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Jennifer Howard A&M2

I am a painter and graphic designer who has lived and worked in Washington, DC for over 32 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 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. Many of my current sources of inspiration come from the greater Washington, DC area but my love of nature started in my childhood in the Hudson Valley and many trips to the Adirondack Mountains of NY. 

I hold a BS in graphic design from SUNY College of Buffalo. I have studied at the University of Siena, Italy; Corcoran College of Art and Yellow Barn Studio.

I continue to enjoy a long career in advertising and communications.


Lily Kak A&M2

Lily Kak is a watercolor artist who was born and raised in India where she learned art in high school.  She rediscovered her passion for art 20 years later after having immigrated to the US, raised two children, completed her PhD, developed a career in international development, and took several art courses. She travels extensively around the world, especially in Asia and Africa in her profession as an international development expert.  She is inspired by the vibrant and diverse cultures that she experiences as she travels globally and these are often reflected in her art-work.  Pursuing her two passions – art and international development – demands discipline to make time for both.

Lily is a signature artist of the Baltimore Watercolor Society.  She won awards at the 2017 and 2018 Kensington Labor Day Art Shows. She has exhibited in several shows at Glen Echo Park, Brookside Garden, Friendship Heights Community Center, and the Kensington Labor Day Art Shows.  She is a member of the Montgomery Art Association, Baltimore Watercolor Society, Glen Echo Yellow Barn, Artist and Makers Studio, and Rockville Art League.



Paola Luther A&M1

Paola Luther’s delicate touch and sense of light and color infuses her broad range of art styles and mediums.  Paola has been painting since childhood. As an adult she became a professional artist in fine arts and continues to expand her skills under the tutelage of artists from Washington DC, Los Angeles, Spain, Peru and Central America.  Paola has attended multiple workshops with talented artists around the world. Traveling is a large part of Paola’s artistic inspiration. She has produced colorful plein-air pieces, commissioned paintings and portraits.  Paola’s original works can be found in private collections in the United States and Europe.


Jamea Richmond-Edwards A&M2

Howard University- MFA Painting Spring 2012 Jackson State University – School of Liberal Arts Degree: Bachelor of Art in Art; May 2004
 Magna Cum Laude
 555 Non Profit Gallery and Studios- Detroit, MI. June-August 2012 Art Residency
Tougaloo Art Colony- Tougaloo, MS. July 2003 Art Residency
Solo Exhibitions 2017
Athena Shrugged (2) Long/Sharp Gallery New York, NY April 26 – June 17, 2017
 Mosaic Project Pennsylvania College of Art and Design Lancaster, PA August 23-October 30, 2016
Take Me Away The Southern Gallery Charleston, South Carolina
 The Cost of Making Her Run The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art Detroit, MI November 6- January 2, 2016

From CultureType.com:

“AS A YOUNG GIRL, Jamea Richmond-Edwards got lost in the pages of Ebony magazine. She was particularly drawn to the runway images from the Ebony Fashion Fair show. Through the otherworldly photographs of stunning black models styled in wildly imaginative ensembles, she discovered haute couture and envisioned herself as a fashion designer. Years later, she chose visual art over fashion design, but never gave up on her desire to explore the artifice of dressing.

“Those images were very visually affirming for me. It presented black women in a space that I had never seen before,” Richmond-Edwards told me via email………”


Jamie Downs A&M2

Jamie Downs is a mixed media artist working in drawing, painting and digital media. She has shown throughout the mid-Atlantic region and is currently represented by The Willow Street Gallery. Her studio is at A.Salon in the central Takoma area of DC.

Jamie Downs received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting degree from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania with further study at La Salle College in Philadelphia and University of Massachusetts, Amherst and has taught at Prince Georges Community College, Drexel University and currently at Montgomery College, Germantown.

Jamie has worked in mixed media painting for over 45 years exploring themes of oneness and transcendence, searching for her own personal archetypes. This often makes it possible to place work done in different media and sometimes even scale, years apart, together to form a seamless diptych or triptych. Her largest series of work is the Oneness series which is non-objective; but her most recent series are floral archetypes, birds and animals.

She has had numerous one person and group shows and is in many collections. Her studio is in North Kensington, Maryland and is open by appointment. 

Peter Swift A&M2

Peter Swift is an award-winning contemporary realist artist.  his artistic philosophy is simple:  “I always paint common, everyday objects.  Using symmetry and design, I try to turn them into something new.  If the symmetry is successful, it will create a kind of dynamic stillness.  The painting will almost seem to absorb sound.”

Peter is a leading proponent of a developing new genre of still-life painting called “Magic Symmetry”.  Magic Symmetry is a combination of: (a) photorealistic renderings of objects; and (b) arrangement of these objects in symmetrical designs, such as circles.  Still-life symmetry is quite different from the traditional “slice-of-life” or “snapshot” approach, showing the objects on a table-top or in a cabinet, which has been used for centuries in still-life painting.  A good example of Magic Symmetry would be Peter’s painting entitled “Eight Wood Screws” shown above (acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 inches, or 122 x 122 cm).


Elizabeth Stecher A&M2

“Watercolor does surprising things and is unpredictable, but sometimes spontaneous effects can be incorporated into the painting,” says Elizabeth. She chooses landscape subject matter based on her personal attraction which is typically mountains and Colorado scenery. While she often works from the photographs she takes when she travels, Elizabeth feels they do not capture the “interesting” part of the scenery. Because of this, she goes back and reinvents the initial attraction. Even though Elizabeth does not paint when she travels, she does compose sketches since it is easy to pack up. She seeks out scenery that creates interesting compositions for potential paintings. Her still life paintings are ordinary dayto-day subjects created from life such as food and shapes of environmental subject matters. At the end, she uses graphs to refine the painting. Elizabeth calls herself “compulsive” and a “perfectionist.” It is exactly these qualities that give her paintings a high degree of refinement and polish.”

Elizabeth Stecher

Millie Shott A&M2

Formerly called the Washington Water Color Club, the Washington Water Color Association is one of the oldest societies of professional artists and can trace its beginnings to the late 19th century.

Washington watercolorist and teacher, Marietta W. Andrews, originated the idea for such a society. The first meeting, March 28, 1896, was attended by 15 professional artists. The first exhibition, December 1896, had 134 works displayed at the Cosmos Club of Washington. Between 1897 and 1899, the Water Color Club exhibited at the Connecticut Avenue Gallery.

The exhibit of 1900 was held in the Hemicycle Room at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. In the years between 1921 and 1930, the WWCA held exhibits at the U.S. National Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Howard University and the Arts Club of Washington.

In 1921, the name was changed to the Washington Water Color Association and the group became a non-profit, educational organization. By 1936, artists from the twenty-one states and the District of Columbia were displaying their works at the association’s exhibitions.

Among the well-known artists exhibiting works over the years were William Henry Holmes, Thomas Anshutz, William Merritt Chase, Joseph Pennell and American Impressionists Frank Benson and Chile Hassam.

In later years Elliott O’Hara, Andrew Wyeth, Don Kingman, Henry Gasser and Alice Pike Barney were among the painters exhibiting in annual WWCA shows. Alma Thomas, Delilah Pierce, Lois Mailou Jones and James Wells were among African American artists who exhibited regularly.

Internationally recognized artist Lily Spandorf was a member of WWCA until her death. Vienna-born and educated, Lily Spandorf made London her base of operations for several years, dividing her time between Britain and Italy, painting and exhibiting in both countries. She came to the United States at the end of 1959 and had a solo show in New York City. In 1960 she arrived in Washington, where she has had many solo exhibits.

Another WWCA member, Japanese artist Unichi Hiratsuka was one of the founding fathers of the Creative Prints movement (Sosaku Hanga) and one of the big names of twentieth century Japanese art. Hiratsuka is best known for prints in black and white. He died at the age of 102 years.


  • Juried member shows throughout each year. Sites vary according to availability.
  • Several meetings within a year to discuss club business and enhance knowledge through demonstrations and workshops.
  • Annual luncheon meeting in late spring to exchange ideas and get better acquainted.
  • Newsletter published periodically which includes information and a calendar of upcoming events.
  • Community service through contributions to educational institutions and art groups in the Washington metropolitan area. WWCA offers an annual scholarship for a deserving high school senior who plans to pursue a career in art.

Millie Shott

Jeanne Powell A&M2

An Artist’s Journey

Traveling introduced me to the joy of painting. For many years I was merely a photographic observer. In 2003, my semi-retirement from being a research economist at NIST afforded me the time to pursue painting in classes and workshops (mostly at the Yellow Barn). With wonderful surprise, I found that plein air painting enriched my travel experience far beyond what my camera could and also introduced me to the beauty and variety of the Maryland landscape.           

Jeanne Powell

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

Ann Schaefer A&M2

Ann is a plein air 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.

A Fine Arts graduate of George Washington University, she attended many classes 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.

While she pursued a career in Federal environmental programs, she painted on weekends and vacations, mostly in watercolor, she began to enjoy outdoor art experiences. Now that she can devote her time to art, she loves plein air painting, and hopes that her paintings will be a reminder of how precious our environment is to all of us. She has been juried into many plein air events and group shows in the Washington area, Baltimore, Frederick, Salisbury, Virginia and Pennsylvania, where her work has often received awards. 

Ann Schaefer

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

Vicky Surles A&M2

Vicky Surles is one of the 12 artists in Gallery 209, at Artists & Makers Studios 2

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 and publicity chair of the Montgomery Art Association, Gallery 209, 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, a Betty Mae Kramer Gallery Juried Show in the Silver Spring Civic Building, and at the University of Maryland.  Her drawings have appeared in magazines, posters and in a book about the Caribbean.

Website links:

Gallery 209 artist page


Gallery 209 May 2017 Featured Artist flyer


Facebook page


Betty Mae Kramer Gallery in the Silver Spring Civic Building


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.

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