Erin Nicole Gordon, Del Ray resident and Virginia native, Erin is a former muralist turned corporate visual strategist. With background in fine arts and business, she works as a consultant and facilitator across both Defense and civilian agencies in DC, and spends most of her time employing visual design approaches to strategic conversations both in person and virtually. Her recent return to freelance muraling, painting and photography has paved the path for taking part in more local arts events this year such as La Bella Strada and increased community engagement with Casa Chirilagua. Learn more about Erin and check out her work (or join her for a yoga class) at www.erinicolegordon.com.
Patrick Kirwin has been an art teacher at the Art League in Alexandria, VA, since 1994. He has also been an art teacher at the Fine Arts Work House in Lorton for 2 years, The Smithsonian Associates for 10 years and the Corcoran College of Art and Design for 3 years.
He works painting commissioned murals and is a specialist in Trompe L’oeil Illusionism.
He attended the Hambidge Center for Arts and Science residencies, twice and was a resident artist at the Griffis Art Center in New London Connecticut.
Margaret Wohler is a 22-year park naturalist and illustrator at Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria. She teaches school children and adults about nature, beginning birding and plants, provides all technical illustration, leads Sketch Hikes along the trails and teaches children’s summer art camps. 2018 is her third year participating in La Bella Strada!
Kim Douglass, an Alexandria resident, is a self-taught artist who has been drawing for as long as she can remember. Working primarily in pencil and oil pastel, her aim is to produce realistic images that bring attention to the fine details of her subjects. To her, drawing has always been a meditative process and a deeper way of “seeing.” She typically focuses on natural subjects, such as botanicals and animals, and architecture. Her work can be found in private collections across the country. When not drawing, Kim is a management consultant for federal government agencies and non-profits in the DC area. You can see some of Kim’s work at www.kimdouglass.com.
Suzy Scollon is an artist and long-time art teacher. She enjoys sharing her joy of art and music with others. Suzy is inspired by nature and carves natural motifs in her ceramic relief tiles. Her experiences studying ikebana and other traditional arts in Japan influence her work. Suzy’s ceramic sculptures and relief tiles can be found in private collections and homes.
Remy Lavelle is a Virginia-based mixed media painter and sensitive for objects, graduating from the Corcoran School of Art and Design in May 2016. showing in group shows like “NEXT” at the Corcoran , “Epithet” at EMP Collective, and serving as Co-Director at Gallery 1301 in Baltimore, MD. She has since shown in group shows across the US as well as her first solo show, “Exhumation”, at the Durant Arts Center in Alexandria, VA. When not painting and working at UpCycle, a treasure trove for cast-offs from the community she enjoys hanging with her husband, John and their rescue dog Pluto, and advocates for green funeral rites in Virginia.
Mamatjan Juma was a former art teacher from China’s western-most-province, Xinjiang, in Chinese, and known to Uyghurs, a native people of the region, as East Turkestan.
He was trained in the techniques of French academicism and the ideology of Socialist Realism in China. After he came to the United States in 2003 to do his masters in Fine Arts, he started experimenting and exploring the techniques of abstract expressionism and abstract art in general.
Upon graduating in 2005 from Washington University in St. Louis, Mamatjan Juma relocated to Virginia, where he currently resides and works. His other works can be found at https://www.facebook.com/mamatj1 and https://www.instagram.com/mjartworks14/
He has participated in many local and international group shows.
Jamie Alyse Smith is a Virginia native & BFA graduate of Shepherd University. Her mish-mash journey of retail, food & art jobs has led her to Whole Foods Market as a current store sign artist. She has a keen interest in typography & the visual art of story telling by illustration.
If asked which medium she prefers she would say that it depends on the project in question. “The medium is the message”. In other words, the chosen tool should amplify the message or add to it’s meaning, conceptually, to create a logical whole. Her favorite aesthetic look is watercolor on natural wood.
Pamela Underhill likes bold colors, loves to draw and sketch, and makes it a daily activity. She is a sculptor, landscape designer, project manager and artist/painter. Nature is her inspiration along with movement and emotional excitement. She uses found objects and upcycled materials for sculpture and collage. Markers, pencils, acrylic paints and any other marking instrument finds its way into my hand and onto a piece of paper or canvas.
You can view some of her collaborative art on traffic control boxes in Alexandria, along Duke Street, from the Masonic Temple to the Pink Pizza restaurant (now a Yates’ establishment).
She has been a visiting artist at Beverely Hills Church Preschool (sculpture on playground), Oakridge Elementary School in Arlington, (a collaborative sculpture on the playground) and Discovery Elementary School (4 large, 3-D wall pieces mounted on the wall over the library).
Other work can be seen on the lawn at Convergence Church on Quaker Lane. She has many purchased paintings and drawings with private collectors.
She has won awards at the Torpedo Factory Art Gallery and show at Del Ray Artisans. She has developed the gardens at the Del Ray Artisans, including working with boy scouts to design and install a Pollinator garden: all volunteer work.
Ben Wood is an artist who uses vibrantly colored, crudely painted and occasionally disturbing works to tell a wide range of personal and observational stories. Acrylic paints, oil sticks, chalk pastels, ink, spray paint and crayons are his go to tools. Having next to no formal art education, most of Ben’s training comes from time spent helping other artists. He attributes his success to hard work, a lot of luck and a big dose of pure stubbornness. Follow Ben on Instagram @ BenjaminWooooood
Sara Bukoski Lovelace, an Alexandria native, is a mixed media artist and visual art educator, living and working in Del Ray. She is proud to be one of the art teachers at Del Ray’s Mount Vernon Community School, where her K-5 artists inspire her daily. Sara enjoys working with a variety of media, including acrylic and oil painting, fiber sculpture, and collage. She is inspired by the natural world, the artwork of her students, and the poetry of everyday life.
Born and raised in Peru, Briam Montenegro immigrated to the United States at the age of 15. He continued and completed his education, being the first person to complete High School in his family a few years later. Briam has been creating beautiful pieces of artwork from a very young age, but it wasn’t until his junior year in High School that he decided to take his art a step further, developing new skills and learning new techniques going out of his comfort zone and diving into new mediums.
Originally a black and white artist, Briam has evolved, developing skills in water color, acrylics, pastels, photography and many more. Briam loves learning new techniques and is ignited by the difficulties of new challenges. Being far away from “home” is what drives Briam’s art the most, focusing on Nostalgic, Cultural, and Religion related pieces. Briam is currently working on becoming a well-known mural artist where he likes combining other people’s ideas and creating pieces with his own style, utilizing latex and acrylic paints.
Scholastic Art awards / Gold Key award winner.
The Community Kids Club is a group of middle school students in Del Ray who are committed to volunteering and actively participating in their community. They have been working together to help others locally (from shoveling snow to helping with AmeriCorps volunteers) and globally (we have even sponsored a well in Cambodia!) since 2012. The CKC believes we all can contribute in positive ways to our communities.
Adrienne Iannazzo is a graduate of George Washington’s University Art Therapy and Counseling program. She works as a behavioral health clinician for Fairfax County. Iannazzo’s style of art utilizes both realist and surrealist techniques to create metaphors about life experiences and process these encounters.
Nicole Flaig, newly resident of Arlington, has been participating in Street Painting festivals across the United States since 2004. She began painting along side her mother, Beatrice Flaig, in Florida and continued on to win competitions, such as People’s Choice awards in both Colorado and Connecticut. She strives to try different techniques at nearly every festival, sometimes including 3D perspectives. More often than not, you will find her paintings to be dynamic, bright, and boldly colorful.
While not her only passion (she is currently pursuing a career in Neuroscience), Nicole has a strong love for the street art. Both the ephemeral creative experience and interactions with the crowds are the driving joy of recreating grand scales of art on the pavement. Nicole has also branched out into creations in the opposite end of the spectrum: miniature oil and acrylic paintings! From twenty feet to 20 millimeters, the process of drawing and painting is a meditative one and will keep her painting for fun for years to come.
Leslie Duss, a DRMS alumni parent, is a lifelong creative and adventuresome amateur artist. She has dabbled in all sorts of media. She’s exhibited fine art photography in juried shows in Pittsburgh and Seattle. She also helped to create the oversized soft sculptures at Sugar Shack in the Alexandria and DC locations with the Del Ray Yarn Bombers. She also loves to draw and sketch and has taken classes locally at the Art League and Del Ray Artisans.