Welcome! The Olney Art Association (OAA) located in Olney, Maryland, USA, and founded in 1974, is a professional, learning, creative community of visual fine artists whose expertise ranges in a variety of media, such as oil painting, watercolor, acrylics, pastel, colored pencil, pen and ink, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, digital art and photography. Our meetings are held in the Olney Community Room in the Buffington/Remax Building. This building is located at 3300 Olney Sandy Spring Road in Olney 20832. It is located between Ricciuti's Restaurant and the Bank of America. The Community Room is on the side which faces the bank. 

OAA Calendar

August 1 to September 1, 2019 OAA show at Sandy Spring Museum

Aug 8, 2019  Reception for Sandy Spring Museum show, 7pm to 8:30pm

Sep 3, 2019  Pick up work from Sandy Spring Museum show, 11am to 12pm (noon)

Sep 3, 2019  OAA Meeting, 7-9pm Buffington Building, Olney, Md. speaker, Bill Schmidt

Sep 9, 2019  Drop off and jurying of artwork at the Buffington Building, Olney for Kentlands Mansion, Drop-off and register 3pm - 3:30pm, pickup juried art work at 5:30pm

Sep 10, 2019  Drop off accepted art work for hanging at Kentlands Mansion for OAA Kentlands Juried Show, 10:30am to 11am

Sep 13 - Nov 11, 2019 OAA Annual Juried Show at Kentlands Mansion

Oct 7, 2019  OAA Board Meeting

Oct 17, 2019  Artists' Reception for OAA Juried show at Kentlands Mansion, 7-8:30pm, award presentation at 7:30pm

Nov 5, 2019  OAA Meeting, 7-9pm, Buffington Building, Olney, MD, speaker, Jennifer Rutherford, connection to music, opera, visual arts

Nov 12, 2019 Pick up art work from Kentlands Mansion show, 10am

Dec 2, 2019  OAA Board Meeting

Dec 4, 2019  OAA Holiday Party, 7-9pm Buffington Building, Olney, MD

August 2019 Newsletter Special Edition Kensington Show

Spedial Edition OAA Newsletter Aug 2019.pdf   This newsletter is a special edition.  Watch for more information in the regular August newsletter coming soon. 

2019 OAA Juried Show at the Kentlands Mansion

OAA’s Annual Juried Show at Kentlands Mansion


Kentlands Mansion Schedule

Deliver Art for Jurying: Monday. September 9, 3-3:30 p.m. to the Community Room, Buffington Bldg., Olney
Pick up works after jurying: 5:30-6:00 p.m.
Deliver Accepted Art for Hanging to Kentlands Mansion: Tuesday, September 10, 10:30-11:00 a.m.
Reception: Thursday, October 17, 7-8:30 p.m. Award Presentation at 7:30 p.m.
Pick Up Art, Tuesday November 12, 2019 10:30-11:00 a.m.
Show Dates: September 13. 2019-November 11, 2019

Kentlands Juror

Our Juror for OAA’s 2019 Annual Show at Kentlands Mansion is Molly Nuzzo. Molly Marie Nuzzo is a painter based in Baltimore, Maryland. Her award winning work has been exhibited and collected locally and internationally. She earned an MFA in painting from Eastern Michigan University, and currently serves as Associate Professor of Art at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD.

Show Details

Jury Day  Bring your artwork entries for jurying to the Community Room/Buffington Bldg. in Olney on Monday. September 9, 3-3:30 p.m. Pick up all art after jurying the same day, 5:30-6 p.m.. You may bring up to 3 framed entries for jurying, with a $15 entry fee . Registration forms and releases are also due at this time. 50 pieces of art will be juried into the show.

Presentation/Framing Remember that in addition to technique and originality, our juror will be looking at your finished presentation. Although framing is influenced by personal preference, there are some general guidelines for framing art to be presented in a show: cleanliness (clean mats & glass), mats should be neutral, i.e., white, off-white, cream. Frames should not overpower the art and be in good condition with securely attached hanging wire.

Label Your Artwork Each piece must be identified on the back with your name, title of art, medium, your address, phone number and email.

Hanging On September 10, bring art juried into the show to Kentlands Mansion. Bin Work Details will follow in August Newsletter.

Committee Duties

Jury Committee: Prepare and send out the juror’s contract, confirmation letter of acceptance, and provide juror with pertinent info regarding show guidelines/schedule. Ensure that the juror’s statement is received. On jury day, prepare the room for art submittal, registration, labeling, and arranging art for juror’s review/awards. Check artwork as received to assure proper labeling/framing. Assure that artist forms and entry fees are complete. Record artwork data for use in program.

Hanging/Take Down Committee: Ensure all documents required for show have been submitted and are complete. Hang the art with title cards. Check bin work. Assure all artists sign out their work at take down. Art will be removed on Tuesday, November 12, 10:30-11 a.m. Assure that all paintings have been picked up.

Refreshment Committee: Manage sign-up list of volunteers. Ensure that all refreshment needs are arranged and sufficient for the reception. Monitor tables and refill platters. Clean-up after the reception.

Program Committee: Prepare the show program for distribution.

Awards Committee: Prepare and place in labeled envelopes the certificates and award checks for recipients. Order award ribbons.

Publicity Committee: Prepare press release with image and send to publishing agents/contacts to comply with their schedules Create/distribute show postcards and flyers using image of prior year’s “Best in Show.”.


President’s Message

Dear Fellow Artists,
Kentlands Mansion Wants Your Best Artwork of 2019. Due to the creative and outstanding, original OAA artwork of 2018, OAA has been invited back to the Kentlands Mansion to display some beautiful, new artwork. They want 50 pieces of our best recent works. The theme is up to you. Show us what you’ve been working on and what are your best. It can be landscapes, seascapes, maritime, florals, portraits, conceptual, imaginative, abstract. Please remember that artwork must be according to OAA standards, framed and wired ready to hang, with your information (your name, title of artwork), on the back. Show us what you’ve got!
     Keep Painting,
     David Terrar

2019 Sandy Spring Museum Show

17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860
August 1– September 1, 2019

NOTE: Our show director had to pull out so we are looking for a new show director.

  • OAA members may submit two (2) pieces of original artwork. No reproductions, prints or wet canvas will be allowed.
  • Entry fee is $10 for up to two pieces. Registration and installation will be on July 30, 10:30 – 11:30 am.  The application form can be found on the last page of the OAA June 2019 newsletter.  
  • Reception will be on August 8 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.
  • Take-down and pick-up will be on September 3, 11:00 – 12:00 noon.
  • All entries must be professionally prepared for display, i.e., watercolors must be matted and framed; oils, acrylics and pastels must be framed; paintings on wrapped canvas must be finished on all sides; photographs must be framed. All pieces must have hanging wires.
  • Size limitations are minimum of 11” x 14” framed, maximum of 50” wide x 70” high, framed. Plexiglas (not glass) is required on all pieces larger than 22” x 28” framed size. 
  • All entries must be properly labeled on the back with the artist’s name, title of artwork; medium, price and contact information (telephone or email).
  • All entries must be for sale. Sandy Spring Museum (SSM) will handle the sale. 30% of the sales price will go to SSM as commission, with 70% to be retained for the artist. Checks for artwork sold will be mailed to the artist(s) at the end of the month during which the piece was sold, no later than the end of October 2019.  SSM encourages buyers to take possession of the purchased art AFTER the show ends. However, if a buyer needs to take the artwork with him/her, SSM will let it go. No other piece will fill that space.
  • Participating OAA members are required to contribute to the reception and in other activities pertaining to the exhibit, as needed.

Olney Library Exhibit

Caroline Summers "Fiery-Throated Hummingbird"


The current exhibit of original artwork by OAA members is of original artwork.  Please stop by during library hours to view these delightful artworks in various mediums.  All artwork is for sale.  The last Library swap date was July 6th, 2019 from 10:15 to 11:15.  See June Newsletter for more information.