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September’s Art Challenge: Circular

Steve Kunin

Like everyone, artists sometime need a little push, an inspiring message, a change of thought patterns. Each month we challenge our members with a central theme to be interpreted artistically in a new work of art.

This month’s theme is CIRCULAR.

By offering a theme, we encourage our members to start a NEW work of art every month, that’s the challenge. Most of the artwork is for sale, please contact Capitol Hill Art League for purchase info.

Our DC neighbor, Hill Center, will pick their ONE favorite art image at the end of every month and award that artist with a $20 gift certificate.

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Bright Bold Big Art Exhibit September-October 2020

16 artists of Capitol Hill Art League are featured in a curated, group mixed media display called Bright Bold Big. All artwork is for sale, please contact Capitol Hill Art League for purchase info.

Location: Center for Plastic Surgery in Chevy ChaseMD 

Julie Byrne, Karen Cohen, Karin Edgett, Nancy Ennis, Mary Elizabeth Gosselink, Tamora Ilasat, J Jaffery, David Mann, Jane Mann, Steve Kunin, Ann Pickett, Nan Raphael, Lori Rounds, Alexia Stefanovich, Karen Van Allen, and Rosa Vera. Photographs, encaustics, watercolors, acrylic, and collage artwork will be displayed September through October. Exhibit manager/volunteer/artist: Ann Pickett

Garden Party by Ann Pickett
Acrylic 60 x 36 $3000

All artwork is for sale, please contact email: chalartists at gmail.com.

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Making New Connections Art Show- September 8-October 3

Our new live gallery exhibit is dedicated to new members who joined our art league since January 2020. We invited our newest artists to display their art work at Frame of Mine Gallery, viewable from outside or INSIDE! This talented bunch exhibits photographs, collage, watercolors, yupo paintings, acrylics, charcoal, and more and everything is for sale!

Members voted for their favorite artwork in this show and the top vote went to Louise Holland for her Georgetown photograph. Louise receives a $25 gift certificate from Plaza Arts in DC. Zoom reception Sept. 12th at 5:30.

Louise Holland Georgetown C and O Canal in the Golden Hour,
Photography
10 x 10
$75

Frame of Mine is located: 545 8th St SE on Capitol Hill. They sell framing, matting of images and more! The shop will allow groups of five people or less in to view the gallery at one time. https://www.frameofminedc.com/

Steve Kunin
Hello from Hon Soi, Vietnam
Digital Image, archival print 
20″x16″ (with frame)
$65
Steve Kunin
The Adorables
Digital Image, archival print 
20″x16″ (with frame)
$65

 

Martina Sestakova
Footsteps that Follow the Sea (Inspired by a Mary Oliver Poem)
Watercolor on Yupo
21 x 7 framed
$125

 

Martina Sestakova
A Heart’s Strong Beat
Watercolor on Crepe de Chine
10 x 8 framed
$96

 

Sarah Burford
Passage
Collage on paper
13 x 17 framed
$200

 

Sarah Burford
Hush
Collage on paper
13 x 17 framed
$200

 

Nan Raphael
Shadow Selfie
Digital Photo and ink
15 x 13
$175

 

Nan Raphael
LC Squared
Digital Photo Print
18 x 21
$195

 

Mary E. Gosselink
Stargazing
Acrylic paint on paper
26 x 9
$225

 

Mary E. Gosselink
Faraway City
Acrylic paint and collage on canvas board
10 x 8
$150

 

Mary E. Gosselink
A Square Affair
Acrylic paint on board
12 x 12
$175

 

Louise Holland
A Spark of Inspiration, maybe
Photography
10 x 10 framed
$100

 

Louise Holland Monument Valley : Contemplation
Photography
10 x 10 framed
$50

 

Lori Niland Rounds
The Kiss
Encaustic and oil
6 x 6
$150

 

Lori Niland Rounds
The Hug
Encaustic and oil
6 x 6
$150

 

Lori Niland Rounds
Celestial Dreams
Encaustic on copper etching plate
7 x 5
$190

 

Kim DiDonato-Murrell
Moe No. 5
Oil on wood panel
18 x 18
$550

 

Kim DiDonato-Murrell
Moe No. 4
Oil on wood panel
18 x 18
$550

 

KB Kessler
Green With Envy
Archival ink, India ink, and acrylic gouache on cold press watercolor paper 
11 x 15
$350

 

KB Kessler
Last Night’s Makeup
Archival ink and India ink on cold press watercolor paper
11 x 15
$325

 

KB Kessler
Behind Herself
Archival ink on cold press watercolor paper
21 x 18 framed
$375

 

Jeffery Miller
Pompeii Flowers
Photography
8 x 12
$75

Jeffery Miller
Morning Rush
Photography
18 x 12
$100

 

Ellen Yahuda
Raw Power in Transit
Oil on canvas
30 x 24
$850

 

Ellen Yahuda
Pipe Maze
Oil on canvas
16 x 18
$480

 

E. Lynn Coates
A Mother’s Journey
Mixed media (acrylic, wood glue, charcoal)
18 x 24
$750

 

Anne Albright
RPR – Repetition – Pattern – Rhythm
Watercolor, ink and acrylic
16 x 12
$150

 

Anne Albright
Going on a Bear Hunt
Watercolor and ink
12 x 12
$150

Featured Artists: Anne Albright, E. Lynn Coates, Ellen Yahuda, Jeffery Miller, KB Kessler, Kim DiDonato-Murrell, Lori Niland Rounds, Martina Sestakova, Mary Elizabeth Gosselink, Nan Raphael, Sarah Burford, Louise Holland, and Steve Kunin. All artwork can be purchased at Frame Of Mine.

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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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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!

Shop Small Shop Fall

Capitol Hill Art League artists will be showing and selling our ART and artful inspired gifts as part of a neighborhood fall shopping weekend with other local businesses throughout Capitol Hill.

Where: Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Front LAWN

Meet Felicia Reed and her fiber art healing wraps: Saturday Sept. 26

When: Sat Sep 26 202 from 11am-5pm Participating artists: Nancy Arbuthnot, Karen Cohen, Felicia Reed, and Elin Whitney Smith, plus more coming!

CHAW is a member of CHAMPS – Capitol Hill Association of Merchants and Professionals. CHAMPS is organizing a fall shopping weekend to remind/encourage Capitol Hill residents to shop local, shop handmade, and shop early. Holidays are right around the corner for gifts! Masks required at outdoor tables and artists will maintain 6 feet distancing at tables.

September~Mind of the Artist: Anne Shields

Anne Shields

Every month, CHAW’s website presents a blog called Mind of the Artist and one of our CHAL members submits their own short bio about their artwork along with artwork images. This month, please view Anne Shields here: https://www.chaw.org/blog/chaw-mind-artist-anne-shields

As with many artists, working full time and taking care of family fills up time for creating but once one retires…boom! Artists can spend hours taking art classes, drawing, painting, taking photographs and expressing their creativity without restraints. That was the case with Anne; she even has TWO children’s books available on Amazon!!

If you would like to register for an online art class, check these out: https://www.chaw.org/adult-classes

September 15th Tuesday Art Critique Group

CHAL Tuesday Art Critique Group meets twice a month. September 1 and September 15 from 10am-12noon on ZOOM.

CHAL Members bring 1-2 artworks in progress WIP to a virtual peer group session on ZOOM for comments and positive critiques. Artists take turns showing and telling. 10am-12pm. Please have your artwork images ready to screen share. Email Carolyn R., our moderator, for your invite to zoom!