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  • 17 May 2019 3:21 PM | Anonymous

    We are always excited to share your creative activities with fellow artists and subscribers of our monthly newsletter. Email the details to by the 20th of each month.

    Here are some tips about how to share your info so that we can promote your ventures fully and accurately.

    Promoting Shows

    Email us the following: 

    • Your name
    • Name of the show
    • Name and address of the venue
    • Dates and times
    • Whether there is a reception (plus date and time)
    • A sentence about the type of art you do.
    • 1 photo to accompany (horizontal preferred)
    • Your Facebook and Instagram handles, so that we can tag you when we promote.
    Bonus tip: Is your show more than three weeks long? If so, copy columnist Judith Levine on your email ( so that she can include it in the monthly In the Galleries column.

    Promoting Classes or Workshops

    Email us the following:

    • Your name
    • Name of the course
    • Name and address of the venue
    • One sentence about the class and who it's appropriate for
    • What is the cost?
    • How do people sign up?
    • 1 photo to accompany (horizontal preferred)

    Telling the World About an Award

    Congrats! We want to share your excitement! Email us:

    • Your name
    • Name of the award
    • Organization that provided the award.

    • 1 photo

    Other News

    Were you featured in the media? Accepted for a special program or residency? Doing something cool that you think others would like to know about? Send along all of the relevant details.

  • 1 May 2019 6:31 PM | Anonymous

    By Judith Levine

    This column is designed to provide you with art news and information about interesting shows at local art galleries and museums. If you are aware of an event, news or an exhibit 3 week or longer, large or small, that you think would be of interest, please email Judith Levine.


    The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW, Washington, DC; Information (202) 387-2151; $12 -adults, $10-62 and over and students, free for members and visitors 18 and under, closed Mondays

    • Zilia Sánchez, through May 19. Cuban artist Zilia Sánchez (b. 1926, Havana) is a hidden treasure. This show includes paintings, sculptures and sculpted canvases. It follows her journey from Cuba, time in Europe and New York, and her eventual settling in Puerto Rico where she now lives.
    • Intersections. Intersections is a series of projects that explores links between old and new traditions, modern and contemporary art practices, and the spaces within the museum and its display of new artistic interventions.
    • Ranjani Shettar: Earth Songs for a Night Sky, May 16, 2019-August 25
    Oliver Jackson Lee: Recent Paintings
    4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC; Info: (202) 737-4215
    • In the Library: Frederick Douglass Family Materials from the Walter O. Evans Collection (Library-East Building), through June 14
    • Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings (East Wing), through September 15
    • The American Pre-Raphaelites: Radical Realists (West Wing), through July 21
    • Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice; Venetian Prints in the Time of Tintoretto, and Drawing in Tintoretto’s Venice (West Wing), through June 9. The curators of these exhibitions will provide an authoritative view of this time in Venice’s illustrious art history.
    Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC. (202) 633-1000
    • Enrico David: Gradations of Slow Release, through September 2. This is the largest exhibit of this contemporary sculptor’s work to date. The Italian artist uses the human experience and human form in amazing circular forms. Being placed in the circular corridors of the Hirshhorn just enhances these elements.
    • Rirkrit Tiravanija: Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow, and Green, May 17-July 24;artist talk-May 16, 6:30 PM-7:30PM , obtain free tickets. Hungry for Thai food? Then this exhibit is for you. In each of the Hirshhorn galleries a dining room made of objects by this contemporary Thai artist will serve visitors a dish of curry. Eat up and enjoy a visual treat at the same time.
    • What Absence Is Made Of, through August 31. “What does absence look like? How can loss—of objects, of memory, of yourself—become a tool for artistic expression? In the face of today’s increasingly noisy consumer culture, What Absence Is Made Of answers these questions and more as it mines the Hirshhorn’s extensive collection in search of the mind-bending ways that artists surmount the limits of the material world.” (Hirshhorn catalog)

    1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC; (202) 633-1000 
    • Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644–1912 (Freer), through June 23; Empress Xiaoxian, Qing Dynasty, 1777; For Love of Place: Japanese Screens (Freer); The Way of the Kami (Freer), May 11-November 11. Shinto, the indigenous faith of Japan, centers on belief that everything possesses a kami (deity.) These spirits reside in rocks, mountains, trees-in everything within the landscape, natural phenomena, and deceased ancestors. This show will help visitors to better understand the Japanese people and how they view life.
    • Japan Modern: Prints in the Age of Photography (Sackler) and Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644–1912 (Sackler), through June 23.
    • A Glimpse of Ancient Yemen (Sackler), through August 18.
    Fourth Street & Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC; (202) 633-1000
    • Section 14: The Other Palm Spring, California; through January, 2020. Section 14 forms the heart of the reservation belonging to the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. This exhibit is about the fight to maintain their land as the city grows around it.
    • Americans, through January 2022. Native American symbols and pictures have been used to represent a wide variety of products in the past. In some cases, such as the Indian Motorcycle, they were considered the epitome of the field. Others were demeaning, picturing Native Americans as picturesque savages. The visitor to this exhibit will experience the range and leave understanding how the people felt about these objects.
    • Our Universes: Traditional Knowledge Shapes Our World, through September 2020
    950 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC; (202) 633-1000 
    • Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths
    • World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean. Ongoing. “Swahili” comes from the Arabic word meaning “edge” or “coast”. This area of the coast of eastern Africa has been a crossroads for Asian, European, and African travelers for over a thousand years. This show showcases both individual cultures and the mixing that occurred during this time.
    • Good As Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women, ongoing
    1400 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC; (202) 633-4751
    • Ella’s Books, through December 31
    • Visual Art and the American Experience, ongoing
    • Cultural Expressions, Ongoing. A circular, experiential, introductory space to African American and African diaspora culture.
    1661 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC; (202) 633-7970 
    • David Best’s Temple, through January 5, 2020. Best, the designer of at least 8 of Burning Man’s temples since 2000, brings his gift to the Renwick’s main salon.
    8th and F streets NW, Washington, DC; (202) 633-1000
    • Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975 (SAAM), through August 18
    • Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past is Prologue (SAAM), through September 2
    • In Mid-Sentence (NPG), May 3-March 29, 2020
    • Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence (NPG), through January 5
    • Yun Suknam: Portraits of the World: Korea (NPG), through November 17. Feminist artist Yun Suknam explores the position and view of women artist in past and present in both Korea and the world.
    • Recent Acquisitions (NPG), through November 3
    • Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today (NPG), through August 18
    • Daguerreotypes: Five Decades of Collecting (NPG), through June 2
    • One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey (NPG), through May 19
    Lady in K-Garden, Jiha Moon,  2017
    1250 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC; (202)-783-5000
    • More is More, May 3, 2019–September 22. Cindy Sherman, Mickalene Thomas, Barbara Kruger, Helen Marten, Jiha Moon are among the women who explore the whimsical connects between art and everyday objects that include textiles, ceramics, clothing, decorative objects and toys
    • New York Avenue Sculpture Project: Betsabeé Romero, through September 20, 2020
    Other Shows & Galleries
    600 North Charles St., Baltimore. Wednesday–Sunday, 10:00 AM-5:00PM; Annex- 1 West Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore; (410) 547-9000
    • Paintings for a Venetian Palace
    • Animal Tales, May 18-August 11
    • Transformation: Art of the Americas, through October 6
    • Roberto Lugo at 1 West (Annex), through July 15
    10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore; (443) 573-1700
    • Subverting Beauty: African Anti-Aesthetics
    • Henri Moore: and the Pre-Colombian Past
    • DIS: A Good Crisis
    • Commons Collaborations: Get Your Life!, through November 17
    963 Bonifant St., Silver Spring. (240) 670-7424
    • Palette Knife abstracts by Vicki Lipov and The Human Figure by Rebecca Lipov, May 1-June 30
    6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville; Sunday 1:00 PM-5 PM, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 4:00 PM–7:30 PM; (301) 881-0100
    • A Thousand Words: Revealing Meaningful Messages: Our Bender JCC, through May 9
    • A Lifetime of Perspective: Art by Older Adults, May 19-June 16
    12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown; (301)-528-2260
    • Dottie Campbell: Amped Up, through June 1
    10701 Rockville Pike, N. Bethesda; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10:00 AM-4:00 PM; Wednesday 10:00AM—9:00 PM; Sunday noon-4:00 PM; (301) 581-5146
    • From the Artist’s Hand:Lis Zadravec. MAA’s own Lis Zadravec is showcased in the one woman exhibit. Zadravec is a well-known member of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Please come and enjoy seeing the unique way the artist blends the human expression with the spiritual one.
    • Kaleidoscopes: Spectrum, through May 26
    4600 Waverly Ave, Garrett, Park; (240) 669-8549
    • Farhad Heidarian, through May 18
    • Jennifer Beaudet’s Mountain Drive has been accepted into the 2019 Penn Place Invitational Show. Enjoy the work of your fellow MAA member, and then go treat yourself to a lovely meal at the Black Market Bistro.
    • Robert LeMar, May 20-June 15; Reception: June 2, 3-5 PM
    Gallery 1: 11810 Parklawn Dr., Rockville. (240) 437-9573/(240) 481-5031; Gallery 2: 12276, Wilkins Ave., Rockville
    • Gallery 209: Tuesdays -Sundays, Noon-4:00 PM, 301-622-0546 or
    3766 Howard Ave., Kensington. Tuesday 1:00 PM-6:00 PM, Thursday–Sunday noon-6 PM, and by appointment; (301) 922-0162
    Marc Weinberg
    216 North Market St., Frederick, 301-696-8187); Friday-Saturday, noon–8:00 PM, Sunday noon–5:00 PM or by appointment.
    • Marc Weinberg: I Left my Heart …
    • Chris Stovall: For the Birds, May 3-26; reception-May 4, 6-9 PM
    155 Gibbs St., Rockville. (301) 315-8200
    • Richard L. Dana: Here and Where (Kaplan Gallery), through May 26
    • Really Large Numbers Laboratory (Gibbs Street Gallery), through May 19
    • John Schlesinger (Common Ground Gallery), through May 19
    • Cy Keener and Justine Holzman at 355 Pod Space, Rockville Town Square, through August 25
    2001 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington. (571) 483-0652; Monday–Friday 10 AM–6 PM, Saturday 10 AM–2 PM
    • Risk—National Juried Exhibition, May 1-24; reception, May 3, 5-8 PM
    320 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. Monday–Friday, by appointment ; (301) 258-6425
    506 South Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. Monday–Saturday 8 AM–8 PM, Sunday 8 AM-5 PM. (301)-258-6394
    • Artwork of Ouafae Taame, through June 24
    311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. Monday–Friday 10 am–5 pm, Saturday 1:30 -5:30PM; (301) 258-6394
    1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Daily 9:00 AM-5:00PM; closed holidays; (301) 962-1400
    • Pate’ Painters, through May 27
    4125 Albemarle St, NW, Washington, DC. (202) 895-9448 
    • Dennis Crayon and Nadia Linda Goldstein, through May 30. IONA Gallery is open again. This space is not a traditional gallery. It is located within IONA Senior Services, and it is a lovely space, one I personally have enjoyed visiting.
    Montgomery Mall at the rear of Macy’s Home Store, second level, 7125 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. 10 AM-4 PM Monday-Friday; 301-469-6800, press 1 and x211

    The Phillips Collection

    The National Gallery of Art

    Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

    The Sackler & Freer Galleries

    National Museum of the American Indian

    National Museum of African Art

    National Museum of African American History and Culture

    Renwick Gallery

    National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian American Art Museum

    National Museum of Women in the Arts

    Walters Art Museum

    The Baltimore Museum of Art

    Space 7:10 at Kefa Cafe

    Goldman Art Gallery, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington

    Blackrock Center for the Arts

    The Mansion at Strathmore

    Art at Penn Place Gallery

    Artists and Makers 1 & 2

    Adah Rose Gallery

    TAG of Frederick

    VisArts at Rockville

    Gallery Underground

    Kentlands Mansion Gallery

    Bohrer Park Gallery/Activities Center

    Arts Barn Gallery

    Brookside Visitors Center Gallery

    IONA Gallery

    Oasis Gallery 

  • 22 Apr 2019 6:26 PM | Anonymous

    Lives in: Rockville, MD
    Instagram: @lutherpaola

    Media and subjects:  Oil paintings of landscapes, portraits and still lifes.

    Projects you’re currently working on: I am currently working on a few landscape and pet portrait

    commissions as well as painting flowers for upcoming shows.

    Why you joined MAA:  To enjoy meeting local artists and participating in local shows.

    Something fun about you: My other artistic passion is cooking and I went to culinary school. I am a personal chef to my three children and husband.

    Artist Biography

    Paola Luther’s delicate touch and sense of light and color infuses her broad range of art styles and mediums.  Paola has been painting since childhood. As an adult she became a professional artist in fine arts and continues to expanded her skills under the tutelage of artists from Washington DC, Los Angeles, Spain, Peru and Central America.  Paola has attended multiple workshops with talented artists around the world. Traveling is a large part of Paola’s artistic inspiration. She has produced colorful plein-air pieces, commissioned paintings and portraits.  Paola’s original works can be found in private collections in the United States and Europe.

  • 7 Apr 2019 4:10 PM | Anonymous

    All kinds of things happen as one goes through life. After years of working in clinical trials recruitment and volunteering at an Alzheimer’s facility, I now teach art workshops at several retirement communities in the Rockville area. Having left one way to study the aging brain, I am now in midst of another opportunity: to learn how people in their 80s and 90s benefit from art classes.

    Where to start … Art is so good for us. No matter what age. But … it’s is really good for us when our bodies and cognitive skills start changing beyond our control. I teach watercolor classes as the brush is easy to hold for a person post-stroke, with arthritis, or with Parkinson’s. We work within sketched templates, as decision making may be harder and coming up with inspiration for a new piece of art may be frazzling. We chat the class away because getting together is a way to connect, to feel relevant, and
    to share stories of amazing life experiences.

    And you know what is the best? No matter what age or physical state my students may be in, the human brain has an unwavering need to learn. The aging brain is, ultimately, curious.

    Hence, I get a lot of people in my classes who have never done art. They come into the room, greet their fellow residents, and get to work. You should hear the comments. “I didn’t know I could do this!” or “Wow, that’s beautiful,” as a note to the person sitting next to them.

    Painting from templates can help ease frustrations.

    My oldest student was 99 years old at the time she took a class. Fabulously put together, with a walker decorated with little items of meaning, she sketched and sketched. “This looks awful. I love it,” she would announce.

    Another student, also in mid-90s, after months of walking by the art room and refusing, yes, refusing to come in because “she didn’t know how to do it,” came in. She painted a colorful vase with tulips and teared up when she finished. Her first piece is now framed in her room. She has not missed a class and saves all of her pieces. These days she comes with a friend who repeatedly emphasizes, “I wouldn’t miss this.”

    As I mentioned, art and making art with others is a way to feel alive
    and to feed one’s curiosity. It’s not all pretty things though. The aging brain sometimes calls for a little nap in midst of a class. A student may need stop painting as her hand tires quickly. There are speech impediments that make it hard to ask for help or express an opinion. One may feel self-conscious about having to leave to take a bathroom break.

    Art sessions afford opportunities to be social.

    All in all, though, art classes at retirement communities are spaces of safety and care and relaxation. My students always want to help me clean up but an offer that always makes me smile is to “join them for the happy hour! We have great drinks!”

    So, obviously, our lives change all the time, but if we keep our curious souls busy with art, we are good. And apparently this time of life may even come with a martini!

    -Martina Sestakova

  • 31 Mar 2019 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    Lives in: Germantown, MD
    Instagram: @SandraFretwell

    Media and subjects:  I mostly use acrylics. I love finding obscure items to add to create mixed media. My subjects range from single subject/object, to landscapes and “full scenes” to abstracts. Unless a specific idea hits me, I usually allow the canvas to tell me what is on it. Because every canvas is different, it allows for an endless range of subject matter.

    Projects you’re currently working on: Right now I am working on a series  of paintings that are memories of a dream. I am continually surprised at how the Universe supports me. I go to my canvas, I add color where it shows up in the canvas, and when it is finished, it’s like a memory I had long forgotten or a dream I never consciously remember having. Familiar and yet not known. I have no idea where this is going to go but I am really enjoying the ride!

    Why you joined MAA:  I joined MAA as a means to show my work to the community and to meet other artists in the area.

    Something fun about you: I love almost all music but my secret music love affair is with the genres of music I grew up with at my grandparents’ house.  My current obsessions include Frank Sinatra, Etta James, Edith Piaf, Nina Simone, and Albert Collins.

    Artist Biography

    Art has always been an integral part of life for Sandra Fretwell.  Learning at an early age to express emotion through creation by watching her grandmother, mother and aunts all create beautiful things with their hands. Sewing; leather tooling, ceramics, yarn art and many other crafting expressions were a part of her daily life.  As Sandra grew up, she had ‘bursts’ of creative action, moments where art and creation became a compulsion. Once she realized she needed a serious outlet for this creative energy, she began taking art lessons with a spiritual artist named Running Bear in Marietta, GA. and then studied under renowned portrait artist, Antonia Krauss in Kennesaw, GA.

    After moving to Maryland in 2015, Sandra had vivid and expressive dreams about her own artwork and had new ideas about where to go with it.  For the first time in her life, Sandra realized she was an artist.  Once this realization took hold, Sandra created a full time studio in her home.  She paints every chance she gets.  Since then Sandra has shown her work in several different venues including, in the Maryland Hall of Delegates in the state building in Annapolis, BlackRock Center for the Arts, and the Kentlands Mansion just to name a few. She has been accepted into many juried shows and in March 2019, won her first award at the Montgomery Village Arts, Craft and Photography show. Second place in the Professional Artist Mixed Media category.

    Sandra hosts painting meditations once a month in her home. She also hosts Wise Woman Circles every full moon as part of a creative empowerment movement that encompasses both art and action.

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