Victoria Hanks A&M1

Victoria Hanks studied painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking at New York University and Brooklyn College, earned a BFA at Montclair State University and an MFA at the University of Hartford. A practicing studio painter, she studied and painted in Italy and in residencies in New England and upstate New York.  She has exhibited nationally and internationally.  Hanks has also written critical pieces for New York Arts Magazine and other arts periodicals and has taught studio and lecture classes at Montclair State University, Brookdale Community College and Monmouth University.

In addition, Hanks has created various site-specific installations in Venice, Italy (outdoor paper sculpture), New York, NY (Amos Eno Gallery wall painting), Newark, NJ (Newark National Building wall painting), Montclair, NJ (Montclair State University Cali building stairwell mural), Long Branch, NJ (Shore Institute of Contemporary Art wall painting), Halsey Street, Newark, NJ (window installation).



2018 Mend Me, Too, The Creativity Caravan, Montclair, NJ

2013 The End, art629, Asbury Park, NJ

2009 Vessel, Solo Project, Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark, NJ

         The Beingness of Animals, Newark Arts Council/Rutgers University, Newark, NJ

2004 The Adventures of Suzy Creamcheez and Dr. ViaGreat, Soho20 Chelsea, New York, NY

2000 Whatsits, Amos Eno Gallery, New York, NY

1999 the thingness of the thing, Amos Eno Gallery, NYC

1996 Recent Work, Zuzuˆs Gallery, Hartford, CT.

1996 Stations and Satellites, Taub Gallery, W. Hartford, CT.

1991 New Paintings, Fine Art Center, Passaic, NJ

1989 Fertile Imaginings, Fine Art Center, Passaic, NJ



2022    The Hillyer Gallery, Washington, DC, Invasion

            Studio Gallery, Washington, DC, My Muse

Washington Sculpture Group, Center for Hellenic Studies/Harvard University, Washington, DC, Images Show

2021    Maryland State Arts Council, Baltimore, MD, IDENTITY Online Winter Show

2020    The Art League, Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA, Patron’s Show

            Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA, A Light in the Darkness

            Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD, Mid Fall Madness

            Circle Gallery (online exhibition), Annapolis, MD, Money, Money, Money

            Towson Arts Collective, Towson, MD, Holiday Show

2019   Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ, New Jersey Crafts Annual:  New Directions in Fiber Art

            Jersey City Arts Council, Jersey City, NJ, 14C Art Fair

2018   Atelier Rosal, Rahway, NJ, Op Ed

Shenandoah Museum of Contemporary Art, Strasburg, VA, The Strasburg Biennial

Studio Montclair, Montclair, NJ, hankifers Window Installation

2017   Valley Arts Community Gallery, Orange, NJ, First Annual Members Show

2016   Firehouse Gallery, Orange, NJ, POL!T!CO:  Money and Effect

2013   National Museum of Animals & Society, Los Angeles, CA, UnCooped: Deconstructing the Domesticated Chicken

2011 Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ Art Reaction Benefit

2010 Keydar Art Studio, Newark, NJ White Christmas

2009 City Without Walls, Newark, NJ Metro 26

         Silpe Gallery, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, CT, Alumni 120 Show

         Index Art Center, Newark, NJ, X-RAY VISION

2008 Shore Institute of Contemporary Art, Long Branch, NJ, The Benny Show

         Transcultural Exchange, St Pancras Railway Station, London, 2008 London Biennial

         The Silpe Gallery, Hartford Art School, W. Hartford, CT, Size is Relative

         Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark, NJ, Boson Exotic

2007 The George Segal Gallery, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, Discoveries

Protest Space, New York, NY, Time’s Up

         Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ, Singularity in the Communal Tide

         Art Gotham, New York, NY, Square Foot Show

         Downtown Association, New York, NY, The Skyline Show

         Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark, NJ, Sanctuary

2006 Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark, NJ, Bridge Art Fair, Miami ’06.

         Joseloff Gallery, Hartford Art School, W. Hartford, CT., Alumni Small Works Exhibition

         Newark National Building, Newark, NJ, Newark Between Us

         Art Gotham, NYC, The Skyline Show

2005 1 Washington Place, Newark, NJ, Facing Newark

        473 Broadway Gallery, NYC, The 7 Deadly Sins

2004 Transcultural Exchange, THE TILE PROJECT, International traveling exhibition

        Soho20 Chelsea, NYC, Room 605

        Brent Sikkema Gallery, NYV, Visual Aids Benefit

        Stedman Gallery, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ, NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowship


        Seton Hall University, School of Law, Newark, NJ, with CWW, Living in an Immaterial World

        Downtown Arts Club, The Knitting Factory, NYC, ART BART

2003 Soho20 Chelsea, NYC, Small Works Invitational

         473 Broadway Gallery, NYC, Drawing Conclusions

         ENMU-R, Roswell, NM, The Regular Paper Show

         Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC, DogDays of Summer

         Southeast Museum, Brewster, NY, The Brewster Project

2002 Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ, Benefit Art Raffle 2002

         The Fuller Museum, Brockton, MA, Transcultural Exchange

         Rockland Center for the Arts, W. Nyack, NY, 9 Choose 9

2001 Greely Square Gallery, New York, NY, Emerging American Artists

         Arlington Art Center, Arlington, MA, Construction Show

         Museum of New Art, Detroit, MI, DOCUMENTA

         Museum of New Art, Detroit, MI, MONA Art Auction

         Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH, The Art is in the Mail(ing)

2000 TransHudson Gallery, New York, NY, Nomads Forever

         Visual Arts Gallery, Lincroft, NJ, EXIT 109

1999 Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, MSU China Faculty

         Exhibition Exchange Transcultural Exchange, Korea, Nomads

1998 Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ, Faculty Show

         Amos Eno Gallery, New York, NY, Nothing Serious

         Artistˆs Space, New York, NY Night of 1,000 Drawings

         Organization of Independent Artists, New York, NY Wall to Wall

         Trans Hudson Gallery, New York, NY No Boundaries

         Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY Annual Salon Show

         City Without Walls, Newark, NJ For the Sake of Beauty

         Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo, New York, NY Annual Venice Show

         Amos Eno Gallery, New York, NY Some Artists

1997 Artistˆs Space, New York, NY Night of 1,000 Drawings

         Amos Eno Gallery, New York, NY Nothing Serious

         Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo, New York, NY Annual Venice Show

         Monmouth University Gallery, W. Long Branch, NJ Faculty Show

1996 Rosenberg Gallery, New York, NY Captured Space

         Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York, NY Lines of Descent

         Artwell Gallery, Torrington, Ct, WORD

1995 IUAV, Venice, Italy, site specific installation, Manipulated Space

         IUAV, Venice, Italy, Works in Progress

         Untitled #130 Ltd. Gallery, Wayne, NY, Quiet, Flowing and Juicy

         Organization of Independent Artists, New York, NY Salon Show2

         Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY Montclair in Manhattan

1993 City Without Walls, Newark, NJ New Members Show

         Organization of Independent Artists, New York, Salon Show

1992 Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY Montclair in Manhattan

         Blackwell Street Center for the Arts, Dover, NJ Doors and Windows



2022 Protect Habitat, Save the World, Washington, DC

         Fiber Options 2022, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD, Honorable Mention    

2021 Orange Reclaimed, i19 Gallery, West Orange, NJ

2020 Strokes of Genius, Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD

         The Endangered, Can Art Save Them? Art Impact International, Inc., Washington, DC

2017 11th Annual Passion Through Art, Atlantic Health System Simon Gallery, Morristown, NJ

2017 Incarceration, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA

2017 Emerging Artists 2017, Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY

2015 Fourth Annual Art Show, NJ Law Center, New Brunswick, NJ

2012 Annual Juried Art Competition South Arkansas Art Center, El Dorado, AK

        Metro Show, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ

2004 Metro Show, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ

2003 Marks, Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA

1998 10th Annual National Art Competition, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO

        International Juried Show, NJ Center for the Visual Arts, Summit, NJ

        19th Annual Juried Show, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ

1997 Annual Womenˆs Works Exhibit, Old Court House Arts Center, Woodstock, IL

1996 Paper, Art and the Book, Center for Book Arts, New York, NY

        Annual Goldfarb Exhibition, Joseloff Gallery, W. Hartford, Ct.

       Connecticut Women Artists Show, The John Ely Slade House, New Haven, CT




2021 Ms. Ann Cole, Annapolis, MD

         Ms. Joann Vaughan, Annapolis, MD

2020 Ms. Nancy Collins, Alexandria, VA

         Ms. Shelby Claire de Lune, Alexandria, VA

         Ms. Lisa Taylor, Pasadena, MD

         Ms. Anne Rossilli, Bethesda, MD

2019, Anonymous, Montclair, NJ

2009 Mr. Ben Goldman, Newark, NJ

2006 Mr. Jack Baldwin LeClair, Franklin, NJ

2004 Ms. Illene Sunshine, New York, NY

2003 Ms. Danielle Arrecas, Tinton Falls, NJ

         Ms. Lise Alcala, Cardiff by the Sea, CA

         Catholic Charities Community Services, Bronx, NY

2002 Mr. Patrick Wornock, Brooklyn, NY

2001 Ms. Jane Harris, Brooklyn, NY

2000 Mr. Harsha Reddy, NYC

1999 Mr. Tony Zaza, Hoboken, New Jersey

1998 Mr. Michael Neuhaus, New Jersey

1997 Mr. T. Winn, NYC

         Mr. Peter Strounitsos, NYC

         Ms. Nicci Havekost, New Mexico

1996 Ms. Shandry Castelow, Tennessee

         Mr. Douglas Ferrari, New Jersey

1994 Montclair State University, NJ

         Mr. David Gray, NJ

1992 Mr. Kevin Lennox, Maryland

         Mr. Thomas Myers, NJ

1989 Mr. & Mrs. Bob Poda, NYC

         Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Vanslembrouck, Belgium

         Ms. Christine Rhodes, England



2019 The Glen Ridge Paper, Interview: Local Artist Has Two Works in MAM by Daniel Jackovino

2012 Artery NYC, Interview:  Inside the Mosh Pit with Vicky Allen Hanks by Tony Zaza

NYU Venice 1974-2011, Artists & Angiola Churchill published by NYU Steinhardt

2009 Star-Ledger, Newark in the Frame, reported by John Zeaman

2006 Jersey Journal, Behind the Seens, reported by Cotton Delo

2004 Cream Cycles/The Adventures of Suzy Creamcheez, etc., catalog essay by Tony Zaza

1998 Artnet Magazine, New York Reviews, No Boundaries, A Global Selection of NYU Artists, Trans       Hudson Gallery, reviewed by Meredith Mendelsohn



2015 Fellowship, Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony, Austerlitz, NY

2002 Fellowship, New Jersey State Council of the Arts, Trenton, NJ

1997 Angel Award at the Vermont Studio Center via Monmouth University, W. Long Branch, NJ

1996 Graduate Award, Joseloff Gallery, Annual Goldfarb Exhibition, W. Hartford, Ct.



2008 Curator, The Benny Show, SICA, Long Branch, NJ

2004 Curator, 7 Deadly Sins show, 473 Broadway Gallery, NYC

1998-99 Freelance writer, NYArts Magazine, New York, NY

1997-99 Adjunct Faculty, Drawing I, Intro to the Visual Arts, Painting I, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ

Adjunct, Art Appreciation, History of Art, Ancient to Medieval, History of Art,

Renaissance to Modern, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ

Adjunct, Art Appreciation, Monmouth University, W. Long Branch, NJ

1998 Panelist, Artists Talk on Art, Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY, What Makes a Coop Gallery Successful

1997 Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

1996 Internship, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT



1996 University of Hartford, Hartford Art School, W. Hartford, CT, MFA

1995 New York University, Venice, Italy, Graduate studies

1995 Brooklyn College of CUNY, Brooklyn, NY, Graduate studies

1994 Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, BFA, Summa Cum Laude

Elizabeth Matthews A&M1

Elizabeth Matthews is an oil painter working in the New Romanticism style using dramatic landscape as a metaphor and setting to confront challenging life experiences. Matthews lives and works in the Washington, DC metro area with a studio in Bethesda, MD. She was born in Salt Lake City and taught art in the Utah school system for ten years. Her education includes an M.Ed. in teaching and learning from Utah State University; and a BFA from Brigham Young University in painting and drawing; a K-12 teaching certification and a gifted and talented endorsement. 

Her work is currently included in the Potomac River Life exhibit at the Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA. She has work in the respected art collection of Salt Lake Community College and her work has recently been recognized with two honorable mention awards at The Art League Gallery in Alexandria, VA (2022); “Painting of  Exceptional Merit” artist award from Rehoboth Art League (2022 & 2021); and an FY21 EMGRR artist award from Arts Fairfax (2020). Other distinctions include solo exhibits at Bountiful Davis Art Center (2020) and Finch Lane Gallery (2019); and painting awards at Utah Valley University’s Woodbury Gallery (2020) and the Springville Museum of Art (2017).

Damien Carter A&M1

I am a wedding and lifestyle photographer serving clients in the Washington DC area. I love to capture special moments for clients and I strive to leave you with lasting memories that truly capture the essence of YOU. I have photographed families and portraits since 2010 and I began to shoot weddings in 2013.

Once I got that wedding bug I couldn’t let it go. Being a part of milestones in your life and being able to preserve them for you is an honor and a privilege for me. When you choose me as your photographer 2 things I can guarantee and that is my eye for storytelling and timeless images.

Inge Burman A&M1

Originally from Pretoria, South Africa, I lived and worked in Cape Town from 1995-2022. I recently relocated to Maryland and have joined Artists & Makers Studios.

I hold a BA Visual Arts (2010) and an associate’s degree in journalism. Additionally, I have pursued continuing education and training, including mentorship, community arts facilitation and volunteering.

My work has encompassed oils, acrylics and watercolors, pastels, ceramic sculpture, linocut printing and collage, and often incorporated embroidery and knitting. My thematic/conceptual interests concern the complexities of the human condition and the role of duality in our social and psychological worlds.

I have participated in several group exhibitions over the years including at Beit Berl, Israel (1982), the Natal Society of Arts, the AVA and Ruth Prowse Art School (1990’s), the Innovative Threads Exhibition at Artspace Durban (2007), and the ‘Mi’Story Exhibition at the Jean Welz Gallery in Worcester. In 2012 my work, ‘Hestia’s Lament’ was a finalist in the prestigious Vuleka competition, in 2013 ‘Emancipation 11’ appeared in the Sasol New Signatures finals. In 2014 I had two works, ’Urban Palimpsest’ and ‘Mirage’ in the finals of the Vuleka competition and in 2015 I won first place with ‘Undergrowth’. Most recently, my work appeared in “Paper” at Glen Carlou gallery in 2021 and Edg Gallery – an online exhibition in 2020 at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Helen Hanssen Woodworks A&M1

Helen Hanssen is a maker and craft person interested in hand-tool woodworking. Influenced by the work she did working in historic preservation and graphic design, Ms. Hanssen became enamored of traditional joinery methods and 18th century hand tools. Shaping wood with antique hand tools allows for her to bring all her passions together, including her background in Japanese art and design. Through the use of hand tools, she embraces the physical demands of ripping, crosscutting, and re-sawing timber after the furniture parts have been carefully laid out.

Ms. Hanssen finds using antique hand-tools in her workshop a satisfying experience and enjoys restoring vintage tools— many of which started out as rusted metal or dried up wood. A number of her hand planes date from the early1800s to 1960s and required some degree of tuning and refining. She believes working with hand tools isn’t all about creating an end product but rather the pleasure in the journey such as feeling the bite of a sharp chisel or driving a tenon home with one final tap.

Wanting to set up a small apartment workshop, many of Ms. Hanssen’s early projects were “shop furniture” designed by Christopher Schwarz at the Lost Art Press, such as the Dutch tool chest, a Japanese tool box, a saw bench, and a Roubo-tyle workbench. For a beginner, these projects act as a deep learning primer for hand-tool woodworking. From this hand-tool foundation, Ms. Hanssen started attending multiple woodworking classes taught by Aspen Golann (Bench brush, Windsor Chair, and pencil-making) at the Florida School of Woodworking in Tampa, Florida.

Recently retired from her position with the federal government, Ms. Hanssen is now embarking on her hand-tool woodworking adventure full-time.


Helen Hanssen grew up in Maryland and received her BA in East Asian Studies with an emphasis on Japanese art history from the University of Maryland, College Park. She later studied graphic and web design at the Corcoran College of Art + Design and fine art B&W photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Ms. Hanssen had a gratifying 39-year career working for the federal government in Washington, DC as a web and graphic designer.

Helen Hanssen Woodworks

Dorothy McGeorge, Affiliate

Art is Biography

Dorothy McDonough McGeorge

Dorothy McGeorge has most recently returned to the Washington area. Her paintings over the years have chronicled her surroundings from the open plains of Nebraska, the suburbs of Washington, D.C., the urban cityscapes of Montreal, Quebec and most recently the Southwest in New Mexico.

Her undergraduate degree in Fine Art is from Saint Mary’s College of Maryland where she studied with Baltimore realists Earl Hoffman and Tom Rowe. She earned her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska in 1993, where she studied with James Eisentrager and Karen Kunc.

In her thesis, “Monumental Images of the Midwest,” she used Dynamic Symmetry, a classical approach to organizing the picture plane into segments to compel the viewer to share the whole of the image through its parts. The idea of perfect proportions found in nature, supported by mathematical principals, has a direct influence on her work. The University of Nebraska had an impressive staff of highly regarded, regionally and nationally know artists, including painters Dan Howard, James Eisentrager and keith Jacobshagen and printmaker Karen Kunc.

She worked mostly with James Eisentrager who believed strongly in the gestalt principle that we perceive visual data in organized or configured terms and Dynamic Symmetry, a term presented in the 1920s by art theorist Jay Hambridge. These principles can be seen not only in the work of impressionist and post impressionists, but in more contemporary and sometimes abstract work of artists like Richard Diebenkorn and Willem de Kooning.

After receiving her masters, she became an artist with the Hayden Galley in Lincoln, Nebraska which was associated with the Sheldon Memorial Museum of Art. The subject of her work shifted from grain elevators (monumental midwestern images) to smaller local architectural images and familiar city and industrial scenes. When she moved to Washington, D.C. area in1995 she continued supplying the gallery with paintings of Lincoln with local structures until 2005

In 2005 she moved to Montreal Quebec. There she worked from her studio in the Complex du Canal Lachine, in St. Henry. Her work was of the City of Montreal, cityscapes of structures that reflected the character of the place through perspectives that transformed the colors and shapes of surfaces through direct sunlight and shadow. Her work shown mostly there at Espace D’ Art du Canal.

In 2011, she moved to New Mexico, there she chose to paint structures along historic Route 66 which were starting to disappear from the landscape. She showed he work in three different galleries there, the Old Schoolhouse Gallery, the Watermelon Gallery and the Gallery at 400 in Old Town.

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:
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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


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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