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

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

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.

Geri Olson A&M1

Color and movement in abstract art is exciting for the beauty and mystery that   develops on the canvas. Allowing paint to move and flow creates new and unimagined colors and forms—improvisational art. Geri is drawn to the freedom and ambiguity of contemporary art and the freedom to take risks and be spontaneous.

Geri has been an artist-member of Gallery 209 since it’s beginning. She has worked in and studied various types of art —sculpture, pottery, photography, crafts, silk painting, textile art—  and has studied under many national artists, including David Kessler, Mark Mahferty, Pat Dews, David Daniels, Linda Kemp, Carrie Brown,  Liam Zhen, and others.

Jim Hoehn A&M1

I am an artist and author living in Gaithersburg, MD. When painting, I have worked primarily in oils, acrylics and water colors. I have been a member of the Maryland Federation of Art, the Montgomery Artists Association, the Gaithersburg Fine Artists Association, Cultural Arts Advisory Committee (CAAC) for the City of Gaithersburg and as a juror for art shows around the Mid-Atlantic region. My work has appeared and been discussed on CBS, Bloomberg News, ABC radio and local TV stations. 




Angela Lacy A&M1

My current painting style may have been influenced by my childhood art experience in Tokyo where I grew up.   Viewing woodblock art painted centuries ago by Japanese master artists deeply made an impression, particularly the unique bold composition and harmonious colors. Painting watercolor using a pouring technique reminds me of the essence of woodblock paintings. Through my art I desire to capture simple yet inspiring surroundings in everyday places and in new places when I travel.   I hope my painting will evoke joy in viewers’  hearts as it gives me great joy to paint.

My highest achievement was winning a Gold medal at Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s 39th International Juried Exhibition in 2018.  Due to this award the image of my painting appeared in the “21 Best Water-media Paintings of the Year” article in the February 2019 issue of “Watercolor Artists” magazine.


Instagram: angela_lacy_art


cell: 240-447-5356

Barbara Mandel A&M1

Barbara is a plein air and studio painter, working primarily in oils. She is also a Teaching Artist at Art Works Now in Hyattsville, a School Docent at National Gallery of Art, and an art therapist.

When painting plein air Barbara finds inspiration mainly from local landscapes and the French countryside. In the studio she works on subjects such as chefs, cafés, and patisseries.  She has exhibited at local venues such as Politics and Prose, Gallery B in Bethesda, Brookside Gardens, and the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation Fellowship Hall Gallery.

Jeanne Powell A&M1

Travel near and far introduced me to the joy of plein air painting.  My imagination responded to the challenge to study light, color, and design in the landscape.   I work in oil and gouache.  My work is representational but expressionistic, seeking to capture the feeling of cityscapes and natural landscapes.  I also like to paint people, animals, and objects, from life rather than from photographs.  My plein-air experience includes a dozen years in classes with Walt Bartman plus more than twenty workshops with Walt in Maine, Big Sur, the Bahamas, Sicily, Prague and Budapest, Mallorca, Santorini (twice), Florence, Ireland, Mexico, Argentina, France, Cuba (twice) and the Italian Lakes, as well as Tilghman Island.  I take advantage of local workshops by other Maryland artists and enjoy participating in a variety of plein-air paint-outs such as the Frederick County Barnstormers (annual), the Yellow Barn Green Paint-Out, and the Kensington Labor Day Art Show (annual).  And I enjoy painting with other artist friends on our own trips to near and far places.  Italy (anywhere), southern France, and Penobscot Bay, Maine are my favorite painting destinations.

I held solo exhibitions of my work at the Yellow Barn Gallery in 2006, 2008, and 2014 and participate frequently in Montgomery Art Association, Chevy Chase and Potomac Women’s Clubs, and Gaithersburg Fine Arts group shows.  My paintings have been accepted in many juried shows sponsored by the Yellow Barn, the Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association, the Hill Center, and the Bethesda Urban Partnership and have won numerous awards, including first prizes and Best in Show in a number of shows.  I have been a member of Gallery 209 at Artists & Makers Studios, Rockville, MD since its inception in 2017. 

Phone: 301-926-7568

Jennifer Logun, Affiliate

Jennifer Logun’s paintings weave spatial constructs with rigorous color study. She works in acrylic paint on large canvases using non-traditional tools and techniques. Gouache on paper paintings, color-aid on paper collages and hand-stitched fabric collages serve as studies for and meditations on her larger canvases. Jennifer became interested in the intersection between color and three-dimensional space while pursuing her Masters of Architecture degree. Her graduate thesis explored The Materiality of Process and as an architectural designer she continued to look at projects first and foremost through the lens of color and materials. Jennifer’s most recent pieces further delineate the juxtaposition of surface and volumetric color. She is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at Pratt Institute and has taught in both the Interior Design Department and the Foundation Department. Her courses focus on color and design for undergraduate as well as graduate students and are a large influence on her explorations. Jennifer has lived and worked in New York City for over two decades where she also draws inspiration from unconventional conversations with her three children.

Yuno Baswir A&M1

My paintings are abstract. The form of my artwork is the result of my interest in expressing and depicting the dynamics and the tension created by the juxtaposition of things that are opposite, such as:

. one vs. many

. light vs. dark

. cool vs. warm

. ascension vs. descent

. still vs. dynamic

. what is on the right vs. what is on the left

. what is above vs. what is below

. what is in the foreground vs. what is in the background

. what is visible vs. what is invisible

. the feminine quality vs. the masculine quality

I choose specific kind of lines, colors and shapes to emphasize the contrast between opposites.

Through these juxtapositions and the resulted paintings, I hope my artwork communicates to the viewers the values and the feelings we all can recognize.
I also want my paintings to speak about things such as: harmony, growth, hopes, the zeal of life and optimism, the mystery of life, unity, and diversity.

Spending 24 years of my life in Indonesia and 33 years in America greatly influences my work, both visually as well as conceptually.

Personally speaking, painting for me is an act of remembrance of all that I love.

ydb, washington dc, may 9, 2017

Zita M. Simutis, Affiliate

Zita served as President of the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild from May 2009 until June 2011. She is a wet feltmaker, dyer, and embroiderer and you can see her artwork at Fiberworks at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA and at the Studio Gallery in Davis WV. Online you can see Zita’s work at, listed under artists. She was a Resident Artist in the Fiber Studio at VisArts Center in Rockville, MD from April 2010 to March 2013, and the Fiber Studio project was juried in by Stacy Sklaver and Judith HeartSong.

She has taken surface design and dyeing classes at the Corcoran Gallery School of Art in Washington DC, The Art League of Alexandria, VA and at Springwater Fiber Workshop in Alexandria with Candace Edgerely. Zita’s felting teachers include Jorie Johnson, Chad Alice Hagen, Lisa Klakulak, Liz Clay, Sharon Costello, Liz Clay, Andrea Graham, Chris White, and Renate-Maile Moskowitz.

Zita primarily focuses on combining felting, dyeing, and embroidery, producing a variety of products, including gorgeous purses, scarves, wall hangings, table runners, and vessels.

Zita’s work has been selected for juried exhibits in the DC area at the Corcoran Gallery School of Art, VisArts, The Creative Craft Council and at the Saville Gallery in Cumberland, WV .

Formerly she served the Director of the US Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences and concurrently the Chief Psychologist of the US Army.

Specialties: Felting, Dyeing, Embroidery, Beading

Cognitive Psychology 

Pat Goslee, Affiliate


Anne Sanderoff-Walker A&M1

Smooth silks…

Warm wools…

Color, Color, Color

These are the tools that noted weaver and fiber artist
Anne Sanderoff-Walker uses to create wearable fiber art,
quilted wall hangings, and Judaica Legacy pieces.

Anne chooses the fibers she uses for their color and texture. She focuses on clothing construction using her own hand-woven textiles. The fabrics for her legacy wall hangings are carefully chosen based on each original design.

Choose a completed piece from Anne’s gallery, or commission a custom, one-of-a-kind design to flatter your body, decorate your home, or commemorate a special celebration such as a wedding, commitment ceremony,
anniversary, birth, or religious occasion.

Janet Barnard A&M1

A seamstress for many years, I began weaving and dyeing in 1998. This has led me in many directions, most recently clothing, accessories and wall art. Silk is my fabric of choice and lends itself to the many dyeing techniques I employ. I am a past member of the Fiber Studio at VisArts and The Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery at the Torpedo Factory. Presently, I’m a member of the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild and the Weaving Guild of Greater Baltimore.

Jamie Downs A&M1

Jamie Downs has been painting for over forty years.  For most of the time, her work has been a non-objective Jungian search of the collective unconscious; but 15 years ago it took an unexpected turn.  Very large close-up images of flowers became a part of the mixed media paintings, and that began a new direction and inspired some new work for this artist who works in series.

As a very young child Jamie was obsessed with birds – playing bird and drawing birds.  What would thirty plus years of abstract expressionist style work do to her paintings of birds?  That exploration would become a fun adventure which would expand to animals as well.

Like most artists, Jamie has had other day jobs throughout her life.  Her work as a newspaper photographer, graphic designer and web designer, arts administrator, curator, gallery operator… has provided skill sets that have become a part of her creative process.  The inspiration for several of her birds and animals comes from scanned black and white negatives from her time as a photojournalist.  Other paintings are derived from her huge collection of photographs from family trips to zoos across the US or vacations in Central America.

Her process often begins as digital and is rarely shown at that stage.  The final work on canvas or Mylar is several steps removed from this initial digital creation.  Her mixed media paintings reflect her love of materials and techniques.  Beginning with watercolor, colored pencil, water based crayon and markers, she progresses through acrylics and inks to Sennelier oil pastels and sometimes oils, using numerous mediums, metallics, glazes, pigments…producing multiple, though subtle, textures.   Layers of the process are often preserved, color field style, on the edges of the painting or in line elements.  Her colors are pure, bright and bold.

Her current series is birds and animals representing each letter of the alphabet.

Jamie’s studio is in Silver Spring, MD and is open by appointment.  She has shown through galleries throughout the Mid-Atlantic and is widely represented on-line.

Elaine Boucher Burch Taylor, Affiliate


B.A. in Fine Art, Boston College, Boston, Massachusetts

B.S.C.S. in Computer Science, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia

Study Art at Boston University, Harvard University, Montgomery College, Corcoran School of Art and The Compass Atelier

Career as a Software Engineer at NIH, National Cancer Institute

Exhibitions and Gallery Associations

Washington International Art Fair II, III, IV and V

Art Fair Gallery, North Potomac MD

Paul Rosen Graphics, Washington DC

Tidewater Artists’ Association, Norfolk VA

Montgomery County Artists’ Association, MD

United States Information Agency, Central America

Spectrum Gallery, Washington, DC

Gallery Grace, Menlo Park, CA

New York Expo, New York, NY

Art Expo West, Los Angeles, CA

Art Works, Alexandria, VA

Klevit Fine Art, Rockville, MD

Tideline Gallery, Rehoboth, DE

Strathmore Hall Foundation, Member, North Bethesda, MD

Strathmore Membership Juried Show 2007, Bethesda, MD

Strathmore Hall 25thYear Celebration Juried Show, Bethesda, MD

National Institutes of Health 2009 Juried Show, Bethesda, MD

Orchard Gallery, Group Show December 2010, Bethesda, MD

Orchard Gallery, Solo Show February 2011, Bethesda, MD

Strathmore Membership Juried Show 2012, Bethesda, MD

Resident Artist, Washington Art Works, 2015, Rockville, MD

Resident Artist, Artists and Makers II, 2016-2019, Rockville, MD

Resident Artist Group Show, Artists and Makers II, 2019, Rockville, MD

Affiliate Artist, Artists and Makers Studios, 2020-Current, Rockville, MD


Painting published by the United Nations for UNICEF card design; distribution started in 1983.


Various media and subject matter explored over the years.

Elody Crimi, Affiliate

Elody Crimi is an alumni graduate of the Washington School of Photography and is an accomplished commercial and fine arts photographer, specializing in landscape and portrait photography.  She is also a photography instructor, teaching a vast range of classes (currently via Zoom) including: PS Elements for the Painter (through the Compass Atelier), PS Elements for the Photographer and Smartphone Photography (through Washington Photo Safari), and DSLR Basics. 

Her greatest passion is to experiment with raw images, using alternative processes and techniques to assure that the “emotion of the moment” has been captured. Currently, most of her work is creatively altered using various Photoshop techniques.


Stacy Claywell A&M1

fun facts

Stacy was formally trained and has her BFA from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia.

While in college, she of course, had great aspirations and dreamed of doing it all;

paint in France, fashion design in NY, create jewelry in Spain. But as fate would have it, she got caught up in the fast-paced world of advertising. Think redhead meets Mad Men.

Her career took her from South Beach to Madison Avenue. Having worked at some of the worlds top ad agencies & boutique design firms, Stacy has created and produced award-winning work in both the consumer and business space. She is a creative visionary with years of experience in strategy, brand-building, print, advertising, television, product launches and all things digital.

She desperately needed to break out from “behind that large box” (aka iMac) where she spends most of her time .

Picking up the brush again, exploring oils, acrylics and mixed media has allowed her to express herself beyond

the corporate limitations.

And as she always says…The Best is Yet to Come…

You can contact Stacy at



Stacy Claywell / artist & creative guru

Inspired by the sounds and colors of living and working in NYC, Miami and coastal Georgia.

Life experiences are expressed throughout

my work creating a mix of vibrant color as well as a subdued palette. You will find hints of music and dance and a little bit of sparkle throughout my abstractions. I love to make marks on paper, canvas and wood and I am currently working in oils and cold wax.

Stacy now resides in the DC area.

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