About Monadnock Area Artists Association 

A tradition since 1958

Monadnock Area Artists Association began in 1958 when a loose knit group of artists displayed their art work on Central Square in Keene. The City provided snow fencing upon which the paintings were hung. That humble seed blossomed into an annual “Art in the Park” event with over eighty artists displaying their work.

Opportunities for Members

The Monadnock Area Artists Association was legally structured as a non profit organization in 1963. Today, it is a volunteer-run association with a strong commitment to cultivating art in the community. Activities center on generating interest and appreciation of art within our region through education and the exhibition of art works. Members exhibit at various locations in the area, as well as being able to submit work for member and juried shows.

Activities for our members include Spring and Fall Member Meetings offering demonstrations and other activities. Our monthly e-Newsletter announces organization activities as well as member accomplishments and area arts events.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

EXECUTIVE
COMMITTEE

President Ruth Sterling

Vice President Kate Shaffer

Treasurer Kris Stewart

Secretary Kevin Whitfield

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MEMBERS AT LARGE
Gail Shelley, Gill Truslow

Membership Secretary
Gill Truslow

ADVISORY BOARD
Sue Doyle

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E-NEWSLETTER
Carol Corliss 

WEBSITE
Vernon Thornblad
Ruth Sterling
Gary Lee
Gill Truslow

ART IN THE PARK COMMITTEE
Chair Kris Stewart
Aaron Cusimano
Sue Doyle
Liz Larson
Gail Shelley
Ruth Sterling
Kevin Whitfield
Mary Kirk

WORKSHOP COMMITTEE
Chair open
Gail Shelley
Mary Kirk

EXHIBITS COMMITTEE
Chair open
Liz Winchester Larson

HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE
Chair open
Sue Beetle
Kate Beetle

PAINTING/CRITIQUE GROUPS
Chair open
Jeanne M. Thieme
Mary Kirk

Longtime member Ann Cross at Art in the Park c.2000

Overview of Art in the Park

Our main event of the year is Art in the Park, a two day public outdoor art show in the lovely garden walkways of Ashuelot River Park on West Street in Keene. This is a judged exhibition held on Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Artists come from all over New England to exhibit and sell their work. Only about half of our members exhibit—others choose to help produce the event and work on it as volunteers. Art in the Park actively includes high school students, offering opportunities to fundraise and exhibit.

Scholarship Program

Proceeds from our popular Art in the Park Raffle support our Scholarship program. Scholarships are given to a graduating senior from Keene and/or Monadnock schools who plans to pursue art studies in college. Students interested in applying for a MAAA Scholarship are encouraged to talk with their high school art teacher for more information.