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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:
Board Above and Beyond!
Your hard working and beleaguered MAA Board of Directors had their first meeting of 2016 the evening of Wednesday January 20th. You do remember that evening–as will they for a very long, long while. That was the evening of our area’s first one inch or less snow ‘dusting’ that keep commuters on the roads for many hours and the tow trucks busy. After the successful Board meeting adjourned at 9:20 pm, most attendees didn’t manage to get home until midnight or later – one returned and hunkered down the night at our home. Another checked into a local hotel after spending a couple of hours going 1 mile. Such dedication!!! THANK YOU ALL!
The Board meeting reflected what I think we all know: MAA continues to be a uniquely healthy, vibrant, and member-centric art association. Financially, we are secure. Our centerpiece art show, the Kensington Paint the Town, was successful and well run. The Gallery, despite a scare of being displaced, is running smoothly and is a source of pride and potential sales for those participating, as are several of our specialty display venues. Members benefitted from great exposure of their artworks, as well as sales over the year of close to $35 thousand dollars. The Newsletter is one of the best in the area, if not the best. Our monthly meetings are well attended and by members and nonmembers; we enjoy each other at our social events; we have a great workshop coming up in March. As a 501(c)(3), we actively strive to enhance our community, through a yearly Montgomery College scholarship, an art sale generating $600 donation to Crossways Community, art programs for children, and (proposal under review) a collaboration for school children to create bookmarks for Montgomery County Libraries.
BUT, Uncle MAA still needs YOU!!! We can do more and better!! Less than a quarter of our membership participate in our Gallery shows, even though many cite the Gallery as an incentive to join MAA. Many of our Board members and Committee members have been serving selflessly for many years–well above and beyond the call of duty. They need your help as fellow member volunteers to perform the work that keeps MAA going. Some of the long-time volunteers are tired and seek relief (i.e., time to paint) from the broader membership. So please, call or email me if you are can help more, or if you are willing to take on a leadership role. It is very important that YOU play a key role in keeping MAA at the forefront. Don’t assume that someone else will do it. One day–they might not.
Don’t forget to visit the MAA Gallery this month to see the work of our Featured Artist, Debbie Miller. There will be a Meet the Artist Reception at the Gallery on Sunday, February 14 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM.
Also, be sure to put our Winter Social Get Together on your calendar. This is a unique opportunity to get to know your fellow members in a relaxed setting. It will be held on Wednesday, February 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 at the MAA Gallery and includes our popular Valentine’s Day Card Contest. The event is in lieu of our regular monthly meeting. Don’t miss this fun opportunity.
As I finish writing this message, almost a week after our Board meeting, most of us are now suffering (or, I hope enjoying) being confined to our homes with the opposite problem – confinement by a historic wall of snow. Oh, is that the sound of plows out on our sub-tertiary street – I wish! I hope that you all have been making good use of your art supplies and will have created dozens of masterpieces for our Gallery walls and shows during our home confinement.