Fran Abrams works with polymer clay to create art that either hangs on the wall like a painting or is a free-standing sculpture. Her very colorful pieces do not use any paint. The color is manufactured in the clay. Fran’s work has been in more than a dozen solo shows in the greater DC metropolitan area and in juried and invitational shows throughout the country and has won numerous awards.
Sheila Blake grew up in New York and went to Cooper Union Art School. She has been a painter all her life. She taught art at Duke University and at the Corcoran School of Art. She had a sign painting business, wrote an advice column for Jane Magazine, and for the last 3-1/2 years has co-hosted a radio show and podcast: "Art as Experience." She continues to paint every day and is a member of Foundry Gallery in Washington, DC.
Ayana Ross is a representational artist whose figurative and portraiture work explores the human experience, particularly as seen through her lens as a woman of color. Capturing images of moments past while making parallels to current events, her work is intended to address issues of race, identity, and value systems within our society, and illuminate stories of beauty, strength, and progress within the Black community. In addition to holding a BS in Design and Merchandising from Georgia Southern University, and a MA in Liberal Arts from University of North Carolina – Greensboro, Ayana most recently has studied at Savannah College of Art and Design in the MA Painting program. Ayana teaches art, both in the public and private sector, and resides with her family in the Atlanta, Georgia area. In May 2021, Ayana was awarded the $50,000 Bennett Prize, the largest prize offered solely to women figurative painters. The prize will give her the opportunity to create new work in the figurative realist style for a solo exhibition that ultimately will travel the country.