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Welcome to the website of the Montgomery Art Association (MAA). Established in 1954, and incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit in 1991, MAA supports the visual arts in the Washington Metropolitan area. Our members, 18 and over, come from throughout the area, including Maryland, Virginia, and DC. They include beginning and experienced artists, amateurs as well as professionals, working in a variety of media and styles. We sponsor regular lectures and artist demonstrations, member exhibits, museum field trips, a Gallery store in a major shopping center, an online Members display and sales Gallery, and community outreach through our children’s art activities and college scholarship program. Join us! All are welcome, and our membership dues are only $40/year ($20/year for full-time college students).
This website is a resource for our members as well as for those looking to learn more about MAA and its events, the arts in our area, and the work of our members. Reviewing the site briefly:
Each year our Paint the Town Show gets better and better! This is what many of us heard from regular attendees to our recently completed 2015 Paint the Town Labor Day Show in Kensington.
I agree. We had over 150 artists participating in the show with over 600 artworks displayed, including plein air paintings. More than 2,300 people attended over the three days of the show and sales were brisk. The new MAA Invitational category was a success and we have hopes for increased participation next year. With few exceptions, the totally online registration process went smoothly and will be continued for all future shows.
Thanks are due to our very talented membership who displayed their artworks there last month and volunteered their time and efforts to help with the operation of the show. Most of all, for the second year, Michael Shibley did a fantastic job as Show Coordinator for this very large and complex show. Michael writes about many of the innovations introduced into this show in an accompanying article in this issue. He has put the logistics for the show on a firm footing for the future. Our Treasurer, Janet Fox, and Associate Treasurer Paul Tambellini, have instituted new measures to better track sales and payments to artists, both for the show and for the Gallery. Elizabeth Stecher, again, as is her quiet usual, did a great job as Registrar for the show. Thanks to all who gave of their time and energy on other critical tasks involved in the Show.
And, congratulations to the Award winners! Their names are listed elsewhere in this issue as well.
We had over 25 donations to sponsor many of the show awards. Of special note:
The Bertha Clum Award, the best in show coming from the Kensington Category, was sponsored by Mayor Pete Fosselman and the Town of Kensington. Mayor Fosselman, pleased with our collaboration with the Town, spontaneously pledged to raise the Bertha Clum Award to $350 next year.
Plaza Art has again sponsored all our other first place awards in the other categories.
A list of donors is included in this issue. We are grateful to our donors – thank you all.
Last, but certainly not least, I was honored and pleased to present special Certificates of Appreciation to three very special people to MAA at the Show Reception. These went to: Michael Shibley for his two terms as MAA President and Show Coordinator; to Cathy Hirsh for her continued leadership and founding of the MAA Gallery in Wheaton Mall; and, for Elizabeth Stecher, who has done a stellar job as Registrar for our shows and Gallery for many years.
You may note a reoccurring theme in my messages. We can only exist due to the generous volunteerism of our membership. We have no paid employees, we—you–are it! When asked – please say Yes, and better yet, say “I’d like to contribute my time” BEFORE being asked. We need everyone to play their role in making MAA the best it can be.
Fall WSSC Management Suite Show