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Kristina Penhoet A&M1

Kristina Penhoet creates abstract and expressionist sculpture using traditional and modern felt-making techniques.  Her work takes cues from living organisms, landscapes and architecture; seeking to find beauty in the strange and ugly and pursuing themes of connection, mutation and diversity. Her use of wool as a tactile, natural material is consistent with her themes and the organic properties of her work.

After earning a degree in biology, Kristina attended Otis College of Art and Design concentrating on sculpture and environmental design, eventually pursuing a degree and career in architecture. When she became disenchanted with restrictive creative process of architectural design, she rekindled her love of making and discovered fiber as a medium.

Originally from the West Coast, Kristina currently resides in Washington, DC with her family and a naughty dog that wants to be good.


Julie Smith A&M2

I am a native of New Orleans, LA, the product of many generations that have lived and died
there. My family moved to Takoma Park, MD in 1967. Coming of age in those times has always
and will continue to shape my beliefs, opinions and art. I majored in art at Montgomery College
in Takoma Park, then began a career with the AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor –
Congress of Industrial Organizations) in 1976 and served in many capacities.

Coming from a union household, in fact a union family on both my parents’ sides, working at the
AFL-CIO seemed more a mission than a job for me. However, I no longer had time or emotional
fortitude to draw and/or paint, but expressed my creative side with making beaded jewelry,
learning beginning silversmithing and working in stained glass.

Upon retiring in September 2001, I began to take classes and workshops and reawakened the
passion for fine art that slumbered so long while I tended to my career. I began working in
watercolor then moved to acrylic painting. Painting in acrylic affords me the ability to paint in
vivid colors, as well as muted and neutral tones. I enjoy painting landscapes, people, animals of
all kinds and abstraction. I love collage and have become a semi-hoarder of bits and pieces of
ephemera for use in my works.

Currently, I am a Resident Artist at Artists & Makers 2 in Rockville, MD.  Getting away from
my home studio and having the ability to exchange ideas and materials with other artists has
had a profound impact on my art and creative expression. I continue to take workshops and
classes to keep fired up and broaden my abilities. I once read that creating art is not about
talent, but about work. I have found that to be the truest statement of all. If you have interest in
art, working as much as you possibly can in your chosen field and medium, is the path to
success and satisfaction.

Julie Smith

Ronni Jolles A&M1

Artist Ronni Jolles creates her signature paper paintings using a unique and innovative process that she calls “Painting with Paper.”  

With a network of paper sources located throughout the world, Ronni gathers paper from countries such as Thailand, France, Italy, Bhutan, China, Japan, Korea, India, Nepal, Philippines, Egypt, Zimbabwe, and Mexico.

After cutting, tearing, and layering the papers, Ronni then uses acrylic paints and sealants on top of the papers to bring out the textures and variations in color, as well as to protect the paper.

Ronni has had her unique form of paper artistry featured in galleries, crafts shows, and art spaces throughout the country.   She has created numerous commissioned works for businesses, hospitals, hotels, public libraries, and many private clients.


Jonathan Jaeger A&M2

This is all the artwork from my head which is always evolving and coming up with new ideas, this is a new venture for me and I am selling the these works of art and maybe when I am gone from the earth and ancient aliens unearth these piece of art they will wonder what kind of people once inhabited the earth and what kind of social drugs we were taking samples of before we sat down to do are abstract art. These are available on Canvas with supplies to hang it in your beautiful home, so you can see it everyday and not think of the world so seriously but creatively. I hope someone will enjoy these as much as me, I am considering putting some of the work on t-shirts but that is an adventure for another time. Those who are guests will gain information on my progress and how to get these wonderful art work, through this fabulous new site. 

My dream is to show these in a art gallery and if I sell just one to give the money to programs in school needing money for classes with artistic expression which are in need. 

I do not compare myself to anybody I am an original, although I love painting human situations and human emotions. I love doing this, I would not mind doing this full time but I am not at that step yet. This is pure passion I am asking you to share in that. Picasso is a favorite but I do not think I am better than any artist. 

Peace Love and Happiness to all of You! 

Jonathan Jaeger

Geri Olson A&M2

I’ve been working in water media for many years and recently I’m enjoying experimenting with  various ways of applying color (acrylic, ink, watercolor) on canvas—splashing, pouring, brushing color that can freely unite into lively, energetic compositions. Allowing the paint to move and flow creates new and unimagined colors and forms—improvisation in art. I’m drawn to the freedom and ambiguity of pure abstraction— the freedom to take risks. be spontaneous, letting the paint do its work, and the mystery of the resulting works.

I have studied under many national watercolorists, including David Kessler, Mark Mahferty, Pat Dews, David Daniels, Linda Kemp, Carrie Brown, Phil Metzger, Liam Zhen, Janet Barch. 

I am a resident artist with Artists & Makers Studios, a member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, the Montgomery Arts Association, and Rockville Art League. I have shown and won awards in juried shows at Strathmore, Glenview Mansion, Kensington Labor Day Show, Friendship Heights Center, Glen Echo, and Women’s Club of Chevy Chase.

Nur Sagmanligil A&M2

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. 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.


Kelly Posey A&M2

I am a painter first, and a teacher second. I have taught for 17 years, while raising two children. During most of that time I was a Sunday painter. But in the past few years, as my children have grown up and become more independent, I have been able to paint on a more regular basis, that has become routine for me now. And for the last two years, I have built up a body of work that I feel very proud of. 

I am an abstractionist that dabbles in the representational. Deep meditation and reflection on past works that I did in encaustics 20 years ago has given me new insight on the creation of painting and the process of brush stroke and color fields.  My investigations into this process have allowed my paintings, both past and present, to have an open dialogue with one another and a continuum.  My work has evolved, over time, from a highly narrative figurative style into abstract painting laced with symbolism. There is still narrative, but I want it to be broader. This work is speaking about energy in nature, and the subtle or strong forces working beyond the human realm. Some work deals with microorganisms and some deal with deep space. All deal with the beauty and dichotomy of those worlds in their complexity or simplicity.



Cecelia Laurendeau A&M2

At an early age I began to go beyond coloring and ventured into drawing and painting. The moment I uncapped my first tube of oil paint and squeezed out that brilliant buttery hue, I knew I was on a journey of artistic discovery. This natural ability was nurtured by my loving talented parents. They were not only lovers of art, music and the beauty of life, but were artists in their own right.  My Mom a soprano singer, fiber artist and poet, my Dad a builder, stained glass artist and photographer. It was not long before I would put a camera to my eye.

Real life images. The story that nature tells in the stillness of the landscape, the greatness of the ocean and the journey of the seasons. This is what excites my senses as an artist and my photographer’s eye at home and in my travels. Creating compositions in oils and pastels, my inspiration is drawn from my photographs. The creative process for me is re-visiting that place and moment in time. Remembering and feeling the emotion of the scene my lens captured and bringing it to life as a painting to be experienced and shared in a new way.

“Art is not what you see but what you make others see”. . . Edgar Degas


Anita L. Albertson A&M1

What is Art?  To me, art captures something essential about life.

Art makes life bearable. It isn’t a luxury. Like our capacity for understanding, and our experience of love, it is a vitally important part of life.
–Gillian Pederson Krag

How does one share the charm and communicate the wonder of living, breathing and being? By using color, pattern, light, texture, style, angles, laughter, beauty, nature, industry, rigor, challenge, and words; then one weaves in the rainbow of emotions and experiences– all of which shine light on the magic and the drudgery of being.

To this point I have played with self-expression and aimed toward connective conversations in the margins of my life and the privacy and intimacy of my own home.  I am largely untrained, although I have had the benefit of some recent classes with some amazing and gifted artists.

Life has stages.  I have supported my children to grow and be and do and supported my husband as he has accomplished and achieved and is recognized for his talents.  I have weathered the declines and deaths of my grandmother, mother-in-law and parents.  These have been both difficult and amazing endeavors — greatly enriching my world and theirs.   Connecting me with all that has been, all that is now, and all that will continue after I cease to be.

Inside me is a calling to express, create, play.  I need to sit, think, write and design, uninterrupted and untethered.   Connecting with others on that path.  Sharing what is in me/what I can with those I know and with people I don’t know yet.  Growing.  Being.  Breathing.  Learning better how to express what needs to get out on paper.

I seek a community to help bridge my untrained enthusiasm into something more – at first for myself, but after a period of time, for and with others.

Working with a combination of mixed media – paper, acrylics, watercolors, pencils, pastels, fabric, yarn, pens and markers – I want explore the emotions and experiences of life.  My intention to start is to learn more about the craft of art by being in community with artists and pair my creations with poems, short stories or prose.

Eventually I would like to share these tools of self-expression with a wider range of children and adults in a relaxed, spontaneous way including those in marginalized communities seeking self-expression and through it, compassionate understanding.


Linda Cohen (In Memoriam 2018)

Linda was a treasured member of the A&M family. Her dedication to, and love of her practice, lives on in our hearts.

“I love the creative process of art which has always been a part of my life.  For many years,  I made silver jewelry with an interest in the texture and form of my pieces. About ten years ago I took up plein air painting – there is something so peaceful being outside and painting the moment. I am especially drawn to the elements of water and reflections.  I have taken plein air painting classes with both Glen Kessler, founder of Compass Atelier and Gavin Glakas, with Yellow Barn.  I have been taking portrait and figure painting with Gavin for the last 6 years which has proved especially challenging and rewarding.”

Janet Fox A&M2

I’m a Gallery 209 artist, at Artists & Makers 2. 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. I have been creating art for sale for about 15 years, and have studied under Indianapolis and DC area artists. My paintings are abstract or representational, often inspired by nature or the curious images in dreams. I paint with encaustic (heated, pigmented beeswax) and fluid paints 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 am a board member of the Montgomery Art Association and a member of the International Encaustic Artists.


Elaine Boucher Burch Taylor A&M2

B.A. in Fine Art, Boston College, Boston, Massachusetts
B.S.C.S. in Computer Science, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia
Study at Boston University, Harvard University, Montgomery College and Corcoran School of Art
Work as a software engineer and an artist

Highlights of Exhibitions, Collectors and Gallery Associations:
Washington International Art Fair II, III, IV and V
Paul Rosen Graphics, Washington DC
United States Information Agency, Central America
Spectrum Gallery, Washington, DC
New York Expo, New York, NY
Art Expo West, Los Angeles, CA
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-Present, Rockville, MD

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

The paintings represent the harmonious coexistence of opposites: of complexity and simplicity;
Of show-it-all boldness and the mystery of concealed shapes;
Of brilliant colors and soft pastels; the artist is a Gemini.
The media used are oil or acrylic on canvas, acrylic on Plexiglas and gouache on rice papers.


Sue Fierston A&M2

I like to work in series and I’m in the midst of white-line woodcuts based on Yosemite National Park, where I’ll have my second arts residency in August 2017.

In painting, it’s an endless, fascinating puzzle to capture the effects of light on a microscope or a flower. Italian Wooden Microscope, seen here, is a watercolor from my solo show of historical microscope paintings on Yupo, a plastic surface, at the National Museum of Health and Medicine. 

My aim was to contrast the precise shapes of the microscope (all those circles) with the unpredictable flow of watercolor on plastic.

As a printmaker, I make images with woodblocks and with a walking press. I also make direct and indirect prints on paper from natural items, such as fish and leaves. I’m a member of the international Nature Printing Society and I’ll be teaching nature printing out of my studio here at Artists & Makers Studios.  




Christopher Hoppe A&M2

Mr. Hoppe currently calls Alamogordo, New Mexico his home, but he was born in the Philippines. He currently lives in Alexandria Virginia. He has been engaged in art since the age of seven, but began studying art full force when he was living in Western Europe. Mr. Hoppe studied art history in England, art restoration in France, fresco painting in Florence, Vatican City, and Assisi, and sculpture in Carrara. He has been asked to show his artistic work at various locations from local coffee shops to the University of Maryland to Federal Agencies, to Capitol Hill. He has conducted poetry readings from the coffee shops to the university lecture circuit. His awards for his literature are various. His first book of poetry Tears, Spirit, and Heart is available online at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and iuniverse.com His current book, Christina’s Rose of a Tear this book was debuted and released for the first time in the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Early August 2005. This book is inspired by 40 poems that he wrote in one day, inspired by the woman to whom the book is dedicated to.

Patricia Guzman A&M2

Patricia’s paintings have been the subject of three solo shows and numerous group exhibitions including 1st Nanning China International Watercolor Exhibition 2016, World Master Watercolor Exhibitions Thailand 2016, Shenzhen International Watercolor Biennial 2013, 2015,  World Watercolor Triennale Korea 2015, Thessaloniki International Watercolor Salon 2015, FrabrianoInAcquarello 2015, Watercolor Triennale Colombia 2015, Mexico City 1st International Watercolor Exhibit Mexico 2015, World Watermedia Exposition Thailand 2016, 2014, 2012 Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolour Biennial, International Guild of Realism Annual Exhibits, Mexican Society of Watercolor Painters Exhibits, International Watercolor Biennials by the National Watercolour Museum (Mexico) among many others.

Her work has been recipient of numerous awards and recognition such as 1st Place Portrait/Figure category of The Artist’s Magazine’s Annual Art Competition 2016, 1st place Compétition d’aquarelle – Watercolor Competition 2014 : realism and impressionism, First Degree at the III Art-Bridge-Watercolor International Competition 2015 by The Saint Petersburg Watercolor Society, 1st Prize Mexican Society of Watercolor Painters Award 2015 and 2011, Janice and Mayur Pioneer in Realism Award by the International Guild of Realism 2011, Tlacuilo -top award by the National Watercolor Museum in Mexico 2011, Honorable Mention at the Acrylic Artist Competition by The Artist’s Magazine 2012, finalist in the challenge ‘Favorite Subjects’ by the International Artist Magazine 2009, among others.

Guzman’s work has been published at the books SPLASH 13, SPLASH 16 and SPLASH 17: Best of Watercolor Series; as well as AcrylicWorks: Best of Acrylic Competition 2013. Several magazines such as Watercolor Artist Magazine 10 page article (2016), International Artist (8 page spread, 2014), Revista Mexicanísimo 6 page article (2016), Revista Ambientes (Mexico, 2015), Thunderbird Show Park Magazine 2011 (Canada), Revista IMPACTO 2011 (Mexico), Revista Castálida 2012 (Mexico), etc.

As well as in catalogs corresponding to the exhibitions of great prestige such as Shenzhen International Watercolor Biennial 2013 and 2015, World Watercolor Triennale Korea 2015, FrabrianoInAcquarello 2015, Mexico City 1st International Watercolor Exhibit 2015, International Watercolor Society 2014, 2012 Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolour Biennial, among others.

“My intention is to give voice to the human condition. My vocabulary is the indigenous roots, my passion is social commentary and different realities. I speak of our environment from my perspective as Mexican, as woman; deepening in the feelings and emotions shared by all. Through textures, transparencies, atmosphere, I represent figurative images, constantly experimenting to achieve the desired image.”

Patricia is member of IGOR – International Guild of Realism (2008), as well as the  Mexican Society of Watercolor Painters (2010).

She was Representative of the International Watercolor Society in Mexico (2014 – 2015). Through her leadership the 1st International Watercolor Exhibit 2015 and the International Watercolor Meeting Asia – Mexico 2016 were created.

Her work hangs in private collections in Mexico, United States, Canada, Belgium, Dubai and Saudi Arabia.

She teaches watercolor and drawing through workshops and regular classes since 2013.

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