Montgomery Art Association

    • 20 Nov 2022
    • 18 Dec 2022
    • Goldman Art Gallery, 6125 Montrose Rd. in Rockville, Maryland
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    Registration is closed

    Key to an artist’s ability to express their vision are color and light. MAA is pleased to be co-hosting, in conjunction with Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington Goldman Art Gallery in Rockville,  a new exhibition and sale as part of the upcoming holiday season titled, a  “Celebration Of Color And Light.” . We trust your works will make the world brighter from being part of the exhibition.

    • Eligible media: Oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, pastel, encaustic, drawing/ink mediums and photography. All must be securely wired for hanging on a wall.

    • Requirements: The subject of the show is "Celebrating Color & Light". We accept 12 pieces that are up to 48” framed (that could be a 24”X48 “or 48”X48”) and 40 smaller pieces (various sizes, not exceeding 36” on any side), 52 pieces total.

    • Number of pieces allowed: One entry per member. 

    • Membership: You must be a Montgomery Art Association member in good standing to enter this show.

    • Entry fee: $10 per work (nonrefundable)

    Key Dates

    • Registration open: October 11- October 18 

    • Drop off: Monday, November 14, 10 am-1 pm

    • Show dates: November 20-December 18

    • Reception: Sunday, December 4,  12:30-2 pm

    • Pick up unsold artwork: Monday, December 19, 10 am-noon 

    Dates subject to change; we will inform participating artists by email if anything changes.

    About the Goldman Art Gallery: Focusing on meaningful, inclusive exhibits depicting experiences, identity, and culture, the Goldman Gallery is a warm and welcoming space. It Is housed in the Bender JCC building, which is home to dozens of classes and activities each week. Daily foot traffic is robust. Learn more

    Questions: Contact show manager Walter Blackwell, email:

    Download the prospectus
    • 10 Dec 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • The Farm Women's Market, 7155 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda 20814
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    For December Plein Air Paint-out the MAA artists are invited to paint the historic Farm Women’s Market in Bethesda. 

    (Registration begins on December 1, 2022. Number of participants limited to 12.)

    Founded in 1932, the Montgomery Farm Women’s Cooperative Market is the oldest continuously operated farm market in Montgomery County.

    Surrounded by modern office buildings on the busy Wisconsin Avenue, this old Market has been a hub of Bethesda life. It endures as both a reminder of Bethesda’s agricultural past and as a pioneering example of women’s entrepreneurship. As the Great Depression, by 1932, had caused economic conditions to deteriorate rapidly, a group of 19 enterprising farmers’ wives from Bethesda, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Monrovia, Germantown, Spencerville and other farming communities gathered to find a creative and sustainable way to augment their family incomes. Their goal was to generate needed income by selling high quality produce, dairy and meat products, baked goods and crafts to residents of DC and its expanding suburbs at a weekly self-managed market. Ninety years later, their initiative is continuing to serve the community three days a week!

    What to expect: You can paint the old Market or explore other interesting buildings along the Wisconsin Avenue and Bethesda Row. Dress up warm and in layers. Carry hand warmers and gloves if weather is too cold for your liking. Try not to setup at crossroads as the wind-chill factor might make your painting experience more challenging. There are several restaurants along the Avenue if you wish for a hot drink or lunch. The Farm Market often has Food Trucks.

    Where: The Farm Women’s Market, 7155 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, 20814

    Event date: Saturday, December 10, 2022

    Time: 10:30 AM -- 4:00 PM 

    Meet Up: 10:30 AM -- 10:45 AM in front of the Farm Women’s Market Building

    Registration dates: Registration starts Thursday, December 1, 2022. It ends Friday, December 9, 2022, at 11:59 pm ET.

    Restrooms: Yes

    Parking: Yes. Public Parking available behind the Market on the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Willow Lane.

    Cost: Free with registration

    Limit: Limited to 12 Participants. Registration begins on December 1, 2022

    What to bring: Please bring everything you need for the day, including art supplies and equipment.

    Rain date: If the weather is poor the Event will be canceled and registered participants informed via email.

    MAA Contact: Sandhya Sharma,

    Map for the Farm Women's Market: 

    • 14 Dec 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom

    You are invited to a special conversation with  Glen Kessler on Wednesday, December 14th from 7-8 pm via Zoom.

    About our speaker:  Glen Kessler is an internationally collected and awarded artist as well as the founder of The Compass Atelier in Rockville, MD. Kessler has a MFA from New York Academy of Art and a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. His works have graced the cover of Professional Artist Magazine and in The Artists' Magazine, among other publications. He has paintings in the public collections of King Charles III, Amazon Web Services, Ford's Theater, Capital One Bank, Dominion Bank, as well as hundreds of private collections around the world. He is a 2-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Grant for Outstanding Figurative Art, a Prince of Wales Fellow, and a Maryland State Arts Council Grant awardee. He is also a life-long teacher, having taught at Maryland Institute College of Art, George Washington University, George Mason University, and others. In 2013 he founded The Compass Atelier in Rockville, MD in order to teach a cohesive curriculum of artistic study of his own design. 

    About the Presentation:  Composition and Color Theory in Realist and Abstract Art

    Glen Kessler will speak about the role color plays in composition in both realist and abstract artwork through history. Beginning with tonal painting where color served a decorative purpose through to the Impressionists for whom color was the building blocks of composition up through modern artists who utilize and break from the traditions of the past, we will learn how artists have organized their compositions in the hope that this knowledge may inform how we organize our own today.

    Zoom info: The workshop will be held via Zoom. For security reasons, the Zoom link is provided to registrants in your confirmation email and in the reminder email we'll send you the day before. 

    • 9 Jan 2023
    • 21 Apr 2023
    • Oasis Art Gallery, Westfield Montgomery Mall, 7125 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, MD 20817
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    MAA is again delighted to return to the Oasis Art Gallery at Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda. This show is the fifth MAA-Oasis collaboration, with 65 works of the artists' choice on display.

    At a Glance

    • Eligible media: Oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, pastel, encaustic, drawing/ink mediums, and 3D works. All must be securely wired for hanging on a wall.

    • Requirements: The subject is your choice. Your work must be between 9x12" and 28x28" framed and may not weigh more than 15 pounds. 

    • Number of pieces allowed: One artwork; option for a second piece if there is room.

    • Membership: You must be a Montgomery Art Association member in good standing to enter this show.

    • Registration period: November 16 - December 14, 2022 (or sooner if filled).
    • Entry fee: $10 per work (nonrefundable).

    About Oasis: Washington Metropolitan Oasis and the Oasis Art Gallery are part of the national, non-profit Oasis education organization dedicated to enriching the lives of adults age 50 and older through lifelong learning, health and wellness promotion and volunteer opportunities including Intergenerational Tutoring. Oasis brings people together to learn, lead, and contribute in their communities. Weekdays, the Oasis offices and Gallery are busy with Oasis class attendees, registrants, art lovers, as well as Macy’s shoppers.  

    Questions:  If you have any questions, please email the Show Managers, Helen Wood, Mita Lazarte, or Ella Soroori. Have a great day!

    Download the Prospectus to see Show Details

    • 11 Jan 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Via Zoom
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    Monthly Members Talk: Conversation and demo
    with Seattle-based watercolorist Fred Lisaius 

    Wednesday, January 11, 7-8 pm

    Via Zoom

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    You are invited to a special conversation with Seattle-based watercolorist Fred Lisaius on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, from 7-8 pm ET on Zoom. 

    About the presentation: Fred will show how to carefully construct a watercolor using preliminary sketches and value studies. He will demo how he creates this beautiful serene atmosphere in the painting.

    About our presenter:Fred Lisaius was born in New Jersey. His parents were first-generation Americans and wonderfully brave and creative. They encouraged his interest in art and he graduated with a BFA with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design.  He has also lived in New York City and Copenhagen, and now calls Seattle home.  

    Being outside, in nature, is an important part of Fred's happiness. Nature is creative, beautiful, brutal, kind and honest, and is where Fred looks for Truth and finds it everywhere. His paintings are metaphors for both local and global communities. Within this theme, he explores the concepts of diversity, self, and truth. He invites viewers to find their own connections and meaning within his art. For inspiration, he takes a lot of photos and collects leaves, berries, mushrooms, bark, and other bits of nature. His art is also informed by images of pattern and nature from around the world.

    See his work at

    Zoom info: The session will be held on Zoom. For security reasons, the Zoom link is provided to registrants in your confirmation email and in the reminder email we'll send you the day before. 

    • 13 Jan 2023
    • 11:00 AM
    • Hirshhorn Museum, Independence Ave SW &, 7th St SW, Washington, DC 20560
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    Registration is closed

    Registration opens December 22

    Field Trip: “One with Eternity:” Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection”

    MAA has secured 30 passes for the exhibit “One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection” at the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum. The exhibit has been one of the most popular art installations in DC in decades, and this is a great opportunity to see it before it closes this spring. This will be a self-guided group visit lasting about 35-45 minutes.

    For those who are interested in discussing the exhibit, gather at noon at the Dolcezza cafe on the first floor. MAA will provide you with a $5 voucher to put towards a beverage. We can sit, have a chat, and then you could continue exploring the Hirshhorn.


    Cost: $7 per member.

    Group size:
    Limited to 30 MAA members. (Indicate on the registration form if you’d like to be contacted if we’re under-enrolled and you’d like to register a guest; if we have a spot, we'd contact you on or after January 6).

    When to arrive: Please get to the museum by 11 am so that you can clear security, put your bag in a locker, and use the restroom before joining the group. Our group’s timed entry tickets are for 11:15 am sharp.

    Getting there:
    Please travel on your own to the museum (or carpool with fellow members). The Hirshhorn is on the National Mall, at the corner of 7th St. SW and Independence Ave. SW. Click here for travel info.

    Upon arrival:
    Follow signs to the museum’s main entrance. Once you’ve gotten through security, proceed to the exhibit entrance on the lower level. Our group will go in at 11:15 am; we are required to go in as a group, so we cannot guarantee access if you’re late.

    What to expect:

    • The museum suggests bringing just a small purse – large bags, backpacks, etc. are not permitted. There are a limited number of free lockers on the lower level.

    • You'll be asked to leave any bags on a table outside the Infinity Mirror Rooms before you enter.

    • Within the exhibition, expect a short wait to go into the Infinity Mirror Rooms, which can only accommodate 3-4 visitors at a time. There are designated paths for visitors to stand and walk on. 

    • Time inside the infinity mirror rooms is limited to 30 seconds or so.

    MAA cancellation policy:
    Cancellations are accepted via email at Refunds will only be provided if we are able to fill your spot with someone on the waiting list and only until January 9. From January 10-onward, no refunds. 

    About Yayoi Kusama: Kusama is a Japanese contemporary artist who has been acknowledged as one of the most important living artists to come out of Japan. Working primarily in sculpture and installation, her conceptual art and shows have been viewed by millions of people worldwide. Learn more. (Tip: The excellent documentary Kusama Infinity is currently showing on Amazon Prime.)

    About the exhibit: The Hirshhorn Museum has been collecting Kusama’s prolific work since 1996 and is currently showing five of the works, including two of the artist’s transcendent Infinity Mirror Rooms–her first and her most recent. The mirror rooms create a dazzling sensation of never-ending space and are exhibited alongside an early painting; sculptures, including Pumpkin (2016) and Flowers—Overcoat (1964); and photographs of the artist. This exhibition honors Kusama’s distinctive vision of self-obliteration by exploring its development across media while also underscoring the Museum’s mission: to present the most exciting art and ideas of our time.

    More info: Please visit the Hirshhorn’s website.

    Questions: Email


    Yayoi Kusama Installation view of Infinity Mirror Room—Phalli’s Field, 1965/2017, at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Stuffed cotton, board, and mirrors Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts ©YAYOI KUSAMA Photo by Cathy Carver

    • 18 Jan 2023
    • 16 Apr 2023
    • Windridge Vineyard 15700 Darnestown Road, Darnestown, MD 20874

    Key dates

    Registration -- November 30 through December 14.            

    Juried Selection -- January 3, 2023

    Notification to Artists of Selected Works -- January 5, 2023

    Artwork Drop Off --January 16, 2023  10:00 am - 1:00 pm 

    Show Opening -- January 18, 2023 

    Art Pick up - April 17, 2023 (10:00am - 1:00pm)

    Canal Early Winter by David Allen

    The Windridge Vineyard in Darnestown will be hosting its 2023 Winter Frost and Snow MAA art exhibit in the Tasting Room.  

    Submissions: There is a certain beauty to winter that only the frozen landscape can provide, and nothing is quite as amazing as finding a snowflake that is large enough to show its intricate details.  

    MAA Members are invited to submit up to 2 works for consideration that are inspired by the natural wonder of winter's spectacular show in any of the following categories: 

    • natural landscapes, maritime and seascapes
    • cityscapes, townscapes, urbanscapes 
    • still life 
    • abstract art 
    • Portraiture - people and animals 

    Media eligible:  2 D works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, pastel, encaustic, drawing/ink mediums and photography.  3D works not included in this show. 

    Cost: There is no cost to submit your work to for consideration by Windridge for the show. If your artwork is selected by the curators, a fee of $10 will be required at the time of art drop off.  

    Juried process: Submitted artwork will be juried by the vineyard owners. Approximately 18-20 selected work will be exhibited for a three-month period. All artwork must be for sale. Windridge will notify artists when work is sold. Sold works may be replaced by the artist with a similarly size piece. Replacement artwork will be managed by the MAA show manager not Windridge.  

    Membership Requirement:  You must be a MAA member to register for this show.  If you need to renew your membership go to Join MAA.

    Show Prospectus: Please review the prospectus for details on submission, framing and wiring requirements before registering Windridge Winter Frost & Snow Prospectus 2023

    Show Manager: Kathy Tynan ( or

    • 20 Jan 2023
    • 26 Mar 2023
    • Benjamin Gaither Center, 80 Bureau Dr A, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
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    Key Dates:

    • Registration: December 2-20 (or once the maximum capacity of 35 pieces is reached) 
    • Drop off: January 17, 10 am-12 pm
    • Show hanging: January 17, 12-2 pm
    • Show: January 20 - March 26, 2023
    • Reception: Date TBD
    • Pick up unsold works: March 27, 10 am-12 pm

    About this show: As the sparkle of Spring approaches, MAA looks forward to its second show at the Benjamin Gaither Center. This airy environment welcomes visitors Monday-Thursday 8:30 am-6 pm and Fridays 8:30 am-4 pm. Plans for a reception are underway.

    Prospectus: Please review the Show Prospectus in full before registering.

    Media eligible for exhibition: Artwork for this exhibit should be two-dimensional works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, pastel, encaustic, drawing/ink or photography. 3D works are not accepted. All works must be 36”x36" or small (framed). 

    Subject: No theme/artist choice

    Number of pieces allowed: Each member may submit 1 entry

    Registration dates: Registration starts Thursday, December 2, 2022. It ends Sunday, December 20, 2022, at 11:59 pm ET, or earlier, if show capacity is reached.

    Entry fee: $10 (nonrefundable)

    Contacts: Show managers Holly Buehler 

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