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  • 26 Jan 2024 7:35 PM | Teresa Sites (Administrator)

    February's Member Spotlight: Linda Botts Butler

    Lives in: Upper Marlboro, MD

    Email address: lbb_creativeartworks@aol.com

    Media and subjects:

    Media: Oils; Gauche. Subjects: Nature - landscapes; seascapes; plants and flowers. Still Life arrangements – florals, fruits and vegetables, objects.

    Why you joined the MAA: I joined the MAA to become engaged in an organization that could help me become a more well-rounded and skilled artist. I look forward to participating in the various MAA learning, networking, and exhibit opportunities.

    Something fun about you: In addition to creating art, I enjoy gardening, community volunteer activities, and yoga and fitness classes.

    Artist Biography:  Linda Botts Butler is a self-taught artist, and her artwork is inspired by nature, the intrinsic beauty of diverse cultures, and by interactions with fellow artists. Linda most enjoys plein-air and still-life painting using oils and stretched canvas.

    Linda was born and grew up in Washington, D.C., and currently lives in Prince Georges County, MD. Linda first recognized her artistic interest and talent during art classes in elementary and junior high school. As a young adult, during her spare time, Linda enrolled in drawing and oil painting classes at the local junior college and the Glen Echo Yellow Barn.

    As a member of the Laurel Art Guild (LAG), Linda regularly participates in plein-air outings, and she serves as the LAG exhibits co-chair. Last summer, Linda exhibited three paintings in the LAG Brookside Gardens Exhibit. Currently, two of her recent paintings are on display in the LAG exhibit at the Laurel/Beltsville Senior Center.

    Linda joined the Montgomery Art Association (MAA) in September 2023, and she participated in the MAA 2023 Paint the Town Labor Day Weekend Show, on September 2.

  • 31 Dec 2023 5:44 PM | Teresa Sites (Administrator)

    January's Member Spotlight: Angelic Young

    Lives in:  I live in the Wheaton area in Maryland. 

    Social Media: When I post pictures of my paintings, I usually post them on Instagram - my Instagram is angelicvyoung. 

    Media and subjects: I work with acrylic on canvas, very occasionally with watercolors. When I first started painting, I focused on landscapes in the Pacific Northwest, where I grew up. I’m a sucker for a gorgeous sunset or sunrise over the ocean or a Cascades peak. As of late, I’ve been painting mostly nudes, focusing on capturing movement and emotion. That being said, I’m a newish painter, so I’m still in my “I’ll try just about anything” phase, and you can see that reflected in the selection of photos I’m sharing.  

    Why you joined MAA: I love painting - I started as an adult a few years ago at one of those “paint and sip” classes. But I’ve never taken a “real” class, and I’d like to explore opportunities to connect with other painters, grow my skills, and share my work with others & get feedback so I can get better! 

    Something fun about you: I love learning new skills - right now, I’m learning blacksmithing. I'm just about finished making my very first hand-forged Bowie knife. I’m really excited about how it's turning out! 

    Artist Biography: Hello, my name is Angelic Young, and I’m a painter (acrylic on canvas) based in the Wheaton area in Maryland. I’ve been painting for about five years now. I started painting after taking a “paint and sip” class with work colleagues - and fell in love. Painting is my self-care time when I can breathe, relax, and focus on only the canvas before me. I enjoy painting landscapes and urbanscapes that remind me of places I’ve lived and loved. Recently, however, I’ve shifted to people & figures, particularly nudes, that allow me to focus on depicting emotion and movement.

  • 31 Dec 2023 5:41 PM | Teresa Sites (Administrator)

    2024 Event Calendar

    January 2024

    Start Date

    End Date

    MAA at the Oasis Gallery



    Winter Windridge Tasting Room Show



    Benjamin Gaither Center Gallery Art Show



    Member Conversation: Online with ACO, Plein Air Forum with Christine Lashley, Jill Basham, Nancy Tankersley, and Stewart White



    Artist Inspiration Book Deadline



    Figure Model Session (1/7, 1/14, 1/21)*

    February 2024

    Figure Model Session (2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25)*

    Member Conversation: Online with ACO



    Meet the Artist Event - at the Oasis Gallery



    Windridge: Meet the Winter Artists



    Fluid Art Workshop



    March 2024

    Figure Model Session (3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31)*

    Windridge Spring Art Show



    March Member Conversation (in person): Carol Moore, Printmaker



    April 2024

    Figure Model Session (4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28)*

    April Member Conversation (in person): Violeta Barcenas, Violet Red Studio



    Windridge Art Festival



    May 2024

    Figure Model Session (5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26)*

    Windridge: Meet the Spring Artists



    Member Critique (in person) with Gavin Glakas



    Field Trip to Glenstone



    June 2024

    Figure Model Sessions(6/2, 6/9, 6/16, 6/23)*

    Windridge Summer Show



    July 2024

    Friendship Heights Plein Air Event*



    Brookside Garden Art Show



    August 2024

    Paint the Town Preview Night



    Windridge: Meet the Summer Artists



    Paint The Town Art Show



    Paint The Town Plein Air Event



    September 2024

    Estimate Artist Inspiration Book Launch



    Windridge Fall Show



    Wheaton Arts Parade & Festival



    October 2024

    Member Conversation



    Kensington Park Library*



    Glenview Mansion*



    November 2024

    Goldman Gallery Show



    Member Conversation



    Windridge: Meet the Fall Artists



    December 2024

    Member Conversation or Holiday Party



    MAA Exhibitions

    MAA Member Conversations & Critiques

    MAA Multi Day Art Festival

    Meet the Artists Events

    Plein Air Events

    Figure Model Sessions

    Special Events or Workshops


     Not Finalized

  • 23 Dec 2023 8:52 AM | Teresa Sites (Administrator)

    We're excited to announce the 2024 themes for our online gallery, "One Theme, Many Interpretations." Keep your submissions coming! We can't wait to see what you create!

  • 28 Nov 2023 11:22 AM | Teresa Sites (Administrator)

    A Sneak Peek at our 2024 Shows

    Here are the shows we have lined up for you in the new year! So, get started on your artwork submissions for each of the shows…it’s going to be fantastic! We can't want to see what you create.

    MAA at Oasis Art Gallery: January 8 – April 19 

    Registration: Open until December 13, 2023

    Meet the Artists Reception: February 4

    Chasing the Winter Light Art Show at Windridge Vineyard: January 17 – March 10

    Part of the quarterly gallery shows with up to 23 works.

    Registration: November 30 – December 14, 2023

    Meet the Artists – February 8

     Paint the Joy of Life Art Show at the Benjamin Gaither Center: January 12 – April 1

    Registration: December 1 - 20

    Heart of the Vineyard at Windridge Vineyard: April 25 – 28

    Large non-juried show of 200 artworks including 2D and 3D artworks.

    Registration: March 25 – April 8

    Windridge Vineyard Spring Art Show (Theme TBD): March 13 – June 9

    Part of the quarterly tasting room gallery shows with up to 23 artworks.

    Registration: February 2 – 16

    Meet the Artists: May 9

    Brookside Gardens: July 15 – August 12

    Registration: June 1 – 15

    Windridge Summer Art Show (Theme TBD): June 12 – September 22

    Part of the quarterly tasting room gallery shows with up to 23 artworks.

    Registration: May 3 – 17

    Meet the Artists: August 8

    Paint the Town Kensington Labor Day Weekend Show: August 31– September 2

    Largest MAA judged show of up to 500 artworks including 2D and 3D works and plein air competition.

    Registration: Mid-July

    Windridge Fall Art Show (theme TBD): September 25 – December 29

    Part of the quarterly tasting room gallery shows with up to 23 artworks.

    Registration: August 17 -30

    Meet the Artists: November 7

    Fall Kensington Park Library: (specific dates coming soon)

    MAA at the Goldman Art Gallery: November 3 – December 15

    Registration: September 23 – October 7

    Reception: November 10

    MAA Late Fall Art Show at Glenview Mansion: (specific dates coming soon)

  • 28 Nov 2023 11:07 AM | Teresa Sites (Administrator)

    Member Spotlight - December - Jillian Randall

    Lives in: Gaithersburg, MD


    Social Media: Instagram @jillianrrandall

    Media and subjects: Acrylic Painting - Abstract and Photography - Landscape/Non Figurative.

    Why you joined MAA: I joined MAA to join a community of artists for accountability and inspiration. I was formerly an elementary school teacher, then taught high school art.  During that time, I let my personal artmaking practices become less of a priority. I thought that joining a local artist collective would bring me some of the studio feeling I miss from my college days.

    Something fun about you: I LOVE dogs! I have had two dogs named after painters, the first was Pablo (Picasso) and my current dog is Bosch after the early Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch.

    Artist Biography

    Jillian R. Randall is a creative professional born, raised, and living in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.A true Jillian of All Trades, her work experience encompasses a broad range of techniques and media. She has a bachelor's in Studio Art and a master's in art education from the University of Maryland.  After several years as a community and public school arts educator, she uses the principles of photographic composition and her knowledge of digital editing software to apply her unique aesthetic perspective to her pieces. Her artwork primarily focuses on combining mundane imagery in bold color and complex layers. 


  • 9 Nov 2023 3:49 PM | Teresa Sites (Administrator)

    How to Promote Your Art Activities Through Montgomery Art Association

    By Martina Sestakova

    As a paid member of Montgomery Art Association (MAA), you are invited to promote your art-related efforts and achievements via MAA’s channels.

    Activities we encourage you to share with us include: solo or group shows you are participating in outside of your MAA membership, winning an award, teaching a workshop, being published, joining a gallery, or participating in an event.

    There are three ways you may update us so that we can support spread the word about your activities.

    1. Submit to the Member Happenings newsletter

    By the end of each month, go to https://montgomeryart.org/member-happenings and submit an easy form about an activity. Your write-up and photo will be included in the Member Happenings newsletter that goes out to MAA members and supporters on the 15th day of the following month. Plan your submissions ahead so that you have an ongoing coverage of your art journey.

    Furthermore, all contents of the Member Happenings newsletter are turned into posts for MAA official (*public-facing) Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MontgomeryArtAssociation) and Instagram accounts (https://www.instagram.com/maaartists/). Thus, your submission is shared with the public three times.

    2. Post on Member Facebook page

    All members in good standing may join https://www.facebook.com/groups/MAAartists. This is a private group and you can freely post to it with questions to other artists and updates about your activities. In this group, you may also coordinate drop off or pick up of your art in case you are unable to meet show deadlines.

    3. Tag @maaartists on Instagram

    When you share a story or a post on Instagram, tag @maaartists (must be tagged in the photo on Instagram) so that we can easily share your update with the followers of MAA’s official Instagram account at https://www.instagram.com/maaartists/. We reserve the right not to share your update but are happy to do so if it matches the types of activities listed above.

    We are looking forward to hearing from you and supporting you in promoting your art activities. If you have any questions, reach out to Martina Sestakova, MAA’s marketing committee chair, at connect@radostbymartinasestakova.com.

    *Members are not able to post directly to public-facing Facebook and Instagram accounts. The MAA board reserves the right to manage these channels.

  • 29 Oct 2023 10:47 AM | Teresa Sites (Administrator)

    November's Member Spotlight: Melissa Eisen

    Lives in: Gaithersburg Maryland with my husband and dog, Penelope


    Social Mediainstagram.com/rosetwinkletoes

    Media and subjects: Marker, watercolor, acrylic paint, landscapes and abstract work, occasional figures

    Why you joined MAA: I have been out of the art scene for a while, but have always followed MAA and loved the work that MAA and participating artists do. Decided it was time to start being active again.

    Something fun about you: I just got married in May at VisArts, an awesome Montgomery County arts nonprofit!

    Artist Biography: I received my Bachelor of Arts in fine art and art education from the University of Maryland, College Park. I then taught art in Maryland public schools for several years. I try to use accessible materials to show that fine art can be made from anything. In addition to creating from the recesses of my own mind, I like to bring other people's visions to reality through commissioned pieces, collaborative works, and education.  I have worked with individuals ranging in age from 4 to 90 on a variety of creative and professional endeavors. 

  • 26 Sep 2023 8:04 PM | Teresa Sites (Administrator)

  • 25 Sep 2023 7:36 PM | Teresa Sites (Administrator)

    October Member's Spotlight: Jeff Weiss

    photo credit: Jeff MacMillan

    Lives in: Takoma Park

    Website: mrjeffweiss.com

    Social Media:

    Facebook: Jeff Weiss and Mrjeffweiss

    Instagram: @mrjeffweiss2u

    Media: Digital Images are mounted Giclee prints, acrylics and oils are on wood or canvas, and pencil / pen / pastel are on rag paper.

    Subjects: Landscapes

    Why you joined MAA: I have been drawing and painting since 1973, and doing Computer Graphics since 1980. I have never participated in any shows of any kind. After 50 years, I would like to show what I have been working on all this time.

    Something fun about you: I am a certified dog trainer and have worked with many types of dogs. I am currently owned and trained by a Jack Russell Terrier quite appropriately named Bedlam.

    Biography: I started drawing and painting at the age of 19. At Temple University, I was encouraged to go to the Tyler School of Art, but decided to move to Colorado. I studied Art at the University of Colorado and graduated in 1979. Moving to San Francesco, I worked as a graphic artist for a technical book publisher. One day the owner of the firm, came to me with a large stack of papers and a prototyping breadboard. He said “The technical editor just quit, here’s the manuscript. Do all the illustrations, all the typesetting, all the layout, and test everything to make sure it is correct”. Having only 1 course in Fortran as my computer experience, I learned a lot in this baptism by fire.

    That led to a career in computer graphics, in both Philadelphia and Washington, DC. This included working at Computer Aided Design Service bureaus and as the IT manager at several Architecture firms. I have also taught an Introduction to Design with Computer Graphics at a small private school.

    All the while, I never stopped painting and drawing. Over the years, I have been influenced by many artists: Agam, Escher, Dali, Hopper and Calder. My current work involves the creation of 3 dimensional fractals inside photo-spheres. These are virtual environments that do not and cannot exist. I try to bridge the gap between virtual and representational imagery.

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