*** ANNOUNCEMENT - this program was interrupted by COVID-19, but will resume in 2021.  Thank you!

About Artists in Action 2020:

For a few special weeks, from March 3 to April 26, 2020, Annmarie’s spectacular Main Gallery will be transformed into artist studios, where visitors will have the opportunity to observe and interact with artists as they work. This exciting time at the Garden provides a unique retreat and experimental space for artists to develop new works, display and sell their work, to network with other artists, and to share their creative process. Over twenty artists working in a variety of mediums are scheduled to participate over the course of the event. Visitors will be able to watch, learn, ask questions, and in some cases, become engaged in an art project. The participating artists are encouraged to create a hands-on experience for guests, which may include an invitation to experiment with materials and/or process, or collaboration on an idea or design. Artists in Action is a wonderful opportunity to get an up close look at the working and creative process of an artist.    

As part of the exhibition, artists' works will be available for purchase. 


Rachel Gibson (Gatlinburg, TN), Watercolor/embroidery
Ann Preston (Hollywood, MD), Watercolor
Carolyn Huff (California, MD), Woodcarving
Linda Craven (Port Republic, MD), Oil Painting
Lonnie Hampton (Lexington Park, MD), Painting
MARCH 9-16
Rachel Gibson(Gatlinburg, TN), Watercolor/embroidery
Ann Preston (Hollywood, MD), Watercolor
Kathy Stoner (Arlington, VA), Found object/Mixed media
Diana Manchak (Ft. Washington, MD), Ceramics
Carol Wade (Prince Frederick, MD), Painting
Denise Phalan (Fairfax, VA), Mixed media
MARCH 16-23
Jackie Clark (New York, NY), Painting
North End Gallery Artists
Barbara Rushworth , Fiber art
Polly Lange, Oil painting
Sarah Houde, Ceramics
Judy Larsen, Jewelry
North End Gallery Show and Sale 3/16- 3/23
MARCH 23-30
Jackie Clark (New York, NY), Painting
Barb Mowery (Lusby, MD), Painting
Joan Wiberg (Warrenton, VA), Painting
Robyn Strayer (Lusby, MD), Metalwork
Gina Durgin (Barstow, MD), Paint pouring
Amy Fix (Abingdon, MD), Drawing/Painting
Elaine Strong (Huntingtown, MD), Painting
Barbara Mowery (Lusby, MD), Painting
Carrie Lee Lusby, MD), Fiber art
Gina Durgin (Barstow, MD), Paint pouring
APRIL 6-13
Amy Fix (Abingdon, MD), Drawing/painting
Katherine LeCocq (Wilmington, DE), Watercolor/Mixed media
Julie Allinson (Solomons, MD), Mixed media
Carrie Lee (Lusby, MD), Fiber art
Ray Bogle , Ceramics
APRIL 13-20
Laura Laird (Pasendena, MD), Collage
Suzanne Shelden (Prince Frederick, MD), Painting
Janet Werner (Port Republic, MD), Fiber art
Margo Bauman (Mechanicsville, MD), Fiber art
Melissa Langley (Solomons, MD), Mixed media
Robyn Strayer (Lusby, MD), Mixed media
Mimi Little (Port Republic, MD), Painting/Mixed media
Barbara Boward (Lusby, MD), Mixed media collage
APRIL 20-27
Janice Horoschak (Nottingham. MD), Wearable art
Felicia Reed (Upper Marlboro, MD), Fiber art  
Sookkung Park (Laurel, MD), Papercutting/Mixed media

April 20-23
Color & Light Society Artists
Marianna Nystrom (California, MD), Painting 
Pam Callen, Painting 
Sigrid Stiles, Painting 
Linda Craven, Painting 
John Okay, Photography

April 23-27:
Color & Light Society Artists
Toni Wolf, Painting
Barbara Hak, Ceramics
Polly Lange, Painting
Iris Hall-Willey, Painting
Color & Light Society Show & Sale April 20-27





Artists In Action Temporary Studio, Show & Sale :  March 3 - April 26, 2020

From March 3 - April 26, 2020, Annmarie’s spectacular Main Gallery will be transformed into temporary artist studios, providing a serene retreat and experimental space for artists to develop new works, display and sell their work, network with other artists, and share their creative process with visitors. 

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center seeks artists working in any media to submit proposals to set up a working studio space in the Main Gallery for 1-2 week periods.  These studios will be set up much like a “booth,” utilizing the artist’s own supplies and equipment.  Artists are expected to be present in their studio booth during the majority of their scheduled 1-2 week period (which must include at least one weekend).  Artists are encouraged to sell artwork in their booths.  This call is open to all media.  In addition, artists are encouraged to create an activity for visitors, as simple or as complex as you wish, that will allow visitors to experiment with your materials and creative process.  The size and complexity of the activity/project is up to you. Through this program, artists are afforded an opportunity to work in free studio space in a beautiful setting.  This is a perfect occasion for a serene retreat to immerse yourself in your artwork and to network with other artists. Overnight accommodations for out-of-town artists are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The Artist in Action Studio Space
The primary goal of the AIA program is to create time and sapce for artists to focus on their work.  Over the years, we have learned that a break from your normal studio environmnet can refocus creativity and inspiration.  Coupled with interactions that happen with other artists during your stay, and the AIA program can result in new ideas, unexpected collaborations, and the exploration of new materials and processes.  

Artists will set up their temporary studio space in our beautiful museum-grade Main Gallery of Annmarie’s award-winning Murray Arts Building.  The Main Gallery features an abundance of natural light, high ceilings, tile floors, and internet access.  Each studio space is approximately 12’ x 12’.  Annmarie will also provide tables for each artist’s studio, as well as misc. partition walls and pedestals.  Artists are encouraged to display works for sale in their space. 


A Hands-On Experience for Guests
Artists are encouraged to create a hands-on experience for guests.  Options include inviting guests to experiment with your materials and/or process, or to design a collaborative work of art that guests will help create.  Artists must be willing to speak with guests, answer questions, and to invite visitors into their creative process. 

Sale of Work
All sales will run through the Annmarie Gift Shop, where the appropriate sales tax will be collected.  Annmarie will retain a 20% commission on all sales.

About Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center
An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center is a thirty-acre park located in scenic Solomons, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay.  The sculpture park features a walking path which meanders through the forest, past permanent and loaned sculpture, including over thirty-five works on loan from the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the National Gallery of Art.  The Garden also produces a wide variety of special events, classes and workshops, gallery shows, and engaging public art programs.  The new Studio School offers creative classes taught by a talented faculty.  The award-winning  Arts building, is a 15000 sq ft museum-grade exhibition space that includes two large galleries, a gift shop, the artLAB, and a sunny patio that offers lovely views of the outdoor sculpture.

About Solomons, Maryland
Annmarie is located in Solomons, a lovely waterfront town situated where the Patuxent River meets the Chesapeake Bay.  Just over an hour drive from the Washington DC-Baltimore metro area, Solomons is a popular destination for tourists, boaters, and regional residents.  With spectacular views, interesting shops, a terrific marine museum, and wonderful restaurants, Solomons is a delightful place to spend a day or weekend.  The distinctive setting and engaging array of programs and exhibits makes Annmarie Garden an important element of any visit to Solomons and southern Maryland.

Overnight Accommodations
For those artists travelling from outside of the southern Maryland area, Annmarie allows use of an artist’s apartment located on site.  This space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please note that artists staying in the apartment must bring their own sheets, towels, and toiletries.  The apartment includes a small kitchen where you may prepare meals.   The Curator of Exhibitions will handle reservations upon acceptance into the show.  Additional accommodations can be made at the Hilton Garden Inn and the Holiday Inn, both located near Annmarie.  Artists are expected to make their own arrangements with the Hilton, Holiday Inn, or other nearby hotels and B&Bs.


  • All media types are welcome. 
  • The exhibition is open to all artists age 18 and older who are living and working in the United States.
  • Proposals must include an artist’s statement & resume, a sketch and written description of the proposed studio setup, a brief description of your activity/project for guests, a short description of your artistic process, and a portfolio of at least 6 images of your most recent work.
  • All art equipment that will be used during the living gallery must be supplied bythe artist and approved by the Curator of Exhibitions. Annmarie will provide up to five - 8’ tables for your studio setup.
  • Please note:  artists may be asked to refrain from using certain paints when school groups are touring the gallery.  Outdoor work space can be arranged for artists that utilize paints and other supplies and materials with strong fumes. 

Gallery Specs
4200 sq. ft. exhibition space; electrical outlets in each studio: internet access; centralized 24-hour temperature and humidity controls; building-wide security

On-going Selection Process
Each Proposal/entry will be reviewed and notification of acceptance will be made within 10 business days of receiving the application.  Final deadline for all applications is February 8, 2020.   Notification of acceptance will be made on or before December by February 15, 2020.

Artist’s Studio Set-up/ De-installation
Annmarie reserves the right to reject any work or studio workspace that significantly differs from the entry images/proposals.  Artists are expected to work for the duration of their studio time and to be here for at least one weekend.  Artists are required to install/de-install on the dates approved by the Curator of Programs.  Due to the nature of this exhibit, artists are required to set-up and install their own workspace and artwork.  Artists must provide all of their own studio and display equipment.  All work and equipment must be removed by the date mutually agreed upon by the artist and the Curator of Programs.


 Questions?  t. 410-326-4640 or art@annmariegarden.org 

This organization is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (msac.org).    



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