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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:
Oh my, May already here – how time flies – spring-time, warmth, baseball, plein aire, pollen, baseball, landscapes, …
I am pleased to announce that the proposed slate of MAA Board members for the coming year has been unanimously elected by voting members. Thank you for your support, and, especially, I thank the newly elected on behalf of us all. Without their selfless devotion and volunteerism MAA literally would literally cease to exist. When asked to pitch in to help – please say – “Of Course!”
Many current Board members have agreed to serve again, some with different responsibilities. Oncoming Board members Lisa Mathias and Peter Wuttke will be the new Newsletter Editor and Activities Committee Chair respectively, and our Secretary, Terry Pellmar, will also work with Janet Fox as Associate Treasurer.
Of course, I also want to thank those Board members who will be leaving their positions beginning on June 1 when the new officers start their term. Natalie Falk, Michael Shibley, and Paul Tambellini are all moving on to other things. Thanks to each of them for their contributions to MAA.
Soon the Call for Entries will be posted for the annual Friendship Heights Show. Please be alert to the Call for this beautiful venue. We are fortunate to have Debbie Halprin as the awards juror this year. As most of you know, Debbie is an award winning artist whose works have been accepted into numerous invited shows. She is the proprietor of A Work of Art, which provides high quality giclee printing services, and commissioned art work. Debbie also managed the MAA Kensington Labor Day show for many years.
We also received word that funding for the Children’s Bookmark Project was approved. The idea is that several classes of local public school children will use their artistic talent to create bookmarks, the best of which will be printed and distributed for use to Montgomery Country Libraries. MAA is a partner in this project and will arrange an exhibit of the bookmarks next Spring. Congratulations to new MAA member Leila Calib for conceiving this project.
Other good news is that the lease for our current Gallery space in Westfield Wheaton Mall has been renewed for another year, under the current terms. Westfield likes to have us around, which is good, since we like to be around, too!! Now this does not guarantee that we won’t be told to move our location if they get a commercial rate contract for our space, but it looks like we are pretty stable where we are.
I always like to recognize our Featured Artist at the MAA Gallery. This month, it’s artist and MAA Past President Laura-Leigh Palmer. Laura-Leigh has made wonderful contributions to MAA generously offering her time and creativity. Laura-Leigh’s show will open on Tuesday, May 3 and runs through Monday, May 30. Please come by the Gallery on Sunday, May 15 for the Meet the Artist reception from 1:00 – 5:00 PM.
I want to remind everyone that we will begin working on the Kensington Paint the Town Show very soon. That means that we will be looking for volunteers to undertake the work required to put our show together each year. As you know, entry into the show requires that you volunteer but I will be asking for extra help this year because it’s a big job. So stay tuned for further information on that.
I also want to remind everyone that when the notices go out via email that a show opportunity is available on the MAA Website, don’t delay. Why? Because most of the venues are small and they fill up quickly. As a matter of procedure, each online entry receives a time and date stamp. We select the participants from that list on a first come, first served basis. So, if you are interested, don’t wait. Go online and register. There is great interest in these shows and our members are out there waiting to sign up.
That’s all the new for now.