Montgomery Art Association

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Shows & Events

    • 1 Mar 2021
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    • 30 Apr 2021
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    Three-dimensional (3D) art pieces, presented in the dimensions of height, width, and depth, occupy physical space and can be perceived from all sides and angles. This show is an opportunity for MAA members to display their 3D artwork, which may fall into any theme or style (except for performance art).

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      • 1 Apr 2021
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      • 31 May 2021
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      Our second “Our Stories” online exhibition will focus on the theme of “journeys.” How you define “journey” is up to you. It could be as literal as a trip you took to Italy before the pandemic began, or the artistic expression of an emotional journey you took at some point in your life. Submissions can be traditional, conceptual, abstract, or experimental. The interpretation is yours to decide.

      As a part of this show’s theme, every submission must be accompanied by a paragraph of 75 words or less describing the journey depicted in your work. We encourage you to use storytelling techniques to make your story pop!

      We also ask that you ensure your member profile on our website is up to date, as we will use your headshot photo and link to it on the show page.

      At a Glance

        • Registration: March 9-19, 2021 (or earlier, if maximum capacity of 100 works is reached)

        • Show dates: April 1-May 31, 2021

        • Eligible media: 2D or 3D works 

        • Number of pieces allowed: Maximum of one entry per member.

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

        • Entry fee: $5 nonrefundable fee per piece of artwork. The fee is waived for registrants of our Artists' Storyteller Lab; please use the registration code that was emailed to you last week. (If you need it again, please email

        • Prospectus: Please refer to the Show Prospectus for full information.

      Questions? Contact Show Manager Martina Sestakova

        • 14 Apr 2021
        • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
        • Via Zoom
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        Interested in learning to Mat your Artwork yourself?

        Learn the tips and tricks of matting with Lori Myers!  Lori will be talking to us about the matting process, materials needed, and steps to create the perfect mat to complement your artwork.  No more need to run to the frame store or rely on standard mat sizes (not to mention, save money)!  

        3 Ways to Frame Art That Are Actually Affordable

        Lori Myers is a Certified Picture Framer, accredited by the PPFA (Professional Picture Framer Association) .  She studied graphic design and earned a BFA at Virginia Commonwealth University. Lori has managed the custom framing department at MJDesign and since the turn of the century, has been custom framing at the Artful Framers in Olney, MD. Lori has continued her art education through various local courses over the years and is currently enrolled in the MAP program at Glen Kessler’s Compass Atelier.  

        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. 

        • 21 Apr 2021
        • 9:00 AM (EDT)
        • 20 Jun 2021
        • 8:00 PM (EDT)
        • Windridge Vineyard, 15700 Darnestown Road, Darnestown, MD. 20874
        Registration is closed

        Key dates:
        Registration: April 2-8.
        Juried art selection: April 13
        Notification to selected artists: April 14.

        The Windridge Vineyard in Darnestown will be hosting an ongoing MAA art exhibit in their Tasting Room to reflect the fine art from local artist along with the vineyard's fine wine.  MAA has created a digital library that member artists can submit up to 3 works per member during open registration periods.  Please note that artwork previously submitted but not shown in earlier Windridge exhibits will remain in the digital library unless withdrawn by the artists.  All artwork in the Windridge digital library will be part of the jurying selection process by Windridge Vineyard owners. 

        Art submissions for the new spring exhibit should focus on spring as a time of new beginnings as depicted in landscapes, still life and abstract art of Maryland and surrounding metropolitan areas: including 

        1. natural landscapes, maritime and seascapes
        2. cityscapes, townscapes, urbanscapes 
        3. still life celebrating material local pleasures of flowers, fruit food and wine --  
        4. abstract art that breaks away from the traditional representation of everyday objects and familiar subjects. 

        Artists work in the digital library will be juried by the vineyard owners.  Selected artwork (~10-15 pieces) will be exhibited for a 2 month period.  At the end of each 2 month period, the vineyard will jury a new selection of MAA artwork for the next 2 month period. Sold artwork can be replaced by the artist with a similar size piece.  MAA will notify the artists when work is sold.  

        2D work including oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, pastel, encaustic or drawing / ink mediums are eligible for entry.  Photography is not included.

        There is no fee to submit your work for inclusion in the Windridge Vineyard Digital Library.  A fee of $5 will be required for each artwork selected by the winery. 

        Read the Prospectus: MAA_Windridge Vineyard_Spring Exhibit 
        • 12 May 2021
        • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
        • Via Zoom
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        Join Us for a Conversation and Demonstration with Watercolorist Dorrie Rifkin

        Entertaining and knowledgeable, watercolorist Dorrie Rifkin will give us a lesson on perspective along with a short demo of her drawing and watercolor process, including her approach to lettering in paintings.

        Thirty years’ experience as an award-winning art director ignited and cemented a lifelong love affair with typography and graphic design, and both are evident in her cityscapes. Her other passions -- music, New York City, and family – come through in her works, too, and she always has a funny story to share or entertaining dialogue that narrate her live demos.  

        Dorrie's paintings have won more than 30 prizes, many in international and national juried shows, and are exhibited in private collections worldwide. Dorrie was featured in the article “Ones to Watch,” Watercolor Artist (December 2010), and her work was selected for Splash 14, 15, 17,18, 19 and 20. Her painting Leaving the Highline was selected for the cover of Watercolor  Artist magazine in February 2015. She is a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and also is a member of the Northeast, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Garden State, New Jersey and Baltimore watercolor societies.

        Dorrie is based in Englewood, New Jersey, and will join us via Zoom. To see more of Dorrie's work: 

        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. 

        • 17 May 2021
        • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
        • Via Zoom
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        Registration is closed

        Start your week with an inspiring evening of art and storytelling with members of the Montgomery Art Association. More than a dozen artists who are participating in MAA’s current online exhibition “Our Stories, Our Journeys” will show their works and share the story behind their art in a special online event.

        We are honored to have members of the Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington join us for this hour of creativity and stories. We purposely scheduled it as a happy hour, so pour a glass of wine or warm a cup of tea and tune in via Zoom.

        The Zoom link will be sent to registrants in your confirmation email and sent again the day before our event.

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        • 1 Jun 2021
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        • 31 Jul 2021
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        The Creative Expressions Exhibit at the Village Center in Friendship Heights is an enduring tradition in the MAA annual show calendar. This year the Exhibit will be presented online - yet we will retain the tradition of judging and honors.

        This show includes judging in five categories:

        • Landscape
        • Still Life
        • People Portraits
        • Animal Portraits
        • Abstract

        Registration is from April 25 to May 10, 2021.

        Cash prizes will be awarded in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places; a reception on June 6th at 5 pm EST and will be held via Zoom. Our judge, Diane Wilson, will present her perspectives on the award-receiving artwork.

        Download the Creative Expressions 2021 prospectus for full information.

      Past events

      8 Apr 2021 Artists' Storytelling Lab
      10 Mar 2021 Tutorial: Conversation with MoCo Cartoonist Leila Cabib
      24 Feb 2021 Cozy Member Months (February): Sign up for a Critique with MAA Members
      24 Feb 2021 Cozy Member Months (February): Watch Critique with MAA Members
      10 Feb 2021 Cozy Member Months (February): Watch Members Studio Tour
      10 Feb 2021 Cozy Member Months (February): Give a Tour of Your Studio
      7 Feb 2021 Spreading "Light and Hope" online reception
      1 Feb 2021 Light & Hope: An Online Exhibition
      27 Jan 2021 Cozy Member Months (January): Watch Critique with MAA Members
      16 Jan 2021 MAA at Art Enables: An In-Person and Online Show
      13 Jan 2021 Cozy Member Months (January): Give a Tour of Your Studio
      13 Jan 2021 Cozy Member Months (January): Watch Members Studio Tour
      9 Dec 2020 Tutorial: Vet's Recycling Journey and Techniques
      1 Dec 2020 Still Life Exhibit Award Reception
      11 Nov 2020 Tutorial: Art Conservation with NGA's Jay Krueger
      1 Nov 2020 Abstracts Exhibit Award Reception
      14 Oct 2020 Member Meeting and Tutorial: Hard Decisions Galleries Make with Lesley Lundgren
      1 Oct 2020 Portrait Exhibit Award Reception
      1 Oct 2020 In our Online Gallery: Judged Portrait Exhibit
      9 Sep 2020 Tutorial: Urban Sketching with Sudeep Kumar
      1 Sep 2020 Plein Air Exhibit Award Reception
      31 Aug 2020 RESCHEDULED - Tutorial: Stretches and Exercises for Artists
      16 Aug 2020 Urban Landscapes Artist Salons
      12 Aug 2020 Cancelled - Tutorial: Stretches and Exercises for Artists
      1 Aug 2020 Urban Landscapes Award Reception
      8 Jul 2020 Tutorial: Photoshop for Artists
      2 Jul 2020 Natural Landscapes Award Reception
      24 Jun 2020 Creative Expressions Artists' Salon
      7 Jun 2020 Creative Expressions Award Reception
      1 Jun 2020 Creative Expressions Online Exhibit
      29 May 2020 Watch Critique Session with Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
      11 May 2020 Our Stories Salon: Interactive Art Conversation
      1 May 2020 Our Stories: An Online Exhibition
      15 Apr 2020 Watch Critique Session with Susan Abbott
      6 Apr 2020 Free Class: Setting Up and Painting a Successful Still Life
      2 Apr 2020 Sign Up for a Critique with Glen Kessler
      2 Apr 2020 Watch Critique Session with Glen Kessler
      16 Mar 2020 Plein Air Painting: Peony Gardens at Seneca Creek State Park
      11 Mar 2020 March Member Meeting
      1 Mar 2020 Reception: Colorful Explorations
      23 Feb 2020 3rd Sketch and Jazz Night
      21 Feb 2020 Glenstone Museum Visit
      12 Feb 2020 February Member Meeting
      25 Jan 2020 Oasis Gallery Reception
      8 Jan 2020 January Member Meeting
      11 Dec 2019 December Member Meeting
      13 Nov 2019 November 2019 Member Meeting
      2 Nov 2019 Plein Air Painting at Tusculum Farm in Laytonsville
      18 Oct 2019 Plein Air Painting at Black Ankle Vineyards
      16 Oct 2019 October 2019 Member Meeting
      20 Sep 2019 Sketch Night at AMP by Strathmore
      8 Sep 2019 The Meeting House Gallery Reception
      31 Aug 2019 Kensington Paint The Town Show Reception
      31 Aug 2019 Paint the Town Labor Day Show (Aug 31-Sept 2)
      31 Aug 2019 The Meeting House Gallery Show (through Nov 2)
      31 Aug 2019 Annual Plein Air Competition at the Paint the Town Labor Day Show
      10 Aug 2019 Baltimore Museum of Art Docent-Led Tour
      2 Aug 2019 Artists & Makers Gallery Show Reception
      30 Jul 2019 Artists & Makers Gallery Show (through Aug 28)
      20 Jul 2019 Brookside Gardens: The Nature of Art (through Aug 18)
      14 Jul 2019 Ranazul Restaurant Summer Show Reception
      7 Jul 2019 Ranazul Restaurant Summer Show
      9 Jun 2019 Creative Expressions reception
      8 May 2019 May Member Meeting
      4 May 2019 May 4 Field Trip to See Frida Kahlo Exhibit in Brooklyn, NY
      1 May 2019 Kensington Library May Exhibit
      10 Apr 2019 April Member Meeting
      13 Mar 2019 March Member Meeting
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