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)
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
Denise Clark, “Orchid Eye”
Firouzeh Sadeghi, “Vase of Flowers”
Kathee Baker, “Summer Blooms”
Firouzeh Sadeghi, “Magnolias”
Kathee baker, “Brookside Path”
Cindy Chen, “White Peonies”
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.
Founded in 1995 and intensely busy ever since, the WMAS is a dedicated group of amateur and semi-amateur painters working together to improve their artistic skills, and promote the fine arts, in the greater DC metropolitan area. Primarily watercolorists, the members meet with each other regularly to trade painterly ideas, learn new or classic techniques, plan shows, and practice friendly constructive mutual critiques. All this is done in a warm collegial spirit, primarily in regular classes given under the Society’s aegis. Besides supporting each other’s own individual shows, the members exhibit together jointly several times a year and often participate in similar exhibitions held by various other institutions or groups. In shows organized by those other bodies in Montgomery County, MD, during recent years a good number of WMAS artists have been awarded Best in Show or First in Show, not to mention Second and Third as well as a spread of Honorable Mentions. For some years now, awards for the Society’s own shows have been made by the Reception-day visitor’s via secret ballot.
Non-WMAS exhibits in which Society members have won awards include the Kensington Labor Day show and Chevy Chase Women’s Club Spring Show. The WMAS’ own annual show at Brookside Gardens is an old tradition. The Society has also exhibited in the Ratner Museum, the MAA Gallery, Bohrer Park, and the Kentland Mansion, as well commercial galleries, and other retail locations, in the area. More shows are now being planned.
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.