Glen Kessler is the Founder and Director of The Compass Atelier. He has taught at the university and community level for nearly 20 years. He has a BFA from MICA and an MFA from New York Academy of Art. His artwork is internationally collected and awarded. For more visit www.GlenKessler.com
Copy of 'Madame Moitessier' by Ingres
24x20 oil 2007
Copy of 'Doge Andrea Gritti' by Titian
12x9 oil 2007
Copy of 'Prefect Raphael Raggi' by vanDyck
24x20 oil 2007
Copy of 'Self Portrait' by Rembrandt
24x20 oil 2007
Copy of 'Repentant Magdelena' by De La Tour
24x20 oil 2007
20x24 pastel pencil 2005
18x24 conte 2004
Modern World 26
30x48 oil 2013
Modern World 29
30x40 oil 2013
Modern World 24
8x10 oil 2013
Modern World 9
24x36 oil 2012
Modern World 14
36x48 oil 2012
Modern World 15
24x36 oil 2012
Modern World 7
11x15 pastel 2012
Modern World 8
15x22 pastel 2013
David Daniels is the instructor for the Smithsonian Institution of Washington, DC. For the past two years he has been a faculty member of the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival in Italy. He has also taught painting and design at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD, as well as workshops around the world. David's interactive approach and humor are often recognized as his strongest teaching tools.
Jean Hirons has been working exclusively in the medium of soft pastel since 1994 and has taught the medium since 2004. She taught a pastel class at Montgomery College (Rockville campus) from 2005 to 2012 and now teaches in her studio at Artists and Makers 2 and Compass Atelier 2.
In 2012, she published her award-winning book Finding Your Style in Pastel, which presents the many options that pastel artists have in using the medium. She carries this philosophy into the classroom by teaching composition, color usage and pastel techniques without forcing people to paint what or how she paints.
Jean is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, past president of the Maryland Pastel Society, and a Master Circle member of the International Association of Pastel Societies. Her paintings can be viewed in Studio 320 at Artists and Makers 2 and on her website: www.jeanhirons.com. She also shares her painting process on her blog: www.jeanhironsblog.com.
Jalene Januze has been involved in the art world in a number of capacities. For nearly 20 years, she has worked as a professional photographer and artist's model. Jalene works with a variety of media, including photography, drawing, watercolor, pen and ink, acrylic painting, and sculpture. She also teaches art classes and has recently begun offering instructional sessions with live models. For more information, visit JaleneFineArt.com
Alexandra Michaels is a local artist who has exhibited at many locations including artist-in-residence at the Stone Tower at Glen Echo Park, Artomatic, Artery 717, Magical Montgomery in Silver Spring and the Yellow Barn. Recently she had a mixed media watercolor in an exhibit entitled “Earth and Fire” at the Del Ray Artisans Gallery in Alexandria, VA.
Ms. Michaels taught art, including the advanced placement studio art classes, in the Montgomery County Public Schools for 27 years. Ms. Michaels is now retired from the school system and pursues drawing and painting in her studio. She completed 30 Graduate credits in the Directed Studies Program at the UMD art program where she completed a series entitled “Dress as Icon.” Ms. Michaels has experience in all types of media including drawing, watercolor, acrylic painting, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics and b&w photography. The Maryland Art Education Association has honored her with the Educator of the Year award both in 1994 and in 2013.
Ms. Michaels is the author/illustrator of The Kids’ Multicultural Art Book, 1993, Williamson Publishing Co., Vermont also published in Czechoslovakia in 1995. The Kids’ Multicultural Art Book has been currently re-released in full color by Ideals Publishing, 2007. She also is the Illustrator for Jazzy Jewelry, by Diane Baker, 2002, Williamson Publishing Co., Vermont.
Ms. Michaels has been an instructor at the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery, Glen Echo Park, where she has taught summer classes and workshops. She currently has a studio space at Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville and will be an instructor at the Compass Atelier 2 in Winter 2018.
Jim Auerbach’s photographic work includes product photography for the Kennedy Center, pictures in a Library of Congress video, work as a conference photographer, and as a volunteer photographer for numerous non-profit organizations. His pictures have appeared on the CNN website, several Kennedy Center publications, newspapers and other websites. His photographs were also used to illustrate a children’s book Little Georgia and the Apples by award winning author Carolivia Herron.
Jim’s images have been displayed at the Sandy Spring Museum, VisArts in Rockville, Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County campus, and a juried exhibition at Gallery 919 Market in Wilmington, Delaware, where his images were selected as "Best in Show.” He has also curated and organized photography shows in Kensington and Potomac, Maryland.
In addition, his work has appeared in multi-media, and photography exhibitions in the Baltimore-Washington Photographers Art Association exhibit at the Maryland Miller Senate Building in Annapolis, in “Journeys,” an exhibition at the Tate Gallery in Silver Spring, Zed’s Café in Silver Spring, at the Holiday Park Multiservice Center in Wheaton, and the Washington School of Photography in Rockville, Maryland, and in the “Spirit of Fall” exhibition in Columbia. A larger selection of his images from India will be exhibited during December at Artists and Makers2 in Rockville, Maryland.
Jim’s photography is inspired by his travels to many areas around the world.