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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:
It’s that time again when we switch complaining about it being cold, wet and dreary to how hot and humid it is. But after so much rain, it will nice to see some warm weather. Those of you who like to paint outdoors will be free to enjoy the many venues available in this area.
Although our MAA monthly meetings will take a hiatus until the Fall, plenty of MAA show opportunities continue. The Wheaton Mall MAA Gallery is there for you, as are many of our special exhibit venues that can be found on our website. Many of us will have extra time, inclination and travel opportunities to stimulate our creative artistic juices from now to then.
Our 2016 Kensington “Paint the Town” show promises to be better than ever. As a reminder, this year’s show will be held on Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5-Labor Day. The Board of Directors has implemented some changes that we think will add to the already high quality of our signature event. For example, in order to better show off and highlight the artwork, we are limiting the number of artworks per entrant to 5 this year. Last year, the sheer volume of entries forced us to display some artwork in not the most optimal fashion. We have made adjustments to assure that every piece of art submitted gets a fair placement in the Armory.
We will also have the usual adult and children’s “Paint the Town Plein Air Competition” on Saturday and, again, hold a special Invitational Award category competition. As you know, the Best in Show Bertha Clum Award, sponsored by the Town of Kensington, is selected from the Kensington category entries.
Speaking of that, I intend to pay an early visit to Kensington to scope out and create the required Kensington piece needed to enter the Labor Day “Paint the Town” show. We have begun our initial promotions for the show so don’t wait until the last moment to figure out what you will be painting. It’s NEVER too early! So make yours the best ever this year by capturing the spirit of life in Kensington.
Pulling off this show is an enormous task. Everyone who enters is required to volunteer to help. Michael Shibley is the Paint the Town show coordinator again this year. So when he asks for your extra help – please say “YES, of course, how can I help?”
I also want to call your attention to our Featured Artist for this month—Roxanne Ando. Her beautiful paintings will be featured in the MAA Gallery beginning Wednesday, June 1 and running through Sunday, June 26. You will have an opportunity to meet and talk with Roxanne at her reception on Sunday, June 5 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM in the Gallery. You should come by an offer your support to your fellow artist as she puts her work front center at the Gallery. Hope to see you there.
Finally, as President, and on behalf of us all, I wish to thank Natalie Falk and Michael Shibley for designing, editing and producing our wonderful Newsletter for many, many, years – THANK YOU! Lisa Mathias, has graciously agreed to take on the editorship – thank you Lisa. We promise to send you the information and news items that make our Newsletter both interesting and informative.
That’s all the new for now.
July MAA Gallery Show
Labor Day Show Registration will be Available 7/15