May 1, 2021
Windridge Vineyards Spring Show Opens

MAA's spring show at WIndridge Vineyards is now live, both in-person and on our website. The winter show, which featured fifteen of our members, resulted in two sales. Congratulations to Jean Finkleman and Barbara Mandel for selling Step Softly (shown) and Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard, respectively.

Now Open for Entries:  Creative Expressions
"Creative Expressions," one of MAA's most important shows, is now open for entry. Traditionally held at the Friendship Heights Visitors Center, the show will be online again this year. There are five categories: Landscape, Still Life, Portraits, Animal World and Abstract. Photography and 3D work are not included in this show.
Keep MAA Vibrant by Serving on the Board
Do you enjoy MAA’s shows? Guest speakers and tutorials? Do you want to see these high-caliber opportunities continue?

If you answered YES, then we need you. If you value your member benefits, then consider running for a board seat.  MAA only functions because volunteers make it happen, and we're reaching out to ask for your help keeping MAA growing and vibrant.

Growing membership and the prospect of more shows and events that benefit you require time and people support. The board slate will be assembled soon for the May elections. You can step up by calling (
301.351.0124) or emailing MAA President Alan Rich.  We need to hear from you.
ICYMI:  Watch April's Tutorial with Framer Lori Myers
You can still learn the tips and tricks of matting your artwork from framer Lori Myers, the presenter at MAA's April tutorial. Just watch the recording on the MAA YouTube Channel! Past Tutorials, some award presentations, and a few video gallery tours can also be found there.

Welcome New Members & Member Spotlight

Please join us in welcoming new members Phaedra Askarinam, Therese Capal, Jennifer Crouch, Mary Jordan and Eva Zang.

This month's Member Spotlight introduces Susan diRende, who creates miniatures in ink on small polyvinyl panels, as well as larger works in acrylic on paper and canvas. In addition to her art, Susan is also a writer, filmmaker and clown!  Although she grew up in Montgomery County, she traveled the world until the pandemic grounded her. She continues to write, paint, and clown around from her home base in Bethesda while waiting for the world to open back up for wandering.
Tutorial:  Watercolor and Drawing with Dorrie Rifkin
Please join us Wednesday, May 12th at 7pm for our last member tutorial until October! Entertaining and knowledgeable, watercolorist Dorrie Rifkin will give a lesson on perspective, along with a short demo of her drawing and watercolor process. Dorrie always shares funny stories as part of her narration of the live demos. Click here to RSVP.
Hear Our Stories at May 20 Event

We're still eager to hold the evening of art and storytelling that accompanies our online exhibition “Our Stories, Our Journeys,” but it will now be May 20 at 5 pm. Artists will show their works and share the stories behind their art in a special online event in conjunction with the Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington.

Ken Bachman's painting Into the Courtyard captures a moment from a trip to Peru.


Through May: "Our Stories, Our Journeys” exhibition (online)
Through June: Windridge Vineyards Spring Tasting Room Exhibition (in person and online)

May 7: Deadline to vote for 2020-21 elections
May 10: "Creative Expressions" call for entry closes if not fully subscribed
May 12:  Tutorial: Conversation with Watercolorist Dorrie Rifkin (online)
May 20: "Our Stories, Our Journeys" online storytelling hour with the Bender JCC of Greater Washington, 5 pm (online)
May 20: Deadline for submissions for the newsletter
Are you in a show? Make a sale? 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.
Nancy Arons is one of five artists with works in "Spirit of Time," a show curated by Gallery NK of Washington. The show will be at Gallery-B of the Bethesda Urban Partnership in Bethesda from April 27 - May 24, Wednesday - Saturday, 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm.
Katherine Bloom entry Peggy's Cove received an Honorable Mention in the Women's Chevy Chase Club Show online, which lasts until May 16.

Shannon Cockett, Isabelle Martire, Dora Patin, Patrick Sieg, Carol Starr and Paula Zeller were selected for The Montpelier Center's 8th Annual South Atlantic Juried Exhibit. They were among the 27 artists from eight states selected for the prestigious show, which runs May 10-June 30 in Montpelier, Virginia.

At right is Isabelle Martire’s African Queen.
Five of Gloria Tseng Fischer’s watercolors have been accepted into the Asia North 2021 Art Exhibition. The festival runs until May 15 and features 24 regional Asian and AAPI artists. The online version of the exhibit can be viewed at, and the physical installation is in windows of the North Avenue Market in Baltimore.
Two MAA members are among the 26 artists selected for the "Art in Bloom" public art installation by The National Cherry Blossom Festival 2021. Paige Friedeman (Peijisan)'s sculpture (top) is located at the Smithsonian Enid Haupt Gardens, and Sandra Pérez-Ramos' sculpture is in the Takoma area on 4th St & Butternut St. NW in Washington. The 26 sculptures are spread through the DC area and the installation runs through May 31.
Bill Johnson will be exhibiting recent mixed media works May 8 and 9, noon - 5 pm, at the Yellow Barn Gallery in Glen Echo. The show is in cooperation with the National Park Service and The Glen Echo partnership for arts & culture. The title of the exhibition is "How to Dance in the Landscapes of Your Mind," and Bill's piece at right is called Dancing With Varnished Weeds.
Angie Meche Kilcullen is pleased to announce that two of her works were selected by juror Philippa Hughes for the "Looking for America" exhibition with the Women's Caucus for Art, DC. Blooms from Brokenness (shown) received Second Place in the show at Hera Hub in Washington until May 7.
Karen Merkin’s painting, Love Is Blue will be included in the 2021 "Best of America Small Works" show of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society. The exhibition is hosted by Principle Gallery in Charleston, SC and runs from May 7 - June 1.
Deb Miller's painting Mary's Lamb was admitted to and sold from the 30th International Miniature Show at Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head, NC. The exhibit opens for public viewing from May 1 - 31.
Geri Olson is giving away 18 fabric art books. The books focus on fabric collage, fantasy fabrics, complex cloth, as well as handmade paper, textiles, and Japanese quilting. Geri also has several years of Watercolor magazines to give away. If interested email
Judy Prevo's painting Flora Fantastic won Second Place in Acrylics in the Woman's Club of Chevy Chase Virtual Art Show. The exhibit can be seen on the Club's website until May 19.
Leslie Riley's latest book, The Ultimate Guide to Transfer Artist Paper, is now available on Amazon and her website, and she has a feature profile in the summer issue of Where Women Create, on newsstands now. In addition, Leslie has several pieces in the Botanical group show at the Jo Fleming Gallery in Annapolis. Finally, there are a couple of spots still available in Leslie's September Botanical Collage workshop in Chambersburg, PA on September 29 - October 4.
Martina Sestakova will be showcasing her RADOST scarves and abstract paintings on yupo at the outdoor art/craft McLean Day Show at The Artisans, 1368 Chain Bridge Road in McLean, on May 15 from 10 am - 4 pm. To learn more, visit Martina's website.
Sandhya Sharma's painting The Street Dweller (shown) won an Honorable Mention in Art Show International’s PORTRAIT competition in April. Her still life Lock and Silver Dollars was juried into the Maryland Federation of Arts 2021 Spring Show at the Circle Gallery in Annapolis during May.  Sandhya also was one of the 23 Artists for the "Artist on Location 2021" plein air event held by the Museum of Knoxville, Tennessee during April. Two of her paintings were juried into the "Big Winter Show 2021" of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters at the Artists Emporium, Havre de Grace MD. And finally, one of her still life paintings was accepted into the MAA Artists' Windridge Vineyard Spring Exhibition 2021.
Ellen Sherfey had all three of her submitted pieces accepted into the Gaithersburg Fine Art Association’s Kentlands Mansion show, juried by Eric Westbrook. Ellen's colored pencil drawing Playground (shown) received First Place in the dry media category. In addition, the Art League of Germantown’s online show through BlackRock Center for the Arts is showing two of Ellen's works (sculpture & oil self-portrait) until May 29.
Helen Wood's pastel of the pond at Brookside Gardens Promise of Spring (shown) was juried into the 52nd Annual Laurel Art Guild Open Exhibition. The show runs from May 8 - 30 at Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel.
Lis Zadravec is teaching several new workshops this spring and summer: "More Fine Art of Colored Pencils", "Colored Pencil on Black", and "Painting with Colored Pencils." All classes are online, and all levels including beginners are welcome. For the more advanced challenge, there will be a "Colored Pencil Summer Intensive" course. Go here to register for classes.
Paula Zeller showed two oil paintings, including Aloft (shown), in Glave Kocen’s virtual exhibition, “PUT A BIRD ON IT.” In addition, three of Paula’s paintings were accepted into the South-Atlantic Juried Exhibition, an in-person show during May at The Montpelier Center in Montpelier, VA.
Exploring Renewal
Our recurring art "get-togethers" reflect the many ways that artists can interpret a single idea. This time, we invited members to offer works exploring the concept of renewal, such as Spring Forward (right), an acrylic on canvas piece by Joyce Koeneman. 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 Presidents, Shows: Elissa Poma, Miguel Mitchell
Secretary/Membership: Kathy Tynan
Treasurer/Labor Day Show Manager: Anastasia Walsh
Past Presidents: Barrie Ripin, Cathy Hirsh
Committee Chairs
Activities: Hiral Joshi
Community Outreach: John MacArthur
Equipment: Joyce Koeneman
Newsletter: James Klumpner
Publicity: Kathy Wilson
Social Media: Martina Sestakova
Writer/Children's Activities: Judith Levine
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