Welcome to the website of the Montgomery Art Association (MAA), the oldest art association in Montgomery County, Maryland. 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, DC, and even as far away as the Eastern Shore. They include beginning and experienced artists, amateurs as well as professionals, working in a variety of media and styles. In support of our increasing membership, we sponsor regular lectures and artist demonstrations, member exhibits, museum field trips, a Gallery store in a major shopping center, an online Members 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 intended as 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. KEN APP links to a page where the Kensington “Paint the Town” Labor Day Show Application and detailed instructions for online registration can be found as well as 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 come to the end of 2013, I think it’s useful to look back and see what we have accomplished during the year. It’s always amazing how much the association can accomplish. Or, put another way, how many opportunities and services MAA has provided to its members. But it all takes teamwork from our dedicated members who volunteer on behalf of their fellow artists. Below is but a short list of events and activities this year.
Friendship Heights Show
Labor Day Show and Paint The Town (including the new children’s event)
Amici Mei Shows
Daily Dish Shows
Year of the Book Festival
Artistic Gallery Show
Monthly MAA Gallery Shows including Featured Artists
Workshops and Field Trips
Monthly Meetings and Presentations
Art Show At Westfield Mall
The MAA Website
A couple of the activities above don’t get much attention during the year. We tend to take them for granted but you need to be aware that there are dedicated members who make these events happen.
I particularly want to thank the MAA Newsletter team–Natalie Falk and Judith Levine–for helping to make the Newsletter better and better and to get it out to the members on time 10 times a year. The time they spend each month to make sure we produce valuable information in a graphically appealing way is most appreciated. Judith conducts the interviews and collects the gallery news for events she feels would be interesting. Natalie puts all of our work into a beautiful and readable format each month. She receives over fifteen pages of text and photos each month but manages to product a work of art each time. Thanks also to regular contributors Cathy Hirsh for her Upcoming Dates calendar and to Sharon Callagy who regularly contributes articles, book reviews, and famous artist quotes for us to use. Like most of MAA’s activities, the Newsletter requires teamwork and dedication from member volunteers. Thanks to everyone.
I also want to express a special thank you to Judith Levine for her tireless dedication to making our Children’s Activities a huge success. Judith organizes activities for children on all of the major holidays and does it with grace and enthusiasm. The children and families who come to the events in the Westfield Wheaton Mall certainly appreciate the effort that Judith puts into each event. It takes a special talent to do this kind of work. So thank you, Judith, for your dedication and contributions.
Another special thank you goes to my leadership team: the MAA Board of Directors. These people, whose names and positions are listed at the back of every issue we publish, are elected by the members to serve in their respective roles. But let it be clear that they are much more than that. They are a sounding board for resolving issues. They are valuable resources for making our events successful. They assure that we are on a sound financial footing. They develop new ideas and approaches for what MAA can be to its members. And, they are always there to help whenever necessary. So, thanks to each and every one of you!
Looking at all of these activities gives us a clear answer to the question–“Why do people join an art association?” It’s for fellowship, education, outreach, displays and shows, and so much more. I am looking forward to another productive year in 2014 as we make plans to celebrate our 60th birthday.
Please enjoy the upcoming holiday season. Until next year, keep painting!!
MAA—serving its members since 1954!