Author: Marylou Bono

Eye on Art: Concurrent Exhibits Offer Diverse Perspectives

Photo | Marylou Bono (Top, L to R) Patricia Stockman, Makuta Udah, (bottom, L to R) Cat Barnstone Szafran and Johan Lowie spoke at the reception for the Arts Barn’s new “Figuratively Speak- ing” exhibit. They are pictured in front of the late Myron Barnstone’s “Gemini.”

A twin bill of art was on tap recently with the opening receptions for “Figuratively Speaking” at the Arts Barn and the Olney Arts Association’s annual juried show at the Kentlands Mansion. These two decidedly different takes nevertheless represent the…

Kentlands Film Society Launches New Season

Image | Marylou Bono With the support of the Kentlands Community Foundation, the Kentlands Film Society has brought independent art films to northern Montgomery County for 14 years.

Fourteen years ago, before there was a movie theater in the community, the Kentlands Film Society was born out of ideas from a group of like-minded residents who enjoyed independent film and wanted to see it locally. With the support…

Kentlands Bridal Showcase Prepares Couples to Say ‘I Do’

Photo | Marylou Bono Andi Kenney of Tart & Craft was one of the vendors at this year’s Kentlands Mansion Bridal Showcase.

Last Sunday afternoon, I experienced my first bridal showcase featuring a mock wedding at the Kentlands Mansion. As I got closer to the entrance, there was a floral fragrance in the air. Little did I know that flowers are only…

Art Connections Abound in Gaithersburg with GFAA

Image | Allen Bentley “Alight” is a charcoal on paper by artist Allen Bentley.

Most are aware of the intensely diverse demographic that Gaithersburg boasts, but did you know that its artist population is just as varied and overflowing with opportunities for inspiring and jump-starting creativity? Nowhere is this more apparent than in the…

Poetry Is Thriving at DiVerse

Photo | Marylou Bono A great gathering of poets and fans kicked off the first 2019-2020 DiVerse Gaithersburg Poetry Reading & Open Mic on Sept. 8 at Quince Orchard Library.

Quince Orchard Library was alive with poetry the second Sunday in September as the DiVerse Gaithersburg Poetry Reading & Open Mic group began its third season. The creation of Quince Orchard Park resident Lucinda Marshall, DiVerse holds readings that feature…

Flowers Inspire Kentlands Photographer Roy Kelley

Photo | Roy Kelley Roy Kelley photographed this Dahlia, Best Bett, Mystic Spirit at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylva- nia, using a Canon PowerShot G11 camera.

You may have seen prolific floral photographer Roy Kelley and his wife, Dolores, on one of their flower walks around Kentlands. A former real estate broker originally from Portsmouth, Virginia, Kelley has enjoyed photography as a hobby since childhood. At…

Dig Dinosaurs at Dinosaur Park

Photo | Pam Schipper More than 300 people helped paleontologists and Dinosaur Park’s trained volunteers look for fossils at the park’s Aug. 3. open house.

Looking for a unique end-of-summer day trip? Look no further than Dinosaur Park, a site in Laurel under the Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission. They don’t have a T-rex, but one just as cool—Acrocanthosaurus, a close relative of…

Eye on Art: ‘New Perspectives’ in Pastels

Photo | Submitted “Urban Color” by Barb North is one of the works by Maryland Pastel Society members now on exhibit at the Kentlands Mansion.

When you think of pastel, your mind conjures up pale colors, lightness, softness—not always true from a medium that has been used since the Renaissance and does not rely on brushes for application. Pastels come in cylindrical sticks that have…

Abstract Lives at ‘Big, Bold & Beautiful’ at Bohrer Park

Photo | Marylou Bono (L to R) Carl Yonder, Irina Koren, Steve Grossman, Howard Clark, Stephen Dell’Aria, Sheryl Massaro and Tony Mel gather in front of Tony Mel’s “Breakfast with Duchamp” at the July 11 artists reception for “Big, Bold & Beautiful” at Bohrer Park.

Abstract art is a passion. It is occasionally underrepresented and shunned, but the grand pieces in the city’s “Big, Bold & Beautiful” show affirm that the genre is alive and well locally. Curated by Mary Weiss-Waldhorn, the exhibit features large…