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Annual Kensington “Paint the Town” Labor Day Show and Plein Air Event

MAA’s, “Paint the Town” Labor Day Weekend Art Show has been a major event in Kensington, Maryland for sixteen years. Thousands of people visit this show, and many works sell. Awards are also given.
The event is held in the Kensington Armory, located at 3710 Mitchell Street in Kensington, MD 20895, over the Labor Day Weekend.

There are two requirements for show participation:
1. One of the pieces of artwork must reflect or be representative of the Town of Kensington. (Abstracts are fine. Your representation of the town may be in the artistic style of your choice).
2. All artists are required to assist with the show in some capacity. This may be accomplished in many ways: assisting with the reception, publicity, soliciting donations, hanging flyers, cashiers, greeting guests, setting up and hanging, etc.

Works submitted must be originals and must never have been exhibited in another judged MAA show. All pieces, other than sculptures, must be equipped with hanging wires (no brackets).

The “hand of the artist” must be visible and dominant in constructing the artwork. Photographic and digitally manipulated images are not acceptable unless they are used in a secondary manner to the artwork as a whole and are clearly described in the media description. Tastefully-done nudes (no explicit views) are permitted.

Five categories are used in judging submissions: Kensington subjects (1 piece required); Landscapes; Portrait (people/animals); Still Life; and Abstract and 3-Dimensional. Note in your registration the categories where you feel your pieces fit best.

The show will be judged by award winning artist and instructor, David Daniels. David earned a Masters of Arts Degree from Central Michigan University. After 15 years of teaching in the Michigan public school system, he moved to Washington, DC to pursue an art career. In addition to being a working artist, David teaches painting at Montgomery College, the Smithsonian Institution, and privately.
All accepted artwork will be hung in the show, and award winners will receive cash and prizes. MAA will handle all sales, report the sales tax collected, and take a 25% commission.
Important dates--Registration information must be received by August 24 (no late submissions). Drop-off is Thursday, August 30, 5-7 pm or Friday, August 31, 10-noon. Judging begins Friday at noon with the show hung promptly afterwards. The reception and awards presentation will be Saturday, September 1, 6:00-7:30 pm. Participating artists are asked to come to the reception and bring something to eat and drink. Pick-up for unsold artwork will be Tuesday, September 4, 9:30 am to noon. For those who would like to have their Kensington pieces displayed n the town's public offices, please bring them (with their labels) downstairs noon to 12:30 pm. Hanging will be immediately thereafter and all help appreciated!

Sat Sep 1 – Mon Sep 3, 2012
Kensington Armory (map)