Artists & Makers Studios 1 and 2 June 2018 Exhibitions

By Editorial Team on May 31, 2018
Green Landscape by Michele Norris. Courtesy of Artists & Makers Studios 1 and 2.
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Opening Reception: Friday, June 1 from 6pm 9pm
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Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive and Wilkins Avenue in Rockville are welcoming June at two locations with five solo exhibits, featuring the artwork of Michele Banks, Jane Pettit, Michele Norris, Chris Luckman, and Natalie Abrams in the galleries of both studio centers. These five exhibits will open First Friday festivities between 6-9pm on June 1st, and will showcase resident artists’ open studios for browsing as well.

Variations Michele Banks
In science, a variation is any difference between cells, individual organisms, or groups of organisms caused either by genetic differences or by the effect of environmental factors on the expression of genes.  In music, a variation is the repetition of a theme or musical idea with changes or embellishments in harmony, rhythm, or key. In Banks’ art, these two definitions merge. Inspired by her stay in a lab studying evolution in drosophila, this exhibit of watercolors and ink paintings brings together work that explores the idea of variation in all its senses.

Mermaid fantasies by Jane Pettit. Courtesy of Artists & Makers Studios 1 and 2.

Wild Affinities: Glass Meets Stone in Sculpture Jane Pettit 
What do dreaming mermaids, romping muses and ice pyramids have in common? They all reside only in the imagination until sculptor Jane Pettit makes them concrete – literally. Concrete plays a key role in most of her creations. This exhibit is a sampling of experiments with form and materials and translating ideas into art. Pettit’s work uses heavy texture, vibrant color, the play of light and shadow on materials and emits a sense of play that’s contagious. Some sculptures are the result of challenge to see if something can be done (give dinner plates a sense of motion) or if a hypothesis can be proven (transparent glass can appear alight with only indirect light) or a goal can be achieved (give slate and glass a personality.) Others tell a story: the mermaid dreams of wearing shoes and dancing!

Green Landscape by Michele Norris. Courtesy of Artists & Makers Studios 1 and 2.

Natural Influences – Two Paths Michele Norris
The exhibit features work from her two distinct approaches to representing the natural world. Norris’s rivers, marshes and fields are based on memories and impressions of places visited. These landscapes, rendered in acrylic and oil, invite the viewer along for the creation of her work via paint drips, palette knife work and wide, square brushstrokes.  Her mixed-media abstracts are created by overlaying pen-and-ink details on delicate mulberry paper over monoprints. These collaged patterns, colors and textures serve as the artist’s celebration of the natural world.

Art Deco Glen Echo by Chris Luckman. Courtesy of Artists & Makers Studios 1 and 2.

Architectural Explorations Chris Luckman
Chris Luckman uses architecture as a point of departure for explorations of color and form in paintings that are fanciful, mathematical, and cultural expressions. Architecture embodies a reflection of the culture in which the building is found. The figures in the works add another cultural dimension. With a strong interest in cross cultural understanding, Chris would like to share her rich and colorful perceptions both of the local environment in the DMV, and of world travel experiences through her paintings.

Out of the Box – Against the Wall Natalie Abrams
Abrams’ has always been fascinated by the idea of reshaping the canvas and the choice to paint on various objects that surround her world from large installations to vases, videos, attire and tableware.

Artists & Makers Studios 1 on Parklawn features exhibits with Michele Banks, Jane Pettit, and Michele Norris, along with Theremin music by Arthur Harrison as well as resident artists’ open studios. Additionally A&M2 on Wilkins is proud to present the work of Chris Luckman and Natalie Abrams, an exhibit with the 21 member artists in Gallery 209, the Montgomery County Camera Club’s exhibit, and resident artists’ open studios – all just 9/10’s of a mile from the flagship location on Parklawn with free parking at both locations and the best parties in town.

These exhibits at both locations open Friday, June 1st, and continue through Wednesday, June 27th, 2018.

Viewing hours 

  • Tuesday-Saturday: 10am – 4pm
  • Sundays/Mondays by chance or appointment.

Artists & Makers Studios (Studio 1) is located at 11810 Parklawn Dr., Suite 210, Rockville, MD.

Artists & Makers Studios 2 is located at 12276 Wilkins Ave., Rockville, MD.