Author: Marylou Bono

Dance Your Way Into 2020

What if there were a fun way to start off 2020 learning something active and new? No resolutions here, just an opportunity to energize your winter and pique your interest in the international dance, music and art showcased at the…

Arts Barn Welcomes New Resident Artist

Photo | Marylou Bono Jeanne Sullivan, new Arts Barn resident artist, shares her “School of Gifted Fish.”

When you think of the word collage, your mind may travel to school art classes or perhaps to Matisse’s Cut-Outs, likely the most well-known examples of the art created in the early ‘40s. Collage, from the French word meaning to…

Colored Pencils Create ‘Life in Color’

Photo | Marylou Bono (L to R, above) Juror Allen Bentley and Colored Pencil Society of America members Maryann DellaRocco, (below) Mary Ellen Geissenhainer, Betty Hafner and Deborah Maklowski shared their views on art at a Dec. 5 reception for “Life in Color” at the Arts Barn.

The Arts Barn is alive with color this holiday season as the Metro Washington Chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America presents its “Life in Color” show. Accompanying works are ceramics by Frederick potter Shari Jacobs and multimedia sculpture…

State Photography Associations Gather at Maryland Photography Alliance’s Annual Competition

Ansel Adams, photographer of the American West, once said, “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”  Photographs were made and are part of the third annual Maryland Photography Alliance (MPA) photo competition exhibit on display through Jan. 21, 2020…

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…