MAA invites members and prospective members to our monthly programs held in the classroom area at the New Masters Art Gallery located in the Artists & Makers Studios facilities, 212276 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville MD 20852 (previously the Washington ArtWorks location) 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: 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.
May 10, 2017 Program Speaker Alison Menke
Predominantly working in oil on canvas, she is a conceptual impressionist. Her subjects depict the natural beauty of daylight while emphasizing the rich colors landscapes have to offer.
Alison Leigh Menke was born abroad in 1987 and raised in her current state of Maryland. Growing up she was impressed by the art of her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Their paintings enchanted Alison throughout her youth and help inspire her today. Her great-grandmother, Georgia Leigh Caldwell was an American Impressionist. In 2010 she graduated from the University of Maryland CP, with a degree in Art and Art History. Over the past three years she has focused her creative stream into Plein Air painting. Her Journey began in 2011 when a three week solitary trip to CO turned into a five month exploration into plein air. She painted everyday selling studies out of the trunk of her car. She has spent the past three years attending plein air competitions and festivals.
Plein air painting is a vital part of Alison’s painting process. Working diligently against the clock, Alison records over one hundred color notes in a plein air study. These color notes help guide her through her larger studio paintings so that each landscape she creates is a true expression of light and color.
“It is my trek through nature that I love most about painting. My studies of light and color make each painting I develop in the studio more than just a subject, but rather, a reflection of an awe inspiring moment I witnessed in the great outdoors.” ~Alison
About her planned presentation, Alison says:
“I look forward to sharing my adventures in Plein Air painting with the Montgomery Arts Association. I hope those who come to my presentation learn why I love to paint in Plein Air, how I prepare for the great outdoors, and my process through a painting from start to finish. Plein Air is a beautiful challenge. It only affords a small window of an hour of daylight in which one has to be inspired with an idea, compose it mentally or in a drawing, paint with speed, and keep ever in mind all the ‘teasing’ elements that make a good painting great!”
Upcoming MAA Exhibits and Community Events
MAA sponsors many exhibits of its members’ work.
- Every month there is a new MAA member show at the MAA Gallery in Westfield Wheaton (currently closed).
- 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 venues like the Brookside Gardens Visitor Center or the Artistic Gallery in Wheaton.
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 community events like the annual Kensington “Day of the Book” festival in April, the “Taste of Wheaton” festival, and other events held at the Westfield Wheaton mall.
Specifics for all MAA events are found in the calendar located on this page and details for those events coming soon are presented below.
Different from our larger venues like the Kensington Armory, Friendship Heights Village Center, Brookside Gardens Visitor Center, or the Artistic Gallery, “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.
- 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.
- MedStar Health, Olney is located at MedStar Health Cardiology Associates, 18101 Prince Phillip Drive in Olney, MD. Paintings are on display at MedStar for six months. There is space for approximately 18 paintings. The venue will permit up to six artists per show. Each artist may register up to three pieces to be displayed. Because of the layout of the space, it is a particularly appropriate venue for larger art works. The display walls are in a corridor that is open to the Cardiology Associates waiting area on two sides. Artists are permitted to replace pieces as they sell. All sales are between the artist and the buyer. No commission is assessed. Registration for the show is done online through the MAA website and announcements of show registrations are made to the MAA membership.