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Visit Marian Osher at Artists and Makers Open Studio Weekend – March 3, 4 and 5

February 21, 2017

“Cappuccino” © Marian Osher, acrylic painting

Marian Osher Studio/Gallery (studio 308)
Artists and Makers 2
12276 Wilkins Avenue
Rockville, MD 20852

First Friday: March 3rd, 2017, 6 to 9 pm
Saturday and Sunday, March 4th and 5th, 2017 – 10 to 4 pm
Entrance from parking lot behind the building. Free parking.

Artists & Makers Weekend OPEN STUDIO EVENT,
2 locations in Rockville, MD.
Visit artists in their studios, tour the galleries.
Saturday and Sunday, March 4th and 5th, 2017. 
This is the most exceptional opportunity to browse the artist’s studios, hallways, and gorgeous work in all five galleries at Parklawn Drive and Wilkins Avenue (just 9/10’s of a mile apart in Rockville.) See the work of more than 120 artists, observe their processes, and ask questions to learn more about what they do. 


GW Magazine Artist Quarter Features Marian Osher

August 24, 2016

The George Washington Magazine Artist’s Quarter tells the story about how Marian Osher’s art helped her to overcome her fear of flying after her 9/11 flight experience.

The George Washington University Virginia Science and Technology Campus, in Ashburn, Virginia will exhibit 17 colorful paintings and wall hangings by Marian Osher. The exhibition, Fearless Flying in 2016! opens September 12, 2016 at Enterprise Hall, 44983 Knoll Square, Ashburn, VA 20147.

Marian Osher will give a talk at the September 15, 2016  exhibition reception, about her 9/11 experience, her fear of flying, and various tools that helped her to overcome her fear and fly fearlessly as far as Africa and Australia.

Here is the link to the article:                                              

Here is a link about the reception:                              



Website Under New Management!

June 26, 2012

Thanks to the encouragement of my web wizard and talented friend Elise Nicol, I finally took the plunge.

From this day forward, will be configured and updated by me! After looking at many options, I decided to try a free 7 day trial with  A great choice for me, since I am not HTML savvy at all. (more…)

FLOWER POWER or Creating Relief Monotypes on Sculpted Canvas for the ART*SPARKS Exhibition

March 20, 2012

"Blue Tango" ©2011 Marian Osher, relief monotype on sculpted canvas, 14" x 13"

Making relief monotypes on sculpted canvas was an experiment that turned out to be fun. Lighting the artwork on the walls and playing with the cast shadows was the icing on the cake. (more…)

Making Mixed-Media Monotypes on Canvas for the ART*SPARKS Solo Show

March 19, 2012

"Spring Recital" ©2011 Marian Osher completed mixed-media monotype on painted canvas, 11" x 14"

Marian Osher printing a monotype on her etching press. photo by Julie Hipkins

In the beginning there is only a piece of frosted mylar that I coat with gum arabic. This becomes the printing plate. Sometimes I lay a pencil sketch under the translucent mylar. Next I turn on the music and draw and paint on the mylar until I am happy with the image. The image is transferred to dampened paper with my etching press. It is always exciting to pull up the paper from the plate
and see how the print has turned out! Next, I “put the print to bed” between layers of blotters under heavy books until the next day.

Now I have to decide which parts of the print will be raised and which lowered. Then I tape the monotype to a piece of acid free foam board and CUT THROUGH THE PRINT and the foam board with a mat knife for the raised layers. This is the scary part, because once I cut, I can’t turn back. (more…)

Creativity Unblocked!

March 4, 2012

Creativity is Universal
Creative challenges and blocks do not only apply to artists, writers, and musicians. Everyone has creative aspects about their lives and personhood.

Early last year I was involved in creating a series of paintings for a solo show scheduled for 2013 in New York. I realized with a shock that I only had 10 months to prepare for my 2012 solo show at the Washington Printmakers Gallery. I had been thinking about an idea for the show, but no images had come into my mind. The more I thought about what I was going to do, the more my mind was a blank. I began to feel very anxious


Make an Adjustable Cropper/Slider/Viewer

February 1, 2011

I often suggest that students view their subject matter through a simple viewer to isolate composition options. To make an adjustable viewer, use an exacto knife to cut out a 2″ x 2″ window in the center of a 6″ square piece of mat board.  I like this size because it is large enough to hold comfortably and the window is small enough to look through at a comfortable distance from the subject.

To make the window adjustable, cut a vertical piece of mat board 6″ long by 2.5″ wide to use as a slider. Place a rubber band over the window and the slider.  Then you can adjust the slider to change the proportions of the opening.

Montgomery Life Magazine – Artists Among Us

January 6, 2011

I wanted to share this feature article written by Pamela Schipper, Managing Editor of Montgomery Life Magazine.  This is a delightful and flavorful color magazine, chock full of interesting diversions and resources in Montgomery County, historic soundbites, and interviews with artists, musicians, chefs and MC County folks.  I guess it makes me think of texture, the variety of “textures” of Montgomery County.

So I was really excited and of course a bit nervous about being interviewed and photographed as the featured artist for the January/February issue.  I have to say that Pam Schipper is an excellent and insightful interviewer who put readily put me at ease.  The interview was actually fun.  The photographer came to my studio a few days later.  As a person who takes a lot of pictures with my trusty digital camera, it is much easier for me to be behind the camera than in front of it.  I think there are others who share this feeling.  However, again, I was pleasantly surprised by the naturalness of her approach.  Pretty soon after she arrived I felt like I was being visited by a friend and was almost not aware of the camera.

Click on the link below to view the article. I hope that you will check out the rest of magazine on paper, either by subscribing or picking one up from your Montgomery County Library.  You might find that Montgomery County has a lot of special surprises that you might not be aware of.

ArtistAmongUs_0111 Marian Osher

A Frame Alternative

July 27, 2010

"Shell 1" ©2010 Marian Osher, mixed-media acrylic painting, 6" x 6"

Painting on deep gallery-wrapped canvases gives me the opportunity to continue the painting on the edges of the canvas.  One obvious benefit is that it cuts the framing cost to zero.  Another benefit, (more…)

Art is NOT a Minor Subject!

July 13, 2010

It always amazes me when I hear the study of art in public education referred to as “a minor subject”. In a time of budget cutting, the arts are the first to feel the ax and often are the last priority in recovery. Science, English, foreign languages and math are considered major subjects.  Perhaps that is because the broad-based benefits of art education are not understood or are overlooked. So I am going to take advantage of this blog to point out some of the far reaching benefits of art education. (more…)