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).
I am humbled to be the subject of this wonderful painting by Li Wang. We met several years ago at a park - an art chat led to a studio visit and ultimately to this artwork. Li now resides in Colorado and just completed her thesis portfolio. Congratulations! Be sure to follow her on Instagram at @liwang_art
Adah Rose Bitterbaum, owner of the Adah Rose Gallery in Kensington, MD, kindly invited me to curate a section of her space for the annual "Carte blanche" art show. Adah Rose's gallery is a treasure chest of fabulous artworks and I had so much fun selecting a collection of artworks that would tell a visually interesting story and celebrate connections established through colors, shapes, and textures. Read on about my experience and be sure to visit the show through March 25, 2023.
I both create and appreciate art. In my selection of these artworks, I was drawn to abstracts - the focus on my own art practice. I find it so incredibly exciting to see how artists use the same color, how they alter shapes and explore forms, and how they generate textures visually and physically. The colors in this collection are limited - I wanted to highlight just a few - so you could enjoy in depth what can be done. There are beiges in paper and wood sculptures. There are blues in acrylics, watercolors, oils. Black and white textures make an appearance in intricate pen work and cut outs layered on top of each other. And of course, we need a pop of energy: reds come in both strongly and delicately.
In terms of art appreciation, I find art to be an essential vehicle for a curious and good quality life. What do I mean? I enjoy pausing in front of a piece of art and letting it 'speak' to me. Art evokes emotions and thoughts. It alters our mood: it may make us smile; it may make us reconsider an idea. Ultimately, art changes us. And change is part of life: really, the only true constant of our lives. I invite you to ponder change as you view the display. Do these artworks change in their relationships to others? Do they draw you in? Do they make you lean in or step further away? If you go see the show repeatedly, I promise there will be new discoveries every time. Hence, art captures change and change prompts our curiosity about life. It's a never-ending - and life-affirming - cycle.
Participating artists include Wayson Jones, Alison Rash, Mary Freedman, Jessica Drank, Scott Hazard, Maggie Gourlay, Jordan Wine, Randall Lear, Wesley Berg, Brian Dupont, Meimei Chang, Jim Condron, J D Deardourff, Anton Coghlan, Ellyn Weiss, Michelline Klagsbrun, Christina Tenaglia, Martina Sestakova, and Sheila Giolitti. Below you may find the complete curated set-up. All artworks are available for purchase.
The Adah Rose Gallery is located at 3766 Howard Ave, Kensington, MD 20895. Please check the website for opening hours or call Adah Rose at (301) 922-0162 to make an appointment to view this art exhibition. Follow the gallery on Instagram to learn more about upcoming exhibitions and represented artists. Enjoy!
Yay! 🤗 I would like to invite you to my solo art exhibition at the Chesapeake Framing Company. Details below in case you may be interested in stopping by: Martina Sestakova’s Solo Art Show (March 1-31) @martinasestakovaart
Thanks to Mary Jo Moon for supporting local artists!
Enjoy Martina’s paintings in the “Visual Insights into Life’s Beauty” series at the Chesapeake Framing Company. Her original large-scale pieces on yupo explore words, their role in our lives, and how their energy may be conveyed in colors, shapes, and textures.
“Meet the Artist” Opening - Saturday, March 4, 4-6pm.
Free to the public; open during store hours at 10507 Metropolitan Ave, Kensington, MD 20895. Tue-Sat (10am-6pm), Sun-Mon (Closed). 301-942-0485. @chesapeakeframing
All hands on deck at this private art party! Happy birthday to my host 🎉 What a lovely afternoon spending time with a group of close friends and filling it up with laughter and a floral collage project 🌺
PRIVATE WORKSHOPS FOR YOUR FRIENDS AND WORK TEAMS - I enjoy watching people coming into a class, creating together, and leaving refreshed. Want to create with friends? Do you have a business that would enjoy a creative project? Your group will feel relaxed and closer to each other.
Contact me to schedule a private session. @radostbymartinasestakova
Hello friends! My February RADOST NEWS just went out. The first month of 2023 flew by, didn't it? I am settling back into my studio after a little break and good things are happening (I have a solo show coming up in March!). This year is all about connection, curiosity, and pause. You can find all of these in this newsletter! As always, Mary Oliver captures it best, "Sometimes I need only to stand wherever I am to be blessed."
Let's be in touch! @radostbymartinasestakova @martinasestakovaart
Read the February issue of YOUR RADOST NEWS here.
Can we talk about life's beautiful moments? I created a set of paintings with my niece and nephew during a trip to Prague. Sparks in their eyes, laughter, aunt Martina, look! look! I will always cherish this experience. Wish to support their artistic efforts? Shop https://www.radostbymartinasestakova.com/store/c14/Abstracts
NEW! NEW! NEW! My online shop now has 9 new designs. Shop this link - these scarves make for fabulous #valentinesday gifts! New scarves: Perseverance (Gingko Leaves), Potential (Flamingos), Togetherness (Elephants), May You Be Loved, Well-being (Chrysanthemums), Flying a Kite, Transformation (Butterflies, three options)
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.
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!