Gallery B Announces January Exhibit


The first exhibition planned for Gallery B in 2013 will feature a group of local artists, including a graphic designer from Bethesda. Alice Kresse, who creates digital collages and prints and was a designer for the Washington Post, will be one of five artists at the opening reception on Friday, Jan. 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., which will coincide with that month's Bethesda Art Walk. The Gallery (7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E) will be open from noon to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Artists interested in having their work in Gallery B should contact the Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) and visit for more information and an application. Bios for the rest of the artists featured in the exhibit, set for Jan. 9 to Feb. 2, are after the jump. Patricia Affens of Olney, MD, began her art career after working as an Information Technology Specialist for 31 years. Her new journey started with silversmithing, jewelry making and fusing glass art. She discovered abstract painting and monotype printmaking, which allow her to express herself without restrictions. Affens says, “A blank canvas or blank piece of paper begins an exploration. What happens is always a surprise which is exciting for her and hopefully, for the observer.” Ceci Cole McInturff of Washington, D.C. is the owner of 87FLORIDA, a working studio and exhibit/performance space in Washington, D.C. Her bodies of work comprise writing, sculpture, sculptural book objects and narrative installation, hand-formed papermaking, and alternative/non-linear screen prints. Utilizing relationship between materials, her work has been described as "brave" in its use and combinations of mediums, and "evocative" in eliciting objects' "ability to express emotion." A native of Florida, she spent two years studying MA/Art and the Book at the Corcoran College of Art + Design and is currently completing her MFA at George Mason University. Maya Ormsby of Washington, D.C., was born and raised in Siberia and is a new member of the local artistic community. Middle Eastern, Byzantine and primitive art forms bring vivid colors to her work and blend symbolically with Western-influenced techniques, shapes and structures. Maya finds monotype printing technique very exciting: there is an element of surprise and mystery when you see your new art work coming from the press. Maya always strives to share her passion for art with others. Susan Tibolla Gray of Potomac, MD turned her attention in 2008 to her true passion and now works as a full-time artist after a career as an attorney in Washington, D.C. She creates primarily abstract representations, often with mixed media applications. Although during the creation of a piece she has a specific idea or feeling she wishes to convey, Susan's main motivation is to have her vision not merely shared but expanded upon and, perhaps, even changed by the viewer. Photo via Bethesda Urban Partnership

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