Opening Reception: Friday, December 6 from 6pm to 9pm
Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville highlights the work of three metro-area artists with rich visual vocabularies in three galleries for the month in December. Teresa Jarzynski shares textural still life paintings in Be Still My Life, Vladimir Zabavskiy’s gem-like paintings sparkle in May Beauty Follow, and Jenny Nordstrom offers some of her favorite images from a long-term project in Doors of Distinction. Pike District sponsors a very special December First Friday and celebrates North Bethesda’s Urban Core – and all there is to see, do, visit and try here. There’s something new behind every door in the Pike District. These exhibits will open for First Friday festivities on December 6th between 6pm and 9pm and will showcase artists’ open studios for browsing and shopping.
Visit A&M1 Parklawn and enjoy the gorgeous gallery exhibits, along with open studios, a perfect time for shopping and gift-giving, or for finding a treasure for yourself. Enjoy wine, soft drinks and light refreshments, and rich and varied art for browsing and buying – all in one location.
Still Life Open Drawing and Painting with exhibiting artist Teresa Jarzynski in the Main Gallery on December 7th, 14th, 21st (Saturdays) 12-3pm. All are welcome and the events are free. Bring your art supplies – and easels, tables and chairs, and snacks will be provided.
“Be Still My Life” – Teresa Jarzynski
In her art Teresa Jarzynski often turns her attention to ordinary, everyday scenes that capture moments of stillness which produce a sense of calm and tranquility. The process of painting allows her to get in touch with the better part of herself, to evolve, and get closer to understanding who she is meant to be and where she fits into the world at large. By focusing on subject matter such as landscapes, inanimate objects, and people from various encounters in life, she challenges herself to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. Although each painting initially stems from direct observation, the act of painting turns each reality into an imagined place – a world of its own that becomes a relationship of sorts between herself and the work and where she is able to experience the desired serenity.
“May Beauty Follow” – Vladimir Zabavskiy
In his most recent paintings, Vladimir Zabavskiy explores the transition between realism and abstraction. Using algorithms to produce variations in generative design software, most of the paintings are based on manipulated parameters that create an alternative picture. The results are playful, architectonic expressions that appear almost otherworldly—Cubist-like but not Cubist inspired. Zabavskiy uses a rich palette of colorful oils, including gold leaf, coupled with crackling and layered effects that produce vivid and compelling images. Lines, planes, and shapes are all visible, making an otherwise two-dimensional canvas seem anything but. To his surprise, Vlad discovered a unique three-dimensional quality to his paintings: polarized 3D glasses greatly enhance the painting’s depth of field.
“Doors of Distinction” – Jenny Nordstrom
Jenny Nordstrom’s first solo photography show will feature her most beloved body of work — doors! Doors are the faces that people present to the world, but also symbolic portals to new places and opportunities. Jenny’s deeply saturated, textured images will take viewers on a journey around the world, including images from Italy, Paris, Iceland, and Thailand, as well as U.S. cities like New Orleans, Tampa, Washington DC, and others.
Artists & Makers Studios 1 is located at 11810 Parklawn Dr., Suite 210, Rockville, MD.