Five Greenbelt Artists

May 15 – July 31

A creative group of five Greenbelt artists Rachel Ann Cross, Sally Davies, Racquel Keller, Amanda Demos Larsen, and Valerie Watson are featured in a new exhibit, “Inspired!” at the Maryland Milestones Heritage Center Gallery, located at 4318 Gallatin Street in Hyattsville.  This exhibit, which opens on May 15, is an inspired collection of artwork that includes oil, acrylic, watercolor, and mosaic.  All five artists are instructors at Greenbelt Community Center, so their names might be familiar to many in the area. 

There will be an Artists’ Reception on Sunday, June 9 from 2-4 pm.  For more information, contact

NAME OF ARTIST: Rachel Cross


TO PURCHASE, PLEASE CONTACT:;  (ph) 240 601-4722

INSPIRATION: Nature, Music, Colors, Stories, Kindness ON

Our lady of Wonder, Mosaic on wood, $850
Eve, Mosaic on wood, $800
Goddess of Radiant Health, Mosaic on wood, $900

ARTIST BIO: Rachel Ann Cross is an artist, musician, and educator who has been working in the DC area for over 25 years. Her vibrant artistic vision and sense of social justice are heavily informed by her experiences growing up in Los Angeles in the 1960’s and early 1970’s. Rachel has had the distinct pleasure of working with people of all ages and abilities including at-risk elementary school students, children and adults with cognitive and intellectual disabilities, deaf actors and choreographers, political activists, incarcerated teenagers, teenagers in mental health facilities, college students, musicians, dancers, and visual artists from all around the world, senior citizens, folk singers, and kindergarteners. Rachel holds a BFA in fine arts from the Corcoran School of Art. She also studied in N.Y. and Paris through Parsons School of Design. Rachel is currently an artist-in-residence for the City of Greenbelt, MD.

“Where’s the Art?” (Entrance Hall to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC)

NAME OF ARTIST: Sally Davies

TO PURCHASE, PLEASE CONTACT: (Studio phone) 301-441-1645        

INSPIRATION: Life, Humanity, Color, Pattern, View

“Where’s the Art?” Acrylic on Canvas $ 2300
“Lonely” Acrylic on Canvas, $850.


Sally Davies has lived and worked in Prince George’s County for over 20 years.  Originally from England, she studied illustration and graphic design at Sheridan College in Canada.  Her illustrations have been published in magazines, cookbooks, menus, textbooks, posters, and 14 children’s books in Canada and the US.  Her award-winning illustrations are done with ink line and bright watercolor washes.  Over the past 15 years, her large-scale acrylic on canvas paintings have been juried into numerous galleries in the mid-Atlantic region, winning many prizes.  She is a juried member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, the Potomac Valley Watercolorists, Gallery 75 at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, and the Children’s Book Guild of Washington, DC.  In 2017, she had a solo show at the Art League Gallery at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, titled “Global Views: Light & Shadow”. 

NAME OF ARTIST: Racquel Keller

(ph) 202-246-2405

INSPIRATION: Nature, Light, Color, Memories, Relationships

Crown of Thorns, Acrylic on Canvas $425.
The Warmth of a Good Kitchen, Acrylic on Canvas $725.

ARTIST BIO: Racquel Keller creates painting, drawing, print, photography, sculpture and assemblage art. She constructs imagery inspired by the natural world and her collection of vintage objects, with an eye toward capturing the feeling of nostalgia they evoke.  Racquel was born in Northern Virginia and has resided in Maryland since 2003. She earned her B.S. in Graphic Design, with a concentration in Fine Arts, from The American University and also holds a Certificate of Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University.  Presently, she works as an Art Instructor, Artist and Creativity Coach. She is an arts instructor at the Greenbelt Community Center, the College Park Arts Exchange and for select workshops at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. She regularly offers classes and workshops in a variety of mediums covering a myriad of subjects. She actively exhibits her work in the DC Metropolitan area and is a current Artist in Residence at The Greenbelt Community Center (Maryland, USA) and will be a visiting Artist in Residence at Chateau d’Orquevaux (Orquevaux, France) in the fall of 2018.

NAME OF ARTIST: Amanda Demos Larsen


INSPIRATION: self, connect, relate, divine, point of view

“Zoe and Raphael with Cousin Johnny (Rest Yourselves)” Oil on Canvas  $1700.

ARTIST BIO: Amanda Demos Larsen lives in Greenbelt, Maryland with John, Zoe, Raphael, Theophilos and Ole Larsen. Amanda received her MFA in 2011 from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, and is currently an Arts Education Specialist for Greenbelt Recreation Arts. She enjoys working in a supportive and artistic environment and loves being involved in bringing more art to the people of Greenbelt.

NAME OF ARTIST: Valerie Watson


INSPIRATION: luminosity, spontaneity, intensity, abstraction, immersion

ON EXHIBIT: “The Gentleman in Dakar”  Watercolor   $900.

ARTIST BIO: Valerie Watson earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland in 1994. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from Towson University, Towson, Maryland.  Known for her large-scale watercolors, Watson has been awarded an Individual Artist Grant Award by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Governor’s Award of  Merit and a listing in Who’s Who in America. Her paintings have been featured in regional solo shows and internationally in Havana, Cuba, Asuncion, Paraguay and Rangoon, Burma, through the U. S. State Department’s Art in Embassies Program.  Watson served as the Visual Arts Specialist of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission for many years and more recently, as an adjunct professor of art at Prince George’s Community College, teaching Watercolor. She serves as a visual art consultant to the Prince George’s County Public Schools and on the Board of Directors for the Gateway Community Development Corporation in the Gateway Arts and Entertainment District. Watson’s studio recently moved into the new Portico Gallery & Studios on 3807 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD 20722.