May 4: Field Trip for Frida Kahlo Show

May 4: New York Day Trip to See “Frida Kahlo: 
Appearances Can Be Deceiving” Exhibition

Frida Kahlo
Frida in New York by Nickolas Murray (c) Nickolas Murray Photo Archives

Join MAA for a day trip to see the largest US exhibition in a decade devoted to the revolutionary Mexican artist, being held at the Brooklyn Museum.

We have obtained 10 tickets to the sought-after exhibit that is selling out more than a month in advance. The exhibition explores Frida Kahlo’s creative vision and self-crafted identity through a presentation of her clothing and other personal items, paintings and drawings, photographs, film and documentation and objects from the museum’s collection.

We’ll take the bus together to New York in the morning, have a Frida-inspired lunch, see the exhibition and have time to explore the rest of the museum or embark on NY activities on your own for a few hours before returning to Bethesda at night.

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When: Saturday, May 4. We will depart at 7 am and return at 11:30 pm. The bus ride duration is 4.5-5 hours each way.

Included: Roundtrip bus fare between Maryland and New York; roundtrip transportation between the bus station and museum in New York; snacks on the bus to NY; lunch; admission to the exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum.

Not included:
 Transportation between your home and the bus station in Maryland; parking; dinner; souvenirs; other expenses not included in the itinerary.

 $60 for members. $80 for a guest, limited to one (1) guest per MAA member.

How to register: Use this link to register through our new membership and signup system. If you’re new to the system you will have to activate your account first. Learn how

Cancellations/refunds: Reservations are nonrefundable, unless we are able to find someone to take your place on the trip. If you need to cancel your registration, email Roxana Rojas-Luzonwith subject: “MAA NY trip cancelation.”

Waiting list:
Be sure to put your name on the waiting list if all 10 spots get filled.


6:30 am Meet up
We will meet at the Vamoose bus service departure spot at 7401 Waverly St. in Bethesda (at the corner of Montgomery Avenue, next to the entrance to the parking garage, which is free on weekends). Bring your confirmation and signed waiver (and your coffee too if you can’t live without it!) MAA will provide a light snack for you when you board the bus.

7:00 am Departure

12:00 pm Arrival

The bus arrives in New York, dropping passengers in the vicinity of Penn Station, at 7th Avenue and West 30th Street. From this time, MAA members should stay together.

12:30 pm Transport to Museum
We will divide in two groups and take two Lyft ride share vehicles to the museum. Depending on traffic, the ride will take 35-46 minutes. The museum address is 200 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. All members should stick together in order to enter the museum; trip leader Roxana will have one confirmation sheet for all 10 passes. Members won’t have individual tickets.

1:30 pm Lunch at The Norm at the Brooklyn Museum
We will experience food and drinks influenced by the life and work of Frida Kahlo at the museum’s in-house restaurant. The cost of your meal is included. After lunch, members can rest, shop for souvenirs or visit other exhibitions inside the museum.

2:35 pm Meet at exhibit entrance
All participants should gather at the entrance of the featured exhibition “Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving.” Our time entrance is at 2:45 pm, and we are allotted one hour in the exhibit.

3:45 p.m. End of featured tour

Members are welcomed to visit other free exhibitions inside the museum. Also, this may be the time for you to rest or buy a snack for the road back home.

6:45 pm Ride together back to Manhattan

All should gather at museum main entrance in order to exit together and take a Lyft ride share back to the Vamoose bus stop.

7:35pm Bus stop/board buses

Arrive at bus station no later than now. (Penn Station Area, Corner of 7th Ave. and West 30th Street. Line up is on 30th street, across from Bravo Pizza). This is the boarding time.

8:00 pm Bus departure

11:30pm Arrival home

The bus is expected to arrive around 11:30 pm at 7400 Waverly St. in Bethesda. 

What to Expect

This will be a long day, but well worth it! Participants on this field trip should plan on a long day and dress casually, comfortably and in layers to prepare for any type of weather. You should be comfortable sitting on a bus for 4-5 hours each way (up to 9 hours roundtrip); the bus has a bathroom on it, and the drive may stop at rest stops. A light snack will be provided on the trip to New York, but you should bring other food and beverages, if desired.

In New York, we will use ride share services, or you may hire your own taxi or take the subway at your own expense. For the exhibit, you should plan to walk for one hour; if you plan to explore the museum or other places in New York on your own, you would be on your feet longer. You are free to rest at any time. It’s recommended to let our group leader, Roxana, know via text message (240-370-7724) if you need a rest so that she can ensure you catch up with the rest of the group.

All aspects of the trip are wheelchair accessible; we do need to inform the bus company in advance if a passenger will be in a wheelchair, so please contact Roxana.

In the event of unexpected events or travel delays beyond our control (such as missing a bus, arriving late, a bus cancellation that would cause us to take a different bus home or need to stay overnight), decisions will be make as a group. The MAA leader will have backup plans, but all extra expenses will be the responsibility of each individual on the tour.

Waiver of Liability

Each participant must sign an MAA waiver of liability before boarding the bus. Please bring a signed copy with you.


For questions before the trip please email Roxana Rojas-Luzon at

For questions during the trip, please contact Roxana Rojas-Luzon at 240-370-7724 or Anastasia Walsh at 408-718-6822.

Join us for Sketch & Jazz Night on March 22

The Montgomery Art Association and AMP by Strathmore are teaming up to host our first Sketch and Jazz Night. Join us at this North Bethesda music venue for a live performance by jazz vocalist Rochelle Rice, socialize with fellow artists and sketch the musician.

AMP by Strathmore is offering $18 tickets to artists and guests ($7 off its regular price). MAA will provide complimentary appetizers to share with our members and their guests.

About Rochelle Rice: A celebrated voice in the DC music scene, Rice provides a unique, jazzy take on pop and R&B. Named “Best Jazz Vocalist” by Washington City Paper, and an alumna of Strathmore’s prestigious Artist in Residence program, Rice is classically trained and has performed on some of the most esteemed stages in the area. Her debut project, WONDER—complete with beautiful original music, a sizzling quartet, and lush strings—showcases her undeniable energy that will move your spirit as she flawlessly weaves a tapestry of soulful, contemporary jazz.

Buying tickets: Go to When the page opens up, click “Buy.” On the popup screen, enter promo code MAA22 and click on the words “apply code” to the right. Then choose Table Seating and complete your purchase at the discounted rate.

What to bring: Sketching materials (such as small sketchbooks, pencils/pens, travel-sized watercolor kit, water container). Keep your materials simple, since 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. Upon arrival, tell the host you’re with MAA. We’ll sit together at tables lit by tealights. MAA will provide appetizers to share. 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. Before you depart at the end of the evening, we’d love to snap a photo of your sketches to share on social media, if you wouldn’t mind.

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.

Email us if you have any questions.

December 1 Field Trip to See One House Project

Join MAA in touring the exhibition of 300 panels created by local artists paying tribute to their ancestors’ and their own immigration experiences, and then enjoy lunch nearby.

Saturday, December 1
11:30 am

About the Exhibition: For ArtWatch collective’s “One House Project” exhibit, participants have been given a simple wood panel measuring 12-inches square on which to tell the story of one of their ancestors who came to this country from elsewhere, whether voluntarily or involuntarily. Participants who are themselves immigrants were encouraged to use the panel to tell their own story. Native Americans, who were the first inhabitants of this land, may honor any ancestor whose life story is important to them. ArtWatch Collective constructed an underlying structure — a house — and attach the completed panels to the outside, covering it completely. The “One House Project” exhibit also incorporates audio and video recordings of contributing participants.

Where to Meet / Getting There: Meet at the main entrance of the BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr. in Germantown. Directions

Lunch: The group will go to nearby Ruby Tuesdays for lunch. To make settling the bill easier, kindly bring cash to cover the cost of your meal.

To Sign Up: Email Roxana Rojas-Luzon. Please include your name and cell phone number in order to receive text messages from Roxana the day before and/or the morning of the meet up. (If you prefer not to receive texts from Roxana, note that when you RSVP.)