February Show Opening

After a busy 4th quarter with two simultaneous shows at Strathmore Mansion, The Miniature Painters (MPSGS), and the Montgomery County Plein Air Painters and the annual Yellow Barn Studio member show, I was able to take a breath to get ready for a smaller group show for February. This fresh new show to start 2019 will have all new artwork and goes on exhibit at Gallery B the first week of February. This will be my fourth year at Gallery B and my fellow artists, Nancy, Jennifer, Christianne, David and I are looking forward to showing together in this beautiful venue in the heart of Bethesda.

I will be showing both plein air paintings and mixed media artwork. Friday February 8th we will be open to the public until 8PM. And I will be in the gallery each Wednesday from noon to 3PM so please come visit.

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The Best Season for Plein Air Painting

Autumn is my favorite time of year to do outdoor painting and enjoy the warm colors. The Yellow Barn Studio class I often attend with Walt Bartman, gets us out in the weather twice a week, September through November. Its been unusually chilly for the past few weeks, which delayed the colors, but they are finally out and we are taking advantage of it.

Its always fun to see artworks as they develop. Here’s some starts from the past few weeks. Each painting usually gets worked on for at least 2 sessions onsite and then touch-ups are done later in the studio. LFKcw2JbRBOqfjekHZF+AQ


Its looking like there will be a nice batch of new paintings ready for the next show. There are several group shows on the calendar for November, December and into 2019 that I have been busily painting for. More information on those to come soon.

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New Artwork at Small Work III Exhibition

This weekend the Yellow Barn Studio Gallery is hosting a third annual art show and I will have two new pieces in the exhibit. The new artworks are smaller versions of my recent mixed media paintings in the Fleeting Fluvial series. Creating these small scale versions of sections from the other larger artworks has been as much fun as the first ones. There are still a couple more in process but two are ready to show:

Fluvial Closeup #1

Fluvial Close-up # 1, Mixed Media, 10 x 12

Fluvial Closeup #3
Fluvial Close-up #3, Mixed Media, 10 x 10

Please come, I will be at the closing reception on Sunday afternoon:
Small Work III Exhibition 

Presented by The Friends of the Yellow Barn 
July 21 & 22, 2018, 12:00 – 5:00pm

Artists Reception, Sunday, July 22, 4:00 – 6:00pm
For more info you can visit the Yellow Barn website, http://www.yellowbarnstudio.com/SpecialEvents.htm.
7300 MacArthur Blvd (next to the Stone Tower)
Glen Echo, MD 20812
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Sara’s artwork at Maplewood Park Place

The lovely people at Maplewood Park Place in Bethesda, put on a wonderful reception for the opening of our 7 Palette’s summer exhibit. It was another rainy spring day but a great way to spend time on a leisurely Sunday in early June. In the meantime, we can now look forward to a warm and sunny summer very soon!

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Summer Show at Maplewood Park Place

“Together Again” ~ a joint show by The 7 Palettes

Maplewood Park Place
9707 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
June 1, 2018 – August 24, 2018

You are cordially invited to our Opening Reception
Sunday, June 3, 2018. 4pm – 6pm

Parking is free and also available next door, at St.Jane de Chantal church.

Here are 2 of my newest pieces that were recently created on a 7 Palettes workshop to Biloxi, MS with award winning plein air artist and teacher, Marc Hanson.


Halstead Bayou, Mississippi Gulf

Distant Deer Istand, Mississippi Gulf

Distant Deer Island, Mississippi Gulf

There will also be other recent paintings including one that just showed at Martha Spak’s Gallery on the District Wharf.

It was very generous of Martha to ask the Montgomery County Plein Air Painters to come down to the wharf, paint and then show our artwork during the month of April. If you haven’t been down to the District Wharf, they’ve done an incredible job renovating the area and it is now a beautiful and fun place for the whole family. The Anthem Theater is on my list as the best new music venue in the area and they have been attracting a lot a great musicians.

There are more paintings in the works and I hope to add another blog update soon.

Happy Spring (finally)!




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Continuing the Series, Fleeting Fluvial’s

The last 3 shows where one or both of the Fleeting Fluvial’s were exhibited generated a lot of interest in these mixed media paintings. Work has commenced on a 3rd piece in the series as well as 3 small versions of the larger pieces. Each small version is a microcosm of one of the larger ones. I choose one of the areas within the large piece that had enough interest that it could be slightly enlarged and stand on its own. All of these artworks are very rewarding to create and I look forward to the finished pieces. The large piece is 30 x 40 inches and therefore a little larger than the 2 previous versions which were 30 x 30 each. A lot of work has already gone into Fleeting Fluvial #3 and the smaller pieces, of varying size, are still in the early phases. The small pieces are a nice change from the larger ones, which have so much surface area to be worked, that it gets a bit complicated with all the layering and design decisions. And its always fun to take a small area from a larger painting and blow it up into another painting and thereby enjoying a new perspective.



In the meantime, Spring is finally bringing warmer weather and the opportunity for some plein air painting. A travel workshop is on the horizon.

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Influences: The Popcorn Gallery


New Work by Glen Echo Park Faculty & Students

February 24 to March 25, 2018, Saturdays & Sundays, 12 to 6 PM

Artists’ Reception: Sunday, March 4th, 5 to 7PM

A new show venue for me, the Popcorn Gallery, and I am pleased to be included along with my long-time fabulous instructor Jordan Bruns, jjbruns.com and one of his latest assemblages of still life objects. It’s a wonderful concept and a great way for the viewer to get a good understanding of what was actually seen by the artist since it is literally right there for you. In addition, the complete paint palette is there and it includes the remnants of color mixings used in the actual painting.  True visual art lovers get to see the whole kit and caboodle. The impact of these assemblages is best experienced in person.

My artwork is also one in a series I’m calling Fleeting Fluvial’s. These are born of a walk on a Florida beach as the tide was going out and my fascination with the patterns and forms the water was carving into the sand as it moved back towards the ocean. These shapes and forms were in motion as the water flowed and therefore existed for only moments in time. I was lucky to be there to capture the formations on my camera and later bring them back to life to be seen by others through this artwork. It is wonderful to be envisioning that day on the beach as the was sun sinking towards the horizon, showing off these beautiful shapes and patterns, as I work to reproduce what I experienced that day. Here’s a picture… but seeing the artwork in person is much more interesting.

fullsizeoutput_46d6 Fleeting Fluvial #2, Mixed Media, 30 x 30, Sara H. Becker


The Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to present Influences: New Work by Glen Echo Faculty & Students. This exhibition showcases recent work by Glen Echo Park resident visual artists and faculty members, paired with work by selected students. With each combination, glimpse the influence of instructor mentors on the development of students’ technique.  Works include painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, jewelry and other mediums available through Park classes and studios.

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture

Location: Popcorn Gallery

Admission: Free

Contact Phone: 301-634-2222



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