Art in the City

A Revolving Art Exhibit Right In Your Community

NOTICE: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the monthly Art in the City receptions at our City Center Branch are now held virtually. Check in periodically for updates.

We’re excited to partner with The Compass Atelier on a program that allows Master Artist Program students to showcase their paintings inside Signal Financials’ flagship branch at City Center, located in the heart of Washington, DC. Each month, the City Center branch morphs into a revolving art exhibit, giving the students a platform to display their visual artwork and be recognized among the community. New artists are highlighted each month, with an opening reception on the first Thursday of every month. Come by and enjoy music, light refreshments and complimentary beverages as we acknowledge and celebrate the artists of our very own community. Check back monthly to see which artist we’ll be featuring next.

Christine Merry


Christine is an award-winning oil painter based in Maryland. She is represented at the District Arts Gallery in Frederick, MD, and has exhibited her work widely in juried competitions and group shows including at the Torpedo Factory in Fairfax, VA; The Maryland Federation of Art in Annapolis, MD; The Montpelier Center for the Arts in Virginia; The Laurel Arts Guild in Maryland; The Delaplaine Arts Center in Frederick, MD; The Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo, MD; The Women’s Center Art Gallery in Frederick, MD, and more.

Christine began painting as a teenager and won her first award from the Greenwich Arts Council in Connecticut while still in high school. She went on to study painting with Abbott Meader at Colby College in Maine where she received her B.A. and then worked as a copy writer and editor at a record company in California before she decided to return to school and earn a M.A. in design. She had a multifaceted career that included running a small graphic design business, publishing a book, and illustrating two children’s stories. She also painted murals for private businesses and residences in California. Christine then decided to focus her full attention on painting and is currently enrolled in the Master Artist’s Program at The Compass Atelier near Washington, D.C. She has taken workshops with internationally renowned painters such as Steven Assael, Alyssa Monks, and Maggie Siner; has studied painting and attended a plein air workshop on Monhegan Island in Maine with Walt Bartman; and has studied painting at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center in Maryland.

Artist Statement

I am drawn to light, mood, and the transient nature of both in urban and rural landscapes and interiors. A familiar place looks different at different times of day, in different weather conditions, and in different seasons. I am compelled to capture the fleeting colors and reflections and share the power of a particular moment in time. 

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