Gallery Openings and Events

Gallery B Presents Points of View Group Exhibition

Work by Nancy Butler. Courtesy of Gallery B.

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Reception: Friday, January 12 from 6pm to 8pm
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The Seven Palettes will also host a Design Seminar, “How to Integrate Artwork into your Home,” on Sunday, January 21 from 1-3pm.

Gallery B will kick off the new year with an exhibit featuring artwork by the Seven Palettes. The first show of 2018, Points of View, will feature paintings by Sara Becker, Nancy Butler, Helen Gallagher, Caroline Orrick, Ann Rossilli, Elizabeth (Penny) Smith and Maureen Ward.

The Seven Palettes have been working cooperatively since 2012 on activities that include joint workshops and group exhibits, individual and collective websites, and group painting expeditions, near and far.

Sara Becker, of Montgomery County primarily paints in oil and acrylic paints because she enjoys the vibrant colors that can be mixed to achieve dynamic impact. Since leaving the corporate life, she has focused on cultivating her creative outlet, continuing her education in drawing, design, painting and art history. “The studied object reveals qualities that would never be appreciated in a casual glance,” Ms. Becker says, explaining her passion. “The challenge of portraying what is observed in terms of color, form and value is an undertaking that holds much excitement in the promise of a well-executed composition.” She has received awards in many juried shows, including the Specialized Art Certificate in Painting from Montgomery College. Her artwork has been featured at Brookside Gardens Visitors Center Gallery in Silver Spring, MD; Hill Center Gallery in Washington, D.C.; The Gallery Shop in Oakland, MD and Strathmore Museum in Bethesda, MD.

Nancy Butler earned a Bachelor of Arts from University of Maryland and a Master of Fine Arts from The George Washington University. After retiring from a career in psychiatric and social service, Dr. Butler began to explore art. While studying at the Yellow Barn in Glen Echo, MD, she discovered oil painting en plein-air. She specializes in landscapes and enjoys painting the outdoors locally and in such places as France, the Cook Islands, New Mexico and California. Dr. Butler has participated in exhibitions at the Brookside Gardens, Kentlands Mansion and Yellow Barn.

Helen Gallagher has loved creating and observing art since childhood. As an occupational therapist by profession, she enjoyed the use of arts and crafts as healing tools for her patients. She maintained art as a hobby, taking drawing and painting classes when possible. When Ms. Gallagher retired from her career, she began taking classes at the Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo, MD, where she pursued her interest in portraits. In addition to creating portraits, Ms. Gallagher enjoys painting landscapes.

Caroline Orrick, who is based in San Francisco, CA, began oil painting in 2010 at the Yellow Barn Studio. She met her fellow Seven Palettes members while living in Washington, DC from 2009 – 2012 and despite the distance that now separates them, she remains connected with the group and is thrilled to still participate in group exhibits. Ms. Orrick gathers much of her inspiration from her California surroundings, explaining, “I love painting en plein air, and Northern California is abundant with places to paint: the Headlands and rolling hills of Marin, Sonoma & Napa vineyards.” Her degrees in Classical Archaeology from Wellesley College and Geology from University of California Santa Cruz have aided in her ability to appreciate and see color, form and structure.

Ann Rossilli is a native Marylander residing in Bethesda. Early studies in art at the Corcoran School of Art led to an interest in product design, and Ms. Rossilli earned a degree in Industrial Design from the Philadelphia College of Art. She served as a senior exhibition designer at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. After more than 30 years in the design field, Ms. Rossilli returned to the study of painting. She works in oil and in gouache and has exhibited in numerous local art shows and galleries. Ms. Rossilli has enjoyed painting en plein-air in various beautiful and intriguing landscapes and cityscapes in this region, on the west coast, and abroad in France, Italy and Spain. She maintains active memberships in Montgomery Art Association, Friends of the Yellow Barn and the Garrett County Arts Council.

Penny Smith strives to capture both the physical and emotional component of the subject in her paintings. She says, “sensing color vibrations and feeling the rhythmic quality of the paintbrush are important elements for me as I strive to transform a blank canvas into a painting.” Ms. Smith worked as a nurse practitioner in endocrinology at Georgetown University Hospital before retiring in 2010, but has always enjoyed making art. Since retiring, Ms. Smith has pursued her love of painting and attended art workshops locally and abroad. She enjoys exploring different media, though primarily works in oil and watercolor. She has participated in both solo and group exhibits as well as juried and non-juried shows. Ms. Smith’s work has been featured in art exhibitions in Ithaca, NY; Virginia Beach, VA and Washington, DC, and she has had two solo exhibitions at Georgetown University Hospital.

Maureen Ward began focusing on art when she was a teenager, primarily working on pen and ink drawings. She went on to broaden her artistic skills, taking several art classes, including studying oil painting with Otari Shuik and Yellow Barn Studio artists including Walt Bartman. Ms. Ward also works in gouache as well as creates original iPad art. She teaches iPad art at the Yellow Barn and elsewhere. While honing her art talents, Ms. Ward practiced law for 20 years and founded and managed a 501c3 organization. Her work has been juried into many shows, including the Hill Center Galleries Open Regional Art Exhibits, the Glen Echo Park Faculty Invitational Exhibit, Glen Echo Park Popcorn Gallery, and the Yellow Barn Studio Drawing Exhibitions.

Gallery Hours:

  • Wednesday – Saturday: 11am – 5pm

Gallery B is located at 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E, Bethesda, MD. For more information visit www.bethesda.org.