Wow, that year flew by … we have been in our studio at the Arts Barn for one year!  It has been wonderful, we truly love being there.  We believe we have been able to connect more with the community and our classes and workshops are even better than before.  And to have a dedicated creative space is a such a beautiful gift … we go there and can’t help but want to bring our dreams to life.  The greatest compliment has been when people walk in and feel welcome … that is a huge part of our mission.  Art should not be intimidating, it should be engaging and that is what we are all about.

We hope you’ll come by and help us celebrate our one year anniversary at the Arts Barn, we will have interesting things going on all month … stay tuned.

Aug 16, 2013
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Paint_theTown_Flyer2013We are going to be part of “Paint the Town” this year … yeah!!  There will be two of Jaree’s paintings in this exhibit … the abstract autumnal, “Tumbling” and a brand new piece, an fun acrylic abstract, “The Colors of Kensington”.  It is supposed to represent what you would see if you were flying through town at hyper speed … the blur of the trees, buildings and sky all into the vortex of where you are going.  Really, the lingering visual memory of Kensington traveling with you.  Photo to come, it is at the framer’s right now.

Hope to see you at the show!!


Hi … sorry for the hiatus, but it was a REALLY busy summer with five weeks of camps.  Fantastic, though, probably the best summer we have ever had instructing … super kids, great projects, wonderful assistants.  I am officially spoiled.

We are taking a short break to head back to the midwest for a few days and then hopefully the beach for a few days, but our autumn is already well planned.  If you would like to see what we will be teaching, check out our updated Classes and Workshops page.  And we are lining up exhibitions … check them out on our Exhibitions page.

Hope you enjoy these last days of summer!!

Jun 14, 2013
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We were finally able to get some of our paintings photographed and listed at Etsy.  Whoo-hoo!  They are also in the Portfolio section here at the website and on our page at Facebook.  Hope you will get a chance to check them out!  We would love to know your thoughts …

Jun 04, 2013
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Don’t you just love early summer? The temps are still great, there is not too much humidity yet, such potential for fun. I want to be out playing, not working!!


May 25, 2013
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Wishing everyone a happy and safe Memorial Day Weekend!  We have the weekend “off”, but we’ll be working on the studio garden and hopefully some fun, creative projects, too.  What are you doing this weekend?

We are going to be a the Gaithersburg Book Festival this Saturday, May 18th and really looking forward to it! We will be in the Children’s Village all day playing a bunch of games from Story Makers class. Also, four students from Story Makers will be reading their wonderful illustrated stories at the Story Time tent … Noah and William at 11 am and Kano and Francie at 3:30 pm. Hope to see you there!!

We have a great class coming up … last chance to register!

Photography Foundations – Basics of Photoshop Elements

Sunday, May 5, 2013 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm.


Part of the fun of digital photography is being able to “play” with your pictures on the computer after you have downloaded them from your camera. This is the workshop to get you started. We explore the basics of Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 together and learn how to take your images to the next level. Participants will need to bring a laptop with Adobe Photoshop Elements11 installed. Ages 14 and up.

– Residents $54.00
– NonResidents $60.00

You may register by calling the Arts Barn at: 301.258.6394 or online at

Tonight is the night!  We hope you can come by for a visit to our artist receptions this evening from 7 to 8:30 pm.

Our fine art jewelry, inspired by Wu Xing – The Five Elements, which consist of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water, are on display and we would love to chat with you about them and have you come in the studio to see where we work.   This reception is being held at the Arts Barn.

AND right across the street, Jaree’s painting, “Foggy Shore” was juried by Jordon Bruns to the Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association (GFAA) 27th Annual Juried Art Exhibition at Kentlands Mansion and the reception and awards ceremony is this evening there, as well.  She will be back and forth across the street to both venues.

The addresses are: Kentlands Mansion, 320 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878 and 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.

We are so excited to have opening today our first fine art jewelry exhibition at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn.  We chose to be inspired by Wu Xing – The Five Elements, which consist of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.  All of the pieces are one-of-a-kind and were handmade in the studio over the last several weeks.  The show will be open through May 26th.  The artist reception will be on April 9th from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.  We hope you can come by to see the pieces in person, the photos do not do them justice.  If you want more details about any piece, just drop us a line!  We’ll chat about each one more over the next few weeks …


Blossoming Tree Necklace and Earrings


Cityscape Bracelet


Hearth Ring


Home Pendant


Orbit Ring


Portal Pendant Necklace


Torch Pendant Necklace


Waterdrops Pendant Necklace and Earrings