Category: Eye on Art

The Vibrant World of Silk Painting

Image | Phyllis Gordon Artist Phyllis Gordon used silk as her canvas to create “The Layers Beneath.”

Using silk as your canvas is a sophisticated and intricate artistry that produces distinctive results. Gaithersburg Artist Collective member Phyllis Gordon has perfected the technique and shared her experience with the process that achieves the fluid beauty of her scarves,…

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…

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…

Emerging Artists Let It Flow

Photo | Marylou Bono “Emerging Artists,” on exhibit through April 22 at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park, features the work of 36 artists, many of whom spoke at the artists reception on March 28.

Art’s beauty, diversity and universal language is on display in “Emerging Artists,” the city’s current show in the Activity Center at Bohrer Park featuring work in a variety of media by up-and-coming artists. Last Thursday’s reception featured a record turnout…