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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:
The MAA year has again begun with frantic activity! The Kensington Paint the Town Labor Day weekend show marks the kick-start of MAA’s activities for the upcoming membership year. It is a highlight of our association and has been a great way for our members to display their works, win awards, and make sales. We are looking forward to another successful event. The October issue of MAA News will feature full coverage of all aspects of the show, including the award winners from the main show competition, the second annual invitational competition, and the plein air competition. I want to thank our main show judge, Jean Hirons, for taking the time to judge approximately 500 entries, and Cathy Hirsh, our judge for the invitational competition.
Organizing and running the Kensington show is a monumental effort. The show is run entirely by volunteers. Thank you all for doing this with a smile and camaraderie. We are also grateful for the support of our partners in this endeavor, the Town of Kensington. Our heartfelt thanks go especially to newly elected Mayor Tracey Furman, long time supporter and Past-Mayor, Peter Fosselman, facilities manager Shirley Watson, and their staffs. We also acknowledge with appreciation the many local businesses and individuals who made donations to support the MAA awards and the show — they are listed in the program. And none of this would be possible without the efforts of Past President Michael Shibley, who for the second year has managed the show. THANK YOU Michael!
Come to the Kensington show, bring your friends, and enjoy the time spent talking with MAA colleagues, attendees, and clients. Bask in the wonderful artwork that we have created, enter the plein air event, and enjoy the awards reception Saturday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Let’s not forget the Wheaton Mall MAA Gallery show with September Featured Artist Sandy Cepaitis. Patricia DurJava had a beautiful Featured Artist display in August. I hope that you all saw it. Articles about both artists are in the September issue of MAA News.
Unfortunately we were recently informed that Westfield has leased our MAA Gallery to a cell phone company, so our September show will be the last one in this location. Westfield does not have another storefront space for us right now. The MAA Board will be discussing our options in the next few weeks.
We have had a great 6-year run in the Wheaton Mall. Many MAA members have contributed to our gallery’s success; most notable among them are our gallery manager of 6 years, Cathy Hirsh, whose leadership and energy led to the founding of the gallery, Michael Shibley, with his leadership and selfless energy, and Elizabeth Stecher, who has managed the entry registration process from the beginning. There will be a celebratory party in the gallery the evening of Saturday, September 24th. All MAA members, friends, and customers are invited. — Barrie Ripin