We are thrilled to host 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 175 local artists, all members of the Montgomery Art Association. 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.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
Plein air painting competition for children and adults, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. (Costumed art models posing at Flinn Park and in front of M.O.B. Vintage from 10 am-1 pm.)
Awards ceremony, 6-8 p.m.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
Exhibit floor open, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Demo: How to start a Landscape Painting with Glen Kessler, 1-2 p.m.
Demo: Mixed Media Mosaics with Beverley Hunter, 3-4 p.m.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
Demo: A Modern Approach to Water Media with Marta Lopez Teigeiro, 1-2 p.m.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
Congrats to Dora Patin, 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 Vitae. Trompe-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.
How to Start a Landscape Painting with Glen Kessler
Glen will demonstrate his effective and easy-to-learn method for starting a landscape painting, including how to compose, draw accurately, mix perfect colors, and block in. Glen is an internationally collected and awarded artist and founder of The Compass Atelier in Rockville.
Mixed Media Mosaics with Beverley Hunter
Modern Approach to Water Media with Marta Lopez Teigeiro
For Spanish-born local artist Marta Lopez Teigeiro, it always felt as if art could go beyond words when trying to express your emotions. From her years of watercolor and acrylic painting, Marta has learned an array of creative approaches that are making the art making process very enjoyable, meaningful, and spontaneous for her. During this demo, Marta will share techniques that you’ll be able to incorporate into your own water media-based art making.
Pastel Painting Techniques with Deborah Cole
Meet our Judge
DC contemporary artist Lenny Campello served as judge. Known internationally for narrative-driven paintings and drawings and technology-infused displays, Campello has worked as an artist, gallerist, curator, art critic, instructor, author, and arts blogger. He was named one of DC’s “most interesting people” by the Washington CityPaper.
"As all great shows are, this was an immensely difficult show to judge, which is a good thing!" Lenny wrote in his judge's statement. "The quality of entries was uniformly superior in almost every category, and the difference between first, second, third, and even some honorable mentions was minimal. The Portrait category in particular was tough to judge as there were so many really outstanding entries. And I was especially surprised by the Kensington category – there was not a single bad entry! As always, I am honored to be able to judge and comment on work of my fellow artists."
K. Lin Allen
Jennifer Lynn Beaudet
Susan Fitch Brown
Lou Ann Collins
Sarah Clayton Davis
Amelia De Silva
Elisabeth Fletcher Nicholson
Susan Sinclair Galego
S. J. Hadley
Benita Kane Jaro
Joanne LammRuth Lampi
Maria Elena Lazarte
Elissa Leibowitz Poma
Marta Lopez Teigeiro
Yik Chek Phan
Ting RaoSharon Reinckens
Eve D. Sandmeyer
Sanford H. Shudnow
Andrea van den Heever
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.
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 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 the Town of Kensington, Montgomery County and the CDC: