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The 20th Annual High School Student Art Exhibition

March 23 & 24, 2019
Saturday, 12 to 5PM & Sunday, 12 to 5PM
Reception Sunday, March 24th from 4:00 – 5:00pm

Adeena Kreisler
Aidan Healy
Allison Greathouse
Analisa Hakes
Anastasia Staurulakis
Andrea Simo
Angelica Gonzalez
Annabelle Adelizzi
Ava Risser
Avery Ulanet
Charlotte Kirby
Claire Yang
Connor Pugh
David Porquin
Deli Chen
Diana House
Dylan Fan
Emily Willard
Erina O'Brien
Evan Cheng
Gillian Moore
Jiahe (Nick) Xu
Julianne Murphy
Julianne Stenberg
Karis Lee
Lilly Boehler
Madhava Kinnicutt
Mary Ma
Maya Bosse
Mwansa Mukuka
Natsuki Takizawa
Nicholas Pyle
Nicole Lynch
Phoebe Qian
Ramy Logan
Regina Orradottir
Sasha Collier
Shauntise Person
Sooyeon Kim
Sophia Sprague
Sriya Sogal
Zhenling (Lucy) Zhang

The Friends of the Yellow Barn Studio & Gallery is sponsoring an art competition for all high school sophomores, juniors and seniors from Montgomery County, Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington DC. The Friends of the Yellow Barn, with support from Plaza Artist Materials, will award a First Prize of $500, second prize of $250, and Third prize of $150. $25 gift certificates will also be awarded to the other 37 works selected for the exhibition. Selecting the work this year will be Jack Rasmussen, Director of the American University Katzen Art Museum in Washington, DC. Award ceremony and judge’s comments take place Sunday, March 24th from 4:00 – 5:00pm.

The Friends of the Yellow Barn is also pleased to announce that this year, three Outstanding Teachers will be recognized with a monetary prize of $100. These teachers are nominated by their students, and will be acknowledged the night of the reception for their year round hard work in cultivating and inspiring young minds.

About Jack Rasmussen

Jack Rasmussen earned his bachelor’s degree in art from Whitman College before launching a long association with American University and notable arts career in the D.C. region.  His several AU connections include master’s degrees in painting, arts management, and anthropology; and a PhD in anthropological linguistics.  He also served as the university’s associate director of development from 1983 to 1987.  Rasmussen began his career in 1975 as assistant director of the Washington Project for the Arts under founder Alice Denney.  He then owned and operated the John Rasmussen Gallery, a vital part of DC’s art scene until he closed in 1983.  From 1989 to 1992, Rasmussen helped conceive, launch, and operate the Rockville Arts Place in suburban Maryland.  He then became executive director of the Maryland Art Place (MAP) in Baltimore, a nonprofit contemporary arts center serving the Mid-Atlantic.  In his 10 years at MAP, he curated a series of cutting-edge shows and off-site projects, introduced a new cabaret space, and heightened community involvement.  Rasmussen’s next post—before the Katzen—was executive director of the di Rosa Preserve: Art & Nature, a contemporary art museum and natural habitat in Napa, California.  There, he oversaw the care and exhibition of 2,100 artworks indoors and out, and organized traveling exhibitions to establish the di Rosa’s reputation and identity as the premiere venue for Northern California contemporary art.  Rasmussen is president of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums and is a member of the board of directors for the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival.  

If you would like to help The Friends of the Yellow Barn continue this valuable tradition of rewarding creativity in today’s young artists, please contract Patrick Sieg ( about a tax deductible donation for future High School exhibitions at the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery.

"Meditations on the Personal" - The work of Susan Lyon

April 6-28, 2019 at the Stone Tower Gallery at Glen Echo Park
Saturdays and Sundays 12:00 – 6:00pm, and by appointment

The Stone Tower Gallery at Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd
Glen Echo, MD 20812

This April, world-renowned portrait artist Susan Lyon, will be showcasing her work at the Stone Tower Gallery at Glen Echo Park.

The exhibition of works on paper titled “Meditations of the Personal” focuses on her world travels. Meeting people from other cultures has become the primary inspiration for her artwork. The exhibition coincides with a two-day workshop and a lecture, both elaborating on themes from this exhibition. Tickets for these events benefit the Friends of the Yellow Barn, a non-profit organization designed to support the programs and community of the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery.

The Stone Tower exhibition is free Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 – 6:00pm.

"Visual Poetry in Portraits" - Oil Painting Workshop with Susan Lyonn

Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14 from 10:00 – 4:00pm
At the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery

$350 includes one ticket to Susan Lyon’s lecture “People, Places, and Paint”

In this two-day workshop, celebrated figure artist Susan Lyon will share her unique techniques and thought process for creating visually and emotionally powerful portraits using oil painting. The class will focus on taking the basics of drawing to the next level as one moves beyond a mere technical rendering of the live model to a true personal expression. Lyon will demonstrate the power of selecting, simplifying, and grouping areas to generate a focus of attention that elevates the ordinary to the emotionally impactful work of fine art.

Each morning Susan will demonstrate and discuss painting from the live model. In the afternoons, students will work from the model while Susan offers individual instruction. The goal of this workshop is to help students add to the language they will need to write their own visual poetry. Register Below

Susan Lyon Workshop

“People, Places, and Paint” - Lecture and Visiting Artist Reception

Saturday April 13, from 6:00 – 8:30opm
Lecture from 6:00 – 7:00pm, Reception to follow

$40 for lecture and reception with wine and hors d'oeuvres

The Friends of the Yellow Barn is honored to present Susan Lyon, distinguished artist and world traveler.

She will be giving a presentation of her drawings and paintings and give insight into her process; discussing her unique techniques with both her works on paper and her oil paintings. Susan will show images from her world travels and how interacting with people from other cultures inspires her artwork. Following her lecture, the Friends will host a book signing of Susan Lyon’s Book, “Visions and Voyages” and a reception for the artist and attendees. “Visions and Voyages” will be available for sale at the reception. Register Below

Susan Lyon Lecture

About Susan Lyon

Susan Lyon grew up in Oak Park, Illinois. Her initial interest in art was sparked by a television show on Georgia O’Keefe. Lyon studied painting at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and the respected Palette and Chisel Club. It is there she first began exhibiting and selling her work.

Susan draws much inspiration from painters such as Richard Schmid, Nancy Guzik, Anders Zorn, John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla, and Cecelia Beaux. Lyon’s technique is to paint wet on wet with a balance of scratchy brush work against thick, opaque strokes for the lights. “My style is an attempt to balance realistic and abstract passages with as much impressionistic color as possible. I like to combine wide, sweeping strokes in the background with small, subtle details in my center of interest.”

Susan Lyon lives in a rural area of North Carolina with her husband, artist Scott Burdick, whom she met at the Palette and Chisel Club. She moved from Chicago to North Carolina to escape the hectic pace of city life as well as to experience an entirely different part of the country. Surrounded by nature, Susan’s studio allows her the space and privacy to grow as an artist. It also serves as a perfect home-base for her painting trips and travels all around the world. “The excitement of traveling, seeing so many new sights, and incredible works in museums, combined with the challenge of painting on the spot, makes me a travel addict! Even before I go on a trip I’m planning the one after.” Susan’s mediums of choice are oil and Pastel Pencil and charcoal, with occasional forays into watercolor. To learn more about Susan Lyon visit her website

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