Brookside Gardens is excited to announce its partnership with Wheaton Arts Parade to bring our visitors Pyramids 2021 from June 11 through September 19, 2021. The outdoor exhibition features thirteen works of art by sixteen local artists and highlights the diversity of Montgomery County.
The pyramids are tetrahedrons, and each tells a colorful story. Use your smartphone to scan the bar code on each panel to learn more in the artists’ own words.
Pyramids 2021 was created during the early days of COVID. And, that theme is found among some of the pieces.
Along with the pyramids, yarn bombing decorates trees near the Visitor Center. You can participate in yarn bombing and other arts and crafts programs throughout the summer at Brookside Gardens.
Art is part of our mission! We are proud to support local artists through rotating monthly art exhibits. If you wish to be considered for an Art Exhibit at Brookside Gardens, please complete and return the Art Exhibit Application. (PDF)
May 24- June 27
Nina Muys | Monoprint, Collagraphs, Pastels | “Natural Connection”
The Pate’ Painters II |Mixed Media, Watercolor, Acrylic
June 28- July 25
Botanica 2021: The Art & Science of Plants | Botanical Drawings & Paintings
Presented by Brookside Gardens’ School of Botanical Art and Illustration and the Botanical Art Society of the National Capital Region
July 26 – August 22
Glenn Kessler | Oils
Lesley Riley | Monoprints
Lou Ann Collins| Oil on Canvas
August 23 – September 19
Olney Art Association | Oil, watercolor, and acrylic
September 20 – October 17
Bill Johnson & Amanda Coelho |
Keith Kozloff | Photography
October 18 – November 14
Washington Metropolitan Artists’ Society |Watercolor
November 15- December 12
Gaithersburg Camera Club| Photography
December 13 – January 30, 2022
Ronni Jolles | Mixed Media “Painting with Paper”
Sophia McCrocklin | Fiber Art
Fran Stetina | Photography
Firouzeh Sadeghi, Fall, WMAS
Vincent Van Gogh once said, “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere”. In her new, shared show titled “Natural Connection” Nina Muys demonstrates her deep connection to nature in its many forms.
Flowers are Ms. Muys’ favorite subjects but in each of her prints, flowers have a specific significance. A bouquet of tulips was given to her by her son for her and her husband’s 50th anniversary. The Lotus flower print was created from a watercolor she did visiting Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens with her granddaughters. An Iris bloomed in her neighbors’ garden; an Orchid was a gift for her birthday and an Amaryllis plant a winter’s surprise.
Her home and studio on the Eastern Shore has provided Ms. Muys with additional inspirations; a Blue Bird perching on his house surrounded by a forest, a Luna Moth found in an ancient graveyard, a dead tree stump in a creek and a sunflower facing the sun were all images she felt the need to capture.
Nina Muys starts her printmaking process by first painting a watercolor of the subject matter. A piece of plexiglass is placed onto the watercolor, and then etched with a sharp tool to create a line. By rolling on the inks and then select wiping, Ms. Muys is able to create subtle, translucent variations of color.
Vincent Van Gogh believed that it is good to love many things and to love them to the fullest, because that love can give you strength to accomplish much. In that vein, I am passionate about our environment and to help this precious world that is crying out for healing. I have researched many topics involving our waterways and am driven to use my art as a tool to help heal the wounds inflicted by humans through mismanagement and abuse of resources. With most of my plein air paintings, I have written blogs about the related environmental issues. As Edgar Degas said, “art is not painting what you see, but what you can make others see.” The passion behind my paintbrush is to place the viewers in front of our natural wonders, to ponder our incredible world and to inspire better stewardship, one painting at a time.
Donna Golden is an award-winning artist with more than 40 years of experience across a wide range of mediums and styles.
She strives to capture the essence of everyday life in her colorful, often whimsical, paintings, and this point of view guides her work whether she is taking a perfectionist’s eye to scenes of real life or a more carefree hand to abstract work.
Her first love was realism, but the fate of commission introduced her to the beauty and spirit of abstract pieces. Throughout her career, Donna’s body of work has grown to include portraits, landscapes, still life, and abstracts.
Donna’s experience includes work in charcoal, pencil, oil paints, and watercolor, but these days she is mostly enjoying the depth of contrast and intense color of acrylic paints.
Her main goal is and always has been to bring joy and beauty into the world through her artwork.
A pioneer in taking the traditional 175-year old cyanotype process into the modern digital age, I work to blend the classic and contemporary to create truly unique botanical art. To create my modern botanicals, I combine the cyanotype process with a little water (wet cyanotype) and leaves gathered from as close as outside my door, to wherever my travels take me, to create carefully composed original cyanotype prints.
These camera-less photographic blueprints are one-of-a-kind prints that, much like Degas’s monoprints, become the starting point for my subsequent 21st century digital reworking and revisions. I combine layers of pattern and color culled from my own paintings, artwork and photographs. My aim is to present ordinary leaves as stunning, large, yet intimate, visions of enhanced natural beauty.
Lou Ann enjoys the beauty in nature. Her preferred methods are oil on canvas and most of her paintings are done plein air. She grew up in Wheaton and after a career with local government, attended art classes and workshops at Glen Echo. She learned to produce a painting in a few hours, in order to capture the quickly changing lights and shadows. You can find Lou Ann outside painting along the C & O canal or other nearby parks. Her inspiration comes from traveling, nature, walking in the woods, biking and hiking. Van Gogh, Monet and Hockney are some of the artists that she admires. Capturing the beauty in nature through painting has been a very pleasurable yet challenging pursuit. Hopefully, she can convey some of the joy in nature to others.
Recent exhibits include:
Crestwood Art Gallery in Frederick, MD, Hyattstown Mill Arts Project, Wear Your Mask, Road show, Operation Arts Galleries
Many consider Bill’s work abstract, for him it is not abstracting from life but creating a non-objective excursion into a landscape of the mind. In his experiments with mixed media, he discovers the interactions of the materials with a shelf-life. The temporality of these mediums fills him with delight in that nature will inevitably reclaim that which we for only a short time lay claim to. He feels fortunate to have been raised in poverty in a rural setting that allowed him to connect with nature.
Amanda has always loved to create. Having grown up near Washington, DC and its world-renowned museums, she was exposed to art, architecture and design from an early age.
A graphic designer by trade, Amanda spent 15+ years designing in-house for a global, organic beverage brand. Her love for fine arts informed her work yet she always looked for other ways to express her creativity. She began painting in 2018, pulling some of her focus away from the computer and onto the easel. She continues to design with a former colleague via their women-owned agency.
Amanda paints contemporary realism with a focus on the isolated object. Her aesthetic infuses color, texture and light to convey a balance of realism with a bold, graphic influence. Working from self-composed photographs from everyday life, travel, and whatever else inspires her, she focuses on the meticulous details of the subject to capture the quiet and complex beauty in each object.
When she isn’t painting in her home studio, designing, or spending time with her family, she can be found exploring new cities in search of photo-worthy public art and the perfect meal.
My love for the natural world began when, as an introverted and near-sighted adolescent, I sought opportunities to temporarily escape a sometimes stormy family life. Slipping out of my parents’ suburban home around 6:00 am, I dropped into a magical refuge a couple blocks away — a remnant patch of native prairie — a strip of no man’s land squeezed between a busy street and a commuter rail line. Crouching low and surrounded by milkweed and fragrant goldenrod, I listened to red-winged blackbirds, watched swallows dive, and studied perfect webs of golden orb spiders, all connecting me to an unseen greater whole. With all my senses immersed in this throbbing mini-world, I felt safety and awe.
My interest in photography began around the same time that I found I could lose myself in nature. Over the intervening years, I explored diverse photographic subjects reflecting aspects of both natural and human environments. And I suppose my professional career in environmental policy at least indirectly reflects my gratitude for our green planet. Only recently, however, have I begun to intentionally explore photography as a creative vehicle to uncover nature’s wondrous mystery. The more fully I can immerse myself in this creative process (both before and after making the initial image), the more I am able to reconnect with the feelings I first experienced inside that remnant patch of native prairie.
Ronni Jolles lives in the Washington DC metropolitan area, and after teaching art for almost 20 years, she became a full-time professional artist 20 years ago. Jolles has created a new art form using hundreds of kinds of paper as her primary medium. It could be called collage or mixed media, but in fact, it is something quite different. Paper is gathered from all over the world, and then she cuts, crinkles, folds, and rips the papers to create impressionistic scenes. Jolles is inspired by moments or images that she finds beautiful or moving; the work is of many different themes. One of her favorite themes is trees and nature. Each piece is one-of-a-kind.
Jolles describes her artistic journey: “As a child of an artist, I grew up with colors, textures, and techniques of others, but in searching and developing my own unique style, I found the best of all worlds in paper. Here was a sculptural medium to satisfy my tactile nature, offering limitless possibilities for color and a story of its own to add depth to the meaning of each piece. When I discovered paper as my medium, a whole new textural world opened up.”
McCrocklin’s drawings and sculptures highlight the elegance and tenacity of numerous ferns, such as the Christmas fern and the Grape Frond fern, she discovered in the thick understory of Dumbarton Oaks Park in Washington, DC. Her pen and ink drawings call attention to the unique characteristics of these ancient plants by incorporating the blotted-line technique to capture their wild and whimsical charm. Her oversized sculptures unveil the grandeur and majestic presence of the ferns. Each sculpture takes about six months to complete and is made to-scale from Dacron and copper wire and sewn, cut, painted, meticulously detailed.
Born in New York City and raised in the Appalachian foothills of Kentucky, McCrocklin graduated from Smith College, in Northampton, MA and the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law, in Louisville, KY. She studied textiles at Penland School of Crafts, in NC and practiced environmental law at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC. She was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the DC Commission for Arts and Humanities in 2019 and 2020 and was the first artist-in-residence Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy, June 2017 – December 2019.
Art is part of our mission! We are proud to support local artists through rotating monthly art exhibits. The Visitor Center is open 10:00am to 4:00pm daily. Sale of Art is arranged directly through Brookside Gardens Gift Shop. To purchase art visit us in person, call 301-962-1448, or email Kathy.Caisse@montgomeryparks.org.