We note significant happenings for our members such as their getting into prestigious shows or professional associations, participating in solo or group shows, or winning awards, etc.
Also presented is information about “artportunities,” opportunities beyond MAA for art fairs, art display and sales, volunteering, and art supplies, or studio space.
MAA Member News and Announcements
2016 MAA Kensington “Paint the Town” Labor Day Weekend Art Show Winners
Judge for Artist Show and Plein Air: Jean Hirons
Jean Hirons has been teaching pastel painting methods since 2004, at Montgomery College, the Yellow Barn, and at Washington ArtWorks. She works almost exclusively in the medium, primarily painting land- and cityscapes, and maintains a large studio at WAW. Hirons published her highly-acclaimed book Finding Your Style in Pastel in 2012. For more information, please see her website at www.JeanHirons.com.
Judge for the Invitational: Cathy Hirsh
Cathy Hirsh is an artist and teacher with a studio (# 41) as a Resident Artist at Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville. Her work spans landscape, floral, and abstract subject matter in multiple media. She is a past president of MAA and the manager of the MAA Gallery at Westfield Wheaton. Her website can be found at www.HirshStudio.com.
~ Invitational Winner ~
Jean Hirons ~ “The Horse Farm”
~ Plein Air Winners–Adult ~
First Place ~ Jeanne Powell ~ “Breezy”
Second Place ~ Larry Witham ~ “September Bloom”
Third Place ~ Nancy Myers Altemus ~ “Red Door”
Honorable Mention ~ Sujata Gupta ~ “A Long Time Alone”
Honorable Mention ~ Lynn Lewis ~ “Late Summer Market”
Honorable Mention ~ Tom Semmes ~ “Books & Gas”
~ Plein Air Winners–Youth ~
First Place ~ Fiona Nafred ~ “Stru Plum”
Second Place ~ Maxie Stumpf ~ “Silver Creek Bridge”
~ Show Award Winners ~
First Place ~ The Bertha Clum Award
Cecile Kirkpatrick ~ “Yesteryears’ Treasures”
Second Place ~ Lynn Lewis ~ “Gas Station Glow”
Third Place ~ Karen Merkin ~ “Kensington Volunteers”
Honorable Mention ~ Ken Bachman ~ “Across the Tracks”
Honorable Mention ~ Elise Mahaffie ~ “Kensington Works”
Honorable Mention ~ Sharon Dar ~ “Potpourri”
Honorable Mention ~ Bob Fuller ~ “Destination Station”
Honorable Mention ~ Debbie Miller ~ “Kensington Barn”
First Place ~ Angela Lacy ~ “Ponte Vecchio”
Second Place ~ Paul Tambellini ~ “Sloss Furnace II”
Third Place ~ Michael Shibley ~ “Marylebone High Street”
Honorable Mention ~ Stephen Hanks ~ “Industrial Landscape”
Honorable Mention ~ Patricia Tice ~ “Across the River”
Honorable Mention ~ Donna Baron ~ “Flowers in the Cranny”
Portrait, People and Animals
First Place ~ Noble Adler ~ “Courier”
Second Place ~ LiPing Zhu ~ “Peter”
Third Place ~ Lis Zadravec ~ “Loose Ends”
Honorable Mention ~ Barrett Ripin ~ “Masai”
Honorable Mention ~ Angela Lacy ~ “Turkish Delight”
Honorable Mention ~ Stephen Hanks ~ “Terry, Eric, Michael, John, Graham & Terry (Monty Python)”
First Place ~ Robert LeMar ~ “Front Desk”
Second Place ~ Cecile Kirkpatrick ~ “Moving On”
Third Place ~ Diana Medina ~ “Orchids in Sunlight”
Honorable Mention ~ Maria S Quezada ~ “Pomegranates””
Honorable Mention ~ Debbie Miller ~ “Pink Peonies”
Honorable Mention ~ Alden Schofield ~ “Fall Leaves”
Abstract and 3D
First Place ~ Geri Olson ~ “Enigma”
Second Place ~ Barrett Ripin ~ “Adam’s Rib”
Third Place ~ Marcia Bhorjee ~ “Color Vibrations”
Honorable Mention ~ Janet Schroeder ~ “The Locket”
Honorable Mention ~ Cathy Hirsh ~ “Rhapsody in Blue”
Honorable Mention ~ Elizabeth Steel ~ “Flowers on the Wall”
This section presents information about opportunities beyond MAA that our members or website visitors might find interesting. If anyone has any announcements for posting on this page, please send to Cathy Hirsh, at email@example.com.
Graham Berry, an award-winning artist from the U.K., will be teaching a watercolor workshop at Artists Makers Studios 2 in Rockville on May 19-21, 2017. The workshop will be appropriate for students of all skill levels. For more information visit
2017 Art Kudos International Juried Online Competition
Deadline: June 30, 2017
Art Kudos is an annual international juried competition that serves to
recognize and honor excellence in the visual arts. Artists who are selected
as finalists benefit from world-wide exposure in a year-long online
exhibition (www.artkudos.com) and have the opportunity to win cash awards
for their exemplary work. A total of $4,500 will be awarded.
The Art Kudos competition is open to all artists 18 or older. Eligible media
include: acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels, drawings, printmaking,
photography, digital art, sculpture, installations, wood, glass, ceramics,
fiber art, and mixed media. Media not accepted: video/film, wearable art
(clothing or jewelry). $35 for 3 images.
2017 Awards Judge: Mike Calway-Fagen is an artist, writer, and curator based
in Athens, GA where he is Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the University
Cash awards totaling $4,500 will be distributed as follows: Best of Show –
$1,200; Second Place – $1,000; Third Place – $750; Founder’s Award of
Distinction – $500; (3) Merit Awards – $250 each; (3) Honorable Mentions –
To apply, please visit http://www.artkudos.com/
Open Studio Opportunity
For those who are seeking open studio sessions, the Chesapeake Fine Arts Studio in Stevensville, MD has sessions every Wednesday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. You can work from life models, still life, or photos. Take advantage of their big, beautiful northern skylights and light-controlled studio area. The fee is $10.00. Evening life drawing, costumed portrait, and other sessions are coming soon. To get on their open studio mailing list email firstname.lastname@example.org. The studio is located at 609 Thompson Creek Road in Stevensville about 2 miles east of the Bay Bridge. You can check out their Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/Chesapeakefineartstudio.
Supplies and Space Available
Gallery Space for Lease
Gary Rosenthal has artist gallery space for lease at his Kensington location just west of Connecticut Avenue. He is looking to lease the space to 3-6 artists. Artists can put up walls if they like. The total space is approximately 1,200 sq. feet. If you or a group of artists are interested, call Gary a call at 301-493-5577.
Art Related Volunteer Opportunities
VISARTS Seeking Art Gallery Volunteers
OASIS Looking for a Curator
OASIS is seeking a creative and highly motivated person to curate and help develop the future direction of an emerging community art gallery. Hours and workplace are flexible.
OASIS is a non-profit educational organization active in more than 50 cities and reaching more than 50,000 individuals each year. The OASIS Art Gallery, located in Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, engages the community by showcasing local artistic talent. The gallery is part of the OASIS common space. The art is rotated every eight weeks.
The Art Gallery Curator is responsible for the following:
- Developing and implementing outreach strategies for identifying prospective artists.
- Devising communication strategies in order to increase exposure of the gallery.
- Working with the Gallery Manager to prepare and present all proposals for consideration by the Visual Art Committee at its quarterly meetings.
- Overseeing art installation if artist is not present (this does not include physically hanging the art – other volunteers will help with that as needed).
- Attending art gallery openings and introducing the artist during the opening reception.
- Creating a development plan to fund this curatorial position
- This is a volunteer position at this time. It requires approximately 25 hours per month. Most of the work can be done online or at home. This would be ideal for a self-motivated arts professional or student.