Monthly Archives: April 2020

April – Plein Art club: TOYS

April’s subject for sketching/drawing/painting/photography was TOYS. Here’s some artworks from our members!

Next month’s theme: Out my Window for May-please send your sketches and finished drawings to

MELTDOWN deadline extended June 14!

The Capitol Hill Art League presents a members’ juried virtual exhibition: MELTDOWN

Summer Refreshment
by Jennifer Kahn Barlow
Second Place Winner in OUR WORLD
open call exhibit 2018

June 24, 2020

Deadline to enter: June 14 midnight
Juror: John Coppola
Virtual Reception: On Zoom June 27, 2020 from 5-6pm Our Juror will present his remarks via zoom. Members will receive a Zoom invite via email.

Meltdown: How do you see MELTDOWN. Go dark or find the beauty? Our artists will share their artistic visions of something MELTING=emotions, things, places, people, even ice cream!

About our juror: John Coppola served as Director of Smithsonian Exhibits, providing design, editing, production, and installation services for temporary, traveling and permanent exhibits at the national museum complex.

Digital Entry: Selections for this exhibit will be made by the juror from JPEG images submitted by the artists through the SmarterEntry platform. Please look for our email announcement sent directly to members for all the details and or read the prospectus fully.

Submissions open May 4 and close automatically on the deadline extended to JUNE 14 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. Prices cannot be changed after submitted. Please read the full prospectus.

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,’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!

Artists’ Choice/Members Vote May-June 2020

Once a year, CHAL artists (only) pick their favorite artworks for their own group exhibit, this year it will be posted ONLINE. It is non-juried/no theme and members submit one or two of their BEST work(s) of art for this exhibit. Most artwork is for sale! Contact: for purchases.

Members voting/ award: May 1-May 31– Members (only) VOTE for their fav art work! Please email the name(s) of the artist/title of the artwork to: chalartists@gmail. TWO votes per member. The winner will be announced June 2 and will receive a gift card donated by Plaza Art in DC.

June 2, votes are closed and the tallies are noted. The artist who broke a three way tie (with 4 votes total), is Karen Cohen with Blue Skies. Following with three votes each is POD III by Tamora Ilasat and Pink Pointsetta by Julie Byrne. All the votes are recorded next to the artwork for this show. 22 members voted! Thank you for voting and for a great show.

Karen Cohen “Blue Skies”

2020 Members’ Choice Vote award went to Karen Cohen for her photograph: Blue Skies

Exhibitors: Nancy Arbuthnot, JoAnn Laboy, Kate McConnell, Marian Wiseman, Karen Cohen, Carolyn Rondthaler, Tara Hamilton, Karen Zens, Julie Byrne, Mary Beth Gosselink, Jason Jaffery, Deb Hurtt, Linda Norton, Nico Gozal, Karen Van Allen, Kimberley Bursic, Andre Barnett, Meera Rao, Kenneth Bachman, Stephanie Bianco, Judith Searles, Steve Kunin, Nan Raphael, Gloria Grandolini, Tamora Ilasat, and Marilyn Christiano. Follow us on Instagram @caphillartleague.

SOLD Karen Zens "Springtime"
SOLD #32. Karen Zens “Springtime 12 x 12 Watercolor $65 (2 votes)

Perspectives Online Exhibit

CHAL’s 9th Annual OPEN call/juried/all media art competition.

Clint Mansell, our juror for the OPEN call exhibit, has chosen the following 25 artists for Perspectives exhibit. Having 299 images of art from which to select, Mr. Mansell is pleased to announce these artists: Lillian Klein Abensohn, David Alfuth, Ken Bachman, Jennifer Barlow, Olga Bauer, Ron Colbroth, Sally Davies, Hui Fang, Richard Hall, Jason Jaffery, Leonard Jewler, KB Kessler, Alice Kresse, Alison Landry, Paola Luther, James Mallos, David Mann, Michael McSorley, Sue Miller, Dora Patin, Meera Rao, Alden Schofield, Judy Searles, Lani Seikaly, and Alex Tolstoy. Please NOTE: The 7 artists names in BOLD are Capitol Hill Art League members.

Please watch the youtube video that juror, Clint Mansell of Principle Gallery put together to send his remarks. Here are the winners!

1st Place Award: $500 Behind Herself by KB Kessler. Size: 13″ x 10.25″ Archival ink on cold press watercolor paper. Single line drawing of woman’s back.

KB Kessler

2nd Place Award: $400 Architectural with Perspective No. 11  by David Alfuth    Size: 25″x19″x3″3D relief collage

3rd Place Award: $300 Lost North by *James Mallos.  Size: 10″ x 1″3D sculpture – projects an image of the big dipper on the ceiling at noon.

Honorable Mention Award $200: Into the Courtyard  by *Kenneth Bachman.  Size: 24″ x 36″ Oil Painting: Dark colonial barn Interior opens out to a bright courtyard

Honorable Mention Award $200:  Viewed from on High  by Leonard Jewler.  Size: 21″ X 17″ Photograph

Worth Noting *Kenneth Bachman and James Mallos are members of Capitol Hill Art League.

If you would like to purchase an artwork, please contact

With the closure of DC non essential organizations and businesses, CHAL has canceled the April 4 reception and presents an online exhibit beginning April 4th! Thank you ALL 94 artists for entering!