Artist’s Work on Display at Strathmore and Kentlands Mansion

Vian Shamounki Borchert’s “Light at the end of the Tunnel” is on display at the Strathmore Mansion from now until April 2.

Gaithersburg Arts Barn instructor and artist Vian Shamounki Borchert is one of the featured artists at the 20th annual Strathmore Artists Juried Exhibition at 10701 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda.

Her painting, “Light at the End of the Tunnel,” is on display with other paintings from now until April 2 at the Mansion at the Strathmore. An opening reception was held on March 17.

“I highly recommend viewing this beautiful art exhibition — it presents strong and very interesting juried works of art from local artists of our metropolitan area,” Borchert said.

Although she current resides in Germantown, Borchert grew up in the Gaithersburg and North Potomac area and attended Quince Orchard High School. She graduated with a BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C.

In her artist statement online she describes her artistic style:

“I am an expressionist artist with emphasis on the figure,” she writes. “I consider each of my paintings as a visual poem of love, a poem of hopelessness, a poem of melancholy — poems that depict and capture the expression and the mood of the figure.”

When she is not painting, she teaches three art classes (drawing, water color and acrylic painting) at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn in Kentlands.

If you can’t make Strathmore this month, you can also admire even more of her work at the Kentlands Mansion, which is currently displaying over a dozen of her paintings until March 27.

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