Yellow Barn Studio & Gallery



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 Fall 2017-2018 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. 





W. Michael Bartman III

W. Michael Bartman III received his degree in art education from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, where he concentrated on teaching and painting. Later, Mr. Bartman served as director of the largest Advanced Placement Art program in the Montgomery County Public School system.  Today, he is the Assistant Director of the Yellow Barn Studio and the painting instructor at the Landon School, a private school in Bethesda.  He is  a two-time Outstanding Teacher of Excellence recognized by the Maryland Art Education Association and the Landon School.



Vian Borchert

Borchert is an award winning contemporary artist who has shown both internationally and nationally in many group and solo exhibitions. The National Gallery of Art in Amman, Jordan and The Jerusalem Fund Gallery, Washington, DC have her artwork in their permanent collections. She is a graduate from The Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, D.C. and has a Master Web Design degree. Vian’s expressionistic and abstracted art illustrates a poetic mood and a thoughtful journey in the world of painting.





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.





Barbara Gruber

A native of Baltimore, Barbara Epstein Gruber received a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art, studied in the graduate fine arts program at the University of Pennsylvania and earned her MFA from Brooklyn College. Her work can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the US, Europe and the UK and has been featured in numerous local and national publications. Ms. Gruber has won Best in Show by such esteemed jurors as Klauss Kertess of the Whitney Museum, Bernard Chaet, Samuel Hoi, George Gurney of the Smithsonian and Doreen Bolger of the BMA. She is currently an instructor at the Maryland Institute College of Art, The Johns Hopkins University and The Yellow Barn. 




Michelle Hahm is an illustrator, painter, and writer in the DC area. Her illustration work has been printed in books and magazines while her paintings have been privately collected. Aside from her work done for print publication, her fine art paintings attempt to embrace the qualities of the paint medium and consider a psychological interpretation over that of a strictly realistic one.  She is currently working on an artistic compilation of Holocaust survivor testimonies. More of her work can be viewed on her website at



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.



Carol Jason

Carol A. Jason studied acrylic abstract painting at the Yellow Barn with the late Helen Corning. She received her BA and MFA degrees in sculpture from the American University. She studied ceramic hand-building and printmaking at the Corcoran School of Art & Design, and ceramics at Eastern Market Pottery. She holds a diploma in advertising design from the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.



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. 



Christine Lashley

Christine Lashley studied as a teen in Paris at the Parsons Art Institute and the Sorbonne, continuing on to earn her BFA at Washington University in St. Louis.  She worked for several years in the fashion industry in Europe, then as a muralist and graphic designer, but turned her interest to fine art soon thereafter.  Christine's paintings have been shown nationally and internationally, and continue to win top awards.  Her work has also been featured in American Artist Magazine, The Washington Post, and North Light Publications.





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.





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.




Jack Pardue

A Graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design and is a member of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters. Jack’s never ending pursuit of luminous color is clearly demonstrated in his paintings. He is referred to, and known as a colorist. Jack also had a long and distinguished career as a freelance figurative illustrator. His work appeared in US News &World Report, Time Life Books, & US Air, and many others. Over the years, Jack won many awards from the New York Society of Illustrators, & The Washington Society of Illustrators, and the Art Directors Club of Washington, DC. 



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.”



Jamie Platt

Jamie Platt is a painter from the Midwest who moved to Takoma Park in 2010. She has an MFA in painting from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and a BFA in painting from Kendall College of Art and Design. Jamie is new to the Yellow Barn but has taught classes locally for several years. Before moving to the area, she taught courses in painting, drawing, color, and design at the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, Indiana.  As a teacher, Jamie is supportive, enthusiastic, and methodical. Through shared observation and inquiry, Jamie emphasizes the importance of learning to see and analyze relationships. Students in Jamie’s classes learn how to break things down and so they can build them back up



Cherie Redlinger

C.M. received her BA in Art History from the University of Maryland, European Division. She returned to the United States to study printmaking and received her MA in Art from California State University, Northridge. C.M. has shown in a number of national and international fine art exhibits and has been an Educator. She has supported the Women’s Caucus of Art, and was the Co-Chair for the WCA Conference 2016. Ms. Redlinger’s artwork can be found in private collections and museums national and worldwide. 


Marisela Rumberg

arisela Rumberg is a Fiber Artist, award-winning Quilter and Certified Zentangle Teacher. She is an instructor at Glen Echo Park and at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA, where she has her studio as a member of the Studio Fiber Arts co-op. Her work is also exhibited at the Torpedo Factory where she is a member of the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild.

Marisela finds inspiration for her art in nature and in the history, legends, traditions and stories of her native Mexico. In addition to art quilts she is creating with hand-made papers and eco-printing.






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. 





Ricky Sears

A native of Chevy Chase, Ricky Sears, MFA Fine Arts, BA Studio Art cum laude honors, has five years college teaching experience in studio art and currently teaches drawing and painting at Landon School. He provides encouragement and shows examples to ensure students do their best in his fun and engaging classes. 




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.




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.





Joanne Wasserman

Joanne C. Wasserman has been creating original works of art, illustration, and branding information design products in metro Washington, DC since 1979. Artist and Graphic Designer---Joanne conceptualizes and produces spirited art and design vehicles that reflect her clients’ experiences with their good and diverse missions. Calligraphy, Drawing, Painting, and Design form the locus of research intensive creativity to vividly express ideas and knowledge. Within these realms she draws out the particularities of meaning which belong to the subjects, conveying character and showing their nature in art to be perceptible, harmonious, and beautiful in individual complexity---



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. Colored pencils lend themselves to precise detail and photo realism. 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 wish colored pencils more than 30 years. She brings experience and enthusiasm to a medium that has now caught the world’s attention.



Anka Zaremba

Anka Zaremba has a degree in literature from The School of African and Asian Studies at the University of Sussex, UK. This was followed by study at Warwick University and Leicester, where she discovered her passion for education in the arts and particularly how we communicate across generations and cultures.

She has lived and worked as a teacher in Papua New Guinea, the Sudan, Hong Kong, the UK and the US, and had a childhood filled with family visits to Poland and France. Painting and drawing became Anka’s natural lifeline, way of always having a piece of home with her to share in each new place.