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August challenge theme: Knives Out

Karen Zens

Our neighbor on the hill and friend, Hill Center, offer Knife Skill classes several times every year. To tie in with their classes, our challenge art theme for August is Knives Out.

Our artists will be posting images/artwork with the theme: Knives Out Aug.1-31. Hill Center staff members will chose ONE favorite “knife” image and award the artist a $20 gift certificate, announced the first week of September. You can reinterpret knives in many ways!

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Making New Connections Art Show- September 2020

Mary Elizabeth Gosselink
“Break Out”

17 new artists joined our art league since January 2020. This new art show showcases these artists as a way for them to introduce themselves and their art work. While no reception is planned, the artwork will be display on the gallery walls of Frame of Mine, viewable from outside or INSIDE!

Frame of Mine is located: 545 8th St SE on Capitol Hill. They sell framing, matting of images and more!

Note: New members have received personal invitations to exhibit and their names will be presented. This pop up show runs the month of September.

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July 1 NEW membership rate!

Welcome to CHAL and now is the time to sign up and become part of this active, presently zooming, art community for DMV artists, beginners and pros alike. We are a diverse group of all ages from Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia and feature all mediums including photography.

Our gallery is located on Capitol Hill and is closed for the summer due to you know what. Right now our exhibits and receptions are virtual and we keep creating artwork because artists naturally self-isolate to create work.

2021 New season runs: January through December for $60 and at least two volunteer hours. We used to follow the school year, Sept-August but that was too confusing! What this means is that if you join now, your membership will continue right into 2021 expiring 12/31/21. A deal!

Because we are unsure of our live exhibitions, we will have our themed/juried and unjuried art shows online with digital entry. We can say that we have our annual members’ exhibit at the Hill Center and a pop up show at Frame of Mine-if all goes well and these will be online also.

Join us! Create what you love and be a part of the Capitol Hill Art League, the only art group on the hill. Look for the BLUE membership button on the main page (like the one above) to click, enroll online, and pay with credit card safely.

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July Challenge CHAIRS!

July’s theme: CHAIRS. Members: Thank you for submitting your art/images for this challenge theme while you are sitting around indoors, hopefully drawing, sketching, sculpting, photographing, writing, knitting, napping, snacking!

Meera Rao

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Tribute to George Floyd

Karin Edgett/artist

Capitol Hill Art League’s relationship and support with our community, artists, and neighbors have always been important to our art league for over thirty years.  Currently Capitol Hill  is buzzing with protests for justice and equality. 

Smithsonian Institution Secretary, Lonnie G. Bunch III, expressed his hope that this “pain and sorrow compel America to confront its tortured racial past, and that this moment becomes the impetus for our nation to address racism and social inequities in earnest.”

Throughout history, there has always been a strong relationship between art and politics, social changes and injustices.  Dada poet Hugo Ball states: “For us, art is not an end in itself … but it is an opportunity for the true perception and criticism of the times we live in.”

80 artists members:  we request your ideas for moving forward in these troubled times. We can all plan for a better future in the arts, not just our members, but for our community.  Please share your ideas via this group for potential new inclusive projects, exhibits, outreach partnerships, promotions, and mentorships. 

Our member and Capitol Hill resident, artist Karin Edgett, created this beautiful memorial photograph of George Floyd. Karin pays tribute: “George Floyd merging with flowers ~ go into the light in peace ~ Your gentle soul’s light will shine on forever ~”

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24 hour Instagram takeover!

Artists generally are naturally self-isolating. We need “alone” time to think and create. Because of this terrible disease, everyone is now forced to stay isolated and stay inside. But artists keep creating no matter where, what, when, who..here’s some artists who participated so far!

If you are a member and would like to be invited, please contact CHAL. So far, here are some of our members who have “taken” over to show their artwork on @caphillartleague Instagram.

It’s positive energy to keep our juices flowing. We have guest artists from all over “taking” over, too. Stay safe!

August 4: Tuesday’s Art Critique Zooming

Every first Tuesday of the month, members bring 1-2 works in progress to a peer group session for comments and positive critiques. Artists find this useful input in a friendly group setting, virtually on Zoom. 10am-12pm. Please email Carolyn R. for your invite to zoom!

Bright Bold Big Art Exhibit August-September 2020

Ann Pickett “Pierly by Chance”

Members of Capitol Hill Art League are invited to submit ready to hang artwork to be considered for public display in a busy medical office in Chevy Chase, MD. All sizes are acceptable with weight under 50 lbs. Artwork must be for sale/all potential buyers will be given contact info for each artist.  Sales will be conducted between the artist and buyer.  Artwork can be bought and removed from the walls if the artist agrees. The office will retain a list of prices/artist contact info of the artwork on display.

Online entry through smarter entry account.

Entry OPENS: Wednesday July 22 at 5pm. 1-5 entries for 2-D artwork only, 3-D not accepted for this show. Fees: $5 per entry – 5 entries maximum. 

Deadline: July 29! Accepted artwork must be hand delivered by the artist, ready to hang to the Chevy Chase office at the pre-arranged, designated date and time. Address will be supplied. Exhibit runs: August-September.

Please use insurance for your artwork if that is a consideration. CHAL will not be held responsible for artwork on display.