April 2019 Exhibitions at Artists & Makers Studios 1 and 2

By Editorial Team on April 2, 2019

Fri, 05 April 2019 - Wed, 24 April 2019

Work by Matthew T McLaughlin. Courtesy of Artists & Makers Studios 1 and 2.


Opening Reception: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday, April 5th, 2019
Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive and Wilkins Avenue in Rockville are ushering in Spring with five exhibits at both studio centers. Five exhibits will open for First Friday festivities between 6pm and 9pm on April 5th and will showcase artists open studios for browsing and again for the Open Studio Weekend following on April 6th and 7th from 12-5pm.

Enjoy celebratory food and drink at A&M1 and tour the 3 main galleries and open studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville and enjoy Theremin Music with Arthur Harrison. Additionally, A&M2 is proud to present wine and light refreshments along with more resident artists’ work in the galleries and studios, exhibits by Gallery 209 and the Montgomery County Camera Club’s exhibit “Black, White and Monochrome”, all just 9/10’s of a mile from the flagship location on Parklawn.

“Splotch Monsters” with Steve Loya
Steve Loya grew up watching movies and TV shows with lots of cool, creative monsters in them. Star Wars, Godzilla, Ultraman, and Spectre Man were a few that left an impression on the boy. Steve also had a love and appreciation for insects and animals, both current and prehistoric, from an early age, which later would figure into his art. While Steve likes to draw and paint more realistic interpretations of wildlife, Splotch Monsters are where he has the most fun. Beginning as an experiment and a daily creative exercise, these critters created from watercolors, acrylics, coffee, India ink, tea and more, branched out into many different directions, from cute and cartoony to more serious, abstract compositions, to something in between. Starting out as semi random paint “splotches”, things like eyes, ears, horns, limbs, spots, stripes and more are added to bring them to life. Lately Steve has been having fun with more controlled, text-based Splotch Monsters.

“Branching Out – Works on Paper” with Ronni Jolles
Ronni Jolles has always loved trees as a theme for her artwork. For this exhibit, Ronni is going to be celebrating the beauty of trees through the innovative paper art form she has created. Ronni uses hundreds of kinds of paper that she has gathered from all over the world as her medium and rips, cuts, and manipulates the papers as she creates dimensional and highly textured artwork.

A portion of the proceeds from this exhibit will be going to OneTreePlanted, an organization that plants a tree with each dollar donated. To find out more about Ronni Jolles, please visit www.RonniJolles.com.

“Lions Tigers & Bears” the paintings and drawings of Kathy Moore Wilson
Kathy has loved drawing for as long as she can remember. Next to her husband and dog, there is nothing she loves more than painting and drawing. Kathy has worked in colored pencil, pen and ink, watercolor, digital watercolor and pastel.

When she first graduated from college, Kathy worked as a cartographer drawing maps, which included working as a freelancer for the National Geographic Society. It was drawing maps with pen & ink that lead to her interest in both pen & ink and pointillism. Kathy later began to learn about graphic design and illustration and took a job in an in-house graphic design department, where she worked for 20 years as an animator, illustrator and motion media designer. Two years ago, she completed her master’s degree in Motion Media Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Kathy currently works as a freelance animator, illustrator, and fine artist with her business, Pendragon Art Studios.

“An Exploration of Proxemics” with printmaker Matthew T. McLaughlin
“An Exploration of Proxemics” brings together two bodies of work created in tandem, “Proxemic Boundaries” and “Personal Space Samples.” Each series explores the concept of proxemics; human spatial relationships, from different perspectives. “Proxemic Boundaries” is a series that visualizes the nature of the division of space through territories and borders, while “Personal Space Samples” questions a more intimate division of land and the need for boundaries around our individual spaces. Each series approaches this discussion through color abstraction of space and the imposition of the graphic imagery that interferes with the audience’s relationship with the implied landscape.

“Land Portraits: a soulful journey” with Leslie M. Kraff and Cecelia M. Laurendeau
Two artists explore our natural environment as they celebrate EARTH MONTH.  Both Cecelia M. Laurendeau and Leslie M. Kraff are oil painters – one uses a palette knife, the other a brush.  They will share their observations with you as they explore the landscape.   Their exhibit is appropriately titled LAND PORTRAITS: a soulful journey.

These exhibits at both locations open Friday, April 5th, and continue through Wednesday, April 24th, 2019.

Open Studio Weekend
12:00 Noon – 5:00 PM, April 6th and 7th, 2019
Artists & Makers Studios 1 and 2 in Rockville will throw open the doors for a very special Open Studio Weekend on April 6th and 7th from 12-5pm. At more than 36,000 combined square feet, Artists & Makers Studios roster includes more than 150 artists, five galleries, and a wide variety of artistic practices and mediums – making it the largest studio complex in Montgomery County. With campuses just 9/10’s of a mile apart, artists and makers work in jewelry, silk painting, glass, printmaking, ceramics, watercolor and acrylic painting, oil painting, fiber art, mixed media, graphic design, furniture painting, photography, encaustic, quilting, and so much more – right here in one central location. In addition, browse exhibits, see and participate in art-making demos, and see artists working in their studios. Shop local and handmade with lots of small works, unique one-of-a-kind finds, and affordable items to charm everyone on your gift list for weddings, birthdays, holidays and more. Dine locally for lunch or dinner right in the neighborhood from a list of more than fifty restaurants that we supply – and do even more to support local small businesses!

Viewing Hours:

  • Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Sundays/Mondays by chance or appointment

Artists & Makers Studios 1 is located at 11810 Parklawn Dr., Suite 210, Rockville, MD.
Artists & Makers Studios 2 is located at 12276 Wilkins Ave., Rockville, MD.