Montgomery Art Association

  • 23 Dec 2019 1:23 PM | Anonymous

    Sixty-five members of the Montgomery Art Association are showing works for three months at the Oasis Gallery in Montgomery Mall in Bethesda.

    MAA's third annual member show & sale runs January 13-April 10.

    A reception is scheduled for Saturday, January 25 from 2-3:30 pm and is open to the public. During the reception, visitors will be asked to vote for a Viewers Choice Award. The winner will receive a gift certificate good for a free painting workshop offered by Walt Bartman of the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery.

    The Oasis Gallery is in the second-floor Macy’s Home Store at Westfield Montgomery Mall, 7125 Democracy Boulevard.

    Directions to Oasis from the mall's Garage A: Follow the aisle to the end and turn left. Drive two aisles to your left to park near Macy’s Home Store entrance. Pass through elevator lobby and see entrance on left. From inside the mall: Enter Macy’s Home Store, turn left toward Linen Department. Go through Linens and follow signs for the Exit/Parking Garage. At the inner lobby, enter OASIS straight ahead.

    Shown (clockwise from top left): Resting in Quiet Waters (watercolor) by Angela Lacy, Winter Scene (pastel) by Marcia Billig, Watching the Tide Come In (oil) by Jeanne Powell and Perchance, to Dream (#3) (acrylic) by Gordon Lyon.

    Download the 2020 Oasis Show flyer

  • 30 Nov 2019 7:33 PM | Anonymous

    Name: Jack Hammond

    Lives in: 
    I'm a proud, 60-year resident of Takoma Park.

    Media and subjects: I've worked in pastels, water colors, oils, acrylics, and more; my subjects are varied.

    Why you joined MAA: I'm drawn to the artistic communion offered by the organization, as well as the opportunity to show my work.

    Something fun about you: Back in the day, my future wife, Vaughn, was seeking a local daytime art class and stopped in Lipman's Art Shop (now Plaza Artist Materials) to inquire. Shirley Lipman seized the opportunity to sign Vaughn up for my Saturday morning class. Trick was, the class was for six- to ten-year-old children. The rest is history!

    Artist Biography: University of Maryland - Fine Arts/Practical Arts; US Navy Ships' Artist; "Niche" Period 1960-1980; Vaughn and I opened the art gallery -- Gallery on the Park -- 1970-1980; prolific in a present day renaissance with new vision after two cataract surgeries.

    Shown, left to right: Bend in the Road, Morning Pier and Cataract by Jack Hammond.

  • 30 Nov 2019 9:21 AM | Anonymous

    With MAA member Martina Sestakova
    Artist, teacher, and founder/owner of RADOST

    Many artworks have been created about the self.  In this workshop at the Oasis Gallery--set up in conjunction with MAA's third annual Oasis Gallery art show--you will join teaching artist Martina Sestakova in an exploration of your senses and what makes you a unique self. 

    You will take a look at artists such as Sonia Delaunay and Paul Klee while you work in watercolors to create a visual capture of yourself.  No experience is necessary and all supplies will be provided.

    Oasis Gallery

    Friday, February 7, 2020
    1-2:30 pm
    Fee: $25 

    To register, visit

  • 6 Sep 2019 6:52 PM | Anonymous

    By Jennifer Kahn Barlow

    Paula Zeller, MAA's 2019 winner of the prestigious Bertha Clum prize for her piece Frankly Pizza Magic, is remarkable, as is her painting. If you did not get a chance to see this phenomenal art at this year’s Paint the Town Labor Day Show, it depicts a Frankly Pizza baker attentivity tending to his pizzas. The warm glow of the oak fire brick oven contrasts the cool kitchen, making this painting pop.

    Paula captured a moment in time but gave us a glimpse of something more.

    Frankly Pizza in Kensington is a favorite of Paula and her family. Besides the amazing food, Paula said she loves to go there to watch the hustle and bustle of all the people within the restaurant.  With Frankly Pizza Magic, she wanted to show the pizza making process; its grace, rhythm, and focused energy. The pizza baker was really connecting with his surroundings and the job that was in front of him. 

    Frank and I we were super happy for Paula and her win!" said Kate, one of the pizza restaurant's co-owners. "We think the painting is beautiful and so lifelike! We were honored to be included as the subject of her piece. We're proud to be a Kensington destination!”

    Paula (center, in gray top) also won a prize in the Portrait category at the Paint the Town Labor Day Show. Photo by Jennifer Kahn Barlow

    Paula is now in her last year at the Compass Atelier’s Master Artist Program in Rockville. Her thesis, which will be on exhibition in Spring 2020, focuses on connections. These connections can be between people, people and certain situations, or even people and things that are important to them. 

    Paula works from photos and carries her camera wherever she goes, allowing herself to be ready to capture an inspiring connection. Paula’s currently working on a scene of some children at Baltimore’s HonFest dressed in the festival’s attire with big hair, cat eye glasses, and Hawaiian shirts. 

    Paula said the “shared joy” of that particular moment, especially in her hometown of Baltimore, makes her happy every time she works on the painting.

    Paula being interviewed by an NBC Washington Channel 4 reporter at the Labor Day Show. Photo by Elissa Poma

    Paula’s love for oil painting grew as a child and carried her through her teenage years in Baltimore. Her career path, however, led her toward working with children with disabilities and writing/editing health information. Upon retirement, Paula felt something was missing, which led her back to her paint brush and eventually The Compass Atelier program. Paula loves the flow of painting, especially when she is immersed in her artistic process. 

    Paula lives in Gaithersburg and works from her home studio, while also tutoring children and adults. 

    Paula is an artist that is one to watch!  We look forward to seeing more amazing captured connections by her in the future.

    Watch a video interview with Paula
    See more of Paula's art

  • 30 Aug 2019 3:53 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to the award winners of the 2019 Paint the Town Labor Day Show:

    Kensington Category

    First Place (The Bertha Clum Award):  Paula Zeller, Frankly Pizza Magic
    Second Place: Paola Luther, Almost Home

    Third Place: Jennifer Beaudet, Start at Noyes

    Honorable Mention: Eve Sandmeyer, Kensington Corners

    Honorable Mention: Robert LeMar, Kensington@Night

    Honorable Mention: Dianne Stewart, Tunnel’s End

    Honorable Mention: Lis Zadravec, The Happy Place

    Honorable Mention: Alden Schofield, Kensington Grapes

    Honorable Mention: Lisa Denison, Broken Americana


    First Place: Alden Schofield, Misty Morn

    Second Place: Frankie Lydon, Spring: Virginia Woods
    Third Place: Meredith Way Morris, “Montevideo Road

    Honorable Mention: Carol Starr, T-rusty Skiff
    Honorable Mention: Debbie Miller, Sunset Moment

    Honorable Mention: Ricky Sears, Following Light
    Honorable Mention: Jennifer Beaudet, Midtown Possibilities

    Honorable Mention: Eve Sandmeyer, Teahouse Reflections

    Portrait, People and Animals

    First Place: Dora Patin, Symbiosis
    Second Place: Paula Zeller, Holding it Together
    Third Place: Evan Goldman, Old Man

    Honorable Mention: Galina Kolosovskaya, Good Girl
    Honorable Mention: Ting Rao, Sunflower Field

    Honorable Mention: Karen Lantner, America the Beautiful

    Still Life

    First Place: Tim Weedlun, Tangelo Cocktail
    Second Place: Ellen Yahuda, High Pressure
    Third Place: Paola Luther, Pure Love

    Honorable Mention: Galina Kolosovskaya, Still Life with Pumpkin Flowers
    Honorable Mention: Jennifer Barlow, The Mighty Avocado

    Honorable Mention: Sandra Schraibman, Sunny Spot


    First Place: Terry Pellmar, The Outing
    Second Place: Elissa Leibowitz Poma, Antes de la Tormenta
    Third Place: Paula Eiblum, Is This What Heaven Looks Like?

    Honorable Mention: Gail Neal, Marine Dragons of Tasmania

    Honorable Mention: Pauline Rakis, Journey

    Honorable Mention: Sandra Edmonson, Deserted Way

    3D Sculpture

    First Place: Iris Grundler, Vase with Japanese Maple Leaves
    Second Place: Sandra Perez-Ramos, Mangrove
    Third Place: James Vissari, Morality

    Plein Air Competition

    First Place: Rajendra KC, Kensington Farmers' Market
    Second Place: Leonardo Ramos, Front Yard
    Third Place: Laurie Basham, Come In, We're Open
    Honorable Mention: Nicole Gordon, House on Carroll Fawcett Street
    Honorable Mention: Jeanne Powell, A Navy House
    Honorable Mention: Ann Schaefer, Drumm Avenue Geometry

  • 30 Aug 2019 3:44 PM | Anonymous

    By Glen Kessler
    Judge, Paint the Town Labor Day Show

    This show, the nearest and dearest to my heart of all local exhibitions, one in which I have participated in some capacity for over 25 years—three times as the Bertha Clum award winner, twice as Invitational category winner, and twice now as its juror—is the strongest I have seen yet! It was my supreme honor and tremendous challenge to jury prizes for this show. In the end, it was quality of craftsmanship and uniqueness of idea that led my decision making process.

    I believe you will see across the prize winners a professional caliber of artistry both in technique and concept that speaks to the outstanding talent and work ethic of our local community of artists. And there were many artists' work that I truly loved, but which just missed out on prize recognition. To all of you artists, I see your effort, I see your bravery.

    I want to thank the members of Montgomery Art Association who gave their time and effort organizing and executing what is without a doubt one of, if not THE, top annual exhibitions in our area, one that I and so many others in this thriving artistic community look forward to. Thank you to the town of Kensington as well for their steadfast support of the arts and this showcase.

    Congratulations and kudos to all on this celebration of art!

  • 28 Aug 2019 9:40 PM | Anonymous

    By Judith Levine

    Irina Koren came to us recently, joining MAA in April of 2019 as a result of friendships with many MAA artists. But she comes to the US from a much greater time and distance. 

    Born in 1969 in Moscow, she and her brother were raised there. In 1989 she attended an art college that was a continuation of her high school and then taught art for a year. In 1991 her family fulfilled a lifelong dream to move to the US. As ethnic Jews they had always faced prejudice and it was finally their turn to leave.

    They made the trip straight to Maryland-no stop in New York City-and ended up in Gaithersburg where she still lives. Koren laughingly told me of the shock of expecting to see something like NYC as that was the only image that she and most Russians have of the US, and finding herself in what was then still very rural Gaithersburg.

    Though it would grow rapidly in the next few years, there were still working farms in the area. They had no car yet but did finally start to make treks into DC with friends who did own one. (They were unaware of the Metro stop.)

    After taking English classes and learning a lot more about the US and American culture, Koren began classes at Baltimore’s Maryland Institute of Art in 1992 and earned her BFA in 1994. She expected that it would take longer but in a surprise move, the school accepted her Russian credits. In the meantime she married in 1995, had her daughter in 1996, and became a single parent two years later. Armed now with her new degree in Visual Communications, the artist would then begin a career that a friend suggested.

    She became a noted muralist. Her work can be seen in area restaurants, entertainment centers and parks such as North Virginia Park Authority, Shadowland Laser Adventures, Urban Winery and in many private homes. Koren was featured in magazines and newspapers including the Jerusalem Times. The same friend later suggested she add faux finishing to her roster and Koren expanded her base as she began to do faux wall finishing and furniture to what she could offer her clients.

    But her primary love of the fine arts was never out of her heart and mind even as she had the need to earn a living. She continued to paint when she could. 

    By 2017, her daughter grown, Koren felt it was time to seek out a new community in the visual arts. She craved the presence of other artists and a chance to move full time into painting for herself. After attending an Artomatic event in 2017, she began to do just that. She met fellow and soon-to-be-friend artists such as Anastasia Walsh, Amanda Spaid, Jamie Downs, Sandra Perez-Ramos, Roxana Rojas Luzon and many others.  Koren began to use unusual objects in her painting including sequins and guitar picks, and she also started her unique hubcap series.

    “Two years ago, we were going into DC, I saw hubcaps in the road .. .[and I retrieved them and] just started to paint them. They were there and it “... was the right place in the right time!  And there are LOTS of hubcaps in the world!!” she grinned. 

    Asked about artists she loves and who might have influenced her, she replied instantly, “ Van Gogh! His passion! His colors! His expression!”  And Chagall is in that group, also because of his use of brilliant colors and maybe a bit too because of the connection to Jewish ideas and celebrations. She is drawn to the contemporary work of experimental painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer. Each of them possesses the two major qualities Koren seeks in her own creations: movement and rich colour. She described the way she works. 

    “I listen to music while I paint. I don’t start out a work knowing what it is going to be.” Yes, she has a subject such as a dancer that has been chosen, but not a vision of what she wants her finished work to look like. She does not do preliminary sketches or paintings.

    “I just start with color and movement and see what will happen.”

    Her philosophy for her artwork is to be willing to experiment, to grow as an artist and above all, be passionate. And she said this would be what she would tell any young or just beginning artist. “Just be passionate, everything else will come.”

    What and where does she envision her future? “That’s a good question.” she replied. She wants to do more things with other artists, having more collaboration on creating and doing shows together too. Koren is currently finishing a show at Ranazul Restaurant in Fulton

    And she was a prize-winning entrant at MAA's 2019 Creative Expressions show. She has traveled extensively and doesn’t plan to stop exploring the world.

    As to remaining here, she will do so unless her daughter relocates and then, well, who knows. Thank you very much to Irina Koren for sharing her story, her vision of her art, her philosophy and her vibrant personality with us.

  • 26 Aug 2019 1:51 PM | Anonymous

    By Judith Levine

    On a warm, sunny day earlier this month, eight MAA members and guests took a trip to the lovely city of Baltimore to visit the historic Baltimore Museum of Art.

    The museum was founded in 1914 and its initial collection consisted of what is now called the Cone Collection. The Cone Collection includes the largest collection of Matisse works in the world and an enviable collection as well of masterpieces by Picasso, Cézanne, and Van Gogh.

    About the Collectors

    Our guide informed us that the Cone sisters were close but opposites in personality. Miss Etta was the quiet, self-educated, introvert while Dr. Claribel was very social, chose to acquire a Ph.D. and was very fashionable.  One thing they shared was a love of art.  

    “Starting in 1901, first Miss Etta and then Dr. Claribel made long trips to Europe ... they rendezvoused [sic] with a friend from their Baltimore crowd, Gertrude Stein [and] her brother, Leo," Edward Cone wrote in Forbes Magazine in 1999.

    The Steins introduced the Cone sisters to an impoverished young artist, Pablo Picasso. "He loved the Sunday comics the sisters brought him from the Baltimore newspaper, and sold them drawings for next to nothing," Edward Cone wrote.

    The sisters also became long-time friends with Henri Matisse, whose works are often considered the hallmark of the Cone Collection.

    Touring the Museum

    When visitors enter through the lower level entrance, the first art work they see will be the Antioch Mosaics. This is a small group of large ancient Greek stone mosaics that truly impress.

    Moments after seeing this you almost bump into one of the world’s most famous sculptures, Rodin’s The Thinker. The piece is huge, at about 186 cm high, (a little over 6 feet high), much larger than many would expect. It was intended to be part of a doorway surround called The Gates of Hell but the rest of the commission was never completed. In real life you experience the heaviness, the moody and brooding sensation one never gets from small copies.

    We continued on, our eyes delighted by one masterpiece after another. Some of the gallery’s African sculpture collection was on view.

    We were delighted to see that the small but varied collection is stunning. We only got to see the original building because the renovations to the new wing are still continuing.  Like DC’s Corcoran Gallery, this too was built specifically as a gallery and famed architect John Russell Pope (1874–1937) designed its graceful and airy building. 

    The tiny tempting glimpses we were able to get into the new wing have convinced us that another trip will be on the schedule once that work is complete. The museum was easy to find and, at least during the week, there is ample parking and easy accessibility for those who are mobility impaired. 

    We loved the docent, the building, and the collection. Most definitely, the Baltimore Museum of Art should be on everyone’s have to go-see list.

  • 12 Aug 2019 4:18 PM | Anonymous
    Our Paint the Town Labor Day Show not only provides an opportunity to see hundreds of original artworks by nearly 140 members of the Montgomery Art Association, but you can also watch some of our artists make art live. This year’s show includes seven such demonstrations, which are open to the public and free.

    The demos will take place inside the history Kensington Armory (aka Kensington Town Hall) at 3710 Mitchell Street. Can’t join in person? We hope to broadcast demos live on our Facebook page. Watch live, or see the recordings later

    Saturday, August 31

    Lis Zadravec
    Colored Pencils

    12-1 pm

    An award-winning artist and instructor, Lis will demonstrate how she uses colored pencils to their maximum potential by creating a pet portrait inspired by a John Singer Sargent painting. 

    Originally from Chevy Chase, MD and educated at the Corcoran School of Art in DC, Lis demonstrates an uncanny ability as master of her medium, colored pencils. She believes there is nothing that this pigment, in its precise, pointed stick, can’t do or that oil paint could do better. She approaches her work like a painter; Not striving for photo-realism, she loves to see the artist’s hand in work.

    "I want to in
    spire," she says, "not with just what a media can do, but what a person can do. After all, a well-trained artist is a person who can do anything." Her work has been published in numerous books and magazines, and Lis is the winner of countless awards in DC-area and national art shows, earning signature status in the Colored Pencil Society of America and Colored Pencil Community of Australasia, Inc.

    RSVP via Facebook to Lis' demo

    Barrie Ripin
    Terracotta (Fired Clay) Sculpture
    2-3 pm

    Barrie will give a tutorial on a playful path to try out clay sculpture using a minimum amount of equipment and experience. There will be a demo and examples of sculptures are various stages of completion.

    Barrie initially came to clay sculpture years ago to get a better grasp of artistic anatomy for figurative and portrait drawings and paintings. It did that, but clay sculpture became addictive in its own right. He enjoys exploring new subjects and techniques and his award-winning works have been exhibited in many venues in the area. Barrie is a past president of MAA, exhibit curator of the Connie Morella Library in Bethesda, studio artist at the Glen Echo Sculpture studio/yurt, and a number of other venues.

    RSVP via Facebook to Barrie's demo

    Stefanie Stark
    Abstract Floral Painting

    4-5 pm

    Learn how painter Stefanie Stark of Bethesda creates abstract floral paintings, incorporating a signature drip technique and oil pastel marks into her art. Purposeful drips elevate Stefanie’s work beyond typical floral paintings and add dimension as well as emotion. “Something about the flow of each drip feels right and even necessary to me,” she says. “Each drip is like a release of feelings, similar to a tear, whether of joy or sorrow. Both stream down, forging a unique yet anticipated path."

    Stefanie is known for her abstract floral paintings as well as intuitive abstracts, and she also dabbles in collage. She takes inspiration from nature and in particular, the beauty and fragility of flowers. Stefanie grew up in Washington, and her work has been exhibited throughout the region. Her paintings have earned awards and are part of private collections in the United States and abroad. 

    RSVP via Facebook to Stefanie's demo

    Sunday, September 1

    Antonia Tiu
    Pen & Ink Cityscapes

    2-3 pm

    Yes, you can draw with confidence! Toni will demonstrate how to be bold in your drawing by using pen/ink in a loose sketch style, with a photo as a reference. What is drawn is what it is—no erasing possible! She’ll then finish the drawing with watercolor washes, to add bursts of color.

    Now retired, Toni received her architectural degree and license in The Philippines and came to the US to work for a corporate firm. Her childhood memories revolved around drawing and sketching. “I remember sketching on the dirt with a twig during play time and drawing on blank pages of my elementary books in school,” she says. “My pleasure from my drawings was worth the trouble I got into for messing up my books.” Today, Toni spends her time creating art with pen/ink, charcoal, oil and watercolor. Her subjects of interest are still life, cityscapes and landscapes.

    RSVP via Facebook to Antonia's demo

    Jing-Jy Chen
    Chinese Watercolor Painting

    4-5 pm

    Using a bamboo brush, ink and watercolor, Jing-Jy will show how she paints her favorite subjects: flora and birds. She will demonstrate the three basic techniques of Chinese watercolor painting: outline style (detail), spontaneous style (free & bold), and half outline/half spontaneous.

    In Chinese watercolor painting, it is very important not to mix the color beforehand. The brush is dipped into the color separately to double or triple load colors. The color will blend themselves on the paper as the brush stroke is applied.

    Jing-Jy was born in Taiwan.  She came to the United State in 1967 to attend graduate school at the University of Rochester in New York. She is a long-time Howard County resident, has been an artist in the Artist-in-Residency program and has taught at many schools in Maryland. Currently, she teaches at her home studio in Laurel. Her paintings are exhibited at Artists' Gallery in Ellicott City and Delaplaine Art Gallery in Frederick.

    RSVP via Facebook to Jing-Jy's demo

    Monday, September 2

    Elizabeth Elgin
    Glazing Acrylics over Grisaille

    11 am-12 pm

    Elizabeth will demonstrate glazing color over a black and white grisaille (underpainting) using acrylics. This is a method often taught in classical ateliers when painting in oils, but the method is also very useful with acrylics as they dry so quickly. It allows light to bounce between layers, versus painting opaquely.

    Elizabeth often says she's a member of the "It's Never Too Late" club, not getting serious about her art studies until her sixties. She started with acrylics, then learned oils, and is now exploring watercolor and gouache. She has been juried into membership of the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society, Oil Painters of America, and the International Guild of Realism.  

    RSVP via Facebook to Elizabeth's demo

    Alan Rich
    Acrylic pour painting

    1-2 pm

    Alan is a master of a unique art technique:  fluid acrylic pour. Using hardwood panels and Plexiglas, he manipulates the color into organic flows and allows the paint to choose its own path. “The flow of color brings happiness to your mind and soul...calling it fluid acrylic happiness.” For added texture, he first applies a clear granular gel to the board, and once dry, applies color.  Alan says. “No matter how the paintings are viewed, there will always be a different story it tells.”

    Alan’s day job is running a business that custom prints labels, so ink and color is an all day, everyday theme. The use of water-based industrial pigment to create his own colors within an acrylic vehicle gives Alan the freedom to experiment and allows the art to speak the viewer.

    RSVP via Facebook to Alan's demo

  • 11 Aug 2019 12:10 AM | Anonymous

    The Montgomery Art Association and AMP by Strathmore are teaming up to host our second Sketch Night at the North Bethesda music venue. Join us for a live performance by Michela's Love Movement, socialize with fellow artists and sketch the show.

    About Michela’s Love Movement: This is not your ordinary band. The ensemble, led by tap dancing phenom Michela Marino Lerman, is a hybrid of the highest levels of musicianship and hoofing. An extraordinary percussionist and dancer all in one, Lerman’s feet are a blur of brilliance, tapping on electronic boards and wooden stages to accentuate the group’s uplifting repertoire. Dancing to original music, spirituals and jazz, Love Movement is a journey through the levels of love that will leave you feeling moved and empowered. Here's a sneak peek.

    Cost: AMP by Strathmore is generously offering MAA members, local artists and their guests reduced-priced, $18 tickets ($10 off the regular price for our seats).

    Buying tickets:
    Buy tickets here. Click the button below, then click the red "Buy” button. On the popup screen, enter promo code MAA10 and click on the words “apply code.” Then choose "Table Seating" and complete your purchase at the reduced rate. 

    What to bring: Sketching materials (such as small sketchbooks, pencils/pens, travel-sized watercolor kit). Keep your materials simple--there isn't a lot of space to spread out.

    What to expect: The venue opens at 6:30 pm and the show begins at 8 pm. We suggest arriving early. Upon arrival, tell the host you're with MAA. We'll sit together at tables lit by tealights. MAA will provide a few shared appetizers. The venue has a full bar where you can purchase cocktails, beer, wine, soda, etc. You're welcomed to sketch or just enjoy the show.

    Address/parking: AMP by Strathmore is at 11810 Grand Park Ave. in North Bethesda. Parking info
    About AMP by Strathmore: AMP by Strathmore is an intimate music venue in the Pike & Rose shopping area in North Besthesda. It is run by the Strathmore arts center, and profits support Strathmore’s mission to present and produce exemplary arts programs for diverse audiences, create dynamic arts education experiences, and nurture creative ideas and conversations that advance the future of the arts.

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