Paint the Town Labor Day Show

For more than a decade, MAA has organized one of the largest local art shows in the DC area — the annual Paint the Town Labor Day Show. For the three-day holiday weekend of September 1-3, 2018, the show takes over the historic Kensington Armory, with thousands of visitors passing through the doors to see and purchase art. The entire show is run by volunteers, and all participating artists must be MAA members.

For 2018 our judge is award-winning artist Gavin Glakas (shown at left), and prizes will be awarded in six categories. The Bertha Clum award is given to the first-place prize in the Kensington category.

We also host a plein air competition for adults and children.


Show Location

Kensington Town Hall (the historic Kensington Armory building)
3710 Mitchell St.
Kensington, MD 20895

Articles & Links

Learn about the September 1 Plein Air Competition
Download the official 2018 show flyer
Meet 2018 judge, Gavin Glakas
Time to Troll the Streets of Kensington (Again) by Barrie Ripin
What I Look for When Judging a Show by Gavin Glakas
Meet the 2017 Bertha Clum Award Winner

FAQs for participating artists
2018 Prospectus
Sign up for your volunteer shift

Important Dates

July 9: Registration opens (available online only)
August 11: Registration closes at midnight
August 30: Artwork drop off, 4-7 pm
August 31: Artwork drop off, 9-11 am; judging & hanging: 12 pm-finish
September 1: Paint the Town Labor Day show open 11 am-5 pm; Reception from 6-8 pm
September 2: Paint the Town Labor Day show open 11 am-5 pm
September 3: Paint the Town Labor Day show open 9:30 am-5:30 pm; pick up unsold work, 5:30-7 pm
September 4: Pick up unsold work, 9-11 am