In the Galleries: November 2018

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, large or small, that you think would be of interest, please email Judith Levine.

If going to a gallery you have not previously visited, we suggest researching directions and transportation first; many of the galleries in DC are accessible via Metro, and parking can be a problem. Unless otherwise noted, admission is free.


The Phillips Collection

1600 21st St., NW, Washington, DC. 202-387-2151.

Nordic Impressions
October 13, 2018-January 13, 2019

Intersections: Intersections is back. This 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 first show is in conjunction with the University of Maryland.

Richard Tuttle–It Seems Like It’s Going To Be
September 13, 2018-December 30, 2018


The National Gallery of Art

4th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC. 202-737-4215.

In the Library: (East Wing; 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday; Not open on weekends)

Rachel Whiteread’s Ghost (East Wing)
Through January 13, 2019

The Chiaroscuro Woodcut in Renaissance Italy (West Wing)
October 14, 2018 – January 20, 2019

Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950 (West Wing)
November 4, 2018 – February 18, 2019
The self-taught photographic genius that
was Gordon Parks (1912–2006) is showcased in this exhibit. The sensitive, observant, highly intelligent way Parks made his pictures takes you fully into the people and world he captured. Close relationships with Roy Stryker, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, and Ralph Ellison, and his work at the Farm Security Administration, Office of War Information, and Standard Oil (now Exxon) also shaped the way he saw his world.

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.

Corot: Women (West Wing)
Through December 31, 2018

Jackson Pollock’s “Mural” (East Wing)
Through October 28, 2018
This 20-foot-long painting was originally made for the home of Peggy Guggenheim. This installation also includes some of Pollock’s smaller paintings and works on paper, all from this seminal time when he moved into abstract expressionism, a form of which he is a true master.

Ludolf Backhuysen, Ships in Distress off a Rocky Coast, 1667

Water, Wind, and Waves: Marine Paintings from the Dutch Golden Age (West Wing)
Through November 25, 2018. At left, Ships in Distress of a Rocky Coast”




Sense of Humor
July 15, 2018-January 5, 2019
Who said humor doesn’t belong in a painting?

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC; 202-633-1000 or 202-633-5285 (TTY)
This gallery focuses on contemporary artists.

Sean Scully: Landline Series
Through February 3, 2019

Mark Bradford: Pickett’s Charge
Through December 30, 2021
This innovative work has created so much interest that it’s been extended. “Politically and socially, we are at the edge of another precipice. I’m standing in the middle of a question about where we are as a nation.” (Mark Bradford)  Bradford’s mastery of mixed media (the works in this show are collages) will be evident to viewers.

What Absence Is Made Of
Through Summer 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.” (Hirshorn catalog)

The Sackler Gallery/The Freer Gallery

1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC; 202-633-1000
The joint galleries house one of the world’s great collections of Asian arts. The Freer houses mostly permanent collections (it may not sell or lend any of its collection), and the Sackler has permanent and short term exhibits.

For Love of Place: Japanese Screens (Freer)
Japan Modern: Prints in the Age of Photography (Freer)
Through November 4, 2018

In the Shadow of an Apocalypse: Buddhist Art in Japan (Freer)
Through October 28, 2018

Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia (Freer)
Through November 29, 2020

Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644–1912 (Sackler)
Through June 23, 2019

Subodh Gupta: Terminal (Sackler)
Through February 3, 2019

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

National Museum of the American Indian

Fourth Street & Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560; 202-633-1000

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 Avenue SW, Washington, DC; 202-633-1000 (voice/tape)

World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean
“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
October 24, 2018-ongoing

National Museum of African American History &  Culture

Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004; 202-633-4751

Visual Art and the American Experience
The initial exhibit is also a permanent exhibit.

Represent: Hip-Hop Photography
Through May 3, 2019

Cultural Expressions
Current ongoing

Renwick Gallery

1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC; 202-633-7970
The Renwick’s main focus is on the decorative arts.

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man
Entire gallery—through January, 21, 2019; 1st floor closes—September 16, 2018.
The art of Burning Man has never before been seen outside of its Black Rock Desert home. It is some of the most innovative work many visitors have ever seen. And you get a chance to experience virtual reality as a part of it.

Disrupting Craft: Renwick Invitational 2018
November 9, 2018–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

National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian American Art Museum

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

The National Portrait Gallery (NPG) and the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) both contain many permanent exhibits that easily allow for many visits. These connected galleries, part of the Smithsonian, form a national treasure of American paintings and sculpture. The buildings include exquisite restored stained glass windows in ceilings and walls, and beautiful floor and wall tiling.

Recent Acquisitions (NPG)
November 16, 2018 – November 3, 2019

Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today (NPG)
November 4, 2018 – August 18, 2019

Celebrate: Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday (NPG)
Through September 23, 2019

Daguerreotypes: Five Decades of Collecting (NPG)
Through June 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.

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

Portraits of the World: Switzerland (NPG)
Through November 12, 2018

Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now (NPG)
Through March 10, 2019
The silhouette is seeing a resurgence. This art form was highly popular during the 18th and 19th centuries. One moving moment: a life-size silhouette of a nineteen-year-old enslaved girl which includes her bill of sale from 1796. The contemporary silhouettes contrast in both subject and materials.



UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light, Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar
Through January 23, 2019

Diane Arbus—A Box of Ten Photographs (SAAM)
Through January 21, 2019
“They are the proof that something was there and no longer is. Like a stain. And the stillness of them is boggling. You can turn away but when you come back they’ll still be there looking at you.” —Diane Arbus, 1971 (SAAM catalog)

Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen (SAAM)
Through January 6, 2019

National Museum of Women in the Arts

1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005-3970; 202-783-5000, 1-800-222-7270

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

Bound to Amaze: Inside a Book-Collecting Career
Through November 25, 2018

Through February 10, 2019


Walters Art Museum

600 North Charles Street, Baltimore MD; 410-547-9000; Wednesday–Sunday, 10 AM–5 PM

Chinese snuff bottles from the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911)
Through December 9, 2018

Transformation: Art of the Americas

Arts of Asia
Through October 1, 2020

Maplewood Park Place Gallery

9707 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD.

Goldman Art Gallery, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington

6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852; 301-881-0100; Sunday 1–5 PM, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 4–7:30 PM

A Hero’s Heart: Infantry Art by U. S. Veterans
November 2, 2018 – December 16, 2018; Veteran’s Day reception: November 11, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Blackrock Center for the Arts

12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, Maryland 20874;, 301-528-2260

ArtWatch collective’s One House Project (Kay Gallery) and (Terrace Gallery)
November 10, 2018 – December 15, 2018; Reception: November 11, 2018 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
This show honors ancestors and immigrants. It includes the first Americans, Native Americans, as well as those who came much later. Each participant was given a 12″ square on which to tell the story.

Colors and Composition
Through November 3, 2018
Celebrate the Art League of Germantown’s 35th anniversary. ALOG will use the entire exhibition area for this show.

The Mansion at Strathmore

10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20852; information 301-581-5100; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10 AM–4 PM; Wednesday 10 AM–9 PM; Sunday 12 PM–4 PM; Closed Monday; Closed Sunday, December 31; Free

Montgomery County Plein Air Artists
November 17, 2018–January 6, 2019

85th Annual Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature
November 17, 2018–January 6, 2019

Oil + Light: Nick Eisele
November 17, 2018–January 6, 2019

Dia de Muertos: Cultural Perpectives
Emily Uchytil Passing Through
Through November 4, 2018

Artists and Makers-1

11810 Parklawn Drive, Suite 209, Rockville, MD 20852

Roy Sewall: C&O Canal Panoramic Views
Through October 24, 2018; Reception: November 2, 2018, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM

DMV Drop-In: Highlighting the DC Metro Skate Scene
Through October 24, 2018; Reception: November 2, 2018, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM

Artists and Makers-2

12276-80, Wilkins Avenue, Rockville, MD 20852

Pat Coates: Finding Peace

Hats, Magnificent Hats, curated by David Hubbard

Gallery 209
Tuesdays -Sundays, 12:00 PM-4:00 PM
November 2, 2018 – November 28, 2018; Receptions: November 3, 2018, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM

Adah Rose Gallery

3766 Howard Avenue, Kensington, Maryland 20895; 301-922-0162;; Tuesday 1–6 PM, Thursday–Sunday Noon–6 PM, and by appointment

Gabe Brown and Akemi Maegawa: Along the Enchanted Way
Through October 28, 2018

TAG of Frederick

216 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701; 301-696-8187;; Friday and Saturday Noon–8 PM, Sunday Noon–5 PM, or by appointment

Colleen Clapp and Marion L. Griffin: Excavations and Discovery
November 2, 2018 – November 25, 2018; Reception: November 3, 2018, 5:00 PM-9:00 PM

VisArts at Rockville

155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD 20850; 301-315-8200
Vis Arts has been providing artwork to the community for 30 years, and at no cost. They remain committed to introducing the community to new work and new artists as well as those who have made their reputations.

Here From You: Curated by Anthony Stepter, 2018 VisArts Emerging Curator (Kaplan Gallery)
October 26–December 2, 2018

Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin: Open System (Concourse Gallery)

AndreaSherrill Evans: Invasive (Common Ground Gallery)

Leslie Shellow: The Substance of Matter (Gibbs Street Gallery)
October 19, 2018-November 18, 2018; Silverpoint awing Workshop: November 11, 2018 1-4 PM, $25; Inside Art Workshop: Cut Paper Collage Workshop: November 18, 1-3:30 PM, $15

Gallery Underground

2001 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202; 571-483-0652;; Monday–Friday 10 AM–6 PM, Saturday 10 AM–2 PM; Metro accessible. Parking is available in metered spots on nearby streets and in public garages, which are free all day Saturdays and after 4 PM on weekdays.

November 2, 2018 – November 30, 2018, 2018; Reception: November 2, 2018, 5-8 PM

Kentlands Mansion Gallery

320 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg, MD; Monday–Friday by appointment only. (Due to event scheduling, please call the Mansion at 301-258-6425 prior to your visit to confirm availability of the gallery.)

Exploring Mixed Media
Through November 4, 2018
Betsy K. Baden, Donna Baron, Jeff Bohlander, Marylou Bono, Jasmine Bryant, Laura Davis, Sandra Davis, Jabari Jefferson, Roxana Rojas Luzon, Michael Kuchinsky, Steve Mockrin, Karen Peacock, Michelle Puhl-Price, Shyam Rele, James Russell, Linda Slattery-Sherman, Eneida Somarriba, Francine Stowe-Sinkler, Jeanne Sullivan, Jenna Wright, and Alexey Zoob. (The names in bold are fellow MAA members.)

Arts Barn Gallery

311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg, MD; Monday–Friday 10 AM–5 PM, Saturday 1:30 PM–5:30 PM

Exploring Mixed Media
Through November 19, 2018

Bohrer Park Gallery

506 South Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD; Monday–Saturday 8 AM–8 PM, Sunday 8 AM–5 PM

No show this month

Brookside Visitors Center Gallery

1800 Glenallan Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20902; Open daily 9 AM–5 PM; Closed selected holidays

Michael Bersofsky Photography; Carol Carpenter, Oils and Acrylics
Through November 12, 2018

Washington Metropolitan Art Society
November 12, 2018 – December 10, 2018

Oasis Gallery

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

A Profile of Lois Mailou Jones

by Judith Levine

Photograph of the artist

I didn’t get to march in this year’s Wheaton Arts Parade, so I decided to share with you the artist I planned to honor . Lois Mailou Jones, an American treasure, was born November 3, 1905, in Boston and died on June 9, 1998, in Washington, DC.  Her parents noticed her love of art and she took classes from childhood on.

After completing high school, in 1927 Jones enrolled in the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston to study for her bachelor’s degree. She finished with honors and continued on to earn her MA in Textile Design. The school refused to hire the evidently qualified woman, “… telling her to find a job in the South where her people lived.” ( Kirschke,  Ater: Women Artists of the Harlem Renaissance).

Recruited by James Vernon Herring in 1930, she joined the Howard University staff where she would teach until 1977.  She received a second BA, this time in Art Education in 1945 from Howard, graduating magna cum laude. Jones remained a voracious learner and took numerous classes her entire life.

Les Fétiches, 1938 –Paris (at left); Jennie, 1943

Jones took a sabbatical year in 1937 to attend the Académie Julian, and fell in love with France. “Paris really gave me my freedom. I forgot my color. I forgot that I was black,” she told Bart Barnes of The Washington Post.

She began to do plein aire during this time. Indeed, she returned to France in 1953 to marry noted Haitian artist Louis Vergniaud Pierre-Noël. They would split their time between Haiti and Washington for the rest of their lives. Given her lively curiosity, after her marriage Jones began to explore and paint Haitian culture and its people. It was also when her paintings began to shift from a representational style to a far more expressionistic style. This would shift even further into abstractionism after two extensive research tours of Africa in the late ’60s and early ’70s saw her work take on a stronger African influence.

“Mine is a quiet exploration—a quest for new meanings in color, texture and design. Even though I sometimes portray scenes of poor and struggling people, it is a great joy to paint.” This is how Jones spoke of her painting.  Her earliest works were in quiet colors but even then she showed an interest in African arts and images.

Les Fétiches, currently owned by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, was completed during her first visit to France. The beginning of her eventual move into abstraction is already evident.  She continued to work in a representational style but her turn to stronger colors can be seen in the way her model Jennie is dressed in a 1943 painting after her move to Washington.

From left Water Carriers, Haiti 1985; Fabric Vendors, 1961; Dahomey, 1971

After her marriage 1953, Jones and Pierre-Noël began to spend time in Haiti and the artist immersed herself in the island’s vibrant culture. Her use of colors reflects the island and its people which, in turn reflect the African origins of much of the population. By the time Jones made her two extensive African trips, her paintings began to move into an even more abstract vision.

Ubi Girl from Tai Region, 1972; Study for a Mask, 1994

True to herself, Jones never stopped exploring, growing and evolving. She became a mentor to many of her students because she constantly encouraged individual growth. Lois Mailou Jones had been described as a late Harlem Renaissance artist, a great Black Artist, and a great woman artist. In my estimation, she is simply a great artist.

Announcing the 2018 Paint the Town Labor Day Show Winners

Kensington Station by Jennifer Beaudet

Congratulations to the winners of our 2018 Paint the Town Labor Day Show:

Kensington Category
First Place ~ The Bertha Clum Award:  Jennifer Beaudet ~ “Kensington Station” (shown above)
Second Place ~ Lis Zadravec ~ “Last Time at Warner Park Circle”
Third Place ~ Antonia Tiu ~ “Wired for Power”
Honorable Mention ~ Lily Kak ~ “Kensington Crystal”
Honorable Mention ~ Diana Medina ~ “Kensington Train”
Honorable Mention ~ Karen Merkin ~ “Kensington Car Show”
Honorable Mention ~ Evan Goldman ~ “Fresh Tomatoes”
Honorable Mention ~ Ricky Sears ~ “Mario’s”

Montgomery County Fair by Jennifer Beaudet

First Place ~ Jennifer Beaudet ~ “Montgomery County Fair”
Second Place ~ Jan Rowland ~ “In the Heat of the City”
Third Place ~ Debra Halprin ~ “Tulipmania”
Honorable Mention ~ Maria Quezada ~ “Water Lilies”
Honorable Mention ~ Diana Medina ~ “City in the Valley”
Honorable Mention ~ Terry Pellmar ~ “Dusk”

Mary Beth by Laura Aikman

Portrait, People and Animals
First Place ~ Laura Aikman ~ “Mary Beth”
Second Place ~ Doudgy Charmant ~ “Stolen Innocence”
Third Place ~ Vicky Surles ~ “Portrait of Terry Ryle”
Honorable Mention ~ Alan Rich ~ “Gretta”
Honorable Mention ~ Ann Gordon ~ “Portrait”
Honorable Mention ~ Carol Leo ~ “Mr. and Mrs.”

Radishes by Debra Halprin

Still Life
First Place ~ Debra Halprin ~ “Radishes”
Second Place ~ Pinghsian Chen ~ “Orchid”
Third Place ~ Ernest Walker ~ “Oyster”
Honorable Mention ~ Pat Coates ~ “Glad Tidings”
Honorable Mention ~ Debbie Miller  ~ “Sitting Pretty”
Honorable Mention ~ Angela Lacy ~ “City Moment”

New Beginning by Doudgy Charmant

First Place ~ Doudgy Charmant~ “New Beginning”
Second Place ~ Geri Olson ~ “Everywhere”
Third Place ~ Anastasia Walsh~ “Bolla di Pensiero”
Honorable Mention ~ Jonathan Jaeger ~ “Screaming Out”
Honorable Mention ~ Jeanne Sullivan ~ “Traveler’s Symphony”
Honorable Mention ~ Jeffrey Human ~ “The Memory”

Caught a Whopper! by Barrie Ripin


3D Sculpture
First Place ~ Barrie Ripin ~ “Caught a Whopper!”
Second Place ~ James Vissari ~ “Serenity”
Third Place ~ Anastasia Walsh~ “View of Sardinian Valley”
Honorable Mention ~ Elizabeth Steel ~ “Mardi Gras 3”

Bonjour by Glen Kessler

Invitational Winner
Glen Kessler ~ “Bonjour”

Car in Front of Fountain by Leonardo Ramos

Plein Air Competition Winners 

First Place ~ Leonardo Ramos ~ “Car in Front of Fountain”
Second Place ~ Carol Leo ~ “Victorian with Foliage”
Third Place ~ Lynn Lewis ~ “Watermelon II”
Honorable Mention ~ Debbie Miller ~ “Fragrance of Summer Wine”
Honorable Mention ~ Meredith Morris ~ “Other Side of the Tracks”
Honorable Mention ~ Cathy Abramson ~ “Ready to Eat”

2018 Paint the Town Labor Day Show Sponsors

Investing in art and artists enriches everyone’s lives. We could not accomplish our goals without the support of our generous donors. The following 45 companies, organizations and individuals donated to our 2018 Paint the Town Labor Day Show:

A Work of Art by Debra Halprin
Artistic Custom Framing & Gallery
Artists & Makers Studios
Artists Network
Capital Sport & Swim
Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff
Compass Atelier
The Ditto Group
The Fairmont Hotel
Firouzeh Sadeghi, art instructor
Framing by Art Galaxy
Frankly … Pizza!
Gala Artisan Jewelry & Gifts
Gallery 209
Gamblin Artists Colors
Goldsborough Glynn Classic Furnishings & Finds
Grazia Fiorentino, hair stylist & colorist
The Hair Cuttery Kensington
The Hirsh Studio
Images Hair Design
Jenny Cakes Bakery
Jerry’s Artarama
K-Town Bistro
Kensington Row Bookshop
Kensington Senior Living
Kindness Animal Hospital
Mission BBQ
Montgomery County Pet Sitters
Montgomery Magazine
Leonard A. and Linda K. Greenberg Charitable Foundation Inc.
Nimaste Yoga
Plaza Artist Materials
Raffie Jeweler
Robyn Porter of Long & Foster
Scott Silverstein of Caliber Home Loans
Silver Spring Animal Hospital
The Chesapeake Framing Company
The Shop Salon
The Town of Kensington and Mayor Tracy Furman
Washington Metropolitan Art Society
Washington Studio School
Wood Opticians
Yellow Barn Studio & Gallery

New Gallery Is Filled with ‘Wide-Ranging Talents’

By Judith Levine

Wine cabinet by Margaret Polcawich

Spectrum Gallery in Gaithersburg opened only eight months ago. Under the auspices of Peter Plant and Craig Higgins, this gallery has attracted a group of about 15 very talented painters, sculptors and photographers.  Its open and airy interior is comfortable and is able to showcase the work of its artists to the maximum. Spectrum is within a cozy circle of stores and restaurants that surround a space filled with umbrella-covered  tables and chairs, a fountain that small children can and were playing in, and a small bandstand for musicians.

Photograph by Marge Wasson

Plant told me that it was a conscious decision to keep the number of artists low. It ensures that everyone’s work can be hung or placed to have the maximum impact.  And it has been a very successful decision.  The stark white walls allow each piece of work to hang or stand without its colors being challenged.

The artists in the group are wide-ranging talents. Margaret Polawich uses polymer clays whose brilliant colors at first shimmer like glass. She creates a new world with everyday objects. Marge Wasson photographs parts of architecture that become abstract images.

Craig Higgins draws you into the world around us, making even small areas special places with his photographs. Ruth Sentelle’s paintings are often seemingly normal landscapes. Then you notice something small which pops up that lets you into her sense of humour. Easy to miss at first and then …  Roxana DeShelter’s love of fairy tales and otherworldly things can’t be ignored in her phantasmagorical paintings.

This is a wonderful space. The talents are many. The setting is so enjoyable. I hope you will take the opportunity to spend some time at Spectrum Gallery.

Spectrum Gallery is at 259 Spectrum Avenue in Gaithersburg. 

Get in Character at the Wheaton Arts Parade

Fourteen members of the local arts community have committed so far to dress as their favorite artists or works of art for our participation in the Wheaton Arts Parade. Won’t you also join us?

From Yayoi Kusama riding on a bicycle with her flaming red hair to a Salvador Dali to Munch’s “The Scream,” we’re expecting quite a crowd during the September 23 event. We won’t spoil the surprise by revealing all of the artists and art characters lining up to participate.

If you’d like to participate too, look over this list of artists and characters we’re still looking for and then email Sandra Perez-Ramos with your selections:

  • The Mona Lisa
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Horace Pippin or a piece of his art
  • Karah Walker’s black and white cutouts
  • Augusta Savage or one of her sculptures
  • Yoko Ono
  • A Georgia O’Keefe
  • Roy Lichtenstein’s Pop women
  • A Banksy graffitti character
  • A Mary Cassatt girls in period clothes
  • Las Meninas de Velázquez
  • Monet’s garden
  • Louise Bourgeois’ spider
  • A Renoir
  • A da Vinci
  • An Escher infinity painting
  • An Andy Warhol walking Campbell’s Soup can or Brillo box
  • Nikki St. Phalle’s “Nanas”
  • Matisse’s Blue Nude silhouetteThe possibilities are endless and costume ideas are online.

The parade route is just one-third of a mile, so the walk won’t be taxing. There will be stops along the way to snap selfies with parade goers.

Afterwards, you can sell prints, cards and small original works at the MAA tent at an art festival. Please contact Sandra if you’d be interested in participating.


Join our Plein Air Competition on September 1

Saturday, Sept 1, 2018
(from Daybreak to 3:00 PM)

The Plein Air Event competition is an open show within the main show with separate competitions for youths and adults. Artwork will be judged and on display and if desired, available for sale through Monday, September 3. Award winners will be recognized at the Saturday evening Awards Reception.

Registration Fee: Free to MAA members and to participants under 18 years of age. $10 for non-members 18 and over. Minors (under 18 years old) must have the written permission of their guardians and must be accompanied by an adult at all times. MAA is not responsible for the safety/security of Plein Air Event participants.

Registration Dates: Thursday, August 30, 5:00-7:00 PM; Friday, August 31, 9:00 – 11:00 AM, or Saturday, September 1, from 8:00 – 11:30 AM. Register in person at the Kensington Town Hall Armory, 3710 Mitchell Street, Kensington, MD. Please be sure to have your canvas or paper stamped at the Armory prior to beginning to paint.

Plein Air Competition Rules

  1. All work must be completed between daybreak and returned by 3pm on Saturday for the judging and for sale. Judging will begin at 3pm sharp.
  2. One painting per artist may be entered for the competition.
  3. There will be a separate judging for children, youths, and adults.
  4. All art MUST be of the Kensington area in the artist’s preferred medium and style.
  5. Artwork may be framed after the judging process is complete.
  6. List the Artist’s name, phone number and price on the back of each artwork. Labels will be available during the take-in at the Armory.
  7. All sold Plein Air artwork on display for sale will remain in the show with a red sales dot until 3:30 PM on Monday, September 4 when customer pickup begins.

Meet 2018 Show Judge Gavin Glakas

Gavin Glakas grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and started drawing about the time he started walking. He studied with at Washington University in St. Louis and the Slade School of Fine Art in London.

After graduation, Glakas spent a year and a half working on Capitol Hill as a Senate staffer. He had planned to go to law school, but after an eight-month illness culminating in the removal of a tumor from his lung at the age of 24, he decided to pursue his lifelong ambition of a career as an artist.

Glakas began showing his work in galleries almost immediately and spent five years studying with Robert Liberace and Danni Dawson. He has won numerous honors for his artwork, including awards from the Portrait Society of America and the Butler Institute of American Art. His paintings have been featured on NBC News and in The Washington Post, as well as American Art Collector, International Artist, The American Scholar, Art Business News, and The Strand magazines, and exhibited at museums and galleries throughout the country.

Glakas’ paintings hang in the permanent collections of the US Senate, the House of Representatives, the Virginia State Capitol, Georgetown & George Washington Universities and The Society of the Four Arts Museum in Palm Beach, FL, as well as numerous private collections.

He teaches painting and drawing at the Yellow Barn Studio and is represented by Principle Gallery of Alexandria, VA, and Charleston, SC.

Time to Troll the Streets and Parks of Kensington (Again)

Noyes Children’s Library by Elizabeth Stecher

by Barrie Ripin
MAA Past President

You may well find me these days aimlessly wandering the streets and parks of lovely Kensington, ZIP code 20895. I will be desperately seeking a new wrinkle on the required Kensington Paint the Town show entry. (20895 is actually quite a large area.)

Candidates’ subjects, of course, include: the iconic train station, cute Victorian houses, Noyes Library, Antique Village, cafés, the “wooden eagle,” Clum Park, with its many “Kensington” birds, plants, benches, fences, birds, ants. And yes, even the Mormon Temple is within this ZIP code.   

Oye, what to do? Everything seems to have been done up-down-sideways and better than I could.  One year I even resorted to painting a red mailbox. The owner of the home behind it looked at me suspiciously and, for some reason, didn’t seem inclined to purchase it.  

So, its a lovely time of year to wander around Kensington with your camera or easel. You will probably bump into others looking for just the right spot too. Trust me, inspiration will come, and whatever you choose, even if its been done 100 times before, will be uniquely your’s.  Who knows, you could be the next Bertha Clum Award winner.

Don’t delay and, as the saying goes – JUST DO IT. See you there …

Meet Our 2017 Bertha Clum Award Winner

“Baklava Couture” by Jennifer Kahn Barlow

Jennifer Kahn Barlow won the 2017 Paint the Town Labor Day Show’s Bertha Clum Award, which is given to the first-place winner in the Kensington category. Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery founder and artist Walter Bartman awarded the prize for Jennifer’s work, Baklava Couture.

JenniferJennifer first found her love for painting at 7 years old. Through her youth, at Skidmore College, and throughout her career in the corporate world, Jennifer continued to pursue her passion for painting. Since 2008, with the birth her first child, Jennifer has focused her aspirations on her artistic skills and career.

Under the tutelage of Michael Francis, Kurt Swartz and Glen Kessler, Jennifer has grown tremendously as an artist. She has also had the privilege of studying with Alyssa Monks, Susan Abbott, Cindy Procious, and Duane Keiser, in their workshops.

Jennifer’s most recent body of work explores tantalizing sweets.  Her paintings of confectionary distill precious moments from the normal chaos of daily life.  Jennifer is now the mother of two children and time is the most elusive of all commodities.  The indulgences rendered in oil on canvas, serve as a reminder to decelerate and savor life’s sweetness.

See Jennifer’s website