Celebrating 60 Years of Service to Artists and the Art Community
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:
- HOME provides the MAA calendar, contact information and important member links for show registrations and special events.
- ABOUT US contains more information about MAA and its history, its officers, and sponsors.
- ONLINE GALLERY/SALES contains images of members’ work, some of which may be available for sale by the artists and EVENTS describes current and upcoming MAA happenings.
- NEWS/ARTPORTUNITIES provides news about member artists and also lists show opportunities or exhibits of potential member interest and RESOURCES provides listings of members providing art-related services, information about using the website’s online services to manage membership or show registrations, other area art associations, and past MAA newsletters. SHOW FLYERS links to a page containing publicity flyers related to various MAA shows.
- MEMBERSHIP–JOIN/UPDATE is the link to use if you want to join MAA, or if you are a member, to renew or update your MAA membership information. This link is also the one members should use to add images to the MAA members online gallery.
- WESTFIELD WHEATON STORE provides information about our MAA Gallery store in Westfield Wheaton. The MAA Gallery is in a fabulous space on the second floor close to the Costco entrance, next to Hallmark Cards, and across from Panera and Elevation Burger.
Latest Message from the President
Well, here we are at last. It’s April. Baseball and plein-air painting are in the air. Hopefully, not accompanied by snowflakes. It’s been a long winter and I am sure everyone is looking forward to warmer weather. We will all get inspired to begin producing our paintings for our Kensington Show which is coming up in the not too distant future. Don’t let it sneak up on you.
I am happy to inform you that your intrepid MAA Board of Directors meet on March 4th after a few cancellations due to our snowy winter weather. It’s important for you to know that MAA keeps moving ahead due to the dedication of members who devote a lot of their personal time to its operations. In that light, I am thrilled to announce that our membership as of March 21 is 226. That is a real tribute the fact that MAA continues to offer expanded opportunities for its members. It doesn’t happen automatically. It’s because the officers of MAA care about MAA and keep looking for ways to make it better.
A number of very important decisions were taken at the March 4th meeting. First and foremost, we discussed and adopted the 2014 operating budget. As president, I can tell you that the financial status of MAA has never been better. We have grown our reserves to protect us from the proverbial “rainy day” and have allocated our funds for the programs and activities that have made MAA so successful including our public outreach.
We also decided that we will be moving our monthly meetings to the Capitol Arts Network starting with our October meeting. Judith HeartSong, the executive director of Capitol Arts Network, is excited about having MAA hold its monthly meetings in their space. Both the classroom and the Gallery will be terrific places for us to meet. We will have the space for our presenters to make presentations in a modern facility. It is located at 12276 Wilkins Avenue in Rockville just off of Parklawn Drive. There is plenty of parking available and the facility is easily accessible. We will talk more about this as the year progresses.
As you may know, our long-time Kensington Paint the Town Labor Day Show coordinator Debbie Halprin has decided that she needs to pass the baton to someone else. The Board decided to create a committee for the execution of the show using Debbie’s very successful system of members who filled key roles for her in sponsorships, promotions, etc. As President, I will act as the coordinator of the committee. We have already begun our preparations for September. Glen Kessler has agreed to be the judge for the show and we will use his Bertha Clum Award Winning Painting “Farmer’s Abundance” on the poster promoting the show. Look for that and the entry form very soon. This will give us the opportunity to raise the importance of winning the Bertha Clum Award and will allow us continuity from year to year. Debbie will still be assisting with the show so we look forward to her contributions while we express our sincere appreciation for the long hours of work she put in over the years. But will move forward with our new plan and our signature event will continue to be the highlight of the season.
The Board also expanded the MAA scholarship program to provide two $600 scholarships. One goes to Montgomery College as we have done in the past and one will be offered to a local school to support its art education programs. It is part of our MAA mission to reach out to the public and these scholarships are an appropriate way to help local students develop their artistic skills.
We also decided on a number of activities related to the observance of our 60th birthday. In addition to monthly features in the newsletter, we will be having an expanded reception which will take place at the Kensington Show. That reception will be the official celebration which seems appropriate for our signature art show. As part of the excitement, we are exploring the design of an artist’s apron with the 60th Anniversary logo and/or t-shirts with the logo. Either of both of these items will be made available for purchase. As you can see, we have an active agenda planned for the rest the year as we continue to celebrate our amazing birthday.
This month at the MAA Gallery we will be featuring the art of Allen Hirsh. Allen is a relatively new member who joined when he saw the opportunity presented to him by the Gallery. His work will be on display beginning Tuesday, April 1 and running through Sunday, April 30. A Meet the Artist reception will be held on Sunday, April 6 from 1-5 PM. Be sure to drop by and take a lot at Allen’s work. If you would like to be the Featured Artist at the Gallery, simply put your name on a card and drop it into the silver canister at the Gallery. As you will see in the Upcoming Dates section, there are some months for which artists have not been selected. If you are interested, please visit the Gallery and fill out the card.
Again, please remember our shows at Amici Mei, Friendship Heights, WSSC, the Kensington Library and others that come up for registration in the coming months. Simply go to www.montgomeryart.org to sign up.
Please also notice the MAA officers candidates listed in this newsletter. You will receive an email in April asking you to submit your votes. Take a few moments to review the names of the members who have put themselves forward in an effort to continue working on your behalf. The results will be announced in the May issue.
That’s it for this month. Take care and keep painting.
MAA-Now celebrating 60 Years of service to local artists.