MAA invites members and prospective members to our programs held in The Compass Atelier classroom located in the Artists & Makers Studios 2 facilities, 12276 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville MD 20852 the second Wednesday during October, November, January, March, April, and May. There is a “social time” from 6:30 – 7:00 pm, then the program starts promptly at 7:00 pm. The meetings usually end around 8:30 pm.
Program speakers are artists, instructors, or others knowledgeable in related areas like marketing and selling. We may have a lecture, a demonstration of materials or techniques, or a peer-critique of members’ works.
Programs are generally well attended, so arrive early for the best seats!
Directions: 12276 Wilkins Avenue is just off of Parklawn, north of Randolph Road. There is plenty of parking. Pull into the parking lot between the two buildings. Go in the door of the building on the left and follow the signs to the meeting location on the third floor.
February Meeting, February 7, 6:30 – 8:30 pm–Annual Valentine Party –NOTE: Different Date than our Usual Timing
Because our normal meeting time falls on Valentine’s Day, when many members do special celebrations, we have moved our party to February 7, a week before.
It will occur at our usual meeting place, the Compass Atelier 2 classroom at 12276 Wilkins Avenue in Rockville.
Please bring something sweet or savory to share and something to drink.
The program will consist of some of our normal activities and some new ones.
First of all, we will have our usual Valentine Card contest–open to all members. The way this contest works is the following:
— Members bring a valentine card (or cards) created by them for consideration–multiple entries are permitted
— Meeting attendees vote for the one they like best
— Votes are counted and vote winners are announced
— Prizes of Plaza Art gift certificates are awarded to the #1, #2, and #3 top vote getters. 1 prize/member
There will also be door prize drawings for MAA aprons and t-shirts.
And finally, in 2018 the MAA newsletter will bring back its popular ‘Featured Artist Interview’ by Judith Levine. To determine those artists to be covered in upcoming newsletter issues, a drawing will be held. If you would like to be included, make sure your name is placed in the appropriate ‘box’ when you come to the meeting.
As always, it’s bound to be a fun time. We hope to see you there!
Upcoming MAA Exhibits and Community Events
MAA sponsors many exhibits of its members’ work.
- Some exhibits occur annually like our June show at the Friendship Heights Village Center and the Kensington “Paint the Town” Labor Day Weekend Show.
- Other shows occur at public venues like the Brookside Gardens Visitor Center, libraries, including the Kensignton Library, or the Oasis Gallery in Westfield Montgomery mall
MAA also sponsors “Special Shows” which are discussed in more detail below. These shows are in smaller venues and are changed periodically to fit the needs of each space.
MAA also participates in local events like the annual Kensington “Day of the Book” festival in April, the Wheaton Arts Parade, and other community events.
Different from our larger venues like the Kensington Armory, Friendship Heights Village Center, or Brookside Gardens Visitor Center “special shows” provide smaller, more intimate opportunities for members to display and sell their work.
Current “Special Shows” venues are:
- Amici Miei is an awarding-winning and popular Italian restaurant located at 1093 Seven Locks Road in Potomac, MD 20854. Shows are quarterly and feature 5-6 artists and 24 paintings in an exhibit that changes approximately every 6 weeks. About a week after each show opens, a reception is held at the restaurant. Registration for the show is done online through the MAA website and announcements of show registrations are made to the MAA membership.
Note: Our shows at Amici Miei have been temporarily halted as the restaurant moves. Once the restaurant is settled in its new location, we plan to continue our shows there once again.
- Town of Kensington Public Rooms. Participation in the MAA annual “Paint the Town” Labor Day Weekend show requires that one piece reflect the scenery or spirit of the Town of Kensington. Seeing the wonderful depictions of Kensington prepared for the show, former Mayor Peter Fosselman asked if MAA could orchestrate an ongoing art exhibit for the town’s public meeting rooms–the Conference Room and the Town Council Room.
Normally, the duration for this exhibit is one year—-Labor Day Show to Labor Day Show—-although if an artist requires a piece before then, it can be removed from the show. Artists should simply tell MAA and the Town staff (on the third floor) that they are picking up their piece.
To make it simple for drop-off and pick-up, the show is hung right after pickup of unsold art work on Tuesday, 9:30 am to noon after the Labor Day Show. Artists wanting to participate are asked to bring their Kensington piece(s) (or other subject matter) to the Town Council Room on the first floor of the Armory along with the Labor Day Show label for their piece(s). Those artists who participated in the previous exhibit are asked to pick up their piece(s) from that exhibit at the same time as well.
The show is hung immediately at 12:30 pm. Artists wishing to help hang the show are welcome.
While a work of any subject can be in the show, this is a wonderful exhibit to display the Kensington-related pieces from the Labor Day Show. The work hung in the show can be for sale and Town staff will manage any sales without a commission charge.