Anya Getter


Anya Getter was born and raised in Moscow, Russia.  She immigrated to United States in 1991, and having majored in Computer Science and Information Technology found a job as a Software Engineer with Fairfax County Public Schools.

Ever since she was a small child, Anya was drawn to painting, sculpture, knitting, sewing and many other forms of arts and crafts.  Working in the IT field never allowed her talents to blossom, but Anya always looked for an outlet for her creative energy.

After her twins were born in 2000, Anya first ventured into the world of formal self-expression by decorating kids’ jeans and overalls with colorful and whimsical appliques that became an instant hit among mothers looking for one-of-a-kind outfits for their toddlers. With the help of e-bay her work was selling all over the world.   As children were getting older, Anya’s interests have also changed.  She experimented with various media and eventually arrived to collage/mixed media art as a perfect match for her artistic vision.  Most of Anya’s art comes from her feelings and experiences, and is inspired by quotes or sayings that hold a special meaning to her.  Each painting has many layers to it, and you will be discovering new details each time you look at it.

Anya makes her home in Arlington with her husband, two kids and one very fuzzy dog.


Elisabeth Hudgins


Elisabeth works in watermedia and mixed media. Trained as a watercolor artist, she maintains her love of transparency, and being able to see through layers of paint and elements. Now, as a more experimental painter, she enjoys seeing what happens when she makes “homemade” papers, which she uses in collage. Her goal in her artwork is to maintain the spontaneous and transparent quality, while capturing ephemeral subjects.
Elisabeth has served as President of the Arlington Artists Alliance, and has been a member of numerous other local arts organizations. She has been represented in the past by The Artists Undertaking in Occoquan, Stifel and Capra in Falls Church, and is now represented by the Gallery Underground in Arlington. Her work has won many awards and she has had solo shows thoughout the metropolitan Washington area. Her paintings have been featured in Elan Magazine.
Commissions: Elisabeth accepts commissions for watercolor, mixed media and acrylic paintings.

Penelope Albritton

Mosaic artist Penelope Albritton lives, works and creates art in Northern Virginia. She is an avid cyclist and outdoor enthusiast. Penny’s fascination with mosaic art began in childhood during visits to the National Cathedral where the striking Resurrection Chapel is lined with mosaics. She is intrigued by pattern and repetition of forms, as well as the miracle of combining fragments of material to create a new whole. Penny’s mosaics are generally abstract in style and explore contrasts of color, texture, and materials, ranging from the more traditional glass and stone to found and recycled objects like rubber tires and plastics.
Penny is a member of the Arlington Artists Alliance and The Art League.


Elise Ritter


  • 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.


Deborah Taylor



I consider myself to be a contemporary impressionist oil painter. One of my favorite studios is the great outdoors. I specialize in plein air landscape painting as well as still life paintings from set ups at my home studio or studio at the Blue Studio at Studios Underground.

My artistic journey has taken me on several paths. Early, I was interested in craft/sculpture and working with tools. I took a break from creative pursuits to follow a career outside of art as well as for child rearing. For the past ten or more years I have become obsessed with oil painting. Painting guides me in looking at the world with intention.

One path that has been especially rewarding for me is to paint small and often. I initially painted daily and then wrote about the process on a blog. I have since abandoned the blog

(after almost two years) and now have become more flexible in my painting practice. I sometimes paint abstracts in acrylic, have loved my involvement with encaustics but always return to my true calling – small intimate oil paintings.

I am inspired by many things, a flower, sun on an old pick up truck, bright red bell peppers or hills on a foggy day.

I am a member and former board member of both The Art League and the Arlington Artists Alliance. My work can be seen at several venues through the region, in private collections and at

Yes — Commission *  I accept commissions on a case by case basis. I do not, however, paint portraits but enjoy painting landscapes or objects that have special meaning.