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

Salvatore Dali

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: It seems like we all have been living through a MELTDOWN. How do you see it, depict it or respond to it in your art? Go dark or find the beauty? Our artists will share their artistic visions of something MELTING=emotions, things, places, people.

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.

Note: Artists must be a current member of the Capitol Hill Art League. To join now, please go to CHAL website for our online annual membership application. New members joining in May 2020 or later will pay full fee, and membership.

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…

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!

ONLINE Exhibit Artists’ Choice May- 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 4 and will receive a Plaza Art gift card in the mail.

Online exhibit opens May 1, 2020

Charles Martin

2019 People’s Choice award went to Charles Martin for his oil painting: Peaches

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

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!