Fran Bell Simms

Fran Bell Simms has been a painter since childhood and continues to study and to seek improvement as she enters her eighth decade. When in grade 3, her painting of children in the home preparing for bedtime was selected as representative of her elementary school and was sent to Russia. That is the last time the painting was ever seen. During high school and college, she used her art work for cartooning and making posters. She integrated the arts into curriculum and is one of the midwives of the daVinci Project, still alive and well in Arlington Public School’s Barcroft. As an empty nester, she began to study watercolor in earnest and has taken classes with Gwen Bragg, Jane Coonce, Judi Betts, Lian Quag When, Brenda Swenson and has traveled abroad with other watercolorists to paint en plein air and to continue working with this complex and pliant medium. She qualifies as a “colorist” and often takes the challenge of working color using a simple triad. She has taught watercolor for Arlington Adult Education, is a member of the Art League of Alexandra, Arlington Artists Alliance and Falls Church Artists.

 

Elise Ritter

Email: eliseritter@yahoo.com
Website: http://elise-ritter.pixels.com
Website: http://eliserittergallery.com

  • She is a juried member of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists, an organization of top watercolor artists in the Washington DC region.
  • She is represented by Gallery Underground, in Crystal City, Arlington, the award-winning gallery of the Arlington Artists Alliance, and she is an active member of the Alliance.
  • She is also a featured artist at Masterpieces Gallery, in Kerikeri, New Zealand, and her paintings are being shown in Auckland NZ this summer, 2017.
  • Her paintings are represented in many private collections throughout the United States, New China, Germany, England, Portugal, Canada, New Zealand, and Puerto Rico.
  • Elise is a member of the Virginia Watercolor Society, and her paintings have been selected for several annual statewide exhibitions. She has also had a one-person show at the State Capitol during the General Assembly, and 2 solo shoes at private galleries in Richmond.
  • “Luminous Grace,” was the title of her 30-piece solo show from January – April 2016, at the National Methodist Church in Washington, DC.
  • Elise’s artwork was juried into the 2016 Best Virginia Artists Juried Exhibition.
  • Her duo art exhibition, with Linda Maldonado, “Illuminations” (2014), at Gallery Underground, was chosen as a “hot hit & hidden jewel” by CultureCapital Weekend, and reviewed on NPR.
  • PUBLICATIONS include: “Pastoral Liturgy: Doing Good Work, May/June 2016”“Potomac Valley Watercolorists: Celebrating 40 Years 1974-2014”Arlington Magazine: “Best of Edition,” Jan./Feb. 2015; and “Elan” magazine, 2014.

 

Sandi Parker

Email: sparkerart@yahoo.com
Website: https://www.sandiparker.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sandiparkerfineart/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sandiparkerartist/

Sandi Parker primarily paints abstracts in acrylic, as well as oils in a variety of subjects. Her abstracts are richly textured, with layers of paint, sometimes including other media such as graphite pencil, oil crayon and collage, and frequently employing a scratching technique to reveal layers of color beneath and provide energy and movement. She uses a variety of non-brush tools such as palette knives, putty knives and sandpaper in her work. “My abstract work is influenced by the patina found on urban walls,” she says, “and I frequently include graffiti in my work.” She also paints impressionistic oil landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes, as well as youth sports portraits, and has a line of jewelry, “SandiSea Designs,” fashioned from seaglass.  She has been accepted into and has won awards at many local and national juried shows, held a solo show of her abstract works, “Urban Edge,” in 2016, and was commissioned in 2016 for a large-scale permanent public art installation of abstracts in Crystal City, Arlington, VA, which can be seen at 12th St. and Army Navy Drive.

Sandi Parker is available for commissions of traditional paintings from photographs, as well as abstracts commissions.

Monthly Art League juried shows May/July https://www.theartleague.org

“Resist,” juried show Zenith Gallery July 13 – Sept. 1 https://www.zenithgallery.com

Rex J. Pace

Email: UDesigns@earthlink.net

Rex Pace paints with heavy textures using many tinted gels and pastes. Metallic, interference, and other unique paints are also favorites that are applied in a range of methods from traditional brush techniques to thick extrusions using paint knives and squeeze bottles. While experimentation and innovation are central to Rex’s process, these methods fundamentally support a structured approach to creating images that explore archetypical images from the intersection of the conscious and unconscious mind that give us a sense of time, place, feeling, and identity. In particular, many of Rex’s paintings construct these facets into either overt or suggestive architectural or landscape contexts.
Rex graduated from the North Carolina State University College of Design and for over the past twenty-five years has been an illustrator, author, and architectural designer focused on access to the built environment for people with disabilities and advancing the concept of Universal Design, a belief that our society’s architecture, transportation, and products should be inclusive of people of all abilities and ages. Rex has been an artist since he was a small child and capable of holding a crayon to mark on any nearby surface. Eventually, he progressed to his current choice medium of acrylic paint.
Rex lives in Arlington, VA, with his wife Michele without whom he would not get nearly as much painting done.

Rex will work on commissioned projects, please contact for more information.

 

Tom Mulczynski

Email: tom_mulczynski@yahoo.com

The focus of Tom’s creative efforts at present is on sculpting abstracted representations of trees, iconic symbols of life and nature, from various types of metal wire.  Drawn to the expressive power of trees, he likes to experiment with different styles and materials to express some basic truth or feeling: freedom, death, whimsy.  He draws his inspiration from the simplicity of classical Zen-inspired depictions of nature, and from singular trees that catch his eye, and hopes to inspire in the observer an increased awareness of self and of nature.  He is a self-trained artist who occasionally dabbles in acrylic paint and other media.

Commissions – I do accept commissions and am happy to work with you to create a piece of art based on your own special interests.  Please contact me directly to discuss commissions.