Welcome to the Millersburg Area Art Association (MAAA) website.
Our mission is to promote the visual arts through appreciation and education.
In keeping with the mission, the MAAA offers an annual scholarship to help a worthy young individual from our area in his or her pursuit of higher education in the field of art. Applications may be picked up at the Gallery on the Square. They are also sent to the following school district’s art teachers: Halifax, Tri-Valley, Millersburg, Line Mountain, Upper Dauphin, Williams Valley, and the Northern Dauphin Christian School.
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The Gallery on the Square features exhibits of original work by local artists. They also have available for purchase: limited edition prints of local points of interest, pottery, jewelry, slate and stone paintings, wearable and decorative fiber art, items for babies, River Gnomes, hand dyed yarn and painted fabric, unique t-shirts, books by local authors and more. The Gallery also stocks a nice selection of hand crafted greeting cards that includes mixed-media, and prints from local scenes and landmarks.
The Gallery is a source for Millersburg Ferry caps, t-shirts and sweatshirts featuring a pen and ink sketch of the Roaring Bull by a founding member of the MAAA, Jim Stutzman.
The Gallery offers art classes for adults and children throughout the year that include watercolor, pastel, acrylic, oil, mixed media, and drawing.
Special events, speakers, demonstrations and activities are offered. Like us on Facebook so that when we add a new class to our events page, it will likely show up in your news feed.
The Millersburg Area Art Association relies on it’s dedicated members and volunteers to keep the Gallery operating.
Fibers and Friends
The Gallery hosts a stitching group, Fibers and Friends, on Wednesday evenings from 6 – 8 pm. The purpose of this group is to get help with projects and share ideas, to encourage and inspire each other, all while having fun! Beginners can get assistance from more experienced stitchers - and for those who don’t know how to hold two needles or a hook, they'll teach you!
In July of 1970, when a small group of Millersburg area artists met to see how they could best stimulate artists and art appreciation in the community, the “Millersburg Area Art Association” (MAAA) was born. The group elected Roger Klinger President, Mary Kay Kerr Secretary/Treasurer and Don Klinger Exhibit Chairperson. From these humble beginnings the MAAA has grown.
It has conducted programs of art instruction and workshops in various media such as watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, all graphic media, collage, paper making, wood carving and wax for all levels of artistic development. In addition, there have been lectures, slide programs and demonstrations. Annual exhibits allow all levels of artists to show their work and compete for prizes. In 1994, the MAAA began an Art Scholarship program to help students who wish to pursue a career in the arts.
From 1979 to 2015, Community Banks NA in Millersburg sponsored the Annual Art Show with monetary prizes. In 2016, Mid Penn Bank took over the tradition.
In 1990, twenty years after the Millersburg Area Art Association was organized, another group met to decide how to better promote the visual arts in the Millersburg area. Through the lobbying efforts of two Art Association members, Linda Clark and Linda Deibler, Community Banks NA graciously consented to allow the Art Association the use of their building at 226 Union Street for holding meetings, offering art instruction and creating a gallery. That is how the 'Gallery on the Square' was born.
Twelve years later, in 2002, Community Banks NA made another gesture beyond generous. They donated the building at 226 Union Street to the MAAA. Not enough can be said about the bank’s support of the arts in the Millersburg Area.
The MAAA relies on our dedicated volunteers to keep the Gallery operating and membership fees, donations and grants to cover our expenses. Without these things we would be unable to provide art exhibits and sales, classes and demonstrations to the Millersburg residents and surrounding communities.
People of all ages who share an interest in promoting creativity through the visual arts are welcome to join the MAAA. This includes practicing artists as well as those who never took up a pen or brush, but simply enjoy having a Gallery in our area.
Membership benefits include: monthly newsletters, invitations to MAAA functions, reduced class fees, and opportunities to display and sell their art in the Gallery.
The wide range of exhibitions, activities, and classes are made possible through the generous financial support and volunteer help given by our valued members.
Download forms here or pick up at the Gallery.
MAAA Board Members
Dana Bellis - President
Dawn Reese - Vice President
Peach Michael - Secretary
Beverly Hackenberg - Treasurer
Jim Stutzman, Hilla Stutzman, Yvonne Miller, Ruth Ann Klinger, Stefanie Feidt, Ted Book, Jacqui Whitcomb, Linda Deibler
MAAA Artist Members
Bonnie Lorwey Lorey
Dana Marshall Bellis
Dawn L Lisi
Shelly Lipscomb Echeverria
Robin and James Wheeler