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Gallery 209 begins third year with award and new artists

Another exciting February as Gallery 209 begins its THIRD year!

Gallery 209 recognized as 2018 Best of Rockville Art Gallery

And we begin this year having just been named the “Best Art Gallery in Rockville” for 2018! Needless to say, we are thrilled to have been recognized in this prestigious way.

We are also excited to welcome the following incoming artists to the gallery:

  • Olga Bauer – a mixed media artist, Olga is currently focused on creating high-energy abstract pieces on paper, canvas, and panels. Passionate about creating art since early childhood, Olga lived in Belarus, Moscow, and Paris before moving to the Washington area.

  • Jennifer Beaudet – Specializing in oils, Jennifer was recently recognized with two significant awards at the Montgomery Art Association/Kensington Labor Day show, a popular art venue that annually attracts over 100 artists-- the “Best in Show” and “First Place—Landscape” prizes—quite an accomplishment and recognition of her talent!

  • Pooja Campbell – known for her colorful figurative and lotus oil paintings, Pooja’s work has been featured in shows at Artists and Makers Studios (solo show), NYC, Alexandria, Toronto, and her native India. She is the March featured artist at, and it is Pooja’s lotus mural that greets us at the top of the 3rd floor stairs on the way to the Gallery 209 entrance!

  • Kathy Edwards – Kathy likes working with watercolor and pastel, combining both media into interesting and innovative florals and landscapes. A relative newcomer to exhibiting her work, she looks forward to receiving feedback as she explores new and expansive subject matter.

  • Jennifer Howard – a graphic artist with her own firm and also an oil painter, Jennifer likes to paint landscapes “plein aire” as well as colorful still lifes. She is currently a featured artist in the February Gallery B show in Bethesda.

  • Edward Johanson – skilled in watercolor and acrylic, Edward is currently enjoying painting in oil. Originally from Peru, he likes to paint subjects to tell stories reflective of his country’s culture and of his experiences in Puerto Rico as well as in the local area. He films many of his painting sessions for online posting.

  • Lily Kak –an award-winning watercolorist (First Place—Still Life, 2017 MAA/Kensington Labor Day Show), Lily travels a lot with her career in international development. The sights she sees on her travels—people, textiles, flowers, landscapes—provide her inspiration and subject matter.

  • Barbara Mandel – Barbara is an artist who paints in both watercolor and oil and shows in many local venues. She is an art teacher and art therapist and also a museum educator for the National Gallery of Art. Her favorite subjects are the French countryside and local landscapes, especially Montgomery County farms and the Potomac River.

  • Maduka Francis Uduh –Francis is a multi-media artist and sculptor whose work includes both natural and abstract forms in metal, wood, resin, stone, clay, mosaic, beads, and any other media he finds interesting. Featured in tv interviews and art venues in London and various locations in Africa, Francis’s most recent solo show was at Artists and Makers Studios during January, 2019.

  • Anastasia Walsh – an award-winning painter on glass, paper, and canvas, Anastasia’s work currently focuses on working three-dimensionally with glass and other mosaic materials. Her pieces include both free-standing works and works that can be hung as wall pieces.

We are pleased to say that the following artists are continuing with Gallery 209 for the coming year:

Leaving the Gallery 209 group after the January 2019 show are: Sally Davies, Natalie Falk, Hiral Joshi, Angela Lacy, William Peirce, Barrie Ripin, Roxana Rojas-Luzon, Ann Schaefer, Suzanne Siguenza, and James Vissari. It was wonderful they were able to participate in the gallery and encourage everyone to watch for their work showing in various venues across the metropolitan area.

Finally, our thanks to everyone supporting and visiting the gallery, and we hope to see you at the gallery soon!

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