About ARThouse



ARThouse, formerly called Falling Acorns Studio and Gallery, is a beautiful post-and-beam structure located in Sandy Spring, Maryland, about 10 miles north of Washington, DC. It is the primary workplace for the creation of my art, and was a dream come true when my husband, Marco Colombini, and I had it built in 1990. The studio/gallery is an expansive 1600 sq. ft. space, with vaulted ceiling, a loft, and an inviting wood-burning stove. Many people enjoy seeing the unique architecture in addition to the paintings. The main structure was built by a post-and-beam builder from Pennsylvania. Marco and I did much of the finishing work, as our two sons, Paul and Ben, looked on.

The studio was designed as a place for the creation of art, teaching of classes, framing of the artwork, and display. Many other originals are available than just the ones shown on this website. We also showcase the work of a number of other area artists and do custom picture framing for the public and for other artists.

ARThouse is open from 10-6 Wednesday thru Sunday. We also can be open Monday or Tuesday by appointment. If you are coming some distance, we suggest that you call first. If you are interested in purchasing any artwork seen on this website, please contact me and we can arrange to show it to you, either at the gallery or at your home. Also a limited number of commissioned pieces are created each year, so if you are interested in requesting a specific type of painting, please contact me at susan@susanavismurphy.com

We also hold special shows several times a year, featuring the artwork of myself, my students, and various guest artists. These shows are an all-weekend event, and all of the people on our mailing list are invited, in addition to the general public. The shows are special events showing all the art in the gallery, with lots of nice refreshments, good music and conversation. Please feel free to come even if you have no interest in buying any artwork. We welcome other artists, friends and relatives, children, and even people who are just curious. If you would like to receive an invitation, or don’t think I have your current address, email us at susan@susanavismurphy.com.

Susan Avis Murphy, ARThouse,  6/18/12