Friday, February 23, 2018

New group show at Gallery B

Gallery B’s March exhibit will feature a group show by Teresa Jarzynski, Vatsala Menon, Robert O’Brien and Barbara Pliskin. The exhibit will be on display from March 7-31, 2018.

Located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E, Bethesda, MD, Gallery B will be open Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm. The gallery will also be open for the exhibit’s opening reception on Friday, March  9, 6-8pm.  

Teresa Jarzynski’s portfolio of work includes a variety of subjects, as she takes turns painting landscapes, portraits, still life’s and an occasional abstract. Jarzynski received her associate’s degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Lorenzo de’ Medici School, Florence, Italy. She supplemented her studies at the New York Studio School under the direction of Joseph Santore. In 2012, following her schooling, Jarzynski re-located to her hometown of Bethesda, MD to dedicate her time to studio practice. She draws her ideas from observation, memory and imagination and prefers to work through challenges and decisions directly on the canvas, finding great pleasure in the experimentation and surprise of each vision as it evolves.

Vatsala Menon, originally from India, moved to the United States in the 1990’s, upon which her passion for painting also bloomed. Largely self-taught in the practice, Menon committed to painting fulltime in 2012 and continues to hone her craft, her love of art propelling her forward. She is an abstract artist because, as she explains, abstraction gives her freedom, a creative space and the spontaneity of composition. She finds great joy, energy and satisfaction in creating works on canvas, a happiness that permeates all areas of her life.

Robert O’Brien is an artist and mathematician specializing in the human form. He received his Certificate in Painting from Washington Studio School in 2002 and has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions. He considers himself a painter who bridges abstraction and realism and follows the tradition of Titian, Velázquez, de Kooning and Pollock. O’Brien exhibited at the Kramer Gallery in Silver Spring, MD and Black Rock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD as well as had a solo show at the National Symphony Orchestra Concert Hartke Theater in Washington, D.C.

Barbara Pliskin was an art teacher for 30 years with Dade County Public Schools in Florida before moving to Maryland. She has worked in many different mediums, including both painting and metals. The move north 12 years ago didn’t change her focus, and Barbara continues her practice of painting and metalsmithing, often incorporating her knowledge of human anatomy in her work. As she creates her pieces she lets the medium dictate the design and guide her process. Most recently Barbara was a member artist with Waverly Street Gallery.

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