Meet the Team

Beth Rhyne

Beth Rhyne


Beth is a long time Arlington resident with a keen interest in visual arts. She brings deep experience in non-profit management. Currently, she serves on the board of the Grameen Foundation and the Arlington Arts Center and was previously on the boards of Just Neighbors, the Calmeadow Foundation, and two schools. She and her husband have raised three children, all graduates of Yorktown High School.


David Carlson

David Carlson

President of the Board, Fundraising Manager

David works as an artist, teacher and community activist. He creates beautiful and complex abstract paintings and meditative video works.  Since 2000, he has collaborated with performing and visual artists on video projects that embrace humanistic and environmental concepts. His paintings are represented in numerous collections and his works have been exhibited in the Pretoria Art Museum, the Itturria Foundation, Musee Des Tapisseries, Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Ludwig Forum, John Cabot University, McLean Project for the Arts, Arlington Arts Center, and others.

Melanie Kehoss

Melanie Kehoss

Board Member, Treasurer, Distribution Manager

Melanie has an MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has been creating cut paper art for seventeen years. Her work has appeared in over 100 exhibits throughout the country.  She teaches drawing and painting at Arlington Arts Center and US Arts Center-Chantilly.  In addition to directing the Arlington Visual Art Studio Tour, she serves on the executive board of the Guild of American Papercutters and is a member of the Torpedo Factory Artist Association.

Jennifer Brewer

Jennifer Brewer Stone

Board Member

Jennifer has a BA in Fine Art and English Literature from the University of Maryland College Park. She began painting full-time in 2008, and after 6 years as a resident artist at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, began working from her home in Arlington, VA. She has participated in over 45 shows in the DC metro area, including invited shows at Strathmore Mansion, Art in Embassies program, and at the National Institutes of Health. She enjoys hiking, biking, cooking, and proofreading  AVAST’s marketing materials. She coordinated the Facebook Live studio tours for AVAST artists in 2020.

Matt Rowan

Matthew Rowan

Board Member, Graphics and Web Manager

Matt has a B.A. in Art and Art History from The College of William & Mary (where multiple works are on permanent display), and a B.S. with Honors in Industrial Design from Art Center College of Design. With over nineteen years of experience in the design industry, Matt’s varied background includes brand strategy, branded workplaces, hospitality design, graphic design, product design, environmental graphics, lighting design, and interior design. He has led award-winning creative teams at internationally known companies like Gensler, Capital One, and Studios Architecture, and now serves as the Vice President of Dominion Lighting at Dominion Electrical Supply.

Mary Anne Schnider

Board Member

Mary Anne comes from a family with an active history in Arlington. Mary Anne, with her brother, Marty, opened the Fred Schnider Gallery as a vision to nurture a bond between people of Arlington with the Visual Arts, building an awareness and appreciation of professional artists in the Northern Virginia region. The mission, bring the community and the arts together to enrich the diverse population. The Fred Schnider Gallery is a division of the Fred Schnider Investment Group.


Joe B Johnson

Joe B. Johnson

PR Manager

Joe B. is a professional in government public relations with a life-long interest in the visual arts.  He works as an instructor at the Foreign Service Institute, teaching State Department personnel how to plan public diplomacy initiatives.  Joe has lived in Arlington 24 years.


Thanks to our 2021 Volunteers…

Mary Anne Schnider, Alice Whealin, Robbie Namy, Tara Sears, Kaveh Jorabchi, Margaret Brandt, Stephanie Lane, Rhys Conlon, Sherry Trachtman, Byran Jernigan, Julia Bezgacheva, and Kathy Freshley.  Also, special thanks to outgoing board members Anne Hancock and Scott Hutchison!

Thanks to our 2021 Sponsors!

Dominion Lighting
Cortina Productions
Brock Realty
Columbia Pike Artists Studios
Arlington Artists Alliance
Art and Frame of Falls Church
Factory Society

Thanks to our 2021 Donors!

Katherine and Gerald Freshley

Amanda Wood
Joe B and Barbara Johnson
Jay Fisette
Robbie Namy
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