12 x 12 ELEMENTS

12x12 imageCHAL’s  August 2014 exhibit at the Capitol Hill Art League is 12×12 ELEMENTS, juried by Carolina Mayorga. The exhibiting artist list can be downloaded here. In this exhibit on the CHAL Wall in CHAW’s Gallery, member artists present works in the 12″x12″ format, exploring any of the four substances air, water, fire, and earth formerly believed to compose the physical universe.

The show opens with a reception on Saturday August 9th, 5-7pm where the juror will give her remarks and present the awards for this exhibit.  The juror Carolina Mayorga is an artist working in a broad range of media, including drawing, photography, performance art, sculpture and installation. Mayorga has been exhibiting artworks nationally and internationally for the last 15 years. She has been attached to the Capitol Hill neighborhood for the last decade as an artist and teacher of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. For more information about the juror, click here.

Cabbage Art & Scarf Invitational: Nancy Freeman Solo Exhibit

Throughout the month of July, the CHAL Wall in the CHAW gallery presents a multimedia display by Capitol Hill artist Nancy Freeman, based on a collaborative art project she’s launching on Kickstarter.com. Viewers are asked to vote for their favorites among a series of Freeman’s photos of the amazing colors and patterns she’s observed in decorative cabbages. She’ll transform the winners into gallery-quality artworks, then ask participants to vote again for which of these she should turn into limited-edition scarves. 
The opening reception is Saturday July 19th, 5-7pm in the CHAW Gallery. Visitors can cast their votes at the reception.

Sky and Seascapes: CHAL Member Tara Hamilton Solo Show

“Sky and Seascapes” is the title of Tara’s solo show, which had its opening reception at CHAW the evening of June 11.  The opening was well-attended and introduced her guests to CHAW and the Art League for the first time.  Says Tara, “This solo show was a wonderful opportunity.  I know that the other artists in the Art League will see this as a great benefit to being a member and participating in our shows.”

Winners of the March and April CHAL shows were offered the CHAL Wall for solo shows in the months of June and July.  Next up, Nancy Freeman will have her solo show on the CHAL Wall.

Tara Hamilton

Annual Meeting for CHAL Members

Membership Card

Rose O’Donnell, Director of The Art League Gallery in Alexandria, VA will share her experience in working with over 1,000 local artists who are members of The Art League.   This session will talk about the steps necessary to develop professionally as an artist. Topics covered will include; how to write a resume, what an artist statement should include, how to prepare your work for presentation, record keeping and opportunities for artists to enter local juried shows. She will discuss what jurors typically look for when judging an exhibit including her own experiences as a juror for local exhibits.

BLACK and WHITE and In-Between: next CHAL juried exhibit

In April the next Capitol Hill Art League members-only juried exhibit takes place. Black and White and In-Between has been juried by Richard Dana, and the exhibition opens with a reception on Saturday April 26th, 5-7pm.  Of special note, the Wally Szyndler award for 3-D art will be presented that evening. And the exhibit continues through May 30th.

The list of artists with work accepted into the exhibit can be viewed here. Congratulations to Tara Hamiltion (First Place); Judy Searles (Second Place); Stephanie Bianco (Third Place); Nancy Freeman, Eric Johnson, and Fierce Sonia (Honorable Mentions); and Judy Folkenberg (Wally Szyndler award for 3D art)!!

Tara Hamilton

In-person receiving took place on Saturday April 12th and Monday April 14th, 9:30-11:30am in the Gallery at CHAW. For full details plus more information on the juror, please download and read the prospectus here.


The Shape of Things

Shape Of Things Opening

The list of artists who have had pieces selected for CHAL’s juried open-call exhibit The Shape of Things is available here to download.

The opening reception is March 8th, 5-7pm in the Gallery at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (545 7th Street SE) where the juror Catriona Fraser will give her remarks on the exhibit and the artworks, as well as announce award winners and present the prizes.


  • First Place: Susan Levin for Web
  • Second Place: Catherine Hancher for Parrhasios
  • Third Place: Nancy Donnelly for Babies
  • Honorable Mention: Harvey Kupferberg for Live Oaks in Fog; Wan Lee for Red, White, and Blue