Olney Art Association Annual Membership Exhibit on Display at Gaithersburg’s Bohrer Park Through Jan. 29

Per Montgomery County: The annual Olney Art Association (OAA) juried member exhibition will be on display at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg through Jan. 29. The exhibit features 46 works of art by 19 member artists of the OAA. The Activity Center at Bohrer Park is located at 506 South Frederick Ave. in Gaithersburg. It is open from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Founded in 1974, the OAA is a professional, learning, creative community of visual fine artists whose expertise ranges in a variety of media. OAA artists work in oil painting, watercolor, acrylics, pastel, colored pencil, pen and ink, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, digital art and photography. More information about the OAA can be found at www.OlneyArtAssociation.org.

Glen Kessler juried the exhibition and chose 10 award winners. Mr. Kessler is an internationally collected and awarded artist, as well as the founder of The Compass Atelier in Rockville. He has an MFA from New York Academy of Art and a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. His works have graced the cover of Professional Artist Magazine and in The Artist’s Magazine among other publications. Mr. Kessler has work displayed in the public collections of King Charles III, Amazon Web Services, Ford’s Theater, Capital One Bank, Dominion Bank and hundreds of private collections around the world. He is a two-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Grant for Outstanding Figurative Art, a Prince of Wales Fellow and a Maryland State Arts Council Grant awardee.

The award winners for the exhibition include:

  • Isabella Martire, “Getting Ready for Work.” Best in Show
  • Ken Bachman, “Maine Garden.” Juror’s Award
  • Joan Hobbs, “The Blue Barn.” Juror’s Award
  • Sandy Yagel, “The Composer.” Juror’s Award
  • Sandra Bourdeaux, “Alesia with Red Hat.” Honorable Mention
  • Howard Clark, “Glade Creek Grist Mill.” Honorable Mention
  • Margo Lehman, “Window on Cerrito Blanco.” Honorable Mention
  • Lori Myers, “Still Life with Pine Cones.” Honorable Mention
  • Anne Pielert, “The Courtyard.” Honorable Mention
  • Katherine Richards, “Sculpted by the Wind.” Honorable Mention

View the collection of artwork here. Many of the featured pieces are for sale and all images and artwork are copyrighted by the artists. For more information about the exhibit, visit the Activity Center at Bohrer Park gallery webpage or contact the City’s Gallery Program Coordinator at 301-258-6394 or [email protected].

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Not your average book festival! This festival offers something for everyone!

17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895


Instagram: @kensingtonbookfestival

Contact: Elisenda Sola-Sole, Festival Director

[email protected]

301-949-9416 (text preferred)

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