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Terry Thompson: The Intersection of Business & the Arts

Terry Thompson, a self-taught American artist born in Chicago, Illinois, now based in Baltimore, Maryland effortlessly blends creativity with discipline in his roles as a successful banker and a recognized visual artist. Alongside his in corporate America, Thompson is a renowned veteran club DJ, producer, and promoter, with releases on the London-based label Defected. Thompson began his art career with small shows, drawing influence from Romare Bearden, Picasso, and his friend, Spanish painter Salvador Bru. His unique artistic style now reflects inspirations from dance culture, fashion, and dreamscapes.

With a portfolio that spans across various mediums, Thompson’s art is both diverse and captivating. By embracing the spontaneity, exploration, and investigation inherent in his approach to painting. But what is the secret behind Thompson’s innovative thinking? According to him, it lies in the transformative power of the arts. Learning to write, play music, paint, or dance fosters the development of skills crucial for success in any endeavor—skills like seeing the big picture while focusing on execution, internalizing patterns, recognizing nuances, and expressing unique ideas.

Muse #8 by Terry Thompson

As we navigate the ever-changing landscape of our society and economy, one thing remains clear: art and culture are central to our collective journey towards understanding, empathy, and innovation. And in Terry Thompson, we find not just an artist, but a visionary whose creative spirit illuminates the path to a brighter future.

Terry Thompson: The Intersection of Business and the Arts was curated by Julie Ann Cavnor and is on display at Rockville Economic Development, Inc. (REDI) office (51 Monroe Street, PE20, Rockville, MD) from May 20 – July 26, 2024. The show is open to the public:

· Wednesdays: 2pm-5pm

· Friday: 1pm-3pm

REDI invites businesses and community members to engage with Thompson’s work, and meet the artist on Tuesday, May 21 at 5:30pm. Visit https://terrythompson-artisttalk.eventbrite.com for more information and RSVP.

Exploring Rockville’s Eclectic Charm – a Highlight in Washingtonian’s February 2024 Issue

Rockville, Maryland, the heart of Montgomery County, is a vibrant tapestry of cultures, flavors, and experiences. Washingtonian magazine showcased Rockville’s diverse culinary scene, burgeoning retail spaces, and exciting developments in its February 2024 issue.

Some of the Washingtonian Neighborhood Guide highlights included:

The article also provided insight into some of Rockville’s current and upcoming projects including the mixed-used development, Twinbrook Quarter, and Shady Grove Innovation District – a development with state-of-the-art laboratories, luxury apartments, and public spaces.

Read the full Washingtonian article at https://www.washingtonian.com/2024/02/29/neighborhood-guide-things-to-do-in-rockville/.

A Tradition of Reflection and Renewal – The Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is a significant festival celebrated in China and other East Asian countries. It marks the beginning of the new year on the traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar. The date of the Lunar New Year varies every year but is usually between January 21st and February 20th

Where is the Lunar New Year celebrated?

This celebration is observed in many countries, including China, South Korea, Vietnam, and other East Asian countries. The festival is celebrated with regional customs and traditions that vary widely, but share the same theme – seeing out the old year and welcoming in the luck and prosperity of a new year.

How is the Lunar New Year celebrated?

In South Korea, Seollal (Lunar New Year) is the biggest holiday of the year and is celebrated with a feast shared with family. Many Korean families gather in hanbok, Traditional Korean clothes, where the younger generation performs saebae – the act of bowing deeply with respect to wish a happy new year to elders while saying Saehae bok mani badsaeyo. In return, elders gift envelopes filled with money along with a blessing.

Tet or Tet Nguyen Dan – the Vietnamese name for the Lunar New Year – marks a time of renewal and celebration. Families start with cleaning their homes and purchasing new clothes symbolizing fresh starts and new beginnings. Children receive ‘lucky money’ – lì xì – along with wishes for growth and success. Families and friends greet each other by saying ‘chúc mừng năm mới’- ‘Happy New Year’ and share traditional meals including bánh chưng, a sticky rice cake filled with mung beans and pork.

In China, the Lunar New Year is celebrated by putting up decorations, eating reunion dinner with family on New Year’s Eve, giving red envelopes and other gifts, lighting fireworks, and watching lion and dragon dances. One popular tradition includes preparing and eating a whole fish (head and tail intact) as part of the New Year dinner. The word for ‘whole fish’ in Chinese (quán yú), is similar to the pronunciation of the word ‘surplus’ or ‘abundance’ (shèngyú), resulting in a play on words. The 15th day of the new year marks the end of the Lunar New Year and the celebration of the Lantern Festival. On this day families make and eat a rice ball soup as a symbol of their reunion in the new year.

Where can I celebrate the Lunar New Year in Rockville?

Events

Lunar New Year Celebration Every year, the City of Rockville hosts a free annual Lunar New Year celebration, inviting all community members to celebrate with performances, interactive displays, and more! Learn more at https://www.rockvillemd.gov/730/Lunar-New-Year

Rockville Town Square Lunar New Year Celebration

This free annual celebration welcomes families to Rockville Town Square to enjoy live performances, local vendors, red envelope giveaways, drumming, lion and dragon dance, and more! Learn more at https://rockvilletownsquare.com/events-news/

Food

Indulge in Lunar New Year traditional foods from local restaurants and supermarkets including:

Mala Canteen

Hot Pot City

Bob’s Shanghai 66

Peter Chang

Arirang Korean Restaurant

Chadol Korean BBQ

Wa Ja Jang

A & J Restaurant

Hello Vietnam! Restaurant

Pho Nom Nom

Great Wall Supermarket

Lotte Market

Meet Rockville’s Own Baseball Legend: Clarence “Pint” Isreal

If you’re a Rockville native, the name Clarence “Pint” Isreal might ring a bell, and for good reason! This homegrown hero was a standout baseball player, Negro World Series champion, and an unforgettable figure in Rockville’s Lincoln Park community.

Born in Georgia but raised right here in Lincoln Park, Isreal’s journey to stardom started at Lincoln High School. He went from playing local semi-pro ball to joining the Newark Eagles of the Negro National League. A stellar player with speed and agility, Isreal made a name for himself both on and off the field.

But it wasn’t all about the game for Isreal. After serving in the military during WWII, he returned to clinch the Negro National League Pennant with the Eagles in 1946. And while injuries may have slowed him down, they didn’t stop him—Isreal still played a crucial role in the Eagles’ World Series win against the Kansas City Monarchs.

Clarence “Pint” Isreal photo credit: Peerless Rockville

After his illustrious career, Isreal continued to contribute to his community, co-founding the Black Angels Boys Club and leaving a lasting impact that’s memorialized in a local park named in his honor. Even today, his legacy lives on through the annual Clarence “Pint” Isreal Juneteenth Classic game established in 2022 by Bethesda Big Train.

From the field to the community, Clarence “Pint” Isreal is a name that will forever be a part of Rockville’s rich history.

Want to know more about Rockville’s remarkable residents, past and present? Stay tuned to Explore Rockville!

Source: Lincoln Park History Project

Cruise into a Timeless Tradition: The Rockville Antique and Classic Car Show

Photo credit: The City of Rockville

It’s more than a car show; it’s a celebration of automotive history right here in Rockville! For over six decades, the Rockville Antique and Classic Car Show has been a staple event, dazzling attendees with a rolling museum of automotive history.

Every year, hundreds of car collectors and enthusiasts alike converge at Rockville Civic Center Park, transforming the area into a car lover’s paradise. Whether you’re drawn to the classics like Packard and Plymouth or have a taste for the exotic like Fiat and Ferrari, the Rockville Antique and Classic Car Show features a diverse range of cars from multiple car clubs.

What Makes it Special?

  • Admission is Free: That’s right! This event is open to the public and free of charge.
  • Venue: The show takes place against the charming backdrop of Glenview Mansion,  making for some spectacular photo opportunities.
  • More Than Just Cars: In addition to the main event, visitors can explore a flea market, enjoy live music, and indulge in an array of food and drink options available for purchase.

Make sure to check out the Rockville Antique and Classic Car Show website and Facebook page for ongoing updates and a sneak peek into what you can expect at this staple Rockville event.

48-Hours in Rockville

Looking for a weekend getaway destination? Why not spend time just outside of Washington DC in Montgomery, County Maryland? You’ll never have a dull moment while you wine, dine, hike, and climb your way through Rockville in our 48-hour weekend itinerary.

Day 1: Cambria Hotel

Cambria Hotel, located conveniently near the Rockville Town Center, is the perfect suite-style place to call home for the weekend. Enjoy the hotel’s many amenities such as the Bistro and Barista Coffee Bar, an indoor heated pool, fitness center, and a full dining menu to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Day 1: Breakfast at First Watch

Start your day off right by fueling yourself with a hearty breakfast from First Watch. Choose from a full list of fresh, made-to-order breakfast dishes such as the smoked salmon & roasted vegetable frittata , power breakfast quinoa bowl, or the million-dollar bacon.

Day 1: Take a class at VisArts

Get your creative juices flowing by learning a new art skill at VisArts. Choose from an array of classes like drawing, painting, photography, jewelry making, and more.

Day 1: Try Local Food and Beer at 7 Locks Brewery

Sip on Pilsners and enjoy food trucks every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7 Locks Brewing. Sit back and listen to live music from local talent and test your skills at their Trivia Nights.

Day 1: Dinner at Il Pizzico

Wrap up your first day in Rockville with authentic Italian food from Il Pizzico. Delicious dishes like Rissoto Del Giorno and Penne Alle Melanzane will leave you feeling like you just touched down in Italy.

Day 2: Breakfast at Silver Diner

After a good night’s sleep, fuel up for your second day with a farm-to-table breakfast from Silver Diner. The menu includes popular American-style breakfast staples like eggs Benedict, caramel French toast, and buttermilk pancakes.

Day 2: Explore the Croydon Creek Nature Center

Let a day of exploration begin at the Croydon Creek Nature Center. Immerse yourself in nature during a hike along the three miles of trails, and on your way back, visit the Nature Center where you’ll find a variety of animals as a part of their conservation and education efforts.

Day 2: Go for a climb at Movement Rockville 

Exercise while having a blast at Movement Rockville! Climb your way through more than 38,000 feet of terrain during an instructed class or head to “Open Climb” to experience extensive lead, top rope, and bouldering routes at your own pace.

Day 2: Dinner at Clyde’s at Tower Oaks

Adjacent to a 21-acre nature preserve, Clyde’s at Tower Oaks is the most ideal spot for a relaxing dinner to end your getaway to Rockville. Take in the beautiful lodge-like décor while you enjoy dishes sourced from local farms in the Maryland area.

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Rockville Little Theatre Advances to Eastern States Theater Festival

ROCKVILLE, MDRockville Little Theatre performed a 45-minute selection from their recent production of PRIDE@PREJUDICE by Daniel Elihu Kramer at the Maryland Community Theatre Festival (mctfa.org) held in La Plata on February 11 – 12.  PRIDE@PREJUDICE was originally performed at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre in Rockville, MD  from January 28 – February 5.

RLT competed against six other productions: Kentland’s Community Players, Port Tobacco Players, Raging Hag Productions, Newtowne Players, New Direction Community Theatre and The British Players.

PRIDE@PREJUDICE was directed by Laura W. Andrusk and produced by Teresa Gillcrist.  The Assistant Director/Technical Director was Aaron Skolnik. The cast included Niranjali Amerasinghe, Lena Winter, Meghan Williams Elkins, Ian Swank and Joseph Coracle.

PRIDE@PREJUDICE garnered the following accolades:

  • Outstanding Stage Manager to Aaron Skolnik,
  • Outstanding Ensemble Performance,
  • Outstanding Achievement in Acting to John Coracle,
  • Ed-Ro-Char Award for Technical Excellence, and
  • Outstanding Production.

The win for Outstanding Production allows Rockville Little Theatre the opportunity to take their production to the Eastern States Theatre Festival (estafestival.org/) in Wilmington, DE on April 14  –  16.

Rockville Little Theater (RLT) was founded in 1948 and is the oldest continuously operating 501(c)3 nonprofit live theatre in the Rockville area. RLT provides high quality performances at reasonable prices. We strive to entertain, enlighten and educate all who attend our theatrical events. RLT offers an opportunity for community members to step out of their everyday lives and to assume new roles as playwrights, actors, directors, costume designers, set designers, and audiences. Join us at rlt-online.org.

Awards Photo L to R: David Gross, President-MCFTA; Teresa Gillcrist, P@P Producer, RLT, Laura W. Andruski, P@P Director, RLT; Scott  loom, VP-MCTFA. Photo credit by Vanessa Bisbee Markowitz

Explore Black History in Downtown Rockville

Explore Black history in Rockville with the interactive African-American Heritage walking tour map developed by the City of Rockville’s Department of Community Planning and Development Services.

As one of Maryland’s oldest towns, Rockville’s history stretches back to colonial times. With its long history, Rockville is the location of several people and places that played a significant role in Black history from the 18th century through the 20th. Downtown Rockville contains over a dozen locations (both existing and demolished) that set the stage for the fight for rights of African Americans in the area.

The walking tour touches on the historic themes common to the African American experience, such as slavery, emancipation, religion, education, commerce, and civil rights. Use the interactive map to locate and learn about specific sites like Adam Robb’s Tavern, Beall-Dawnson House, and the Red Brick Courthouse.

Find the African-American Heritage Walking Tour Map here: https://arcg.is/1XXbqi  

Information courtesy of the City of Rockville

VisArts Artist’s Work Featured on Amazon Prime Video Series As We See It

A local artist in a program for young adults with disabilities has just accomplished something few artists have ever achieved. Her work was chosen to promote a new show about young people on the autism spectrum.

7News talked to Sarah Davie about this thrilling honor, her artwork, and her message to others with learning challenges.

You may have seen the bold, brightly colored promotional material for the new show on Amazon Prime about young adults with autism, called As We See It. The rainbow of geometric shapes on the backdrop artwork was created by Rockville artist Sarah Davie.

“Honestly it feels great to show the art and to let others know who is on the spectrum it sends a message that you can do it,” Davie said.

Davie did the piece as an artist in Rockville, Md. at Visarts, an art program for young adults with disabilities. Her message is inclusivity.

The title is called “The vision of pride.”

“The artwork is based on all colors, like skin colors, gender identities, all colors for everybody just to let everybody know everybody is welcome with all colors, different colors.”

Davie said living with disabilities left her struggling to adjust and find purpose and joy. But, when she discovered art, her life changed for the better.

“It feels great it’s like therapy. It calms me down and keeps me busy. I feel so much confidence, like when I do artwork.”

And it’s allowed her to thrive in other areas of her life too. Davie is also the goalie for the Montgomery Cheetahs, a special hockey team for kids with developmental disabilities. Her artwork will show she’s also a huge fan of the Washington Capitals.

Sarah’s mom’s advice to parents out there.

“Find what makes your child shine,” said Lisa Davie. “She [Sarah] does art that helps her through tough situations, to celebrate nature, the eagles and the capitals, she does art to get her through all of that, the good and the bad and it’s really wonderful to see her blossom.”

Like the moment she saw her artwork displayed in the middle of Times Square New York.

“Honestly, at first my reaction, my mom showed me the photo and I said ‘is this real,’ she said ‘yes it’s real,’ I was in shock with happiness!”

Sarah told 7News she has now had several pieces of her art commissioned, so she is proud to report she is a working artist doing what she loves as a career.

Originally published on 7News DC

Fox 5 DC Zip Trip’s 5 Must Stops in Rockville

Whether it’s for work, for play or for life – Rockville’s vibrant residents, neighborhoods and businesses make it one of the nation’s best cities – all just outside Washington, D.C.!

There are so many fun things to do when visiting Rockville it’s hard to keep count! Here are THE 5 MUST STOPS that you just can’t miss when taking your own ZIP TRIP!

OLD RED BRICK COURTHOUSE: Come visit one of the most historic buildings in Rockville! See the iconic brickwork laid in 1891. Learn about the many cases about African-American legal rights that were tried here.

ROCK CREEK REGIONAL PARK: Explore eighteen hundred acres of preserved nature! Engage with the natural and cultural history of the park with the Meadowside Nature Center. Take out a boat and fish on Lake Needlewood.

COFFEE REPUBLIC: Taste delicious coffee made from local roasters in Rockville! Take a break to enjoy a snack and relax in the ambient atmosphere of the cafe. Refresh yourself with a variety of drinks and pastries.

TRUE RESPITE BREWING COMPANY: Come taste their phenomenal selection of beers and drinks! Schedule a private tasting or event with a group of friends. Experience true respite in their unique tap room.

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD THEATRE: Witness a variety of performing arts shows at this fun local theater! Immerse yourself in countless stories through different artistic mediums. Connect with other theater goers as you watch epic tales unfold right in front of you!

Check out all the Rockville Zip Trip videos here.

Originally published on Fox 5 DC.