in her work comes from the rapid, fresh brushstrokes and color choices to catch the light of a particular place and time. She works primarily in Maryland, in the area surrounding Washington, DC, Frederick County, and the Eastern Shore. She paints in organized plein air events in the mid-Atlantic and Key West, and has won awards in many group shows.

A Fine Arts graduate of George Washington University,  many of her classes were at the Corcoran School of Art. She has always thought of herself as an artist, from childhood, encouraged by the adults around her, including many gifted teachers. Studying at the High School of Music and Art, and growing up in New York City, art was everywhere, and museums were better than playgrounds. After a career in Federal environmental programs, she is able to pursue art more intensively. In addition to Gallery 209, her work is always on view at Gallery 322, in Frederick, MD.

instagram   ann.schaefer

Patricia Zannie A&M1, Gallery 209

Patricia Zannie, an award winning collage artist and former Art instructor at the School of Art and Design at Montgomery College.  Rather than selecting either total abstraction, or the classical Western system of perspective, she combines them in the same piece of art.  While keeping some of the assumptions in the traditional approach to the illusion of space,  she will intersperse two-dimensional patterns.  She enjoys the marriage of strong design with the creative impulse.  Using snips of magazine and other papers as if they were paint, she integrates melds and blends them with ink, marker, oil pastel, watercolor and even crayons.

 In love with color since she held her first crayon, appreciating the works of Matisse, she creates “fauvist-like” mixed media imaginary landscapes.  Like Rauschenberg and Warhol, “I rebel against the esthetics of traditional ‘Western Classical’ approach to Art and include elements of Zen design as found in the Japanese design concepts that influenced Post Impressionists such as Van Gogh and Toulouse Lautrec.” As an intuitive artist, each artwork is an exploration of creativity, materials and techniques, and is a  mystery, until it’s completed.

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