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About Us

We are the Harford Artists’ Association Inc. (HAA). We’re a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of art in Harford County, organized in 1967, and incorporated in 1970.

In October 2009 our gallery was established through an agreement with the Town of Bel Air, becoming the anchor for the Town of Bel Air’s Arts and Entertainment District. Our membership is open to individuals, families, students and anyone interested in supporting the arts. Our annual membership meeting is held in the spring.

We offer educational programs, art exhibits, workshops, art lectures, demonstrations and community outreach projects organized and executed by our active and growing membership. We also run the Harford Artists Gallery, in which members can show and sell their work.

We’re also proud to offer annual scholarship awards to Harford County student(s) of the Fine Arts. Everything we are is made possible by the continued support of our Members and the generous donations of our Sponsors. We thank you for helping us spread Art and Wonder throughout our community.

The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday.  All visitors are welcome to tour the Gallery during normal operating hours.  The gallery hours are Wednesday - Friday 10 am – 6 pm  and Saturday & Sunday  10 am – 4 pm

 

The HAA gallery is also receptive to private tours for youth groups, schools (primary and secondary) and senior citizens (Gallery is ADA compliant).  Other special interest groups are always welcome.  Contact the Gallery Director if you’re interested in a private or large group guided tour; all tours are free.

WHAT WE DO

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The Gallery hosts 2D and 3D Art by local Harford County Artists for view and purchase.

 

The HAA Gallery also offers

bi-monthly wine receptions, hands-on workshops, and other various events throughout the year.  

 

Come in today to enjoy local landscapes, themed shows, and inspired works.  Take home your favorite piece(s) to enjoy or, find the perfect, unique gift for a loved one or colleague, and know that your purchase goes directly to supporting local Harford Artists!

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WHAT WE OFFER

Workshops & Events

The HAA gallery has a work room that can accommodate 10 – 15 people for small, private workshops for youth groups, schools (primary and secondary) and senior citizens (Gallery is ADA compliant).  Other special interest groups are also welcome.  If interested in conducting a workshop, please contact the Gallery at haagallerydirector@artinharford.org

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Visit our Workshops Page for the most up-to-date information on current and future Workshops and Events on the calendar.

Satellite Locations

A Satellite Location is a local Harford County business that has welcomed an agreement with the Harford Artists’ Association to offer their walls as an “Exhibit” space. HAA Satellite Locations provide our members the opportunity to display their artwork for sale at local businesses in Harford County, helping us bring local art to the community.

Find out more about HAA Satellite Locations, here, or contact our Satellite Director at HAASatelliteDirector@artinharford.org.

Community Outreach

The Harford Artists’ Association is dedicated to promoting the Visual Arts and Giving Back in Harford County through our Community Outreach activities. Find out more about what we’re doing in the community and how you can help, here

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Scholarships

The Harford Artists’ Scholarship was established in 2012 and offers a $500 scholarship annually for student(s) enrolled in the Art and Design Program at Harford Community College. Awards may be applied to tuition, fees, and books. Portfolio submission is reviewed by Art and Design faculty. Contact the Harford Community Financial Aid Office for portfolio requirements. Recipient must attend one Harford Artists’ Association meeting.

Selection Criteria:

  • Full-time enrollment required (12+ credits per semester)

  • Financial need not considered (FAFSA not required)

  • Requires one letter of recommendation

  • Enrollment in Art and Design Fine Art AA Program

Scholarship application must be submitted through Harford Community College on-line at:   https://www.harford.edu/admissions/financial-aid/types/scholarships/index.php

WHERE WE ARE

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The HAA Gallery is located in Suite 104 of the Armory Marketplace behind the historic Reckord Armory, 37 N. Main Street in the Town of Bel Air business district. 

 

Access can be gained by the bricked walkway on the side of the Armory through Ward Park or through the gate to the parking lot on Lee Street.

 

Metered parking is also available on Main Street; parking is free after 5 pm and on weekends. There are several lots with varying parking time limits throughout the town (click here for Public Parking Guide).

MEET OUR
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Have a question, comment, or concern?  We are listening.  Please send an email to your Board of Directors as a whole at, haaboard@artinharford.org, or individually from their contact information in the table, below.

President Kim Bender  HAApresident@artinharford.org

Past President Mary Anne Tremblay  HAApastpresident@artinharford.org

Vice President Dempsey Nash  HAAvicepresident@artinharford.org

Secretary Sue Anne Peters  HAAsecretary@artinharford.org

Treasurer Carrie Tipperreiter treasurer@artinharford.org

Development Marisa Canino haadevdirector@artinharford.org

Membership TBD  HAAmembership@artinharford.org

Gallery & Exhibits Director Artkina Celestin  HAAGalleryDirector@artinharford.org

Facilities & Equipment Richard Moure  HAAFacilities@artinharford.org

Publicity & Public Relations Cabrina Mclain  HAApublicitydirector@artinharford.org

Communications Alexandra Kopp  HAAcommunications@artinharford.org

Programs & Workshops TBD HAAProgramsDirector@artinharford.org

Website & IT Cassaundra Parrish  HAAwebsite@artinharford.org

Member-at-Large TBD  HAA-Member-At-Large@artinharford.org

Member-at-Large Susan Gugliuzza  HAA-Member-At-Large-SG@artinharford.org

Members at Large are your connection to the Board of Directors. They attend Board meetings and are here to help you navigate through any questions you may have when you may not feel comfortable going directly to a Board Member.  They can also bring any of your concerns directly to the Board (anonymously if you wish) for discussion during our monthly meeting.

Overview of the Board

The Executive Board meets once a month, usually on the second Monday of each month, at The Harford Artists’ Gallery, 37 N. Main Street, Suite 104, Bel Air. The President may occasionally change the date and time of the board meeting or may call a special board meeting to address time-sensitive issues.

Any HAA member is welcome to attend a Board meeting. Any issues you may wish to address can be placed on the agenda by contacting the President in advance or by discussing with one of your Members-at-Large to bring to the Board. Non-Board members may participate in discussion or present reports at the discretion of the President, but may not make motions or vote.  (By-Laws, Article IV)

Are you interested in supporting the Arts and Artists of Harford County as an Elected Member of our Board?  Please reach out to our Nominating Committee (NominatingCommittee@artinharford.org) for inclusion on our upcoming Ballot.  Executive Board Positions are voted every even-numbered year at the Annual Membership Meeting.  Is 2024 your time to shine for the Arts?

 

Position Descriptions

The following Responsibilities and Expectations by position were approved by the Board December, 2021.

All HAA governing positions are filled by dedicated community volunteers committed to our Mission: Supporting the Arts and Artists of Harford County. 

Our Purpose is to promote interest in and appreciation for art in Harford County; to conduct and enhance educational programs and activities in the visual arts through art lectures, demonstrations, workshops and community projects; to encourage members in expanding their artistic abilities; and to provide our members with opportunities to present their artwork for display and educational purposes. (Member Handbook, HAA Mission, pg. 1)

 

 

Executive Board (Member Elected)

President

The President shall preside at all meetings of the Executive Board. The President shall, with advice and counsel of the Executive Board, select all committee chairpersons and assist in the selection of committee personnel. The President shall be an ex-officio member of all committees.

Vice-President

The Vice President shall exercise the powers and authority and perform the duties of the President in the absence or disability of the President.

Secretary

The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings of the Association and of the Executive Board, shall oversee the maintenance of a permanent record of the minutes in Association storage, and shall ensure the issuance of notices. The Secretary shall also serve as the Association Historian.

Treasurer

The Treasurer shall maintain control of all bank accounts of the Association as directed by the Executive Board. The treasurer shall prepare and present a monthly Treasurer’s Report showing the financial condition of the Association at the Executive Board meeting and at member Business meetings. The Treasurer shall maintain an accurate list of members, including addresses and telephone numbers, and shall advise the Membership Chair. The Membership Chair shall notify the appropriate personnel of the members who are no longer in good standing.

 

Standing Committee Chairpersons

(Board Appointed)

Chairpersons for the HAA Standing Committees are appointed by Elected Members of the Executive Board and are voting members of the Executive Board (HAA Handbook, pg. 5 & By-Laws, Article V).  Position summaries and detailed position descriptions are currently in draft and under review by the Board.

In general, committee chairpersons are responsible for oversight and organization of the committee, as well as preparing an agenda for their committee’s meetings and reporting committee activity to the Executive Board. Each committee must submit budget requirements for meeting their goals to the Board so that an overall HAA budget can be constructed and presented for approval by the Board.

Facilities & Equipment

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Publicity & Public Relations

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Gallery

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Development

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Membership

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Programs & Workshops

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Webmaster

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Members-At-Large

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