April 1, 2019

News & Announcements

Sign Up to Sell Prints & Cards at April Festival 

MAA will once again have a booth at the Kensington Day of the Book Festival. The 14th annual event is Sunday, April 28, from 11 am to 4 pm, in Old Town Kensington. Our booth will feature greeting cards, small artwork, and giclée prints. Full details are on our website; email Vicky Surles to sign up.

Seeking Candidates for 2019-20 Board of Directors

Per MAA's bylaws, our officers and board of directors are elected each April by a vote of our membership. We will soon send you an email asking for your votes. If you are interested in running for an MAA Board position, please email Alan Rich. Board members will now receive free MAA membership based on one year's service.

Five Members to Manage Spring Shows

Our Kensington Library Show in May will be aptly led by Raya Salman and Sandra Fretwell. For June's Creative Expressions Show in Friendship Heights, Jan Rowland, Irina Koren and Jennifer Kahn Barlow and will lead. Opportunities for team or individual show managers and assistants are available for our two shows at Ranazul, show at Brookside Gardens, Paint the Town Labor Day Show, The Meeting House, and one more Kensington Library Show. Email Anastasia Walsh to make these shows flow and fun!

MAA Launches New Membership System

MAA introduced a new membership management system last week. The new system is run through an online portal called Wild Apricot, which is used by many art groups. It allows you to easily update your membership profile, register for shows and member events and showcase your artwork in photo albums. Check it out today--and update your profile so that other members can search for you in our new Member Directory.
How to Update Your Profile

May Field Trip to See Frida Kahlo Exhibit in NY

Join MAA for a day trip to New York see the largest US exhibition in a decade devoted to Frida Kahlo. We have obtained 10 tickets to the sought-after Brooklyn Museum exhibit that sells out weeks in advance. We’ll take the bus together from Bethesda, have a Frida-inspired lunch, see the exhibition and spend time exploring the rest of the museum or or exploring on your own before we return home.
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Welcoming Our New Members

We'd like to welcome our newest members: Patti Connell, Susan Sinclair Galego, Iris Grundler, Jeffrey King, Barbara Kloc, Carol Knott, Gillian McCaney, Miguel Mitchell, Carolyn Peirce, Louise Roth, Penny Smith, Katherine Thomas and Mary Vinograd. With these new artists, we now have over 200 members!

And check out the newest feature on our website, our New Member Spotlight, where we get to know some of the artists who have joined us in recent months. This month, we meet Sandra Fretwell (shown).

Call for Entries

Kensington Library Show Registration Opens April 9

An MAA exhibit at the Kensington Park Library will be held during the month of May. Registration for this show will open April 9, with the show hanging on May 1. This is a small show, with room for about 25 wall-hung pieces, plus miniatures in a glass case.
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Member Happenings

Do you have art in a show? Win an award? Teaching a workshop or class? Has something exciting happened in your art career? Don't be shy! Let us know by April 18 so that we can include in the May edition of our newsletter and on social media. Email us.

More than two dozen MAA artists have works in the Women’s Club of Chevy Chase Art Show and Sale April 5-7. The annual fundraiser provides proceeds to benefit art students at Montgomery College. Some 475 pieces by 135 local artists will be on display, and awards will be given. (Shown is Centennial at Noon by John MacArthur)

Susan Farrer, Christopher Hoppe and Terry Pellmar are among the artists exhibiting in the TREEmendous Juried Art Exhibition at Hill Center on Capitol Hill in DC. The show runs through April 28. Shown is a portion of Susan's collage, Lone Tree Hill.

Jennifer Beaudet and Martina Sestakova are showing works at their "Into the World" exhibition at the Daily Dish in Silver Spring through May 31, 2019. The opening reception/ happy hour is April 7 from 5-7pm. Jennifer is an oil painter who recently placed third in the 2019 Art at Penn Place Invitational Show in Garrett Park. Martina focuses on macro photography and abstract watercolors on yupo.

Jean Finkelman is the featured artist for the month of April at GWC Art Gallery on East Patrick Street in Frederick. Nineteen paintings will be on display. A meet-the-artist reception is slated for Saturday, April 6 from 12-4 pm.

Oil painters Leslie M. Kraff and Cecelia M. Laurendeau celebrate Earth Month by exploring our natural environment in their exhibit “Land Portraits: A Soulful Journey.” It runs April 5-25 at Artists & Makers 2 in Rockville. There will be an opening reception in the Merge Gallery on Friday, April 5 from 6-9 pm.

On April 20, Martina Sestakova will showcase her handcrafted RADOST scarves at the Martha Spak Gallery at the Wharf, 60 District Square SW in DC. Stop by to enjoy the stories behind Martina's textile designs and learn about her unique pattern design process. This trunk show follows a "Colorful Watercolor Pendant" workshop at the same location.

Anastasia Walsh will demonstrate painting techniques using alcohol inks, then lead participants in painting their own pieces during a Gallery 209 talk on April 20 at 2 pm. Supplies provided.


Next Members Meeting

When: Wednesday, April 10, 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Hirsh Studio Classroom at Artist and Makers 2, 12276 Wilkins Ave. in Rockville

Our April guest speaker is Gaby Mizes, director of registration at the Glenstone Museum in Potomac. For 12 years, Gaby has coordinated exhibition installations, managed the outgoing loans program, and cared for the collection..She is also the founder of Latin American ERA, a private consultancy company providing expertise in exhibitions and art management for national and international projects. 

As usual, we invite you to bring a tasty snack or beverage to the meeting.


RSVP via our New Events Portal

Coming Up

April 9: Registration open for Kensington Library show
April 10: Monthly meeting
Through April 26: MAA Show at Oasis Gallery
April 26, 29 and 30: Pick up unsold artwork from Oasis
May 1: Announcement of 2019-20 Board
May 1: Drop off art at Kensington Library, 10-10:30 am
May 1-31: Members show at Kensington Park Library
Through May 3: MAA Show at Art Enables
May 4 & 5: Pick up unsold artwork at Art Enables, 10 am-3 pm
May 8: Monthly meeting (last one until October)
May 31: Pick up artwork at Kensington Park Library show, 10-10:30 am

Gallery Picks of the Month

By Judith Levine

Asian artwork collections
Sackler & Freer Galleries

Washington is home to one of the world’s great collections of Asian artworks, at the Freer and Sackler galleries. The collection spans the ages, from prehistoric China to Persia to modern Japan. There are four special shows to highlight: "For Love of Place: Japanese Screens;" "Japan Modern: Prints in the Age of Photography;" "Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644–1912;" and "A Glimpse of Ancient Yemen." Beyond the special shows, both galleries contain a wealth of permanent treasures. Not only are the collections amazing and world-opening, but so too is the Freer building itself. It reopened last year after undergoing a much-needed technical renovation.
Alan Rich Solo Show
Space 7:10 at Kefa Cafe

This show is a labor of love for MAA President Alan Rich: Alan Rich has a solo show in Space 710 at Kefa Café, 963 Bonifant St. in Silver Spring through April. Fifty percent of all art sales will benefit Art Enable, which creates the opportunity for visual artists with disabilities to make and market their honest and compelling artwork. Through April 30.
From the Artist's Hand: Lis Zadrevec
The Mansion at Strathmore

Strathmore has a delight for this month’s visitors: MAA’s own Lis Zadravec, who is having a solo exhibition ”From the Artist’s Hand” April 6-May 26. Zadravec is a well- known member of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Please come and enjoy seeing the unique way she blends the human expression with the spiritual one. Her show reception is April 14 at 1 pm. 

Read more of Judith's gallery and museum recommendations.

Board of Directors

President: Alan Rich
1st Vice President, Programs: Pamela Gordimer
2nd Vice-President, Shows: open
Secretary: Sandy Cepaitis
Treasurer: Anastasia Walsh
Immediate Past President: James Vissari*
Past President: Barrie Ripin*

Committee Chairs/Ad Hoc Board Members
Accounting Advisor: Virginia Suydan
Activities: Roxana Rojas-Luzon
Community Outreach: Laura-Leigh Palmer

Communications & Marketing: Elissa Poma
Membership: Amanda Spaid

Website: Cathy Hirsh*
Newsletter Writer/Children's Activities: Judith Levine

Publicity: Vicky Surles

*past president
Newsletter Editor: Elissa Poma; Newsletter Writer: Judith Levine; Contributors: Frank Cantrel, Pamela Gordimer, James Klumpner, Alan Rich, Martina Sestakova, Anastasia Walsh and Helen Wood.

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