Past Exhibitions


Now On Display
March 4, 2019 - June 15, 2019
Fluid Acrylics by Alan Rich


As a visual artist I paint still life, landscapes and abstracts.

I have been creating art since I was a small child (many children are small). My first painting was "Popeye the Sailor" with enamel paints on wood. My other art consisted of building and customizing plastic model cars, building and racing radio control cars and trucks, and drawing with colored pencil and graphite.

My inspiration comes from the happiness and joy of bright colors. I chose the acrylic medium for its quick drying properties and wide array of available gels and mediums for creating different and interesting textures and fluid movements.

I have studios in both Maryland and Rehoboth Beach, DE. My art is an outlet from the everyday. It is relaxing and invigorating all at the same time. In a world of being connected virtually 24/7, art gets me to a quieter, more serene place, whether it’s at the beach or here at home watching football and painting…at the same time.

January 11, 2019-February 28, 2019
Art Inspired by African Masks by Leslie Anne Hansley
SuSu is Going on a Date
Hello! I was born in Jamaica, moved to the US in 1981 and settled in Silver Spring. In my previous lives I was a computer programmer, garment manufacturer, and accountant. Now that I am retired, I decided to fulfill a long-time wish. I have always been fascinated by African Masks. My husband traveled to Africa many times and always brought home paintings and masks.

In early 2018, I decided to paint images of African masks on canvas but to add my own twist. I have no formal artistic training and I have never painted before except at Sip and Paint wine events where I did more sipping than painting.

My ancestors used crude tools to make their masks which were often a bit imperfect but yet so very beautiful. I like that my art does not require precision and symmetry and is therefore a reflection of my personality. At this stage in my life, I hate being conventional. 

My art gives me a feeling of warmth and joy that I hope you will share with me.
“Walk Good My Friend” (Jamaican saying for good bye and be safe until I see you again)

Leslie Anne Hansley
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November 9, 2018 - January 10, 2019
Multi-Media Art by Various Artists
- In partnership with CREATE Arts Center - 

This multifaceted exhibit showcases artwork by CREATE Arts Center's teaching artists, staff, clients, and members of Studio Downstairs
CREATE Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization located in downtown Silver Spring. Founded in 1986, our mission is to spark creativity, foster learning, empower individuals, and facilitate community connections through the arts.

Learn more about CREATE at

To purchase artwork on credit card, please contact CREATE at (301) 588-2787
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September 14, 2018 - October 30, 2018
Multi-Media by Nonja Tiller
- In partnership with Art Enables - 

Nonja brings her intricate creations to life through her character and narrative driven artwork. Nonja’s work often tells multiple stories at once. The absurdity of the human condition, whimsy of the animal kingdom, and the dangers of society are all targets for her keen sense of humor and detail. There are often surprises in the least likely places. Nonja is exceptionally driven and works to improve her style of work constantly, but markers are Nonja’s favorite medium.

Contact: To purchase Nonja's artwork, patrons can contact Allie Frazier at, call the studio at 202-554-9455, or purchase directly from her website listed above. 

July 6, 2018 - September 7, 2018
Collages by Jai D. Marcus 

"A Washington Native, I have always been aware of the dynamic culture of the city; the music, the people, the food, the combination of goodness in one place. My parents were both lovers of the arts, so I have always had an affinity for the creative. After being reared and sculpted in the District, I moved across town to Silver Spring, Maryland shortly after high school. Though just miles away, this transition broadened my perspective of how I see my environment. I attended Montgomery College, graduating with an Associates degree in Art. While there I reaffirmed my love for art and the many ways that environment, experiences and every other facet of life can meet and marry to make a new creation.

I’ve worked in both acrylic and encaustic wax paint for numerous years and recently became enamored with abstract collage. I see collage as being the technique of juxtaposing various pictures, papers, text, fabric and other materials onto a backdrop of color or other texture. The end-product, having undergone a thoughtful and organic assemblage yields a fresh piece of work.

The excitement of collage for me is beginning with no expectations of what the finished product will look like, but rather the discovery of what uniquely placed items produce; a synergy of color, balance and harmony to the eye; like life if looking through your personalized lens.

Take a closer look to see what you can find. Hope you enjoy the journey as much as I do."

Woodrow Wilson High School 75th Anniversary Celebration - 2014
Artomatic - 2013

Contact Jai: (240) 643-3039

Rug Hooking by Barbara Twigg

May 4, 2018 through June 28, 2018

"I began rug hooking over 26 years ago.  When my twin boys were born, I did not have a rocking chair so my Grandmother gave me a beautiful old Stottlemyer rocking chair along with a rug that always sat in front.   My Grandmother told me that my Great-grandmother made the rug.  It was a geometric pattern with lots of bright colors. I didn’t understand how it was made just that I loved it.  A couple of years later I found someone demonstrating at a local craft show how to make these beautiful rugs.  I began taking classes and was “hooked”.

Rug hooking is a process of pulling different sizes, colors and textures of strips of fabric (usually wool) through a backing into loops to make a design.    It has existed in the US for over 200 years.   These designs were made out of whatever fabric and backing were available and used to cover the floors and sometimes even the bed.  Today they are often used on the wall as a work of art.

A few years ago I became McGown certified to teach rug hooking.  I teach at a local shop in Frederick, MD called Primitive Homespuns Wool and Needleworks.   I am also very active in our local rug hooking guild and love to demonstrate rug hooking at the local ag expo, fair, guild or really to anyone who has an interest. I have participated in many craft shows over the years and currently participate in two a year with a friend:  Boonsboro Days in Boonsboro, MD and at the mill at Waterford in Waterford, VA."
Barbara Twigg

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March 2, 2018 - April 30, 2018
Debut Exhibition!
by Jim Klumpner

"I have drawn with pens and pencils all my life but started painting only two and a half years ago.  I am untutored in art and prefer to stay that way — at least for the present. For now, I would rather paint than take painting lessons.
There is a certain liberation that comes with being unschooled.  Lack of training forces me to experiment, and paintings typically take about a month to complete.  This opens the door to happy accidents, i.e. unintended results that enhance a work rather than diminish it.  Without schooling, one can’t knowingly make any mistakes.

These works have no titles.  Rather, they invite viewers to tell their own stories about what the surreal images signify.  When my works succeed, they enlist viewers’ own creativity in giving meaning to the strangeness.  They are like Rorschach tests, but without diagnostic purpose.

Before turning to art in retirement, I worked as an economist at the Commerce Department, the Joint Economic Committee of Congress, the House Budget Committee and the Senate Budget Committee.  I also wrote a book, Spoiling Affluence:  How Market Prosperity Limits Market Satisfactions (available from  And for 22 years, I directed Polyhymnia, an a cappella chamber choir, which I founded and which continues to charm Washington-area audiences under new leadership."
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Whimsy Mosaics 
by Ge'Vonna Keyes and Edwin Salmeron
January 4 - February 28, 2018

Whimsy Mosaics is a husband-wife partnership operated by Edwin Salmeron and Ge'Vonna Keyes. Ge'Vonna was introduced to mosaics through a semester of crafts at Montgomery College. Edwin helped her with one of her projects, and they've been creating whimsical mosaics ever since. They love how mosaics use small pieces of different shapes, sizes, and colors to create a larger, beautiful picture. They specialize in mosaics that are abstract, lively, and fanciful.
Instagram: @whimsyartmosaics- 
Facebook page: @whimsymosaics-
Twitter: @whimsymosaics-

Mini Group Art Show: Theme: 'LOVE'

This is a Call for some extra LOVE at Kefa Cafe & Space 710!

Because you have shown your love for Kefa Cafe & Space 710, we wanted to invite you to bring in some LOVE themed art for the remaining weeks in the month of February!

(February 12, 2016 - end of February (TBD, very soon).

This will team up with our current Silver Spring exhibit, so please EMAIL US if you have a piece you'd like to contribute. 

Stop by Space710 at Kefa Cafe to view available space. First come, first served. We have the space we have.

- Drop Off is Friday, February 12th. Kefa Cafe on Bonifant Street. Noon.

- Pick Up at the end of February will be confirmed, shortly.

Group Art Show: Theme: 'Silver Spring'

Re-Opening of Kefa Cafe, January 16th, 2016. 10:30am - 11:30am

Our current Silver Spring Group Art Show will be up from January 16th, 2016 for approximately 1.5 months.

Artists: Christine Batta, Eric Gordon, Bobbi Kittner, Kanchan Balse, Marcelle Fozard, Jennifer Vallina, Meagan Healy, 

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Theme: A Pop-Up Group Art Show, Theme: Silver Spring (and surrounding areas).

When? WHERE?
 Fenton Street Market, Saturday, October 24th, 2015.

Why? Marketing and Sales (include a business-sized card with your contact information on it, price and any other contact information), show off your work, show off Silver Spring, MD!

For How Long? 1 day (10am-4pm)

Questions: Email -