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
As we head into Spring—hopefully—I want to begin our focus on the celebration of 60 years of MAA’s service to artists in the Washington metro area. In earlier issues, I mentioned that we will be writing pieces about the history of our great Association. In conjunction with the Kensington Paint the Town Show in September we will be having big birthday recognition event to conclude our 60th year. So stay tuned for more about that exciting event.
One of the Newsletter features will be interviews with past presidents from two or three decades past who will share their experiences and talk about what the association was doing in those days. It will be an interesting discussion. In my recent discussions with a past president from the early 1990s, I mentioned that our membership had grown to 217 members. “Oh, my. We struggled to get to 40 or 50,” was the response. Clearly, since those days, our association has grown solid financially and from a membership standpoint.
Additionally, we will be featuring articles providing more general information about the formation of the association and how it developed. This month, we begin with a quiz to test your knowledge of the MAA—formerly known as MCAA, the Montgomery County Art Association. The answers to the questions will be published next month along with the first of our interviews with past presidents. So look forward to that.
As we do every month in the Newsletter, we focus on our Featured Artist at the MAA Gallery. This month’s artist is Judith Levine. Judith is an active member of the MAA Board of Directors and is in charge of MAA’s children’s outreach activities. She has been interested in art since childhood and has explored many different mediums over the years. When you read her interview you will come to know an individual who has very strong feelings about her association, her art, and what she tries to achieve through art.
And, it’s time once again for nominations from you to offer nominations for individuals to sit on the MAA Board of Directors. The nominations process will run until March 20 and we will hold elections in April with results announced in May. So if you would like to nominate someone who you feel will help MAA develop in its next 60 years, please read the article in this issue that explains both the process and the time-line.
In closing remember the MAA artists show at Amici Mei featuring Sandra Perez-Ramos, Galina Kolosovskaya, Barbara Mertens and Michelle D. Morgan that continues through April 13. MAA offers you a lot of opportunities to show your work. If you would like to see one of the very nice venues drop by Amici Mei in Rockville and check it out. You can apply for the Spring show through the MAA website. Get the most out of your membership dollar by taking advantage of the shows at Amici Mei, the MAA Gallery, and other locations.
That’s it for this month.
MAA—serving its members since 1954! Now celebrating 60 years of quality programs and opportunities for local artists.