Arts & Entertainment

Nights of Comedy and Magic

The Arts Barn will host magicians Mark Phillips, Bob Sheets, Barry Wood and Brian Curry as members of the Comedy and Magic Society. The Society returns for the summer 2013 season with magic and sleight of hand, combined with interactive theater for a different show each night.

This season’s periodic “Society Meetings” — each with a different agenda, often with guest artists — will be held on Friday evenings, July 5 and 26, Aug. 2 and 30, Sept. 27, and Saturday evening, July 27. Fall season dates are Oct. 30, Nov. 29 and Dec. 27. All performances begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for residents and $15 for nonresidents. The family-friendly shows are for for ages 10 and up. For information and tickets please call 301.258.6394, or purchase tickets online at For information and directions visit

Pastels, Glasswork and Acrylic Paintings

The city of Gaithersburg presents an exhibit featuring pastel paintings by the Maryland Pastel Society, glasswork by Tony Glander, and paintings by art instructor Vian Shamounki Borchert and her students at the Arts Barn Gallery now through July 28. Viewing hours are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.

The Maryland Pastel Society is a nonprofit organization devoted to the promotion and development of professional, original works of art in the medium of soft pastel and to the creative and technical advancement of its members. Signature members of the Society will exhibit paintings done primarily in soft pastel, a centuries-old fine art medium consisting of pure pigments bound in stick form and applied to a painting surface, usually sanded or other specialty papers.

Tony Glander’s glass art includes stained glass, fused glass, glass etching, and digital imagery for stained, fused or blown glass. He creates glass art commission work for homes, businesses and places of worship, and he travels around the country teaching glass art workshops. Glander is an “Artist in Residence” at the Arts Barn, where he teaches a variety of art glass workshops and classes. To view his glasswork, visit

Vian Shamounki Borchert’s expressionistic and abstracted art illustrates a poetic mood and a thoughtful journey in the world of painting. She currently teaches adult art classes in watercolor, acrylic and drawing at the Arts Barn. Her internationally acclaimed and award-winning contemporary art is on permanent collection at The National Gallery of Art in Amman, Jordan and The Jerusalem Fund Gallery in Washington, D.C., and her artwork has also been featured in numerous publications and media. For more about Borchert, visit

For more information please contact Andi Rosati at 301.258.6394, e-mail, or visit the Arts Barn online at

Art at the Mansion

The city of Gaithersburg presents an exhibit featuring watercolor paintings by the Washington Metropolitan Artists’ Society (WMAS) at Kentlands Mansion now through Aug. 2.

Founded in 1995, the WMAS is a dedicated group of like-minded painters working together to improve their artistic skills and promote the fine arts in the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Primarily watercolorists, members meet regularly to trade painterly ideas, learn new or classic techniques, plan shows and provide constructive critiques. Members of the WMAS exhibit together several times a year and often participate in exhibitions held by various local groups. WMAS artists have been awarded “Best in Show” or “First in Show,” as well as second and third place prizes, in exhibits held by organizations in Montgomery County. To view a sampling of their creative imagery, please visit

Viewing of the exhibit is by appointment only. Please call the Mansion at 301.258.6425 to schedule a visit.

For more information please contact Andi Rosati at 301.258.6394 or or visit Kentlands Mansion online at

Grandreaders at QO Library

Is your child (kindergaraten – second grade) struggling with reading? This summer, bring them to Quince Orchard Library on Tuesdays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., for the Grandreaders program. Grandreaders is a literacy program sponsored by Interages, a Montgomery County nonprofit organization that builds bridges between generations and cultures. Each child can bring a book from home, or pick a book from the library to practice reading with one of the Grandreaders.

The program runs through Aug. 14. Walk-ins are welcome; no registration is required. Call Quince Orchard Library at 240.777.0200 for more information.