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  • 27 Jul 2020 4:37 PM | Kathleen Tynan (Administrator)

     

    Lives in:  Poolesville, MD- where I have happily lived for 30 years

    My website is:  franciedartist.com

    Social Media: instagram  franciedartist.com 

    Why you joined MAA:  The Montgomery Art Association has some wonderful opportunities to learn, paint, and teach that I am looking forward to participating in.  I am really excited to meet other artist and be part of this art community.  This is a very active art area and I’m delighted to be part of it.

    Media & Subjects:   I enjoy painting in oil exclusively.  My work is representational with lose strokes which are sometimes thick and also occasionally transparent, depending on the subject. 

    Because I grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, the flowers and landscapes of the deep south are my primary subject. Magnolias and camellias evoke visual, olfactory and emotional memories of my youth.  I recall the towering magnolia tree in my father’s garden that perfumed the air of the back yard and the beautiful camellia blooms that my mother frequently wore pinned at her shoulder.  The subtle changes in color and shape as the flower progress from bud, to mature flower and finally to cone. I am also lucky now to live in an area that has magnificently colorful sunsets and sunrises.  It is a wonderful way to start and end another great day.

    Artist Biography:  As a child, I was known to have every notebook margin covered with sketches of horseheads, hooves, legs, etc.  Besides sketching and painting, horses were an obsession that led me away from art to a successful career in veterinary medicine.  My profession pretty much took over my life until once I could cut back I took a couple of drawing classes at Montgomery College and my passion for art was revived.  I was lucky to find a wonderful teacher who helped me develop skills to become an artist.

    I really like to laugh.  For me, it is the stuff of life. While it is great to laugh with friends I give myself lots of opportunities to laugh at myself.  By the end of a painting session, it is not unusual for me to have as much paint on me as on the canvas.  Especially pthalo green, for some reason pthalo green and I have a love/hate relationship.

    Graduate Master Artist Program 2020, The Compass Atelier

    Studied under Glen Kessler, Steven Assael, Duane Keiser and Alyssa Monks

    "Painting through the Lens", Glen Kessler, The Compass Atelier

    "Introduction to Painting" Tom Semmes, The Compass Atelier

    "Introduction to Drawing" Michael Piechocinski, Montgomery College 

    Pieces in private collections, Colorado, South Carolina, Virginia, Michigan, and Maryland 

    Solo Exhibition - Signal Financial Federal Credit Union, Washington, DC, 2019

    JFK Show, Tryst Gallery, Leesburg, VA  2019

    MCO Show, Tryst Gallery, Leesburg, VA  2018

    Lavender Fields Forever Show, Artist and Makers II, Rockville, MD 2018
















  • 23 Jul 2020 12:21 PM | Martina Sestakova (Administrator)

    By Martina Sestakova

    Let's create together! One idea, many unique interpretations. If you follow our MAA Members Facebook page, you know we enjoy painting together. This blog highlights our latest project inspired by a painting by Miguel Mitchel. Miguel's painting is titled "Angel of Chaos". He is interested in fantasy and you can see more of his work on Instagram at @drchemmom. In this painting project, our members were encouraged to interpret the artwork in any medium and any way. 

    This group activity aims to celebrate the diversity of MAA members' work so join future activities and show us your artistic point of view. Scroll below to see how our members interpreted the inspiration.

    Original artwork; credit: Miguel Mitchell

    Our Members' Interpretations

    Martina Sestakova, Angel of Balance, Watercolor on Yupo, 4" x 6"


    Tena Turner, Chaos Angel, Colored Pencil, 8" x 12"



  • 10 Jul 2020 8:22 AM | Martina Sestakova (Administrator)

    By Martina Sestakova

    In the absence of our regular in-person art shows, MAA is hosting several online exhibits in 2020. Each exhibit will include judging, awards, and artist's salons.

    The August show category is Urban Landscapes. Urban Landscape art is the depiction of human scenery such as cities, towns, people in motion through 2 dimensional art (excluding photography). Recognition will be made for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places; a award presentation will be held via Zoom on Saturday, August 1st to have the judge, Carolyn Bevans present the awards as well as her perspectives on the entire exhibit and the specific art pieces that are receiving awards.

    Bevans currently works at the National Gallery of Art Educational Division. Carolyn’s background is in art history, docent management, and educational programs for adults, children, and educators. She has worked at the Freer Gallery of Art, Jewish Museum of Maryland, National Building Museum, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She holds a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University. 


  • 8 Jul 2020 3:06 PM | Martina Sestakova (Administrator)

    By Martina Sestakova

    Let's create together! One idea, many unique interpretations. If you follow our MAA Members Facebook page, you know we enjoy painting together. This blog highlights our latest project inspired by a photograph by Elizabeth B Sullivan, a Washington-DC based photographer. You can see Elizabeth's work on Instagram at @elizfrog77This photograph - called "Downpour" - was our first abstract inspiration so we really got to play! Members were encouraged to interpret the photo in any medium and any way (e.g., as part of a realistic painting). 

    This group activity aims to celebrate the diversity of MAA members' work so join future activities and show us your artistic point of view. Scroll below to see how our members interpreted the inspiration.

    Original photograph; credit: Elizabeth B Sullivan


    Our Member's Interpretations

    Deb Walmer, Let the Rain Come Down Down, Acrylic, Oilstick, Oil on Canvas, 24" x 30" 


    Martina Sestakova, Downpour, Watercolor on Yupo, 4" x 6"


    Anita Gupta, My interpretation, Peace and Serenity, Acrylic on Canvas, 16" x 20" 


    Susan Farrer, Watercolor with Ink, 9" x 10" (Susan says, "The photo brought to mind the dripping, cool feeling of a forest just after rain.")

    Tena Turner, Colored Pencil on Paper, 6" x 9" (Tena says, "When I squinted at the photo, it made me think of Japanese woodblocks.") 



  • 4 Jul 2020 2:03 PM | Anonymous

    Solace, an oil painting by member Patti Connell, was awarded first place in MAA's Natural Landscapes judged exhibition. Artist and George Mason University art professor Chawky Frenn served as the judge.

    Second place went to Jeanne Powell for her oil painting Potomac Pinnacle and Hiral Joshi's acrylic painting Fall Colors at Fall earned third.

    "It was not easy to jury the show and decide on the awards," Frenn said. "For three days, I went back and forth, looking, looking again, and allowing the paintings to speak."

    Frenn awarded honorable mentions to the following works:

    • Glacier Lake by Jean Finkelman

    • Gloucester Cove by Alden Schofield

    • The Road Home by Alexandra Treadaway-Hoare

    • Spring's Final Poppy by Kathy Tynan

    • Blazed with Blue by Deborah Walmer

    Frenn submitted the following judge's statement:

    "It was an honor to see the creativity, joy and celebration of color and light in your work. I appreciate the exquisite choices you have made, both visual and technical. I could see the quiet and calm of spaces, the thundering of water, and the peaceful landscapes, not only in your subject, but also in the manner it was treated. Your compositions, brushwork, and colors were mindful and resourceful. Your visual decisions were creative, they convey and heighten the paintings’ mood and the viewers’ emotive responses.

    "It was not easy to jury the show and decide on the awards. For three days, I went back and forth, looking, looking again, and allowing the paintings to speak. The visuals are strong, the styles diverse and rich, the approaches authentic.

    "I narrowed down my selection to the paintings that kept stopping me time after time. The hard task of prioritizing my selection was guided by the intrinsic quality of the painting and the response it evoked in me."

    See the show

    Watch a recording of the awards presentation and judge's remarks

  • 29 Jun 2020 6:54 AM | Kathleen Tynan (Administrator)

    Lives in:  Bethesda, MD. 

    Why you joined MAA:  I joined MAA to push myself to enter art shows and to challenge myself to do my best work, and to get out of my comfort zone and try new subjects and media.

    Media & Subjects:  I use mainly water color but I also do mixed media. When I do zen tangles I use felt tip markers. I love nature and so I like to paint flowers and landscapes. I tend to be very eclectic so whatever inspires me at a given moment becomes my subject. 

    Artist Biography:  I have had two careers. I started as an elementary school teacher. Then I went back to school for an MSW and worked as a geriatric social worker. I started painting after I retired and am so grateful to have a hobby that I can pursue at home especially during this pandemic while we have been at home for such a long time.











  • 20 Jun 2020 9:29 AM | Martina Sestakova (Administrator)

    By Martina Sestakova

    Let's create together! One idea, many unique interpretations. If you follow our MAA Members Facebook page, you know we enjoy painting together. This blog highlights our latest project: a seagull photograph by Marti Wells. This activity aims to celebrate the diversity of MAA members' work so join in and show us your artistic point of view. Scroll below to see how our members interpreted the inspiration.

    Original photograph; credit: Marti Wells


    And here we have our members' interpretations ... 

    Anastasia Walsh, 29" x 21", Translucent Acrylic on Glass (Old Window)

    Marti Wells, Pen and Ink

    Tena Turner, 8" x 10", Colored Pencil on Paper

    Ellen Yahuda, 7.5" x 5", Pastel on Paper


  • 13 Jun 2020 9:49 PM | Martina Sestakova (Administrator)

    Montgomery Art Association is excited about the upcoming July “Natural Landscapes” online exhibit and proudly announces this show’s judge, Chawky Frenn. We are looking forward to showcasing our members’ artworks and while July is yet to come, you are invited to learn about Chawky Frenn’s art and career in this blog.

    Born in Lebanon, Frenn immigrated to the United States in 1981 having experienced years of civil war in his native country. Its devastating effects would influence his life and work. Frenn received a BFA from Mass College of Art and Design in Boston and an MFA from Tyler School of Art of Temple University in Philadelphia. Having taught at a variety of colleges in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, he is currently an Associate Professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

    Frenn’s exhibit history includes shows in the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Lebanon, and Paraguay. In 2017, Frenn was awarded the Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Awards and spent 5 months in New Delhi, India, painting and teaching. He has received numerous awards including the Teaching Excellence Award, George Mason University in Fairfax (2009).

    Frenn is the author of two books 100 Boston Artists and 100 Boston Painters published in 2013 and 2012 by Schiffer Publishing. Chawky Frenn lives and works in Arlington, VA.



  • 5 Jun 2020 8:36 PM | Martina Sestakova (Administrator)

    By Martina Sestakova

    Let's create together! One idea, many unique interpretations. If you follow our MAA Members Facebook page, you know we enjoy painting together. This blog highlights our latest project: an amaryllis photograph by Susan Farrer who took this photo in early March at the Philadelphia Flower Show. This activity aims to celebrate the diversity of MAA members' work so join in and show us your artistic point of view. Scroll below to see how our members interpreted the inspiration.

    Original photograph; credit: Susan Farrer

    And here we have our members' interpretations ... 

    Ellen Yahuda, 5" x 7", Pastel on paper


    Jamie Downs, Digital Painting


    Susan Farrer, 8" x 10", Acrylic on paper


    Tena Turner, 8" x 10", Colored pencil on drawing paper

    Marti Wells, 8" x 10", Watercolor

    Joanne Lamm, 5" x 5", Oil on paper


  • 27 May 2020 3:30 PM | Martina Sestakova (Administrator)

    By Bonnie Carlson 

    I started to think about chairs on a walk about a month ago. I saw empty park benches, cafes with no one at them, no one in line to buy a movie ticket to sit in the soft, red velvet chairs of a theater, and even, on returning home, the chairs in my own living room, where we sit, but where we can invite no friends to join us.

    I wanted to express what those empty chairs meant to me, both for better and worse: the lost jobs, shuttered businesses, the inability to sit with a friend, the loss of a friend to this terrible virus and the chair he or she will never sit in again. I thought of hospital waiting rooms where families cannot wait to see their loved ones, and so many patients coming through and sitting in chairs waiting for a lifeline.

    But not all of my thoughts turned to loss. I look at the chairs in my home, or the chairs at the table in my back yard, and I plan for our return to the day when we can safely meet, and think how sweet that time will be – a barbecue, maybe a birthday party, where little kids’ legs dangle from the too-tall chairs, party hats on, waiting for the pizza. It might be a wedding delayed that we can all finally celebrate at together, taking a chair or sliding into a pew next to a beloved aunt, leaning in and taking her elbow to say hello to her as we wait for the bride to come down the aisle.

    Some of these chairs are a memorial to those who will not sit in them again, but others are a plan for the return of friends and family. These chairs are an invitation to sit a spell, have a seat, or to enjoy coffee and a slice of cake, balanced on a knee, sitting in the living room with the one you have missed the most.

    This pandemic will not last forever. And when it ends, when we have a vaccine or a treatment, there’s a chair here, and it’s waiting for you.

    Currently all paintings are untitled. They are 8" x 8" acrylic on canvas.







    All rights reserved. Bonnie Carlson. 



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