Paint the Town Labor Day Show

September 2-4, 2023Kensington Historic Armory, 3710 Mitchell Street in Kensington, Md.

We are thrilled to host one of the biggest local celebrations of local artists in the DC region: the three-day Paint the Town Labor Day Show & Sale. This is one of the longest-running and largest art shows in the area, with hundreds of works by local artists, all members of the Montgomery Art Association.

The 2023 show will be held Labor Day weekend, September 2-4. As always, all works are for sale. In addition, the Artist Marketplace will have small works, prints and notecards available for purchase. And we'll have a number of other family-friendly activities that the community is welcomed to join.

The event is always free and open to the public. A portion of all sales proceeds goes to support MAA's arts mission.

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Dora Patin, 2022 Winner of the Bertha Clum Prize

Artist Dora Patin took first place in the Kensington category, winning the esteemed Bertha Clum Prize for her trompe-l'œil painting Historia Est Magistra VitaeTrompe-l'œil is an artistic term for the highly realistic optical illusion of three-dimensional space and objects on a two-dimensional surface. Judge Lenny Compello commended Dora's painting mastery of creating several types of surfaces, including wood, crinkled paper, and string.

Dora was born and raised in Budapest, went to university in Vienna. In 2005, she moved to the United States, where she dedicated the following several years to raising her children. In 2016, she returned to her lifelong interest in art and has since completed a master artist program.

See all 2022 winners

2022 Participating Artists

Sasa Aakil

Laura Aikman

Anne Albright

K. Lin Allen

Nataliya Andreyeva

Peijisan Art

Ken Bachman

Matthew Baker

Jennifer Barlow

Jennifer Lynn Beaudet

Marcia Bhorjee

Nancy Blacker

Walt Blackwell

Elissa Borzilleri

Regina Boston

Rick Bowers

Blandine Broomfield

Susan Fitch Brown

Virginia Browning

Holly Buehler

Sandra Cane

Sandra Cepaitis

Jing-Jy Chen

Pat Coates

Carol Cober

Shannon Cockett

Amanda Coelho

Meredith Coffey

Deborah Cohen

Deborah Cole

Lou Ann Collins

Jean Cooper

Mari Craig

Susan Crawford

Jennifer Crouch

Kellie D.

Beth Daly

Arindam Dasgupta

Sarah Clayton Davis

Nan Dawkins

Amelia De Silva

John Dillon

Paul DiVito

Grace Dobrow

Jamie Downs

Jennifer Dreyfus

Sandra Edmonson

Lynn Faiola

Rosemary Fallon

Stephanie Fernandez

Jean Finkleman

Elisabeth Fletcher Nicholson

Susan Friend

Susan Sinclair Galego

Kalpana Goel

Susanna Goldman

Ann Gordon

Madeleine Greenwald

S. J. Hadley

Jack Hammond

Christina Haslinger

Samantha Hecox

Nadia Hewchuck

Christopher Hoppe

Carrie Horton

Jeffrey Human

Beverley Hunter

Margaret Ingram

Monica Ingudam

Jonathan Jaeger

Benita Kane Jaro

Edward Johanson

Bill Johnson

Hiral Joshi

Anastasiya Kavalenka

Elielle Kayomb

Rajendra KC

Cecile Kirkpatrick

Jim Klumpner

Edward Knight

Joyce Koeneman

Alan Kolnik

Galina Kolosovskaya

Mary Kosterlitz

Joanne Lamm

Ruth Lampi

Karen Lantner

Maria Elena Lazarte

Robin Lazarus-Berlin

Margo Lehman

Elissa Leibowitz Poma

Robert LeMar

Carol Leo

Judith Levine

Lynn Lewis

Nancy Loomis

Marta Lopez Teigeiro

John MacArthur

Lalleh Mahlouji

Rahela Majidi

Barbara Mandel

Gale Marcus

Isabella Martire

Mark McAlister

Karen Merkin

Christine Merry

Debbie Miller

Audrey Moog

Ally Morgan

Laura Myers

Sara Niles

Maedeh Noroozi

Barbara Novak

Elizabeth Ochoa

Melissa Ou

Laura-Leigh Palmer

Simin Parvaz

Dora Patin

Robert Pearlman

Terry Pellmar

Sandra Pérez-Ramos

Yik Chek Phan

Ann Pielert

Deborah Pollack

Judith Prevo

Maria Quezada

Pauline Rakis

Nancy Randa

Ting Rao

Sharon Reinckens

Cindy Renteria

Amy Rice

Teresa Rizzo

Faye Ross

My-Linh Rouil

Myra Ryan

Raya Salman

Eve D. Sandmeyer

Alden Schofield

Michael Schoppman

Sandra Schraibman

Martina Sestakova

Lian Sever

Ruja Shemer

Diane Shipley

Sanford H. Shudnow

Patrick Sieg

Teresa Sites

David Sommers

Pritha Srinivasan

Carol Starr

Julie Steinberg

Emily Strulson

Jeanne Sullivan

Vicky Surles

Eleanor Tanno

Antonia Tiu

Alexandra Treadaway-Hoare

Tena Turner

Kathleen Tynan

Andrea van den Heever

Mary Vinograd

Twila Waddy

Anastasia Walsh

Christina Webber

John Weber

Jenny Wilson

Helen Wood

Ellen Yahuda

Rosemary Yue

Lis Zadravec

Paula Zeller

Vicky Zhou

Michelle Zugrav

Plein Air Competition

If you walked around Kensington on Saturday, you may have seen dozens of artists painting and drawing. Those were participants in our annual Plein Air Competition! They included MAA member Vicky Zhou, who took first place in the competition for her work Saturday Market. Vicky's piece, and all of the plein air work, is on display and for sale at the show.

Our Sponsors

We are grateful to all of those who recognize the importance of making art and sharing it in our community. Our donors are a vital and valued part of the MAA family—during this change-filled year and always. We acknowledge these donors to our show:

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