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November in the Galleries at A&M1 – Parklawn

Artists & Makers Studios Presents
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.

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

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