Hope in Art


Montgomery Parks hosts Hope in Art!  Share original works of art with a hopeful message.

Upload your original artwork, poetry or prose and we will post in our gallery for all to enjoy.

Logo artwork for Hope In Art Virtual Event

Montgomery Parks is hosting a community art initiative you can enjoy in the parks or at home! Hope in Art has been created f to give residents a way to share and communicate their creativity in a safe and fun way.  Submit your original artwork, poetry, or prose using the form on this page, and we will post it in our online gallery for all to enjoy!  Some lucky submissions will be printed onto signage with the artist’s name and artwork details to create an outdoor gallery experience for residents to enjoy in three parks. There will also be large outdoor chalkboards in each location for you to get creative while visiting the parks. Use the chalk provided below the boards and write positive and fun images and messages for your neighbors to enjoy.

Online submissions are being accepted on a rolling basis for the Virtual Gallery below. For the opportunity to be chosen for the outdoor gallery, make sure to submit your art by September 29, 2020.  Guidelines for submissions are listed below along with participating park locations.  We look forward to viewing your submissions and can’t wait to see you at the parks!

Parks Locations:

Edgewood Neighborhood Park

Elm Street Urban Park

Woodside Urban Park



  • Submissions should be positive, hopeful and should help strengthen and uplift our community.
  • For inspiration, think about things that bring you joy.
  • Artwork, poetry, or prose must be your original creation.
  • Artwork should be appropriate for all audiences.
  • Submissions may be in any language.
  • While artist retains copyright of image, submission of artist’s original work (photography, drawing, painting, poetry) gives Montgomery Parks the right to use image in print and electronic publishing (social media and website) during this campaign, “Hope in Art.”
  • You may upload a PDF, PNG, or JPG file no larger than 7mb. Please include your name in file title. Example: Jane-Doe_HopeArt.jpg.
  • Please make sure your uploaded images are of the highest resolution possible if you’re submitting a photo.
  • Submissions that contain foul language or inappropriate images will be discarded.
  • Montgomery Parks retains the right to reject any submission.




Sky, Reflection, Nature, Natural landscape, Body of water, Cloud, Water, Blue, Tree, Lake

Artist: Markham Luke
Title: Sunrise at Little Seneca Lake
Medium: Photograph


Abstract, Art, Painting

Artist: Alan Rich
Title: #189
Medium: Fluid acrylic and granular gel on cradled hardwood panels, 10 x 10


We are America, Cartoon with text, Female heads, Illustration, Leaf

Artist: Meghan Narayan
Title: We Are America
Medium: Collage and ink


Tree, horse, trail

Artist: Christina Micek
Title: Through the Ears at Blockhouse Point Trail
Medium: Photography


Poem by Shelby Bowers, It’s no fun to wear a mask but I’ll still wear my smile underneath ‘cuz I’m just thankful to be able to breathe. It’s no fun not to see my family and friends but I’ll still show up to the party online ‘cuz I’m just thankful that my loved ones are doing just fine. It’s no fun to stay at home all the time but I’ll still make the most of it and do projects around the house ‘cuz I’m just thankful that I’m able to be quarantined with my spouse. It’s no fun to deal with COVID-19 but I’ll hang in there and push through ‘cuz we’ll get through this- me and you!

Writer: Shelby Bowers
Title: It’s No Fun, But…
Form: Poem
Photograph: Shelby Bowers


Cycle sport, Cycling, Bicycle, Cross-country cycling, Mountain biking, Outdoor recreation, Vehicle, Mountain bike, Mountain bike racing, Downhill mountain biking

Artist: Jacob Mullis
Title: Riding Sidewinder
Medium: Photograph


Blue, Watercolor paint, Painting, Sky, Turquoise

Artist: Martina Sestakova
Title: Soft Whispers
Medium: Watercolor on Yupo


Trail, Nature reserve, Bridge, Walkway, Tree

Artist: LP
Title: Labor Day Adventure
Medium: Photograph


Poem, Because of You A Tribute to Our Healthcare Workers We breath because of you, We are here because of you, We cry because of you, We smile because of you, We laugh because of you, We crawl because of you, We stand because of you We walk because of you, We sit because of you, We feel because of you, We dream because of you, We think because of you, We learn because of you, We teach because of you, We mentor because of you, We are who we are because of you, We live because of you, And we will survive COVID-19 because of you, From the bottom of my heart, I THANK YOU. -Katina Lee

Writer: Katina Lee
Title: Because of You, A Tribute to Our Healthcare Workers
Form: Poem


Painting, Nature, Water, Tree, Natural landscape, Natural environment, Swamp, Acrylic paint, Bayou, Watercourse

Artist: Pamela Gordimer
Title: The Water of Stones
Medium: Oil on Canvas


Tree, Nature, Natural environment, Nature reserve, Trail, Forest, Old-growth forest, Woodland, Natural landscape, Wilderness

Artist: Juliet Jason
Title: Towards the Light, Muddy Branch Trail
Medium: Samsung Galaxy S8


A Tribute to Neighborhood List Serves, by Lesley Moore Vossen, I hadn’t thought when the pandemic came -- and with it came self-quarantine and isolation and talking to people on Zoom -- that what would bring me comfort would be my neighborhood list serves. I read two list serves every day. Some days they contain photos of a dog without a collar who is roaming the neighborhood or recommendations for auto repair shops. Recently, with everyone home, people are organizing and cleaning out closets, so the list serve has curb alerts. An Ikea desk looking for a home, a tricycle suitable for a three-year old, a bagful of ball point pens that still work, and a wheelbarrow filled with extra mulch. It seems we have become more careful and less wasteful with our things. We are becoming more like my mother’s generation, who lived through the great depression and knew how to turn aging leftovers into dinner and used things until they fell apart. But what lifts my spirits up is what has been on these lists from the very beginning of the pandemic. Just as soon as the word came that seniors and immune compromised people should stay home, there appeared on the list serves offers of help, offers to do something for someone else. These listings still appear. A woman says she can pick up groceries for any of her older neighbors who are afraid to go into a grocery store. Another writes he is going to Post Office and does anyone have something they would like him to mail. Another says she and her book club are making face masks from their homes and does anyone have a good pattern. There are suggestions on how to support our local Silver Spring restaurants and the names of organizations who need donations to help our newest immigrant families. It seems it may take the worst in life, to bring out the best in us. So, every day I read the neighborhood list serves and I find hope in between the photo of a lost cat and the offer to share some lemon grass cuttings. I realize that in the air outside my door, floating around with the virus germs, you can find kindness and caring and love. When life is bleak, it is good to remember that when it is dark, there will always be people willing to share their light.

Writer: Lesley Moore Vossen
Title: A Tribute to Neighborhood List Serves
Form: Short Essay


Flower, Sunflower, sunflower, Field, Plant, Yellow, Flowering plant, Sky

Artist: Amanda Prince
Title: Poolesville
Medium: Digital Art


Sky, Cloud, Daytime, Nature, Atmosphere, Sunlight, Cumulus, Morning, Light, Atmospheric phenomenon, Behind any turmoil, within any turmoil, overpowering any turmoil, is the Light

Artist: Keith Mounts
Title: Turmoil


Watercolor paint, Flower, Cut flowers, Pink, Painting, Still life, Plant, Botany

Artist: Sandy Cepaitis


Badge, message, you've got a friend in me

Artist: Tabatha Yeatts-Lonske

The Sound of Distant Laughter, an essay by Beverly Moss, Muffled chatter bubbles over the fence mixed with jumbled conversations and peals of laughter. Occasional shrieks of delight fill the air with the rich sounds of simple happiness. Surrounded by children in ages spanning from toddlers to young adults, the outdoor laughter floats across our open yards like pollen grains, settling easily into any open ear or receptive heart The range of notes and octaves both high and low varies with rhythm and timing as events unfold out of sight behind property fences. The teens bouncing their basketball and sharing good-natured taunts to one another settle down to quite conversations that betray cracking voices as these young men migrate toward adulthood. They laugh deep and rich, and so very cool but a random twittered laugh belays their still-young charms. The screech and scratch of metal swings underlines the children’s’ giggles as legs pump high and toes are revealed just over the fence tops. Between the boundary slats is revealed the non-stop energy and movement inherent in all the young ones as their joi de vie overpowers their parent’s requests for quiet and sedate behavior. Who has time for that when the sunshine, blue skies, and warm temperatures call for childhood exuberance. From two doors down, the year-old puppy is wildly barking as the children there jump up and down on the outdoor trampoline. The gales of laughter rebound off the elastic surface and shoot off in all directions echoing through the neighborhood and making the grown-ups smile in remembrance of their more athletic days. From the backyard, snippets of chuckles, whispers, and songs waft through the blades of grass and roll up to my door. The boy and girl living there attract all the kids from the street to their play place with jelly sandwich lunches, water pistol battles, and jungle gym climbs in the front yard while waiting for the ice cream truck to troll through the neighborhood. The low rumble of shared secrets is punctuated by mass hilarity at something too funny to share with adults. This distant laughter floats through the air and rises up to the clouds above. It fills the open space, captures the joys of life, and reminds us all of the simple times spent with friends. It also proves that the gift of laughter is one of God’s greatest gifts to mankind that we should and will continue to share. © 2019 Beverly J. Moss

Writer: Beverly Moss
Title: Sound of Distant Laughter
Form: Essay

Smiley, Yellow, Emoticon

Artist: Emily Kim
Title: Happy Day


Child art, rainbow

Artist: Priyanka Kartholy
Title: After a storm, there is always a rainbow
Medium: Crayon and colored pencil on paper, 8.5 x 11


Child art, earth

Artist: Prarthana Kartholy
Title: Follow rules, we can make a difference
Medium: Crayon and colored pencil on paper, 8.5 x 11


Blue, Turquoise, hand

Artist: Nicole Bresner
Title: Reaching Out


Watercolor paint, Fashion illustration, Art, Illustration

Artist: Nicole Bresner
Title: Freedom
Medium: Watercolor


“Doing the Laundry or Bust”, an essay by Beverly Moss, Oh the glory, the heavenly reward, and the rapture of laundry day! As I prep for this momentous household task, I think about the blessings of modern machines and their benefits to mankind. In the last century, and long before, doing laundry was a mega-task taking at least a full day of not two. I’ll skip the steps of making soap and all its intricacies involving cooking fat, wood ash lye and boiling and stirring the concoction until it coalesces into a solid mass. In the early days, the soap could be so caustic that it burned your hands and sometimes ate the clothes that it was supposed to clean. So, back to laundry day… In olden times, people had many fewer clothes and other linen. They often wore the same things for days or even weeks on end. In addition, the roads they travelled may not have been paved or they performed manual labor in the fields, wealthy homes and emerging factories. Without OSHA rules, air conditioning, robots or other safety and support tools, clothing absorbed the oils, soil, vegetation, chemicals, and sweat that their owners encountered, making an already heavily used garment even grimier. As a result, our everyday wardrobes got very dirty…until ‘laundry day’. Back in the old days, the processes for getting fabrics clean was quite an ordeal to say the least… First, gather the clothes from the wearer, under furniture, off beds and wash stands and from kitchens. Sort by at least colored items from white ones or rough and tumble from delicates then haul outside or to the washroom. Pull out the pails to draw water from the well, indoor pump or maybe the nearest stream. Cart multiple buckets into the washtub for cold water washing or to the fireplace, stove top or cauldron for hot water absolution. Cut slivers of soap into the water and stir until dissolved. Use the remaining soap bar to work on any stains or areas needing extra attention. Add the other dirty items to the tub and let them soak or boil while giving the water an occasional stir. Then on to the act of scrubbing using the washboard or by lots of hand rubbing. That done, move the soapy and often very hot fabrics to yet another tub for rinsing away the dirty water and soap residue. This could require several rinses with multiple trips back and forth for more clear water turning the floor or yard into a slippery, sodden or muddy mess. Once rinsed, the job of ringing out the water commences to lighten the weight of the cloth and speed up the drying process. Twisting heavy wet sheets, shirts, petticoats, diapers, and other small clothes requires the strength and forearms of Mr. Clean or Rosy the riveter. Then the full laundry basket gets carried to the clothes line or shrub for drying in the sun and gentle breezes. Thank goodness for the invention of the clothes pin or sometimes those nice clean things could end up blown across the prairie, knocked off by passing livestock or playing children, bird bombed, rained on or even stolen… and dirty once more. At the end of a long day, the laundry is finally dry and just needs to be folded, stored or put back on until the next washing. Okay, one job done… now on to bread baking, dusting, kid wrangling, sewing, gardening, and on, and on, and on!

Page 2 of doing the laundry or bust essay, Contrast all of that work with our laundry situation today… We still have to gather many more items of clothing and assorted linen scattered under the beds, under the sofa, in the bathroom, gym bags, tucked somewhere in the mini-van or maybe even in the laundry hamper. We still have to do some sorting into a myriad of fabric types, colors, and amount of dirt. However, our washing machines take it from there by letting us select the detergent, fabric softener, bleach, or other additive. It allows for the perfect water temperature, agitation level, number of rinses and spin-dries the load all with the touch of a few buttons or dials. And the washer even buzzes to alert us that the cycle is done. We only have to move the damp clothing or linen to the adjacent dryer for this next machine to rotate its drum, apply the designated heat, time and dryness settings to finish the load. And once again, the dryer will buzz us when it’s done. It can even provide additional rotations and heat in case we’re busy and don’t want wrinkles to set in. SOOOOOO much easier than a century or more ago! In some homes, this chore is now so easy that they do a laundry load or two every day! Even though HGTV and Martha Stewart show us beautifully decorated laundry rooms with brightly colored walls, sunny windows, hidden iron storage, and neatly labeled canisters of detergent, stain removers and dryer sheets… laundry still remains one of our least favorite household chores. We often grumble about carrying the laundry baskets up and down stairs or bemoan the fact that we always end up with several sock orphans, tough persistent stains or missing sweat pant draw strings. But just think…at the end of only a few hours, the piles of dirty items are clean, dry and ready for the next wearing. Whew, I’m still tired but it sure beats the mind-numbing and exhausting alternative offered before the invention of the washing machine and dryer. Thank goodness for modern times! P.S. I just found one of those missing socks! Yay! ©2020 Beverly J. Moss

Writer: Beverly Moss
Title: Doing the Laundry or Bust
Form: Essay

Flower, Plant, Botany

Artist: Gabriel Taylor
Title: Flower Ring
Medium: Photograph of leaf and flower arrangement
Photographer: Alexandra Taylor


Painting, Art, Modern art

Artist: Merrell Tuck-Primdahl
Title: Rise Up America 2020
Medium: Acrylic


Painting, Art, Illustration, Head, Modern art, Nose, Cheek, Portrait

Artist: Juan A Serrano
Title: 44 Hopes
Medium: Acrylic on canvas


Original art that says, Be here now and know we are one

Artist: Penelope Strickland


Drawing, Sketch

Artist: Sarah Spletzer


3D Art, Flowers

Artist: Gwen Garfinkle


Water, Painting, Illustration, Art

Artist: Kellie G
Title: Cherry Blossoms on the Potomac
Medium: Acrylic on canvas


Dairy cow, Bovine, Green, Illustration, Pasture, Art, Grazing, Painting, Meadow

Artist: Kellie G
Title: On the Farm
Medium: Oil on canvas


Original drawing of tree with sign in park, We've got this, Thank you to all essential workers

Artist: Abigail Landis
Title: We’ve Got This!
Medium: Marker on paper


Illustration of a dog with the words, "Go to the Park?"

Handwritten message on notebook paper that says, Water beneath my feet, sweet!

Painted Woodlawn barn

Artist: Julianne Mueller
Title: At Woodlawn
Medium: Chalk Pastels


Watercolor illustration of damselfly and water lily

Text that says, There once was a city named Silver Spring, and there COVID-19 was a thing. But the community joined together, and beat the virus forever!

Watercolor painting of flowers in the garden

Childs painting of trees

Sunflower submission with text the sun will rise tomorrow

Be Here Now Submission

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Last Updated: October 2, 2020