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Schedule of Meetings

Saturday, December 10, 10:30 – 11:30am, Artst, Gallery Director, and Teacher, Luvon Sheppard

Saturday, January 7, 10:30 – 11:30am, New Yorker Illustrator, Dana Maier

Saturday, January 21, 10:30 – 11:30am, TBA

Saturday, February 4, 10:30 – 11:30am, Paper Artist, Kristina King

Saturday, February 18, 10:30 – 11:30am, TBA

Saturday, March 4, 10:30 – 11:30am, Director of Silver Works, Blair Anderson,

Saturday, March 18, 10:30 – 11:30am, Sculpture and Mixed Media Artist, Francie Hester

 Japanese Influences: Three Years Abroad” – J. Jordan Bruns – November 12, 2022

Recorded Artist Discussion –

Glen Echo Park Resident Artist J. Jordan Bruns is excited to present “Japanese Influences: Three Years Abroad” for the Rockville Art League this November 3rd. During his sabbatical in Japan, Bruns explored new methods of making artwork that were very different from his large-scale abstract paintings that were his comfort zone.  Some of this work developed out of a small Japanese studio space, and some influenced by the new culture.  Through the images shown in his discussion, he hopes to map his search for inspiration, and why he eventually settled on ink wash as his medium that reflects Japan.

Owner/Director of Adah Rose Gallery, Adah Rose Bitterbaum – October 29, 2022

Recorded Artist Discussion –

Adah Rose Bitterbaum is the owner and Director of the Adah Rose Gallery in
Kensington Maryland. The gallery was founded in September of 2011 as a place to
exhibit contemporary art in a variety of medium.
The gallery is a dynamic place and hosts artists talks, panels on issues in the art world,
maintains an active intern program and shows art in a variety of spaces including law
firms, pop ups and a number of Art Fairs each year .
The gallery hopes to create a shared culture and a broad one and values the ideas, comments
and critiques of visitors and artists alike. We have received numerous reviews in the
Washington Post and also exhibit on
Prior to founding the gallery, Adah Rose worked as the Director of Studio Gallery in
Dupont Circle and continues to curate shows there

Art Evangelist Nancy Hirshbein, October 15, 2022

Recorded Artist Discussion –

Nancy describes herself as an art evangelist, but sometimes feels like an “artoholic”, an addiction for which there is no cure. She loves to connect people with the visual arts and with artists. This may lead to a spread of the addiction and for this, she is not sorry.

After many years of working as a docent at the Smithsonian, Nancy also orchestrates special tours of exhibits at the Hirshhorn museum.  Join us as Nancy discusses her point of view as an art enthusiast who loves to discover, collect, and discuss art that other souls were inspired to make.

 Interdisciplinary Artist, Andrew Wodzianski, October 1, 2022

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Andrew Wodzianski is an interdisciplinary artist working in crocodile tears, puppy dog tails, and magpie chatter.  His exploration into falsehood, adolescent nostalgia, and appropriation reflects a fantastical youth with generous sprinkles of reverence and satire.  Artworks for Mazes and Maps examine gaming toxicity.

 Wodzianski has an MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and a BSAE from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.  A Professor of Studio Art at the College of Southern Maryland, Wodzianski has exhibited and curated nationwide.  He lives and works in Washington DC.

What is Paint? An informal discussion with JB and MK on pigment, binding agents and brands!

September 17, 2022

Recorded Zoom Link:

Join us for a quick discussion on pigment and paint.  Why are some brands more expensive?  Where do the pigments come from?  What is the difference between all the different types of paint?  So many questions to discuss!

Volumes 1-3 on colors and pigments from the National Gallery of Art-

Fulbright Scholar and Painter, Chawky Frenn – September 3, 2022

Link to the recorded artist discussion-

Born in Lebanon, Chawky Frenn emigrated to the United States in 1981. He completed his BFA from Mass College of Art and Design in 1985 and his MFA from Temple University in 1988. He is currently an Associate Professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.Frenn has participated in numerous exhibits and has received critical acclaim, nationally and internationally. He was awarded the Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence in 2017, and Mason’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2009.Frenn authored two books 100 Boston Artists and 100 Boston Painters. His work appeared in many publications including 100 Artists of Washington, D.C. and Male Nude Now. Art for Life’s Sake is a monograph on Frenn’s work published in Beirut, Lebanon.For more information on Chawky Frenn, you can visit his website at

All About Paper, August 20, 2022

Link to the recording-

Papers and their uses-final for ACO 8-25-2022-plus ACO poster for 9-3-2022

Jordan and Mariana give an open discussion on the paper we use as artists.  Our focus is largely drawing and watercolor paper, but we do talk a bit about oil paper and the pros and cons of making your own oil paper vs buying it in the art store.  There is also a little history on paper and look to the future to see what is in store for paper!

Digital Printmaker, Ric Garcia – August 6, 2022

Link to the recorded artist talk-

Ric Garcia works and exhibits in the DC metro area. He is a painter and digital printmaker. His work builds on the traditions of pop art and is infused with references to various cultures in America. These references are a meditation about identity rather than a cultural primer. Garcia’s perennial favorite is Latino culture and its consumer branded products.

Garcia thinks of his depictions of these everyday products as still lives, commenting that “ultimately the work is less about representing the product and more about eliciting emotional reactions, introspective questions and celebrating Latino culture.” The cans and packages in his work are based on real products, but the slogans and illustrations on the labels are re-imagined in ways that express and comment on his bi-cultural experiences as a Cuban-American.For more information on Ric Garcia you can visit his website at:

ACO Co-Director, Mariana Kastrinakis on Gel Printing- July 9, 2022

Link to the recorded demonstration-

This ACO meeting, Mariana will be doing a demonstration of how she uses a gelatin plate to make prints (without using a printing press) simply by using a gel-like plate. Such a plate can be homemade (with real unflavored gelatin!) or commercially prepared (not made with gelatin, although it resembles it). Mariana uses mostly acrylic paints to print onto various kinds of papers. She creates patterns and textures by using found objects, vegetation, stencils or stamps, and combinations of all to design the resulting mono-prints*. She will give a brief overview of her supplies and will demonstrate a few techniques of her process.

Washington Glass School Co-Director, Michael Janis – June 25, 2022

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Michael Janis was born in Chicago, IL and currently lives in Washington, DC. Trained as an architect, his glass figures showcase his very disciplined approach to the medium. He became Co-Director of the Washington Glass School & Studio in 2005, where he teaches and oversees the studio’s many site specific and public art commissions. His portraiture works often look, at first glance, to be made with graphite or pastels, but actually are made using crushed glass. He painstakingly manipulates the individual grains of the glass powder with X-acto blades and brushes on flat glass and fired (fused) in electric kilns.

Awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2012, Janis went to England’s University of Sunderland and taught at the UK’s National Glass Centre where he became an Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for International Research in Glass. The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities awarded him the 31st Annual Mayor’s Arts Award for “Excellence in the Arts”. This year, Janis’ glass sculpture, made in collaboration with artist Tim Tate, is featured in the 2022 Venice Biennale of Art exhibition, “Glassstress”. Janis’ artwork is in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Tacoma Museum of Glass, Florida’s Imagine Museum and the Fort Wayne Museum of Fine Art.

ACO Co-Director, J. Jordan Bruns on Alla Prima Still Life – June 11, 2022

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This Saturday June 11, Jordan will be demonstrating the “alla prima/color spot” oil method based a small still life in our studio.

This “alla prima” (at first attempt) painting Art Clinic really gets to the heart of what representational painting is, just pieces of color on a canvas.  Yet when the color is accurately mixed and placed next to other accurate pieces of color, the paint vibrates and tricks the eye into believing the marks are more than just paint.   Alla Prima stresses application of paint and color mixing to get an accurate painting the first time.

Still life painting can look labored and lifeless.  I believe this is a result of having too much time to finish the painting. Yet after changing the paint application method and shortening the amount of time allowed to complete the painting, the energy returns to the final product.  This art clinic is about keeping the spontaneity and freshness alive in your still life painting.  We’ll practice the three steps in creating a fresh painting.  1) Identification of the color 2) Mixing the color 3) Putting the color in the right spot.  Simple as that!

Multimedia Artist, Lenny Campello – May 28, 2022

Link to Lenny Campello’s recorded artist discussion –

In 2016 The Washington City Paper called Lenny Campello “one of the most interesting people of Washington, DC.” I promise you, that’s a very accurate statement. You’d be hard pressed to find a bigger champion of the DC art scene than Lenny. He has certainly helped me along in my career. Join us for a very special ACO artist talk as Lenny Campello discusses his work and dishes out wisdom.Founder of Alida Anderson Art Projects and selected by well-known collector Mera Rubell for inclusion in the “Cream” art exhibition and auction at American University’s Katzen Art Museum. Author of the book 100 Artists of Washington, DC, published by Schiffer Press and the first of three volumes which catalogs the current contemporary visual art scene in the Greater Washington, DC area.  Campello is also one of the Internet’s leading arts bloggers, and since 2003 his visual arts blog (Daily Campello Art News) has been one of the web’s first art blogs and currently has had over four million visitors, making it one of the highest ranked art blogs in the world.


Mixed Media Artist, Felisa Federman – May 14,2022

Link to Felisa’s recorded discussion

Felisa was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and emigrated to the US in 1991. She studied painting and textile art at the National School of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She moved to the USA in 1991 and has lived in Maryland since then.  Her artistic objective is to create intriguing compositions with atmospheric sensations to
capture the viewers’ attention.

Her artworks are planned as puzzles, allowing people to develop their own interpretations. Her mixed media artworks are often layered assemblies using fiber and other 3D materials.  She has participated in group and solo shows at art centers, museums, as well as private galleries in the USA and abroad.
In 2021 her banner design was chosen for Arts Happen Here; an initiative of the Art and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, MD.  For the last 4 years she has co- lead the Yarn Bomb Collective, a Public Art initiative for Wheaton Arts Parade & Festival, in Montgomery County.
She was invited to organize and curate an exhibition at the Bender JCC Gallery, at the Rockville JCC, during winter 2022. Her work was recently reviewed by Lenny Campello, who called her a “master” of her craft.
You see more of her work at


Video Game Designer, Colin Campbell on the Art of the Sketchbook

Link to Colin’s recorded artist discussion –

Colin Campbell, is an extraordinary artist who is a fabulous sketch artist (chronicling a trip with his artist dad Alan Campbell to Antarctica on a National Science Foundation grant a few yrs ago). He is also a very senior video game designer who directs a crew of designers and is a published book author! These are only "some" of the accolades we can mention about Colin, but there are many more! His dad, Mr Alan Campbell, joined us for the session (what a treat!!) and shared some of his artistic journey and how he and his son are both connected to each other by art collaborations and artistic sharing. what an inspirational
story they both told us, thanks so very much dear Colin and Alan!!!