November 2019 Exhibitions at Artists & Makers Studios

By Editorial Team on October 29, 2019
Nest by Barbara Bell. Courtesy of Artists & Makers Studios.
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Opening Reception: Friday, November 1 from 6pm to 9pm
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Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville hosts four artists with unique viewpoints in three galleries for the month of November. Barbara Bell and Loren Scherbak let us eavesdrop on the conversation between watercolors and wood-fired clay in Earth Works, Russell Palanzo shares energetic and colorful abstracts in Snapshot, and Barbara Quinn invites viewers to explore a whimsical travelogue in Land, Sky, and Sea. These exhibits will open for First Friday festivities on November 1st between 6pm and 9pm and will showcase artists open studios for browsing, along with musical entertainment. Free Drawing for a Holiday Cooking Gift Basket that includes Penzey’s Spices and other awesome treats on First Friday.

“Earth Works” – Barbara Bell and Loren Scherbak
“Earth Works” is an exhibition of watercolors by Barbara Bell and wood-fired ceramics by Loren Scherbak in which they share their deep connection to the natural world.

Barbara Bell’s watercolors attempt to capture elements of the natural world often overlooked by the casual observer, sometimes in remote places but more often in our own backyards, behind the fences, and on our neighborhood streets. They invite the viewer to explore the rhythms and cycles of nature, from balance and continuity to regeneration and renewal.

Loren Scherbak expresses her sensitivity to nature in her use of locally sourced materials. She incorporates, as does Bell, local flora, especially leaves of trees and native plants, to create forms, textures, and patterns that evoke her Mid-Atlantic natural environment. She uses the ash and flame marks that are byproducts from burning wood in a kiln to create her ceramic surfaces.

Working with similar subject matter and sharing a background in printmaking and a love for line and limited palettes, each steers her own course, refining her technique and finding new means of expression within her own medium. They hope that viewers will connect in a meaningful way with the earth around them.

“Snapshot” Russell Palanzo

Using expressive painting techniques such as pouring and spinning to apply the paint, Russell is able to capture the transformation of each of these colorful elements converging. The physicality involved using bold gestures and unconventional techniques allows him to intuitively connect with the painting.

His recent work focuses on life coming together to create our experiences for transformation. These collective events are etched in our mind, creating snapshots of where we’ve been and where we’re going.

“Land, Sky, and Sea” Barbara Quinn
These paintings originate from the beautiful places I’ve had the good fortune to visit. I’m inspired by light and shadow, shapes, contrast, and color. Most of these images incorporate paint with painted papers, for me, bringing a feeling of whimsy, dimension, and texture.

Visit A&M1 and enjoy the galleries, along with open studios, all of A&M’s artists, soothing Solo Acoustic Guitar with David Ziegele in the lounge, and folk band Blackwood & Brass with Scottish Smallpipe, Mandolin, and Percussion. Enjoy wine, soft drinks and light refreshments, art and music – all in one location.

These exhibits at A&M1 Parklawn open Friday, November 1st, and continue through Saturday, November 23rd, 2019.  Viewing hours are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Tuesday-Saturday, and Sundays/Mondays by chance or appointment.

***GALLERY TALK on November 19th, 7-9pm with Phil Hutinet – Editor, East City Art***

CONFLUENCE: Two Rivers One City is East City Art’s annual anthology of critical writing.  Part of the presentation includes a discussion on trends in regional visual art, critical arts writing and what East City Art has been covering over the past 12 months.

Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville, established in October 2014 by artist and arts community builder Judith HeartSong, is a 13,000 sq. ft. facility is home to 66 resident artists. Artists & Makers Studios 2 has left the former Wilkins location and will be moving to its new home in December of this year. A&M Studios is dedicated to providing a supportive and vibrant environment for artists to realize their creative goals – through studio practice, collaboration, education, opportunities, networking and connecting with the community beyond our doors.

Viewing Hours:

  • Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Sundays/Mondays by chance or appointment

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