June 1, 2021
Alan Rich photoDear MAA members,

I am giddy with delight knowing summer is around the corner, vaccinations are in full swing, and we are getting closer to safely gathering again. The board has been working hard for you these past 16 months, and the fruits of their labor have been realized with fantastic online shows and events. We are cautiously hopeful for an onsite, in-person "Paint the Town" Labor Day show.

Let me also welcome our new MAA Board and say how grateful I am to the outgoing board and to you, the membership. I know how hard it has been to stay creative this past year plus. Many of us have day jobs that support our art habit. For me, running a printing business, serving on two boards, and binge watching TV doesn't leave a lot of time for art. But when I do carve out one or two hours, it is so satisfying, keeping me sane, and it reassures me that serving an organization like MAA has all been for the greater good.

Stay healthy, stay safe, stay creative, and in the immortal words of our member John Macarthur,  "Art on!"

Creative Expressions Show Opens Today

Our Creative Expressions show opens today and runs online until July 30. There will be an online reception on Sunday, June 6 at 5 pm, for which you must register. Judge Diane Wilson from the Washington Studio School will award honors in five categories – Landscape, Still Life, People Portraits, Animal Portraits and Abstract. We invite family members and friends can watch the livestream on Facebook.

Salute MAA's New Board
MAA's new Board of Directors officially begin their terms today. All candidates who ran for election were elected, and all changes to our bylaws were unanimously approved by those who voted. Congratulations to MAA's new Board, and thank you all for voting last week.
Monthly Member Meetings on Haitus Until Fall
Our monthly member meetings are now on hiatus until October. If you missed any programs or special events, check out our YouTube Channel for recordings. This includes our recent "Our Stories, Our Journeys" storytelling hour. We are excited about continuing our online tutorials and speakers next season. In the meantime, if you have great ideas for speakers, please email Jennifer Barlow.

Welcome New Members & Member Spotlight

Please join us in welcoming new members Nancy Davis, Yik Chek Phan, Rahela Majidi and Phaedra Askarinam. Rahela and Phaedra were the recipients of this year's MAA scholarships for Montgomery College art students, also receiving complimentary MAA memberships for a year.

This month's Member Spotlight introduces Jennifer Crouch, who is an interior designer by day and an artist by night. (She says her husband jokes that she paints in secret.) “For me, painting is as much a source of therapy as it is a joy,” Jennifer says.
Get Ready for Plein Air Fun This Summer
Ready to get out and paint en plein air with MAA friends?  This summer we have lined up several gorgeous plein air events to soak up nature’s inspiration and enjoy painting.  Save the following dates: Registration is open, and there is no fee to participate.

June 6 Call for Entries: Fantasy of Art Online Show 
The long history of fantasy art stretches from ancient depictions of mythical beasts to dreamscapes, science fiction, horror and surrealism. We're excited to host a new Fantasy of Art online exhibition, with the call for entries opening June 6; the show will be online July 1-August 30. (Shown: Jim Klumpner's pen and watercolor piece #64.)
Coming Soon: Late Summer Exhibit at Windridge 
We are extending the current Windridge Spring Exhibit until July 20. It was originally scheduled to close on June 20.  We will be announcing open registrations on June 8 for a new Windridge Summer Exhibit scheduled for July 20-September 21.


Through June 30: Our Stories, Our Journeys exhibit (online) 
Through July 20: Windridge Vineyards Spring Tasting Room Show (in person/online)
Through July 30: Creative Expressions exhibit (online)
June 6: Creative Expressions awards presentation, 5 pm (online)
June 8: Registration opens for Late Summer Windridge Show
June 6-21: Call for Entries: Fantasy of Art exhibition (online)
June 26: Plein air painting at Lilypons Water Garden, 9 am-2 pm (in person)
Are you in a show? Win an award? Teaching a workshop? Something else exciting happened in your career? Email details by the 20th of the month for the next newsletter.
MAA members Nan Arons, Ken Bachman, Ellen Broadman, Susan Sinclair Galego and others are participating in a live show celebrating the newly renovated, 100-year-old Glen Echo Carousel. The show is curated by Tiffany Williams. (Susan's gouache Giddy Up is shown.) In addition, the Friends of the Yellow Barn’s Small Works VI opened May 29 online.
Karen Cohen's mixed media and watercolor Green Goddess was been accepted into the 2021 Juried Art Exhibition at the Beckley Art Center in West Virginia and online. The show runs June 25-July 31.
Jennifer Crouch’s piece Storm of Solitude was selected for the juried "H20" Mid-Atlantic show at the Virginia Beach Art Center. The exhibition is in person and online June 4-27.
Lily Kak received the second-prize award for her watercolor Great Grandmother at the Rockville Art League Juried Spring Show. She also won an honorable mention for her watercolor Black Lives Matter, Vote for Change at the Annual Woman's Club of Chevy Chase Community Art Show.
Cecile Kirkpatrick's Shadows on Display received first place in the watercolor category at the Rockville Art League's Juried Spring Show, which runs until June 30.
Gordon Lyon will have a solo show, "Degrees of Abstraction" at the Delaplaine Arts Center in Frederick, Md., July 3-August 29. The steel or wood sculptures in this exhibit span a range of abstraction--from realistic pieces to works that represent nothing at all.
Isabella Martire's painting Determined was awarded a second-place prize at the Rockville Art League's spring competition. Her painting African Queen was awarded second place at the Montpelier Center's 8th Annual South Atlantic Juried Exhibit in Virginia.
One of three murals at the intersection of University Boulevard and Veirs Mill Road in Wheaton was painted by Sandra Pérez-Ramos for the Wheaton Gateway mural project in collaboration with Wheaton Arts Parade. The murals' theme is "Connection as Cornerstone for Community." Here you can see Sandra's work in progress.
Amy Phillips has been accepted into the Savannah College of Art and Design’s master's in fine arts program in painting.  Shown here is her work Swimming Upstream.

Julia Rosenbaum's watercolor Inside the Refrigerator I was selected for the Baltimore Watercolor Society's 2021 Mid-Atlantic Exhibition, which will be online June 12-August 31. Julia also achieved Signature Artist Status in the Baltimore Watercolor Society in April.
Martina Sestakova is participating in the outdoor Dupont Circle Pop-Up on June 12 from 12-6 pm. She will share her RADOST scarves and abstract paintings on yupo. Social distancing and safety precautions will be observed.
Helen Wood's pastel View of Cape Point, inspired by a visit to South Africa, was accepted into the Rockville Art League Juried Members Spring Show.

Patricia Zannie's Sunflowers won Best in Show at the Rockville Art League Spring Juried Exhibition. Patricia's collage Cherry Blossoms was also juried into the exhibit.

Paula Zeller’s three submitted works were accepted into the South-Atlantic Juried Exhibition at the Montpelier Center in Virginial which runs until July 14. She is also participating in the Rockville Art League’s Juried Spring Show. On the Threshold (shown) is one of three of Paula’s paintings on view in the Oil Painters of America Spring Online Showcase.
One Idea, Many Interpretations: Exploring Memories
Our recurring online art "get-togethers" reflect the many ways that artists can interpret a single idea. This time, we invited members to offer works exploring "memories," like this piece by Sarah Renzi Sanders, There's No Place Like Home. See all of the submissions on our blog. To join the fun, just become active on our MAA Members Facebook page or follow along on Instagram.
President: Alan Rich
Vice President, Programs: Jennifer Kahn Barlow
Vice President, Shows: Cecilia Tobler
Vice President, Communications & Marketing: Elissa Poma
Secretary/Membership: Kathy Tynan
Treasurer/Labor Day Show Manager: Anastasia Walsh
Past Presidents: Barrie Ripin, Cathy Hirsh
Committee Chairs
Activities: Hiral Joshi
Children's Activities: Judith Levine
Equipment: Joyce Koeneman
Hospitality: Miguel Mitchell
Marketing & Publicity: Martina Sestakova
Plein Air: John Macarthur
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