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FOOD FOR THOUGHT – DC-metro open call exhibit

MARCH 7th through April 16th, 2015

Washington, DC is no longer an up-and-coming foodie town. We’ve arrived. From creative fare to celebrity chefs to unique venues, the nation’s capital boasts diverse restaurants that fit any palette and price range. Residents flock to community gardens and farmers markets. There may be more talk about food in DC than politics these days. So, we are challenging all DC-metro area artists to interpret for us – food! From humble vegetables, to fish from the sea we are looking for 2-d and 3-d works of art that creatively capture the ever popular topic of food.

You must 18 years old to enter, and be able to get your work to the CHAW Gallery to be eligible to enter. (No mailed or UPS-delivered work accepted.)  Submission is digital entry through the button below.  Entry is $30 for three artworks; up to two additional art works may be submitted, for $5 apiece. CHAL members receive a discount for entry – information on the discount code is emailed to CHAL members. Click on the Enter Here button below to go the submission portal. To download the full prospectus, click here.enter here button

PRIZES: First, Second, and Third place, plus Two Honorable Mentions receive cash awards.

About the Judge: Bonny Wolf is a longtime journalist and food writer. She contributes a monthly food commentary to NPR’s award-winning Weekend Edition, is author of “Talking with My Mouth Full – Crabcakes Bundt Cakes and Other Kitchen Stories” and is managing editor of American Food Roots, a national food blog. She taught journalism to singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett, who wisely ignored her advice to get a real job. Bonny also is a longtime Capitol Hill resident and a pretty amazing cook, herself. Check her out at www.americanfoodroots.com

Online Registration Begins: November 7, 2014 and the deadline for entry is midnight, Wednesday February 18, 2015. The Opening Reception is Saturday, March 7th from 5 to 7:00 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (Metro accessible). The juror will give her remarks and present awards at 6pm.

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For the Record: Artfully Historic D.C.

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. (HSW) is launching “For the Record: Artfully Historic D.C.”, a new program to capture and preserve scenes of the District’s built environment. Along with the DC Preservation League and the National Building Museum, The Capitol Hill Art League is co-sponsoring the juried competition initiative that seeks submissions of paintings and photography. Continuing on its long tradition of collecting artworks that depict life in Washington, the Historical Society partnered with the DC Preservation League to develop its list of Most Endangered Places. The list includes buildings at risk of being lost or destroyed as the city’s urban landscape continues to transform, and it will provide local artists with the subjects for art and photo submissions.

For full details on the initiative, the exhibit, and the submissions process, please see the Historical Society’s web site here. The exhibit will run April 22nd through May 27th, 2015. The deadline for online entries is February 1st, 2015. Nine jurors from national and Washington area art and cultural institutions will curate the exhibit. The competition’s jury consists of individuals from: FotoDC, The George Washington University, National Building Museum, National Geographic Society, National Park Service, National Portrait Gallery, NEWSEUM, and The Phillips Collection.  To learn more about the jurors, click here. The jurors will select 75 artworks for display at the Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square, and these will also be included in a printed catalog. Of those 75 pieces, the top five winning artists will receive a financial award and their artworks will be formally accessioned into the Society’s permanent collection. In conjunction with the Historical Society’s 121st anniversary celebration, a closing night reception will be held on May 27th where awards will be presented.HSW For the Record DC

Kay Fuller at ENO Wine Bar

CHAL artist Kay Fuller presents Driven to Abstraction, the sixth solo exhibit in a series of CHAL artists at the wine bar managed by the Four Seasons Hotel. The location is 2810 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC.  This exhibit opens January 30th and runs through February 28th. Meet the artist at the exhibit reception on Sunday February 8th, 6:30-8pm.

She states” “I live to create art to bring joy to the viewer.  Watercolor is my medium of choice, but I thoroughly enjoy acrylics and collage.  I am always open to learning new ways to express my passion. You could say that I am a cactus flower when it comes to art.  I did not pick up a paintbrush until I was eligible for Social Security, but once introduced to watercolor painting, it became my passion.   My first painting workshop was part of a vacation in Provence in 2005.”

Kay is a member of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists and a member of the Board of Governors of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, a member of The Capitol Hill Art League where she also serves on the Steering Committee, and  a member The Art League of Alexandria, The Springfield Art Guild, The Maryland Federation of art, Potomac Valley Watercolorists, Montgomery Art Association and the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society.  To learn more about her work, visit her portfolio at www.kayfullerart.portfoliolounge.com kay image

Jill Finsen at ENO Wine Bar

CHAL artist Jill Finsen is presenting the fifth solo exhibit in a series of CHAL artists at the wine bar managed by the Four Seasons Hotel. Location is 2810 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC. She hosts a closing reception on Thursday January 29th, 6-8pm on the second floor of the wine bar. This exhibit runs through January 29th.

Working in the spirit of primitive or naïve styles, Jill’s composition, color and generous application of paint balances form and rhythm to create distinct and whimsical images. With allusions to the works of early and mid-20th century American painters and the Fauvists, her paintings embody a tension between familiarity and abstraction.  To learn more about her work, visit her web site at www.jillfinsen.com Coming Home

CHAL at the Hill Center

CHAL artists kick off the New Year by presenting a multi-media show of their finest work, opening tomorrow at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC. The show is juried by Alan Braley and Nicky Cymrot, serving as the curatorial committee for the Hill Center. Long time Hill residents, they have been both a part of CHAL and the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop.

An opening reception will be held January 14th, 6-8pm where award recipients will be represented with Best-In-Show. To get a preview of the exhibit and see the Best-in-Show, please visit CHAL’s Facebook page. The exhibit runs January 8th through March 1st.January 2015 Hill Center Galleries Show Card

12 x 12 Personally Speaking…

The CHAL small-works exhibit, Personally Speaking… opens January 8th and runs through March 5th. CHAL artists share with the world their personal style and show works that hold a personal meaning to them in a 12×12” format. This exhibit is juried by CHAW art instructor Ellen Cornett and installed on the CHAL Wall in the CHAW Gallery. At the opening reception on Saturday January 17th, 5-7pm at CHAW, Ellen will give remarks on her selections and present awards.    To see the full list of exhibiting artists and award recipients, please click here. Morning Prayer-WanLee 1st place

Morning Prayer Wan Lee – First Place award

Rindy O’Brien at ENO Wine Bar

CHAL artist Rindy O’Brien is presenting “Pixel Quote,” the fourth solo exhibit in a series of CHAL artists at the wine bar managed by the Four Seasons Hotel. Location is 2810 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC. She will host an opening reception on Monday December 8th, 6-8pm on the second floor of the wine bar. This exhibit opens November 29th and runs through December 30th.

Taking familiar, and some not so familiar quotes, Rindy pairs the written word with transformed photographs, collages, and illustrations to create large witty art prints. “These prints are an entertaining departure from my usual body of fine art photography work,” says Rindy. The quotes range from President Teddy Roosevelt on originality to George Carlin, comedian, commenting on optimism.   The exhibition incorporates her fine art images and demonstrates how other photographers, like Cig Harvey, have influenced her work. Rindy works with a digital Leica camera that produces high contrast and sharp images.  Her photographic work is dedicated to transforming every day objects into something extraordinary. To learn more about her work, visit her web site at http://www.at1stblush.com/Apple-Unknown small