I would like to announce that the art studio I have shared with other artists for 7 years, “Art Happens Here” or AHH!, will close on Tuesday, April 30.  There will be a STUDIO CLOSING SALE on Saturday, April 27, 10 am – 5 pm featuring artist furniture and equipment, as well as selected paintings by Bobbie Drabyk and me.  Prices will be substantially reduced.   Some of the things to be sold include:

Haier minifridge




Very large portfolio

Drawing table 

If you have questions about the sale, please contact me at

I am moving my personal studio into my home and will continue painting there.  Meanwhile I am taking a mindfulness meditation teacher training course which lasts 2 years and is quite intense.  Although the closing of AHH! brings me some sadness, I am looking forward to my meditation teacher training and possible new endeavors. 

Great Falls Holiday Art Fest

I’m delighted to invite you to my next art event, the Great Falls Holiday Art Fest.  This is an annual event where Great Falls, Virginia, artists show and sell their art.

I will be showing in either one of two historic buildings — the Great Falls Grange or the Old Schoolhouse, which are right next to each other at 9818 and 9812 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA.    The show will be held Saturday, December 1 , and Sunday, December 2,  from 10am – 5:00pm both days.

Acrylic on Aluminum

The painting above is “Sparkle,” acrylic on aluminum! The 11″x 14″ painting really sparkles as the aluminum background reflects light back through the colorful transparent organic shapes and the negative space between the shapes!

There will be art for all seasons, not just the holidays! I will be showing lots of new and old paintings, many at reduced prices.

Hope to see you there!

Mary Ellen


Studio Space going quickly–Don’t Delay

The large studio space for rent I previously announced was taken almost immediately.  Now a smaller space is available for rent at AHH! Studios, as of May 1. Located in Great Falls VA, AHH! consists of 5 artist studios. This space is close to the utility sink and hence is perfect for a watercolor or acrylic artist.  The rent is $206 per month (including utilities) plus a small additional fee if you want to use the Internet (Fios). This is strictly a working space with no obligation to gallery sit or to be open to the public. You have 24/7 access to the space and the opportunity to join the Great Falls Studios artist group and participate in the very popular Great Falls Studio Tour! We are a friendly group and have a “kitchen” with a coffee maker, microwave, and compact refrigerator.

Contact or call 703-785-5784 if you have any questions or would like to see the space.

Large Studio Space Available

I am the founder and manager of AHH! Studios in Great Falls, VA.   AHH! consists of 5 art studios, including mine.  It is strictly a working space with no obligation to gallery sit or to be open to the public.   Each artist has their own space and 24/7 access as well as the opportunity to join the Great Falls Studios artist group and participate in the very popular GFStudio Tour!

The space that is for rent is large (14’x14’) and will be available on May 1. It is separated from the other studios and so is more private.  It has windows high on the wall, one with north light and one with east light. Full spectrum fluorescent ceiling lights. Central heat and AC.  The rent is $365 per month (including utilities) plus a small additional fee if you want to use the Internet.

Contact or call 703-785-5784 if you have any questions or would like to see the space.

“Pour and Push” Solo Art Show

 “Guzmania Conifera” by Mary Ellen Mogee

I am having a solo art show “Pour and Push,” August 29 – October 1, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston, VA, and am delighted to invite you.  The title could just as well have been “Florals, New and Old.” The exhibit includes my most recent works, abstract flowers, on which I have been focusing for the last few years, as well as older paintings that also feature floral images. Looking back, it is interesting to me that my earlier work presaged my current work, albeit unintentionally.

The title refers to pouring paint and pushing it, as well as  my push to make art that speaks to me, and brings joy to viewers. I both poured paint and pushed it around with a brush in making the paintings in the show.

The church is located at 1625 Wiehle Avenue, in Reston, Virginia.  A closing reception will be held on Sunday, October 1, noon to 2:30 pm. I hope you can attend!

If you visit at another time, please be aware that open hours may vary; please call 703-956-9155 before you visit to make sure somebody is in the office to let you in.


Many of you may know of my solo art exhibit “For the Love of Color” that was held earlier this year in the JoAnn Rose Gallery in Reston, VA. A lot of people visited the exhibit and I got a lot of positive comments. I was encouraged to make a video of the exhibit for those who were not able to attend. My friend Judith Loomis videoed me going around to all the paintings and saying a few words about each.

If you missed the show, you can view it by clicking on the video arrow below. I hope you enjoy it and would love to get your comments or expressions of interest in purchasing a painting.

You may also like to view another video with a similar title, “Virtual Art Exhibition by Mary Ellen Mogee,” which shows some of the paintings, but not me nor my remarks. That is at:


Reception for solo show “For the Love of Color”

Great turnout at the opening reception for my solo show “For the Love of Color” at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery in Reston.  What a thrill to exhibit 44 recent paintings in this large, beautiful, well-lit space and to witness the growth and continuity from one piece to the next. I was so honored to share my work with the numerous friends & colleagues who came “to see what I have been up to.” Many were struck with the light and color as they entered the gallery and commented that the energy seemed to radiate out into the lobby. They agreed that the title “For the Love of Color” was well-chosen and remarked that the joy and happiness engendered by the paintings are especially needed in the darkness of winter as we wait & hope for spring.

“Dream Map,” “Azteca,” and “Mosaic Floral #1, 2, 3, & 4.” The Mosaic Florals are my newest work and a continuation of my “Spring Joy” series.

The show, “For the Love of Color,” is in the Jo Ann Rose Gallery, in the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne, 1609-A Washington Plaza, Reston, VA 20190.  It will be there through Sunday, March 5, 2017.


Getting Ready for Solo Show “For the Love of Color”

For the last several months I have been preparing for my solo show “For the Love of Color.” The image here is one of the paintings that will be exhibited, Mosaic Floral #2.

Mosaic Floral #2
Mary Ellen Mogee

Here are the details:

“For the Love of Color,” a solo art exhibit by Mary Ellen Mogee
February 7 – March 5, 2017
Opening reception, Friday, February 10, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Jo Ann Rose Gallery,
Reston Community Center — Lake Anne
1609-A Washington Plaza • Reston, VA 20190
Gallery hours are: Monday – Saturday 9 am-9pm, Sunday 9am-8pm, except during events/classes. Call 703-476-4500 x3000 to check if the gallery is open before you go.

I’ve been painting up a storm to prepare new paintings for the exhibit, and I’m really pleased with how it is coming together. Along the way, I’ve taken a look back at my earlier work, examined how my art has grown and changed through the years, and found several common threads and themes that still ring true for me. As installation day approaches, I feel as if I’ve rounded the curve, and it’s a wild, exhilarating sprint to the finish line!

I am being assisted by fellow artist and curator Andrea Cybyk in decisions like which paintings should be in the show and how they should be arranged on the walls. Together we are working to make “For the Love of Color” a WOW show. I can’t wait to share my LOVE OF COLOR with you!

Participating in Great Falls Studio Tour 2016

I work with several other artists at Art Happens Here Studios, or AHH! Studios.  AHH! Studios are working studios, and not a gallery.  Normally, we are not open to the public.  This weekend, however, we are participating in the 2016 Great Falls Studio Tour, a self-guided driving tour of scenic Great Falls, Virginia, to visit artists in their studios, chat with them about their processes and motivation, and appreciate the great variety of art being produced in our small community.

My studio mates and I have cleaned and organized our studios a bit to welcome visitors.  This first photo shows my studio wall with paintings at various stages of completion.  I use this to show visitors how my painting process works, from beginning to completion, and to explain what I am trying to do in my current series.

Studio wall with paintings in various stages of completion

Studio wall with paintings in various stages of completion

The next photo is of a corner of my studio where I have hung some earlier works that are not part of the current series, and some matted works on paper (in the bin).  This work illustrates that my earlier work is similar to my current work in some regards, such as use of bright colors, while it differs in style and subject matter.studiocorner

Tomorrow, Sunday, is the last day of the Studio Tour.  Our studios will be open from 10 am to 5 pm.  We hope you can visit us.  We’re at: AHH! Studios, 717 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA. Our door is on the side of the building.  Call 703-785-5784 if you have trouble finding us.




Luminosity in Process

In my last post, I showed the second layer of the painting in which I am

Beginning next level

exploring color luminosity.  The image here shows the beginning of the next layer–a variety of abstract floral shapes have been painted on top of the miniature “frames.”  This is the point at which I am trying to get the colors to glow.  According to the process I learned, I should be able to get luminosity by making the color on top more saturated than the color below and the color below one step darker.  When I look at the painting, I see some colors seem to glow — like the little pink “rose” on the lower left, the yellow “daisy” in the upper right, and the multicolor “pinwheel” also in the upper right.  However, it seems to me that those flowers glow more because of their brightness and the complementarity of their hues — such as between the yellow daisy and its blue-ish background–than because of difference in saturation. I will continue to play with the remaining miniature frames and see if I can get luminous colors by making the frame color a bit darker or the saturated color a bit lighter, and perhaps by making the flowers a bit smaller relative to their frame.

I welcome your thoughts on how to get luminosity in painting and on this particular process for doing so.