Gallery B Presents Local Color by the Seven Palettes

By Editorial Team on January 11, 2017

Wed, 04 January 2017 - Sat, 28 January 2017

Springtime on C&O Canal by Nancy Butler, oil, 24x36. Courtesy of Gallery B.
Springtime on C&O Canal by Nancy Butler, oil, 24×36. Courtesy of Gallery B.


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


Gallery B presents the first exhibition of 2017, Local Color, by the “Seven Palettes” featuring artwork by Sara Becker, Nancy Brown Butler, Helen Gallagher, Caroline Orrick, Ann Rossilli, Elizabeth (Penny) Smith and Maureen Ward.

The Seven Palettes is comprised of a group of women who have joined together to increase their immersion in art. “Individually we are all doing well, but we found that in working together, we could pool our resources and accomplish more, plus support each other and have more fun,” the members say. “We can be honest with each other about aspirations, about the foolishness of some ‘rules,’ and about our artwork.” They have been working cooperatively since 2012 on activities that include joint workshops and group exhibits, individual and collective websites, and group painting expeditions, near and far.

Sara Becker, of Montgomery County primarily paints in oil and acrylic paints because she enjoys the vibrant colors that can be mixed to achieve dynamic impact. Becker says, “In recent years after leaving the corporate life, there has been more time to focus creative energies. In this subsequent phase of life, the discovery of a new way of seeing the world around me has opened up a whole new appreciation and feeling of awe for the gifts of nature.” Ms. Becker has continued her education in drawing, design, painting and art history. She has received awards in many juried shows, including the Specialized Art Certificate in Painting from Montgomery College. Her artwork has been featured at Brookside Gardens Visitors Center Gallery in Silver Spring, MD; Hill Center Gallery in Washington, DC; The Gallery Shop in Oakland, MD and Strathmore Museum in Bethesda, MD.

Nancy Brown Butler earned a Bachelor of Arts from University of Maryland and a Master of Fine Arts from The George Washington University. Since retiring from a career in psychiatric and social service, Dr. Butler began studying art in several venues in the Washington, D.C. area, most recently at the Yellow Barn in Glen Echo, Maryland. There, she discovered oil painting en plein-air and specialized in landscapes. She has enjoyed painting the outdoors locally and in such places as France, the Cook Islands, New Mexico and California. Dr. Butler has participated in exhibitions at the Brookside Gardens, Kentlands Mansion and Yellow Barn.

Helen Gallagher has loved creating and observing art since childhood, and has always had a fascination with faces. As an occupational therapist by profession, she enjoyed the use of arts and crafts as healing tools for her patients. She maintained art as a hobby, taking drawing and painting classes when possible. When Ms. Gallagher retired from her career, she began taking classes at the Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo, MD, where she pursued her interest in portraits. Her initial goal was to paint portraits of all her grandchildren. When this was accomplished, she volunteered at the Armed Forces Retirement Home, where she created portraits of eleven residents. For this exhibit, Ms. Gallagher took a detour from portraits to foray into landscape painting.

Caroline Orrick grew up in Ohio, spent 11 years on the east coast, and 33 years in San Francisco, CA, where she currently lives. Prior to taking up painting, her creative efforts included community theater, music, circus and Halloween costumes sewn for her children. Despite her lack of formal art training, her degrees in Classical Archaeology from Wellesley College and Geology from UC Santa Cruz have aided in her ability to appreciate and see color, form and structure. She began oil painting in 2010 at the Yellow Barn Studio when she and her husband lived in Washington, DC. Despite the distance from her east coast pals, she continues to attend workshops and participate in shows with them as often as possible.

Ann Rossilli is a native Marylander residing in Bethesda. Early studies in art at the Corcoran School of Art led to an interest in product design, and Ms. Rossilli earned a degree in Industrial Design from the Philadelphia College of Art.  She served as a senior exhibition designer at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. After 30 years in the design field, Ms. Rossilli returned to the study of painting. She works in oil and in gouache and has exhibited in numerous local art shows and galleries. Ms. Rossilli has enjoyed painting en plein-air in various beautiful and intriguing landscapes and cityscapes in this region, on the west coast, and abroad in France, Italy and Spain. She maintains active memberships in Montgomery Art Association, Friends of the Yellow Barn, and the Garrett County Arts Council.

Penny Smith has always loved art, but began painting seriously in her early twenties. She minored art in college, but pursued a career in nursing, obtaining a master’s degree and working as a nurse practitioner in endocrinology at Georgetown University Hospital before her retirement in 2010. Since retiring, Ms. Smith has pursued her love of painting and taken many art classes attending art workshops locally and abroad. She has also been able to pursue her love of music and currently sings with The Georgetown Chorale and her church choir. Ms. Smith’s work has been featured in art exhibitions in Ithaca, NY; Virginia Beach, VA and Washington, DC, and she has had two solo exhibitions at Georgetown University Hospital.

Maureen Ward’s love of art started early. As a teen, she practiced precise pen and ink drawings of interesting people, as well as copies of Winslow Homer watercolors — all based on photos. She has taken many art classes, including private lessons with Otari Shuik as well as classes at the Yellow Barn Studio. She believes that her greatest progress occurs when she’s at her easel, brush in hand, stroking colorful oils on linen. Ms. Ward teaches iPad art at the Yellow Barn and elsewhere. Her work has been juried into many, including the Hill Center Galleries Open Regional Art Exhibits, the Glen Echo Park Faculty Invitational Exhibit, Glen Echo Park Popcorn Gallery, and the Yellow Barn Studio Drawing Exhibitions.

Gallery Hours:

  • Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm.

Gallery B is located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E, Bethesda, MD. For more information visit