Jim Huttinger is a long time member of CHAL as well as a photographer since the 70’s. Please read about Jim and his photography here: https://www.chaw.org/blog/july-mind-artist-jim-huttinger
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.
Over 32 members and many guests attended our very first virtual reception held via Zoom for the awards and juror’s remarks re: Meltdown competition. John Coppola, juror and former exhibition director for the Smithsonian, selected 29 works of art for this exhibit and out of those 29 he awarded five finalists.
Juror John Coppola’s Statement: “Edgar Degas pointedly said, Art isn’t what you see. It’s what you make others see. In selecting works for this exhibition, I focused on submissions that made me–and I hope, those who see the exhibition online–look at our current state of affairs in all its complexity and uncertainty from differing points of view. Hats off to the CHAL artists who pushed through the pandemic and social unrest to create art. Frankly, it was better than I did: My drafting table is cluttered with notes and sketches for work I never quite got to. Thanks both to the Capitol Hill Art League for inviting me to jury “Meltdown,” and to the participating artists who got me to re-engage with art!”
NOTE: All the artwork is for sale, framed or unframed, as noted in each image. Please contact chalartists(at)gmail.com if you are interested in purchasing one of these artworks, arrangements will be made for easy credit card payment over the phone, and easy pick up in DC.
25% of the every sale go to CHAW for their children and adult programs.
Here is an edited version of our Zoom Reception dated June 27, 2020 with our Juror, John Coppola, announcing his finalists. You will need a video app on your device to view this and it has been shortened to post on our Website. Thank you to Karen Zens, exhibit Manager, and Karen Cohen, zoom video host and Web admin. https://www.caphillartleague.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/MeltdownZoomreceptionJune272020shortversion.mp4
First Prize: LOST by Rindy O’Brien
Second Prize: THE LONELY MAN WAS BLESSED WITH WISDOM TO
THE POINT OF DESPERATION by J Jaffery
Third Prize: TIDAL BASIN MORNING by Judy Searles
Honorable Mention: TARQUIN AND LUCRETIA (After Tintorreto) No. 3 by Kim DiDonato-Murrell
Honorable Mention: QUARANTINE IS CRUMBY by Linda Norton
Congratulations to ALL artists who entered! Here are the 29 selected artists featured in MELTDOWN (in no particular order) Enjoy the show!
1. Tara Hamilton Meet the Sun
2. Karen Zens ERUPTION
3. Rindy O’Brien LOST
4. Elizabeth Eby Yak, Yak, Yak
5. Nancy Arbuthnot WHITE HOUSE MELTDOWN
6. Kate McConnell STAY AFLOAT
7. Judy Searles TIDAL BASIN MORNING
8. Carolyn Rondthaler IN A MOOD
9. Kenneth Bachman KEEP ON COMING
10.Karin Edgett CAPITOL POLICE
11.Sally Canzoneri ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DEAD
12.Linda Norton QUARANTINE IS CRUMBY
13.Meera Rao REGRET
14.Hernan Murno ANTARCTICA
15.Karen Van Allen GROUNDLESSNESS
16.Karen Cohen DISTANCING
17.Marilyn Christiano MIND MELT
18.Gloria Maria Grandolini HANGING ON
19.Kim DiDonato TARQUIN AND LUCRETIA
20.Nico Gozal GAIA
21.Mary Elizabeth Gosselink HEAT WAVE
22.Julie Byrne Looking Down
23.Nan Raphael SILENT SPRING
24.Jason Jaffery THE LONELY MAN WAS BLESSED WITH
WISDOM TO THE POINT OF DESPERATION
25.Anne Albright SPLASHES
26.Ellen Yahuda LONDON PANDEMIC OUTREACH HEROES
27.Dee Ann Layton GLOBAL MELTDOWN
28.Victoria Lake PANDEMONIC
29.Vincent Iannacchione BURNING A HOLE IN THE GRIP OF THE FAMILIAR
Plaza Art in DC has donated one gift card for the First place winner $100.
Members: Are you are sitting around indoors, hopefully drawing, sketching, sculpting, photographing, writing, knitting, napping, snacking? Our challenge for July is CHAIRS. Pull up one and send us your art/image to the google group please or Carolyn R. in July and we will post them! Name your file: your nameTitleandmedium please.
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 ~”
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! More to come in June and July!
Check out @caphillartleaague ON Instagram featuring a different CHAL artists and guests daily. What does day in the life of an artist looks like? If you are a CHAL member and would like an invite, please email: chalartists at gmail with the subject line: 24 hr takeover and you will get a day assigned to post! It’s positive energy to keep our juices flowing. We will have guests “taking” over, too. Stay safe!
Members of Capitol Hill Art League, local press, artists and friends, you are invited to our art reception June 27 via Zoom. Our juror, John Copolla, will present his remarks and the finalists for First Place, Second Place, Third Place and two honorable mention awards. 29 Artists were chosen to exhibit in our online show.
Exhibiting artists: (not in any particular order)
- Tara Hamilton MEET THE SUN
- Karen Zens ERUPTION
- Rindy O’Brien LOST
- Elizabeth Eby Yak, Yak, Yak
- Nancy Arbuthnot WHITE HOUSE MELTDOWN
- Kate McConnell STAY AFLOAT
- Judy Searles TIDAL BASIN MORNING
- Carolyn Ronthaler IN A MOOD
- Ken Bachman KEEP ON COMING
- Karin Edgett CAPITOL POLICE
- Sally Canzoneri ONE HUNDED THOUSAND DEAD
- Linda Norton QUARANTINE IS CRUMBY
- Meera Rao REGRET
- Hernan Munro ANTARTICA
- Karen Van Allen GROUNDLESSNESS
- Karen Cohen DISTANCING
- Marilyn Christiano MIND MELT
- Gloria Maria Grandolini HANGING ON
- Kin DiDonato TARQUIN AND LUCRETIA
- Nico Gozal GAIA
- Mary Elizabeth Gosselink HEAT WAVE
- Julie Byrne LOOKING DOWN
- Nan Raphael SILENT SPRING
- J Jaffery THE LONELY MAN WAS BLESSED WITH WISDOM TO THE POINT OF DESPERATION
- Anne Albright SPLASHES
- Ellen Yahuda LONDON PANDEMIC OUTREACH HEROES
- Dee Ann Lawton GLOBAL MELTDOWN
- Victoria Lakes PANDEMONIC
- Vincent Iannacchione BURNING A HOLE IN THE GRIP OF THE FAMILIAR
Plaza Art in DC has donated one gift card for the First place winner $100. All finalists will be announced on our Zoom reception June 27 and their images will be “screen shared”.
If you haven’t received an invite to our zoom reception and would like one, please contact: chalartists via our email. Hope you can attend! BYOB.