Opening: Friday, June 14 from 6pm to 8pm
Triangle Art Studios, located at 7711 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesday, MD will be open extended hours on Friday, June 14, 6-8pm for a monthly opening reception. Special for the month of June, the studio artists, Jill Newman, Maruja Quezada, Barbara Siegel and Clare Winslow, will present art and interactive activities to commemorate the women’s suffrage movement in the exhibition entitled, Women Celebrating Women.
The art-focused celebration is a nod to the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Passed by congress in June 1919 and ratified in August 2020, the amendment granted women the right to vote. Activities during the open house include making statement sashes, registering to vote and contributing to a large mural that honors the movement and recognizes the current conversations surrounding voting rights. Participation in and work on the interactive mural will begin at 7pm.
Jill Newman (Unit C)
After several years working as a lawyer, Jill Newman retired her law books to focus on her artistic endeavors. In 2011 she discovered needle-felting and it quickly became her medium of choice. Her work has appeared in Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville, MD, the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA, and the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture in Glen Echo, MD. She was a member artist at the Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery in Alexandria, VA from 2015-2016 and in 2017 and 2018 attended the Celebration of Textiles at The George Washington University Textile Museum to lead a needle-felting demonstration. In addition to making art, Jill discovered a passion for teaching and created Zazzy Peacock Studios which
offers classes, parties and summer camps.
Maruja Quezada (Unit B)
Maruja Quezada is a painter who has fostered her profound love and appreciation for art since she was young. An admirer of realism in art as expressed by the Old Masters, she also has a fascination with the sensitivity of colors used by the impressionistic and modern artists. María paints landscapes, still lifes, portraits and figures. Her work has been featured in several group exhibits including at The National Arts Program in Baltimore, MD, Yellow Barn in Glen Echo, MD, VisArt Gallery in Rockville, MD and Art League Gallery in Alexandria, VA. Before focusing on art fulltime, María studied commercial art and worked in the business. She later went on to study at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, successfully completing the Art Certificate Program. She further honed her skills and continued her studies at the Art League in Alexandria, VA.
Barbara Siegel (Unit D)
Barb Siegel is an oil painter and illustrator. She is also a registered architect and award-winning artist in collections around the world and a Plexus Institute Catalyst. In addition to creating fine art, Barb is a graphic novelist and is anticipating the upcoming publication of her novel, “The Shattered Sky.” She also specializes in visual practice; the practice of drawing on large sheets of paper as a person follows an idea. As a past president of the Gifted and Talented/Learning Disabled (GTLD) Network, she developed a working knowledge of neuro-psychology and strategies for learning and thinking. Barb has experience designing and delivering workshops in creativity, graphic recording, and thinking skills for a variety of groups. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Architecture from the University of Maryland. After receiving her master’s degree, she studied sculpture with Bert Schmutzhart and F.L. Wall at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design and several years later studied printmaking at Montgomery College, Takoma Park.
Clare Winslow (Unit B)
A native of Washington, D.C. and third-generation artist, Clare Winslow focuses on printmaking, integrating a broad range of artistic interests including drawing, photography, digital imaging and painting. Clare’s work has been included in both group and solo shows in the United States and abroad. She is a former Denbo fellow at the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center and received an Artist and Scholars Grant from the Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Maryland in 2016. Clare’s work is united by the themes of connectivity, the decline of nature and the passage of time. She teaches printmaking at the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Hyattsville, MD and the Yellow Barn Studio, Glen Echo, MD. Clare holds a Bachelor of Arts in painting and a Master of Arts in teaching. Her training also included post-graduate studies at the Corcoran School of the
Arts and Design.
In addition to activities, visitors can also visit each artist’s studio to view their current works-in-progress and watch demonstrations. Jill, Maruja, Barbara and Clare will donate 25% of their proceeds from sales during the reception to non-profit organizations that support women including Emerge Maryland, Empowered Women International, the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County and Emily’s List.
For more information about the artists and Triangle Art Studios, visit www.bethesda.org.
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.
For a closer look, please visit www.bethesda.org.
Triangle Art Studios is located at 7711 Old Georgetown Rd, Bethesda, MD.