Past Show: “Anacostia Heritage” Group Show

Maryland Milestones Heritage Center

Anacostia Heritage 

by the Hyattsville Community Arts Alliance

November 3, 2017 – January 6, 2018

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Trees (Largo) – Constance Haaser – $300 (oils)

Painting has always made me happy.  When I retired from my Federal career,  I decided that I needed  to get better at this painting happiness, so  I enrolled in the Art Program at Prince George’s Community College.  I found both the students and professors to be welcoming, supportive and creative.   Trees was painted on the campus during my time there as a student.  The chair of the department challenged us to free ourselves from tiny details and focus on the feeling of a scene using a large surface and the largest brushes we could find.  I hope the painting communicates the joy I felt while painting it.   This particular view of Kent Hall through the trees has been overtaken by the expansion of the Queen Anne Fine Arts building.  I look forward to returning to the campus when all of the construction is complete and perhaps creating a Trees II.



Anacostia Fall – Denise Marie – $600 (oils)

This painting was inspired by a kayaking excursion on the Anacostia River one Fall day. I was taking photographs of the Fall colors for potential paintings.  The colors reflect into the river, and the tide makes rivulets in the river as well.  The sky and the clouds also reflected on the water.  The tree with the vibrant orange leaves is no longer there on the river.  It was washed away during one of the storms a few years ago.

Denise Marie Brown | Denise Marie Painting | www.denisemariebrown

301-699-1148 |


Riversdale – Gerald King – $1200 (glicee print)

Gerald A. King, who passed away in November 2012, was the owner and director of the Atelier Royal art studio in Riverdale Park, MD.   Gerald King was intimately involved with cultivating fine art in Riverdale for over 30 years from his Atelier Royal (named after his father and artist Royal King).  Mr. King produced countless paintings and drawings as part of several series of historical, natural environment, and local Riverdale scenes.  Mr. King captured the Riverdale community through its landmarks, social activities, and relevant culture, past and present.  Published in books, magazines and the Riverdale Park Town-Crier, Gerald’s images and scenes from historic 1700-1810 Riverdale through the 20th and 21-century illustrated the transformation of Riverdale Park and the surrounding area. His diverse visual body of work ranged from researching, visualizing, and capturing rural and farm life at the Calvert Mansion through to modern Riverdale entertainment and day-to-day life.

Jamie King-Morris |


Lady Liberty – Margot Braswell – $150 (pastel)

I did this portrait of Lady Liberty about 15 years ago to inspire in me feelings of of strength, wisdom, and freedom. I hung her on my office wall when I worked as a writer/producer at the Voice of America. I’ve since retired and have been making portrait art of people from whom I also find inspiration.  Since January 20, 2017 I’ve been taking every opportunity to exhibit Lady Liberty as a reminder of what we all owe to the tenets expressed on the statue’s inscription:


New Colossus by Emma Lazarus


Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”


Margot Braswell  | | | 240-505-3545


Mores Plains, Upper Marlboro – Joseph Rogers – $400 (oils)

This ideal landscape was done in the 1835 Romantic mood of an area in Upper Marlboro known as “Montpelier of Moore’s Plains” (circa 1845). There were 600 acres, and it was a pleasure to walk or ride from Route 301 to the “Old Mill Farm” on the river. The painting reflects the pleasure of those times.






Golden Sunset – Denise Marie – $400 (oils)

This was another day hiking at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park, in Summer, and the sun was setting and reflecting on the water.  The river was moving and the rivulets were swirling by this point, not far from the bridge.  The colors of the sun, the grassy bank, the river, the sky, were colliding…using small brush strokes from a watercolor #0, helped me to convey this effect on the water.

Denise Marie Brown | Denise Marie Painting | www.denisemariebrown

301-699-1148 |




Trees on the Edge – Jan Garland – $225 (plastic bags)

As an artist, I believe that we can and should use our viable means of expression to impact issues of our day – like preserving the environment.  I submit myself to this responsibility and proudly consider myself an eco artist.

My art work is done with recycled materials like paper and plastic.


This piece is done with plastic bags.  I titled this because the trees go right up to the edge of the water and man is right up to the edge of destroying nature unless we pay more attention to our abuse.

jan.garland@instagram | | 301-351-8022



Bladensburg Sunset – Denise Marie – $400 (oils)

This was one of two paintings I did of a sunset in my back yard, in Bladensburg.  Our home sits on a high point on our street, and I have a great view of sunsets, as our backyard faces west.  There was a border of Locust trees, on our property line, that often silhouetted in the sun.  Some of these trees are gone now.  I enjoy the images of bright color and contrast, depicted in this painting.


Denise Marie Brown | Denise Marie Painting | www.denisemariebrown

301-699-1148 |



Drummer – Richard Brown – $650 (walnut)







Notable News – Jan Garland – $80 (collage)

As an artist, I believe that we can and should use our viable means of expression to impact issues of our day – like preserving the environment.  I submit myself to this responsibility and proudly consider myself an eco artist.

My art work is done with recycled materials like paper and plastic.

Newspaper clips follow us back to unforgettable times. I think it’s interesting to read back and see our growth on some things while others stay the same.

jan.garland@instagram | | 301-351-8022