2021 Juried Exhibition


Hallway Pile (2021)

Alana Yap

8" x 10"

Oil on panel


Alana Yap is a contemporary painter with a focus in figurative exploration and landscape. Her paintings are born from a naturalist perspective with an emphasis on light and atmosphere.

"These interior landscapes are vignettes into my existence and hold a truth to my daily experience. Both serve to question the spaces we reside in and how those environments shape perspective and identity."


Beaded Dragon Wall (2020)

Ann Lesnik

3.5" X 3.5" X 5.25"

Glass beads, pewter findings, varnished paper & wood base


Ann Lesnik is settled in Maryland doing graphic design. After dabbling in every other type of creative medium, she has been most happy with creating beaded jewelry and sculptured objects. She can usually found in the subcultures of science fiction and fantasy shows where sharing off-world unique and exotic art is the norm.

"Growing up with an engineering dad who invented ways to make life more comfortable, efficient and sorted the house with precision provided a home of structure. In contrast my musical mom managed the household while teaching and accumulated messy piles of manuscripts and compositions. Within this environment I attempted to navigate this contradictory dissonance with an adaptive nature and ventured into various projects starting with commandeering the sewing machine to make all my clothes. This advanced into all manner of crafts, macramé, painting and sculptures. But one of the paths I've not mastered, the literary art of writing is a torment, it's one to avoid. Therefore these creations of substance become proxies of my words. I'll throw together a quick beaded necklace, fold an origami heart, or sew up a scarf, it's my excuse why letters haven't been sent, too busy making things. This has culminated into making the escape, my art, to organize the glass beads of colorful light. They are tiny and easily surrender to my imaginative whims. Art created from chaos is my purpose in life."


Impressions (2019)

Chris Combs

5" X 5" X 2"

Custom circuit boards, LEDs, computer, camera, PLA & hardware


Through handmade and custom-fabricated hardware, software, and enclosures, the electronic sculptures of Chris Combs respond to themes of surveillance, control, and algorithmic bias–and the viewer, using facial recognition and motion sensing. He works with a wide range of practices to create circuit boards, software, and enclosures for his sculptures, which both embrace and question technology.

"This interactive artwork shows a sparkling view of viewers' movement. Think of a typical computer screen… an orderly grid of rows and columns of pixels. What if you messed up the grid? How garbled could it get, and still be able to show a recognizable image? This piece’s screen is arranged with this method: 192 LED pixels, arranged at random, focused a little towards the center. It uses this screen to show you a sparkling interpretation of any movement observed in front of the device."


Patterned Planes (2015)

Diane Lorio

49" x 49"

Acrylic on canvas


Diane Lorio was born in New Jersey, and now lives in Rockville, MD. She received a BA in Art from Guilford college, Greensboro, NC. Her early artistic career started in Florida with her interest in abstraction. As she expanded her visual vocabulary she became interested in woman's issues and their traditional creative expression. Then she began reinterpreting this tradition and it naturally led her to the comprehensive meaning of what pattern implies. Lorio has shown in museums and art centers across the eastern part of the US as well as Michigan and Texas


"My paintings express the dynamism that exists in the spaces between everything. These spaces, according to modern theories of physics are filled with crucial interactions between the world’s smallest particles. Such spatial energy provides inspiration for my practice. I fill my work with intense patterns, dizzy with tightly packed movement, I imagine how particles moving through the air we breathe, water we drink and even on the ground which we stand intermingle with each other. We are also smaller parts of a larger world, derived from particles. The universe likewise is a macrocosm larger than our world. The work reveals in a unique expression of the common energy that flourishes among all particles without judgement. Vigorous color and pattern is a driving force for exploring the dynamic negative and positive space that even connects the viewer to the work."


Segment (2019)

George Lorio

25" X 26.5" X 7.5"

Sticks & branches on constructed armature


George Lorio was born in New Orleans and raised there through his teenage years; the city framed his vision of life.  To him it was, and continues to be, a place of extremes: beauty and decay, religion and ritual, custom and iconoclasm. From that experience he acquired an excitement for visual matters, colors, forms and even artifacts.  His family moved to Florida with his father’s job transfer in his late adolescence.  With that transition, Lorio's visual appetite expanded to the sensuous verdure of the semi-tropical landscape.  Natural motifs became more interesting to him. He made his art as he reflected on his experience using a metaphor of motifs derived from his surroundings.

"My sculptures subtly arouse concern with visual prods into contemporary issues. I use a narrative of social engagement to generate discussion with my constructions. Current images comment on ecological destruction and view of renewal. My sculptures contemplate nature’s provision of trees as they are the source for human shelter, oxygen, and avian refuge. Like human skin, bark conforms to a tree. Like skin, tree bark heals with scars. The end grain of logs notes the distortions in the growth rings resulting from injury-a callus. It is similar to the swelling around a cut in human flesh. The primary surface of the sculptures is fallen branches and twigs. They are fragments of trees and are ephemeral. Constructing a sculpture alluding to a living tree with these vestigial pieces, relics, is a form of incantation: a poetic activity. energy that flourishes among all particles without judgement. Vigorous color and pattern is a driving force for exploring the dynamic negative and positive space that even connects the viewer to the work."


Trophy (2017)

Holly Trout

2¾" x 2½" x 2"

Plastic animal legs mounted on wood


Holly Trout’s studio practice focuses on sculpture and drawing.  Her work has been exhibited at Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA), Stable Arts (Washington, DC), and Target Gallery (Alexandria, VA).  Holly attended an artist residency at Vermont Studio Center in 2018 and has been published in ArtMaze Magazine.  She received her MFA from American University (2018) and BA from Mount Holyoke College.


"I explore the ways in which cast off objects and materials can be transformed from their normal order into anomalous objects and systems. I attempt to understand the absurdity, alienation, and disorder I experience within the world. Works are created from a broad range of sources and materials: children’s toys and drawings, plants, anatomy texts, crafting materials and home repair supplies. I reflect upon the human mediation of nature, the blurred lines between what is real and fake, and the desire to find worth within a world of mass production. My work is playful, often with darker underpinnings."


Passageways (2020)

Kanchan Blase

12" X 12"

Acrylic on canvas


Kanchan Blase is a self taught artist living and working in Takoma Park, MD.


"My process of applying and removing multitudes of layers of paint and letting imagery emerge is my way of making sense of and communicating experiences, memories, and feelings. I am passionate about exploring familial relationships and mental health and aim to show my work in community spaces where it can spark conversation and connection."


Silver Spring (2019)

Linda Warschoff

31" X 35.5"

Sewn fabric


Linda Warschoff's gift of making was transmitted to her by her mother who taught her to sew and make all kinds of things as a young child. In her 30s, after a moving and painful experience, the idea popped into her head to put this experience into a quilt. She had no idea how to construct a quilt and took a studio class where she learned the basics of patchwork and applique. Warschoff is a member of the DC Modern Quilt Guild and the Hyattsville Fiber Arts Guild. Besides creating original improvisational quilts, she occasionally repairs vintage quilts. She retired from her day job in 2020. Working in her studio is a daily practice that makes her heart sing. You can follow her work on Instagram @oneofakindtextiles.

"I am a textile artist, working with many kinds of fabric and threads. I often up-cycle fabric, incorporating discarded clothing into quilts. I also block print with hand carved blocks made by Indian artisans and include these pieces into my work. All that is involved in the composition of a design is meaningful to me. I usually modify, expand, take detours and allow serendipity to happen as I work on a quilt or wall hanging."


Untitled 3: Distracted Landscape (2019)

Mark Armbruster

36" x 24"

Archival Pigment Print


Mark Armbruster received his B.F.A. in photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1992. From 1991 to 1993 he had the privilege to work as a studio assistant to New Orleans artist Dawn DeDeaux. He has held various positions in commercial photography doing studio, portrait and location photography for a variety of clients. He currently is Creative Director of Verizon’s Learning and Development organization where he continues to utilize photography and design skills managing a team of design and video professionals. He has shown his work in group shows and has been published in several print and digital magazines. Mark's current work is influenced and inspired by changes that are occurring in nature. Specifically in documenting or portraying the various visual effects humans have had on the landscape. His art is an effort to create a dialog about what is happening to our planet, and how our decisions and our lack of concern or power to affect change is effecting the environment we live in. The imagery used to communicate these issues is not immediately recognized or apparent in its approach. The point of the imagery is to create a visual interest and sanctuary to discover deeper meanings and purpose. To ponder our place in the world from a holistic and philosophical context.

"My process of applying and removing multitudes of layers of paint and letting imagery emerge is my way of making sense of and communicating experiences, memories, and feelings. I am passionate about exploring familial relationships and mental health and aim to show my work in community spaces where it can spark conversation and connection."


Drained (2020)

Megan Kunst

36" X 24"

Digital Illustration


Megan Kunst is a painter living in Southern Maryland  who enjoys referencing nature in her work. She earned her BFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

"Nature is central to my life. Hiking and being outside make me feel at ease and fulfilled. Because of this relationship with nature, some of my first artworks were detailed illustrations of the natural world. I still use this attention to nature in my work, but now I think about the contrast between my experience in nature and my life indoors. My work explores how people have separated from nature and anxieties caused by the world we’ve made to take its place."


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914 Silver Spring Ave

Suite 101

Silver Spring, MD 20910

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