Montgomery Art Association

Shows & Events

    • 30 Jul 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 28 Aug 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Artists & Makers 1, 11810 Parklawn Dr, Rockville, MD 20852
    Registration is closed

    Registration is now closed. Thank you!

    MAA will have a members-only art show at the Artists & Makers Gallery this summer. A number of MAA members have studios in one of the two A&M spaces, and we hold our member meetings there as well. This show will use the entire Gallery space in A&M 1 on Parklawn Drive.

    Judith HeartSong, the founder and director of Artists & Makers, will hostthis show. Artists are invited to submit 1 artwork for this show. 

    Please refer to the Show Prospectus for full information.

    • 31 Aug 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 3710 Mitchell St., Kensington, MD 20895

    Registration Open July 12 - August 30, 2019

    En Plein Air - outdoor painting - during the Paint The Town Labor Day Show event is a special highlight. This activity is open to members, non-members and children. Pieces from this competition are judged for awards in two categories--Adult Plein Air and Childrens Plein Air.

    Registration: Register here online or in person at the Kensington Armory on August 30 or 31.

    Cost: The competition is free for MAA members in good standing and for children. Non-member adults pay $10 per person; the fee is payable here or in person at the show. 

    Competition Rules: Your canvas or paper must be stamped on Saturday, August 31. Doors open at 7 am for this purpose. You must return your artwork for judging and sale by 3 pm the same day. (Note: If you do not wish to mark your piece for sale, you may note "Not for Sale").

    Download the 2019 Plein Air Rules for complete details.

    • 31 Aug 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 2 Nov 2019
    • 8:00 PM
    • 5885 Robert Oliver Place Columbia, MD 21045
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    Registration is now closed. Thank you!

    MAA is excited to hold our first member show at The Meeting House Gallery in Columbia. Several of our members have participated as individuals at this venue; one of the special aspects of this Gallery is the opportunity to show large 2D art.

     Hundreds of visitors come to The Meeting House every week, either to attend religious services (5 separate congregations) - or to attend meetings, celebrations, and other events. 

    The MAA exhibit will include a hosted reception that will also offer participating artists to bring cards and prints for sale.

    The Meeting House Gallery requires that all participating artists be vetted for suitability in this Interfaith Center. The registration is a two part process in which The Meeting House reviews sample art images of all applicants. Selected artists will then register with their final pieces.

    Full information can be found on the show Prospectus.

    • 31 Aug 2019
    • 11:00 AM
    • 2 Sep 2019
    • 5:30 PM
    • Kensington, MD

    Registration is now closed. Thank you!

    The Paint the Town Labor Day Show is our marquis event of the year. The three-day event includes a judged art show of approximately 500 pieces, live demonstrations, a plein air, competition, bin work and card sales, and a warm community reception. The Town of Kensington, a long-time MAA supporter, provides the beautiful, historic Armory building to us for this show.

    Membership Requirement: Annual membership (new or renewal) is required prior to registration for this show. Learn more. Your membership confirmation letter will include the special code you need to register.

    Submissions: Members may enter up to three pieces of work, including the mandatory Kensington requirement.

    Show Categories: This show includes judging in six pre-submitted categories: Kensington, Landscape, Still Life, Portrait (People & Animals), Abstract, and 3-D. The Saturday Plein Air Competition is also judged. Prizes (cash and gift certificates) are awarded in 1st, 2nd and 3rd places and honorable mention.

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

    Show manager: Anastasia Walsh

    • 31 Aug 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 3410 Mitchell Ave., Kensington, MD

    Show participants: Please RSVP if you will be attending the reception. Thank you!

    The Saturday evening reception for the Kensington Paint the Town show is a large, fun party - with free food, drink, and friends.

    The formal part of the Reception is the Award Ceremony when judge Glen Kessler will present the award certificates and prizes to the announced winners in each category. Glen will discuss the entire show and also the specific observations within each category.

    It is helpful to anticipate which participating artists will be present so that the awards distribution can go smoothly.

    Will you be attending?

    • 20 Sep 2019
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave., N. Bethesda, MD

    The Montgomery Art Association and AMP by Strathmore are teaming up to host our second Sketch Night at the North Bethesda music venue. Join us for a live performance by Michela's Love Movement, socialize with fellow artists and sketch the show.

    For this event, registration is handled via AMP by Strathmore's website. See link below.

    About Michela’s Love Movement: This is not your ordinary band. The ensemble, led by tap dancing phenom Michela Marino Lerman, is a hybrid of the highest levels of musicianship and hoofing. An extraordinary percussionist and dancer all in one, Lerman’s feet are a blur of brilliance, tapping on electronic boards and wooden stages to accentuate the group’s uplifting repertoire. Dancing to original music, spirituals and jazz, Love Movement is a journey through the levels of love that will leave you feeling moved and empowered. Here's a sneak peek.

    Cost: AMP by Strathmore is generously offering MAA members, local artists and their guests reduced-priced, $18 tickets ($10 off the regular price for our seats).

    Buying tickets: Click the button below, then click the red "Buy” button. On the popup screen, enter promo code MAA10 and click on the words “apply code.” Then choose "Table Seating" and complete your purchase at the reduced rate.

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    What to bring: Sketching materials (such as small sketchbooks, pencils/pens, travel-sized watercolor kit). Keep your materials simple--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. We suggest arriving early. Upon arrival, tell the host you're with MAA. We'll sit together at tables lit by tealights. MAA will provide a few shared appetizers. 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.

    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.

    • 18 Oct 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • 14463 Black Ankle Rd in Mt. Airy, MD

    Spend an afternoon painting en plein air with fellow MAA members at a pretty vineyard set among the rolling hillside of Central Maryland. Black Ankle Vineyards provides sweeping views of farmland, hills, a wide-stretching blue sky and rows of undulating grapevines. There’s a charming tasting room building and a patio with plants and flowers. And if our timing is right, we’ll catch a glimpse of fall colors.

    Black Ankle Vineyards is the culmination of a long-time dream of founders Ed Boyce and Sarah O'Herron, who planted their first grapes in 2002 and opened for business in 2008. The vineyard was selected among the best 101 wineries in America in 2017. 

    During our outing, you are welcomed to walk around the property and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine. The vineyard shop also sells cheeses, bread, spreads, salami and sweets; you can bring your own food, too. Wine tastings are available in the tasting room for an additional fee. And at 6 pm, the vineyard will have free live music on the patio for those who wish to stay. Parking is plentiful, and we’ll have open access to restrooms.

    Cost: $10 for members, $16 non-members. Registration includes one glass of wine (or still or sparking water).

    Time: We've set the outing for 2-6 pm. If you'd like more painting time, you can arrive earlier.

    Getting There: The vineyard is at 14463 Black Ankle Rd in Mt. Airy, MD—a 50-minute drive from Rockville. See directions. We will meet at the vineyard. 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.

    Rain date: If the weather is poor, we’ll postpone until Saturday, October 19. Registrants will be contacted via email.

    Questions: Email Elissa Poma at

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