Student and Faculty Exhibition 2020

The Workhouse Arts Center Student and Faculty Exhibition recognizes the achievements of our Department of Education. The exhibition surveys works from our prestigious course instructors, faculty and their students. Explore the numerous paintings, glass and clay works created in our acclaimed classes and workshops.

A virtual reception will be held December 19th from 6-7 PM.

Artists and Artist Statements

For purchase inquiries, please contact Gallery Manager, Audrey Miller at audreymiller@workhousearts.org or (703) 584-2911.

"GladToKnowYes" - Noreen Brunini

2020
Watercolor
20 in x 28 in
$250

“When I was little I thought the word Gladiolas was pronounced Glad To Know Yas. Marni’s class is always a lot of fun and full of interesting students.”

"Inspiration" - Lucille Clark

2020
Mosaic on MDF
8 1/2 in x 6 3/4 in
NFS

“This free-flowing mosaic was based on cracks of a large piece of porcelain. It then subconsciously evolved with the breathtaking colors of sea glass into an artistic piece reflecting both realism and abstraction.”

"Spanish Balconies" - Craig Wright

2020
Watercolor
8 in x 10 in
NFS

“I painted “Spanish Balconies” for an ‘architecture study’ assignment midway through our watercolor class. “Spanish Balconies” is based on a photo I took in Tarragona, Spain back in 2015. It reflects my tight, detail orientated style, love for warm colors, and preference for strong value change.”

"Serenity" - Daiva Balkus

2020
Fused Glass
10 in x 10 in x 1/2 in
$75

“I so enjoy placing contrasting pieces of glass next to each other – colors, shapes, sizes, atmospheric effects – that one wouldn’t expect might work together.”

"Village" - Jacki Waitts

2020
Fused Glass
8 in x 8 in
NFS

“I like to work with scrap glass and enjoy bright colors in this dark time.”

"Red and Orange Tapestry Bowl" - Betsy Bicknell

2020
Fused Glass
7 1/2 in diameter
$65

“This year, I learned the tapestry technique, from a video created by glass artist Richard Parrish. My teacher, Sandi Martina, supported me as I learned. This bowl is my experimentation with red and orange colors.”

"Mount Rogers, Appalachian Trial" - Kelly Ayotte-Phelan

2020
Mixed Media
10 in x 10 in
NFS

“Mixed media allows me to translate my backpacking experiences and emotional response to wild places into art. As I descended Mount Rogers, the slopes were filled with light and color and texture. A brief respite before climbing up again.”

"Braving the Storm" - Deidre Pistochini

2020
Watercolor
26 in x 33 in
NFS

“This large watercolor, painted on torchon paper, is based on a photograph I took on a trip to Wyoming a numbers of years ago. My painting presents the noble and beautiful bison in its natural, sometimes harsh habitat.”

"Lift" - Debra Balestreri

2020
Clay
14 1/4 in x 5 in diameter
$900

“I believe that the emotional weight of a sculpture is best expressed through the gesture. Through my sculptures, there are times I’m very consciously attempting to capture a moment, an experience or an insight. I am compelled to find the single gesture that captures the essential meaning of a story and speaks to the viewer on multiple levels.”

"Retrovase" - Michael Brain Schiffer

2020
Stoneware
12 3/4 in x 7 1/2 in
$249

“My pottery designs are informed entirely by whimsy. Do not seek philosophical insights in my works because they are intended only to delight the senses of sight and touch.”

"Flighty Soapdish" - Dana Theus

2020
Ceramic
3 in x 3 in
NFS

“A small handful of joy is worth looking at every day.”

"In A One Horse Open Sleigh" - Barbara Mallard

2020
Watercolor
18 in x 22 in
NFS

“I enjoy nature and try as best I can to capture its’ beauty in watercolor. My efforts are always a work in progress.”

"Ocean Drama" - Jessica Goodman

2020
Pastel
9 in x 12 in
NFS

“I have tried for an ethereal quality.”

"Face Jug" - Leslie Lewis

2020
Ceramic
4 in x 4 in
NFS

“The history of putting a face on a jug or piece of pottery is an old one. In America it has been a part of southern folk art. Brian inspired us with a demonstration and some of his pieces. I enjoyed trying my hand at it.”

"Clearing Mountain Storm" - Davi M. D'Agostino

2020
Oils
11 in x 14 in
$550

“Suzanne’s class pushed me in directions that I had not undertaken before, at least consciously. Working with a compressed set of values in a painting had gone against my own efforts to ensure my work spanned at least 3 values! I am very pleased with the outcome!”

"Before the Storm" - Louise Collins

2020
Pastel
14 in x 18 in
NFS

“‘Before the Storm’ truly is inspired by the storm of events brought on us all both individual and communal in 2020. The clearing just below the clouds above the horizon shows us the promise of future light. The distance may appear to be an easy traverse but the the looming storm above warns of the choppy ride. This difficult time has allowed me as an artist a new opportunity of expression through more abstracted works.”

"Wildflowers" - Shawn Howard

2020
Ceramic
6 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in
$500

“Inspired by true events.”

"Fish" - Larry Lai

2020
Clay
17 1/2 in x 5 in x 4 in
NFS

“Recycled clay, black slip highlights, Seaworld glaze.”

"Bowl" - Marilyn Feldman

2020
Ceramic
3 in x7 in diameter
NFS

“I used light clay on which I imprinted texture on bottom and periphery. I then carved bowl interior. After bisque fire I applied various color underglazes followed by clear. Underside of pot remains unglazed. This piece reflects my interest in the built environment: the structures that house us, employ us, and entertain us.”

"Low Tide III" - Gwendolyn Bragg

2020
Transparent Watercolor on Torchon Paper
28 in x 34 in
$1200

“One of a series of painting inspired by the tidal pools in costal Maine.”

"The Skin I Wear" - Susan King

2020
Clay
6 1/2 in x 5 1/4 in
$150

“‘The Skin I Wear’ is about what happens to us as we age. Getting older myself, I’ve had a sharp reminder recently of that reality causing me to re-think how I live and create. Add the historic impacts of the pandemic, which has left virtually no one untouched, life has become this perfect storm re-configuring everything we thought we knew, or understood. The piece was created using Standard White Stoneware 182, slab pressed into a slump mold plaster cast from my own face years ago. The slab was distressed as it was pressed into the mold giving visual to the wear and tear of years and events. The piece was pit fired in sawdust, twigs and pine needles. Packets of copper carbonate mixed with salt were added as colorant. The eyes are rendered using colored pencils and gouache. Goddard marble paste wax was rubbed on the form as a finish.”

"Lamp" - Ernest A. Shepard

2020
Ceramic
8 in x 24 in
$525

“Ceramic vase made into a studio lamp. Surface texture of multiple clay slips and cone 6 glazes. One of a kind.”

"Glimmery Hope" - Christine Jenkins

2020
Mixed Media
10 in x 10 in
$140

“This is a cherry piece to project hope. It’s colorful leaves, flowers, embellishments and butterfly gives me hope.”

"Turbulent Sea" - Roberta Stevens

2020
Oils
15 1/2 in x 18 1/2 in
NFS

“I’m a newcomer to oil painting, but found the medium worked well in creating a sense of the motion and danger of the sea.”

"Wash Your Hands and Keep Drawing" - Marni Maree

2020
Watercolor, colored pencil, ink
7 in x 10 in
$300

“This is one of many non-dominant hand drawings that I have been doing these past few months. There is something very freeing to draw with my left hand. It forces me to really see what I am looking at and to make my hand copy those shapes with extra effort. It always turns out a bit wonky and delightful!”

"One With Nature" - Elizabeth A Stalker

2020
Clay
9 3/4 in x 3 3/4 in x 3 3/4 in
$150

“An organic piece with reeds, flowers, lichen and insects. A reflection of nature.”

"Blue Nasturtium Flower Brick" - Pamela Eisenmann

2020
Glazed Ceramics
8 in x 4 in x 4in
$65

“Flower Bricks are an elegant and colorful way to show off Spring and Summer cuttings. This is one in a series, painted to enhance the blossoms it contains.”

"Lil' Brown Teapot" - Susan Young

2020
710 Standard Dark Brown Clay with Grog
4 1/2 in x 5 in x 9 in
$75

“This is a hand built teapot using a coil technique. The clay body is 710 Dark Brown Clay with Grog. The inner glaze is a Workhouse glaze, Seaworld, poured and emptied. The outer glaze is an Amaco glaze, Matcha Matt, applied using an air sprayer. The piece was fired to a cone 6.”

"Opposing Ideas #2" - Lynn Goldstein

2019
Oil on Canvas
48 in x 36 in
$3600

“Exploring unexpected colors and the bold composition of this oil painting was a pleasure. It was inspired by a location close to my home where I walk several times a week. Of course, it looks very little like what I actually saw.”

"Lying Quiet" - Sade Adegoroye

2020
Digital
10 in x 13 in
NFS

“Hand carved stone balls displayed in hollow stainless steel figurine.”

"Tiny Town Blues" - Julia Tova Malakoff

2020
Mixed Media
8 in x 24 in
$225

“‘Tiny Town Blues’ is a tribute to my love for visual storytelling. I am a firm believer that everyone has a visual story to tell. They just need to learn how to express themselves in their own way. This piece is a wonderful example of how the everyday doodle, and simple marks can turn into a whimsical tale.”

"Arches National Park" - Diana Willers

2020
Watercolor and acrylic on Yupo
11 1/4 in x 17 7/16 in
$420

“Inspired by our daughter’s wedding at Arches National Park, Utah.”

"Ceramic Box" - Grace McCabe

2020
Stoneware
5 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in x 5 in
$60

“Pandora’s Box: A stoneware hand-built ceramic box – The lines and circles in the glaze decoration repeat the straight angles of the box sides and round globes of the handle; a reflection of the straight lines and circular paths of our lives.”

"Awakening" - Gladys Berly

2020
Watercolor
16 in x 20 in
$120

“Awaking makes me feel hope.”

"Spring" - Gary Spellman

2020
Glass
7 1/2 in x 7 1/2 in
NFS

“I like organic shapes so I drew my inspiration from nature.”

"Stringer Draped Vase" - Paula Grossman

2020
Glass Stringers on Reeded Glass and Teckta
5 in
NFS

“I am drawn to glass because of how it plays with light. I enjoy being able to make functional art pieces. This was my first try at draping, I think it is a success.”

"The Pond" - John Kelley

2020
Oil
20 in x 24 in
NFS

“This work was done to commemorate the 90th birthday of Patricia Brown on July 30th of this year. One of Patricia’s favorite things to do was to have her grandchildren take her for a boat ride around her pond. Patricia Brown died in September of the this year with her final days enjoying a view of the pond. The painting hints at the stillness of the pond coupled with the variations in water and a setting sun. All family members in the boat face Mrs. Brown to focus the the subject.
I am deeply grateful to Phoebe Peterson for her artistic insight and incredible talent.”

"Petrified" - Sandi Martina

2020
Kilnformed Glass; Custom Metal Stand
19 in x 13 in x 4 in
$900

“Petrified, from the series Meltdown: Pandemically Speaking, was inspired by emotions and observations experienced during recent gallery closures and class cancellations.”

"Flower in Blue Vase" - Kevin Petersen

2020
Oil on Canvas Panel
8 in x 10 in
$50

“A painting that emphasizes the contrast of the colors of the blue vase, the yellow flower, and the orange background.”

"Blue Motor Cycle" - Laurel Baker

2020
Watercolor
12 in x 16 in
NFS

“I am a watercolor student and I choose subjects that will challenge me technically. This painting was fun to do and provided the opportunity to work with detail, reflections and a limited pallet.”

"Path to Autumn" - Patricia Hafkemeyer

2020
Watercolor on Yupo
8 in x 11 in
$185

“I enjoy the detail work of pen/ink with watercolor. This particular painting started with an acrylic pour. After it dried I used alcohol to define my lights, followed by watercolor painting over it. A much looser process and very freeing!”

"Sunny Cobalt Crackle" - Deb Eldredge

2020
Glass
9 in x 9 in x 1 in
NFS

“The crackle center was made first using glass powder and Tekta. The border was added in a second firing followed by cold work and slumping. I love the dimension of the cobalt and marigold crackle combined with the movement of the yellow streaky border.”

"Fuzz in Basket" - Kathryn P Hill

2020
Watercolor
12 in x 13 1/2 in
NFS

“My older daughter’s cat, Fuzz, loves to sit in this basket in every possible position. This painting captures him relaxing and plotting his next adventure.”

"Egret on a Rope" - Nancy M West

2020
Watercolor
10 1/4 in x 14 1/2 in
$100

“I noticed this gorgeous bird balancing on a mooring rope while strolling around the marina at dawn in downtown St Petersburg, FL last February. The sun was beginning its ascent scattering sparkling sunbeams on the water below the bird!”

"Corgis in the Time of Coronavirus" - Kathleen Hurst

2020
Watercolor
16 in x 13 in
$250

“During the pandemic, my husband and I have spent a lot of time at home with our corgis Winston and Willow. Just like us, the dogs long to return to the activities they used to enjoy.”

"Band of Rainbow Colors" - Vincette L Goerl

2019
Glass
4 1/2 in x 12 in x 1 in
$90

“This piece is made of 3/8” strips of French Vanilla glass with a band of multiple colored glass strips fused together on their sides. Designed to be a tray and feature the band of color strips contrasted with the vanilla strips.”

"Pandemic 2020" - Roman W Hnatiw

2020
Oil on Canvas
16 in x 20 in
NFS

“better times are ahead.”

"Votive" - Robin Thompson

2020
Fused Glass
4 in x 4 in x 4 in
$40

“Creating votives allows me to explore the transparency of glass when lit from inside. I’ve been trying to use various techniques to create interesting textures on the surface of the votive.”

"Hidden in Plain Sight, Phase III" - Kristen Morches

2020
Stoneware, Underglazes, Oxides, Brown Stoneware, Mounted on MDF
24 in x 19 1/2 in
$1000

"Important Places" - Lonnie Price

Important Places, 2020
Fused Glass
48 in x 18 in x 18 in
NFS

"Smoke Fire" - Kristen Morches and Class

2020
Ceramics, Terra sigilata
Various
NFS

“These smoke-fired pieces were created in Kristen Morsches’ Ceramic Hand Building Class. This was the first time for most of the students to experiment with the technique of terra sigillata. This entails brushing layers of fine porcelain to the unfired clay form, smoothing (burnishing) it – if so desired – and then firing it (after a low bisque) in a barrel of sawdust, leaves, pine needles, twigs, and in some cases, accompanied with coiled pieces of copper wire. The fire and smoke creates the darks and lights. Some of the pieces emerged looking like marble. There is even a hint of color on some of the work where the intensity of the fire has kissed the form. A number of students applied floor wax to their washed pieces. Some even applied gold leaf. What an exciting way to fire clay!”

"Bulles Colorees" - Therese Stripling

2020
Fused Glass
NFS

"Art Deco Sampler" - Barbara Price

2020
Fused Glass
12 in x 12 in
NFS

“Playing with patterns and effects like a cross stitch sampler.”

"Server" - Joan Ulrich

2020
Salt fired stoneware
8 in x 8 in x 4 in
NFS

"Lidded Jar, Raku Fired" - Julie Gilmore

2020
Ceramic
5 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in x 7 1/2 in
NFS

“I’ve become obsessed with lidded jars in the last couple of years, especially knob designs, and I love the experimentation and the surprise of raku firings. Though I normally glaze all surface for such white crackle raku effect, I decided to leave some spots unglazed as I poured the glaze over the vessel & lid. The visual “rests” of the dark areas are bold and welcoming.”

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