MAA Member News and Artportunities

We note significant happenings for our members participating in solo or group shows, 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

MAA – Kensington Labor Day Weekend Art Show

Member Shows

2018 MAA Friendship Heights Annual Members Show Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Montgomery Art Association’s 2018 Creative Expressions Members Show! With nearly 90 pieces of work to evaluate, judge Lynne Haussler Oakes said her job was like “eating an abundance of chocolate truffles all at the same time!”

The complete list of winners is below.

First Place – Tim Weedlun – “Snow on the Potomac”
Second Place – Eve Sandmeyer – “Serenity”
Third Place – Terry Pellmar – “Rain in the Hills”
Honorable Mention – Helen Wood – “Morning Mist”
Honorable Mention – Eve Sandmeyer – “Life Journey”

Still Life
First Place – Ken Bachman – “Magnolia Flower”
Second Place – Gloria Fischer – “Van Gogh Sunflowers”
Third Place – Ann Pielert – “The Golden Nest”
Honorable Mention – Nar Steel – “Blue Glass Vase”

Portraits – People & Animals
First Place – Amanda Spaid – “Immaculate Peregrines”
Second Place – Pritha Srinivasin – “Flow”
Third Place – Terry Pellmar – “Tete-a-Tete”
Honorable Mention – Amanda Spaid – “Oriole”

Abstract & 3-dimensional

First Place – Laura Aikman – “Cat Watching Rainbow”
Second Place – Stefanie Stark – “Devine Spring”
Third Place – Alan Rich – “167”
Honorable Mention – Mari Craig – “Cosmos ”
Honorable Mention – Jonathan Jaeger – “The Dowry”

First Place – Tim Weedlun – “The Letterbox”
Second Place – Diane Shipley – “Solitude”
Third Place – Elizabeth Stecher – “Persimmons”
Honorable Mention – Christina Haslinger – “Cone Flowers”

2017 MAA Kensington “Paint the Town” Labor Day Show Award Winners

~ Invitational Show Winner ~
Jordan Bruns, “Anfractuous no.10”

~ Award Winners ~

In the Kensington Category
First Place ~ The Bertha Clum Award:
Jennifer Barlow ~ “Baklava Couture”
Second Place ~ Patrick Sieg ~ “Prestige Auto, Metropolitan Avenue”
Third Place ~ LiPing Zhu ~ “Moonlight”
Honorable Mention ~ Claudia Everitt ~ “Timeless”
Honorable Mention ~ David Sommers ~ “Kensington Econoway at Sunset”
Honorable Mention ~ Debbie Miller ~ “Fresh Fruit and Flowers”
Honorable Mention ~ Diana Medina ~ “Kensington”
Honorable Mention ~ Lisa Mathias ~ “A View from Flinn Park”

First Place ~ LiPing Zhu ~ “The Guardians”
Second Place ~ Jeanne Powell ~ “Potomac View”
Third Place ~ Carol Carpenter ~ “Longwood Gardens”
Honorable Mention ~ Jing-Jy Chen ~ “Wintery”
Honorable Mention ~ Alden Schofield ~ “Redwoods Path”
Honorable Mention ~ Peter Plant ~ “Florida Andirondack Chair”

Portrait, People and Animals
First Place ~ Angela Lacy~ “Sudden Down Pour”
Second Place ~ Noble Adler ~ “Quiescence”
Third Place ~ JiePing Yu ~ “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie”
Honorable Mention ~ Donna Golden ~ “We Play for Tips”
Honorable Mention ~ Meredith Morris ~ “Nothing to Lose”
Honorable Mention ~ Jeanne Powell ~ “Chelsea”

Still Life
First Place ~ Lily Kak~ “Orchids in Crystal”
Second Place ~ James Vissari ~ “Rx”
Third Place ~ JiePing Yu ~ “The Old Wood Shutters”
Honorable Mention ~ Patrick Sieg ~ “Juicy Fruit”
Honorable Mention ~ Pat Coates ~ “Afternoon at the Cider Farm”
Honorable Mention ~ Elissa Leibowitz Poma ~ “Sunflowers in a Chinese Vase”

First Place ~ Jonathan Jaeger ~ “Star Gazer”
Second Place ~ Robert LeMar ~ “The Upper Hall”
Third Place ~ Jeanne Sullivan ~ “Historic Paris Metro”
Honorable Mention ~ Marcia Bhorjee ~ “In the Flow”
Honorable Mention ~ Cathy Hirsh ~ “Garden View”
Honorable Mention ~ Perry Kapsch ~ “Sunflower Medley”

3D Sculpture
First Place ~ Barrie Ripin ~ “Hopeful”

Adult Plein Air Category
First Place ~ Carol Leo~ “Refreshment for the Park”
Second Place ~ Ann Schaefer ~ “Purple Rain”
Third Place ~ Nancy Myers Altemus ~ “Jenny Cakes”
Honorable Mention ~ Debbie Miller ~ “Rainy Day on Beach Drive”
Honorable Mention ~ Perry Kapsch ~ “Rain at the Circle”
Honorable Mention ~ Elissa Leibowitz Poma ~ “Coffee to Go”


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

Laurel Art Guild Plein Air Workshop

The Laurel Art Guild is sponsoring a plein air workshop at the Herbs, Teas, and Arts Festival.  It takes place April 28, 2018 at the Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Road Laurel, MD 20708.

Philadelphia Watercolor Society Competition–deadline July 15, 2018

In October of 2018 The Philadelphia Water Color Society will be hosting the 118th Anniversary International Exhibition of Works on Paper. The exhibition will include not only water colors but pastel, acrylic, graphite, gouache, charcoal, pen & ink, colored pencil and hand pulled prints. PWCS was founded in 1900 to bring attention to those artists using aqueous media and held its first exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

The Juror of Selection for the 118th exhibition is Alan Wylie of British Columbia. The Judge of Awards is Alvaro Castagnet who resides in Montevideo, Uruguay when not traveling the globe giving workshops. Alvaro has just been featured in the most recent edition of Watercolor Magazine (February. 2018). He will be giving a workshop and a demo at the Wayne Art Center during the exhibition.

We are reaching out to invite your members to participate. We think that this is a great opportunity for all artist who use any of the media listed above to exhibit. Not only is it a prestigious exhibit but there are over 25 cash awards ranging from $100.00 to $ 1500.00. Our hope is that, if interested, you could list our “Call to Artists” on your website and in any newsletters, that you publish in the beginning of 2018. To make it easy for your members we use an online digital entry system which will begin accepting entries on April 1, 2018 and conclude on July 15, 2018.

If interested, please let me know by email at We would hope to be able to reciprocate in any upcoming events that you may have.

Thank you for your consideration.
Al Richards
Philadelphia Water Color Society