Montgomery Art Association

Our Stories, Our Journeys

This exhibition focuses on the theme of journeys. We invited our members to define :journey: in their own unique ways. Scroll through 38 artworks that capture beautiful artistic explorations and highlight traditional, conceptual, abstract, and experimental interpretations. The artworks are accompanied by short stories to bring you even closer to our members' creativity. 

Works are listed in alphabetic order by artists' last names. All works are available for purchase. Email show manager Martina Sestakova at to inquire.

Anne Albright

Recycle & Weave

Mixed media



I love painting geometric shapes and admire the work of McArthur Binion. In my interpretation of his style, I glued corrugated cardboard to a panel & painted with acrylics. The piece is simple, but brings about calmness with its simplicity.

Nancy Arons

Inward Gaze




Like the woman whose inner gaze depicts the struggle with forced isolation and much fear about our world, she embarks upon an intense journey that challenges her resilience. How she does and how she emerges is a test of her strength and ability to deal with the stress, loneliness and fear of the pandemic and her hope that better days will be in our future.

Ken Bachman

Into the Courtyard

Oil on canvas



On a trip to Peru, we visited this mysterious Spanish colonial farm. Inside its impressive dark stone interior with a pillared entrance archway, we looked back into the blinding sunlit courtyard and were struck by the beauty of the contrasts.

Blandine Bloomfield

Toiling Up the Mountain




In January 2017, several earthquakes had shaken central Italy, sending 60,000 tons of snow shooting down a mountain at 62 mph to flatten a hotel. The newscast showing hundreds of men digging to rescue those trapped touched my heart inspired me to paint those heroes. I wrote to copyright holders for the photojournalism and was blessed when Walter Milan of CNSAS, Italian Mountain and Cave Rescue Corp., sent me hundreds of rescue operation photos.

Karen Cohen

Life Is Good

Watercolor on pigment lines



This past year has been a life altering experience for everyone on this planet, and it ain't over yet!  I have strived towards keeping a positive frame of mind and try to keep my emotions in check during this horrible pandemic that took so many lives. I dove into my watercolor painting. This is a drawing that I drew of myself holding a HUGE wooden mask, a bit of "selfie"  humor on such a serious subject. 

Lou Ann Collins

Castle Gate

Oil on canvas



Our visit to the Dunamase castle ruins was one of my favorite stops in Ireland. This painting is from a photo I took of my daughter-in-law Candy leaning against the gate. We travelled around for two weeks with our son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Candy. We explored Dublin and then headed toward Skibberreen, where my husband's grandfather had lived. His cousins showed us the old family homestead. We journeyed through many picturesque towns and then returning to Dublin, then back home.

Sarah Clayton Davis

The Three Little Pigs

Oil on linen panel



After painting for many years, I fell in love with plein air painting 9 years ago. It has provided challenges and inspiration. I am always learning new approaches. The day I set up to paint these young pigs was full of new lessons! The pigs were napping when I set up. They were never in one spot after that. Several busloads of school kids arrived and continually blocked my view. Certainly, enhanced my visual memory skills! And I heard the tour guide discuss pig behavior-many times!

Susan diRende

Dreams of Sète: Matin

Acrylic on canvas



I lived a nomadic life from 2015 until Covid-19. I'd pick a place and find an inexpensive place to perch for a while. July 2018 found me near Sete in South West France on the Thau Lagoon for a season by the sea. I drank in the light, solitary and happy.

Jean Finkleman

In the Gondola

Oil on board



Everything in Venice was intriguing. In the gondola I was drawn to the beautiful bronze figure of the seahorse. There was so much to see. the beautiful reflections in the water, the bridge, the buildings. It was a dream vacation.

Erin Friedman

Putting the Pieces Together

Acrylic, vinyl emulsion, charcoal



The past year has been an amazing journey. Covid-19 flipped my world around. Overnight, my 3 small children stopped attending school, I lost all forms of childcare, and I stopped working. I did a lot of self-reflection about what I wanted to focus on the pandemic has forced many into a state of introspection due to isolation. This period gave me the gift of time to explore my own feelings regarding order, mental health, and social inequality. 'Putting Together the Pieces' is a self-reflective pie.

Joan Grosfeld

Resting Skipjacks

Oil on canvas



Our yearly Summer journey to Tilghman Island to paint take us to a tiny fishing village. We love this experience and over the years we made friends with a couple we stayed with named Deenie and Woodie. Visiting this place feels like going home.

Stephanie Gustavson

Learning to Ride




Children sometimes prefer learning life skills from a non-parent. I vividly remember trying to teach Mia how to ride her bike only to be screeched at by a precocious and irritable child. Enter her beloved Aunt Lisa, then all of a sudden, the trials and tribulations of learning to ride were made easy and fun. Now the rite of passage was transformed from an experience of frustration into one of delight.

Shayna Heller

The Parting - Journey to Freedom

Mixed media, paint on  glass



Every year at the Passover Seder, my family and friends relive the Exodus. We envision ourselves personally experiencing that anxious moment: backs to the sea, no apparent escape from the encroaching Egyptians, G-d splits the waters, we walk across dry seabed—and we’re safely across! G-d closes the passage. That moment inspired this 10” Seder plate. In its original glass-embedded painting, the sand bridge surfaces as the blue waters of the Red Sea part.

Hiral Joshi


Acrylic on canvas



In a relationship, we both accept our differences and support each other to bring out the best in ourselves. So, despite knowing we are polar opposites, it's true joy to have loved and gotten married. You know when you do not have a surface level relationship.

Anastasiya Kavalenka

Enchanted Night

Oil on canvas



Night is solitude, silence and love. At night everything became more enchanted, all dreams look more real, the scent is more fragrant. I try to show this in my painting.

Mita Lazarte


Oil on linen panel



Much of my inspiration for my art comes from my childhood experiences growing up in a small town in Peru called Caraz, which has a rich culinary culture. This painting represents my childhood experience of preparing meals with my family in Caraz. I remember early morning trips with my mother and grandmother to the local farmers market to buy fresh produce for our meals for the day. My setup for this painting used my grandmother's crock pot, my mother's wooden spoon and reed basket.

Judith Levine

Hadassah Miriam's (Edith Miriam's) Journey

Mixed media collage on board



This is my mother's story. Born to immigrants in Canada who fled Russian anti-Semitism, she proudly served in the RCAF in World War II and then married and moved to Washington DC. in 1945. These are some things that framed her. Watching her children play in the snow, sharing our holidays, her love of books and the arts, teaching us about being Jews, Americans, knitting for her children and charity, loving us unconditionally. She was brave, strong, and a survivor.

Gloria Miotto

Life as Art Mural

Mixed media collage



Life as Art Mural is a composition of six thematic series to show the evolution of my artistic life and a tribute to the trials and experiences of my personal artistic journey. My interest in social, political, interactive, assimilation of humankind and the environment have been the central focus of my art. The images in the mural reflect my time spent as a citizen of the world, witnessing the beauty and the horror that's come to pass.

Miguel Mitchell

Exploring the Unknown

Acrylic, matte resin, phosphorescent pigment on canvas

(Top image: ambient light; Bottom image: phosphorescent, photographed in the dark)



The central figure in this work is not human, perhaps even monstrous, yet we can connect to their hesitation about entering the dark cave. This figure and other elements represent Otherness, those features that are unusual, yet intriguing.

Jeanne Powell

Down and Up in Old Oia (Santorini)

Gouache on paper



Returning to Oia, Santorini, after 12 years, I was a more experienced painter, but overwhelmed by the steep steps everywhere. I soldiered on, drawn by the remnants of the 1954 earthquake. The blue domes were elsewhere.

Lesley Riley

Her Self

Mixed media textile collage



In my 40s, desperate to find my creative voice, but drowning in a sea of six children. One of my first attempts at claiming my creative self is this portrait of a woman giving birth to herself. Textiles have been my primary medium since making my first quilt in 1971. They are still my primary form of self-expression. When I stamped that last word, herself, alongside her body, I realized that I was in fact giving birth to my SELF.

Baudilio Salguero

Book of Dreams

Oil on canvas



In this painting I capture the special and memorable moments of when we read books that make our imagination come alive. 

Martina Sestakova

Universe Is Friendly

Acrylics on yupo



The title of this painting is inspired by words spoken in a podcast. To me, these words are filled with hope and caring. They are an expression of an inner journey to a place of safety. While working on this piece, I relaxed into the friendly energy of the message in these words. My brush would glide over the yupo in quick confident movements. The colors communicate the excitement of being alive and feeling protected. 

Chitra Sharma


Acrylics on canvas



Sindoor is red powder that married women in India fill their hair parting with. It is an indication of marriage. It depicts the union of two families, two people, and formation of new relations. As auspicious as it may sound, for many it brings the end of their dreams, aspirations, and happiness. The girl somehow loses herself in the bargain, she puts herself on the back burner while her family becomes her main priority. Some drown while others carve an identity.

Patrick Sieg

Stroll with Sadie in the Sunflowers

Oil on canvas



Journeys do not need to be far from home. They only need to take you to a different place and a new state of mind. The sunflower fields at McKee Beshers Willdlife Management Area are both nearby and a world away. A socially distance stroll in this place was exactly what was needed in these pandemic plagued times.

Fran Simon

Anticipating a Corona Summer

Watercolor resist on watercolor paper



The COVID-19 pandemic was, at the time, at its height. Spring was beckoning, the nation was in turmoil, and there were fears people would inject themselves with disinfectants. This piece sizzles with anticipation. This piece, while seemingly joyful, reflects my need to express my tingling anxiety.

Susan Sinclair Galego

You Can Hear the Quiet

Oil on canvas



This was a plein air outing in winter to the small town of Brunswick, MD. We painted from the train station and learned that this entire section of the quaint town would be levelled for low-cost housing. I was very happy to capture this bit of history in its original state.

Teresa Sites


Mixed media



This mixed media abstract is inspired by the coming Spring.

Joyce Smith





Maggie looks out over a Maine inlet, clasping her fingers. What does this moment of solitude evoke? The calm of Nature's beauty? A reprieve from hybrid schooling? Missing her friends? Your guess? During the Pandemic Summer I painted frequently. Painting centers me in present moment attentiveness which is nourishing. Inspiration and "aliveness" come, when painting subjects - people, pets, landscapes - I study, know and love.

Jeanne Sullivan

It Takes a Village

Mixed media



Dog-eared Rick Steve's Travel Books, memories of adventures that seep into my art. “It Takes a Village” portrays architectural styles, yet a city is more than its buildings, it is a village. I become a temporary local, no mere tourist.

Alexandra Treadaway-Hoare

Pickled Green Tomatoes




Early in the summer last year on a delightful day full of life giving sunshine, I picked green tomatoes for pickling and saw the lovely blossoms nearby. Tomatoes and flowers reflected a wonderful afternoon’s activity.

Cecilia Tobler

You Are Me

Acrylic on canvas



I painted this piece during the 2016 Presidential election, while we were living in Havana, Cuba. I was so inspired and hopeful that the US could finally have a woman President, which would give us a chance to progress, and make improvements in areas like gender equality, socio-economic, racial equality etc. Then on November 4, 2016 the complete opposite happened, and it felt as if everything was put on hold after that. Now, it’s 2021 and I am inspired and hopeful again.

Li Wang

Lost in Time

Oil on canvas board



I travelled to this ancient village one year before the Pandemic. The lifestyle there make tourists like me feel I lived in another parallel world. Hope the pandemic will be controlled and allow me to travel and feel lost in time again.

Freddi Weiner

Walk to the Beach

Acrylic on canvas



My mother has been hospitalized fighting COVID and it has been extremely difficult. I am filled with angst and looking for peace and solace which I find when I walk on the beach and feel the sand and the sea. I capture this feeling of peace in my artwork.

Marti Wells

Dinner on the Way




One day I went outside to fill up my bird feeder. As I was spooning seeds into the feeder, this little Chickadee flew on to the spoon and and looked at me. She kept coming back to choose the choice sunflower seeds. I was enamored, touched and plum excited. That's when I started painting birds.

Regina Williams

A Boy, a Creek and a Dog

Gouache watercolor pastel colored pencil on watercolor paper



This is a part of a series of painting of my grandsons playing in a local creek.

Helen Wood


Pastel on sanded paper



In 2019 I realized a long-held dream to visit the national parks and game reserves of sub-Saharan Africa. Floating down the Zambezi River near sunset I spied the elephant watching from the far shore. Threatened by severe drought and illegal poaching, he seemed to know that tourism was the last hope for survival of the species. It was equally a happy and sad experience.

Stacy Yochum

My Dream of Paris

Collage on paper



This piece reflects two journeys: one, a recollection of travels to Paris to wander its beautiful streets; the second, the journey from youth to age, recalling past moments and past loves.

Lisa Zadravec

The Scouts

Colored pencil



A good scout uses all of her senses. This one, granddaughter of a summer camp friend from long ago where we learned outdoor skills; reading a compass, the stars, the clouds, knowing which way the wind blew, and put those skills to use, is the vanguard, the premonition. Drawn when the pandemic was just reaching our shores. I was so sick. Drawing at the Kennedy Center during Chinese New Year. While my daughter danced.

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