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Cecily has been a lifelong art appreciator with an interest in printmaking that began in 1990. Through the use of master print-maker studios, she continues to explore the variation, spontaneity and endless possibilities with printmaking at Gravity Press-New Orleans, LA, now N. Adams, MA; Hand Graphics,-Santa Fe, NM; Lily Press, Rockville, MD). Inspired by the colors, flavors and music of New Orleans and SW Louisiana,  colors and strokes can be explosive or muted, flowing or precise in the creation of each one-of-a-kind print.

Use of traditional fine art as well as a pneumatic Bradley press brings printmaking techniques that invite energy, bold color, often with leaf prints embedded.

Tronja is from Fredericksburg Va. Her work is inspired by woman and story
telling. Through illustration and surface pattern she is focused on creating bold
colorful work primarily focused on women.

Instagram: @Tronmask

I see the universe as a powerful, vivid place of continual transformation and my works attempt to capture glimpses of it.  Through my passion to color and always open to the surprises of the unknown. Painting with acrylics and encaustic collage artwork, I invite viewers to enter to my magical realism world and discover a new door to connect to my art. When you find a piece of art that you love, you also find another piece of yourself! In addition, I have founded a non-profit organization that teaches creativity and art to children and communities both domestically and abroad. www.artinyou.com

Nan Bevan creates luminous interior landscapes with glass. Her larger pieces explore opalescent worlds with no boundaries and floating dreamscapes. Smaller vessels explore abstract forms and colorful patterns, inviting the viewer to bring beauty into everyday life. Her work is inspired by stories that seek to make sense out of an unknowable world and the beautiful, strange and often unpredictable changes heat will create in glass. When the kilns are full, she carries her love of color onto paper and canvas. In the past 20 years, her work has shown in exhibitions across the country. From the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, she now lives in Maryland and thinks often of snow.

Instagram: @nanettebevanglass

Madison Bolls is an artist and librarian living in Washington, DC. Her award-winning work focuses on mix-media painting, where she explores texture, juxtaposition, and elements of life and death. She holds degrees in Art History and Library and Information Science.

Instagram: @madlizcreative

Karen Cohen is an award winning fine art photographer and Graduate of Germain School of Photography in NYC and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Charlotte, member of WCADC, Pyramid Atlantic,The Center for Fine Art Photography and Capitol Hill Art League. She is chairperson for Capitol Hill Art League and Social Media manager/WebMaster and Installation volunteer for the Hill Center Gallery. She creates photographs and watercolor paintings. 

Instagram: @karencohenphotoart

Camilla David is a creative artist who has worked for decades in varied visual and performing arts.  Her study of art history, drawing, painting, gouache and pastels and her experiences in theater, interior and textile design have helped shape her paintings.  She is now working as an Abstract Expressionist painter in acrylics, oil pastels, inks and collage.

My art is a unique style of art that blends small scraps of paper largely from magazines, to create one of kind art, combining collage and mixed media technique. The papers we throw away, magazines, used wrapping paper, brown paper bags, even security envelopes and shredded bills can find a place in my art. My art has a strong focus on historical Afro American icons and historical subject matter.  I also experiment with floral, landscapes and abstracts.

Instagram: @deedee_sandra

I use digital cameras and drones to capture images of corporate and life events, sports, landscapes, and nature. I continue to take on these assignments, but I increasingly use my photographer’s eye to find interesting subjects in nature, waiting for the right moment to capture wildlife, nature, and sunrises with my camera.  This means finding new adventures outdoors, which brings me considerable peace.

In my professional career as a paper conservator, I have researched artists' materials, techniques, photography and technology, and have incorporated that knowledge into my work. Polaroid images have been my recent focus. They have a dream-like quality that evoke a distant time and place. I engage with nature to create my images, and use a combination of vintage and contemporary films, scan the images and digitally manipulate to depict a narrative about the natural world. My inkjet, printed images are on Japanese kozo papers. These papers have lovely translucency and rich fibrous surfaces that become integral elements of the artworks.

Cynthia Farrell Johnson is a fan of vibrant colors.  Her works in gouache, acrylic, and mixed media have been inspired by the people she met and places where she lived during 25 years of globetrotting as a U.S. diplomat.  Service in West Africa, Central and South America exposed her to a wide variety of artistic traditions and forms of expression.  Her role models are Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Faith Ringgold and Vincent Van Gogh.  Johnson currently makes her home in Silver Spring, Maryland, and draws much of her inspiration for themes and color schemes from the Washington, D.C. region’s rich, cultural diversity.

Instagram: @cynthiafarrelljohnson

My fascination with color and texture started as a child as I dove into my 64 color box of crayons.

I peeled the paper off the crayons like the peel of an apple, in order to get to every last bit of the crayon. I have always seen the world as a symphony of color, shapes and patterns and contrasts. Painting, mosaic, glass and mixed media are just a few of the ways I express myself through art.

Encaustic paintings as imaginary narratives of natural forms and colors. Within the process of encaustic painting I find rich reminders of ancient painting traditions as well as the inherent magical qualities of working with molten pigmented beeswax.  

Gale enjoys experimenting with new mediums and covering a diverse range of topics, therefore, she creates artwork using Acrylic, Fluid Art, Oils, Pyrography, Resin, and Watercolor and her subject matter ranges from the abstract to portraiture.

Danielle Glosser is the Founder and Principal of Client Raiser, a business dedicated to helping artists to increase their client volume and the visibility of their art. Since 2014, she has worked with artists across the country in support of their professional goals.  Danielle’s expertise in strategic planning, project management, research, writing, and networking comes from years of working and building relationships in the private, nonprofit, and government sectors on social justice issues from inner-city schools in Oakland, California to The White House. These professional opportunities — coupled with her personal belief that the arts are central to igniting conversation and enhancing human understanding — moved her to help artists with the business elements of their practice and to share their work with the world. Emerging and established artists alike begin with Client Raiser’s in-depth interview process, which results in a tangible assessment of their art practices and concrete next steps for advancing their careers.  Danielle is a 25+ year resident of Washington, D.C. She has led workshops with arts organizations across the region, including the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Hamiltonian, Transformer, Washington Project for the Arts, Halcyon, Superfine! DC, D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Gateway Arts District, VisArts, Washington Sculptors Group, Women’s Caucus for Art, Artomatic, District of Columbia Arts Center, Montgomery Arts Association, and Capitol Hill Arts League. She also is a member of ArtTable, a leadership organization for women in the visual arts. 

As a photographer I became interested in making sculpture as a way to move my images into three dimensions. From there the natural progression involved finding beauty and intensity in objects beyond their original purpose.

My work expresses the power of myth and symbols arising from my spiritual and inner life .  The work also presents images of the power of the feminine and images and symbols of feminine energy as seen through the images and symbols reflected  in symbols and myths from ancient cultures which provided  symbols of feminine energy in the natural, instinctive world. Themes related my being a part of the natural, instinctive world are another aspect of my work.   The swirling energy in the natural world is present in my work.

I blurred the lines between objects to abstract and reveal more of their essence. By moving the camera while the shutter is open, light is formed into specific brush strokes. Familiar objects are reduced to textures, shapes, lines and colors. The concept of foreground and background is challenged as depth of field is flattened. Objects appear closer to the surface and often take on different textural qualities. Images contain streaks and lines of an object’s former shape.

Pauline Hudel has 37 years of design, fine art and educational experience. Projects include a publication for the Dallas Museum of Art, design and concept for The Dallas Opera ‘Nabucco’ and The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book cover art and product design. In addition, Pauline has exhibited her work in a number of juried, invitational and one person shows - Internationally China, Belgium, South Africa, Mexico, Italy and national in 28 states. She has won numerous awards including a Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronzes - UDA international Design Competition, an Apex Award of Excellence, a Lightbulb Award at the 49th Annual DSVC Dallas Show, a Special Judges Award - Best in Category and Gold Addy from the American Advertising Federation as well as the William S Ward Endowment Award for Teaching and a COLA Faculty Endowment Grant.

Anuja is a Charlottesville, Virginia-based fiber and mixed-media artist. Informed by her experiences in social impact work across the U.S., Asia and Africa, she has developed a keen passion for lifting up old-world art, heritage and voices from places near and far. Her work is particularly inspired by the beauty and profundity of what passes from generation to generation, in America and abroad. Be they stories, artifacts or dreams, it's what we hold on to from the past that's at the core of Anuja's work - and the subject of her most current collection: "Heirloom."  While each of Anuja's pieces anchors in a single, traditional heirloom object, it's the added use of fiber and mixed-media art that helps her work transcend place, time - and purpose. Her art is an end in and of itself, yes, but Anuja's commitment to lifting up, and giving currency to, ancient art forms more generally is a parallel mission, too. 

Instagram: ​@byanujajaitly

Sarah Jones (b 1990) is a self-taught artist, with a studio practice in Washington, DC in her youth, she recognized a sense of familiarity with the arts, and constantly found ways to cultivate that creative desire. Jerome jones, her father and a talented painter, was her model of perfection on the canvas. She started her professional career in the culinary field as a pastry chef and obtained a degree in business, all the while continuing to translate those experiences into growing her artistic craft. She uses her knowledge from her culinary training to develop unconventional artistic methods and push the limits. Texture and culture are weaved into her art through the inspirations of her world travels and the wonders of nature. She is currently a full-time artist and facilitates instructional sessions on painting and sculpting through various platforms. She is also passionate about donating her craft to organizations that facilitate positive change throughout the world.

Instagram: @sanaa_design_studios

Megan King is a Washington, DC-based encaustic artist. Megan believes that beauty can be found in the most mundane places. It is the everyday objects, the things that most people overlook and discard that tell the best stories. The intersection between the natural and man- made environments dominate her work. Megan is particularly fascinated by and interested in talking about cultural impacts on the natural world and vice versa. She is an avid mud-larker and world-comber, picking up artifacts in waterways, urban streets and along life’s byways. These items inform her paintings and sculptures and often appear in them.  Encaustic allows her to fully express her point of view through a combination of painting, carving and embedding objects in her work.

I began hand cutting paper in 2012 while working on my Masters’ in Elementary Education at The University of Pennsylvania.  We were asked to create children’s books as part of the program and since I was stressed, overworked, and didn’t have the time for that, I spent entirely too long working on the illustrations for it.  I found paper cutting to be very meditative and liked using it to tell a story.  I’ve been hooked ever since!  I live in Baltimore and spend most of my time in my studio overlooking the harbor.

Instagram: @rosaleff

In my portraits of newborns, I worked to capture the range of emotion they express through their face and bodies.  My media is primarily in oil on canvas but recently I have begun exploring the capability of encaustics to capture the luminosity of a newborn.  

I am a lifetime member of WCA and joined WCAGA 20 years ago, when Ann Rowles began our chapter. The last ten years have been more engaged for me as board member and chair of Art+Activism, we have mounted two large projects. One regarding Human Trafficking and One Global Warming. Details and artworks from both shows on our website wcaga.org --- Artists statement:The departure point for my work comes from myself, my relationships, and my surroundings. The layers of meaning that come through my work, the sense of a source other than I can name, are always a bit of a surprise to me. Increasingly, I have a desire to make marks in time,  to leave a record, that which I cannot put in words.  I fantasize of cave paintings and how they were a part of daily life, how they recorded, mourned,  and celebrated a tribes’ days and experiences. I look for that balance of elegance and crudeness in my work and the daily reference in the ‘doing’ of the work. My desire is for my work to be experienced out in the world, to make a difference that touches people’s lives.

Instagram: ​@Callahan321

Bonnie MacAllister’s work has been showcased internationally at Galeria 6 (Mexico), la Galeria del MEC (Uruguay), Ar(t)cevia (Italy), L’oficina des Ideas Libres (Spain), the Leap Second Festival (Norway), and the University of Sussex (UK). In the United States, she has exhibited at Riverside Library (NY), the New School/Parsons (NY), Boricua College (NY), the Woodmere Art Museum (PA), the Delaware Art Museum, et al Projects (NY), Glenview Mansion (MD), University of Pennsylvania, Georgia State University, and Frostburg State University (MD).  She is a Fulbright-Hays recipient, a juried member of NAWA (the National Association of Women Artists), and a member of the Women’s Caucus for Art since 2003.

Instagram:  @bonniemacart

I am drawn to bright colors and bold compositions, they bring me joy. I use mostly acrylic paint but also inks, oil pastels, crayons, charcoal, graphite and anything else I come across. Occasionally I use collage, generally papers i have created myself. I love texture in my work. I paint with brushes, knives, my fingers, chopsticks etc. You get the idea, "no rules."

I draw to illuminate the promise of the new Grain Revival. Our agricultural treasures, family farm legacies, and remarkable grains deserve a visual place in the context of contemporary art.  After thousands of field observations, I developed an admiration for farmers and agrarian fortitude. Drawing is my quest to express the obvious and implied human connections within places formed by nature and agriculture.  I work in charcoal because it is fluid, forgiving, mysterious, and strong. My drawings are layered in dark velvety values and textures that are obtained through an additive and subtractive process using a variety of charcoals, pastels, graphites, powders, blenders, brushes and erasers.  I am an artist, educator, juror, expat, traveler, and grain enthusiast. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Art Education K-12 from Skidmore College, NY in 1985 and a Master of Arts in Drawing from SUNY Albany in 1990. I  have taught art to all ages for over 25 years in public and private schools, art studio schools, and created drawing workshops for museums. My drawings/sculpture have been included in over one hundred and twenty-five combined exhibits of solo, juried, and invitational shows in the US and Europe. 

Instagram: @knelsonartist

I work almost entirely on commission. From photos as a starting point, I paint acrylic portraits of people, pets and places. I paint abstract watercolor prayers and blessings for people or causes I want to support based on my thoughts and feelings about them. I individualize my guardian angel collages by the colors and designs on the watercolor paper that I paint. Murals are developed in close consultation with clients and are either entirely from my imagination or make use of pre-existing images which I alter as artistic needs call for. I also paint feminist spiritual icons, as well as flowers, still lifes, and whatever else I am moved to paint. Although I have a specific category of art that I call prayers, I consider all my work to be prayers. This is because my attitude toward each piece is prayerful.

Kristina creates sculpture using traditional and modern felt-making techniques with the incorporation of other materials, such as glass, metal and fabric, as appropriate for the work. Taking cues from her life and environment, her work is often biomorphic (resembling living organisms, habitats and landscapes) and seeks to find beauty in the strange and ugly. The natural material reinforces the themes she chooses to explore through her work and the organic properties of her work.

Jane Pettit is a mixed media artist. She is known for her unique sculptural shapes and provocative juxtaposition of materials. She has a talent for depicting attitude using minimalist shapes in her 2D art. Vivid color, texture and reflected light are hallmarks of her work.

Hedith is a landscape fine artist born in Colombia and raised in the plains of Venezuela. She moved to the United States in 2014. Hedith primarily utilizes oil on canvas. All paintings are original works. Much of the inspiration for Hedith's work comes from having grown up on a farm in South America. Her work for the past several years has been focused on American landscapes. Hedith’s mission is to seek out calm and tranquility through the observation and representation of nature.  She hopes that her work evokes emotions and memories, so others can see, feel and experience the intention and inspiration of her paintings.

Instagram: @hedithperdomo

Reshada Pullen-Jireh is one of the most prolific contemporary artists in the Metro Washington DC area. Reshada has painted using mostly acrylics for over 20 years. Since 1999 she has participated in a plethora of exhibitions throughout the East Coast. In 2003 her performance sculpture piece The Revolution Don’t Pay No Rent” received shocking reviews from the Virginia Commonwealth University Sculpture community. Her first solo exhibit at 312 Gallery in 2004, Three Fifths Remained Silent, explored images of black women, stereotypes, commerce and slavery. Reshada graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University's School of the Arts in 2005. And Pursued her Master of fine arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art. After Haiti’s devastating Earthquake in 2010, Reshada began painting live for fundraisers and other events around the metro D.C. Area. She's exhibited at the Flats at Atlas, Victory Christian Ministries, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and many other galleries.  Reshada currently teaches art in Washington, D.C. and for RPJ Studios Online Art Classes.  Reshada continues to exhibit, and is the resident artist for both Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville and Poetic Vibes at the Anacostia Arts Center. During the 2020 Pandemic, Reshada saw a need for people to create to maintain peace so she developed &Paint Virtual Paint Parties to make it easy for people to create paintings that they will love.  She also founded Studio a series of foundational art classes for people of all ages.

Instagram: ​@reshadapj

My paintings have an element of discovery. I may have an idea when I start working, but the painting can often take a different direction. The laying down of shapes and colors often brings out an unexpected image that can be developed further. A traditional  theme or central image emerges such as a landscape, still life, seascape or even an abstraction. The most exciting part is the unveiling of this imagery as I continue to work on each piece.  

Instagram: @paulinerakisartist

Cherie has shown in a number of national and international fine art exhibits and has been an Educator. With enthusiasm Ms. Redlinger has developed and taught studio art and art history classes for afternoon school programs, fine art camps, and college level classes throughout her career. Cherie M Redlinger’s artwork can be found in private collection, museums national and worldwide.

Engaging the artist, artwork, and viewer in meaningful visual contemplation, my art explores the embodiment of the human condition in time, space, and place. Energetic and luminescent lines and colors painted on silk forms create a sense of collaborative flow, discovery, and release.  These meditative mindscapes become visual affirmations that attempt to bring light to darkness, especially needed in our turbulent times.

Elizabeth Stewart was born in Los Angeles, CA. She made her way to Howard University where she earned a BFA in Painting.  She has done numerous shows including the Harlem Fine arts show, Jack Daniel’s Art Beats and Lyrics and was a part of the Women’s history month mural on Florida Avenue NW Washington, DC.

Instagram: @lizstewartsart

When creating art I want to break new ground, and make a statement. My paintings on multiple canvases may be recombined and rearranged to be viewed in many different ways. Everyone’s situation is different; we each see things uniquely. So it is with my paintings, turn them around and look again; gain a new insight.

Instagram: @hstonefineart

I am a studio potter specializing in crystalline glazes. These glazes are challenging and temperamental, but when all the variables come together, the final results are magical. I make all my crystalline glazes in small batches, and the formulation involves chemistry, precise measurements, and a bit of luck. The crystals grow when the vessel is fired in the kiln, and they are unpredictable in their form, size, and placement. The organic crystal formations and different color combinations offer me an endless array of artistic possibilities.

Instagram: @cerambik

The central style of my work is abstract expressionism. Specifically, seeing similarities in celebrations and conflict within natural cycles as well as life experiences. The work itself is unstructured, spontaneous and abstract featuring intense colors. I explore patterns with shape and color as I observe it in nature, history and relationships.  I am drawn to abstract expressionism because of the spontaneity of the process and emotional connection to the viewer.  This style of art asks for a reaction.  Viewers often have a strong emotional response. 

I have been working with glass since 2003. My inspiration comes from many experiences and places I have traveled both in the USA and around the world. I am particularly interested in color and texture. I am always learning more about glass and how I can “push the envelope” in my work. I love  incorporating other mediums like beads, copper, silver, feathers, swarvski crystals, fusible paper, glass rods, beads and buttons. Sometimes I incorporate my professional graphic design skills into my work including photos, illustrations, typography, maps, and musical scores.

My art tells stories and I work in many different mediums from paint to print.

Instagram: @katurnerart

Rosa is a Peruvian-American who lives between Bethesda and Peru. Her work is mostly painting using figures, landscapes and plants in an abstracted way in mixed media. 

Instagram: @rosavera_art

Deborah Walmer, manipulates and layers bold colors of oil paints in her own version of cubism. Her paintings have been described as paper unfolded or stained glass. You can see the influence of Picasso, Braque, Dali, and Kahlo in her paintings. In addition, she has recently expanded into Abstract works. These abstract paintings are a mix of textures which include Oil paint, cray-pas, oil sticks, found objects and fabric woven together. Deborah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts and Graphic Design from George Washington University (Mount Vernon College) in Washington, DC.

Instagram: @Deborah_Walmer

As a visual artist, educator, and therapeutic healer, I am particularly interested in exploring the energetic connection between all living things: sea, land and our physical bodies.

Through the language of visual art I communicate this connection as well as the philosophy of constant movement and change.

Carol Williams

I am an Army veteran, former ER nurse, ex-musician, and currently an Op-Ed columnist in West Virginia.

My paintings are best described as contemporary landscape or contemporary abstract.  Passion for color and texture are what excite me about painting.  I am informed by my musical knowledge; gradations of tone color, balance, tension and release, and rhythm all play into how I compose a painting. Painting allows me to stop time, to make choices in slow motion, and to experience the art of composing in a whole new way  I try to incorporate marks that allude to the structure of the piece and that give some architecture to the image.  Layering paint is also an important to my process.  I will activate the blank canvas with bold strokes that give me a structure to play upon.  I often view painting as music unwinding itself and coming to a visual conclusion.   Jenny Wilson was born in New York, New York in 1958.  She studied art at the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan and was a freelance graphic designer and commercial artist for several years.  She changed course and earned her Master of Music Degree at West Virginia University and is a full- time jazz and classical performing musician.  Her group the Jenny Wilson Trio can be heard in many varied venues in the Mid-Atlantic region. Jenny’s paintings are on exhibit at many galleries and shows throughout the area.

​Instagram: @jennywilsonjazz

Barbara Wolanin

Color is what I love most and is what inspired the paintings I made as a studio art major in college.  I ended up being and art historian who is an expert on a Philadelphia modernist and colorist Arthur B. Carles.  As a curator in charge of conservation, accurately matching and restoring color was a prime concern. Recently back to painting myself, I have been trying to channel Carles and just enjoy capturing flowers and playing with color. 

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