Gallery Openings and Events

December 2019 Exhibition at Gallery B Featuring work by Sheila Cahill, Robert O’Brien, Marian Osher and Emily Strulson

Courtesy of Gallery B.

Opening Reception: Friday, December 13 from 6pm to 8pm

Gallery B is pleased to announce its December exhibition, a group show featuring work by Sheila Cahill, Robert O’Brien, Marian Osher and Emily Strulson. The exhibit will be on display from December 4-28, 2019.

Sheila Cahill realized her passion for painting in recent years. After a long career practicing law, she sought a career change and received her Master of Social Work at age 55. Although she was fulfilled by her new job serving patients as a psychotherapist, Sheila was looking for a creative outlet when she discovered her love of painting. Her abstract work focuses on energy, motion and color. Some of the paintings evoke cosmic energy and life abounds in others with colors and strokes flying, swimming and leaping across the canvas. Her paintings are part of collections that hang in New York, the Netherlands, Trinidad and Tobago, and around the Greater Washington, DC area.

Robert O’Brien is an artist and mathematician specializing in the human form. He received his Certificate in Painting from Washington Studio School in 2002 and has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions. He considers himself a painter who bridges abstraction and realism and follows the tradition of Titian, Velázquez, de Kooning and Pollock. Returning to Gallery B, O’Brien has also exhibited at the Kramer Gallery in Silver Spring, MD, Black Rock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD and the National Symphony Orchestra Concert Hartke Theater in Washington, DC.

Marian Osher is a painter, mixed-media artist and printmaker. Mindfulness plays a significant role in her approach to art. Striving to always stay in the present moment during the creative process, her commitment to mindfulness allows her to find new directions in her pieces, whether figurative or abstract. Marian often begins with a small sketch, drawing shapes, lines and textures, with or without an intentional subject. Her artwork has been shown in numerous group exhibitions nationally, as well as in international shows in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Italy and Russia.

Emily Strulson is an abstract expressionist painter and art teacher. Drawing on her belief that people’s relationships with one another and the world is paramount to the way in which we experience life, her art focuses on the exploration of patterns tied to emotions. The paintings, which feature intense colors, are unstructured, spontaneous and abstract. Emily applies watered down acrylic paints and pastels to watercolor paper. The interaction of these materials reflects the juxtaposition of a very precise medium against a chaotic design. She is especially passionate about abstract expressionism because of the spontaneity of the process and emotional connection to the viewer.

Established by Montgomery County in 1994, Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. (BUP) is a downtown management organization that markets and maintains downtown Bethesda. The BUP team works in marketing, maintenance, transportation and administration to produce cultural events and community festivals and attend to landscaping and maintenance needs. BUP also manages the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, Bethesda Transportation Solutions (BTS), and the Bethesda Circulator as well as the non-profit art spaces, Gallery B and Studio B.

From award-winning theatre to independent films, downtown Bethesda’s Arts & Entertainment District is filled with inspiring artists and art venues. The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is managed by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc., and is the producer of The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards, Bethesda Painting Awards, Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, Bethesda Film Fest and Play In A Day.

Gallery hours:

  • Wednesday – Saturday: 12-6pm

Gallery B, located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E, Bethesda, MD.