2019 Exhibitions

Creative Crafts Council 32nd Biennial

June 1 - July 31, 2019

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 6, 7-9pm

The Creative Crafts Council 32nd Biennial Exhibition presents some of the region's top work in wood, glass, clay, metal, fiber and more. The juried exhibition began during the studio craft movement and continues today at the Mansion at Strathmore in Bethesda.

Strathmore Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike North Bethesda, MD
Hours: Tue - Fri & Sat: 10am–4pm; Sun: 12–4pm; Wed: 10am–9pm


Light Liminal

February 22 – March 24, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, February 22, 7-9pm
Closing Reception: Sunday, March 17, 5pm Artists & Curator Talk

Artists: Tom Greaves, Sarah J. Hull, Shana Kohnstamm, Alanna Reeves, Azadeh Sahraeian, Elizabeth H. Sampson, Alexandra Silverthorne, Sarah Stefana Smith, Madeline A. Stratton, and Steve Wanna.
Curator: Karen Joan Topping

Sparkplug: Light Liminal illustrates how these ten artists literally and symbolically employ light and darkness in painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography. The exhibition takes place at the beginning of the 2019-2020 Sparkplug Collective, and explores themes of communication and empathy.

Karen Joan Topping moved to DC the same year DCAC opened (1989) and has been participating in what goes on there since getting her BFA from American University 1993. In 2007, she was one of the founding members of Sparkplug. She has an MFA from University of the Arts and is an artist and curator that create objects, images and experiences that encourage participants to reengage with the richness and empathy inducing reality of the experience of play. She is elated to be working with this new group of Sparkplug artists as they experience the joys and challenges of ‘playing’ together collectively.

2018 Workshops


Unlocking the Wool: Sculptural Felting

June 3 - 9, 2018

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

In this class, both needle-felting and wet-felting techniques will be employed to create solid three-dimensional objects with an emphasis on form and color. Using wire, found objects and wool itself as armature, students interested in creating dynamic sculpture will explore their own designs. Wool varieties, tools, surface design and finishing techniques will be covered. Needle-felters wanting to try wet-felting or vice versa are encouraged to attend though all skill levels are welcome. Note: Both techniques require repetitive arm & hand motion.


2018 Shows

A Shaman Knew Ms. Storm

with Doris Wasserman  .  University School of Nashville  .  Tibbott Center Gallery

January 31 - March 15, 2018

Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts Instructor's Exhibit   April 24 - August 29, 2018