New Member Spotlight: Paola Luther

Lives in: Rockville, MD
Website:  paolaluther.com
Instagram: @lutherpaola
Facebook: facebook.com/paola.luther

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.

Pure Love (oil) by Paola Luther

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.

Mother Embrace (oil) by Paola Luther

In the Galleries: May 2019

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.

Museums

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

The National Gallery of Art
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.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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)

The Sackler & Freer Galleries
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.

National Museum of the American Indian
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

National Museum of African Art
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

National Museum of African American History and Culture
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.

Renwick Gallery
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.

National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian American Art Museum
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

National Museum of Women in the Arts
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

Walters Art Museum
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

The Baltimore Museum of Art
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

Space 7:10 at Kefa Cafe
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

Goldman Art Gallery, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
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

Blackrock Center for the Arts
12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown; (301)-528-2260

  • Dottie Campbell: Amped Up, through June 1

The Mansion at Strathmore
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

Art at Penn Place Gallery
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

Artists and Makers 1 & 2
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 Artists@Gallery209Art.com.

Adah Rose Gallery
3766 Howard Ave., Kensington. Tuesday 1:00 PM-6:00 PM, Thursday–Sunday noon-6 PM, and by appointment; (301) 922-0162

Marc Weinberg

TAG of Frederick
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

VisArts at Rockville
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

Gallery Underground
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

Kentlands Mansion Gallery
320 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. Monday–Friday, by appointment ; (301) 258-6425

Bohrer Park Gallery/Activities Center
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

Arts Barn Gallery
311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. Monday–Friday 10 am–5 pm, Saturday 1:30 -5:30PM; (301) 258-6394

Brookside Visitors Center Gallery
1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Daily 9:00 AM-5:00PM; closed holidays; (301) 962-1400

  • Pate’ Painters, through May 27

IONA Gallery
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.

Oasis Gallery
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

How Art Benefits The Aging Mind

No matter what age we are, our brains have an unwaivering need to learn.

By Martina Sestakova

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!

New Member Spotlight: Sandra Fretwell

Sandra Fretwell

Lives in: Germantown, MD
Website:  paintingsbysandra.com
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.

May 4: Field Trip for Frida Kahlo Show

May 4: New York Day Trip to See “Frida Kahlo: 
Appearances Can Be Deceiving” Exhibition

Frida Kahlo
Frida in New York by Nickolas Murray (c) Nickolas Murray Photo Archives

Join MAA for a day trip to see the largest US exhibition in a decade devoted to the revolutionary Mexican artist, being held at the Brooklyn Museum.

We have obtained 10 tickets to the sought-after exhibit that is selling out more than a month in advance. The exhibition explores Frida Kahlo’s creative vision and self-crafted identity through a presentation of her clothing and other personal items, paintings and drawings, photographs, film and documentation and objects from the museum’s collection.

We’ll take the bus together to New York in the morning, have a Frida-inspired lunch, see the exhibition and have time to explore the rest of the museum or embark on NY activities on your own for a few hours before returning to Bethesda at night.

Sign up here

Details

When: Saturday, May 4. We will depart at 7 am and return at 11:30 pm. The bus ride duration is 4.5-5 hours each way.

Included: Roundtrip bus fare between Maryland and New York; roundtrip transportation between the bus station and museum in New York; snacks on the bus to NY; lunch; admission to the exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum.

Not included:
 Transportation between your home and the bus station in Maryland; parking; dinner; souvenirs; other expenses not included in the itinerary.

Cost:
 $60 for members. $80 for a guest, limited to one (1) guest per MAA member.

How to register: Use this link to register through our new membership and signup system. If you’re new to the system you will have to activate your account first. Learn how

Cancellations/refunds: Reservations are nonrefundable, unless we are able to find someone to take your place on the trip. If you need to cancel your registration, email Roxana Rojas-Luzonwith subject: “MAA NY trip cancelation.”

Waiting list:
Be sure to put your name on the waiting list if all 10 spots get filled.

Itinerary

6:30 am Meet up
We will meet at the Vamoose bus service departure spot at 7401 Waverly St. in Bethesda (at the corner of Montgomery Avenue, next to the entrance to the parking garage, which is free on weekends). Bring your confirmation and signed waiver (and your coffee too if you can’t live without it!) MAA will provide a light snack for you when you board the bus.

7:00 am Departure


12:00 pm Arrival

The bus arrives in New York, dropping passengers in the vicinity of Penn Station, at 7th Avenue and West 30th Street. From this time, MAA members should stay together.

12:30 pm Transport to Museum
We will divide in two groups and take two Lyft ride share vehicles to the museum. Depending on traffic, the ride will take 35-46 minutes. The museum address is 200 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. All members should stick together in order to enter the museum; trip leader Roxana will have one confirmation sheet for all 10 passes. Members won’t have individual tickets.

1:30 pm Lunch at The Norm at the Brooklyn Museum
We will experience food and drinks influenced by the life and work of Frida Kahlo at the museum’s in-house restaurant. The cost of your meal is included. After lunch, members can rest, shop for souvenirs or visit other exhibitions inside the museum.

2:35 pm Meet at exhibit entrance
All participants should gather at the entrance of the featured exhibition “Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving.” Our time entrance is at 2:45 pm, and we are allotted one hour in the exhibit.

3:45 p.m. End of featured tour

Members are welcomed to visit other free exhibitions inside the museum. Also, this may be the time for you to rest or buy a snack for the road back home.

6:45 pm Ride together back to Manhattan

All should gather at museum main entrance in order to exit together and take a Lyft ride share back to the Vamoose bus stop.

7:35pm Bus stop/board buses

Arrive at bus station no later than now. (Penn Station Area, Corner of 7th Ave. and West 30th Street. Line up is on 30th street, across from Bravo Pizza). This is the boarding time.

8:00 pm Bus departure


11:30pm Arrival home

The bus is expected to arrive around 11:30 pm at 7400 Waverly St. in Bethesda. 

What to Expect

This will be a long day, but well worth it! Participants on this field trip should plan on a long day and dress casually, comfortably and in layers to prepare for any type of weather. You should be comfortable sitting on a bus for 4-5 hours each way (up to 9 hours roundtrip); the bus has a bathroom on it, and the drive may stop at rest stops. A light snack will be provided on the trip to New York, but you should bring other food and beverages, if desired.

In New York, we will use ride share services, or you may hire your own taxi or take the subway at your own expense. For the exhibit, you should plan to walk for one hour; if you plan to explore the museum or other places in New York on your own, you would be on your feet longer. You are free to rest at any time. It’s recommended to let our group leader, Roxana, know via text message (240-370-7724) if you need a rest so that she can ensure you catch up with the rest of the group.

All aspects of the trip are wheelchair accessible; we do need to inform the bus company in advance if a passenger will be in a wheelchair, so please contact Roxana.

In the event of unexpected events or travel delays beyond our control (such as missing a bus, arriving late, a bus cancellation that would cause us to take a different bus home or need to stay overnight), decisions will be make as a group. The MAA leader will have backup plans, but all extra expenses will be the responsibility of each individual on the tour.

Waiver of Liability

Each participant must sign an MAA waiver of liability before boarding the bus. Please bring a signed copy with you.

Contacts

For questions before the trip please email Roxana Rojas-Luzon at periodistaperu@gmail.com.

For questions during the trip, please contact Roxana Rojas-Luzon at 240-370-7724 or Anastasia Walsh at 408-718-6822.

In the Galleries: April 2019

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.

Museums

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 5/19/2019
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. (Next show in May)

The National Gallery of Art

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) April 22 – June 14, 2019

Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings (East Wing) April 14 – September 15, 2019

The American Pre-Raphaelites: Radical Realists (West Wing) April 14 – July 21, 2019

Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice
Venetian Prints in the Time of Tintoretto
Drawing in Tintoretto’s Venice
 (West Wing)
March 24– June 9, 2019
The curators of these exhibitions will provide an authoritative view of this time in Venice’s illustrious art history.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC. Info: 202-633-1000

 Enrico David: Gradations of Slow Release 

April 16, 2019-September 2, 2019

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.

Pulse: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Through April 28, 2019
This is a genuine participant-activated event. Touch a button and your finger prints are scanned and heartbeat recorded. The bulbs that comprise the installation piece pulse in time to yours and those of other visitors. Interaction with art at its most basic.

What Absence Is Made Of
Through August 2019
“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)

Charline Von Heyl: Snake Eyes
Through April 21, 2019

The Sackler & Freer Galleries

1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC; (202) 633-1000   

Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644–1912 (Freer)

March 30, 2019-June 23, 2019

Empress Xiaoxian, Qing Dynasty, 1777

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For Love of Place: Japanese Screens (Freer)
Japan Modern: Prints in the Age of Photography (Sackler)
Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644–1912 (Sackler)
Through June 23, 2019

A Glimpse of Ancient Yemen (Sackler)
Through August 18, 2019

National Museum of the American Indian

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

National Museum of African Art

950 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC; (202) 633-1000 (voice/tape) 

Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths

Opens April 17, 2019

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

National Museum of African American History and Culture

1400 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC; (202) 633-4751

Ella’s Books
Through December 31, 2019

Visual Art and the American Experience
Ongoing

Represent: Hip-Hop Photography
Through May 3, 2019

Cultural Expressions
Ongoing
A circular, experiential, introductory space to African American and African diaspora culture.

Renwick Gallery

1661 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC; (202) 633-7970   

Disrupting Craft: Renwick Invitational 2018
Through May 5, 2019
Tanya Aguiñiga, Sharif Bey, Dustin Farnsworth, and Stephanie Syjuco are the four artists selected for this year’s Invitational. Aguiñiga is a Mexican artist whose work reflects her heritage even as it lives in the twenty-first century.  Bey uses ceramics to make objects that are both sumptuous and usable. Dustin Farnsworth pieces are often large and move from “what in the world?’ to “Ahhhh.” Stephanie Syjuco, a Philippine-born American, makes installations using “collected cultural objects, cumulative archives, and temporary vending installations, often with an active public component that invites viewers to directly participate as producers or distributors” (Artist Statement, Stephanie Syjuco website). The Renwick Invitational is always an exciting introduction to crafters you may not know when you go but won’t forget by the time you leave.

Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery
Begins March 29, 2109

National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian American Art Museum

8th and F streets NW, Washington, DC; (202) 633-1000 (voice/tape)

Orchids: Amazing Adaptations (SAAM)
Through April 28, 2019

Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975 (SAAM)
March 15, 2019- August 18, 2019

Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past is Prologue (SAAM)
March 15, 2019-September 2, 2019

Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence (NPG)
March 29, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Yun Suknam: Portraits of the World: Korea (NPG)
Through November 17, 2019
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, 2019

Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today (NPG)
Through August 18, 2019

Daguerreotypes: Five Decades of Collecting (NPG)Through June 2, 2019

One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey (NPG)
Through May 19, 2019

National Museum of Women in the Arts

1250 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC; (202)-783-5000, 1-800-222-7270 

New York Avenue Sculpture Project: Betsabeé Romero
Through September 20, 2020

Ambreen Butt—Mark My Words
Through April 14, 2019

Other Shows & Galleries

Walters Art Museum

600 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD; Wednesday–Sunday, 10:00 AM-5:00PM; Annex- 1 West Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD; (410) 547-9000   

Woven Words: Decoding the Silk Book
Through April 28, 2019

Transformation: Art of the Americas
Through October 6, 2019

Roberto Lugo at 1 West (Annex)
Through July 15, 2019

The Baltimore Museum of Art

10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore MD;  (443) 573-1700

Subverting Beauty: African Anti-Aesthetics
Henri Moore: and the Pre-Columbian Past
DIS: A Good Crisis
Commons Collaborations: Get Your Life!

Through November 17, 2019

Space7:10 at Kefa Cafe

963 Bonifant St., Silver Spring MD, 240-670-7424

Alan Rich: #OntheEasel  

April 1, 2019-April 30, 2019

This show is a labour of love for Alan Rich. 50% of all art sales will benefit Art Enables, www.art-enables.org, and their programs. Art Enables creates the opportunity for visual artists with disabilities to make and market their honest and compelling artwork

Goldman Art Gallery, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington

6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville, MD; Sunday 1:00 PM-5 PM, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 4:00 PM–7:30 PM; (301) 881-0100

L’dor V’dor: Celebrating the Women of our Community
Through April 4, 2019; Reception- March 13, 2019, 5:30 PM-7:30 PM

A Thousand Words:Revealing Meaningful Messages: Our Bender JCC

April 11, 2019-May 9, 2019

Blackrock Center for the Arts

12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown, MD 20874; (301)-528-2260

 SHADES OF SPRING: The Art League of Germantown’s Show + Sale

April 3, 2019-April 7, 2019

The Mansion at Strathmore

10701 Rockville Pike, N. Bethesda, MD; 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

April 6–May 26, 2019 ; Reception– April 14, 2019 , 1:00 PM;
Kids Talk & Tour/ , April 27, 10:15AM/Recorrido de Arte para Niños en Español Sáb, 27 de Abril, 11:30AM
Curator’s Tour , April 27, 2019, 1:00 PM/Visita del Curador en Español Sáb, 27 de abril, 2pm

Art at Penn Place Gallery

4600 Waverly Ave, Garrett, Park, MD 20896, (240) 669-8549

7th Annual Garrett Park Invitational Show

March 24 – April 20, 2019, Reception- March 24, 2019, 3:00 PM-5:00PM

Farhad Heidarian

April 22 – May 18, 2019

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.

Artists and Makers 1 & 2

Gallery 1: 11810 Parklawn Dr., Rockville, MD (240) 437-9573/(240) 481-5034
Gallery 2: 12276, Wilkins Ave., Rockville, MD

A&M 1

Steve Loya :Splotch Monsters
Ronni Jolles: Branching Out – Works on Paper
Kathy Moore Wilson :Lions Tigers & Bears

Spring Open Studio Weekend

A&M 2

Matthew T. McLaughlin: An Exploration of Proxemics
Leslie M. Kraff and Cecelia M. Laurendeau: Land Portraits: a soulful journey

Spring Open Studio Weekend

April 5, 2019-April 24, 2019; reception, April 5, 20196:00 PM- 9:00 PM

Gallery 209
Tuesdays -Sundays, Noon-4:00 PM, 301-622-0546 or Artists@Gallery209Art.com.
April 5, 2019-April 30, 2019; Reception-April 5, 2019, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

April 20, 2019, 2:00 PM- Anastasia Walsh will demonstrate Alcohol Inks and lead participants in painting their owns pieces. All supplies provided, event is free

Adah Rose Gallery

3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, MD; Tuesday 1:00 PM-6:00 PM, Thursday–Sunday noon-6:00 PM, and by appointment; (301) 922-0162  

No show this month

TAG of Frederick

216 North Market St., Frederick, MD; (301-696-8187); Friday-Saturday, noon–8:00 PM, Sunday noon–5:00 PM or by appointment.

Karen Peacock:Monarchs of Mariland

Queen Inola

Tom Semmes: Intuitions

April 5, 2019- April 28, 2019; reception-April, 2019, 6:00PM- 9:00 PM

VisArts at Rockville

155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD; (301) 315-8200

Richard L. Dana: Here and Where (Kaplan Gallery)
March 27, 2019-May 26, 2019

VisAbility Art Lab Exhibition (Concourse Gallery)
March 22, 2019– April 21, 2019

Really Large Numbers Laboratory  (Gibbs Street Gallery)
March 20 – May 19, 2019

John Schlesinger  (Common Ground Gallery)
March 20, 2019-May 19, 2019; 29,

Maria Lux-Dominus (355 Pod Space, Rockville Town Square)
Through April 14, 2019

Cy Keener and Justine Holzman (355 Pod Space, Rockville Town Square)
April 24, 2019-August 25, 2019

Gallery Underground

2001 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA; (571) 483-0652; Monday–Friday 10:00 AM–6:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM–2:00 PM

Kentlands Mansion Gallery

320 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg, MD; Monday–Friday, by appointment ; (301) 258-6425

The Kentlands Flower Show: A Fine Art Photography Exhibition
through April 28, 2019
Area photographers Jaree Donnelly, Craig Higgins and Marge Wasson have curated and produced 50 photographs into a stunning celebration of spring.

Bohrer Park Gallery/Activities Center

506 South Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD; Monday–Saturday 8 :00 AM–8:00 PM, Sunday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM; (301)-258-6394

Emerging Artists

March 15, 2019- April 22, 2019

Arts Barn Gallery

311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg, MD; Monday–Friday 10 am–5 pm, Saturday 1:30 -5:30PM; (301) 258-6394

No show this month

Brookside Visitors Center Gallery

1800 Glenallan Ave., Silver Spring, MD; daily 9:00 AM-5:00PM; closed holidays; (301) 962-1400

Studio 155 Artists

Pate Painters

April, 2019-April, 29, 2019

Two of MAA are part of the Pate painters, Debra Halprin, Julie Smith

IONA Gallery

4125 Albemarle St, NW Washington, DC 20016-2105; (202) 895-9448 

Dennis Crayon and Nadia Linda Goldstein
March 11, 2019-May 30, 2019, March 15, 2019, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
IONA Gallery is open again. This space is not a traditional gallery. It is located within IONA Senior Services, but it is a lovely space, one I personally have enjoyed visiting.

Oasis Gallery

Montgomery Mall at the rear of Macy’s Home Store, second level, 7125 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, MD; 10:00 AM-4:PM, Monday -Friday; 301-469-6800, press 1 and x211

MAA Members Show
Through April 26, 2019

Sell Art Cards & Prints at Book Festival

The weather was absolute perfection at last year’s festival.

As has been our custom, MAA will have a booth and tables set up for display and sale of greeting cards, small artwork and giclée prints at the Kensington Day of the Book Festival. The Festival will be held along Howard Avenue in Old Town Kensington, MD, on Sunday, April 28, 2019, from 11 am to 4 pm. The event is FREE and open to public. It will be held rain or shine.

Bring your display racks for cards, and bins for displaying prints. There is a bit of extra room in bins and card racks on hand. Pieces must have price, artist name, contact info.

It is generally very windy, and paintings on easels blow over! A book or literary subject is not required.

To participate, contact Vicky Surles at VSurlesGraphics@comcast.net or (240-604-5377) and let her know what you would like to display and what times you can help at the booth. Shifts are in two-hour minimums.

Drop off artwork before the 28th (cards, prints, bins in a back room) at Kensington Row Bookshop, 3786 Howard Ave, Kensington, MD 20895 (301- 949-9416) Friday, April 26 through Saturday, April 27 from noon to 4pm. Pick up unsold works (and payment for sold works) in a back room at the Book shop: Saturday, May 4 from noon – 5:30 pm or as soon as possible.

So far, Vicky has recruited a couple of volunteers to help her work the booth. She needs other volunteers to work two-hour shifts. MAA volunteers will manage sales and MD tax; cash or check payment only. No commission will be taken. If you’d like to take credit card sales, please bring your own Square or PayPal reader to use with your phone.

Reasonable care and security will be provided by MAA volunteers. Neither MAA nor the Kensington Row Bookshop will be held responsible for loss or damage to artwork after dropping off, during the festival, and until picking up afterwards. Artists are advised to have their own insurance.

-Martina Sestakova

Get to Know … Jamie Downs

by Judith Levine

Jaime Downs grew up as the child who always drew in a non-artist family.  A Pennsylvania native, she graduated in 1972 from Kutztown University. At the time she was working in oils for a brief period prior to switching to acrylics. And it was here she began her epic Oneness series, one that she continues to work on even now.

Jamie Downs

Recognizing that she would need to do more than her painting to earn a livable income, Jamie continued on with her education.  Further study at LaSalle College in Philadelphia and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, earned her a certificate in Art Administration in 1976. It was during this time she met her husband John and they had their children.  The couple moved here 15 years ago.

Over the years Downs has worked in that art administration, as a newspaper photographer, graphic and web designer, and she ran a gallery. Additionally, a warm and encouraging personality has also made Downs a wonderful teacher in a career that has found her at Prince George’s Community College, Drexel University, the University of the District of Columbia and the school she currently teaches at, Montgomery College in Germantown.

After moving to Maryland, Downs got a studio in Takoma Park, and she continued to work in art administration besides teaching.  She also had a sudden turn in her subject matter. 

Frida’s Parrot

“For most of the time, [my] work has been a non-objective Jungian search of the collective unconscious; but 15 years ago it took an unexpected turn.  Very large close-up images of flowers became a part of the mixed media paintings, and that began a new direction  and inspired some new work for [me] …” (Artist’s Bio, December 20, 2015 by Artists & Makers Studios)

I asked Downs who her early influences were and she told me they included Helen Frankenthaler, Paul Jenkins, Georgia O’Keefe, Milton Avery, Adolph Gottleib, and James Brooks. Gottleib is considered the father of American Abstraction. These artists often worked very large and with the exception of Avery, chose brilliant colors. As with Downs’ art, their works explore their subjects with amorphous shapes that make the viewer use their own feelings and insights to understand what is being conveyed.

For Jamie Downs, her Oneness series has been successful beyond her imagination. Begun during her undergraduate days at Kutztown, “these paintings represent quite a bit of my history … The earliest [paintings in the series are] … are from around 1969-1972. I was 19 to 22 years old, finishing art school and very intrigued by Abstract Expressionism and the Jungian Collective Unconscious. I made a commitment to this search and have continued it since.” (The Search for Oneness: Fifty Years of Spiritually Based Art by Jamie Downs, Artists and Makers, January 6, 2019).

Resurrection II

Downs told me that while not overtly religious in nature, they do explore her relationship with the world and the universe. They continue to evolve as life adds new experiences.

“In 2007 I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer and had approximately a year and a half of chemo and clinical tests. At each treatment I did a healing painting.”  (The Search for Oneness: Fifty Years of Spiritually Based Art by Jamie Downs, Artists and Makers, January 6, 2019).  Her paintings contain not only the brightness of her chosen colors, but the glowing inner life of their creator.

Jaime Downs plans to keep right on painting, hoping that in 10 years she may be able to do it full time, but admitting that she might keep teaching occasionally (if new students are lucky, this writer thinks). The addition of her representational work 15 years ago, has just expanded her search for meaning in the world around her. It is a search that those of us fortuitous enough to be in her sphere get to experience first-hand, and those lucky enough to see in her shows realize how fortunate they are.

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In the Galleries: March 2019

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.

Museums

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 5/19/2019
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.

The National Gallery of Art

4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC; Info: (202) 737-4215

Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice
Venetian Prints in the Time of Tintoretto
Drawing in Tintoretto’s Venice  (West Wing)
March 24– June 9, 2019
The curators of these exhibitions will provide an authoritative view of this time in Venice’s illustrious art history.

Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project (West Wing)
Through March 17, 2019.
I admit I did a double take, but the child in the diptych is not Michelle Obama. The woman and child are Mary Parker and Caela Cowan, and Bey took these photos in 2012.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC. Info: 202-633-1000

Pulse: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Through April 28, 2019
This is a genuine participant-activated event. Touch a button and your finger prints are scanned and heartbeat recorded. The bulbs that comprise the installation piece pulse in time to yours and those of other visitors. Interaction with art at its most basic.

What Absence Is Made Of
Through August 2019
“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)

Charline Von Heyl: Snake Eyes
Through April 21, 2019

The Sackler & Freer Galleries

1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC; (202) 633-1000   

For Love of Place: Japanese Screens (Freer)
Japan Modern: Prints in the Age of Photography (Sackler)
Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644–1912 (Sackler)
Through June 23, 2019

A Glimpse of Ancient Yemen (Sackler)
Through August 18, 2019

National Museum of the American Indian

Fourth Street & Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC; (202) 633-1000

The REDress Project
Through March 31, 2019
“To commemorate Women’s History Month, the National Museum of the American Indian presents The REDress Project, an outdoor art installation by artist Jaime Black (Metis). Showing in the United States for the first time, the installation of empty red dresses centers on the issue of missing or murdered indigenous women. Black hopes to draw attention to the gendered and racialized nature of violent crimes against Native women and to evoke a presence through the marking of absence.” (Catalogue, NMAI, 2019)

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

National Museum of African Art

950 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC; (202) 633-1000 (voice/tape) 

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

National Museum of African American History and Culture

1400 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC; (202) 633-4751

Ella’s Books
Through December 31, 2019

Visual Art and the American Experience
Ongoing

Represent: Hip-Hop Photography
Through May 3, 2019

Cultural Expressions
Ongoing
A circular, experiential, introductory space to African American and African diaspora culture.

Renwick Gallery

1661 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC; (202) 633-7970   

Disrupting Craft: Renwick Invitational 2018
Through May 5, 2019
Tanya Aguiñiga, Sharif Bey, Dustin Farnsworth, and Stephanie Syjuco are the four artists selected for this year’s Invitational. Aguiñiga is a Mexican artist whose work reflects her heritage even as it lives in the twenty-first century.  Bey uses ceramics to make objects that are both sumptuous and usable. Dustin Farnsworth pieces are often large and move from “what in the world?’ to “Ahhhh.” Stephanie Syjuco, a Philippine-born American, makes installations using “collected cultural objects, cumulative archives, and temporary vending installations, often with an active public component that invites viewers to directly participate as producers or distributors” (Artist Statement, Stephanie Syjuco website). The Renwick Invitational is always an exciting introduction to crafters you may not know when you go but won’t forget by the time you leave.

Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery
Begins March 29, 2109

National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian American Art Museum

8th and F streets NW, Washington, DC; (202) 633-1000 (voice/tape)

Orchids: Amazing Adaptations (SAAM)
Through April 28, 2019

Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975 (SAAM)
March 15, 2019- August 18, 2019

Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past is Prologue (SAAM)
March 15, 2019-September 2, 2019

Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor (SAAM)
Through March 17, 2019
Outsider art is a category of work made by artists who are self-taught. Bill Traylor (ca. 1853–1949) was born a slave and didn’t begin to paint until he was in his 80s in Montgomery, Alabama. He is considered the preeminent outsider painter in the US.

Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence (NPG)
March 29, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Yun Suknam: Portraits of the World: Korea (NPG)
Through November 17, 2019
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, 2019

Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today (NPG)
Through August 18, 2019

Daguerreotypes: Five Decades of Collecting (NPG)
Through June 2, 2019

One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey (NPG)
Through May 19, 2019

National Museum of Women in the Arts

1250 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC; (202)-783-5000, 1-800-222-7270 

New York Avenue Sculpture Project: Betsabeé Romero
Through September 20, 2020

Ambreen Butt—Mark My Words
Through April 14, 2019

Other Shows & Galleries

Walters Art Museum

600 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD; Wednesday–Sunday, 10:00 AM-5:00PM; Annex- 1 West Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD; (410) 547-9000     

Woven Words: Decoding the Silk Book
Through April 28, 2019

Transformation: Art of the Americas
Through October 6, 2019

Roberto Lugo at 1 West (Annex)
Through July 15, 2019

The Baltimore Museum of Art

10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore MD;  (443) 573-1700

Subverting Beauty: African Anti-Aesthetics
Henri Moore: and the Pre-Columbian Past
DIS: A Good Crisis
Commons Collaborations: Get Your Life!
Through November 17, 2019

Time Frames: Contemporary East Asian Photography
Through March 24, 2019

Goldman Art Gallery, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington

6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville, MD; Sunday 1:00 PM-5 PM, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 4:00 PM–7:30 PM; (301) 881-0100

L’dor V’dor: Celebrating the Women of our Community
Through April 4, 2019; Reception- March 13, 2019, 5:30 PM-7:30 PM

Blackrock Center for the Arts

12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown, MD 20874; (301)-528-2260

INK IT: Contemporary Print Practices (Kay Gallery)
Through March 30, 2019

Youth Art Month (Terrace Gallery)
 Montgomery County Public Schools: Through March 9, 2019:
 Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences, March 15, 2019-March 23, 2019

The Mansion at Strathmore

10701 Rockville Pike, N. Bethesda, MD; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10:00 AM-4:00 PM; Wednesday 10:00AM—9:00 PM; Sunday noon-4:00 PM; (301) 581-5146.

Flora/FaunaWorks on Paper
Botanical Society of Washington and the local chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America
Through March 31, 2019, Kids Talk & Tour Sat, March 9, 10:15 AM, Curator’s Tour Sat, March 9, 1:00 PM

Artists and Makers 1 & 2

Gallery 1: 11810 Parklawn Dr., Rockville, MD ( 240) 437-9573/(240) 481-5034
Gallery 2: 12276, Wilkins Ave., Rockville, MD

A Grand Fourth Anniversary Celebration (Main Gallery/ Gallery 1)
This month Artists and Makers celebrates its fourth anniversary. They will feature the Work of Resident Artists in Five Galleries. Many of the artists will also have their work available in their own galleries/studios. Reception6:00 PM- 9:00 PM, March 1, 2019

Gallery 209
(Tuesdays -Sundays, Noon-4:00 PM)
2018 Best of Rockville Awards Program
March 1, 2019- March 30, 2019; Reception- March 1, 2019, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Adah Rose Gallery

3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, MD; Tuesday 1:00 PM-6:00 PM, Thursday–Sunday noon-6:00 PM, and by appointment; (301) 922-0162  

No show this month

TAG of Frederick

216 North Market St., Frederick, MD; (301-696-8187); Friday-Saturday, noon–8:00 PM, Sunday noon–5:00 PM or by appointment.

Burning Desires!: TAG’s 18th Annual Box Show
March 2, 2019-March 25, 2019
This annual show is open to members and non-members. Everyone chooses a cigar box of wood or cardboard and decorates it according to the year’s theme. At the end, the boxes are auctioned off to raise money for the gallery.

VisArts at Rockville

155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD; (301) 315-8200

Richard L. Dana: Here and Where  (Kaplan Gallery)
March 27, 2019-May 26, 2019; Reception , March 29, 7:00PM-9:00 PM
Eric Westbrook & Students: Drawings and Paintings from VisArts Classes (Concourse Gallery)
Through March 17, 2019; Reception:  March 3, 2019, 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM

VisAbility Art Lab Exhibition (Concourse Gallery)
March 22, 2019– April 21, 2019

Really Large Numbers Laboratory  (Gibbs Street Gallery)
March 20 – May 19, 2019; Reception , March 29, 7:00PM-9:00 PM

John Schlesinger  (Common Ground Gallery)
March 20, 2019-May 19, 2019; Reception ,March 29, 7:00PM-9:00 PM

Maria Lux-Dominus (355 Pod Space, Rockville Town Square)
Through April 14, 2019

Gallery Underground

2001 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA; (571) 483-0652; Monday–Friday 10:00 AM–6:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM–2:00 PM

Christy Gavitt: Reef Connections-Photography Under the Sea (Focus Gallery)
Featured Artist: Jane McElvany Coonce

Through March 30, 2019; Reception: March 1, 2019

Kentlands Mansion Gallery

320 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg, MD; Monday–Friday, by appointment ; (301) 258-6425

The Kentlands Flower Show: A Fine Art Photography Exhibition
through April 28, 2019
Area photographers Jaree Donnelly, Craig Higgins and Marge Wasson have curated and produced 50 photographs into a stunning celebration of spring.

Bohrer Park Gallery/Activities Center

506 South Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD; Monday–Saturday 8 :00 AM–8:00 PM, Sunday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM; (301)-258-6394

Sandra Davis:Strength, Beauty & Sisterhood
Through March 11, 2019

Arts Barn Gallery

311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg, MD; Monday–Friday 10 am–5 pm, Saturday 1:30 -5:30PM; (301) 258-6394

Musicalia
Through March 30, 2019

Brookside Visitors Center Gallery

1800 Glenallan Ave., Silver Spring, MD; daily 9:00 AM-5:00PM; closed holidays; (301) 962-1400

Ruth Brown: photographs
Don James: Water and Ice Reflection Photos – Very Cool
Barbara Mandel: Oil paintings
Leah Schaperow: Mixed Media/Acrylic and Oil
Jen Eidson: Oils
Robert Shiao: Primative Art
March 4, 2019-April 1, 2019

MAA’s Jen Eidson and Barbara Mandel are part of this month’s exhibit.

IONA Gallery

4125 Albemarle St, NW Washington, DC 20016-2105; (202) 895-9448 

Dennis Crayon and Nadia Linda Goldstein
March 11, 2019-May 30, 2019, March 15, 2019, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
IONA Gallery is open again. This space is not a traditional gallery. It is located within IONA Senior Services, but it is a lovely space, one I personally have enjoyed visiting.

Oasis Gallery

Montgomery Mall at the rear of Macy’s Home Store, second level, 7125 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, MD; 10:00 AM-4:PM, Monday -Friday; 301-469-6800, press 1 and x211

MAA Members Show
Through April 26, 2019

Professional Headshots Available for Members

Friday, March 22
10 am-2 pm
Gallery 209 in Rockville

As a special benefit to our members, we have arranged for professional photographer Gregory R. Staley to take your professional portrait at a vastly reduced price – just $25 per person.  If you’ve ever been photographed professionally, you know that photo shoots can cost hundreds of dollars, and we’re grateful to Greg – a friend of the DC arts community – for the reduced rate he’s providing to us.

The shoot will take place on Friday, March 22 from 10 am to 2 pm at Gallery 209 in Rockville. You must be an MAA member to participate.

Advanced sign up and payment are required; we have 32 slots available.

How to Sign Up

  1. Go to our Photoshoot Sign Up Page.
  2. Scroll down until you see the chart “Available Times.”
  3. Find your preferred time slot and click the little square next to “Sign up.”
  4. Click “Submit and Sign Up” at the bottom of the page.
  5. Fill in your name, email address and phone number.
  6. Click “Sign up now.”
  7. Immediately after signing up, send your $25 payment via PayPal by clicking here. Your spot is considered confirmed when payment is received. If you don’t use Paypal, please email us at MAAartists@gmail.com to make alternate arrangements.

You’ll receive a confirmation email. You’ll receive a reminder the day before.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the portraits being taken?
At Gallery 209/Cathy Hirsh Classroom at Artists & Makers Studios 2, 12276 Wilkins Ave. in Rockville. Directions.

When should I arrive?
Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment. We have scheduled 2-3 portraits during each 20-minute time slot.

What should I wear?
Here are some tips on how to dress and prepare:

  • Wear something you feel is flattering and makes you feel good – if you feel good, the photo will look good.
  • Consider wearing a blue shirt. A lot of people have been pleased with the results of their photo when they’re in blue.
  • If you choose to wear a tie or a necklace, choose a brightly colored one, to add a flattering pop of color near your face.
  • For those who use cosmetics: Your normal, everyday look is fine – no need to go heavier on makeup. If you don’t normally wear makeup but have some, we do suggest that you wear, in the very least, light foundation, powder and lip color.
  • Avoid black or white shirts unless you’re wearing a suit jacket, sweater or scarf over it. It tends to be too stark.
  • Don’t wear a shirt with an overly busy pattern or stripes. It can detract the viewer from the main attraction of the image – your face!
  • Don’t be concerned about what trousers/skirt you wear – it won’t appear in the photo.

Will I get to select my photo?
Yes. The photographer will show you the images he took on screen and you can select the one image you like the most. The photographer will do some very light editing – lighting adjustment, flyaway hairs, etc. Do not expect every freckle and wrinkle to magically disappear!

When will I receive my photo?
Greg will email you your headshot approximately one week after the shoot.

All of the slots are full. Is there a waiting list?
Yes. Please add your name to the waiting list and indicate your times of availability between 10 am and 2 pm. We will contact you if a spot opens up.

What if I need to cancel that morning?
Please call, text or email Elissa Poma at 202-309-5000 or elissapoma@gmail.com. If we are able to get someone to fill your spot, we will refund your payment. No shows will not be refunded.

Additional Questions? 
Please email Elissa Poma from MAA.