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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:
With our long, cold winter firmly behind us we can all focus on events coming up soon on the MAA Calendar.
The first event is our annual Friendship Heights Show. The show will begin with the delivery of artwork on Sunday, May 31 between 10 AM and 11 AM. Show judging will be the same day at 11:30 AM followed by the show hanging. The reception will be held on Sunday, June 14 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Show pickup will be Sunday, June 28 from 10:30 – 11:30 AM. Please put this annual event on your calendar and then register for the show at www.montgomeryart.org.
Moving on to our Featured Artist this month at the MAA Gallery I wanted to let you know that it is Janet Fox. Janet is currently serving as our Social Media Chair and has done a fabulous job. The energy she puts into her MAA assignments is evident in her art work as well. Please read the interview with Janet and then visit the Gallery during her time as Featured Artist. Her show will run from Tuesday, May 5 through Sunday, May 31. There will be a Meet the Artist reception on Sunday, May 17 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Please plan to drop by and speak with Janet about her art.
In this month’s issue, we have an interesting book review for you provided by MAA member Lis Zadravec. The book is entitled, Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X by Deborah Davis. The portrait of New Orleans society star Ms. Virginie Gautreau was unveiled by Sargent at the 1884 Paris Salon to much anticipation. Its debut produced some unexpected consequences for her and Sargent. The review is a must read!
As is noted in the Upcoming Dates section, our regular monthly meeting will be held at Washington ArtWorks on Wednesday, May 13. Our featured speaker will be David Daniels who is well known in our area for his vivid watercolors. But he is also known for his exploration of textures and materials to enhance his art. His presentation will include discussion of techniques and materials. Please note that this will be our last monthly meeting until Wednesday, October 14 when we resume our meetings following the completion of Paint the Town.
With this issue I am completing the deserved recognition of the remainder of the MAA Board Members whom I have not already acknowledged. Those are Barrie Ripin, Cathy Hirsh, Laura-Leigh Palmer, Judith Levine, and Roxanne Ando. Though they are presented last they are certainly not least!
Current MAA Treasurer Barrie Ripin has done an outstanding job at keeping MAA’s finances sorted out while, at the same time, handling all of the reimbursements to MAA members who made sales either at one of our shows or at the MAA Gallery. Barrie’s dedication to the job of Treasurer was never more evident than his work at the Paint The Town Show last fall. Barrie was recovering from surgery but showed up at the show like the trouper that he is. He worked aggressively with our group of volunteers to keep track of the numerous sales from the show. Of course, the monthly sales at the Gallery requires prompt payment as well. Barrie set up a system of payments that has worked quite successfully for the association and the members. Being Treasurer is a big job and Barrie has performed it in big way. My personal thanks for his support and creativity.
Cathy Hirsh, Past President and currently Gallery Manager and Website Manager has been unbelievable in her dedication to the success of MAA’s operations. When I became president, I asked her to keep those two functions. When she could have requested a break after three years as MAA president, but she readily agreed to take on the jobs. All members of MAA owe Cathy a huge thank you for her personal dedication. She manages the Gallery operation efficiently and effectively including training new members who wish to participate in the Gallery. And, she has managed our relationship with the management of Westfield Wheaton Mall with skill and professionalism. These are just the “upfront” jobs that Cathy takes on. A lot of behind the scenes work is done to keep MAA running and she does it well. I don’t know what I would have done without her boundless energy and desire to contribute. Thank you, Cathy.
As members you may be aware that our MAA Newsletter is produced by a team of dedicated members. I am the Editor but without the dedication of Judith Levine and Natalie Falk (whom I recognized last month) the eleven issues we produce would be impossible. Judith is charged with completing the interviews of our monthly Featured Artist at the Gallery and for providing the local Gallery News that everyone appreciates so much. As with the other Board members, the work that Judith does is multifaceted. She contacts the artist, completes the interviews, writes the text and sends it to the artist for review before I ever see it. At the same time, she is scanning the local media for information about interesting art exhibitions of interest to our members. This all takes time and Judith has shown her willingness to do what is needed. Thanks to Judith for being a great partner in producing the Newsletter and I look forward to continuing that relationship as we go forward with new Board leadership.
What can I say about Laura-Leigh Palmer that hasn’t already been said? Serving as President of MAA on three occasions and part of a fourth, she has demonstrated her dedication and loyalty to MAA over the years. On the current MAA Board, Laura-Leigh is our Outreach Committee Chair. Her extensive involvement in the local community makes her quite a valuable asset to MAA. Her contacts in the business community has helped our position in the local community tremendously. She has been the voice of experience on the Board for my two years. It’s always good to have someone off of whom you can bounce ideas. Thank you Laura-Leigh for your time and dedication.
For those of you who attend MAA social functions you must give your thanks to Roxanne Ando, our Hospitality Committee Chair. Roxanne is one of those quiet but effective contributors to our operations. Roxanne coordinates the provision of food and beverage to all of our functions where we serve the attendees. This is nowhere more evident than at the big Reception for Paint the Town each year. All of the wonderful offerings we provide to our guests at these functions does not happen without someone paying attention to the details. Last September, under Roxanne’s direction we did a special recognition of our 60th Anniversary. Thank you Roxanne for your quiet determination and for your support during my term.
As I write this message, the MAA 2015-2016 Election of Officers is in progress. Your votes are due not later than May 1. If you have not already done so, please take the time to express your support for the slate of candidates that have agreed to devote their time and energy into making MAA such a valuable and respected art association. In recent issues, I have tried to convince each of you to think about your role in supporting MAA and to put your names on the list of candidates. Honestly, the level of response was not what I had hoped for. Nevertheless, we have three new people on the ballot and to those three individuals, you have my thanks. The results will be announced in the June issue.
My term as President of MAA expires on May 31 so this will be my last President’s Message. I have enjoyed the two years I have served and appreciate the opportunity you have given to me. I was honored to work with a lot of talented people whose contributions I have tried to recognize. Working together we have accomplished a lot for MAA and there are more exciting changes coming. So thank you for the opportunity to serve and make MAA even stronger as it moves into its second 60 years.
That’s all of the news for now. Keep painting!!
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