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  • 8 Jul 2020 3:06 PM | Martina Sestakova (Administrator)

    By Martina Sestakova

    Let's create together! One idea, many unique interpretations. If you follow our MAA Members Facebook page, you know we enjoy painting together. This blog highlights our latest project inspired by a photograph by Elizabeth B Sullivan, a Washington-DC based photographer. You can see Elizabeth's work on Instagram at @elizfrog77This photograph - called "Downpour" - was our first abstract inspiration so we really got to play! Members were encouraged to interpret the photo in any medium and any way (e.g., as part of a realistic painting). 

    This group activity aims to celebrate the diversity of MAA members' work so join future activities and show us your artistic point of view. Scroll below to see how our members interpreted the inspiration.

    Original photograph; credit: Elizabeth B Sullivan


    Our Member's Interpretations

    Deb Walmer, Let the Rain Come Down Down, Acrylic, Oilstick, Oil on Canvas, 24" x 30" 


    Martina Sestakova, Downpour, Watercolor on Yupo, 4" x 6"


    Anita Gupta, My interpretation, Peace and Serenity, Acrylic on Canvas, 16" x 20" 


    Susan Farrer, Watercolor with Ink, 9" x 10" (Susan says, "The photo brought to mind the dripping, cool feeling of a forest just after rain.")

    Tena Turner, Colored Pencil on Paper, 6" x 9" (Tena says, "When I squinted at the photo, it made me think of Japanese woodblocks.") 



  • 4 Jul 2020 2:03 PM | Anonymous

    Solace, an oil painting by member Patti Connell, was awarded first place in MAA's Natural Landscapes judged exhibition. Artist and George Mason University art professor Chawky Frenn served as the judge.

    Second place went to Jeanne Powell for her oil painting Potomac Pinnacle and Hiral Joshi's acrylic painting Fall Colors at Fall earned third.

    "It was not easy to jury the show and decide on the awards," Frenn said. "For three days, I went back and forth, looking, looking again, and allowing the paintings to speak."

    Frenn awarded honorable mentions to the following works:

    • Glacier Lake by Jean Finkelman

    • Gloucester Cove by Alden Schofield

    • The Road Home by Alexandra Treadaway-Hoare

    • Spring's Final Poppy by Kathy Tynan

    • Blazed with Blue by Deborah Walmer

    Frenn submitted the following judge's statement:

    "It was an honor to see the creativity, joy and celebration of color and light in your work. I appreciate the exquisite choices you have made, both visual and technical. I could see the quiet and calm of spaces, the thundering of water, and the peaceful landscapes, not only in your subject, but also in the manner it was treated. Your compositions, brushwork, and colors were mindful and resourceful. Your visual decisions were creative, they convey and heighten the paintings’ mood and the viewers’ emotive responses.

    "It was not easy to jury the show and decide on the awards. For three days, I went back and forth, looking, looking again, and allowing the paintings to speak. The visuals are strong, the styles diverse and rich, the approaches authentic.

    "I narrowed down my selection to the paintings that kept stopping me time after time. The hard task of prioritizing my selection was guided by the intrinsic quality of the painting and the response it evoked in me."

    See the show

    Watch a recording of the awards presentation and judge's remarks

  • 29 Jun 2020 6:54 AM | Kathleen Tynan (Administrator)

    Lives in:  Bethesda, MD. 

    Why you joined MAA:  I joined MAA to push myself to enter art shows and to challenge myself to do my best work, and to get out of my comfort zone and try new subjects and media.

    Media & Subjects:  I use mainly water color but I also do mixed media. When I do zen tangles I use felt tip markers. I love nature and so I like to paint flowers and landscapes. I tend to be very eclectic so whatever inspires me at a given moment becomes my subject. 

    Artist Biography:  I have had two careers. I started as an elementary school teacher. Then I went back to school for an MSW and worked as a geriatric social worker. I started painting after I retired and am so grateful to have a hobby that I can pursue at home especially during this pandemic while we have been at home for such a long time.











  • 20 Jun 2020 9:29 AM | Martina Sestakova (Administrator)

    By Martina Sestakova

    Let's create together! One idea, many unique interpretations. If you follow our MAA Members Facebook page, you know we enjoy painting together. This blog highlights our latest project: a seagull photograph by Marti Wells. This activity aims to celebrate the diversity of MAA members' work so join in and show us your artistic point of view. Scroll below to see how our members interpreted the inspiration.

    Original photograph; credit: Marti Wells


    And here we have our members' interpretations ... 

    Anastasia Walsh, 29" x 21", Translucent Acrylic on Glass (Old Window)

    Marti Wells, Pen and Ink

    Tena Turner, 8" x 10", Colored Pencil on Paper

    Ellen Yahuda, 7.5" x 5", Pastel on Paper


  • 13 Jun 2020 9:49 PM | Martina Sestakova (Administrator)

    Montgomery Art Association is excited about the upcoming July “Natural Landscapes” online exhibit and proudly announces this show’s judge, Chawky Frenn. We are looking forward to showcasing our members’ artworks and while July is yet to come, you are invited to learn about Chawky Frenn’s art and career in this blog.

    Born in Lebanon, Frenn immigrated to the United States in 1981 having experienced years of civil war in his native country. Its devastating effects would influence his life and work. Frenn received a BFA from Mass College of Art and Design in Boston and an MFA from Tyler School of Art of Temple University in Philadelphia. Having taught at a variety of colleges in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, he is currently an Associate Professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

    Frenn’s exhibit history includes shows in the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Lebanon, and Paraguay. In 2017, Frenn was awarded the Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Awards and spent 5 months in New Delhi, India, painting and teaching. He has received numerous awards including the Teaching Excellence Award, George Mason University in Fairfax (2009).

    Frenn is the author of two books 100 Boston Artists and 100 Boston Painters published in 2013 and 2012 by Schiffer Publishing. Chawky Frenn lives and works in Arlington, VA.



  • 5 Jun 2020 8:36 PM | Martina Sestakova (Administrator)

    By Martina Sestakova

    Let's create together! One idea, many unique interpretations. If you follow our MAA Members Facebook page, you know we enjoy painting together. This blog highlights our latest project: an amaryllis photograph by Susan Farrer who took this photo in early March at the Philadelphia Flower Show. This activity aims to celebrate the diversity of MAA members' work so join in and show us your artistic point of view. Scroll below to see how our members interpreted the inspiration.

    Original photograph; credit: Susan Farrer

    And here we have our members' interpretations ... 

    Ellen Yahuda, 5" x 7", Pastel on paper


    Jamie Downs, Digital Painting


    Susan Farrer, 8" x 10", Acrylic on paper


    Tena Turner, 8" x 10", Colored pencil on drawing paper

    Marti Wells, 8" x 10", Watercolor

    Joanne Lamm, 5" x 5", Oil on paper


  • 27 May 2020 3:30 PM | Martina Sestakova (Administrator)

    By Bonnie Carlson 

    I started to think about chairs on a walk about a month ago. I saw empty park benches, cafes with no one at them, no one in line to buy a movie ticket to sit in the soft, red velvet chairs of a theater, and even, on returning home, the chairs in my own living room, where we sit, but where we can invite no friends to join us.

    I wanted to express what those empty chairs meant to me, both for better and worse: the lost jobs, shuttered businesses, the inability to sit with a friend, the loss of a friend to this terrible virus and the chair he or she will never sit in again. I thought of hospital waiting rooms where families cannot wait to see their loved ones, and so many patients coming through and sitting in chairs waiting for a lifeline.

    But not all of my thoughts turned to loss. I look at the chairs in my home, or the chairs at the table in my back yard, and I plan for our return to the day when we can safely meet, and think how sweet that time will be – a barbecue, maybe a birthday party, where little kids’ legs dangle from the too-tall chairs, party hats on, waiting for the pizza. It might be a wedding delayed that we can all finally celebrate at together, taking a chair or sliding into a pew next to a beloved aunt, leaning in and taking her elbow to say hello to her as we wait for the bride to come down the aisle.

    Some of these chairs are a memorial to those who will not sit in them again, but others are a plan for the return of friends and family. These chairs are an invitation to sit a spell, have a seat, or to enjoy coffee and a slice of cake, balanced on a knee, sitting in the living room with the one you have missed the most.

    This pandemic will not last forever. And when it ends, when we have a vaccine or a treatment, there’s a chair here, and it’s waiting for you.

    Currently all paintings are untitled. They are 8" x 8" acrylic on canvas.







    All rights reserved. Bonnie Carlson. 



  • 27 May 2020 7:46 AM | Kathleen Tynan (Administrator)

     

    New Member Spotlight -- Teresa Jarzynski

    Lives in:  Bethesda, MD.

    Website:   www.teresajarzynski.com

    Social Media:   

    http://www.instagram.com/teresasstudio

    Why you joined MAA:  I joined MAA in order to participate in the Creative Expressions Online Exhibit juried by Lee Newman, whose work I highly admire, and it is as well a great opportunity to become more a part of the regional art community.

    Something fun about you:  Something fun about me is that I am first generation Polish-American, with both parents born in Poland, and have spent my life traveling there for family visits every several years. From 1989-1990, in my very early twenties, I lived there working as a nightclub manager for the first Western company (Marriott) to open up in Eastern Europe following the fall of communism. Arriving in Warsaw about a month before the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9th, 1989 was an interesting time to be living there.

    Artist Biography:  Working in oils and occasional watercolors, I paint the people, places and things from my personal life experiences as a way to document my presence.  Direct observation is the starting point for most of my work, and usually remains the central approach, but I allow myself to incorporate imagination, memory and photo reference when compelled to do so. I am fascinated with the everyday and the challenge of making the ordinary into the extraordinary.

    Teresa received her Associates Degree in Painting at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and her BFA in Studio Art at Lorenzo De Medici in Florence, Italy. She divides her time between her Bethesda, MD studio and her Harlem, NYC studio and has exhibited in both solo and group shows throughout the United States. She is the recipient of the 2015 Best in Show award from the Anne Arundel Arts Council, and recently one of her portraits made the cover of DC’s HillRag Magazine.

    Reflections on The Thieving of Orchids and Other             May Flowers 36x24

    Love Stories_oil on canvas36x24



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  • 20 May 2020 6:14 AM | Anonymous

    We are pleased to announce MAA's 2020-21 Board of Directors. The term begins June 1, 2020.

    Officers:

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  • 19 May 2020 2:25 PM | Martina Sestakova (Administrator)

    By Martina Sestakova

    Let's create together! One idea, many unique interpretations. If you follow our MAA Members Facebook page, you know we enjoy painting together. This blog highlights our latest project. Member John MacArhur shared a photo of Mount Vesuvius from his trip to Italy in 2018. Scroll below to see how our members interpreted the inspiration.

    Original photograph; credit: John MacArthur


    And here we have our members' interpretations ... 

    Alan Rich, Post It Note, 3" x 3", Pen/ink/colored pencil


    Tena Turner, 6.5" x 10", Prismacolor on Borden and Riley Vellum

    Ellen Yahuda, 11" x 7", Oil on paper

    Susan Farrer, 5" x 7", Collage with hand painted paper


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