Montgomery Art Association

October Member Spotlight: Christine Zmuda

27 Oct 2020 11:38 AM | Kathleen Tynan (Administrator)

Lives in: Potomac, Maryland


Social Media: Instagram @artgallerybyz

Media: Mixed

Why you joined MAA: I was interested in further developing my art practice and making new connections with other artists in Montgomery County. I am a relatively new member and have only recently started participating in some of the MAA offerings. I was super pleased to have my work critiqued by a curator following one of the member shows. It was a great way to learn. I would love to see MAA continue to offer that opportunity. 

Something fun about you: I’m a published author with of a “how to” book for women who are looking for unique ideas for girls nights out and weekend getaways.  It’s called “The Misadventures of the Hip and Fabulous.”  The book has had a some great reviews. One reviewer shared ”this book is a great motivator to schedule some fun times with friends. Not only are the stories great to read, but a true reminder that life should be about fun interactions. I love the details around each story and how to make it actionable for doing the same. Great read, fun stories, and shows how we can lift up each other in times where everyone wants to talk about the negative.”

Artist Biography: I am an intuitive abstract painter. Largely self-taught, I use acrylic paint, charcoal, pastels, and oil sticks to put on canvas what I feel through music. I bring to my art studio my life experience and emotions and select music.  Music is as much as a medium as the paints and brushes I used to create. The music informs my color palette.  Influences that you may see threaded through my work include abstract painters like Helen Frankenthaler, Jackson Pollack, and Hiroshi Matsumoto. Equally important to the creative process is the music used for inspiration.  I appreciate a wide range of music to include Billie Holiday, Otis Redding, Andrea Bocelli, Chrissy Hynde, Beck, Iggy Pop, David Byrne, Cake, Beastie Boys, The Rolling Stones, Mac Miller, Lord Huron, Courtney Barnett, Middle Kids, The National, Avett Brothers, Julia Jacklin, Bahamas and Vance Joy to name just a few. 

Over the last two years, I have exhibited nationally at nationally juried shows, group shows and had my first solo show in August of 2019.  More recently, I have representation at the Sonia Monti Gallery in Paris, France.  Here are a few places that I have shown my work:

  • SK Artspace, Brooklyn, NY - August 2018
  • Fridge DC, Washington DC  - September 2018
  • Artcho , Charlottesville, VA, - October 2018
  • Yellow Barn Gallery, Glen Echo, MD - January, 2019
  • Hill Center Gallery, Washington DC  - February, 2019
  • Delaplaine Art Gallery, Frederick, MD. - May 2019
  • MD Hall for Creative Arts, Annapolis, MD (solo) - Aug 2019
  • Potomac French Market, Potomac, MD -  September 2019
  • Delaplaine Art Gallery, Frederick, MD - May 2020
  • Cerulean Art Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa - July, 2020
  • Art Museum of SW Texas, Corpus Christi TX - July 2020
  • Athenaeum Gallery, Alexandria, VA October 2020
  • Sonia Monti Gallery, Paris, France October 2020

I look forward to meeting and connecting with other artists in Montgomery County.  If I can be helpful in anyway, please drop me a line Happy also to connect on Instagram at @artgallerybyz.

Figure 1 - Time is a Gift 60x60"


Figure 2- I need your bedroom eyes 30x30"


Figure 3-Keep bringing out the best in me 36x48"

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