Author Archive for Ellyn Wexler

Composting Pilot: A Step Toward Zero-Waste

During a July 20 presentation at the Kentlands Clubhouse, Brian Flores described the “simple, clean, convenient and low-cost” pilot composting program his 6-year-old company, The Compost Crew, is offering to 14 Gaithersburg communities, including Kentlands, Lakelands, Washingtonian Woods and Quince…

Photographers Offer Glimpses of Unique Artistic Visions

Photo | Karen Cohen

Photographer Karen Cohen works “exclusively in color because it has the punch that I love and it is real life.” Her work is part of a current exhibit at the Arts Barn.

Six photographers share their artistic “Point of View” in the aptly-named exhibit that runs through Aug. 7 at the Arts Barn. Mary Weiss-Waldhorn, the City of Gaithersburg’s art curator, said that five “strong” artists—Karen Cohen, Shanelle Jacobs, Michael Kuchinsky, Thomas…

Role Model: Artist Helps ESOL Students Find Their Way

Photo | Mac Kennedy

Through art, Beatriz del Olmo-Fiddleman encourages and empowers immigrant students to share their stories.

This article was originally published by Beatriz del Olmo-Fiddleman sets an example for teenage immigrants struggling to adapt to their new lives and opportunities. Primary among the factors that make this possible is her intimate understanding of their experience;…

Nail-Tastic Opens on Main Street

Photo | Mac Kennedy

Thao Ngo’s Nail-Tastic is a new business on 
Main Street.

It took a surprising six months from the time Thao Ngo signed her lease right behind the Pavilion on the corner of Main Street. At long last, as of April 11, her sparkling new nail salon, Nail-Tastic, is open for…

VF Dance Theater Updates ‘Snow White’ for Arts Barn

Photo | Courtesy of VF Dance Theater

(L to R) Janet Palmer and Amanda Mendez rehearse their roles as narrator-storyteller-rappers in “Hip Hop Snow White,” opening at the Arts Barn May 5.

This article was originally published by Since early childhood, performing has been Veronika Farkas’ way of life. In her native Budapest, Hungary, the preschooler attended strict European-style voice, dance and acting classes. “I was roped into musical theater, but…

Saul Speaks at Kentlands Square Town Hall

B.F. Saul Company has big plans for the Kentlands, but don’t hold your breath until they materialize. The commercial areas on the north side of Kentlands Boulevard are properties owned by the Bethesda-based equity real estate investment trust that plans…