Author: Marylou Bono

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…

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…