MEET THE ARTISTS!
Lee Gainer is a nationally exhibited visual artist who lives and works in the metro DC area. She manipulates found imagery to explore the socially enforced perceptions, traditions, and expectations in modern life. She is interested in how our individual decision making processes are influenced to select and accept specific assessments over others according to or regardless of tradition, history, upbringing, personal belief, and prior experiences. Lee also curates a blog, Peek (www.leegainer.blogspot.com), which has presented a contemporary artist each weekday since February 2008. For more information, please visit leegainer.com.
Lisa K Rosenstein was born Lisa Kim Grande at the Jamaica Plain Hospital in Boston Mass. She has lived mostly on the East Coast with a short youthful foray to the West. Lisa’s very first art project was a sidewalk drawing made using Chocks, a children’s vitamin. A few years later she did an installation using only crayons and a very hot radiator in her front hallway. As she grew older Lisa graduated to creating elaborate found object/collages and intricate Bic pen drawings while sequestered in her bedroom. Since she didn’t know about art school Lisa didn’t go until her mid-forties when her children were nearly grown. She spent 5 years at the Corcoran graduating with an AFA in 2007. Lisa now spends most of her time making art at 52 O Street in studio 307.
Mary Woodall was born and raised in between Baltimore, MD and the District of Columbia. While living for seven years in Shepherdstown, WV, Woodall received her BFA from Shepherd University in 1998, where she went on to instruct photography courses in 1999. After returning to Baltimore in 2001, she gained her teaching certification and instructed public school for five years. In 2007 Woodall moved to the west coast, obtaining her MFA from Washington State University in Pullman, WA in 2009. Woodall is currently residing in the Baltimore metropolitan area while teaching at Prince George’s Community College and working part-time at the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, Maryland.
Shanthi Chandra-Sekar is a self-taught artist who has been drawing and painting since early childhood and in recent years she has also added sculpting, Tanjore painting and printmaking to her repertoire of skills. While many of her works are influenced by her Indian heritage, her true inspiration comes from the mystery and majesty of the world around her; her muse lives where the scientific overlaps with the spiritual. Shanthi’s works have been displayed in a variety of locations through the Washington D.C. area, and she has won numerous awards for her paintings as well as her sculptures. She also offers classes and workshops and is a teaching artist with the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. She works from her studio at Pyramid Atlantic Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring. Website: www.shanthic.com