Paint the Town Labor Day Show 2022

September 3-5, 2022
Kensington Historic Armory
3710 Mitchell Street, Kensington, MD

We are thrilled to host in person again our annual celebration of local artists--the three-day Paint the Town Labor Day Show & Sale. This is one of the longest-running and largest art shows in the region, with hundreds of works by nearly 200 MAA artists. The event is free and open to the public.

All works are for sale. In addition, the Artist Marketplace will have small works, prints and notecards available for purchase. We'll also have a one-day painting competition, live demonstrations, an artist invitational competition, live music, and food trucks. 

A portion of all sales proceeds goes to support MAA's arts mission. Learn more about MAA

The schedule will be updated throughout the summer as events are added. 

Call for entries opens (members only)

Exhibit floor open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Plein air art competition, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Awards ceremony, 6-8 p.m.


Exhibit floor open, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 

Exhibit floor open, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 

Pick up purchased artwork, 5:00-8:00 p.m.


Pick up purchased artwork, 9-11 a.m. 

Plein Air Competition

As you walk around Kensington on the Saturday of our show weekend, you'll see dozens of artists painting and drawing. Those are participants of our annual Plein Air Competition. From 7 am-3 pm, adults and children complete paintings with a Kensington theme and submit them for prizes awarded by our show judge. The competition is open to all adults and children. Free for children under 18 and current MAA members; adults pay $10 per person. Registration opens July 15.

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