The Museum is home to eleven artists, including metalsmiths, painters, an enamellist, and potters who work on site. An Artist Open House is held on the first Saturday of every month where you can visit their studios and purchase something beautiful before you go home! Artists’ studios are a visual treat; three are even housed in a converted 19th century barn with exposed timber peg joints.
Stop by to see the artists in their studios, where they often create new work inspired by the museum’s collection and the history of the surrounding area.
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Susana M. Garten, a vitreous enamels, metals, and mixed media artist, lives and works in the greater Olney area and maintains a studio at Sandy Spring Museum. Exhibiting for over 30 years, she has been a member of the Enamelists Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia, a Resident Artist at Rockville Arts Place, a participant in fine arts and craft fairs, and an instructor at Glen Echo Park. She exhibits her work locally and all across the United States and in Canada.
Studio Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 11am-3pm | Some Fridays and Saturdays
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After earning her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1994 and a Master of Fine Arts from the State University of New York, Silversmith Eun Ju Lee began exhibiting her art all across the country before setting up her studio at Sandy Spring Museum in 2013.
Studio Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 11 am-2 pm. Click here to contact Eun Ju or call 240-463-5241.
Julie Smith has lived in the Olney/Sandy Spring area since 1989. Her work blends representational and abstract styles. Her primary medium is in acrylic and mixed media/collage. She was a resident artist at Washington Artworks in Rockville, and is currently a resident artist at Gallery 209 in Rockville. She is also a signature member of Potomac Valley Watercolorists and Baltimore Watercolor Society. Her work is influenced by nature and the fleeting miracles that enrich us all, expanding the common ground where we all celebrate life.
Sandy Spring Clay Works (Pottery)
Karen Blynn has been a practicing potter for a long time – while in school, while raising a family, and now after retiring from NASA. Karen resides in Silver Spring, MD after living and playing in various cities and pottery studios across the country.
Jean Fletcher was an economics professor at Gettysburg College from 1983-2014 and is now a professor emerita. One summer, on a whim, she took a ceramics class and found her true passion. Jean’s work emphasizes the synthesis of modern shapes and natural or traditional designs.
Robin Ziek began working with clay in college as an apprentice with a Danish potter. After a long career in history and architecture, she is very glad to come back to clay. Her work involves a combination of wheel and hand-built techniques
Catch A Dream Studio is Loretta T. Dipanda‘s metalsmithing and jewelry studio. Loretta is a fine jewelry artist and teacher who sometimes invites other metalsmith or visual artists to teach alongside her in this warm and welcoming professional studio. Loretta has been making and selling jewelry for 20 years and teaching for 15 years. She sells her work online, at fine craft shows, and through galleries.
Belinda Lee Russell embraces her new historical barn studio like a mother finding her long, lost child. She pairs her twin passions, visual art and writing, to create illustrated storybooks about life, both real and imagined, to leave as her legacy to her children. Tales of adventurous travel, hidden insights, magical moments and lessons learned await anyone who happens to drop by the Barn Studios at Sandy Spring Museum. Belinda was born and raised in Australia, and is of Anglo-Celt and Singaporean heritage. Prior to moving to the United States, she lived in Hong Kong and mainland China.
Patricia Kessler has been an adjunct professor at Montgomery College at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus since 1999. She has a BFA in painting and printmaking and is particularly interested in experimenting with the use of natural dyes.
Barbara Abrams, a licensed Acupuncturist and certified Qi Gong instructor, is faculty at Maryland University of the Integrative Health in Laurel, MD, where she has been teaching since 1998. She has also studied extensively with spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle since 2001. Alongside her beloved professional career, Barbara has been painting regularly for over 25 years. She is an accomplished artist focusing mainly in watercolor and pastel.