Captivating, vibrant landscapes by oil painters Jennifer Howard and Kathleen Byrnes will be on display at Gallery B throughout April. The gallery is pleased to welcome back Jennifer and Kathleen who will present their exhibit, Color + Light, from April 6 – May 1, 2022.
Jennifer Howard, a painter and graphic designer, strives to convey a textural quality in her work. She applies the paint honestly and emotionally, creating layers of color with an emphasis on capturing light. A lover of the outdoors, Jennifer has always had a need to connect with nature and found great fulfillment in plein air painting. She relishes painting in the moment and absorbing nature in all its power. Her love of nature bloomed during her childhood in the Hudson Valley and many trips to the Adirondack Mountains of New York, but after more than 30 years in Washington, D.C., much of her inspiration comes from the surrounding local area. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science in graphic design from SUNY College of Buffalo and has also studied at the University of Siena, Italy; Corcoran College of Art and Yellow Barn Studio.
As a plein air artist, Kathleen Byrnes paints with quick but studied expression as she interprets the scenes with a signature palette. Her works explore the light and structure and unique perspectives of destinations throughout Washington, D.C. the countryside of Virginia and Maryland, as well as the inlets, towns and marshlands of Southern New Jersey. Painting in both oil and pastel, her goal is to express the soul of the landscape, whether the site is natural or manmade. Her work has been informed and influenced by the challenge of mastering both the intellectually controlled mark and the emotionally and physically expressed mark. Her painting has earned her several awards. She has exhibited in both solo and group shows and her work also appears in private collections.
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, Studio B and Triangle Art Studios.
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 and Bethesda Film Fest.
The show will be open Wednesdays – Saturdays 12-6pm and Sundays, April 24 and May 1, 12-5pm. Gallery B is located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E, Bethesda, MD. For a closer look, please visit www.bethesda.org.