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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

Natalie Falk A&M2

I strive to render images that are colorful, compelling, and distinctive. I have dabbled in many media, but at this time, work primarily in colored pencil or oils. I enjoy the freedom that oil painting affords. Colored pencil requires a more disciplined approach and enables me to render fine detail.

I have studied fine art for more than 40 years both in school and with private instructors. I graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in fine art and a Masters in art history.

After graduation I turned my focus to graphic design and established my own design firm, NMO Design, Inc. I have often incorporated my illustrations into my designs and also have been commissioned independently as an illustrator. Recently I have focused more on traditional fine art.

I have won awards in several shows including the MAA Annual Labor Day show in Kensington and the Annual Strathmore Artists exhibit. I am a member of the Montgomery Art Association and the Colored Pencil Society of America.om that oil painting affords. Colored pencil requires a more disciplined approach and enables me to render fine detail.

Natalie Falk


Roxana Rojas Luzon A&M2

I am fascinated by the art of collage, and use snippets of magazine paper, fabric, paper painted by my children or by myself, photographs, my own pencil drawings, pigments, wires, ribbons, anything that enriches the texture and color of my pieces. I render scenes of family life trough semi-realistic and abstract images, expressing feelings and emotions.

I started my career as a collage artist in 2014 trough a local solo exhibition, in which I showed a total of 20 pieces. At present, two years later, I belong to three art leagues, have exhibited locally and nationally in a total of 18 shows, increased my production 300 percent, and sold a significant number of pieces.

My goal is to produce unique collage through learning, observing, studying, investigating, and teaching, and to establish a network in order to create more demand for this type of art.

Finally, I use lots of color and movement because, what I really want, is to make people look a little closer.

Roxana Rojas Luzon

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

Bahia Akerele – On the Purple Couch A&M1

Reuse, Renew and Conserve is at the heart and soul of On the Purple Couch and its owner Bahia. We are a space for you to create  and transform your home.  Our space, the colors and the displays are all presented with the notion that we might create a space that transcends the every day and gives our guest a chance to come in and take a deep breath and be transformed if only for a time. 

On the Purple Couch

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.

Sandy Sugar A&M2


M.S. Johns Hopkins University

B.S. Towson State University

Maryland Institute, Baltimore Md.

Selected Exhibitions

2014 Mitchell Gallery, ‘Less is More’ Annapolis Md,

2014  A Salon, Takoma Park, Washington DC

2013  A Salon, Takoma Park, Washington DC

2012 DCAC, ‘Wall Mountables,’ Washington DC

2012 Betty Mae Kramer Gallery, ‘Abstract Visions,’ Silver Spring Md

2011 A Salon Art Gallery, Washington DC

2010 A Salon Art Gallery, Washington DC

2009 Takoma Park Art Gallery, Washington DC

2008 Gables Takoma Park Exhibit, Washington DC

2007 AIR Gallery, “Wish You Were Here VI,” New York, New York

2006 AIR Gallery, “Wish You  Were Here V,” New York, New York

2006 Pass Gallery, “Passtense,”  Washington DC

2006 Anne C Fisher Gallery, “Mother,” Washington DC

2006 Anne C Fisher Gallery,”Juxtaposition,”  Washington, DC

2005 AIR Gallery, “Wish You Were Here IV,” New York, New York

2003 Silver Spring Artwalk, juried by Matt Fasone, Washington DC

2002 DCAC Members’ Juried Exhibition, Washington DC

2002 Gallery A, “New Beginnings” Show, Washington DC

2002 Strathmore Hall Juried Christmas Show, Washington DC

2001 Rockville Arts Place Juried Show, Rockville Md

2001 DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, “ Art-o-Matic,” Washington DC

2001 A Salon, “Starving Artists’ Show,” Washington DC

2001 Signal 66 Juried Show, Washington DC

2001 Touchstone Gallery, “Small Works Exhibition,” juried show, Wash DC

1999 Painting and Sculpture Studio, “Group Show”  Washington DC

1999 Covington & Burling Law Firm “Two-Person Show”, Washington DC

1999 Government House, “Works by Contemporary Md Artists, “Jodie Albright, Juror, Annapolis Md

1998 Howard Co Arts Council,”Juried Show by DoreenBolger,” Baltimore Museum of Art Director

1998 National Press Building Gallery Juried Show, Washington DC

1998 Rock Creek Art Gallery Juried Show, Washington DC

1998 DCAC Art Gallery Juried Show, Washington DC

1998 US Post Office Juried Show, Washington DC

1997 “Museum Shop Around,” Juried Show, Washington DC

1997 Dunham Gallery “Group Show,” Washington DC

1996 Oella Mill Gallery “Group Show,” Ellicott City Md,1996 Lopardo Design Studios, Washington DC

1996 Roche Bobois Studios, Washington DC

1991 Renaissance Art Gallery, Bethesda Md

1985 Village of Cross Keys, “Group Show,” Baltimore Md

1981 Johns Hopkins University Gallery Show, Baltimore Md

1981 Salon des Refuses, Baltimore Md

1980 City Hall of Baltimore, Baltimore Md

1980 Baltimore Museum of Art “Bienniale,” Baltimore Md

1979 US Customs House, Baltimore Md

1979 Fells Point Art Gallery “Juried  Show,” Baltimore Md

1978 Baltimore Museum of Art, “ Bienniale, “ Baltimore Md


2003 Portfolio Critic, George Mason University Arts Department

1998 Arts Editor, “Poet Lore,”  “Carousel” literary publication

1998 TV Spokesperson, “All About Art,” DCU

1997 Juror, “Fall 97 All Media Show,” Rock Creek Gallery, Washington DC