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 approach the last two months of 2015 in what has been another successful year for MAA, there are a few items I would like to discuss with you.
Membership – Many of you are probably unaware that your membership in MAA has lapsed. Our membership year runs from September 1 through August 31. Our normal process is to have members renew their membership while they are registering for the Paint the Town Show on Labor Day weekend. We ended last year with about 250 members, but only about 135 members have renewed their membership, mostly through this year’s show. So that means about one-hundred members are now lapsed, probably unwittingly. As is our long-standing policy, we continue to send the MAA Newsletter to prior year’s members through November. This will be the final newsletter until payment is received. We recently sent out a gentle reminder to last year’s members who are not current. Of course, as soon as your dues are received, we will reactivate the membership and restore all benefits. The dues remain at only $40 per year.
Holiday Party – The holiday season will be right around the corner. That means that it will soon be time for the MAA Holiday Party on Wednesday December 9, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in the MAA Gallery. We ask that you bring some- thing sweet or savory to share and something to drink. This is a chance to meet and greet your fellow MAA members. So plan to come and enjoy the fun.
MAA Operations – The elected members of the Board give of their personal time to help MAA do the best it can to offer members quality opportunities to paint, learn, socialize, and to display and sell their artwork. I want to thank each of them for helping me accomplish that mission. The Board will be making an “Annual Report to the Members” available at a meeting in the early part of 2016. The details are still being worked out. I will be able to give you more specifics in a future Newsletter. Of course, if you have any suggestions about activities that we might undertake on behalf of the members, I would be happy to hear them. While the Paint the Town show is still fresh in our minds, we would welcome constructive comments on what you thought worked well, and what might be improved in future years. Please let us know what’s on your mind.
Art and Fear– I recently discovered a little book by that title by David Bayles and Ted Orland that I’m placing on my short list of recommended reading along with such standards as: The Art Spirit by Robert Henri, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards, and several others. If you have ever had anxiety over putting paint to paper, questioned your art ability, been discouraged and contemplated quitting this is a must read. The authors hit the nail on the head with me. If you claim that those thoughts have never entered your mind then I wish I had met you Mr. Da Vinci.