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
We are supposed to be getting to end of winter when we can get outside and paint! Really. But with the recent snows and extremely cold weather in our area, it has been difficult to even think about painting outside or doing anything except staying warm and dry. But, cheer up! We know that spring is coming. And, with the coming of spring will be a number of events of importance to our members.
The event of great importance is the upcoming election of the MAA Officers for 2015-2016. My message to you is the same as last month–get involved with your art association in 2015. Continuing the discussion I started last month, you will find the descriptions and responsibilities of three more MAA Board positions. I hope that you read the article from February and have familiarized yourselves with the positions. Again I offer my “thank you!!” to the current Board that has been so supportive over the last two years. Nothing happens without everyone playing their respective roles. And, believe me, they do!!
Continuing my practice of recognizing those contributions, I want to recognize Elizabeth Stecher and Vicky Surles.
Everyone knows Elizabeth because she has been the face of the registration process for the Paint the Town Show and other MAA events for many years. In her role as Second Vice President for Shows, Elizabeth freely gives of her time to be sure that each member gets registered for our shows. In recent years, we have tried to make that task a little easier by automating the registrations through our website. But even with the automation, Elizabeth still has a big job to do. In addition to Paint The Town and Friendship Heights, she does ALL of the labels for the monthly MAA Gallery shows that requires dozens of labels to be prepared each month. Elizabeth does her job with a smile on her face at all time. If you see her, give her a big thank you for everything she does for all of us. My personal thanks to her as well!!
Vicky Surles, the MAA Publicity Committee Chair, does her work quietly but oh so efficiently. We are all very fortunate to have a member like Vicky who is so well-connected to what goes in the Wheaton-Kensington Area. She uses her contacts to the advantage of MAA and does a super job of promoting our events. She is a very dependable source of contact information for all of the Gazette reporters who like to cover our events. It is very often her contacts that get us the exposure we receive. In addition to that, she does her monthly promotion for our Gallery Show Featured Artists. Her efforts to promote the Gallery while working closely with our friends as the Westfield Wheaton Mall makes a huge difference. She is also the source of the photos for our receptions and other events. My thanks go to Vicky for all of her dedication and dependability.
More on this next month.
Now, looking at March, our Featured Artist this month at the MAA Gallery is Barrie Ripin. Barrie is our treasurer and a regular participant in the Gallery and has selected some very interesting examples his painting and sculptures. Barrie’s show begins on Tuesday, March 3 and runs through Sunday, March 29. There will be a Meet the Artist reception on Sunday, March 8 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Don’t you want to come to come to the Gallery and chat with an artist who, in his other life, built supernovas!! Pretty amazing. As part of the requirements of the Featured Artist, Barrie will be present in the Gallery on several occasions during the month in case you can’t attend the reception.
I am happy to announce that with the unanimous approval of the MAA Board of Directors, I have signed an extension to our lease for the MAA Gallery. Our lease is for one year at a time beginning May 1, 2015 and running through April 30, 2016. The Gallery has given our members the opportunity to show their artwork on a monthly basis and has contributed immensely to our strong membership growth. We hope that we can continue our working relationship with Westfield Wheaton Mall for years to come.
Our monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 11 with a presentation on collage techniques by Linda Maldonado. Following our successful Social Get-Together in February, we will be resuming our regularly schedule of meetings at Washington ArtWorks.
Again, I want to call your attention to the calendar of Upcoming Events. It provides a highly detailed list of the times and locations for meetings, receptions, shows, and other art opportunities. Use to keep track of registrations, shows, and the like.
That’s all of the news for now. Keep painting!!
MAA—serving local artists since 1954.