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, 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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Points of View at Gallery B

The 7 Palettes Show at Gallery B will be on Exhibit until February 4th. We are looking forward to the champagne reception this coming Sunday which will help close out the exhibit. Come visit and see all new original artwork including my newest sand paintings, Fleeting Fluvials.

via More Pieces for Gallery B Exhibit! 


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New Year, New Show

I am proud to be a member of the group that has been selected by the Bethesda Urban Partnership to exhibit in their Gallery B once again for the month of January 2018.

This year’s exhibit features the landscape and everyday life, as individually envisioned by the artists, who often show their art together as:

The Seven Palettes

The private reception (with champagne) helps close the exhibit.  2 pm to 5 pm on Sunday, Jan. 28.  PLEASE JOIN US!

A public reception (with chocolate) celebrates the opening of the exhibit. 6 pm to 8 pm on Friday, Jan 12. 

A design seminar ~ “How to Integrate Artwork into Your Home”,  1 pm to 3 pm on Sunday, Jan. 21.

Come meet the artists — Sara Becker, Nancy Butler, Helen Gallagher, Caroline Orrick, Ann Rossilli, Penny Smith and Maureen Ward.

Gallery B Regular Hours:  11 am to 5 pm, Wed. – Sat.,  Jan. 10 – Feb. 3, 2018.                      7700 Wisconsin Ave, Courtyard Suite E, Bethesda, MD 20814

One of my newest pieces: Fleeting Fluvial #1, will be on exhibit. This artwork is most impactful seen in person. And I hope to have a second Fleeting Fluvial, now in progress,ready on opening day. Stay tuned! And please come to one or more of the 3 events we are hosting this 1st month of 2018.



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Many Shows to Prepare For

The last quarter of the year gets busy with many things and for me that includes art shows with several groups of which I am a member. Currently, the annual show of the Olney Art Association is on exhibition at the Kentland’s Museum in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The opening reception was a pleasant evening with piano music and an interesting talk/critique with the judge. He commented that he is not interested in abstract artwork which made sense considering his choices for awards. Artists that participate in various shows with different art organizations come to learn that judging and jurying is largely subjective. Its a great honor to get an award but at the same time there is no sense getting demoralized if you don’t get into a certain show because the jury process can be very arbitrary. Anyway, I was pleased my artwork, being fairly abstract, got into the show. I was able to ask him for comments on my artwork being that it is an abstract and he had mentioned he doesn’t prefer abstract art. He immediately said my piece was not abstract! That was a surprise to me but I understand his point of view because there are some vegetation inspired forms in addition to the other less concrete shapes and lines. My artwork had a nice placement on a wall between a window and the corner so it filled its space quite well. This show is on view through the first week of December. The next group show that I will submit artwork to is the Yellow Barn Studio Gallery later this week.

  Kentland’s OAA Exhibit 2017

Depth’s Unknown

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Its time for the MPSGS Show

Its time for the annual MPSGS Show and here is a sneak peak at my entries that were all selected for the show. These are some of my favorite scenes from my trip to Alaska in June.  I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the snow topped mountains and glaciers in Glacier Bay and the many, many other places that I saw along the Inside Strait and Denali National Park.  Alaska is a truly wonderous place full of animals and undisturbed nature.  There are so many scenes I could choose to paint and I may also enlarge one of the miniatures to a large scale painting.  So many ideas, so little time!

84th Annual Internationa Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature

2017 Exhibition Info

Artist Awards Ceremony and Tea — Nov. 18, 1-4 pm
Opening Reception — Nov. 19, 2-4 pm
Exhibition — Nov. 19, 2017, through Jan. 6, 2018

The Mansion at Strathmore
10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20852
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Wednesday: 10am – 9pm
Sunday: 12 – 4pm
Closed Monday and Holidays

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Working on multiple projects

Some months go by and a lot of work gets done but nothing actually finished.  This month the large Great Falls, Virginia, painting continues to evolve in the studio.


In addition to studio time, I have been plein air painting a couple of times a week.  Good starts on a few paintings will have to be finished from memory and photos in the studio.


plein air, may17

And then, after I had my fill of representational paintings, I started messing around with a  small abstract that I had started a while back. That was fun too!


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