In an effort to make our space beautiful and to support the artisans in our local community, you will find an array of artwork, including watercolors, jewelry, quilts, ceramics and more gracing the walls and shelves of our studio.
The art will rotate every six weeks or so to offer a vast sampling of creations from talented folks right here in our community. Most pieces will be available for sale and payment may be made by check or credit card.
If you are, or know of, a talented local artist who might be interested in displaying your work at our studio, please contact us.
Diana Papazian, Jewelry Artist
Diana’s first debut as a jewelry artist was at the age of 14, when she began creating jewelry and magnets from Polymer Clay and sold them at the Armenian festival (her native country being Armenia) and other venues.
After taking a long hiatus from creating jewelry and focusing on painting and sculpting instead, Diana returned to it in 2007. Whereas she started off as a self-taught artist, she took a metal-smithing course through the Art League School, which encouraged her to explore working with metals. Several years later, she took yet another class, but on enameling. Diana fell in love with the various techniques and colors she could now add to her growing collection of designs, and has not stopped since.
She has participated in a number of shows in Virginia, including Art on the Avenue in Del Ray, and also has pieces for sale at several stores and galleries, like Gift and Gather, Gala Artisans, Local Colour, and the Byrne Gallery. In addition to being a member of the Enamelist Gallery, Diana is a member of the Del Ray Artisans Gallery and Falls Church Arts Gallery.
Laura King, Painter
Laura is a painter and graphic designer based in Washington, D.C. She's always had a love for the arts, which started with her interest in photography, and lead to her passion for painting as well as her career in graphic design. In her free time, Laura loves spending time in nature and with animals, which is what inspires much of her art.
Laura began painting for fun in high school. When most students were up studying, Laura was pulling all-nighters painting tree frogs on pieces of wood that she found outside. She has always loved sharing her paintings with family and friends, but this year, Laura decided to start selling her pieces and sharing them with the world via Instagram @laurakingpaints. Each painting that she creates is one-of-a-kind and never printed because she believes that the joy of art is in the textures, brush strokes, and mediums, like unique wood slices, that can't be recreated.
Heather Cronin, Artist
Sitting quietly in order to observe, listen and feel. This is how I make the best decisions in my life, my sculpture and my painting.
Beauty over brutality, play over sickness, giddiness over despair, curiosity over stagnation. I observe the squirrels perched in the tree or in hot pursuit of their companions. The birds grab my attention with their sounds, colors, and all they symbolize. Flowers bloom and take their place in the circle of life by providing pollinators with food…humans with so much. People give of themselves to help others, even in death. These are the qualities of life which I have been moved to glorify in my work.
Organic forms and patterns have been the foundation of my work across many materials. I began as one of the few female stone-carvers and worked alongside stone masons in Pittsburgh creating stonework for public and private gardens. I was featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and my sculpting career began to flourish. After a long illness I returned to painting and began to sculpt clay. I am a re-emerging artist and this new work is the embodiment of my renewed perspective on how important nature is to our souls. There were times when I did not think I would ever have the energy to make 3D art again, but here I am, working full time as a ceramicist and able to share my work with you. I hope you will find beauty in these rustic pieces and that they convey my deep respect for art, beauty and nature.