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
What a great Show!!! PAINT THE TOWN, 2014 demonstrated again that MAA produces one of the highest quality art shows in the DC metropolitan area. We had over 2,100 attendees during the three days of the show. Such success does not happen without the dedication of a lot of people.
As you may know, the MAA Board assumed management of the show this year after our long-time show coordinator Debra Halprin made the decision to move on to other things this year.
Because of that, I, for one, had to learn all of the ins and outs of producing a very complex show with many moving parts. It was an education to learn about the behind the scenes work that has been done quietly over the years by a lot of members. Elsewhere in this issue are recognitions of those who made major contributions including our sponsors, our judge, the Town of Kensington, and our other contributors. But I would like to publicly thank the members of the Board of Directors who agreed to work with me to make the show run smoothly.
As a bit of background, the Board met in May to go over the process we would follow for producing PAINT THE TOWN, 2014. We developed a task list that identified all of the work items that needed to be completed. Members of the Board assumed responsibility for specific roles based upon that list. I am pleased to say that they came through with flying colors and I personally thank them for their dedication and hard work:
- Pauline Rakis/Marcia Bhorjee Hanging Promotional Flyers
- Cathy Hirsh and Vicky Surles Program Printing
- Elizabeth Stecher Registration and Labels
- Julie Smith Setup and Take Down
- Cathy Hirsh Organizing Awards/Judging
- Barrie Ripin Front Desk Sales and Support
- Roxanne Ando Reception Coordination
- Janet Fox Donor Board/Facebook/Online Publicity
- Vicky Surles Publicity
- Sandra Perez-Ramos Program Assembly
Janet Fox and Marcia Bhorjee also stepped in and provided extra support for our Front Desk Sales and Support Operations. My thanks to them for their extra efforts in this area.
Special thanks to Treasurer Barrie Ripin for the very rapid completion of the sales accounting and reimbursements to artists who made sales and to Janet for her extensive help to Barrie. Seventy-nine of the 130 artists in the show made a sale. So it was a big job to get that all sorted out so quickly after the completion of the show.
There were also other MAA members who assumed key roles and I would like to recognize them as well.
- Show Hanging: Marian MacKerer
- Donations: Christina Haslinger
- Drop Off Review: Nar Steel
- Sponsor Board: Ann Gordon
Logistical Support: Pat Choquette. Pat and her husband Paul made major contributions to the show by providing her large display panels and helping with the hanging process even though she did not have a painting in the show. That is really dedication to the cause!
Thanks to Roberta Staat who agreed to lend us the display structure and easels from the Sandy Spring Museum and to Robert Talbert, Carol Bouville and Debra Halprin for the use of their panels as well. Debra was great about answering my dozens of questions along the way regarding the production of the show including the “small stuff” that frequently makes a show successful. And thanks to all of the artists who loaned us their tabletop and larger easels. With the growth of the show, we needed all of the easels and space we had available.
There were, of course, many invaluable volunteers too numerous to list without whose contributions PAINT THE TOWN would not be possible. My thanks to all of them as well.
As we always do, the Board will be looking carefully at the results of the show and its operations to see what improvements can and should be made to make next year’s event even better. We have received some thoughtful suggestions and will be considering those at the next Board Meeting.
We hope to see you at next year’s PAINT THE TOWN!
MAA-Now celebrating 60 Years of service to local artists.