Author: Marylou Bono

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…

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…

The Soul of PEAS

Photo | Marylou Bono PEAS Director Nannette Horan leads a summer workshop.

I knew that PEAS was a happy place when I strode up the walk and was welcomed by its beaming director, Nannette Horan, surrounded by drying artwork, still life displays, ceramic pots and rows and rows of art materials. I…

Cool Off With the Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition

Deb Cohan’s “Clang, Clang, Clang”—on view through July 13 at BlackRock in Germantown—was inspired by a photo - graph taken while travelling in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo | Submitted

Watercolor painting is a distinctive medium, heavy on technique and unforgiving in nature, which produces lovely delicate color, form and shading as well as bold and rich expression and hue. Paint pigment is suspended in a water-soluble medium and typically…

For Vladimir Fridman, Music Parallels Life

Photo | Submitted Musician and teacher Vladimir Fridman poses with students at a June 8 recital held at the Quince Orchard Park Clubhouse.

Joy is what I hear and see surrounding the vivacious Vladimir Fridman who spreads this to students in his classical guitar classes at his home studio in Quince Orchard Park. This joy and love for music and his protégés was…

Juried Art Show at Kentlands Mansion Enthralls

Photo | Marylou Bono Bill Mapes’ “Joshua” is Best in Show at the Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association’s 33rd Juried Art Show, on display through July 7 at the Kentlands Mansion.

A warm spring evening brought out a crowd to view the Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association’s 33rd Juried Art Show at the Kentlands Mansion. Juror Jean Hirons, a celebrated pastelist, author of “Finding Your Style in Pastel” and instructor at Artists…

Out of Marge Wasson’s Lens Bloom Nature’s Components

Photo | Marylou Bono Fine Art photographer Marge Wasson focuses on the intimate relationships of parts in a whole. Her photos of flora and fauna were recently exhibited at the Kentlands Mansion.

The Kentlands Mansion recently presented The Kentlands Flower Show, a photography exhibit featuring the Composite Fine Art Photographers. The group took inspiration from events such as the Philadelphia Flower Show and highlighted the trio’s works with a decidedly individual spin…

Art Minus Color Reveals Deep Stories

Photo | Marylou Bono Poolesville artist James Vissari exhibits classic etchings of Georgetown scenes in the “Black and White” exhibit at the Arts Barn through May 12.

An unseasonably warm Sunday provided the backdrop for “Black and White,” an appealingly bold yet sophisticated Arts Barn gallery show exploring the monochromatic realm. The classic combination forces the eye to sharpen and focus on the beauty of light and…