Contrary to popular belief, teachers have a life outside of the classroom.
In fact, Studio Art teacher Jacquelyn Washam has quite a life. Washam is one of the owners and premier artists of Gallery 322, an independent art gallery in Frederick, MD. The gallery will celebrate its five-year anniversary this December.
“A group of colleagues and I got together and formed the gallery because we wanted to showcase our artwork and make Frederick an arts destination,” Washam said.
The gallery specializes in landscape, figurative, still life and abstract art. Washam and the other gallery members do monthly showcases and occasionally feature new artists.
“We have a little bit of everything,” Washam said.
When Washam is not working on her artwork, she focuses on teaching her students about how they can create their own.
“I think it’s really important for students to learn that they can make art and still have a full-time job,” Washam said.
Washam’s work “Quiet Color” focuses on her landscapes and will be featured in the gallery until Nov. 29.
According to Washam, she is very excited, as it is the first time she has done a show while simultaneously raising two kids.
“In my eyes it’s a big accomplishment,” Washam said.