photo 'John Lennon Love Triumphs' by V. Borchert

Arts Barn Gallery Exhibit (Photos)

Gaithersburg presents an exhibit featuring pastel paintings by the Maryland Pastel Society, glasswork by Tony Glander, and acrylic paintings by art instructor Vian Shamounki Borchert and her students at the Arts Barn Gallery, now through July 28. The gallery is located at 311 Kent Square Road in Gaithersburg, with viewing hours Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to a free Artists’ Reception on Tuesday, June 11 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Founded in 1977, the Maryland Pastel Society is a nonprofit organization devoted to the promotion and development of professional, original works of art in the medium of soft pastel and to the creative and technical advancement of its members. Signature members of the Society will exhibit paintings done primarily in soft pastel, a centuries-old fine art medium consisting of pure pigments bound in stick form and applied to a painting surface, usually sanded or other specialty papers. Visitors will appreciate the unique beauty and vibrancy of pastel in a variety of genres, including landscape, still life and figures. The Maryland Pastel Society is the oldest state society and is an active member of the International Association of Pastel Societies.

photo of artwork by C Powell

‘No Cell Phone’ by C. Powell, Maryland Pastel Society

photo 'No Parking' by G. Johannesen

‘No Parking’ by G. Johannesen, Maryland Pastel Society

Tony Glander has been addicted to glass since walking into a stained glass store in 1986. His glass art includes stained glass, fused glass, glass etching, and digital imagery for stained, fused or blown glass. Glander creates glass art commission work for homes, businesses and places of worship, and he travels around the country teaching glass art workshops in places like Houston and Las Vegas. Glander is an “Artist in Residence” at the Arts Barn, where he teaches a variety of art glass workshops and classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced students. To view his glasswork, visit

Vian Shamounki Borchert’s expressionistic and abstracted art illustrates a poetic mood and a thoughtful journey in the world of painting. She is a graduate of The Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. and has a degree in Master Web Design. She currently teaches adult art classes in watercolor, acrylic and drawing at the Arts Barn. Her internationally acclaimed and award-winning contemporary art is on permanent collection at The National Gallery of Art in Amman, Jordan and The Jerusalem Fund Gallery in Washington, D.C. Borchert’s artwork has also been featured in numerous publications and media such as The Washington Post, DC Modern Luxury magazine, The Huffington Post, NPR’s “Art Beat,” and MC Insight magazine. For more about Borchert, visit

photo 'John Lennon Love Triumphs' by V. Borchert

‘John Lennon Love Triumphs’ by V. Borchert

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