Paint the Town Labor Day Show 2021

September 4-6, 2021
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 150 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. A portion of all sales proceeds goes to support MAA's arts mission. Learn more about MAA


Exhibit floor open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

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

7 Starr Wings food truck on site, 1-8 p.m.
Demo by still life artist Jennifer Kahn Barlow, 2:30 p.m.

Awards ceremony, 6-8 p.m.


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

Demo: mixed media artist Ally Morgan, 1 p.m.

Demo & interactive workshop: Drawing with Marcie Wolf-Hubbard, 2:30 p.m.
Live music by the Wilson Jazz Duo (outdoors, weather permitting), 1-4 p.m.


Exhibit floor open, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Demo: Plein air painting by Tom Semmes (outdoors, weather permitting), 2:30 p.m.

Pick up purchased artwork, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Pick up purchased artwork, 9-11 a.m. 

Participating Artists

Laura Aikman
Anne Albright

Ken Bachman

Matthew Baker

Jennifer Barlow

Donna Baron

Jennifer Beaudet

Marcia Bhorjee

Katherine Bloom
Blandine Broomfield

Emily Boa

Susan Fitch Brown

Sandra Cane

Jing-Jy Chen

Pat Coates

Carol Cober

Shannon Cockett

Amanda Coelho

Patti Connell

Jean Cooper

Mari Craig

Susan Crawford

Shirley Crawley

Jennifer Crouch

Kellie D.

Sarah Clayton Davis

Nan Dawkins

Amelia De Silva

John Dillon

Susan diRende

Dana Dirker

Grace Dobrow

Sandra Edmonson

Karen Egbert

Paula Eiblum

Jennifer Eidson

Jean Finkleman

Susan Friend

Susan Sinclair Galego
Ann Gordon

Marci Green

Lawrence Greenfield

Alex Gross

Debra Halprin

Jack Hammond

Christina Haslinger

Cathy Hirsh

Jeffrey Human

Monica Ingudam

Jonathan Jaeger

Teresa Jarzynski

Edward Johanson

Bill Johnson

Mary Jordan

Hiral Joshi

Lily Kak

Anastasiya Kavalenka

Rajendra KC

Cecile Kirkpatrick

Jim Klumpner

Joyce Koeneman

Galina Kolosovskaya

Angela Lacy

Joanne Lamm

Karen Lantner

Maria Elena Lazarte

Robin Lazarus-Berlin

Margo Lehman

Robert LeMar

Carol Leo

Judith Levine

Rahela Majidi

Sushila Mallawaarachchi

Barbara Mandel

Gale Marcus

Isabella Martire
Janet Mattson
Rodney Mayer
Katie McMurry
Diana Medina

Karen Merkin

Debbie Miller

Gloria Miotto

John Moffitt

Virginia Montet

Barbara Novak

Francisca Oviedo

Laura-Leigh Palmer

Dora Patin

Rachel Patton

Robert Pearlman

Terry Pellmar

Sandra Pérez-Ramos

Yik Chek Phan

Ann Pielert

Jeanne Powell

Judith Prevo

Pauline Rakis

Nancy Randa

Ting Rao

Sharon Reinckens

Sarah Renzi Sanders

Alan Rich

Nancy Richman

Lesley Riley

My-Linh Rouil

Myra Ryan

Eve D. Sandmeyer

LeAnne Sawyers

Ann Schaefer

Alden Schofield

Martina Sestakova

Lian Sever
Sandhya Sharma

Ruja Shemer

Robert Shiao

Diane Shipley

Sanford H. Shudnow

Patrick Sieg

David Sommers

Pritha Srinivasan

Carol Starr

Elizabeth Steel

Julie Steinberg

Jeanne Sullivan

Vicky Surles

Kathleen Tevnan

Antonia Tiu

Cecilia Tobler

Cecilia Tobler

Christena Turner

Kathleen Tynan

Andrea van den Heever

Twila Waddy

Deborah Walmer

Anastasia Walsh

Christina Webber

John Weber

Frederica Weiner

Marti Wells

Patricia Whittle

Jenny Wilson

Jessica Witmer (Muñiz)

Helen Wood

Ellen Yahuda

Rosemary Yue

Lisa Zadravec

Paula Zeller

Michelle Zugrav

Live Demonstrations

Four local artists will do live demos over the show weekend. Demos are free and open to the public; we also plan to livestream them on our Facebook page.

Jennifer Kahn BarlowFrench macaron lovers will delight in watching Jen, an MAA member, show her process for painting vibrant French macarons in oil. Saturday, September 4, 2:30pm

Ally Morgan: MAA member Ally will demonstrate her mixed media approach to pet portraits using colored pencils, markers and pensSunday, September 5, 1 pm

Marcie Wolf-Hubbard: A known local instructor, Marcie will demonstrate and have supplies available for drawing and mixed media art making. Sunday, September 5, 2:30 pm

Tom Semmes: A plein air painter, Tom will highlight expressive brushstrokes, a pleasing color harmony and an almost tangible sense of light in his live outdoor demo (weather permitting). Monday, September 6, 2:30 pm

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.

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Contemporary realist painter Joey P. Mánlapaz—an instructor at George Washington University—serves as judge. She will evaluate work in six categories. Best in Show is awarded to the first-place winner of the Kensington category, which receives the esteemed Bertha Clum Prize, courtesy of the Town of Kensington.

Artist Invitational

Four of the region's top professional artists will compete in our annual Artists Invitational category. We are honored to have Jean Hirons, Alison Menke, Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro and Michael Shibley participate this year. 

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:

MAA is also supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County Government and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County.)

Safety precautions

MAA cares deeply about our artists and our community, and we want to keep everyone safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. We are following guidance provided by Montgomery County and by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Everyone must wear a mask inside the exhibit area.
  • Social distancing is encouraged.
  • We will not be serving refreshments at our Saturday evening awards ceremony. We invite you to purchase items from a food truck that will be stationed outside in the parking lot.
  • No food or drink is permitted indoors.
  • We will have hand sanitizing stations throughout the venue.
  • We will clean high touchpoint areas frequently.
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