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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:
As MAA heads into its 61st year, I am pleased and privileged to become the President for the 2016 membership year. MAA is in excellent health, both financially and, most importantly, programmatically. We have been fortunate to have had dedicated and creative leadership and a very active membership. Michael Shibley, immediate Past-President, and his leadership team have been generous with their time, energy and creativity to make these past two years some of MAA’s best ever.
Our members have enjoyed record sales of their work this year at our Wheaton Mall Gallery, Labor Day and Friendship Heights shows, and other venues. We have enjoyed continued learning at workshops, the fellowship of monthly meetings and gallery sitting with colleagues, and as an organization we have been pleased to give back to the community through youth activities, yearly Montgomery College scholarships, and participation in other community events. None of this would have been possible without the enthusiastic support of our member volunteers, who have, among other activities, hung shows, painted walls hosted receptions, and volunteered at the Labor Day show. Thank you all. Thank you all.
As you know, this is a bitter-sweet moment in our history with the loss of our beautiful MAA Gallery in Wheaton Mall. This is not the first time we have had to switch gallery locations or had a hiatus of several months before new space is identified and refurbished. We are actively looking for gallery options and have hopes that we will find another location in the near future. Many members have already suggested possibilities, and we welcome any suggestions you have about possible venues. I would be remiss if I did not offer a particular thank you to Cathy Hirsh who has served as Gallery Manager since the beginning in January 2011. Cathy has put in many, many hours making sure our Gallery has functioned smoothly. I would also like to thank Elizabeth Stecher for her efforts supporting the daily operations of the Gallery. Without volunteers like Cathy and Elizabeth, a lot of what MAA does would not be possible. So a big thanks to both of them!
As you peruse the list of the newly elected Board of Directors, you will see new names among those who have served before. I look forward to working with them and all our volunteer members who are vital to keeping MAA the most vibrant art association in the area. Please contact me or another member of the Board of Directors if you would like to help out or if you have suggestions to make MAA even better. To be the best we can be, we need ALL of your involvement.