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Ms Ryan has been painting for more than forty years. She currently works with watercolor, soft and oil pastels, acrylics, alcohol inks and mixed media in a mostly abstract style. She expands her knowledge via workshops, classes and by teaching.
Myra seeks to express emotions and feelings through color, shape and texture. She enjoys learning how her paintings conjure up memories and feelings in the viewer.
She has been juried into shows at the Philadelphia Sketch Club, Historic Yellow Springs, Notre Dame Academy, Daylesford Abbey, Center for the Arts and numerous others throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. September through December, 2019 she had a two person show at the Abstract Expressions Gallery in Mount Holly, NJ.
In 2019, Myra moved to Maryland and now exhibits in DC and the Maryland suburbs.
Her work is in the permanent collection of the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, American Cancer Center Hope Lodge and private collections in the U.S., France, Australia, England and Sweden.
Ms. Ryan coordinated all art exhibits at Palmyra Cove Nature Center in New Jersey. She is past board member of The Artists Circle and Past President of the NJ Pastel Painters Society. For ten years she exhibited at and was a member of the Home Fine Art Gallery, Mount Holly, New Jersey. Currently she is a member of the Rockville Art League, the Laurel Art Guild, the Montgomery County Art Association and is an Affiliate Member of Artists and Makers.
Myra especially enjoys encouraging others to use art as a means of personal expression. She teaches various mediums in her studio, and via demonstrations and workshops in many locations. When not painting or teaching, she can be found in her garden “painting with flowers.”
Best in show, NJ Pastel Painters Society, 2011
Third Place, NJ Pastel Painters Society, 2012
Best in Show, NJ Pastel Painters Society, 2014
Third Place, NJ Pastel Painters Society, 2016
First Place, Art Alliance, 2016
Third Place, WAA Abstract show, 2017
Second Place WAA open juried show, 2019
Marilyn Banner holds a BFA in painting from Washington University in St Louis and a MSEd from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Additional studies include 1968-9 Graduate Painting Department at Queens College of CUNY, plus art and art education classes at University of MD, Corcoran, University of Buffalo, and R&F Encaustics. Her works have been widely exhibited in more than thirty solo and over one hundred group shows, and are in numerous public and private collections.
Exhibition venues include The Katzen Museum of American University; The Corcoran Museum, Washington, DC; Ceres Gallery, New York City; McLean Project for the Arts, McLean VA; The University of Maryland Global College (UMGC), College Park MD; Hebrew Union College Museum, NYC; Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ: Artists & Makers, Rockville MD; B’nai B’rith Museum, Washington DC; BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD; Marymount University, Arlington, VA; Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely MD; Carroll Community College, Westminster, MD; Loyola College, Baltimore, MD; DCAC and Gallery 10, Wash DC; Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, WV; Ratner Museum, Bethesda MD; Delaplaine Center for the Arts, Frederick, MD; Costa Rican Embassy, Washington, DC and Czech Embassy, Washington DC.
Ms. Banner is the recipient of ten residency fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Sweetbriar VA, and in 2012 was awarded a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation VCCA Creative Fellows Grant. She was chosen as one of ten participants in Art Cart 2013, honoring lifelong artists of note in the DC area. Her work has been reproduced and included in Encaustic Art in the 21st Century, by Ashley Rooney, as well as many other books and publications.
Marilyn Banner lives in Takoma Park, Maryland with her musician husband Carl Banner. For 10 years she led No Limits for Women in the Arts support groups locally and traveled the east coast as a No Limits regional leader. With her husband she co-founded (1998) and helps produce Washington Musica Viva, a continuing monthly music and arts performance series. She is a member of Ceres Gallery, New York City.
Awards, Competitons and Grants
District Arts, Frederick, MD, “SATURATION” (2019, Best in Show)
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Art Center, Dowell, MD, “Ebb & Flow: The Power of Water” (2019, Juror’s Award)
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Art Bank Grant (2018, 2016, 2014, 2009)
Edward Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, NY, “Small Matters of Great Importance: Light and Shadow” (2015, Honorable Mention)
Bethesda Painting Awards (Finalist, 2016 and 2011; 2nd Place, 2005)
New American Paintings (juried exhibitions-in-print), Southern Competition #88, June/July 2010
Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County Individual Artist Grant (2010)
Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award—Visual Arts: Paintings (2010, 2008, 2006)
As a little boy Bill Johnson always answered the question “what do you want to be when you grow up” with a very quick “an Artist”! As a senior in high school he was presented with the school’s art award. He went on to major in art in college. Two separate advisors told him he was wasting his money on an art degree. The logic was that you are either an artist or not and the only time a degree in art would be needed would be to teach or as a commercial artist. Not having money, he took the advice and dropped out. He did stay in school as a model for figure drawing classes. In this role he became a peer with the instructors and was able to have his work reviewed and get advice while being paid. Bill spent most of his life working with plants. At age 9 his family lived on a farm and he learned about vegetable gardening. At the time he did not know it was organic gardening, but it did shape his thinking about working with nature. Moving to Washington D.C. He spent 7 years working as a cook. He then worked as a staff horticulturist at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. After retiring from Hillwood in 2016 he finally grew up and is enjoying life as an artist.
Let me offer some thoughts about why I draw. For me it is the basis of visual experience. Its immediacy, spontaneity and directness allow for quick notations or sustained concentration in a search for resolution. The final drawing stands as its own independent form of expression. It is not preparation for a painting or a piece of sculpture.
In addition, I value the power of line. A single line on a blank page can become the opening gesture that along with other marks can create texture, depth, mass and complexity. Experimenting with materials, pushing their boundaries, discovering new textures, new spatial relationships – becomes the thrill of drawing. And the eraser absorbs memory.
I use many traditional drawing tools and I will make new ones if necessary. Paper – all kinds of paper – is my preferred surface. -B.W.
My work involves creating compelling illusions, as most successful two-dimensional work ought to do. I’ve always been inspired by the natural world, most specifically human and animal biological subject matter. Most works don’t copy literally from nature but use the remembered impressions of pieces of researched imagery and automatic drawing processes to build compositions. The Surrealists are obvious inspirations for process and uncommon juxtapositions. Artists like Dorothea Tanning, Max Ernst, Arshile Gorky, Frida Khalo and Rene Magritte were early influences. Later a fascination with Philip Guston for his bold and primitive use of line as well what I interpret as his ability to strip life down to the barest essentials. Maybe not the essentials we are looking for but what I took from Guston’s paintings of piles of shoes, bare light bulbs hanging in space, stubby cigarettes, etc. were a blunt and direct confrontation with life and death. These ideas I connect with as I see art as a life force in and of itself and perhaps a connection with an intangible world no one can explain.
Current work builds on unexplainable worlds by attempting to put these thoughts into reality with works on paper that layer imagery with transparent ink washes and obvious strong line that depict animals and other three dimensional ordinary things like cars and furniture. Shadows are painted into the works to insist on the viewer suspending their disbelief and “getting into” the work, while at the same time I have cut out and bent the paper so it will throw hard shadows and present itself as an object. I’m looking, in vain I know, for the 4th dimension.
Subject matter takes the idea of life, death and continuity into hard science, albeit in a simple way, as many of the animals placed in these compositions are endangered, extinct or descendants of one or more of the other animals in the work. Falling into the illusions of these works and reading the lists of animals described may reach the viewer on multiple levels. I would hope a viewer would not be able to describe what the paintings are about, no matter how hard they try. Fascination with the unexplainable goes on forever.
I am a classically trained representational artist. My work has been shown at the Glave Kocen Gallery in Richmond, among other venues, and has won awards from local art organizations.
I am a member of the Portrait Society of America, Montgomery Art Association, and the Rockville Art League, for which I am the Membership Coordinator.
I am a quiet person, a listener and observer. Painting is my way of expressing the fullness and nuances of what I see and feel beyond what language can say.
The unspoken poetry and hidden narratives of small, everyday moments are what most intrigue me as an artist. I think of these as quiet connections – between the people I observe, and between these people and myself.
When people interact, I imagine what they might be communicating. When I see an individual’s face, I wonder what lies beneath. The pleasure of painting is questioning my assumptions while coaxing out life on my canvas.
Born in Washington D.C. in 1954, the year Elvis Presley recorded his first record, I am a child of rock and roll. Being part of the original baby boomers, I enjoyed my formative years watching the transformation of this country through the sixties. My immediate peers were heavily involved in music which included being in bands, touring and producing on various levels.
My college education did not result in graduation as my life outside University was becoming more interesting. This is fairly typical of individuals who are more into doing than being told what to do. Many years of making music, producing albums, touring on the road and odd jobs here and there eventually brought me to being a $5 an hour house painter’s helper.
Being ambitious, for the next decade I painted houses and buildings. It was during this period, I came to fully understand how proper use of applications results in a better outcomes. How to best prepare a surface, how different paint products interact with each other, I became an expert painter. My high point was painting a dozen 6 over 6 double hung windows in one day – in other words, an exceptional amount of precision production painting.
Mix this with an innate ability to seek out new connections, I eventually threw in with a group of downtown artists who were renovating buildings in questionable neighborhoods. Each of us had a particular skill, and I was the painter guy. This allowed me to expand my repertoire to include all facets of building – electrical, plumbing, masonry and carpentry. This was fantastic because we were all artists and the rule “it’s art, there are no rules,” made everything a creative experiment.
After a while, watching people create art wasn’t enough for me. So, at some point in 1990 I made my first wooden stretcher, stretched canvas on it and began painting. One of the earliest paintings I did called “A Mile Off the Dry Tortugas” hangs on the wall at the foot my bed. I wake up every morning looking at it.
At this point I can build my own canvas stretchers and do a fair amount of rudimentary framing. My main framer for many years is the incomparable Spencer Zarin in Rockville, Maryland.
Now you have a bit of early context. Inside the Portfolio on my site there are place markers with insights I made along the way. I invite you to keep reading therein.
THE ART OF POLYMER CLAY
Fran Abrams, Rockville, MD, has an undergraduate degree in art and architecture and a graduate degree in urban planning. In January 2000, after making a New Year’s resolution to return to her roots as an artist, she began studying and working with polymer clay. She retired from her day job in July 2010 after 41 years of public service in government and nonprofit agencies in Montgomery County, MD. She then helped to establish the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery and Music Room in the Silver Spring Civic Building in downtown Silver Spring, MD, serving as manager from 2010-2012.
Her medium, polymer clay, is a man-made substance that begins as blocks of solid colored clay-like material. The clay colors blend just like blending paints. Like many polymer clay artists, Fran uses a pasta machine to condition the clay, to blend colors, and to achieve complex designs. Her work is unusual because of what is not there. There is no paint. All of the colors come from the clay itself. The focus is not only on blending the various color clays, but also manipulating the results to express the themes of the pieces. Fran’s work includes pieces designed to be hung on the wall like bas relief as well as sculptures intended to be displayed on a pedestal or shelf. The works that hang on the wall are presented without glass in the frame, allowing the viewer to see the intricacies of the designs.
Fran’s work is shown regularly at Foundry Gallery, a cooperative, artist-run gallery in Washington, DC, where she served as president from 2014-2018. She also speaks to local artist groups about how to get their artwork into galleries and exhibits. Her work, in competition with more traditional mediums, has been juried into and won awards in numerous exhibits in the greater DC metropolitan area as well as in other parts of the country including Brooklyn, NY. Naples, FL, Baton Rouge, LA and Wichita, KS.
Fran’s artwork also has been juried into national exhibits of polymer clay art in Lexington, MA in 2010 and in St. Paul, MN in 2013. In May 2014, her piece titled “Warmth of the Fire” won Best in 2D Art in the International Polymer Clay Awards competition that included entries from artists around the world. That piece is now in the collection of Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin.
In January 2020, Fran celebrated 20 years of working with polymer clay. She continues to explore the possibilities of this remarkably versatile material.
I have been working as a professional artist for more than thirty years now, after a public school education in which my focus was completely art-centric. As a child I was always out in nature, in the woods and along the creek beds of northern Pennsylvania. I developed a sense of awe and respect for the natural world early on and that devotion has never wavered. My work is often called Romantic Pop.
Special allowances were made in the course of my education to provide art instruction and the time I needed to focus on it. I studied privately with some tremendous artists and worked with every sort of material I could get my hands on to build my knowledge of mediums.
Plants and flowers fascinated me with their lush shapes and wonderful colors, and I was always interested in looking at botanical renderings and nature studies. To me they were often cold and impersonal, and that was not how I saw nature. I became captivated with trying to capture and share the world as I saw it.
Jennifer is an award-winning representational painter whose oil paintings explore intriguing color combinations and brushwork to convey energy and mood. In addition to capturing expressive portraiture, she is inspired by familiar narratives that evoke a sense of possibility, wonder, and story.
The process of applying rich color to canvas is extraordinary. It’s tactile, focused, and a pure reflection of connection – to my mind and to my subject. At times, my brushstrokes are purposeful and exact. Sometimes, they are mixed up and chaotic. My mood and curiosities about the subject create a tug and pull of expression that comes through in my work. The process is meaningful to me and my hope is to portray this meaning in my art.
My brushwork and color choices go hand in hand—they are not independent of one another. Sometimes my brush will take a color in a direction that surprises me. It’s all part of the exploration and creative process. I get to share a bit of my process when I leave those marks.
My paintings highlight the possibilities of a moment. These days we need to remind ourselves to connect to our experience of the world — feel its possibilities. The shine and glimmer of a wet roof, the warmth of light during transitions of the day, the excitement of a new adventure, the love in a person’s eyes – all are precious, fleeting, and beautiful.
Best In Show – “Rockville Art League Juried Members’ Winter Show” Rockville, MD, 2019, Juror: Kris Loya
Third Place, Kensington Category – “Paint the Town Art Show 2019” Kensington Armory, Kensington, MD, 2019, Juror: Glen Kessler
Honorable Mention, Landscape – “Paint the Town Art Show 2019” Kensington Armory, Kensington, MD, 2019, Juror: Glen Kessler
Honorable Mention, Oils – “Women’s Club of Chevy Chase Art Show” Chevy Chase, MD, 2019
Honorable Mention, Portraits – “Women’s Club of Chevy Chase Art Show” Chevy Chase, MD, 2019
Third Place – “Penn Place Invitational Show”, Garret Park, MD, 2019
First Place, Landscape – “Paint the Town Art Show 2018” Kensington Armory, Kensington, MD, 2018, Juror: Gavin Glakas
Best in Show – “Paint the Town Art Show 2018” Kensington Armory, Kensington, MD, 2018, Juror: Gavin Glakas
Mary sees Art as an interactive cycle supporting self-expression, learning and healing for both the creator and the viewer. Mary studied painting at East Carolina University and UNC Chapel Hill. Her artwork includes paintings in acrylic, oils and mixed media. A licensed mental health professional (MSW, LCSWc) with specialized training in energy psychology and excessive therapies, Mary has spent the recent 10 years working in the field of mental/ behavioral health providing counseling and social services, which include the use of art for therapeutic purposes. See Mary’s line of art for children.
Lisa V. Denison is an artist living and working in the Washington D.C. area. Prior to moving to the D.C. area, Lisa taught drawing and painting, studio art, and art history for Norfolk Public Schools, elementary art in Chesterfield County Schools, Richmond Virginia for a total of 16 years. Lisa received her B.S. in Art Education from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in 1984.
“I came from humble beginnings, which I am so grateful for. It taught me valuable lessons, in particular to push my creative mind, and to see things in a different light. Drawing or painting is a sacred space for me that has always allowed me freedom to play, escape, and reflect.”
Lisa’s art is a representation of ordinary life, the good, and the not so good. Many subjects include social injustices depicted through objects and arranged to depict a message. The paintings often symbolize a social, economic, environmental, or humane animal treatment message. Creating a painting that has a strong message hidden or represented by simple objects is a common thread in Lisa’s work.
In her mixed media /contemporary paintings, there are multiple symbols and hidden images woven in a tapestry of colors that tell a story or reveal a message. Lisa has created commissioned work for Restaurateurs, Advertising Agencies, Medical Offices, and private residences. Lisa is a participating artist at Compass Atelier Masters Artists Program.
“It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are from; we all have a story to tell – it is woven in our DNA. This is what propels me to paint.”
In my art, I am drawn to joyous colors, bold compositions, and glowing light. Watercolors – with their transparent luminosity and purity of hue – are my preferred medium, but I also work in acrylics. My works depict the quiet beauty of quotidian objects and the bolder beauty of nature, but my true subjects are light, color, pattern and shape.
My enthusiasm for art dates to my childhood, when my father would take me to the great museums in Manhattan. I studied drawing and painting in high school and college, where I majored in art history. I moved to Washington, D.C., in 1974 and pursued a career first in journalism and then in law, rising to become a partner at the firm of Skadden, Arps, where I practiced white collar criminal defense law. All the while, I painted when I could, and studied with several fine teachers, including Susan Abbott and Deborah Ellis at the Art League in Alexandria, Virginia, and Walt Bartman and Glen Kessler of the Yellow Barn Studio at Glen Echo National Park in Maryland. In 2011, I retired to travel and devote more time to developing my skills as a visual artist. I take my paints with me when I travel, and have painted in France, Italy, Mexico, the Bahamas, and the American Southwest.
In 2015 I was selected for membership in the Potomac Valley Watercolorists, and in 2016 I became a juried member of the Touchstone Gallery in Washington D.C. (http://www.touchstonegallery.com). Several of my award-winning works have been accepted in juried shows, including:
· “Shadow Play,” Best in Show, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA, Open Show, Dec. 2017
“Glen Echo Creek,” Best in Show (watercolor), The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA, Open Show, Oct. 2017
· “Stained Glass October”, Yellow Barn Gallery Members Show, December 2014
· “Market Baskets, Provence”, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA, All Media Exhibit, January 2015
· “Tin Box with Tulips”, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA, All Media exhibit, April 2015
· “Chinese Lanterns with Pumpkin”, Honorable Mention, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA Open Exhibit, September 2015
· “Okavango”, The Art League, Alexandria, VA, “Superstition and Belief “ Show, October 2015
Born into a family of contractors, Tony Ventouris has been surrounded by architects, developers, and artists since an early age and has naturally developed a deep appreciation for the art of building. His unique background, photographic education, and lifelong devotion to the creation of artistic images has resulted in his successful career as a professional photographer.
Laura-Leigh Palmer is chief and only creative at asap graphics+interiors360 a boutique marketing firm for small and medium businesses and organizations. She takes the company motto “making small companies look big and big companies look good” seriously. Work for both print and web includes: social media postings and graphics, web site creation, brochures, logos, ads, print collateral, illustration and event and product photography.
She is an Adjunct Professor at Montgomery College teaching Introduction to Digital Illustration and Intro to Web Design, and is a Google Trusted photographer creating StreetView Enhanced tours for local businesses. She is active in multiple organizations: Keyclub Advisor for JFKenndy High School, Secretary of the Wheaton Silver Spring Kiwanis, past President and current member and on the board of the Wheaton Kensington Chamber of Commerce, and past President of MAA (Montgomery Art Association) and current member. She is the founder of Adobe Addicts and Digital Creators and active with the Wheaton Arts Parade and Festival projects: parade, arts factory, gallery and pop up arts events.
Recent 2d work includes a wall mural at Artists & Makers Studio (Butterflies Rebirth) that falls in line with her interest in optical illusions and dreamscapes. 3d work involves book deconstruction with folding, pocket size icons and yin yang symbol collages formed from found objects. Currently working on a series of the 60 year Chinese Zodiac and is concentrating on founding a new organization the Wheaton and Greater Kensington Historical Society as a place for the research she accumulated while writing Images of America: Wheaton published by Arcadia Press.
I make art to discover the joy that is within. All the elements of nature’s patterns and beauty are ours to discover and celebrate.
As an explorer, I open myself to the discoveries of paint and canvas. In that realm is an opportunity to find what lies under the surface of daily consciousness. I begin with loosely applied marks applied in an intuitive manner. Building upon this with spontaneous/loose gesture, I respond with variations of shape, color, texture to create abstraction related to emotion and feeling.
As colors and shapes emerge – some more dramatic and lyrical than others – negative shapes are defined; some areas recede while some blend; and the whole emerges as a simple, all-in-a-moment (gestalt) experience.
These new mark-and-shape relationships can suggest leaves, lozenges, triangles, ovals, dots, waves and other reminders of the natural world’s geometry, patterning and beauty.
My process varies slightly in the two different media – whether distilling down to essentials as seen in making the large acrylic abstractions or accumulating and layering through the cold wax and oil works.
Ann Corbett has a BFA from the Corcoran School of Art and Design. Her gestural mark-making and interest in texture has evolved through various post-graduate painting workshops.
Her paintings include organic shapes in bold colors as well as a form of personal geometry that highlights her joy in nature’s creation.
Neal Schlosburg – NS Fine Art Images
Neal Schlosburg, photo artist: The mood of an image is a shared experience between artist and viewer.
I explore energy, emotion, and sensibilities with my images and their titles. My goal is to have an expressive exchange; one soul directly to another. I converse with light, shades, tones, textures, shapes, and words to tell a story and to convey my feelings. Life is diverse, so too are the moods.
“The negative is comparable to the composer’s score and the print to its performance.” Ansel Adams
More than fifty years past, my first hands on experience to photography was in summer camp. We developed black and negatives and printed them as contact sheets (thumbnails). The textures and shades of charcoal and pastels would later inform my photographic art.
Through the course of my life, my influences and passions have changed and evolved. Most of my artistic images over the last seven years reflect my desire to interact with spontaneous emotions. My subject matter is varied, but it is people and flowers I am most drawn to.
Music has been an essential part of my life, and it entered the creative process in an unexpected way. Looking at one of my fine art images, a large delicate white flower with linen like petals, my wife said it reminded her of a beautiful wedding dress. The moment she made that comment, Billy Idol’s “White Wedding” played in my head. Since then, all my images are named after a song title, an album title, or a band name.