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December 2019 in the Galleries at Parklawn

Artists & Makers Studios Parklawn Hosts Three Visually Rich Exhibits in December
Painting and Photography Take Center Stage

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville highlights the work of three metro-area artists with rich visual vocabularies in three galleries for the month in December. Teresa Jarzynski shares textural still life paintings in Be Still My Life, Vladimir Zabavskiy’s gem-like paintings sparkle in May Beauty Follow, and Jenny Nordstrom offers some of her favorite images from a long-term project in Doors of Distinction. Pike District sponsors a very special December First Friday and celebrates North Bethesda’s Urban Core – and all there is to see, do, visit and try here. There’s something new behind every door in the Pike District. These exhibits will open for First Friday festivities on December 6th between 6pm and 9pm and will showcase artists’ open studios for browsing and shopping.

“Be Still My Life” with Teresa Jarzynski
“May Beauty Follow” with Vladimir Zabavskiy
“Doors of Distinction” with Jenny Nordstrom

Opening Reception
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday, December 6th, 2019

Artists & Makers Studios 1
11810 Parklawn Dr., Suite 210
Rockville, MD 20852

Visit A&M1 Parklawn and enjoy the gorgeous gallery exhibits, along with open studios, a perfect time for shopping and gift-giving, or for finding a treasure for yourself. Enjoy wine, soft drinks and light refreshments, and rich and varied art for browsing and buying – all in one location.

These exhibits at A&M1 Parklawn open Friday, December 6th, and continue through Friday, December 20th, 2019.  Viewing hours are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Tuesday-Saturday, and Sundays/Mondays by chance or appointment.

***Still Life Open Drawing and Painting with exhibiting artist Teresa Jarzynski in the Main Gallery on December 7th, 14th, 21st (Saturdays) 12-3pm. All are welcome and the events are free. Bring your art supplies – and easels, tables and chairs, and snacks will be provided.***

Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville, established in October 2014 by artist and arts community builder Judith HeartSong, is a 13,000 sq. ft. facility is home to 66 resident artists. Artists & Makers Studios 2 has left the former Wilkins location and will be announcing its new home later this year. A&M Studios is dedicated to providing a supportive and vibrant environment for artists to realize their creative goals – through studio practice, collaboration, education, opportunities, networking and connecting with the community beyond our doors. From the Pike District, we invite you to join us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and check out our website

December 2019 Press Release
December 2019 Exhibit Details

Kathy Moore Wilson A&M1

I love to draw more than just about anything, and I draw and paint nearly every day.  I have been drawing since I could hold a pencil, but it took me years before I considered doing it full time.  In my upbringing and education, it was more of a pastime or hobby, but not a stable profession.  I started my professional career as a cartographer.  It took a long time to evolve from cartographer, to fine artist and illustrator, graphic designer, and then animator.  But the artist in me would not be contained and found a way out.

I started out by drawing maps, using traditional tools such as pen & ink. I later moved on to coloredKathy Wilson smiling_elephant 6x9 72 dpi pencils and paint.  I found I had a special love for drawing portraits of children and animals.  These are the subjects I draw and paint the most.

Over the years I began to learn to use a camera, and software such as Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter to create drawings and paintings.  I then learned Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere to create animations and videos to make my drawings move.  This eventually led to my going back to school and earning a Master’s Degree in Motion Media Design.

I have been greatly influenced by children’s book illustrators, particularly when the illustrations are rendered in pen and ink, or black and white pencil.

Chris Van Allsburg, Brian Selznick, and Brett Helquist are three of my favorite illustrators.

The painters who have influenced me are too numerous to list.  I will always love all of the French Impressionists, but Mary Cassatt will always be my favorite.  I love how she took simple domestic scenes and managed to show the wonder and contentment in the everyday.

I love Andrew Wyeth for his emotional, limited palette watercolors, and the illustrator and painter Alan Lee for his pencil, pen & ink, and watercolor forest imagery.  I am also inspired by Edward Hopper for his use of color and light and for also for his ability to capture emotion and to tell a story with everyday scenes.

There are many animators who I admire: Brad Bird, John Lasseter, Glen Keane, Chuck Jones, Joanna Quinn, Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas.  Their stories are flooded with emotion and feeling, and their characters are very real to us.  These fine directors, producers and artists all motivated me to first dip my toe in the world of animation and video, as well as simply inspiring me to be a better artist.

It is important that to me that I express emotion and tell stories and teach with my art.  If I can get an emotional response, then I feel that the art I have created has fulfilled its purpose.

Creating art brings me joy.

Boris Lermontov: Why do you want to dance? [Vicky thinks for a short while]
Victoria Page: Why do you want to live? [Lermontov is surprised at the answer]
Boris Lermontov: Well I don’t know exactly why, er, but I must.
Victoria Page: That’s my answer too.
—From “The Red Shoes”


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