Chesapeake Framing Company welcomes the "Chroma Connections" group exhibit, featuring the artwork of Jennifer Kahn Barlow, Jennifer Lynn Beaudet, Jennifer Dreyfus, Martina Sestakova, Lian Sever, and Pritha Srinivasan. 10507 Metropolitan Ave, Kensington, MD 20895. Can't make it in person? Check out (and shop) our artworks HERE.
THANKS 😍 Our group appreciates everyone who stopped by our reception on October 8 at @chesapeakeframing ❤️ Art conversations warm up one’s heart!
CHROMA CONNECTIONS: Chesapeake Framing Company is hosting a great selection of works by 6 local artists: Jennifer Kahn Barlow, Jennifer Lynn Beaudet, Jennifer Dreyfus, Lian Sever, Pritha Srinivasan, and me! You will learn about our connections and love of colors. 10507 Metropolitan Ave, Kensington, MD 20895 Shop opening hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm @chesapeakeframing
CHROMA CONNECTIONS RECEPTION IS ON OCTOBER 8 * Chesapeake Framing Company welcomes the "Chroma Connections" group exhibit, featuring the artwork of Jennifer Kahn Barlow, Jennifer Lynn Beaudet, Jennifer Dreyfus, Martina Sestakova, Lian Sever, and Pritha Srinivasan. 10507 Metropolitan Ave, Kensington, MD 20895. Artist reception is on October 8 (3-5pm). Light refreshments served. Can't wait to see you!
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Oct 2023: Chroma Connections Group Show * Chesapeake Framing Co, Kensington, MD
Oct 21-22: Ch/Art Art Walk * Chevy Chase, MD
Dec 2-3: Juried Art and Craft Fair * Greenbelt, MD
Ongoing: Sculpted Paintings Showcase * Olive & Loom, Kensington, MD
Ongoing: Abstract on Yupo Showcase * Cosmetic Workshop, Kensington, MD
Past Exhibitions & Events
Nov 4-5: Autumn Art Show * Private Home in Bethesda, MD
Nov 9-11: Strathmore Museum Holiday Market * Rockville, MD
Oct 21-22: Ch/Art Art Walk * Chevy Chase, MD
Sep 30: Tenleytown Main Street Art All Night * Washington, DC
Sept 2-3: Montgomery Art Association Paint the Town Show * Kensington, MD
Sep 10: Takoma Park Folk Festival * Takoma Park, MD
In-person: 10x10" Art Showcase, Knollwood Retirement, Washington, DC Mar 2023
In-person: Celebrating Life's Beauty Solo Chesapeake Framing, Kensington, MD Mar 2023
In-person: Group Show at OASIS Montgomery Art Association, Rockville, MD Jan-Apr 2023
In-person: "Joyful Life" Brookland Busboys & Poets, Washington, DC Nov 2022-Mar 2023
In-person: "Peaceful Places" Capitol Hill Art League, Washington, DC Aug 2022-Jan 2023
In-person: "It's the Little Things" Girls Who Paint, Kensington, MD Dec 2022-Jan 2023
In-person: "Relief from the Heat" WWCA, Gaithersburg, MD Aug 2022-Jan 2023
In-person: "Life's Beauty" The Muse, Frederick, MD Nov-Dec 2022
In-person: "Celebrating Color and Light" MAA, Rockville, MD Nov-Dec 2022
In-person: "Through Mary Oliver's Eyes" Little Gallery, Washington, DC Nov 2022
In-person: "Fauna and Flora" Washington Water Color Assc, Wheaton, MD Aug-Sep 2022
Online: "The Many Altars" Watercolor DC, Sept 2022
Online: "Pink and Red" Montgomery Art Association, Sep 2022
In-person: "Paint the Town Labor Day Show" MAA, Kensington, MD, Sep 2022
Online: "Stillness" Montgomery Art Association, June 2022
In-person: "All Abstracts" Montgomery Art Association, May/Jun 2022
Online: "Action" Montgomery Art Association, May 2022
In-person: "Transitions" Washington Water Color Association, Kensington, MD Apr 2022
Online: "Self-portrait" Montgomery Art Association, Apr 2022
In-person: "The Nature of Art" MAA at Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD, Mar-Apr 2022
In-person: "Woman's Club 46th Annual Community Art Show" Chevy Chase, MD Apr 2022
In-person: "Visual Insights into Life" Chesapeake Framing, Kensington, MD Mar 2022
In-person: "MAA at OASIS Art Gallery" Bethesda, MD, Jan-Apr 2022
In-person: "Seasonal Inspirations" MAA at Windridge, Darnestown, MD, Jan-Apr 2022
Online: "SheDC" Shop Made in DC, Mar 2022
Online: "Clash" Montgomery Art Association, Mar 2022
In-person: "Beauty is Everywhere" Capitol Hill Art League, Apr 2021-Mar 2022
In-person: "Renew, Refresh, Revitalize" Capitol Hill Art League, Apr 2021-Apr 2022
In-person: "Abstracts" Arlington Dermatology, Arlington, VA Jun 2021-Mar 2022
In-person: "Ode to Joy" MAA at Kensington Park Library, Kensington, MD, Feb 2022
Online: "BEST in Show" Emerge Gallery, Artsy, Jan-Mar 2022
In-person: "Faculty Show" VisArts, Rockville, MD, Jan-Feb 2022
Online: "Tiny Art Show" Shop53 Tattoo Studio, Dec 2021
In-Person: "Solo Show" Kensington Park Library, Kensington, MD, Dec 2021
Online: "PETIT" Emerge Gallery, Artsy, Nov-Dec 2021
In-person: "Cultivating Joy" Nishan Halim DMD Dentistry, Jul-Dec 2021
Online: "Artist's Sunday" World Wide Web, Nov 28, 2021
In-person: "10x10" Show & Sale" MAA at Goldman Gallery, Oct-Nov 2021
In-Person: "Solo Show" Davis Library, Bethesda, MD, Oct 2021
In-person: Solo Show Plaza Art Bethesda, Jul-Aug 2021
Online: "Creative Expressions" Montgomery Art Association, Jun-Jul 2021
Online: "Our Stories, Our Journeys" Montgomery Art Association, Apr-Jun 2021
Online: "Out of Order" Maryland Art Place, May 2021
Online: "Fotographia" Emerge Gallery on Artsy, Apr-May 2021
Online: "SHE DC" Shop Made in DC, Mar-Apr 2021
Online: "Light & Hope" Montgomery Art Association, Feb-Apr 2021
Online: "12th Annual Abstracts Art Exhibition" Light Space & Time Gallery, Mar 2021
Online: "Virtual Exhibition" Hill Center Galleries & Capitol Hill Art League, Jan-Mar 2021
Online: "Faculty Show" VisArts, Jan-Feb 2021
In-person: "Symbolism" Frame of Mine Gallery, Washington, DC Dec-Jan 2021
Online: "Abstracts" Montgomery Art Association, Nov-Dec 2020
Online: "Portraits" Montgomery Art Association, Oct-Nov 2020
Online: "Self-Portrait" Ruby Projects, Fairfax, VA Nov-Dec 2020
Online: "Latela Curatorial x Artsy: Women in the Arts Online Exhibition", Oct-Dec 2020
Online: "Creative Distance" Shop Made in DC, Oct-Nov 2020
Online: "Life's Simple Pleasures" Washington Water Color Association, Sep-Oct 2020
Online: "Urban Landscapes" Montgomery Art Association, Aug-Sep 2020
Online: "Orange Juiced" Emerge Gallery on Artsy, Sep-Nov 2020
In-person: "Making New Connections" Frame of Mine Gallery, Washington, DC Sep 2020
Online: "Art All Night" Tenleytown Main Street, Sep 2020
Online: "Natural Landscapes" Montgomery Art Association, Jul-Aug 2020
Online: "Isolation" Emerge Gallery on Artsy, Aug-Sep 2020
"Carte Blanche" Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington, MD, Jul-Aug 2020
"Selected Artworks of Kensington" Kensington Town Hall, Kensington, MD, 2019/2020
Online: "20th Anniversary" Artomatic, Jul-Aug 2020
Online: "Creative Expressions" Montgomery Art Association, Jun-Jul 2020
"Art from the Heart" Art Watch DC, Bethesda, MD, Jul 2020
Online: "Our Stories" Montgomery Art Association, May-Jun 2020
Online: "Mother May I" Art Works Gallery Richmond, May-Jun 2020
"World Central Kitchen Fundraiser" Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington, MD, Jun 2020
Online: "Art at a Distance" Art Works Gallery Richmond, Apr-May 2020
Online: "Colorful Explorations" Montgomery Art Association, Apr 2020
Online: "Oasis Art Show" Montgomery Art Association, Apr 2020
Online: "Art & Poetry" Kensington Park Library, Kensington, MD, Apr 2020
"Solo Show" Davis Library, Bethesda, MD, Mar 2020
"Colorful Explorations" Glenview Mansion, Rockville, MD, Mar 1-27 2020
"Montgomery Art Association Show" Oasis Art Gallery, Bethesda, MD, Jan 13-Apr 10 2020
"Solo Show" Java Nation, Kensington, MD, Feb/Mar 2020
"Solo Show" Simon Says Yoga Studio, Bethesda, MD, Feb 2020
"2020 Faculty Show" VisArts, Rockville, MD, Jan 10-Feb 9 2020
"True Blue Bliss" Meeting House Gallery, Columbia, MD, Nov 2019-Jan 11 2020
"Sounds of Winter" Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington, MD, Dec 2019
"Paint the Town Labor Day Show" Kensington Armory, Kensington, MD, 2019
"Charmed, I'm Sure" Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington, MD, 2019
"Seasonal Visions" Montgomery Art Association at Artists & Makers, Rockville, MD, 2019
"Spring/Summer 2019 Exhibition" Oasis Art Gallery, Bethesda, MD, 2019
“It's a Wonderful World” Friendship Heights Center, Chevy Chase, MD, 2019
"Visual Insights into Life's Beauty" (solo) Plaza Artist, Bethesda, MD, 2018-2019
“Creative Expressions” Friendship Heights Center, Chevy Chase, MD, 2019
"Into the World" The Daily Dish Restaurant, Silver Spring, MD, 2019
"Montgomery Art Association Show" Oasis Art Gallery, Bethesda, MD, 2019
“One House by Art Watch DC" BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD, 2018
“Ebb & Flow” 505 North Gallery & Studio, Frederick, MD, 2018
“Rust Is An Artist” (solo) The Muse, Frederick, MD, 2018
“1460 Wallmountables” DC Art Center, Washington, DC, 2017
It's time to play! Enjoy my no-experience-needed art classes in private settings in the DMV area. Let me introduce you to unique techniques and support your creative spirit.
Private in-person art sessions for your friends and colleagues are available in the DMV area. It's all about relaxation into the colorful world of creativity. Create, laugh, and enjoy each other's company.
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ZOOM Oct 19 * 6pm: Abstract Self-portrait (Smith Center for Healing and the Arts)
IN-PERSON Oct 26 * 6:30pm: Visualizing Home: Meditation & Collage (Girls Who Paint)
ZOOM Nov 16, 2022 * 7pm: Vincent van Gogh's Irises in Watercolors
ZOOM Dec 7, 2022 * 7pm: Henri Matisse's Window in Watercolors
ZOOM Jan 25, 2023 * 7pm: Watercolor Painting: Claude Monet’s Water Lilies
IN-PERSON Jan 27 * 6pm: Floral Design & Painting Workshop
ZOOM Feb 1 * 7pm: Watercolor Painting: William Turner's Storms
ZOOM Feb 23 * 6pm: Visualizing Home (Meditation & Collage)
ZOOM Mar 15 * 7pm: Watercolor Painting: Georgia O'Keeffe's Poppies
IN-PERSON Mar 25 * 2pm: Floral Design & Painting Workshop
I am excited to be featured by Bold Journey in "Meet Martina Sestakova". I hope you check out the interview at https://boldjourney.com/news/meet-martina-sestakova/
This painting - "Seen for All that I Am" - has a special place in my heart. @mseum.space commissioned me to create this acrylic ink on Yupo artwork for their space in New York state. As you know, I love words and the title of this artwork is a line out of "No Filter" - a set of essays by @paulinaporizkov. I enjoyed reading the book and connected with many of the sentiments and experiences. Follow @mseum.space for exciting opportunities for female artists!
Hooray! Slow Down Market in Dupont Circle is now featuring my original abstracts on Yupo. Niko, the owner of this local store, kindly opened his space to my colorful artworks (1710 Connecticut Ave NW). Stop by on May 18 (5-8pm) for Dupont's Third Thursday Gallery Walk. I will be there!
Two of my paintings on Yupo are included in a curated showcase at the Carnegie Discovery Center in Gaithersburg, MD, via my membership in the Montgomery Art Association. The exhibition is on through end of July 2023. Stop by!
In my April newsletter, I mentioned modeling for Bethesda-based artist Teresa Jade Jarzynski's painting and shared my BLOG about the experience. Here is the final version and I love it! My "Hearts Full of Love" scarf is making an appearance, too!
It all always works out. Teresa asked me about 4 or 5 years ago if I would be a model for a painting and here we go! And dare I say: we both needed this time together.
Teresa Jade Jarzynski is a visual artist who works in oils and watercolors and captures the beauty of daily life. Based in Bethesda, MD, she works and creates about a 10-minute drive from my home studio. A conversation several years ago led to recent quick text messages and over the course of three sessions, Teresa started to create a stunning 30x24" oil painting. I am humbled to be the subject of it and am excited to share the work in progress with you.
So, why does it all work out? They say timing is everything and in our case, Teresa and I came to spending quality (and oh so lovely) time in her studio. When I first sat down, Teresa was all bubbly with energy and joy. She casually mentioned that her word of the year (a choice she makes as a ritual to reaffirm her life experience) is 'auspicious'. Well, mine is 'home'. Don't these work just perfect together?
Parallels in our life journey facilitated a delightful experience for both of us. We started with a sketch: Teresa brainstormed composition, the goal of her own creative experience, and how to proceed next.
Why did we both need this time together? To tell the truth, I just needed to sit. For long stretches of time. To be. To feel home (in her studio) and in my own mind and body. I do a bit of rushing and organizing and sitting down was essential to pondering the next steps in my life and creative practice. Teresa, on the other hand (as it seems to me), needed a fresh new experience: exploration, stepping outside of her comfort, looser brush strokes to capture this opening up. And painting big and no holding back!
We mixed lively conversations with long periods of quiet time. Dynamic brush strokes on the canvas and music comingled in the background of the cozy studio.
We are both thinking about how we want to live and create. We also connected over our experience of the DMV art world and as women artists. I rested in my chair while Teresa whispered to herself about the piece of art taking shape in front of her. It was an honor to witness the process: her coming creatively alive in her studio.
We chatted about books, films, friendships, living where we live, family histories. I find that time in an art studio is just good for the soul. Scroll below for photos of Teresa in action.
The notions of 'auspicious' and 'home' are coming together in this vivid painting. The collaboration of two female artists may have taken place during chilly weather outside but has brought much warmth on the inside. I say, how fortunate!
But stick around: this is indeed a work in progress and Teresa and I will be sharing the final artwork at a later date!
To learn more about Teresa's art, check out the resources below. Teresa lives in Bethesda, MD, and may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition to original artworks, prints and commissions are available. Thanks for your support of DMV-based female artists!
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3D Floral Collage
Do you enjoy flowers and their blooms? Are you intrigued by watercolor? Join Martina Sestakova, art educator, for a workshop, during which you will create a colorful 3D flower collage in watercolors. We will tear out shapes, assemble our flowers, and paint them in a variety of bright colors. No experience is necessary as you learn the basics behind watercolors and create a unique floral composition.
Many artworks have been created about the self. In this workshop, join art educator Martina Sestakova, in a visual exploration of your senses and what makes you a unique self. We will take a look at the works of artists such as Sonia Delaunay, Paul Klee, and Karel Appel, while we write, share, and work in watercolors. We will study up on abstract art and create a cool self-portrait.
Abstract Art Inspired by Poetry
Enjoy a workshop of poetry reading and abstract painting with art educator Martina Sestakova. We will refer to poems and songs for inspiration for intuitive visual explorations. May words be interpreted through colors, shapes, and textures? Join in and see! You will explore the exciting interaction of words and watercolors in abstract compositions.
Intrigued with abstract art? Drawn to watercolor? Join art educator Martina Sestakova for a workshop, during which you get to create a unique collage. We will learn about basic watercolor techniques and explore ideas behind colors, shapes, and textures. Then, we will create a deeply meaningful collage through a fun creative process.
Patterns and Mark Making
Interested with patterns? Drawn to watercolor? Join art educator Martina Sestakova for a workshop, during which you create a series of abstract patterns inspired by the artworks of Dorothy Liebes (textiles) and Alma Thomas (painting). We will play in colors, shapes, and textures and delve into basic watercolor techniques.
Mini Floral Paintings
Did you know flowers are the most popular theme in art? Join art educator Martina Sestakova for a workshop, during which we take a look at famous fabric patterns and create a series of our own small floral paintings in watercolors. We will play with colors, shapes, and textures and delve into basic watercolor techniques. Supplies: watercolors on paper.
Abstract Art Inspired by Music
Enjoy a relaxing workshop of listening to music and painting with art educator Martina Sestakova. Let’s pause to the music by Mozart, Louis Armstrong, Edith Piaf, and others and use their musical creations for our own intuitive visual explorations. May music’s healing aspects be interpreted as colors, shapes, and energy? Join in and see! You will appreciate the exciting interaction of tunes and watercolors in abstract compositions.
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Stunning sculptures by Lisa Battle and vibrant abstracts by Suzanne Goldberg are highlighted at Studio Gallery in Washington, DC, March 29 through April 22, 2023. I am honored to curate these two exhibitions. What a lovely experience working with these artists and exploring ways to best showcase their artworks in the Lower Gallery at 2108 R St. NW in Washington, DC.
Lisa Battle presents a collection of sculptures in her Portals & Passages show. Lisa shares, "When referenced in myth and fantasy, a portal is often a gateway through which the viewer journeys from one world into another. This exhibition explores ideas around the permeable boundaries between seasons of our lives." Lisa and I arranged her sculptures in the show room to communicate relationships: colors, textures, shapes. I hope you pause in the space and enjoy the organic and geometric visuals Lisa has created. Check out a reel about the installation here.
Suzanne Goldberg is calling her show "Abstract Landscapes" and invites you to enjoy her painting inspired by Richard Diebenkorn’s landscapes. Suzanne explored colors and flattened area. Pause in front of each piece and let these vibrant studies invite you in. Suzanne and I displayed her painting in groupings highlighting how they relate in colors and some of the shapes Suzanne utilized to communicate landscapes. Check out a reel about the installation here.
Studio Gallery * 2108 R St. NW, Washington, DC 20008
Wed, Th, and Fr - 1pm-6pm * Sat - 11am-6pm
Interested in working with me? I would love to learn about you and your art and assist in curating your upcoming art exhibition. Contact me for details.
And how wonderful that the show got reviewed by Mark Jenkins in the Washington Post. Read the review HERE.
Yes, I am standing on a foot stool for everyone to see my painting instruction FLOWERS all around and ART! And… wine and laughter What could be better on a Saturday afternoon? Such a fun time yesterday with Tonya from @wildingflowersco in the Kentlands: we created an exquisite arrangement with fresh, bold-colored flowers followed by a painting workshop. We learned about basic watercolor techniques and painted from the still life we have created. A little wine added to the festive yet relaxed mood!
I am grateful to Olive & Loom - a delightful gift shop in Kensington, MD - for inviting me to showcase my art in their store! Yay! Stop by to see a collection of my sculpted paintings (acrylic inks on manipulated crepe de chine).