Montgomery Art Association

Plein Air Painting at Tusculum Farm in Laytonsville

  • 2 Nov 2019
  • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • 4601 Damascus Road, Laytonsville MD 20882
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  • Choose this field if you are a MAA member in good standing.

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A last-minute, special opportunity! The owners of one of the most gorgeous farms in Montgomery County's agricultural reserve have invited us to paint the property during its Farm Fest on Saturday, November 2. There is no cost for this event, and the owners will treat artists to lunch from the food trucks that will be onsite. Limited to 20 people.

Dating back to 1747, Tusculum Farm is included in the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties and has a rich American history. The property was owned in the mid- 18th century by Henry Griffith, a prominent Marylander who in addition to being a member of the Annapolis Convention that formed the Association of Freeman of Maryland, also witnessed the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Carl and Virginia Freeman became the owners of Tusculum Farm in May of 1964, making them the 16th in the chain of titles of the 500+ acre property. Virginia Freeman, who lived on the farm for the remainder of her life (1964-2012), used to say that “fairies lived in the woods” at Tusculum.

Painting subjects include the historic farmhouse, manicured gardens, vine-covered pergolas, garden sculptures, a large red barn and other property buildings, a lake, vegetable gardens and fields, and rolling hillside vistas. The farm fest will also include hayrides and children's games. See photos.

Number of spots: Limited to 20 artists who pre-register.

Cost: Free for members of MAA, the Maryland Pastel Association and The Painters Compass. $10 for non-members. Registration includes a voucher for lunch, warm beverages, and water; you must register here and have your name on the list in order to get the lunch voucher.

Time: The festival runs 10 am-2 pm. You are welcomed to arrive earlier and stay later if you'd like more painting time.

Getting There: The farm is at 4601 Damascus Road in Laytonsville, MD. It's about a 30-minute drive (14 miles) from Rockville Town Center. MAA members: If you’d like to try to coordinate a carpool, or if you need a ride, please post a message on our members-only Facebook group.

In case of rain: The festival will be cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

If you need to cancel: Please email so that we can give your spot to someone else.

Questions: Email

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