Wellspring Visions

Wellspring group photo

on exhibit January 13 – February 10, 2018

Friends House is a 50-year old retirement community located in Sandy Spring, Maryland. This non-profit organization was established in 1967 by Quakers to provide affordable housing and fulfilling retirement experiences for seniors. The multicultural community is based on values that include equality, simplicity and peace.

Wellspring Artists began among Friends House residents in 2011 for the purpose of sharing and giving encouragement to those who create art and those who aspire to do so. The group maintains a small gallery space in Flower Alley of the Main Building.  It is open to all residents whether or not they are currently practicing artists.

Wellspring Visions will display works made by several residents in a variety of media including; paintings, prints, drawings, pastels, photography, ceramics and textiles.

Sikh Project


on exhibit February 14 – March 24, 2018

The turban has been the most powerful and obvious symbolism of the identity of a Sikh. The Sikh project is a celebration of that identity. Historically, the turban was worn by royalty and the rich in South Asia. The turban, as an article of faith in Sikhism, is a public declaration of sovereignty and equality of all people.

Sikhs have been a vital part of the American fabric for over 125 years. The 38 new portraits, from London photographers Amit and Naroop partnering with the Sikh Coalition, captured in this exhibition embody the beauty and diversity of the community and recognize the challenges and triumphs of what it means to be Sikh in America.




Karen Montgomery


on exhibit March 31 – April 28, 2018

Karen Montgomery is a sculptor and former state delegate and senator for District 14 of Montgomery County. She studied art and received a Master of Fine Art degree from George Washington University. She spent the early part of her career teaching art and directing gallery spaces in the DC region. Later, she served in the Maryland political sphere from 2003 – 2016.

Montgomery’s sculptures are made in marble, bronze, wood, soapstone, and other metals.  Her work is primarily figurative, but often includes abstracted elements.  She draws inspiration from people and places from her personal history, as well as from snakes, winged figures, or other mythological and art historical elements.

Much of her sculptural process is reductive, where portions of material are carved or chipped away to reveal a new form. This exhibit will be a retrospective of Karen’s practice as an artist.



Uprooted: An Exhibit of Refugee Art


on exhibit May 2 – July 28, 2018

Conflicts around the globe and the current political climate have put an acute focus on the plight of refugees. Five refugee artists from different areas of the world, including Iraq, Ethiopia, and Somalia share paintings and drawings that express the stories of their personal journeys.

Memories, dreams, and the history of their respective homelands are depicted, as well as the transitions and changes arising from their new lives in the USA. The participating artists include Fetunwork Amedie, Ahmad AlKarkhi, Alemzewd Alemu, Khalid Alaani, and Abdurahman Abukam Mohamed.