Yellow Barn Studio & Gallery




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The Yellow Barn Studio & Gallery is Glen Echo Park's painting and drawing residency.


Director Walt Bartman’s goal is to provide a place where those interested in painting can have the opportunity to meet, collaborate, and display their work. They Yellow Barn Studio provides a variety of classes in watercolor, oil and acrylic for students at all levels representing a diversity of philosophies and approaches taken by the faculty. The Yellow Barn Gallery hosts individual and group art exhibits year–round and the studio provides an array of programs. Download their Spring/Summer 2020 newsletter.



Resident Artist/Instructors & Classes:


Walt Bartman

Walt teaches landscape, still life, and figure painting classes and workshops, locally and abroad.  His career spans four decades. He received a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Art History from American University and  was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Belgium and Holland. His painting philosophy centers on personal interpretation and a unique approach to the ordinary. He works with all levels of students and challenges them to "see" more.  Walt's own work is representational in subject, but with an abstract approach to seeing and expressing his thoughts on canvas. 




Vian Borchert

Vian Borchert is  is an award winning contemporary artist who has shown both internationally and nationally in many group and solo exhibitions. Vian is a graduate from The Corcoran College of Art and Design at the George Washington University, Washington D.C. Vian shows her paintings in museums and galleries in major cities throughout the world such as: NYC, Maryland, Rome, London, Miami, LA, Washington DC, Germany. Borchert has been teaching art classes in painting and drawing for over a decade to students of all levels of experience.




Jordan Bruns

J. Jordan Bruns graduated with a BFA in Painting and Illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2004 and an MFA in Painting from Indiana University in 2007.  Currently, he is the resident artist in the Chautauqua Tower at Glen Echo Park.  He has received many awards; most recently, he was a finalist for the Bethesda Painting Awards in 2011 and received an Individual Artist Grant from Montgomery County in 2010.  His work can be seen at the Chautauqua Tower and at Longview Gallery, downtown D.C. 





Web Bryant

I turned to oil painting and fine art after a long career designing and illustrating some of the great newspapers in our country, including USA Today. The deadline-driven world of journalism required mediums that could be executed quickly. I started out with watercolors and then mastered digital painting with pixels. Now, I'm using oil glazing and other techniques of the Old Masters, and learning to be patient. 

My paintings combine a journalistic eye for the narrative, and an intimate view of the passing moment. I paint real places and real people. Places you want to go, and people you would like to meet.

My studio is in suburban Washington, D.C. 




Tory Cowles

BA from Bennington College. Cowles is attracted to the process of abstract expressionism because it is an expression from the heart, a visual stream of consciousness. "I’m interested in the tension between chaos and discipline in a painting, creating as much spontaneity as possible with just enough discipline to hold the composition together. I like the interaction between strong, bold gestures and subtle textures and color juxtapositions within a painting with both holding their own. Paintings should invite a person to fall into them and travel around inside them, seeing and enjoying different things depending on their mood." 





Denise Dittmar

Denise has been teaching art at classes and camps for four years at Glen Echo. Long involved with design and art education, she now focuses on children’s art at the Crystal Pool Studio and a teen drawing and painting class through the Yellow Barn. Adult, and Adult/children’s classes include collage, drawing and painting in deconstruct books, and block printmaking. In addition, Denise works part-time at Little Echoes and Playgroup in the Park.







Gavin Glakas

Gavin is a professional artist who studied at Washington University in St. Louis and the Slade School of Fine Art in London. His portraits hang in the United States Capitol and Georgetown University, and his work is featured in galleries throughout the country.






Lori Goll

Lori Goll is a nature lover and award-winning painter.  Her favorite subjects are seascapes, landscapes, animals, and birds.  Although she works in many mediums, soft pastel is her favorite. In her pastel classes and workshops she teaches students of all levels the techniques she has learned during her years of painting with these sticks of almost pure pigment. Although her work can be described as “realism” she encourages her students to explore and develop their own styles through practice.




Tricia Gupta

Trisha Gupta is a professional print maker. She studied at Washington University in St. Louis and got her BFA in printmaking and drawing. She was trained in New York and worked at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, and the Art students League. She interned with master printer Kathy Caraccio. Her work is part of the New York Public library permanent collection, and she has shown locally and internationally. She is pleased to be joining Yellow Barn as an instructor this year.





Susan Hostetler

Whether working in gouache and mixed media on handmade paper or with clay sculpture, Hostetler has always been inspired by the natural world and habitats of various countries and climates, thus earning the moniker, Eco-Artist.




Maraina Kastrinakis

Mariana first explored watercolors while working as a physician in the DC area. Over time her work has evolved to incorporate acrylics, collage techniques, drawing, and printmaking. She is now a full-time artist and teacher. Her work explores the interactions between light and natural elements that produce colors, textures and patterns.

Mariana’s classes provide a supportive environment in which students can unleash and exercise their innate creativity. She believes that expression through art media can promote healing and personal growth. 



Erich Keel

Erich Keel served as The Kreeger Museum’s Head of Education for fourteen years. Since leaving The Kreeger Museum, Keel has been lecturing and leading art tours in Europe. He taught five courses for OLLI at AU on 19th and 20th -century art; gave talks at the Swiss and Austrian Embassies; and presented a lecture on the art of Max Beckmann, John Heartfield, and Felix Nussbaum to Smithsonian Associates. On separate art history tours, Keel led groups on visits throughout Europe. Last year’s trip focused on museums in Prague, Vienna and Krakow, including the Art History Museum of Vienna.




Marcia Klioze

After enjoying a long career, spanning over 30 years, Marcia is now immersed in traditional oil painting. Marcia is a portrait and figurative painter; “People fascinate me, which, I feel contributes to my ability to capture a likeness. Through illustration, I’m drawn to the narrative in portrait and figure painting. I like to think that my paintings are more than just mirroring a person's features, that I capture a moment, or their essence that depicts who we are.







Kate Lanxner

Kate Lanxner has been an art instructor in the D.C. region since 2016, and previously in Burlington, Vermont and Geneva Switzerland for more than twenty-five years. As a printmaker and an illustrator (books, magazines, newspapers), Kate has also completed calligraphy projects, outdoor signs, and co-produced an award-winning children’s neighborhood newspaper of children’s creative art and writing, with her daughter, Sierra.





Christine Lashley

Christine Lashley is a contemporary impressionist working in oil and watercolor living in the DC area. Her work has won awards for Plein Air competitions, International ARC Salon, Portrait Society, Oil Painters of America, and was selected for the cover of Plein Air Magazine. Christine has over 20 years of teaching experience with workshops and weekly classes. Her teaching style is with demos, lectures and tailored advice for each student.






Bethany Lee

Born and raised in Minnesota, Bethany is a sculptor for whom painting is an integral part of her creative process. She holds a BA in sculpture (’03) from the University of Dallas, and she is a 2019 graduate from the drawing and painting program at the Florence Academy of Art (Jersey City location). Bethany currently resides in Washington, DC where she can be found plein air painting on the streets, sculpting and carving in her basement studio, or out strolling with her young niece and nephew.




Bonny Lundy

Bonny Lundy teaches Flowing Watercolor and Plein air Watercolor at Yellow Barn. She has been teaching painting and drawing for all ages for thirty years. Bonny holds a BFA in Painting and works in several other mediums including, batik, oil painting and clay at Pleasant View Studio. Her art is exhibited widely and included in private and public collections.  Bonny paints in an expressive style, focusing on color and pattern in still life, landscapes, florals and figures.  She encourages her students to develop personal style through experimentation and to find freedom in working with the challenging and rewarding medium of watercolor.




Christopher Madden

Christopher Madden is an internationally known Engraver and Artist. Mr. Madden is the Lead Banknote Picture Engraver at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington DC. In 2017, Chris opened the doors to the Rushing River Art studio in Augusta WV. Follow Chris at Chris’ paintings have been exhibited mostly on the east coast, primarily in Washington and New York galleries.






Gita Mirshahi

Gita Mirshahi earned her BFA in drawing & sculpture from Trinity college and her MFA from George Washington University. She works in a wide range of two and three dimensional media - from drawing to print making and painting, to creating sculpture, ceramics or jewelry. Gita has focused of late on spontaneous, free flowing, vibrant paintings, which, though based on the physical world are near calligraphic abstractions. She has taught many disciplines and her hallmark is helping the student develop their own vision and techniques. This means taking risks, investing yourself in the process of discovery, and watching your subject reveal it self.





John Murray

John Murray is a contemporary oil painter. His subject matter includes figure, landscape, still-life and portraiture. Inspired by the classical masters as a boy, his traditional training and artistic development has lead to work of quality. His paintings carry an appealing sense of clarity and color. Murray was educated at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia. In 1991 he studied at the John Michael Angel Studio in Florence, Italy. He then became one of four banknote designers at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, where he drew presidential portraits and worked on currency designs for 16 years.




Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro

Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Valencia, in his native Spain and followed courses at many prestigious schools, including the University of Toledo, the University of Alcala de Henares, the Foundation of Contemporary Art and Artists and the Taller del Prado Academy. He has been working as a professional artist and art instructor for more than 16 years helping students of all ages and levels to build solid artistic foundations and discover their unique creativity.





Karen Norman

Watercolor painting and teaching are what Karen Norman loves to do. She graduated in studio art and went on to receive her MFA at the University of Maryland in College Park in color lithography. After graduate school, Karen began to explore watercolor and became fascinated and captivated by its subtleties and possibilities. Her award winning paintings have earned her signature membership in the Baltimore Watercolor Society and Potomac Valley Watercolorists. She is also a member of the Washington Watercolor Association, and other art organizations in the metropolitan DC area. She is president of the Olney Art Association, where her mother was a founding member.



Monica Pittman

Monica Pittman is a local painter and interior designer; she has studied and painted all her life and brings her life long enthusiasm for art and design to the classroom. Monica has found the Yellow Barn to be a haven for artistic pursuits.  “I believe that it’s fundamental that artists should gather and learn together. We will learn and develop fundamental principles of color and design thru creative exercises that will set the foundation for your unique painting style. All levels are welcome.”



Cherie Redlinger

Cherie lived abroad and studied Art History, received B.A. from UMD, European Division and

received Master in Art with an emphasis in Printmaking at CSUN. Cherie has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Her artworks are in permanent collections nationally at the Latino Art Museum, Holocaust Museum, Florida and internationally at the Museum & Gallery, Sergines, France, International Museo de Collage, Mexico.





Kim Richards

Kim T. Richards grew up in Brooklyn NY, where she frequently went on excursions to the many wonderful museums in NYC. After receiving a BFA in illustration from Parsons School of Design, she began a 25 year career as a textile designer. Her years of designing for fabric are still an influence on her work. Flowers were a frequent element in her designs, and they still figure prominently in her work. When not in the studio, you can often find Kim in her backyard garden, which she is working to fill with all the flowers she loves to paint, or painting outdoors.




Ann Schlesinger

Ann approaches painting as a process of learning to see, of capturing one’s perceptions in a graphically expressive way through color, texture and the dynamics of composition. She has a BA in Studio Art from University of Virginia, an MFA in Painting from American University, and studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Munich, Germany. She has been awarded a Fulbright in Painting, the Annette Kade Fine Arts Fellowship and the David Lloyd Kreeger Award. Currently, Ann teaches at Georgetown University and Northern Virginia Community College. 





Michael Shibley

Michael Shibley is a local artist who lives in Takoma Park, MD. His artwork has been recognized through a variety of awards and professional citations. His original watercolors and oils that focus on light, shape and color in the natural and man-made landscape can be found in both public and private collections in the Washington area and across the country.





Irina Stotland

Irina Stotland received her doctorate in the History of Art from Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr PA. A specialist in nineteenth-century French art, her research interests include Post-Impressionism and self-portraiture. Her article on Paul Gauguin's self-portraits appears in Gauguin's Challenge. New Perspectives After Postmodernism (ed. Norma Broude, 2018). She is currently teaching at Montgomery College LLI, Rockville MD and lecturing at various museums and educational organization.


Maud Taber-Thomas

In her drawings and paintings, Maud Taber-Thomas strives to capture the vibrant light and color of far-off places and distant time periods. She draws inspiration from classic literature, especially that of the Romantic and Victorian Eras, and also from her European travels. Her paintings range from miniatures to larger than life portraits. Many of her works feature sensitive and evocative portraits. Educated at the New York Academy of Art, Bowdoin College, and Oxford University, Taber-Thomas now lives in Silver Spring, Maryland and teaches at the Yellow Barn Studio at Glen Echo Park.




Elisabeth Vismans

Elisabeth was born and raised in the Netherlands, and after a successful career in the corporate world she chose to follow her life long passion for painting. Sheparticipated in group and solo shows in Denver, Longmont, Louisville in CO, Rockville, Frederick, Baltimore in Maryland, Berryville, Waterford in VA andNew Orleans, LA. As a certified life coach and founder of Quality Within she is now devoting her time to empowering women with expressive painting. Her classes are for all skill levels. Elisabeth will gently guide you through the painting process, freeing yourself from negative voices, connect to your intuition and experience the healing powers of expressive painting, from within and without judgment. 




James Vissari

James Vissari teaches drawing classes and sketch book workshops for beginners and intermediate students. James attended the Corcoran School of Art, Montgomery College, and the University of Maryland. Currently, he is the President of the Montgomery Art Association in Kensington, MD. James’ pieces span from two-inch paintings to murals to pen and ink works produced in plein air and in public spaces. Influenced by Impressionists artists and landscapes as well as realist artists, James is tenacious and prolific in the pursuit and production of artwork.





Jane Alexandra Walsh

Jane Alexandra Walsh is a local artist whose artwork explores the temporal qualities of light and time in nature. Jane has been on the faculty of the MPCS Visual Art Center (VAC) “pre-college art portfolio development” art magnet program at Albert Einstein High School since 2000. She completed two advanced degrees at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore (MAT in Art Education (1993) and an MFA in Studio Art (2006.) Prior to her career in MCPS (1993-2019) Jane Walsh taught in the National Park Service Educational Program at Glen Echo Park where she was an “Artist in Residence” from 1990-1993. She became a teacher after working in research at the National Geographic Society.



Eric Westbrook

Eric Westbrook is a painter, illustrator, and art instructor living and working in the Washington DC area. Current and former teaching venues include The Yellow Barn at Glen Echo, VisArts in Rockville, and the Women’s Club of Chevy Chase.  Eric’s landscape and portrait paintings are frequently exhibited in solo and group shows, and are held in public and private collections. He is an experienced judge of art shows and competitions.  His illustration work has appeared in the publications of prominent corporate, government, and editorial clients nationwide.





Clare Winslow

A native of Washington, D.C. and third-generation artist, Clare’s training includes a degree in painting, a master’s degree in Teaching, and years of post-graduate study at the Corcoran College of Art. Her focus on printmaking has allowed her to integrate a broad range of artistic interests: drawing, photography, digital imaging and painting. Clare’s work has been included in group and solo shows at the Washington Printmaker’s Gallery, the Corcoran Museum of Art, Civilian Art Projects in Washington, D.C, the US and overseas. 




Marcie Wolf Hubbard

Marcie Wolf-Hubbard received her B.A. from the University of Maryland in Studio Art and studied Fine Art and Illustration at the Maryland Institute, College of Art. Her paintings have been exhibited widely on the East Coast; she has illustrated for magazines and books and worked as a courtroom artist. Marcie and her husband David are currently working on a book of David's short stories and poems and Marcie's encaustic (hot wax) paintings, which have inspired David's writing. 




Lis Zadravec

Lis Zadravec is a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Her award-winning narrative colored pencil artwork is internationally recognized and has been published, among other places, in the book "Draw Portraits in Colored Pencil". Having studied oil painting and portraiture at the Corcoran School of Art, her approach to colored pencils reflects the layering technique used in the Maroger method of painting. Her approach is unique even among other colored pencil artists and her standards of excellence have been confirmed by many curators and jurors. She has been teaching for over 2 decades and working  with colored pencils more than 30 years.