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
As summer is approaching its conclusion, that can only mean one thing. The MAA Labor Day Show is not far off!! Have you done your Kensington painting?
With this issue of the Newsletter, we have launched full speed into preparations for the “Paint the Town” Show in Kensington to be held from Saturday, August 30 through Monday, September 1. Please read the article about the show, registration deadlines, how to register and what your requirements are as a participant. Of course, you can find the complete details on the MAA website. Just go to the home page and click on the “Labor Day Show” bar at the top left of the screen. Then scroll down to the last item which is the instructions for registration and participation. As noted elsewhere, Cathy Hirsh will continue to do tutorials on registration at the MAA Gallery during the month of August. There will be two sessions, Tuesday, Aug 5, 4 – 8 pm and Tuesday, Aug 19, 4-8 pm. If you have any questions, please take advantage of this personal assistance that Cathy is offering.
All show registrations are due by August 22, 11:59 pm. NO late or handwritten entries will be accepted.
At the Labor Day Show, you will have a chance to purchase your 60th Birthday MAA t-shirt and artist apron. This is a unique anniversary for our organization that has existed continuously since 1954. That’s really amazing for a volunteer-led organization. As members, we should all be thankful for the leadership of our great organization over the years that has gotten us to this point and makes the Labor Day Show possible. Don’t miss this opportunity to get your shirt and apron and then display it proudly while you are out painting! Members working the show will be wearing their t-shirts to further recognize this important milestone.
Of course, as the calendar turns, we continue our Featured Artist program at the MAA Gallery during the month of August with the artwork of Pam Gordimer. Her show will open on Tuesday, July 29 and run through Sunday, August 24 with a “Meet the Artist” reception on Sunday, August 3. Please see the article about Pam later in the newsletter.
In this issue, we have also listed the names of the award winners for the Friendship Heights show held in June. Even though we had a reduced amount of space this year due to the Village Center’s space needs, we had a very successful show. Congratulations to all of the award winners.
Before closing, I want to let the membership know that the family of Gertrude Wetmore, 1981-1982 MAA President (MCAA at that time), has donated a large quantity of art supplies to MAA. Mrs. Wetmore’s home was being sold and her family contacted us to see if we would be interested in the art supplies. I talked to her son, John Wetmore, who told me that the materials would be discarded if MAA was not interested. Of course, I assured him that we were interested. Consequently, at the last moment, Elizabeth Stecher and I went to the family house in Bethesda and retrieved as much as we could carry in our respective automobiles. There are dozens of unused oil frames of all sizes, large packages of unopened Arches watercolor paper, mat board, cut mats, oil frame stretchers, and much more. In consultation with the MAA Board of Directors, we have decided to hold a fund-raiser sale of the supplies in the fall—probably October. The Board felt strongly that the best way to take advantage of this generous donation and to continue Mrs. Wetmore’s contribution to MAA was to make the materials available to the members while using the funds to support the continued operations of MAA. On behalf of MAA, I want to thank John Wetmore and his family for his efforts to make the materials available. We will provide more details about the fund-raiser sale in the weeks and months ahead. My thanks to Elizabeth for helping on such short notice.
That’s it for this month. Take care and keep painting.
MAA-Now celebrating 60 Years of service to local artists.