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  • 27 Sep 2022 9:43 PM | Anonymous

    The past few weeks have been a whirlwind for Dora Patin, who took first place in the Kensington category at the Paint the Town Labor Day Show. MAA has traditionally celebrated that piece as our unofficial best in show.

    Dora joins a long line of artists who have claimed the prize, including our current president, Jennifer Barlow and last year's winner, Alden Schofield. She sat down with us to talk more about her piece and what's coming up in her art life:

    MAA: How did you learn that you took first place in the Kensington category?

    Dora Patin: I was at my daughter’s soccer game when I received a call from show manager Paula Zeller letting me know that I received the Bertha Clum Award.

    MAA: Who was the first person you told?

    DP: My husband and my daughter.

    MAA: Tell us a little more about the piece: Why did you decide to do a trompe l'oeil piece?

    I’ve entertained the idea to try this genre for a while. I follow some trompe l’oeil artists on Instagram whose work is amazing and they were one source of my inspiration. I also was inspired by last year’s Bertha Clum award winner, Alden Schofield's, Kensington Train Station painting Passage of Time. It was so skillful and creative.

    I decided to paint the Kensington Train Station again, as I painted it for the past couple of Paint The Town Shows. However, I wanted to make it different than my previous paintings, a little more unconventional. Making it in trompe l’oeil style gave me a great opportunity to do that.

    I love Kensington’s historic district and I wanted to honor that. I intended my painting to have the meaning of my appreciation of historic preservation. To do this I wanted to have an old and a new photo of the train station. I used my photo I took in 2022 and I searched the internet for old photos, which I found on the Kensington Historical Society’s website. They gave me permission to use it in my painting.

    After trying several different set ups, I finally came up with the one in the painting. The actual painting took me about 3-4 weeks from start to finish. First, I drew it on paper and then I transferred my drawing onto my cradled panel. I painted a couple of layers. I did both, drawing and painting from life.

    MAA: What practices or mindsets do you put in place to keep yourself painting regularly?

    DP: Life is quite busy with three kids and two dogs. I’m trying to do my best to paint as much as I can. Having a supportive husband is very helpful. Talking to friends who are in the same situation often helps to get inspired to go on and try even harder. Besides, I have so many ideas I’d like to paint. I’m not sure if a lifetime is enough.

    MAA: Do you have any upcoming shows or art plans in the coming months?

    DP: I try to exhibit my work as much as I can in the DMV area. MAA gives great opportunities to constantly show some of my paintings. I’m also always on the lookout to enter juried exhibitions. In the spring I’m planning to participate in the Affordable Art Fair in New York City.

    Currently I’m exploring the trompe l’oeil genre. I had fun painting my last piece and I intend to create a series. My main goal is to always improve and to create work that is meaningful and high quality.

  • 3 Sep 2022 6:35 PM | Teresa Sites (Administrator)

    As all great shows are, this was an immensely difficult show to judge, which is a good thing! The quality of entries was uniformly superior in almost every category, and the difference between first, second, third, and even some honorable mentions was minimal. The Portrait category in particular was tough to judge as there were so many really outstanding entries. And I was especially surprised by the Kensington category – there was not a single bad entry! As always, I am honored to be able to judge and comment on work of my fellow artists.

    -Lenny Campello
    Judge, 2022 Paint the Town Labor Day Show

    Kensington Category

    1st Place (Bertha Clum Award): Historia Est Magistra Vitae by Dora Patin
    2nd Place: The Hard Work by Paula Zeller
    3rd Place: Early Morning on the MARC by Barbara Mandel
    Honorable Mentions: Light Remains by Virginia Browning; At the Station by Susan Fitch Brown; Cedar Lane, 3 am by David Sommers

    Landscape Category

    1st Place: Golden Cloud by Sarah Clayton Davis
    2nd Place: Vaison La Romaine, France by Mary Vinograd
    3rd Place: Water Meadows, Woodfield Road by Benita Kane Jaro
    Honorable Mentions: Time Out by Margaret Ingram; Winter by Rajendra KC; Isle of Capri by Deborah Pollack; Tempest by Ting Rao; The House Before the Storm by My-Linh Rouil; Nature's Sculpture by Yik Chek Phan

    Portrait Category

    1st Place: I Will Conquer by Isabella Martire
    2nd Place: You Are Gone and That Scares Me by Ally Morgan
    3rd Place: Summer Morning by Ting Rao
    Honorable Mentions: Glow by Jennifer Lynn Beaudet; Gaby Is Musing by Nan Dawkins; Playing the Blues by Karen Merkin; Weathered by Ellen Yahuda; Stock Up Time by Vicky Zhou

    Still Life Category

    1st Place: Veri Peri Macaron by Jennifer Barlow
    2nd Place: A Bear Necessity by Amanda Coelho
    3rd Place: Waiting for Wings by Christina Webber
    Honorable Mentions: Chatty Onions by Nan Dawkins; Roses Ride by Jack Hammond

    Abstract Category

    1st Place: Metamorphosis by Sandra Pérez-Ramos
    2nd Place: Rhapsody of a Hug by Martina Sestakova
    3rd Place: Crows by Nancy Randa
    Honorable Mentions: Composition 29 by Mari Craig; Coastal Dreams by Rosemary Fallon; Happy Wave by Raya Salman; Exploration by Jenny Wilson

    Sculpture Category

    1st place: Patchwork of Promise by Peijisan Art
    2nd Place: A Much Needed Break by Samantha Hecox
    3rd Place: Ice Bucket by Nadia Hewchuck
    Honorable Mention: Fort! by Anastasia Walsh

    Photography Category

    1st Place: The Gymnast by Arindam Dasgupta
    2nd Place: Warbler House by Julie Steinberg
    3rd Place: Snow Day by Regina Boston

    Plein Air Competition

    1st place: Saturday Market by Vicky Zhou
    2nd place: OK Morning! by Robert Pearlman
    3rd place: Water Fountain by Carrie Adler
    Honorable mentions: Professor by Holly Buehler; Outdoor Seating, Kensington by Garine Magary

    Student Invitational

    Winner: The Bearer by Elielle Kayomb
    2nd Place: Hammer Brooch by Nadia Hewchuck
    3rd Place: A Gazelle in the Water by Stephanie Fernandez

  • 27 Aug 2022 6:39 PM | Anonymous

    Looking for something new and different to paint during the September 3 plein air competition? We have hired two professional art models to pose at iconic Kensington spots from 10 am-1 pm.

    Shadiyah will be in Victorian-style dress near the three-tiered fountain at Flinn Park, 10227 Kensington Parkway (across from the post office).

    Harry will be dressed like a 1940s professor, posing in front of this display window of M.O.B. Vintage at 3758 Howard Avenue. 

    There should be ample space for 10-15 artists at each location. Spots of course are first-come first served.

    And please note: If it's raining that day, we will cancel the models altogether.

  • 27 Aug 2022 10:39 AM | Teresa Sites (Administrator)

    September Member Spotlight  - Arindam Dasgupta

    Lives in: Olney, MD


    Social Media: 


    Media and subjects: I am a portrait photographer interested in several genres including wild-life, landscape, macro and portraits.  I mainly shoot digital but recently took out my film camera from storage to experiment. 

    Why you joined MAA:  I have recently transitioned from being a hobbyist to a professional photographer.  Starting a small business has been a challenging experience for me so far.  Joining MAA will give me networking opportunities with various artists and like-minded people in this area.  I feel this will be a good way of connecting with people and learning from them, especially the business side of it.  I am hoping to be able to share/exhibit my work in the coming months. Additionally, I love to teach.  I am hoping that I can get folks I interact with, equally excited in photography as I am. I would also love any volunteering opportunities connected with photography.  

    Something fun about you: I have visited six continents so far and hope to visit the seventh (Antarctica) in the next 10-15 years. 
    Artist Biography:  I am a scientist and photographer, living in Olney, MD for the last 15 years. I started my journey in my science career by looking through microscope lenses to study tiny cells.  My connection with lenses eventually evolved into my hobby of landscape, wild-life and macro photography. I have been fortunate to travel to six continents and capture unique and beautiful moments of life. Portrait photography is my latest passion. From Art to photography, portraits are fascinating because it tells us a story about the subject. My photography services include corporate and creative headshot, portrait, senior portraits, family portraits, pet photography and more.  I have been fortunate enough to have some of my portrait work published in artist magazines.  Since I am excited and love all genres of photography, I continue to explore wild-life, bird, landscape and macro photography in addition to portrait photography.  

    I am so pleased to share several of my photographs with you. 

  • 20 Aug 2022 12:37 PM | Anonymous

    In 2021, Alden Schofield of Derwood, Maryland, took first place in the Kensington category at the Paint the Town Labor Day Show, winning the show’s only named prize, the Bertha Clum Award. Traditionally, this award has been highlighted and celebrated as MAA’s unofficial “best in show” painting. 

    Alden said over the past year the honor has made him more recognized when attending art events throughout the region, but more so has served to reemphasize to him what’s important in composing a painting. 

    “It did re-enforce my thinking about my abilities to construct, design and paint an award-winning painting,” he told us in a recent chat.

    Health challenges and the ups and downs of the Covid-19 pandemic have prevented Alden from painting as much as he would have liked to this past year, but he has recently been working on three landscape paintings of different angles of Great Falls and a piece depicting the canal and barge as seen from the old tavern/visitors center on the Maryland side.

    Alden will have three pieces in this year’s Paint the Town show, plus bin works for sale.

    What's his advice for new members who are entering a show as big as Paint the Town for the first time? 

    "This one is easy: Just place your art in this show," he says. "It is the best show around. It provides an outstanding opportunity to meet so many great, established artists, along with other new artists, and have ability to talk with them. You also can see the various types of art displayed and compare your art to those around you. It’s a great way to learn more about your passion for art."

    The Bertha Clum Award is named for a lifelong Kensington resident passionate about art and gardening. She passed away in 1986. She was an original founder of the Paint the Town art show. 

    -Elissa Poma

  • 25 Jul 2022 9:56 AM | Kathleen Tynan (Administrator)

    Lives in: Montgomery Village, Maryland


    Social Media: Instagram @hippieish.bish

    Media and subjects: Acrylic painting, pop surreal portraits and scenes

    Why you joined MAA: To connect with the fellow artist

    Something fun about you: I have an identical twin, and the I’m oldest of three sets of twins

    Artist biography:  Creating has always been a source of comfort and healing. I am a self taught artist from Detroit Michigan. I began drawing as a kid, the love and escape I found led me to painting as an adult. The portraits I paint are bold, forceful and strong, even when I can’t be. Being able to express these attributes I wish to see in myself, has given me confidence to work towards being those things. My work has been displayed at various juried festivals and artist markets, and a cafe in Arkansas. I’m at the beginning of my career, which is exciting and scary, but I am ready for the trials of the journey. I’m excited to learn, grow, and make connections with wonderful people along the way.

    Please enjoy several of my works below: 

  • 10 Jul 2022 5:30 PM | Teresa Sites (Administrator)

    It must be a lot of pressure to live up to the superlative of one of DC’s “most interesting people.” But Lenny Campello, our judge for this year’s Paint the Town Labor Day Show, never fails to provide.

    We sat down to chat with Lenny, posing five random art questions to him:

    MAA: Who was your most memorable art instructor or mentor, and why?

    Lenny Campello: Jacob Lawrence at the University of Washington School of Art. Lawrence was one of the greatest American artists of the 20th century and a great teacher. But what I learned from him was to be opinionated, and the power of an opinion.

    MAA: Tell us about the first time you won an award at an art show.

    LC: I was still in art school, and I entered a drawing from what I then called "Mujertrees Series" and later renamed "Daphne Series." It won the 1979 First Prize (Drawing) awarded by the Renton Art Society of Renton, Washington. I was deliriously happy for an entire year after that!

    MAA: What tips would you provide a new or newish artist on how to build your confidence?

    LC: Artists must have a thick skin. The trite saying "art is in the eyes of the beholder" is immensely accurate. That means that if a juror or collector or your aunt Naomi doesn't like your artwork, it is their opinion and or taste and nothing else.

    As an artist produces and creates new work, and that art is disseminated (sold, traded, given away, etc.) it remains behind as an artistic footprint of the artist—the more artwork an artist produces over a lifetime, the larger the "leave behind" footprint is. That means that decades and decades, or even centuries after the artist is gone, his/her work remains behind as creative evidence of a person who once created artwork.

    Also, do not be a hermit - go to openings, see lots of artwork, soak in artsyness, visit an art fair -- see what others are doing and let your inner critic tell you how your work stacks up.

    MAA: What do you look for compositionally when you judge art?

    LC: I look for fear of empty space (what in art is called "horror vacui"). If used, does it work (for me)? Or the opposite: Does negative space work well (for me)?

    Honestly, composition can really rock a work of art, but it is a distant second to mastery over the media. As watercolorists know, the difference between a good watercolor painter and a great watercolor painter is that a great watercolor painter knows how to use his/her mistakes.

    MAA: And the age-old question: When you personally are making art, what tells you a piece is finished?

    LC: I've never struggled with that issue, which seems to affect painters more than any other artists. When I work on a piece, I'm always sort of seeing it "finished" as I finish it, if that makes sense.

    -Elissa Poma

  • 26 Jun 2022 6:37 PM | Anonymous

    We are delighted to announce that DC contemporary artist Lenny Campello will serve as judge of this year’s 2022 Paint the Town Labor Day Show. Known internationally for narrative-driven paintings and drawings and technology-infused displays, Campello has worked as an artist, gallerist, curator, art critic, instructor, author, and arts blogger. He was named one of DC’s “most interesting people” by the Washington CityPaper.

    Born in Cuba, he grew up in the United States and studied art at the University of Washington School of Art in Seattle. Prolific from an early age, Campello has won national and international awards, exhibited internationally in galleries and museums, and has works in private collections in Spain, Portugal, and the United States. He also co-owned galleries in the DC area. He is a prominent local art critic, with reviews published in The Washington Post, local newspapers and arts magazines, and has made numerous appearances on television and radio. Likewise, he has curated or juried art shows in the DC area.

    The Paint the Town Labor Day Show is one of the region’s largest and longest-running art shows composed of all local artists. The show will be open to the public Saturday-Monday, September 3-5. Campello will be on site on Friday, September 2 for closed-door judging and Saturday, September 3 to judge the plein air competition and present awards.

    -Paula Zeller

  • 26 Jun 2022 3:55 PM | Kathleen Tynan (Administrator)

    Lives in: Rockville, MD                                    


    Social Media:

    Maria is on Facebook and Instagram.

    Media and subjects: My media is mainly oil paint although I sometimes paint with gouache if time is restricted or I am not able to transport my oils. My main subject is still life but I also paint the landscape as well as the figure.

    Why you joined MAA: I joined MAA for the opportunity to connect with a community of local artists.

    Something fun about you: During the summers of high school and college I worked as a puppeteer, putting on shows at the local beaches on Long Island.

    Artist Biography: Art has always been a part of my life whether through creating or viewing it. I started my art journey as an abstract painter, but after earning an MFA from University of Pennsylvania, I fell in love with observational painting

    Over the years, I have gravitated towards still life painting in the studio. Still life painting gives me the joy of orchestrating objects to create an emphasis on color, light and composition and the chance to play with abstract ideas. Most of my still life paintings contain personal stories that are revealed to me during the painting process. I also enjoy plein air painting on a regular basis and paint or draw the figure as often as I can.

    For many years I worked as a graphic design and this has also influenced my work. I grew up outside of New York City and moved to Rockville more than 20 years ago. I have exhibited my work in the Washington, DC area and beyond. I am an artist member of TAG/The Artists Gallery in Frederick where I served for six years on the board including as president for two years. I have also curated still life exhibits promoting this often-overlooked genre at both The Washington Studio School and VisArts in Rockville. 

    Please enjoy several of Marie's wonderful still life paintings. 

    Amongst the Turmoil 12x12

    Amongst the Turmoil  12x12" oil

    Young Love 16x16" Oil 

    Perfect Diamond 20x20” oil

  • 30 May 2022 2:16 PM | Anonymous

    We have a number of paintouts scheduled for this summer. Most events are free to MAA members with advanced registration requested.


    Windridge Vineyards, Darnestown

    Spend the early morning and early afternoon painting en plein air with fellow MAA members at the beautiful Windridge Vineyards. The vines have started their journey toward the sky, with the hope of luscious purple grapes later in summer. The vineyard sits atop rolling hills surrounded by forested areas that are bursting with new growth. No doubt you will find lots of artistic inspiration.

    Register for Windridge

    Great Falls Park, Potomac

    We'll meet on the Maryland side of the falls and offer two sessions, on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11, so that those who work during the week have an opportunity to join, too. Subjects include the falls themselves, the historic Great Falls Tavern, the C&O Canal, the canal boat, and more.

    Register for Great Falls


    Lilypons Water Gardens, Adamstown

    We have been invited on two days in July to make the most of the flowering season of water lilies and lotuses! The sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, July 5 and Tuesday, July 19. The gorgeous conservation area is in Frederick County, just 40 minutes from Rockville. Join us on either or both days.

    Register for Lilypons

    McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area, Poolesville

    We are monitoring the growth of the sunflower fields at this protected area in Poolesville and will set a Saturday date for painting in the coming weeks. While the painting conditions can be tough--hot weather, tall grasses and lots of bees and mosquitos--the scenery is unparalleled! 


    Plein Air Competition at the Paint the Town Labor Day Show

    MAA members and others from the local community are invited to participate in our annual painting competition, which will be held rain or shine on Saturday, September 3. After getting your paper or canvas stamped, you'll have until 3 pm to complete a piece of artwork within the boundaries of Kensington, Maryland (the zip code 20895).

    Registration opens in July.

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