Art at Penn Place

Art at Penn Place

Art Gallery at Penn Place Garrett Park MD. Art at Penn Place Gallery Co-chairs: Vickie Baily and Suzi Gifford Welcome! The historic town of Garrett Park is such a great place to live, and among its many charms is the Art at Penn Place Gallery, located on the second floor of the historic Penn Place building, also home to the Post Office and Black Market Bistro.

The purpose of the Gallery is to provide a vibrant venue in which local artists can display their work, and also to provide an enjoyable gallery experience for Garrett Park residents and visitors. Exhibitions in a variety of media rotate every month, artwork is original and available for purchase, exhibit receptions provide fun opportunities to mingle with the artists and your neighbors, and admission is free! Exhibition selection and scheduling preference is given to artists who are current and former residents of Garrett Park. However, our Annual Garrett Park Juried Invitational Show, held in April, is open to all artists, 18 and over, who live in Montgomery County, and we also offer an Annual Youth Show for local young artists. A committee appointed by the Mayor of Garrett Park is responsible for managing the Gallery. For information about scheduling a solo show, or submitting an entry for the annual Invitational and Youth Shows, please use the message link at the top of this page and one of our Co-Chairs will contact you as soon as possible. Members: Vickie Baily, Co-Chair Suzi Gifford, Co-Chair Lucila San Jose Martha Seigel Nancy Schwartz Carolyn Shawaker Tamara Trocki Bert Zbar

Operating as usual

[03/22/20]   Due to the ongoing concern for the safety of our artists and visitors, Penn Place Gallery will be closed until further notice. Unfortunately, we were unable to hang the Invitational Show this month but we have adjusted future exhibits and hope to reschedule the Invitational Show for June 14-July 11, 2020. We hope that by then the threat will have passed and we can welcome everyone back into the Gallery!

We would like to post the names of the artists chosen by our jury to participate in the Invitational Show. We look forward to seeing their amazing work in June!

Patricia Affens - Joan April - Ken Bachman - Jennifer Beaudet - Patti Connell - Elizabeth Dugan - Bernice B. Duvall - Karen Fricke - Rakefet Gilad - Juliya Ivanilova - Malathi Jayawickrama - Marta Legeckis - Kathryn Mohrman - Mary D. Ott - Judith D. Prevo - Jack Rosenberg - Vita Sims - Eleanor Tanno - John Weber - Diane Weiner - Andrew Wohl - Marcie Wolf-Hubbard - Douglas Wolters - Patricia Zannie

Congratulations, Artists!

[03/16/20]   The Gallery will be closed this week for annual maintenance and painting.

2020 Youth Art Workshop

Each year at the Youth Art Workshop, 20-25 kids in grades 1-12 learn about a new style of art and are given materials and freedom to express their ideas in that style. This year our young artists learned about the very creative world of Graffiti. We talked about the difference between art and vandalism, and the risks young artists take in order to express themselves on public property. We learned about tag names and how graffiti is used to describe an idea or moment in time, as well as to tell stories about people, politics, culture or social issues. The artists learned how to paint realistic brick walls on canvas, applied their designs with a variety of materials, and signed their completed walls with their unique ‘tag’ names. We found that in addition to being incredibly creative, our young artists are also very concerned about the environment, human kindness, and animal protection.

Their message is clear … please protect the Earth and leave us a place where we can live a healthy, happy life! Come see their art at the Gallery until March 14th and support these wonderful young artists!

Each year at the Youth Art Workshop, 20-25 kids in grades 1-12 learn about a new style of art and are given materials and freedom to express their ideas in that style. This year our young artists learned about the very creative world of Graffiti. We talked about the difference between art and vandalism, and the risks young artists take in order to express themselves on public property. We learned about tag names and how graffiti is used to describe an idea or moment in time, as well as to tell stories about people, politics, culture or social issues. The artists learned how to paint realistic brick walls on canvas, applied their designs with a variety of materials, and signed their completed walls with their unique ‘tag’ names. We found that in addition to being incredibly creative, our young artists are also very concerned about the environment, human kindness, and animal protection.

Their message is clear … please protect the Earth and leave us a place where we can live a healthy, happy life! Come see their art at the Gallery until March 14th and support these wonderful young artists!

Graffiti in Penn Place Gallery!

Nope, it’s not vandalism, it’s the annual Youth Art Workshop! This year, 22 young artists, ages 6-15, painted brick walls and learned about tag names, graffiti lettering, and how to write their own important messages to the community. So please come to the Gallery and see their unique art from February 16-March 14!

Penn Place Gallery is pleased to present Tammy Trocki’s photography exhibit, ‘My Maine Thing’, beginning Monday, January 20!

Tammy began photography in the days of film and the black and white darkroom, and now enjoys digital photography with a full-frame Canon camera and post-processing software, as well as the fun and spontaneous experience of taking pictures with her iPhone. Photography allows her to explore the visual world through her own unique interpretation. She believes that “taking a good picture still boils down to seeing/imagining a scene worth sharing, capturing it in beautiful light, and developing the shot to convey your vision.”

Tammy is a member of the North Bethesda Camera Club and recently exhibited her work at an exhibition of street portraits called, ‘Making a Statement’ at Galerie du Forez in Paris, France.

Please join us at Tammy’s Gallery reception on Sunday, January 26th from 3-5pm. Her photographs will be on exhibit until February 15th.

What a treat for the holidays! Penn Place Gallery is pleased to present the beautiful and very unique ‘history photographs’ of Coriolana Simon, from December 23 through January 18th. Coriolana’s photographs are contemporary interpretations of the realistic Dutch golden age paintings she has long admired. Studying the art and history of the classic Dutch painting tradition, she accurately recreates historic themes of Dutch culture and society using only objects that would have been appropriate in the 17th century, and through her photographs, brings the still lifes to life! Please join us for Coriolana’s Meet-the-Artist Gallery Reception on December 29th from 3-5 pm … everyone is welcome!

We are pleased to exhibit the calligraphy of Garrett Park artist Nahid Tootoonchi from November 25 – December 21. Nahid received her undergraduate degree in graphic design from Southampton College of Art in England, and her MFA in Communication Art from the Art Institute of Chicago. She has worked as a senior designer and art director for institutions such as Kaiser Permanente, National Geographic and the Nature Conservancy, and is currently a professor at Towson University. Nahid’s recent artwork and research focuses on Persian calligraphy. She has always been fascinated by the magical effect of pen and ink on paper and uses calligraphy to create abstract images to evoke emotions. Please stop by the Gallery to see Nahid’s unique art, and we hope you will join us at Nahid’s reception on December 1st from 3-5pm … everyone is welcome!

We are pleased to exhibit the paintings of Jeffrey Human from October 28 – November 23. Jeffrey describes his paintings as ‘mostly abstract or semi-abstract’. He finds that abstract art puts him in touch with his memories, dreams, fantasies and reflections, and his creations are often inspired by music. While unsure of the actual process, Jeffrey finds that listening to music as he paints transforms the melodies into visual representations that often surprise him. His technique? “Anything goes!” His paintings include acrylic, oil, collage, encaustic and even resin. He uses brushes, a palette knife, a roller, sandpaper, spray paint, and even his fingers. His work can be seen regularly at the Waverly Street Gallery in Bethesda. Please come meet Jeffrey at his reception at Penn Place Gallery on November 10th from 3-5pm … everyone is welcome!

Be sure to stop by the Gallery between now and October 26th to see the wonderful paintings of Dan Kessler! Dan's artistic roots began in Catholic grammar school, where nuns gave him holy cards - bright, ornate depictions of religious scenes which caught his eye and fired his imagination. Today, Kessler's distinctive renderings of a brightly colored red dog with an apple on its head (known as William Tell's dog), and of the 19th century Washington Homes are recognized worldwide. His portfolio includes five commissioned Presidential commemorative paintings of the White House, and a folk art rendition of the White House used by the President and the First Lady on their 1996 Christmas card!

You won’t want to miss this delightfully unique exhibit!

Be sure to stop by Penn Place Gallery to get a sneak preview of the nine artists showing their work in Series 15! Each artist is exhibiting one piece of work through September 28 to give you peek at what is to come! The Series 15 artists include: Dan Kessler, Jeffrey Human, Nahid Tootoonchi, Coriolana Simon, Tammy Trocki, Jane Salomon, Caroline Turner, Donna Jacobs, and Diane Rudzinski. Photo: 'Kitty's Keds' by Tammy Trocki

[08/27/19]   Everyone enjoyed Vicky's reception at the Gallery on Sunday ... and the cupcakes were amazing! If you haven't had an opportunity to visit Vicky's show, please stop by between now and September 14 to see her beautiful watercolors!

Penn Place Gallery is pleased to present the work of our 2018 Invitational Winner, Vicky Surles ...

Working mainly in watercolor and color pencil, Vicky’s figurative drawings and portraits, still life and landscapes are inspired by nature, as she strives to capture and explore the structure and intricate details of life around her. You may have seen her work at local venues such as the Kensington Labor Day Shows, the Strathmore Artists Juried Exhibitions, the University of Maryland, the Silver Spring Civic Building, the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery, the City of Gaithersburg Arts Barn Gallery, and our own Penn Place Gallery. Her award-winning artwork is in many private collections, as well as the United States Department of State’s Art in Embassies Program. Her drawings have appeared in magazines, posters and in a book about the Caribbean. Vicky is a member of Gallery 209 and the Baltimore Watercolor Society, and serves as Publicity Chair of the Montgomery Art Association.

Please join us at Vicky’s Meet-the-Artist Reception on August 25, from 3-5. Her work will be on exhibit in the Gallery from August 19-September 14.

Beginning Monday, July 22nd, Penn Place Gallery is pleased to present the work of Garrett Park artist Ann Gordon. Ann sees the world as a canvas … her paintings are a journal of places she has been, and of stories created there.

Ann has been a working artist in Montgomery County for 40 years, beginning as an Adult Education teacher. In 1985 she went to work as an Arts/Specialist for the US Army, working at Arlington Hall, Ft. McNair, Ft. Meyer, and Walter Reed. Now retired, Ann enjoys guiding tours for children and adults at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Ann’s work will be on display at the Gallery from July 22 through August 17, and we hope to see you at her reception on Sunday, July 28, from 2-5pm!

Penn Place Gallery is pleased to present the very unique paintings of Glen Kessler, Founder and Director of The Compass Atelier, a popular art school in Rockville, MD.

Glen is fascinated by the computer’s unopposed march into every facet of contemporary life. Since 2012, Glen has explored this changing landscape through images that initially appear to be atmospheric urban and industrial scenes, but are, in truth, manipulated views of computer circuit boards. These ‘CircuitScapes’ illuminate the microcosmic world inside of our computers under lighting conditions and from angles that make them appear inviting, and uncannily familiar. They are landscapes both glorious and ominous, filled with uncertainty about a future where computers reshape our world literally and figuratively. This is an exhibit everyone needs to see … Glen’s ideas are fresh and his painting skillfully captures an unchartered future in which computers will continue to infiltrate our world.

Glen’s work will be exhibited from June 24-July 20, and we hope you will join us at his Meet-the-Artist reception on Sunday, June 30th from 3-5pm.

If you haven't yet stopped by to see Robert LeMar's amazing paintings at Penn Place Gallery, you're in luck! Robert's exhibit has been extended through Saturday, June 22nd!

From May 20 through June 15, Penn Place Gallery is pleased to present the paintings of Garrett Park artist Robert LeMar. Within this exhibit, titled 'Working the Line', Robert blends abstract elements with realism, breaking images into angles and line while preserving his subtle use of light, color and shape. Stop by to see these unique paintings, and join us at Robert's reception on Sunday, June 2nd from 3-5pm!

[04/22/19]   Look who made an appearance at the Black Market Tea and Easter Egg Hunt! The children had a wonderful time!

Beginning Sunday, April 21st, we are very pleased to present the work of Garrett Park artist Farhad Heidarian. Farhad describes his creations as ‘artistic experiments’ in which he investigates the constant energy in rejuvenation of forms, colors, shapes and lines. His works embrace ‘emptiness with potential’… action instantaneously engaging other opportunities to come into existence. The vibrant colors and shapes in his works capture the movement from unknown to unknown … the mystery of life.
Farhad’s art will be exhibited at Penn Place Gallery from April 21 through May 18, and everyone is invited to his ‘Meet-the-Artist’ Reception on May 5, from 3-5pm. Please join us!

Fun Easter Tea at Black Market and Easter Egg Hunt in Vickie's garden/labyrinth!

[03/26/19]   Artists, family, friends and even a few art-loving dogs crowded into the Gallery on Sunday for the 2019 Invitational reception. It was certainly a packed house, but everyone had a great time and enjoyed the delicious gourmet pizzas and antipasto prepared by Black Market Bistro! It was a fun afternoon and we thank everyone who came out to support our Gallery and artists! (Photos by Vickie and Martin Baily)

2019 Invitational Exhibit

The 7th Annual Invitational Show was a great success! CONGRATULATIONS to artist Diane Rudzinski for winning Best-in-Show with her piece titled, ‘Diamond Denizens’! Congratulations also to Malathi Jayawickrama for placing Second with ‘Night Lilies’, to Jennifer Beaudet for placing Third with ‘Mountain Drive’, and to Marta Legeckis for taking Honorable Mention for her watercolor, ‘Gothic Reds’. It was an enthusiastic and happy crowd at the reception on Sunday ... Vickie and I only wish we could have displayed more of the 80 creative entries we received! We are in awe of the incredible talent of our local artists and look forward to showing as much of their work as possible at Penn Place Gallery! Here are photos of the finalists and award winners … more photos of the reception to follow!

The 7th Annual Invitational Show was a great success! CONGRATULATIONS to artist Diane Rudzinski for winning Best-in-Show with her piece titled, ‘Diamond Denizens’! Congratulations also to Malathi Jayawickrama for placing Second with ‘Night Lilies’, to Jennifer Beaudet for placing Third with ‘Mountain Drive’, and to Marta Legeckis for taking Honorable Mention for her watercolor, ‘Gothic Reds’. It was an enthusiastic and happy crowd at the reception on Sunday ... Vickie and I only wish we could have displayed more of the 80 creative entries we received! We are in awe of the incredible talent of our local artists and look forward to showing as much of their work as possible at Penn Place Gallery! Here are photos of the finalists and award winners … more photos of the reception to follow!

Join us Sunday the 24th from 3-5 pm as we celebrate the finalists in our 2019 Invitational Show and announce our Best-in-Show, second- and third-place winners!

[03/06/19]   Despite the terrible weather many people joined us for Doug Mader’s Opening Reception and House Tour on Sunday! It was a fun and very unique reception which included a tour of a house Doug recently remodeled. After viewing the detailed plans, guests were invited to experience the architectural work in person by simply jumping under their umbrellas and crossing the street!
This is the best house in Garrett Park for viewing the train! The engine appears in the kitchen window, then flashes past the back door, appears in the dining room windows, until you are suddenly surrounded as the train becomes visible from the panoramic windows across the whole front of the addition. Due to the double-hung windows, and great insulation, the sound does not match the sight!

[02/27/19]   We are pleased to announce a retrospective exhibit of work by Garrett Park architect Doug Mader at the Gallery from February 27th to March 23rd. His show, titled “The Process of Architectural Design’, is a unique exhibit that illustrates the process of architectural design, from original drawings and color renderings to demolition plans, water control plans, elevation drafts, historic property restrictions, town and county zoning and building codes, and much more, before the finished house appears! Doug grew up in Garrett Park and attributes his passion for designing residences to the wide variety of homes in this unique neighborhood! Highlighted in his presentation is the Garrett Park property, renovated by Doug, directly across the street from the Gallery, which the new owners will graciously open for viewing during Doug’s reception on Sunday, March 3rd, from 3-5pm! We hope you’ll come by to see this interesting exhibit and join us this Sunday for Doug’s reception and house tour!

2019 Youth Art Workshhop

Modern Art Puzzle Pieces! The 21 young artists, ages 6-15, worked so hard this year creating Modern Art puzzle paintings filled with color and imagination! They were so proud of their work at the Gallery reception and had fun pointing out the individual squares they had painted to their parents and friends … stop by and see them in the Gallery through February 23rd!

Modern Art Puzzle Pieces! The 21 young artists, ages 6-15, worked so hard this year creating Modern Art puzzle paintings filled with color and imagination! They were so proud of their work at the Gallery reception and had fun pointing out the individual squares they had painted to their parents and friends … stop by and see them in the Gallery through February 23rd!

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