New Winter Classes Enrolling Now

Well! Looks like I am long overdue for a blog post ( yikes, last one was 7 months ago!).  I was certainly going to post something special on our studio school’s first anniversary, but that came and went last September.  Then, I  planned to post a new year’s blog, recounting all the wonderful things that have been going on in the studio over the past year, but now the time for that is almost past too.  The good news is the reason I haven’t been posting is because we’ve been so busy with classes, making art, and managing Tom’s growing sales this past year.  So, no complaints from me. The studio, and the studio school, are thriving and we’re loving it. I do hope to post more often here. I will be updating some sections of this site over the next few days- including adding a lot of pictures of all the great artwork that has been generated in classes and workshops over the past one and a half years.  Also, I do tend to post more often on facebook so if you would like to keep up my posts there, go and like our studio’s facebook page.

I will also be posting about Tom’s latest commission that he is in the process of painting right now. Very exciting !

In the meantime- I will direct you over to our class schedule and hope that we will see you soon in the studio!

Adult classes and workshops

Youth and Teen Classes


Two Angels on Display in Gallery Shows This Month

Tom  was invited to be in two gallery shows this month, and coincidentally, both wanted to feature sculptural pieces he did in the 1980’s, and both pieces represent angels made of steel and scrap metal.

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The first piece called ” Angel with Uzi” (above) was completed in 1986 and is now being included in a show entitled : Washington Art Matters: 1940’s-1980’s, held at the Katzen Arts Center, at American University, from June 15th -August 11th. This show is based on a book with the same name written by Jean Lawler Cohen, Elizabeth Tebow, Sidney Lawrence, and Benjamin Forgey. noname-7It is an honor to be included in this show of some 80-90 DC artists.  After graduating from the Corcoran in 1985, Tom had numerous one-person shows in DC, some at Walker, Ursitti, and McGinnis Gallery in the Shaw neighborhood, and then later at Troyer, Fitzpatrick, Lassman Gallery on Dupont Circle. He participated in several group shows at the Washington Project for the Arts as well.

“Angel with Uzi” was purchased by Washington art collector, Herb White.  (see 1989 Museum and Arts article ) As it turns out his estate can no longer keep this piece and has it for sale. If interested, please contact us.

Another angel sculpture that is being exhibited this summer is called Iroquois Angel and/or The Spirit of Victory. This sculpture was part of Tom’s larger installation called Drums Along the Niagara, which he made during his stay at New York State’s Artist-in-Residence Program at Artpark, in Lewiston, NY, in 1989.

Artpark was a great program that invited artists to spend 4-8 weeks during a summer to work on a proposed installation on site, which also allowed for the public to view the artists in action.

Tom’s piece consisted of three main parts: a winged figure on top of a column of oil drums, a pyramid made of oil drums, and a stone well, complete with a medusa head sculpture and a functioning fountain, all placed on the top of a plateau, near the Niagara River.

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The figurative part of the installation was found years later at Artpark, in 1997. It had been too large for Tom to transport home so he had had to leave it behind. It was all but forgotten, until Irene Rykaszewski and Eva Nicklas of the Lewiston Arts Council found it, stored on the Artpark property.

Through much effort and dedication, by many people ( see news articles below), the sphere and figure part of the piece were eventually restored and installed permanently in the Joseph Davis Riverfront State Park in Lewiston in 1999.Iroquois Angel 2Iroquois Angel 3Mullany147774-R1-E002

A large photo of the original Artpark installation will be part of a show called 40 for 40: 40 Alumni Artists for Artpark’s 40th Anniversary Celebration, opening July 1, 2013, at the Lewiston Council for the Arts Center.

See some of Tom’s other sculpture here.

The Winery Barn Mural is Finished!

Finally, the weather cooperated and the last two days of work were sunny and precipitation free. Tom put the finishing touches on last night just before sunset. I went back today to photograph. It looks perfect and everyone at the winery seems to love it! Yay!  Here are a few photos taken late this morning but I will definitely go back soon, maybe sometime in the later hours of the day, to get it without the strong shadows.  If you want to check it out and maybe even have a nice glass of wine or two, you can get directions to the Winery at Bull Run here. Wonderful place to go on an early summer evening or Saturday afternoon, or anytime really! This weekend they have a music festival happening so call ahead if you want tickets.


Day Two of Painting the Barn Mural at the Winery

Finally, the sun came out and work on the painting can progress- these photos are from the second day of painting.  Heading back to the site today, hoping to accomplish a lot.  We have a Friday deadline as there is a big music festival going on at the winery this Saturday and Sunday. Shouldn’t be a problem- the weather report says clear skies for the next 3 or 4 days.  You can check out winery’s Bluebell Music Festival here.




More photos later today…

New Project: Barn Painting at The Winery at Bull Run

Last year, Tom completed a mural for the tasting room at The Winery at Bull Run, located in Centerville, Va.  It’s a beautiful room with a lot of natural wood and stone accents, one side all windows with a view of the rolling fields. The mural spans the area behind the bar. It depicts a view of the First Battle of Bull Run, complete with regiments from both sides poised to fire the first shots of battle, and all the onlookers from DC who came to picnic on that fateful day.

The winery has been doing great since they opened, with lots of different events happening there on the grounds. It is in a wonderful location, it sits adjacent to the Manassas battlefield and is a quick get away for DC folks, being the closest winery to the city.


A few months ago the owner decided he needed a barn/ storage shed and wanted to enhance the building with a barn painting, and so he called Tom.


Together, they decided that a 20’s era advertisement would be a good theme and Tom came up with many possibilities.  Here is the design that was chosen.sketch-barn- TWBR-DSC_0046-twbr

Despite the weather, Tom and his assistant Ewa started the drawing yesterday. They got a good bit done considering the threat of rain all day! Today, he is mixing colors and when it stops raining…… Thursday, Friday? he’ll be back to work.

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Stay tuned ~ we’ll post more photos soon as the mural progresses! You can click follow in the lower left corner if you’d like to receive updates.