Our Mission

The Olney Art Association encourages artists and aspiring artists to study, practice and exhibit their original works as much as possible. OAA provides different venues within Montgomery County, MD, USA, for exhibiting and also encourages artists to enter shows individually outside of our area.

Anyone 18 years of age or older, able to attend meetings and/or participate in our exhibitions may apply for membership.

OAA holds bi-monthly membership meetings, generates a bi-monthly newsletter and sponsors an annual, member, juried show.

To join the Olney Art Association, please fill out the following online form

OAA Membership Form

Learn more about the OAA

Brief History of the OAA

OAA Membership Benefits

Since 1974 the Olney Art Association has grown to include over 70 members.

OAA holds membership meetings  on the third Wednesday evening of January, March, May, July, September and November.

Our meeting location is s the Olney Community Library at 3500 Olney Laytonsville Rd, Olney, MD 20832.

The membership meetings are informative and include art demonstrations by well-known artists and other presentations aimed at giving the members a wide spectrum of new ideas and motivation for their own work. Among the members of OAA are art teachers, some of whom instruct and hold workshops within Montgomery County. These visual fine artists have a wide range of interests including oil painting, watercolor, acrylics, pastels, printmaking, sculpture, pottery, photography and digital art.

Members receive a bi-monthly newsletter which is a valuable resource of information about area art shows, workshops, general art news, member activities and monthly meeting updates.

OAA sponsors an annual juried show at various venues and a semi-annual show at Sandy Spring Museum.

Members may show one image in the Member Gallery on our website and may also show images of works exhibited in our shows on our website.

OAA cooperates with other art, business and government organizations to provide members opportunities to exhibit at local offices, businesses and public spaces.

OAA Membership Form

How to Post Art On Our Website

To post images on our website you must first be a member of Olney Art Association and your name must appear in the Member Directory with or without contact information.

Members’ Directory

If you are a member and would like your name and contact information to be included in the Members’ Directory, please email that information to  membership@olneyartassociation.net.   Please include your name and the medium in which you work; e.g., oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography and your email and/or website address if you would like to have contact information in the Member Directory.

Members’ Gallery, Show Galleries and Exhibit Postings

1.Take photo of your work before it is put under glass in jpeg or tiff format. The image should be cropped so that only your artwork is visible. (If you are new to photographing art, here is a link to a YouTube instructional video that will teach you the basics.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vpj28da03JQ

2.Email your photo to webwork@olneyartassociation.net along with your name, the title, dimensions of your piece as well as medium used to create it. Please use lastname first underscore firstname_title_media as the title of the image. For example: Doe_Jane_A Picture in Blue_watercolor.