Amanda Bantug is a multimedia artist in every sense of the word — graphic designer, video editor, animator, photographer, painter, aspiring comic book artist, and self-taught crocheter/crafter. Clearly, she enjoys making things.
A published poet and painter, Norfolk native Melanie Bikowski, studied Creative Writing at Old Dominion University and painting with Art League mentor Beverly Ryan at the Torpedo Factory after moving to Alexandria. Not so long in the past, Bikowski spent her time dancing in dark warehouses to punk music and stayed engaged in the natural world around her. Reigning in the freedom of the modern and the electric pulse within, her paintings reverberate with a graffiti flavor. Working with acrylic on canvas and paper, she has completed a painting every day since December 1st of last year in an endeavor she termed 365 Days of Art.
Tressa is a multidisciplinary artist, doing oil paintings and charcoal drawings by commission, murals, museum installation design, digital graphics, and participating in nationally recognized juried exhibitions for a span of ten years. Her most recent public project was Cheesetique’s holiday window painting. Contact Tressa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community Kids Club
The Community Kids Club is a group of nine 4th and 5th graders from Mount Vernon Community School. They have worked together for the past three years to support the Del Ray community by volunteering in activities ranging from helping to paint a mural on Mt. Vernon Ave, raking leaves for the elderly with Ameri Corps, raising money for the new playground at MVCS, and much more. The Community Kids Club is committed to showing that helping others in your community is not only necessary; it’s really fun!
Adrienne Iannazzo is a graduate student at George Washington’s University Art Therapy and Counseling program.
Iannazzo’s style of art utilizes both realist and surrealist techniques to make metaphors about life experiences and to process these encounters.
Patrick Kirwin began working in Trompe L’oeil at George Washington University in 1984, painting clothing which later evolved into large curtain and tapestry illusions painted directly onto walls. He later attended the Skowhegan School of painting and sculpture in Maine where he painted landscapes using long grass as the brushes to apply acrylic paint.
Since the mid 1990s, Kirwan has taught at the Art League, The Corcoran College, and the Smithsonian Institution. He has completed interesting and large commercial projects, as well as the interiors of many small shops, private wine cellars and murals in homes.
Angela Lutzker earned an MA from the Corcoran Collage of Art and Design. Lutzker has taught visual arts in Alexandria City public schools and art enrichment classes in Alexandria and Arlington. She works in a variety of artistic mediums but prefers abstract mixed media painting. “The process of creating this type of art feels like a moving meditation and allows me to be completely present in the moment,” she says. She is inspired by nature, poetry, architecture, and the human form and enjoys exploring color and spacial relationships as well as juxtaposition between motion and stillness.
Lutzker lives with her husband and two children in Alexandria. She recently opened The Barre Fitness Studio on King Street in Old Town, Alexandria.
The Potomac Art Therapy Association
The Potomac Art Therapy Association (PATA) is a non-profit organization that promotes the therapeutic use of art throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area, professional development through lectures, workshops, and conferences, public awareness of art therapy through instructional presentations to community agencies, and fosters networking and the development of support groups for art therapists through regional meetings. http://www.potomacarttherapy.org/
Daphne Puerto is a lifelong artist and handcrafter who is always seeking new channels for creativity. Her favorite ways to practice creativity in everyday life include lettering, sketching, and knitting. Daphne works as a user experience designer and is an active member of the human-centered design community, focused on applying design thinking to innovate around the most difficult social problems.
Samantha Testa was introduced to art by her grandfather in Youngstown, Ohio. Residing in Northern Va. now, Testa enjoys the 70-degree days, biking, and exploring in her free time while sketching statues and architecture, creating life-like renditions of old barns, cherry blossoms and monuments, and bringing to life the Virginia landscape on canvas. Her versatile collection is available through her Web site, www.paintedpallets.com.
Karen Laurie Thomas
Karen Laurie Thomas is an artist and Virginia Master Naturalist Trainee. She began sketching outdoors in Louisiana as part of her graduate school studies in paleobiogeography. Karen moved to the Washington, DC area in 1998 to begin work as a government contractor. Karen Laurie began taking classes at The Art League of Alexandria in 2006 to improve her field sketches. She went on to complete her art education there through night classes over the next 7 years.
Karen Laurie has been professionally exhibiting in galleries in the DC metro area since 2013. She is currently an artist-in-residence at Palette 22 restaurant and serves as the Executive Secretary for the Commission for the Arts for the City of Alexandria.
When not painting, Karen Laurie is studying to become a certified Virginia Master Naturalist with the Arlington Regional Master Naturalists. Website: https://karenthomasfineart.com | Blog: https://karenthomasfineart.com/blog | facebook.com/klthomasart | twitter.com/klthomasart | instagram.com/klthomasart | pinterest.com/klthomasart
Alexandria resident Pamela Underhill has had exhibits at local galleries in the area in juried and collaborative shows. She has been to several local schools and explorative art classes as a visiting artist.
Her sculptures have appeared in private collections, area playgrounds and schools.
Margaret Wohler leads classes in nature-journaling, drawing and sketching at Huntley Meadows Park in Fairfax County. As park naturalist and illustrator, Wohler provides a well-rounded introduction to the natural world. Her classes are always in demand. Years of observations and sketching have given her keen insight into the local wildlife scene. She wakes you to the world alive but apart from the safety of tree-lined neighborhoods.
Wohler, who has lived in Del Ray since 1992 is married to Brett, a family doctor. Their children Christina and Marcus are graduates of TC Williams High School.
Alexandria native Benjamin Wood works mainly in abstracts. His art sometimes tell a story to get a point across. More often, his work is a record of his impressions and interpretations of life in the moment.
Wood draws his inspiration from hip-hop, jazz, funk, soul, bluegrass, reggae, all sorts of movies and the many successes and failures in his life.