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Renew, Refresh, Revitalize

April 5, 2021 – July 5, 2021
Center for Plastic Surgery  I  Chevy Chase, Maryland
Open Juried Exhibition for CHAL Member Artists

Renew to begin or take up again; Refresh to provide new vigor, to stimulate, reinvigorate; Revitalize to give new energy…It’s spring and summer exhibit time to let loose, get carried away with color in wild abandon!

Looking for dynamic medium-large pieces (minimum size 20″) utilizing bold, bright color. Multiple canvases (diptychs triptychs,etc) are welcome. Download Prospectus (PDF)

Exhibition Schedule

Submission Deadline: March 15, 2021
Notification of Results: March 21, 2021
Drop Off Artwork: April 2, 2021
Exhibition Dates: April 5 – July 5, 2021
For more information, please contact Exhibit Manager: Ann Pickett.

Juror:  Ansley Evans, Director of Clinical Services at Plastic Surgery Institute

Entry Process: Entrants may submit up to 5 digital images in the online process at Smarter Entry.  To enter go to: https://client.smarterentry.com/chal and follow instructions. f you don’t already have an account with Smarter Entry, you will set one up as “First Time User. . Necessary information includes title, artist name, medium, dimensions, and price. Digital files for viewing should be JPEG format, saved at high resolution with the longest dimension being no more than 1200 pixels. Please name your file as follows:

Example: SmithTom_Sunrise_1.jpg

All work must be original and signed by the artist. Photographs and digital manipulations are considered original. All work must have been created within the last three years.

Submission Opens: February 19, 2021
Submission Closes: March 15, 2021 at midnight
This is a CHAL Members Only Exhibition, so submissions will only be accepted from CHAL Members.

Entry Fees: CHAL members may submit up to 5 entries for a non-refundable fee of $5.00 per entry.

Accepted Work: Our juror will select the final exhibitors from the Smarter Entry submissions and will consider the theme and size as part of the criteria for selection.

Sales: No commission on exhibition sales. The price submitted on the Smarter Entry registration online form will be the price presented at the time of the show for accepted work. All sales will be arranged directly with the artist. Artists will make arrangements with buyers for delivery or drop off of sold artwork. Artwork may be replaced upon sale.

The Capitol Hill Art League (CHAL) is a program of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. Located in the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood in Washington, DC. Seventy artists/members from the DC- metro area exhibit and sell original artwork at CHAW and various venues in the DC region. CHAL/CHAW hosts lectures on art related topics, offers workshops, and strives to support this vibrant community of artists.

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Open Call Exhibition: GALAXY – April 5-30, 2021

The Capitol Hill Art League presents its Tenth Annual Metro Open Juried Exhibition, GALAXY, April 5– 30, 2021, online at www.caphillartleague.org.

Galaxy evokes images suggestive of cosmic vastness, emptiness, otherworldliness, outerworldliness, yet can represent an internal as well as an outer landscape. Submitting artists are invited to explore their artwork interpretations of Galaxy through their own personal process and any media, including photography. The exhibition is open to artists, 18 years and older, residing in the DC/VA/MD area, 2-D and 3-D.

"Walk Among The Stars" 
Painting by Mary Beth Gosselink
“Walk Among The Stars” – Painting by Mary Beth Gosselink

Exhibit Managers: CHAL Steering Committee Co-Chairs Anne Albright & Karen Van Allen (caphillartleagueofdc@gmail.com)
Juror: April M. Rimpo – Artist and Instructor from Dayton, MD
Virtual Reception: April 9, 2021, 6:00pm
Entry Process: Digital images submitted online via Smarter Entry (https://client.smarterentry.com/chal)
Submission Opens: February 12, 2021
Submission Closes: March 12, 2021 at midnight
Entry Fees: Three (3) Entries – CHAL Members $25; Non-Members $35
CHAL Members and Non-Members may submit up to two (2) additional entries for $5 per entry
For More Information about the GALAXY Exhibition, click here.
Download GALAXY Exhibition Prospectus (PDF)

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Renew Annual Membership or Join!

Membership Info

How to Become A Member
The membership application form for the current season, 2021, is available for online registration with a credit card. Payment goes directly to Capitol Hill Arts Workshop and you will receive confirmation when your registration is processed. Click here for the online form:  here.

If you prefer to make your membership payment with a check, download a membership form here:  and please make your check to Capitol Hill Art League  and mail it to Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003. You will receive a “welcome” gmail.

Our yearly season will run from January 1,  2021-December 31, 2021. Membership is open to artists 18 and over. The membership fee is $60 for one year plus a commitment to volunteer two ore more times during the year. Non-volunteering members pay an annual fee, $90—the non-volunteering option is intended only for those artists who are truly not able to contribute time to Capitol Hill Art League (CHAL). College students with valid ID pay $25; volunteering is required for student members. The membership application form for the current season is available here.

Membership Benefits and Involvement
Member benefits include submitting work for exhibits, online exhibitions, receiving juror feedback, attending openings for the juror’s talk, zoom meetings, art critique meetings, information about other class/exhibit opportunities, and meeting with fellow artists and gallery visitors and managing sales opportunities through gallery exhibits and events.

Members may choose to assist with a variety of activities including receiving, jurying, coordinating monthly openings, managing web design and maintenance, and developing workshop and exhibit events outside the CHAW gallery.

Submission of Artwork
Members should check prospectus for entry fees, numbers of entries accepted and size requirements if any.  If two or three pieces are sold as a unit (not separately), then these constitute a diptych or triptych and are counted as one submission. If an artist submits two or three pieces to be displayed as a unit but are to be sold as multiple units, then these pieces count as two or three submissions (respectively). Only original works finished in the last three years may be submitted. Copies are not accepted, even of your own work including giclées. Photos and digital manipulations are considered original. Wall space will determine the acceptable sizes. There is a weight limit for two-dimensional wall-mounted pieces of 30 pounds.

Works must adhere to CHAL guidelines, framing and presentation requirements. See the handbook for details. It is important to understand the framing and presentation requirements. Any works that do not conform to these requirements will not be permitted to be submitted at in-person receiving. Any pieces accepted to a digital-submission exhibit that are delivered and do not conform to these requirements will not be hung in the exhibit until required changes are made. Work previously exhibited in a CHAL juried exhibit may not be resubmitted for any subsequent juried CHAL exhibits.  Your prices may NOT  be changed after work is entered. If you wish your work not be for sale, please list it as NFS in the price box on the label. All works accepted into and presented in a juried exhibit must remain in the show until it closes. An exception may be made only in the case of out-of-town buyers.

An invited juror, who is not a CHAL member, selects works for the exhibit. Our jurors are regionally or nationally recognized and are professors, art teachers, museum curators and gallery owners. Each exhibit is solely the choice of its juror—CHAL does not control the selection of work. Having a different juror each exhibition assures variety in successive shows and broader opportunities for member artists.

CHAL artists receive 75% of the sale price, with payment sent a month later. 25% commission is retained by CHAW on sales from art exhibits held in the CHAW gallery and applied to gallery costs, exhibit expenses, special events and art classes. CHAL refrains from price negotiations and encourages members to adhere to this policy after work leaves the gallery/ exhibition. All payments from art sales  are made electronically via direct deposit to the artist’s checking account. Members must mail a vendor information form supplied from CHAL Steering Committee to the artist and submit it  to Nicholas Peterson, his email will be supplied to artists whose work is SOLD. Direct deposit will appear within 2 weeks of payment request form.

It is understood that the artist will not undersell the Art League. Members are expected to remit to CHAL a percentage of any sales made through CHAW gallery.  If, through CHAL, a patron wishes to see additional work by an artist and a studio visit is arranged, a sale is made, and the artist handles the entire process, the artist owes a 10% referral fee to CHAL.

An overview of membership details is provided on this page. If you would like full details of membership in CHAL, please reference the CHAL Handbook which you can find here

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Hill Center CHAL Members’ Virtual Juried Exhibit

The Hill Center is currently featuring CHAL Members’ art virtually on the Hill Center website as part of the Hill Center’s CHAL Members’ Virtual Juried Exhibition. The exhibition, which has no theme, was juried by the Hill Center, and runs from Jan. 1 – March 31, 2021. View Exhibit

1st: Ann Pickett – Stella, Coffee Queen
2nd: Karen Zens – Construct V
3rd: Jason Jaffery – The Snow Leopard

Honorable Mentions
Karen Cohen – Staying Inside
Jane Mann – Coastal Maine
Meera Rao – City Rhythms
Judy Searles – Port Clyde Gold
Rosa Ines Vera – Sea Change 1
Ellen J. Yahuda – Clean Up

Ann Pickett – Stella, Coffee Queen
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Bright Bold Big Art Exhibit September 2020- April 2021

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 and extended till April 2021 Exhibit manager/volunteer/artist: Ann Pickett.

Artists: If you sell any of your pieces, you may replace it by contacting 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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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!

Symbolism Exhibition

December 12, 2020 – January 30 – 2021
Frame of Mine Gallery
545 8th Street SE, Washington, DC

Juror: Delna Dastur
Featured Artists: Tara Hamilton, Judy Searles, David Mann, Carolyn Rondthaler, Lynne Schlimm, Tamora Ilasat, Gloria Maria Grandoli, Elin Whitney Smith, Steve Kunin, Victoria Lakes, Rosa Ines Vera, Allison Stettler, Martina Sestakova, Sally Canzoneri, Kim Di Donato-Murrell, M.E. Gosselink, J. Jaffery, Jane Mann, Nan Raphael, Karen Van Allen and Karen Zens.

Congratulations to the Winners!