Plein Air in the Friendship Heights Neighborhood

  • 22 Jun 2024
  • 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • 4433 South Park Ave., Chevy Chase, MD
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 Plein Air in the Friendship Heights Neighborhood 

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MAA is pleased to co-sponsor, along with the Friendship Heights Village Center (FHVC) and Plaza Artist Materials, a plein air event in the Friendship Heights, MD, neighborhood. The area’s visual delights include decorative old houses, three parks, tall apartment buildings, and picturesque restaurants and other businesses – plus a Famers’ Market!

Spend the day painting, and leave your works to be hung in the

Friendship Gallery for a judged show with prizes!

The works will be on display – and labeled and priced for sale – in time for the July 4thcelebrations at FHVC and through August 24. 

Kathleen Zeifang will judge the show and award three $50 gift cards. Kathleen is an award-winning plein air and abstract artist who lives and works in Washington, DC. 

Key dates and times: 

Plein Air:  Saturday, June 22, 9 am to 1:30 pm

Registration:  June 22, 8:30 - 9:30 am

Return:  June 22, 1:30 pm (the FHVC closes at 2 pm)

Exhibition:  July 1 - August 24

Reception:  Thursday, July 25, 6:30 - 8 pm

Location: Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 South Park Ave., Chevy Chase, MD

Parking: Free parking will be available in the Geico parking lot at 5620 Western Ave. Look for signs in the lot, placed there specially for this event. Some parking is also available in front of the Village Center, where it says "authorized vehicles only."

Cost: Free 

Number of registrants: Up to 15 MAA members. If you would like to come with a non-MAA guest, they will need to register by calling the FHVC at 301-656-2797, or Margarita Caro at 202-236-5006.

What to bring: Paints, substrate(s) no larger than 11x14”frame(s), easel, stool, water, sunscreen, and a hat. 

How to check in: Go directly to the FHVC to sign in and to get each paper, canvas, or board stamped. Check in is 8:30 - 9:30 am.

Where to set up: The designated area is bordered by Willard Ave., North Park Ave., and South Park Ave.

The Friendship Heights organizers say that artists must begin their paintings outside but may come inside the Friendship Heights Village Center starting around 10:30 and work from photos or memory. We have been assured there is room for all to work there, air conditioning, and water. Although we also have been assured there is plenty of shade in the neighborhood, if you need to come inside earlier than 10:30, please do so.

How to return your artworks: All pieces you would like to enter must be returned to the FHVC by 1:30 (the FHVC closes at 2 pm). Leave your gallery-wrapped canvas or framed works there. All works must be wired for hanging. When dry, these will be hung in the Friendship Gallery.


  • Each substrate must be stamped during check-in, 8:30 - 9:30 am.
  • Artworks must be no larger than 11x14".
  • Artworks must be framed or gallery-wrapped, and wired for hanging.
  • All pieces must be returned by 1:30 pm. The FHVC closes at 2 pm.

Food: There are plenty of food options in the area, including Potbelly, Lia’s, Alfio’s, Chipotle, Whole Foods, Panera, and Starbucks

Rain date: Sunday, June 23

Questions: Paula Zeller, Art Community Partnership Chair:

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