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DMV Drop-In: Highlighting the DC Metro Skate Scene – FREE Call for Entries

SUBMIT FOR FREE!!
****Submissions due on or before August 31st, notification by September 15th

“Artists & Makers 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.”

In keeping with our vision statement, Artists & Makers Studios offers special and unique opportunities for the region’s artists and creatives to exhibit their work in a vibrant, supportive and creative environment.

Artists & Makers Studios Parklawn is proud to host
DMV DROP-IN: HIGHLIGHTING THE DC METRO SKATE SCENE

 

CALL TO ARTISTS – DMV DROP-IN: HIGHLIGHTING THE DC METRO SKATE SCENE

Curators Dan Roncesvalles and Sara Moline, in collaboration with Artists & Makers Studios of Rockville, MD, are seeking artists to submit work for a gallery exhibition. The exhibit will focus on the skateboarding scene and culture of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area.

Exhibit Location:
Artists & Makers Studios

11810 Parklawn Drive
Rockville, MD 20852

The exhibit will be on display in the Gallery Hall from November 2-28, 2018. The Opening Reception will be held November 2, 2018 6 – 9 p.m. during the First Friday gallery/open studio reception.

Artists & Makers Studios will take a nominal 25% commission on sales from this exhibit and any vendor sales. The artists should insure their own work for the duration of the exhibit if necessary. Sales are made directly to artists.

~~~ SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS ~~~

ELIGIBILITY

This call is open only to Washington, D.C. area artists. Artists must provide proof of residence in the state of Maryland or Virginia, or the District of Columbia. There is no fee associated with submissions; application is FREE.

Call To Artists – DMV DropIn

“Inspired by Frida” FREE Call for Entries

Call for Entries – Inspired by Frida
Two Gallery Exhibit and Holiday Market
at Artists & Makers Studios – Parklawn and Wilkins

SUBMIT FOR FREE!!
****Submissions due on or before October 22nd before 4pm, notification by November 6th

“Artists & Makers 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.”

In keeping with our vision statement, Artists & Makers Studios offers special and unique opportunities for the region’s artists and creatives to exhibit their work in a vibrant, supportive and creative environment.

Artists & Makers Studios is proud to host
INSPIRED BY FRIDA
at both A&M locations in December 2018


This exhibit, curated by Judith HeartSong, will offer artists in the metro area an opportunity to create a variety of works inspired by the Artist Frida Kahlo. 2D artworks, 3D artworks, sculpture, jewelry, clothing, and more will all be considered for the exhibit and holiday market. Your work must be for sale!

Artists whose work has been selected for exhibit and the market will be shown at both locations – the exhibits in the Small Square Gallery at Parklawn, and in our Wilkins Avenue Merge Gallery for the duration of this exhibit. The Holiday Market will take place on December 7th, 6-9pm for the First Friday Opening, and on Saturday December 22nd for the closing reception and Holiday Market, 10-4pm. The Holiday Market will be hosted at A&M1 in the A Hallway, and at A&M2 in the center of the Merge Gallery. Artists & Makers Studios will take a nominal 25% commission on sales from this exhibit and the holiday market. The artist should insure their own work for the duration of the exhibit if necessary. Sales are made directly to artists.

Frida Call for Entries DECEMBER 2018

June 2018 in the Galleries at A&M1 and 2

Artists & Makers Studios 1 and 2 Present
Five Exhibits at Two Locations for the Month of June

Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive and Wilkins Avenue in Rockville are welcoming June at two locations with five solo exhibits, featuring the artwork of Michele Banks, Jane Pettit, Michele Norris, Chris Luckman, and Natalie Abrams in the galleries of both studio centers. These five exhibits will open First Friday festivities between 6-9pm on June 1st, and will showcase resident artists’ open studios for browsing as well.

“Variations” Michele Banks
In science, a variation is any difference between cells, individual organisms, or groups of organisms caused either by genetic differences or by the effect of environmental factors on the expression of genes.  In music, a variation is the repetition of a theme or musical idea with changes or embellishments in harmony, rhythm, or key. In Banks’ art, these two definitions merge. Inspired by her stay in a lab studying evolution in drosophila, this exhibit of watercolors and ink paintings brings together work that explores the idea of variation in all its senses.


“Wild Affinities: Glass Meets Stone in Sculpture” Jane Pettit
What do dreaming mermaids, romping muses and ice pyramids have in common? They all reside only in the imagination until sculptor Jane Pettit makes them concrete – literally. Concrete plays a key role in most of her creations. This exhibit is a sampling of experiments with form and materials and translating ideas into art. Pettit’s work uses heavy texture, vibrant color, the play of light and shadow on materials and emits a sense of play that’s contagious. Some sculptures are the result of challenge to see if something can be done (give dinner plates a sense of motion) or if a hypothesis can be proven (transparent glass can appear alight with only indirect light) or a goal can be achieved (give slate and glass a personality.) Others tell a story: the mermaid dreams of wearing shoes and dancing!


“Natural Influences – Two Paths” Michele Norris
The exhibit features work from her two distinct approaches to representing the natural world.  Norris’s rivers, marshes and fields are based on memories and impressions of places visited. These landscapes, rendered in acrylic and oil, invite the viewer along for the creation of her work via paint drips, palette knife work and wide, square brushstrokes.  Her mixed-media abstracts are created by overlaying pen-and-ink details on delicate mulberry paper over monoprints. These collaged patterns, colors and textures serve as the artist’s celebration of the natural world.


“Architectural Explorations” Chris Luckman
Chris Luckman uses architecture as a point of departure for explorations of color and form in paintings that are fanciful, mathematical, and cultural expressions. Architecture embodies a reflection of the culture in which the building is found. The figures in the works add another cultural dimension. With a strong interest in cross cultural understanding, Chris would like to share her rich and colorful perceptions both of the local environment in the DMV, and of world travel experiences through her paintings.


“Out of the Box – Against the Wall” Natalie Abrams
Abrams’ has always been fascinated by the idea of reshaping the canvas and the choice to paint on various objects that surround her world from large installations to vases, videos, attire and tableware.

Opening Reception
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday, June 1st, 2018

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

Rockville, MD 20852
and
Artists & Makers Studios 2
12276/12280 Wilkins Avenue
Rockville, MD 20852

Artists & Makers Studios 1 on Parklawn features exhibits with Michele Banks, Jane Pettit, and Michele Norris, along with Theremin music by Arthur Harrison as well as resident artists’ open studios. Additionally A&M2 on Wilkins is proud to present the work of Chris Luckman and Natalie Abrams, an exhibit with the 21 member artists in Gallery 209, the Montgomery County Camera Club’s exhibit, and resident artists’ open studios – all just 9/10’s of a mile from the flagship location on Parklawn with free parking at both locations and the best parties in town.

These exhibits at both locations open Friday, June 1st, and continue through Wednesday, June 27th, 2018.  Viewing hours coincide with office hours and are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Tuesday-Saturday, and Sundays/Mondays by chance or appointment.

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 now home to 66 resident artists. Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville is a 23,000 sq. ft. facility with 88 resident artists and more to come. 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. 

Artists and Makers Studios Press Release JUNE 2018

May 2018 in the Galleries at A&M1 and 2

Artists & Makers Studios 1 and 2 Present
Four Exhibits at Two Locations for the Month of May

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive and Wilkins Avenue in Rockville are welcoming May at two locations with three solo exhibits and one mother/son exhibit, featuring the artwork of Rosana Azar, Michael Kraniski, Jun Lee, and Susan and Michael Makara in the galleries of both studio centers. These four exhibits will open First Friday festivities between 6-9pm on May 4th, and will showcase resident artists’ open studios for browsing as well.

“Luminous Spirit” Rosana Azar
Creating these canvases is a way to understand herself and the world around her. She is an explorer of dreams, using color and texture to unveil the hidden images. Rosana’s work is an expression of her passion for life and her surroundings.

“Skyscapes” Michael Kraniski
The most interesting element in landscape paintings are the skies.  The sky sets the mood.  It controls the color and light of the landscape, and provides a sense of movement in the paintings.

“Feather and Fur” Jun Lee
Competition is an inherent quality of man, one that we often try to ignore. As people, we don’t like to think about it, but it rules every aspect of our lives. We constantly try to one-up our fellow man. We love to find ways to hide from competition, to shade ourselves from the harshness of its glaring bright light, so we put on disguises that shield our identities and true motives for a while.

This series of woodcuts attempts to evoke the different moments of our competitive lives; pieces that express the spectrum of competition from hiding away to preparing for a fight using animals as metaphor. The reality is that all life is competition and we create barriers in our minds that allow us to think we have a space we can step into where the competition stops. That constructed space allows us to regroup and enter the next fight towards our goal. Every attempt might not succeed or look glorious, but every victory is built upon the foundation of numerous defeats.  The ability to be successful is not dependent on the number of triumphs that you have, but rather your willingness to get up and continue the struggle after a defeat.

“Unexpected Journey” Susan and Michael Makara
Two artists: mother and son, separated by style and medium. Each ventured on an unexpected journey; one physical, one metaphysical. In the end their labors brought forth this pictorial collection from an unexpected journey.

What started in 2000 after a trip to Sedona, Susan Makara’s fascination with found cairns has evolved as precariously composed structures that temporarily defy gravity. These rock portraits are not only about the realistically rendered rocks, but also about the negative space separating the background from the dramatic interaction of the foreground. As this series progresses the smooth abstracted shapes of the background juxtapose the textured rocks. The journey from observation to execution is complete.

What started as a road trip with no destination, Michael Makara, a previsualization artist and director, captures this journey with a collection of photographs depicting a progression from the rusted hues of parched surfaces to the fiery sky above ethereal waves. Each image captures a fragile moment in time. Precarious and fluid, the moment is made solid and permanent through the camera’s lens. Rock formations look almost liquid under the distortion of the camera lens. It is easy to get lost in the swirling colors and arresting composition.

This collection is an introduction to a journey. The fascination has only begun.

Opening Reception
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday, May 4th, 2018

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

Rockville, MD 20852
and
Artists & Makers Studios 2
12276/12280 Wilkins Avenue
Rockville, MD 20852

Artists & Makers Studios 1 on Parklawn features exhibits with Rosana Azar, Michael Kraniski, and Jun Lee, along with Theremin music by Arthur Harrison as well as resident artists’ open studios. Additionally A&M2 on Wilkins is proud to present the work of Susan and Michael Makara, an exhibit with the 22 member artists in Gallery 209, the Montgomery County Camera Club’s group exhibit “Perspectives” and resident artists’ open studios – all just 9/10’s of a mile from the flagship location on Parklawn with free parking at both locations and the best parties in town.

These exhibits at both locations open Friday, May 4th, and continue through Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018.  Viewing hours coincide with office hours and are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Tuesday-Saturday, and Sundays/Mondays by chance or appointment.

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 now home to 66 resident artists. Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville is a 23,000 sq. ft. facility with 88 resident artists and more to come. 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. 

Artists and Makers Studios Press Release MAY 2018

April 2018 in the Galleries at A&M1 and 2

Artists & Makers Studios 1 and 2 Present
Five Exhibits at Two Locations for the Month of April

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive and Wilkins Avenue in Rockville are proud to move into their fourth year at two locations with four solo exhibits and one mother/daughter exhibit, featuring the artwork of Laurie Breen, Marilyn Banner, M. Jane Johnson, Theresa Wells Stifel, and Norma Schwartz along with her daughter Violeta Fiorino Schwartz in the galleries of both studio centers. These five exhibits will open First Friday festivities between 6-9pm on April 6th, and will showcase artists’ open studios for browsing as well. Open Studio Weekend will follow on April 7th and 8th from 12-5pm at both locations.

“Journeys” Laurie Breen
Each of my pieces is the result of a deeply personal journey. When I begin, I have no idea how a painting will turn out. I start in an uninhibited manner, approaching the blank canvas with intuitive painting and drawing, piles of collage, lines, shapes, too many colors. Along the way, I take wrong turns, make mistakes, create ugliness. I try to keep my critical voice low, trusting the process as I build up layers, moving toward chaos. The middle of the painting is the hardest part, when I have to make decisions but I still don’t know where I’m going. It is at this point that I may falter, that I struggle with insecurity and doubt.

To continue on, I have to risk losing what I have created. I fortify myself with the knowledge that I have survived previous journeys. I forge ahead, finding new paths and eventually reaching a place I could not have predicted but must have been heading for all along, a place of beauty and energy and balance and movement. In today’s world, I find that I need to explore, to challenge myself, to go through this process again and again. I create chaos on my canvas which reflects both the chaos I see in the world and the chaos of my life—the daily mayhem, the mess, the everyday moments, the political divide, the uncertainties about our future.

As I work, I discover over and over again that I can find my way through, that the right and wrong choices I make add depth and richness to the completed piece. The end result is meaningful not in spite of, but because of, the path I took to get there. I am compelled to share the beauty I see in the world and my journey through it, to share the joy I feel in reaching my destination.  

“Flow” Marilyn Banner
The paintings in “Flow” reference nature in its abundance, especially in its myriad forms, variations, textures, proliferations, and directions of growth. Initially, this work was inspired by beach walks, and the waters edge: the sunlight dotting the water, the barnacles on shells, seaweed scattered here and there, spiraling shell forms, watermarks, the bubbles in sea foam, and the infinite grains of sand.

The artist in me has a way of seeing things as if I am small, perhaps the size of a tiny creature like a snail on the beach, or a bee approaching an array of flora. She immerses herself in the infinity of nature, and shares its awesome view. At some point, in the mysterious ways of the creative process, the colors and forms in my work shifted slightly, and began to reference gardens, woods, and wildflowers.

I work with encaustic – a mixture of pigment, beeswax, and damar resin, which is used with heat. The flow of the hot wax medium seems to mimic the flow of water, and the layering of and scribing into the wax can remind one of the watermarks on sand and shells. I trust an intuitive way of working that relies on an inner knowing, a body/psyche knowledge of the connections of everything in nature.

“Patterned Petals” M. Jane Johnson
My paintings are a construction project. I build and shape their layers and textures to make my work come alive.  I enjoy how the media mix and merge together – each painting formed from dozens of layers of paint, papers, drawings, and stencils. All of these elements represent the complexity of the parts that form the painting’s persona.

I use high flow and liquid acrylic paints due to their strong pigments. These allow for thinner, juicier colors. The paint is applied in sweeping, bold strokes, which are complimented by collage papers to enhance the images. I then draw into the paint and paper creating an intersection between the two while looking for additional interesting shapes.  Various gels with stencils are used to create texture blending paper and stencil so it is a wonder as to where the paper ends, and the stencils begin.  I repeat the paint, paper, and drawing process multiple times until the final image appears.  As I work, I leave layers that the viewer can read through, showing a history of the process. 

All of my paintings are process driven.  I let the painting tell me where it wants to go with each piece having it’s own voice.  I am open to mixes of color, pattern, and texture.  My abstracts are composed of bold sweeps of beautiful color combinations and a strong use of line to carry the viewer through the work. These paintings come from happy accidents, a childlike joy of curiosity to experiment and take risks.  My florals are full of letters, numbers, dots, and other surprises playing against the organic shapes. In my figurative work, geishas have emerged as the centerpieces, which represent women who put on a perfect mask in public to try and stay beautiful in the face of adversity such as cancer, war, or domestic issues.

“Sea Change” Theresa Wells Stifel
Individuals can only make decisions for themselves but when they gather together to affect change – profound things can happen. A sea change can occur. Theresa Wells Stifel’s collection of resolute women are examples of the traits needed to affect change. Buried within the contemporary mixed media portraits are scraps of ephemera that harken back to a time when women didn’t have a voice in public.  It’s important to absorb the past to illuminate the future.

“Mother & Daughter: A Story in Shape and Color”
Norma Schwartz & Violeta Fiorino Schwartz
Norma Schwartz works as a psychoanalyst in private practice and teacher. Born in Argentina, immigrating to Spain in middle of the 70’s and again to the USA 20 years later, where she learned the language of sculpting with different tools and materials. “When creating shapes with the hammer and chisel, I discovered myself in a world where piece by piece one builds a universe of organic forms that describes intimacy and complexity.”

Violeta Fiorino Schwartz is an architect and painter, graduate of the Pratt Institute School of architecture in Brooklyn, NY. She has lived and worked in Madrid, New Mexico, New York, Tel-Aviv, Bern, Barcelona and currently in Maryland. Collectors of her work are located around Europe, United States and Argentina. “Painting has remained a constant in my life from one culture to another. My work is highly personal…it always reflects whatever goes on in my life at the moment sometimes dark and painful, others full of hope and light.”

Two generations of artists – mother and daughter – telling a story that is at the same time common and unique in its narrative, from two different perspectives and sensibilities.

Opening Reception
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday, April 6th, 2018

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

Rockville, MD 20852
and
Artists & Makers Studios 2
12276/12280 Wilkins Avenue
Rockville, MD 20852

Artists & Makers Studios 1 on Parklawn features exhibits with Marilyn Banner, M. Jane Johnson, Norma Schwartz exhibiting with her daughter Violeta Fiorino Schwartz, and Theremin music with Arthur Harrison as well as open studios. Additionally A&M2 on Wilkins is proud to present the work of Laurie Breen and Theresa Wells Stifel, an exhibit with 22 member artists in Gallery 209, the Montgomery County Camera Club’s exhibit “Street Life” and artists’ open studios – all just 9/10’s of a mile from the flagship location on Parklawn with free parking at both locations.

These exhibits at both locations open Friday, April 6th, and continue through Thursday, April 26th, 2018.  Viewing hours coincide with office hours and are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Tuesday-Saturday, and Sundays/Mondays by chance or appointment.

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 now home to 66 resident artists. Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville is a 23,000 sq. ft. facility with 88 resident artists and more to come. 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. 

Press Release for April 2018

April 7th-8th & November 3rd-4th, 2018 FREE OPEN STUDIO WEEKEND

Visit Artists in their Studios, Tour the Galleries

 

Join us for our regular series of Open Studio weekends which allow you to visit many of our artists in their studios at the Parklawn & Wilkins locations twice a year!

 


2018

April 7th and 8th, 12:00-5:00 pm
November 3rd and 4th, 12:00-5:00 pm 


This is the most exceptional opportunity to browse the artist’s studios, hallways, and gorgeous work in all eight galleries at Parklawn and Wilkins. Meet more than 130 resident artists, observe their processes, and ask questions to learn more about what they do.

Shop local and handmade with lots of small works, prints, notecards, glass, jewelry, and other affordable items for gifts and holidays and your dear ones just because. Dine locally for lunch or dinner within two miles of Artists & Makers Studios.  (We’ll even provide recommendations – pick up a copy of the list at A&M Studios Parklawn or browse the link ahead of your visit.)

Check out this link to learn more about the benefits of shopping locally in the community where you live!

Of course you can always visit Tuesdays through Saturdays 10-4, and Sundays by chance or  appointment – if our artists are here working they frequently have the doors open. Also plan for our First Friday gallery openings (major holidays move that event to the second Friday.)

***Artist Demos, both locations

***Member Potters will offer Wheel Demos at Parklawn at 1pm and 3pm, Saturday and Sunday, and will offer small giftable items for sale!

 ***Hirsh Studio Classroom, demos by teaching artists and Gallery 209 artists, Wilkins
Sunday – Bonny Lundy 1pm-4pm, Angela Lacy 1pm…… more to come

Spring 2018 Open Studio Weekend Press Release

 

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3rd Anniversary Celebration – March in the Galleries at A&M 1 and 2

Artists & Makers Studios 1 and 2
Present a Grand Third Anniversary Celebration at Two Locations Featuring the Work of Resident Artists in Five Galleries

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive and Wilkins Avenue in Rockville are proud to mark the organization’s third anniversary at two locations with  “at 3(three)” featuring the artwork of more than 150 resident artists in the galleries and studios of both studio centers. A five gallery exhibit will open for First Friday festivities between 6pm and 9pm on March 2nd, and will showcase artists open studios for browsing as well.

“at 3(three)”
A Grand Third Anniversary Celebration
Opening Reception
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday, March 2nd, 2018

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

Rockville, MD 20852
and
Artists & Makers Studios 2
12276/12280 Wilkins Avenue
Rockville, MD 20852

Enjoy celebratory food and drink at A&M1 and tour the 3 main galleries and open studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville, along with Words Out Loud in the Compass Atelier from 7-8pm with Philip Wexler, Ellen Cole, and Martin Shapiro followed by open mic. Additionally A&M2 is proud to present wine and light refreshments along with more resident artists’ work in the galleries and studios, exhibits in Gallery 209,  The Compass Atelier Thesis Exhibit, the Montgomery County Camera Club with “Abstract Minimalism” by Ron Ames, the band Paradise Bill and theremin music by Arthur Harrison, all just 9/10’s of a mile from the flagship location on Parklawn.

These exhibits at both locations open Friday, March 2nd, and continue through Wednesday, March 28th, 2018.  Viewing hours are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Tuesday-Saturday, and Sundays/Mondays by chance or appointment.

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 now home to 66 resident artists. Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville is a 23,000 sq. ft. facility with 88 resident artists and more to come. 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.

Artists and Makers Studios Press Release PARKLAWN & WILKINS EXHIBITS

Bahia Akerele – from On the Purple Couch at Salon – an Artful Conversation

Upcoming FREE Salon – an artful conversation Events

Bahia Akerele – from On the Purple Couch
Market Your Business!!
February 17th
1-3pm
Free and open to the public

Artists & Makers Studios 2
12276 Wilkins Ave. Rockville, MD. 20852
(240)437-9573

Please join us for Salon – an Artful Conversation on February 17th, with Bahia Akerele – from On the Purple Couch for the first in her business marketing series. “You choose your tomorrow… so choose it well. Are you looking to create a plan for 2018?” Set your marketing goals for 2018 with ideas and input from Bahia and fellow artists!

There will be time for Q & A for attendees and we encourage you to bring your business cards for networking and a snack to share.

Email Kristin at manager@artistsandmakersstudios.com

A&M is the 2018 Editors’ Pick, Best Place to Experience Art in BEST OF Bethesda Magazine

Artists & Makers Studios is the
“Best Place to Experience Art”
according to the editor
s of the 2018 issue of
BEST OF BETHESDA MAGAZINE, JAN/FEB 2018

 

Featuring the studio of Kristina Penhoet
Featuring the Compass Atelier with Glen Kessler and students
 Featuring Christine Cardellino (Torpedo Factory Artist) and her solo exhibit at A&M

“Want to try your hand at painting, glassmaking or even belly dancing? Artists & Makers Studios has offerings in everything from smartphone photography to doll-making and provides an outlet for all kinds of creative pursuits for beginners through professional artists……..”

Editor’s Pick PDF here

 

And Best Bets in the same issue of BEST OF BETHESDA MAGAZINE
Featuring the work of David Amoroso
and mentions for
Marily Mojica
&
Sergio and Claudia Olivos

“Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was known for her intense self-portraits, but an exhibitionat Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville shows how four local artists depict the famous painter, feminist and political activist. The Mexican holiday Day of the Dead is another common theme among the paintings and mixed-media artwork by David Amoroso, Marily Mojica and Sergio and Claudia Olivos on display in the exhibition Frida and the Day of the Dead……”

 

Best Bets PDF here

February 2018 in the Galleries at A&M1 – Parklawn

Artists & Makers Studios Presents
Be Still with Sheryl Massaro & Coriolana Simon
The Dress as Icon with Alexandra Michaels
Revisioning the Flip Doll: Exploring Our Connections curated by Erika Cleveland

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn in Rockville is proud to present three gallery exhibits for the month of February along with artists’ open studios. “Be Still” with Sheryl Massaro and Coriolana Simon explores the still life through their painting and photography. “The Dress as Icon” with Alexandra Michaels takes on the universal symbol for women with mixed media paintings that contain within them an aspect of female experiences. “Revisioning the Flip Doll: Exploring Our Connections” with Erika Cleveland, juried artists, and flip dolls created by women at the N. Street Homeless shelter as part of an ongoing series of workshops – re-imagines the flip doll to show commonalities despite differences, and to explore all the ways in which people are united. Words out Loud in the Compass Atelier, from 7-8pm with Philip Wexler, Roger Bradbury and Jason Gebhardt will be followed by an open mic. Resident artists’ open studios will round out the evening for visitors at Parklawn.

Be Still with Sheryl Massaro & Coriolana Simon
The Dress as Icon with Alexandra Michaels
Revisioning the Flip Doll: Exploring Our Connections
Opening Reception

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday, February 2nd, 2018

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

Additionally A&M is proud to present three exhibits at Artists & Makers Studios 2 at 12276 Wilkins Avenue in Rockville, just 9/10’s of a mile from the flagship location. “Personal Context” in the main gallery with Brian Fisher, Petals with Patty Hankins, and “Black and White” a group exhibition with the Montgomery County Camera Club will fill the galleries, as Arthur Harrison adds acoustic ambience with theremin music. Enjoy the Grand Opening of newly expanded Gallery 209 in the third floor gallery now with 22 member artists, and resident artists’ open studios to round out the evening.

These exhibits at both locations open Friday, February 2nd, and continue through Wednesday, February 21st, 2018.  Viewing hours are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Saturdays, and Sundays/Mondays by chance or appointment.

Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville is a 13,000 sq. ft. facility with 66 resident artists. Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville is a 23,000 sq. ft. facility with 88 resident artists. 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. 

February 2018 A&M1 Press Release
February 2018 A&M2 Press Release

February 2018 in the Galleries at A&M2 – Wilkins

Artists & Makers Studios 2 Presents
Personal Context – with Brian Fisher
Petals
with Patty Hankins

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville will present two exhibits in the main galleries for the month of February along with artists’ open studios. “Personal Context” with Brian Fisher shares a view into storytelling through perspective, light and shadow. Fisher is inspired by Rembrandt, Caravaggio, and Hopper for his use of light. This exhibit explores forgotten perspectives – innocence in the face of hardship, and touchstones that feel familiar with older and wiser eyes “Petals” with Patty Hankins’ mesmerizing floral photographs are featured in the Merge Gallery. Explore the intricate shapes, colors, patterns and textures found in these images of flower petals, and look forward to the Spring thaw.  “Black and White” a group show with the Montgomery County Camera Club shows in the hallway gallery, along with the Grand Opening of newly expanded Gallery 209 in the third floor gallery now with 22 member artists, as Arthur Harrison adds acoustic ambience with theremin music in the lounge. Resident artists’ open studios throughout the buildings will round out the evening.

Personal Context – with Brian Fisher
Petals
with Patty Hankins
Opening Reception

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Artists & Makers Studios 2
12276 Wilkins Avenue
Rockville, MD 20852

Additionally A&M is proud to present three gallery exhibits for the month of February at the Parklawn location in Rockville, just 9/10’s of a mile from the buildings on Wilkins. Enjoy “Be Still” with Sheryl Massaro and Coriolana Simon, “The Dress as Icon” with Alexandra Michaels, and “Revisioning the Flip Doll: Exploring Our Connections” curated by Erika Cleveland along with resident artists’ open studios throughout the building. Words out Loud in the Compass Atelier, from 7-8pm with Philip Wexler, Roger Bradbury and Jason Gebhardt will be followed by an open mic.

These exhibits at both locations open Friday, February 2nd, and continue through Wednesday February 21st, 2018.  Viewing hours are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Saturdays, and Sundays/Mondays by chance or appointment.  

Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville is a 13,000 sq. ft. facility with 66 resident artists. Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville is a 23,000 sq. ft. facility with 88 resident artists. 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.    

February 2018 A&M1 Press Release
February 2018 A&M2 Press Release

January 2018 in the Galleries at A&M1 – Parklawn

Artists & Makers Studios Presents
Frida & the Day of the Dead
with David Amoroso, Marily Mojica, and Sergio and Claudia Olivos

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn in Rockville is proud to present one three gallery exhibit for the month of January along with artists’ open studios. “Frida & the Day of the Dead” celebrates the inextricable link in modern culture between the iconic artist Frida Kahlo and Día de Muertos (the Day of the Dead). David Amoroso and Marily Mojica bring together their explorations of the many faces of Frida, and Sergio and Claudia Olivos’ work shares the beautiful Day of the Dead tradition. Words out Loud in the Compass Atelier, from 7-8pm with Philip Wexler, Henry Crawford and Luther Jett will be followed by an open mic. Resident artists’ open studios will round out the evening for visitors at Parklawn.

Frida & the Day of the Dead
Opening Reception

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday, January 5th, 2018

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

Additionally A&M is proud to present four exhibits at Artists & Makers Studios 2 at 12276 Wilkins Avenue in Rockville, just 9/10’s of a mile from the flagship location. “The Figure as Still Life” in the main gallery with Pooja Campbell, Intuitive Painting with Christina Hibbard, and “Genres” with Anthony R. Williams of the Montgomery County Camera Club will fill the galleries, as Arthur Harrison adds acoustic ambience with theremin music. Enjoy a FireClay Pop-Up Gallery and Holiday Market Sale on the third floor with metro-area ceramists, an exhibit in Gallery 209, and resident artists’ open studios to round out the evening.

These exhibits at both locations open Friday, January 5th, and continue through Wednesday, January 24th, 2018.  Viewing hours are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Saturdays, and Sundays/Mondays by chance or appointment.

Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville is a 13,000 sq. ft. facility with 65 resident artists. Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville is a 23,000 sq. ft. facility with 79 resident artists. 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. 

Parklawn Press Release January 2018
Wilkins Press Release January 2018

January 2018 in the Galleries at A&M2 – Wilkins

Artists & Makers Studios 2 Presents
The Figure as Still Life – with Pooja Campbell
Intuitive Painting
with Christina Hibbard

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville will present two exhibits in the main galleries for the month of January along with artists’ open studios. “The Figure as Still Life” with Pooja Campbell will fill the main gallery. Campbell has been drawn to the nude as a subject since the start of her career. Her figures cohabitate in a world filled with nature and color – the subtleties, complexities, the curves and arches of the body are very like the forms and lines you would find in the natural world. She approaches painting the body as she might approach painting a floral still life. With line and form as structural guidelines, Campbell sorts through the internal dialogue she has about the realities of life, the truth in meditation, and her place in nature. In her work she wants to bring awareness to the beauty and vulnerability of the human form within the context of nature. “Intuitive Painting” with Christina Hibbard’s bold abstracts are featured in the Merge Gallery. As an intuitive painter, her goal is to play and experiment with layers and ultimately create a product that is strong in color, line, and overall composition. Hibbard’s Intuitive Painting series highlights this tactile and emotional painting process. “Genres” with Anthony B. Williams of The Montgomery County Camera Club shows in the hallway gallery, along with a FireClay Pop-Up Gallery and Holiday Market Sale on the 3rd floor, and Gallery 209 on the second floor, as Arthur Harrison adds acoustic ambience with theremin music in the lounge. Resident artists’ open studios throughout the buildings will round out the evening.

The Figure as Still Life – with Pooja Campbell
Intuitive Painting
with Christina Hibbard
Opening Reception

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday, January 5th, 2018

Artists & Makers Studios 2
12276 Wilkins Avenue
Rockville, MD 20852

Additionally A&M is proud to present one exhibit with four artists in three galleries for the month of January at the Parklawn location in Rockville, just 9/10’s of a mile from the buildings on Wilkins. “Frida and the Day of the Dead” will fill three galleries along with resident artists’ open studios throughout the building. Words out Loud in the Compass Atelier, from 7-8pm with Philip Wexler, Henry Crawford and Luther Jett will be followed by an open mic.

These exhibits at both locations open Friday, January 5th, and continue through Wednesday January 24th, 2018.  Viewing hours are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Saturdays, and Sundays/Mondays by chance or appointment.  

Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville is a 13,000 sq. ft. facility with 65 resident artists. Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville is a 23,000 sq. ft. facility with 79 resident artists. 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.    

Wilkins Press Release January 2018
Parklawn Press Release January 2018

 

2018 Monthly First Friday Gallery & Open Studio Events

Come and see gorgeous gallery exhibits at two locations (just 9/10’s of a mile apart in Rockville) each month, and enjoy resident artists’ open studios, demos, entertainment, wine and light refreshments. We throw the best parties in town!! Events are typically First Friday unless a major holiday pushes them to Second Friday.

Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville is a 13,000 sq. ft. facility with 65 resident artists. Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville is a 23,000 sq. ft. facility with 73 resident artists. 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.

2018
Jan 5th
Feb 2nd
Mar 2nd
Apr 6th (Open Studio Weekend April 7th and 8th, 12-5pm)
May 4th
June 1st
July 6th
Aug 3rd
Sept 7th
Oct 5th
Nov 2nd (Open Studio Weekend November 3rd and 4th, 12-5pm)
Dec 7th

Open Life Drawing Drop-In 2nd and 4th Mondays from 6-9pm at A&M2

Resumes in February 2018

Open Life Drawing Drop-In

 

2nd and 4th Mondays of the month from 6-9pm.

Artists of all levels are welcome. (No instruction.) Come draw from a professional model. Drop-in fee $10. Participants must be 18 years of age or older.

 

Artists & Makers Studios 2
12276 Wilkins Avenue
Rockville, MD 20852

Park in rear, enter at the back door. Main Gallery, straight in and to the right from the parking lot.

Figure drawing – nude model (short and long poses)

Contact: pooja@poojafineart.com

www.poojafineart.com

Call for Flip Dolls! For a February 2018 Exhibit, Revisioning the Flip Doll: Exploring Our Connections

Artists & Makers hosts Revisioning the Flip Doll: Exploring Our Connections at the Parklawn Studio, featuring work by Erika Cleveland and flip dolls created by women at the N. Street Homeless shelter as part of a series of workshops. For this show, we are inviting artists from the DC community and beyond to submit their own Flip dolls for display in this exhibit!

Cleveland received a Margaret Conant Grant in the Spring of 2016 from the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild for her project “Revisioning Flip Dolls.” For this project she is creating her own flip dolls and teaching women at the N. Street Village Homeless shelter to make flip dolls. In addition she is interviewing professional artists who make flip dolls.

Flip or “Topsy-turvy” dolls are two-sided dolls connected at the waist, and separated by a skirt. The skirt flips over to cover one side when the other side is revealed. The original flip dolls were black/white dolls made by slaves in the south during the Civil War era. In the words of flip doll artist Terri Dowell Dennis, they could be seen as “racist relic of the past.” In spite of their origin, many of these dolls were well loved by their owners and makers, who responded to the soft cloth bodies and enjoyed using the dolls for storytelling.

flip doll 1

In this exhibit Cleveland would like to “revision” the flip doll as a way to show the commonalities within differences, and as a way of exploring the ways in which we are all united.

images: Flip Doll 1 – Maisie/Ernestina, Response to N. Street, fiber and mixed media, 14” x 7” x 4” and Flip Doll 2 – Rhea-Mother Earth/Raina-Every Woman is an Empress, sculptural needle felted and mixed media, 62” x 20” x 12”

call for flip dolls

December 2017 in the Galleries at A&M1 – Parklawn

Artists & Makers Studios Presents
trans•fer•ence n
ew prints by Adjoa Burrowes, Gail Shaw-Clemons, Sheila Crider, Cheryl Edwards, Pamela Lawton and Michelle Talibah

Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn in Rockville is proud to present one three gallery exhibit for the month of December along with artists’ open studios. “trans•fer•ence – new prints by Adjoa Burrowes, Gail Shaw-Clemons, Sheila Crider, Cheryl Edwards, Pamela Lawton and Michelle Talibah” features the printmaking of six mid-career artists, creating a dynamic conversation among colleagues and friends. Each artist brings their own sensibility and perspective that alludes to the transfer of ideas that include cultural, environmental and identity issues, and is curated by Adjoa Burrowes. Words out Loud in the Compass Atelier, from 7-8pm with Philip Wexler, Joanne Rocky Delaplaine and Sally Wen Mao will be followed by an open mic. Resident artists’ open studios will round out the evening for visitors at Parklawn.

trans•fer•ence
Opening Reception

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday, December 1st, 2017

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

Additionally A&M is proud to present four exhibits at Artists & Makers Studios 2 at 12276 Wilkins Avenue in Rockville, just 9/10’s of a mile from the flagship location. “Flora” in the main gallery with renowned painter Teresa Oaxaca, Textiles and Lunatics: Constructing Dreams with Sandra Pérez-Ramos, and “A Cultural Tour of India” with Jim Auerbach of the Montgomery County Camera Club will fill the galleries, as Arthur Harrison adds acoustic ambience with theremin music and the band Paradise Bill performs their psychedelic sets, which include tributes to Rockers in the third floor artists’ lounge. Enjoy a FireClay Pop-Up Gallery and Holiday Market Sale on the third floor with metro-area ceramists, an exhibit in Gallery 209, and resident artists’ open studios to round out the evening.

These exhibits at both locations open Friday, December 1st, and continue through Thursday, December 21st, 2017.  Viewing hours are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Saturdays, and Sundays/Mondays by chance or appointment.

Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville is a 13,000 sq. ft. facility with 65 resident artists. Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville is a 23,000 sq. ft. facility with 73 resident artists. 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. 

A&M Studios December 2017 Press Release

December 2017 in the Galleries at A&M2 – Wilkins

Artists & Makers Studios 2 Presents
Flora – with Teresa Oaxaca
Textiles and Lunatics: Constructing Dreams
with Sandra Pérez-Ramos

Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville will present two exhibits in the main galleries for the month of December. “Flora” with renowned artist Teresa Oaxaca – will feature figurative oil paintings with a floral theme. Teresa’s work is about pleasing the eye. She paints light and the way it falls. Simple observation reveals beauty; often it is found in the unconventional. Because of this she has learned to take particular delight in unusual pairings of subject matter. Frequently her compositions are spontaneous. When a person comes to her, they occupy a space in her mind. Arrangements form from there until with excitement she sees and formulates the composition. The design is both planned and subconscious. For this reason she surrounds herself with Victorian and Baroque costume, bones, and other things which she finds fascinating – she wants subject matter to always be at hand. “Textiles and Lunatics: Constructing Dreams” with Sandra Pérez-Ramos fills the Merge Gallery. Utilizing rare plants, moonstruck characters, torn fabric and vinyl niches, artist Sandra Pérez-Ramos combines contemporary fiber artworks with whimsical illustrations in this exhibition about lost and found dreams. “A Cultural Tour of India” with Jim Auerbach of The Montgomery County Camera Club shows in their hallway gallery, along with a FireClay Pop-Up Gallery and Holiday Market Sale on the 3rd floor, and Gallery 209 on the second floor. Arthur Harrison adds acoustic ambience with theremin music, and the band Paradise Bill performs their psychedelic sets in the 3rd floor artists’ lounge, while resident artists’ open studios throughout the buildings will round out the evening.

Flora – with Teresa Oaxaca
Textiles and Lunatics: Constructing Dreams
with Sandra Pérez-Ramos
A Cultural Tour of India
– Jim Auerbach of The Montgomery County Camera Club

Opening Reception
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday, December 1st, 2017

Artists & Makers Studios 2
12276 Wilkins Avenue
Rockville, MD 20852

Additionally A&M is proud to present one exhibit in three galleries for the month of December at the Parklawn location in Rockville, just 9/10’s of a mile from the buildings on Wilkins. ““trans•fer•ence – new prints by Adjoa Burrowes, Gail Shaw-Clemons, Sheila Crider, Cheryl Edwards, Pamela Lawton and Michelle Talibah”” along with resident artists’ open studios throughout the building. Words out Loud in the Compass Atelier, from 7-8pm with Philip Wexler, Joanne Rocky Delaplaine and Sally Wen Mao will be followed by an open mic.

These exhibits at both locations open Friday, December 1st, and continue through Thursday, December 21st, 2017.  Viewing hours are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Saturdays, and Sundays/Mondays by chance or appointment.  

Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville is a 13,000 sq. ft. facility with 65 resident artists. Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville is a 23,000 sq. ft. facility with 73 resident artists. 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.    

A&M Studios 2 December 2017 Press Release

November in the Galleries at A&M1 – Parklawn

Artists & Makers Studios Presents
Progeny
Figurative sculptures from Melissa Ichiuji’s “Guise and Dolls” classes

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn in Rockville is proud to present one three gallery exhibit for the month of November along with artists’ open studios. “Progeny – Figurative sculptures from Melissa Ichiuji’s Guise and Dolls classes” brings together the work of Melissa Ichiuji’s students, some who had no fine art experience before attending her class. The dolls were developed through a series of body/mind opening prompts such as movement exercises, journaling, and the inclusion of personal artifacts. Each figure represents a significant turning point, epiphany or event in the makers’ life, and carries a spirit of transcendence and reawakening. In 2015 Melissa Ichiuji gave her first of many figurative sculpture workshops at Artists and Makers Studios. “I call my class Guise and Dolls because the purpose of the work is to honor hidden or disowned parts of the self in a playful but meaningful way. We carry around all sorts of stories, disempowering scripts, things we would rather forget and dreams and desires we wish would come true. The seemingly simple act of creating a self-portrait doll can be a catalyst for profound release, healing and positive change.” says Ichiuji. Words out Loud in the Compass Atelier, from 7-8pm with Philip Wexler, Yvette Neisser and Sarah Browning will be followed by an open mic. Resident artists’ open studios will round out the evening for visitors at Parklawn.

Progeny
Figurative sculptures from Melissa Ichiuji’s “Guise and Dolls” classes

Opening Reception
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday, November 3rd, 2017
Artists & Makers Studios
11810 Parklawn Dr., Suite 210
Rockville, MD 20852

Additionally A&M is proud to present three exhibits at Artists & Makers Studios 2 at 12276 Wilkins Avenue in Rockville, just 9/10’s of a mile from the flagship location. “Alternative Evolution” in the main gallery with Eric Celarier, Magic Symmetry with Peter Swift, and “Show Us Your Best Shot” with the Montgomery County Camera Club will fill the galleries, as Arthur Harrison adds acoustic ambience with theremin music in the artists’ lounge. Enjoy additional exhibits in New Master’s Gallery, Gallery 209, and resident artists’ open studios to round out the evening.

These exhibits at both locations open Friday, November 3rd, the 4th and 5th for Open Studio Weekend 12-5, and continue through Tuesday, November 21st, 2017.  Viewing hours are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Saturdays, and Sundays/Mondays by chance or appointment.

Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville is a 13,000 sq. ft. facility with 65 resident artists. Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville is a 23,000 sq. ft. facility with 73 resident artists. 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. 

A&M November 2017 Press Release

A&M2 November 2017 Press Release

November in the Galleries at A&M2 – Wilkins

Artists & Makers Studios 2 Presents
Alternative Evolution – with Eric Celarier
Magic Symmetry – with Peter Swift

(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville will present two exhibits in the main galleries for the month of November. “Alternative Evolution” with Eric Celarier – the series portrays creatures adapted to, from, and by a world irrevocably changed by our interaction. The survival of any living creature is limited by that animal’s ability to keep adaptive pace with a continually mutating habitat. There is no doubt that we have had a significant hand in shaping the environment. Crafting creatures from refuse; the artist lends form to the idea that all future flora and fauna can be seen as byproducts of our existence. “Magic Symmetry” ”  an exhibit with Peter Swift, is the name of a hybrid new genre the artist is exploring, in which photorealistic renderings of objects are arranged in a symmetrical design, often a radial circle.  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. The Montgomery County Camera Club presents “Show Us Your Best Shot” in the hallway gallery, along with exhibits in New Master’s 3rd floor Gallery, and Gallery 209 on the second floor. Arthur Harrison adds acoustic ambience with theremin music in the artists’ lounge and resident artists’ open studios throughout the buildings will round out the evening.

Alternative Evolution – with Eric Celarier
Magic Symmetry – with Peter Swift
Show Us Your Best Shot – The Montgomery County Camera Club

Opening Reception
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday, November 3rd, 2017
Artists & Makers Studios 2
12276 Wilkins Avenue
Rockville, MD 20852

Additionally A&M is proud to present one exhibit in three galleries for the month of November at the Parklawn location in Rockville, just 9/10’s of a mile from the buildings on Wilkins. “Progeny – Figurative sculptures from Melissa Ichiuji’s Guise and Dolls classes” along with resident artists’ open studios throughout the building. Words out Loud in the Compass Atelier, from 7-8pm with Philip Wexler, Yvette Neisser, and Sarah Browning will be followed by an open mic.

These exhibits at both locations open Friday, November 3rd, the 4th and 5th for Open Studio Weekend 12-5, and continue through Tuesday, November 21st, 2017.  Viewing hours are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Saturdays, and Sundays/Mondays by chance or appointment.  

Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville is a 13,000 sq. ft. facility with 65 resident artists. Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville is a 23,000 sq. ft. facility with 73 resident artists. 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.    

A&M2 November 2017 Press Release

A&M November 2017 Press Release