I am back in my studio and what lovely news to hear: my painting ("Open the Door") sold (before the opening reception) in the 10x10 art show at Shop Made in DC. I am so grateful for your support of my work!
Check out my interview with VoyageBaltimore!
It's lovely to share my experiences running a small art business and I am fortunate to have been featured on CanvasRebel. Take a look! Read the interview here.
Paint with Me!
Thank you! Thank You! Thank You!
So much fun this weekend at Sparkle Mart in Greenbelt, MD, this weekend! You made my packing so much easier. One of the pleasures of an artist is indeed carrying a creation only one way: out into the world!
Stop by "Celebrating Color and Light" at @bender_jcc through late December to enjoy artworks by Montgomery Art Association Members.
In Great Company: "It's The Little Things" at Girls Who Paint Art Show Is Now Open (Through January 13, 2023)
A great time was had by all who attended the opening of "It's the Little Things" at Girls Who Paint in Kensington, Md, on December 1. Thanks for coming! I am showing two sculpted paintings shown below. $155 each. Contact me to purchase. The show is on through January 13, 2023.
December Newsletter Is Out! Enjoy!
Enjoy the December issue of Your RADOST News here.
"A Delighted Heart" series of acrylic ink paintings turned into prints. I have a lovely variety of color combos so let me know what you prefer. $21 each (framed in white to 6x8"; $3 shipping in the US). As always, thank you for your kind support of my work. Enjoy!
Upcoming Events: See You There!
I am participating in these Fall/Winter events. Enjoy unique RADOST scarves and fabric necklaces or purchase abstract artworks filled with meaningful messages. I also create heart paintings and greeting cards called "Blooming Hearts." All of my creations make for lovely gifts. You may shop on the website or come to the events listed below.
Nov 19 (through Jan 2023): Glen Echo Annual Holiday Art Show & Sale
Popcorn Gallery & Stone Tower Gallery, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812
Thursday - Friday: 12-4pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12-6pm
Nov 25 (through Dec 23): Sandy Spring Museum Holiday Gift Show
17901 Bentley Rd, Sandy Spring, MD 20860
Mondays & Fridays: 10am-4pm
Sept 10: Makers Market (Chevy Chase, MD)
Sept 24: Art All Night (Tenleytown, DC)
Oct 22-23: Ch/Art Art Walk (Chevy Chase, MD)
Nov 1-3: Margaret McNamara Education Grants Fair (Washington, DC)
Nov 6: Burning Tree Holiday Market (Bethesda, MD)
Nov 10-12: Strathmore Holiday Market (Rockville, MD)
Nov 18/19: Washington Waldorf School Fall Bazaar (Bethesda, MD)
Nov 20: Temple Sinai Market (Washington, DC)
Nov 26: Small Business Saturday
Nov 27: Artists Sunday
Nov 28: Cyber Monday
Dec 3-4: Festival of Lights Juried Art and Craft Fair (Greenbelt, MD)
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
'Visualizing Home: A Place of Safety and Joy" (Meditation & Collage) at Girls Who Paint at girls.who.paint.
Oh, so good for the soul: spending time together, resting our minds in a guided meditation, and creating a collage that’s meaningful to our well-being Thank you to these amazing women for a lovely evening at girls.who.paint in Kensington, MD.
So much fun chatting with Hayley Price, the creator of The Art Coaching Club, about my work. Check out the latest episode of her podcast! Listen at https://buff.ly/3zFaQmX.
A kind invitation to showcase my art at Sid Edelmann's Little Gallery on Fessenden has led to good - a colorful - things! Please stop by 4400 Fessenden St in Washington, DC, between November 5 and 26 to enjoy a collection of original artworks.
Abstract Art Inspired by Mary Oliver’s Poetry: Martina Sestakova is a Kensington artist who is fascinated by words and their powerful imagery. For this exhibition, Martina enjoyed Mary Oliver’s poem – Wild Geese – as inspiration for her visual explorations in acrylic inks on Yupo. Each artwork is a meditation of the perceived meaning of the title (a word taken out of the poem). Feel free to Google the poem for the overall message and then imagine how you would capture each selected word.
To learn more about the Little Gallery, click here.
'Visualizing Home: A Place of Safety and Joy"
(Meditation & Collage) at Girls Who Paint
All rights reserved; Martina Sestakova 2022
Oct 26 at 6:30 - 8pm; Ages 16 and up
Absolutely no experience needed; all supplies provided
No matter what 'home' may mean to you, the idea will inspire us during a guided meditation and a visual exploration of 'home' in watercolors, colored pencils, and magazine cutouts. No experience needed; all supplies provided. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have created a one-of-a-kind artwork communicating a place safety and joy. Come with a friend! Get your ticket here.
Many artworks have been created about the self. Join art educator Martina Sestakova in a visual exploration of your senses and what makes you a unique self. No experience needed.
Wednesday, October 19 @ 6pm ET via Zoom
Yay! I am excited to have a solo art exhibition at the Brookland location of Busboys & Poets in Washington DC. This show runs from September 24, 2022, to February 26, 2023. I am showing 23 abstract artworks in three different sizes. They are all acrylic inks on yupo inspired by poetry and literature. I capture the energy of words through vivid colors, shapes, and moments of my brush. Stop by! Grab a drink, enjoy a nice meal, and fill your day with art. Address: 625 Monroe St NE, Washington, DC 20017.
Join Me in Fun Watercolor Classes!
I am teaching a series of watercolor workshops on Zoom via VisArts. These classes require no experience as we explore art history and use a famous painting as a starting point for a fun visual exploration. The classes are not about copying an existing piece; they are about learning watercolor techniques and finding your own creative voice. Register here.
The example below is a floral painting by Danish artist Christine Swane.
Let's Create Together
I enjoy bringing groups together in art workshops. No experience needed for any of my projects. They are perfect for friends and work teams. I have several openings: contact me for details about private classes. It’s relaxing, insightful, and fun!