We are fortunate to have Bev Ress as our guest artist for the January meeting. Bev is a graduate of Earlham College and has an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her work has appeared in group and/or solo shows at The Athenaeum, George Mason University, Goucher College, The Katzen Arts Center, Loyola University, McLean Project for the Arts, Catholic University, The Art Museum of the Americas, and Villa Julie College, among others.
Birds are among her favorite subjects, and colored pencils and paper are her favorite media. She uses cuts and folds to give her pieces a three-dimensional, sculptured look. A Washington Post reviewer describes Ress’s work as follows: “Ress does small, precise nature drawings on large pieces of paper. She then carves intricate patterns into the sheets and retains the cut-out parts as a compositional element. The drawings and lacy paper are both delicate, yet the way the cutouts spiral off the pictures is quietly emphatic.”
Among her honors and awards are Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council (2013, 2006, 1998); Project Grant, United States Artists (2011); Rising Star Award, Art, Corcoran Gallery, (2010); Individual Grant, Pollock-Krasner Foundation (2008). In 2013, she was Resident Artist Scholar at George Washington University; and in 2009, a Keyholder Resident at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring, Maryland.
She has taught at Catholic University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Georgetown University, and has given lectures at The Corcoran School of Art and The Phillips Collection, among others. She was an invited presenter at the European Medical Illustrators’ annual conference in 2007, in Antwerp Belgium. Her talk was published in the book, Confronting Mortality with Art and Science.
Her work is included in the collections of: The Library of Congress, Amnesty International, and The Collection at Sheppard Pratt, Baltimore, MD.
Further information is available at beverlyress.com.
Gavin Glakas grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and started drawing about the time he started walking. He studied at Washington University in St. Louis and the Slade School of Fine Art in London. Following graduation, he spent a year in Athens, Greece, working as an illustrator.
After returning to the U.S., Glakas spent a year and a half working on Capitol Hill as a Senate staffer. He had planned to go to law school, but after an eight-month illness culminating in the removal of a tumor from his lung at the age of 24, he decided to pursue his lifelong ambition of a career as an artist.
Glakas began showing his work in galleries almost immediately and has won numerous honors for his artwork, including awards from the Portrait Society of America and the Butler Institute of American Art. His paintings have been featured on NBC News and in American Art Collector, International Artist, Art Business News, Elan and The Strand magazines and exhibited at museums and galleries throughout the country.
Glakas’ paintings hang in the United States Capitol, the House of Representatives’ Armed Forces Committee, Georgetown University, The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach and the Ratner Museum in Bethesda, as well as numerous private collections.
The artist is represented by Principle Gallery in Alexandria, VA and Charleston, SC. He paints full-time and teaches figure painting and drawing at the Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo, MD, as well as workshops in Tuscany and Palm Beach.
Linda is an experimental artist working in acrylics and collage, seeking visual form for ideas, imagination, spirit, and intuition. When she paints, she uses texture, stamping, layers and stenciling while keeping mindful of her chosen theme, seeking to create artwork that both veils and reveals. Building on a background in traditional watercolor, portraiture in oils, and Chinese landscape painting, she now pursues new directions thanks to the ever-expanding array of innovative art products.
She has taught numerous classes on acrylic mediums and collage, encouraging others to explore the artistic possibilities of these flexible and exciting methods and materials.
Linda is a member of Potomac Valley Watercolorists, the Arlington Artists Alliance, and the International Society of Experimental Artists. Her website is: lindamaldonado.com.