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The Hill We Climb

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What does this title evoke in your mind and in your art? Hills, mountains — actual and literal — and the effort, energy and excitement involved in the “climb”. This exhibit gives you the opportunity to respond to the show theme with your images, symbols and your own unique creativity.

The variety of artistic responses to this question is shown below.

Below the art is The Amanda Gorman poem “The Hill We Climb”.

When day comes, we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade?

The loss we carry. A sea we must wade.

We braved the belly of the beast.

We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace, and the norms and notions of what “just” is isn’t always justice.

And yet the dawn is ours before we knew it.

Somehow we do it.

Somehow we weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken, but simply unfinished.

We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one.

And, yes, we are far from polished, far from pristine, but that doesn’t mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect.

We are striving to forge our union with purpose.

To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and conditions of man.

And so we lift our gaze, not to what stands between us, but what stands before us.

We close the divide because we know to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside.

We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another.

We seek harm to none and harmony for all.

Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true.

That even as we grieved, we grew.

That even as we hurt, we hoped.

That even as we tired, we tried.

That we’ll forever be tied together, victorious.

Not because we will never again know defeat, but because we will never again sow division.

Scripture tells us to envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid.

If we’re to live up to our own time, then victory won’t lie in the blade, but in all the bridges we’ve made.

That is the promise to glade, the hill we climb, if only we dare.

It’s because being American is more than a pride we inherit.

It’s the past we step into and how we repair it.

We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation, rather than share it.

Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.

And this effort very nearly succeeded.

But while democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated.

In this truth, in this faith we trust, for while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us.

This is the era of just redemption.

We feared at its inception.

We did not feel prepared to be the heirs of such a terrifying hour.

But within it we found the power to author a new chapter, to offer hope and laughter to ourselves.

So, while once we asked, how could we possibly prevail over catastrophe, now we assert, how could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?

We will not march back to what was, but move to what shall be: a country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free.

We will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation, become the future.

Our blunders become their burdens.

But one thing is certain.

If we merge mercy with might, and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and change our children’s birthright.

So let us leave behind a country better than the one we were left.

Every breath from my bronze-pounded chest, we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one.

We will rise from the golden hills of the West.

We will rise from the windswept Northeast where our forefathers first realized revolution.

We will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the Midwestern states.

We will rise from the sun-baked South.

We will rebuild, reconcile, and recover.

And every known nook of our nation and every corner called our country, our people diverse and beautiful, will emerge battered and beautiful.

When day comes, we step out of the shade of flame and unafraid.

The new dawn balloons as we free it.

For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it.

If only we’re brave enough to be it.

Eco-friendly Art Practices

As we produce art, it’s important to be mindful of its impact on the environment. This page focuses on the intersection of art and the environment, including proper disposal practices and other information relating to sustainability and art. It will also feature artists and exhibits that focus on environmental themes.
— Mimi Guernica

Eco-Friendly Art Practices
Disposal/Recycling of Household Hazardous Materials in the DMV

Eco-Friendly Art Practices

The major issues relating to eco-friendly practices for artists are:

  • The supplies you purchase
  • How you use them
  • Your disposal practices

When you buy art supplies, consider purchasing them from manufacturers that use green energy, limit their use of water, produce non-toxic paints, and use recycled products for manufacturing and packaging and shipping. Some distributors designate manufacturers that follow these practices on products listed on their websites. 

Using non-toxic art supplies is good for you and the environment. Adequate ventilation of your space is important to minimizing your exposure and protecting your health.  

Reduce, reuse, recycle are the operative principles for environmentally-sustainable practices related to waste and disposal. These principles apply throughout society and specifically to artists. 

Reduce is the best option because it means you’re introducing less waste into the environment by the choices you make. For example, you could choose to limit the amount of material you buy so you use only what you need. Extending the life of your paint also reduces waste.

Reuse means you are repurposing an item that is already in commerce. Examples include reusing canvases rather than buying new ones and using ‘found’ objects in your art. 

Recycle is third in the hierarchy. You are disposing of an item and placing it in the waste stream, but its components can be reused to make new products rather than extracting raw materials. This saves energy and lessens greenhouse gas emissions. 

If you paint with acrylics, it’s important to keep waste out of the water supply. Wipe brushes, palette knives, and other tools with a rag before rinsing them. Filter solids from the water you used to paint before pouring it down the drain. There are a variety of ways to do this ranging from simple things, like placing a drain screen over your sink, using a coffee filter to catch the solids, or cat litter to coagulate the wastes, to more complicated ones such as using the Golden Crash Kit system, a multi-step process. Two of the videos to which I’ve provided links lay out these methods in greater detail. 

I’ve also included a link for a video on eco-friendly painting with watercolor. 

If you use oil paints, filter the solids out of your solvents. Once they’ve fallen to the bottom, you can reuse the solvent.

Please see the links below for further information. 



Spray Paint Safe Practices:


Disposal/Recycling of Household Hazardous Materials vs. Regular Trash in the DMV

As artists, it’s important to understand the difference between Household Hazardous Material and regular trash because how an item is categorized determines its proper management, disposal and recycling.

What Are Household Hazardous Materials (HHM)?

  • HHM are products found in the home that are flammable, corrosive, poisonous or potentially hazardous.
  • HHM products typically found in the studio, workshop or garage contain hazardous ingredients that poses human health and environmental risks when managed improperly.

Oil-based paints and related solvents are considered HHM because they are flammable. Generally, HHM are disposed of at your local jurisdiction’s processing facility and transfer station. Curbside pick-up is unavailable for these items.
In contrast, most jurisdictions accept latex/water based paints in the regular trash provided they have been dried out.
I’ve provided links to several DMV local jurisdictions below to enable you to check on specific requirements, as they differ from one another. Some jurisdictions, such as Montgomery County, MD and Arlington, VA, specifically address paint disposal/recycling whereas others don’t. That said, if you keep in mind the difference between HHM and regular trash, it should help you to determine how to properly manage and dispose of your materials.

Resources Regarding Recycling/Disposal in the DMV

Montgomery County, MD (Department of Environmental Protection)

Prince George’s County, MD

DC Department of General Services

Arlington County, VA


Brooklyn Museum

Climate in Crisis: Environmental Change in the Indigenous Americas, 2/14/20 – 7/9/23
This installation draws upon the strength of the museum’s Arts of the Americas collection to highlight the complex worldviews of Indigenous peoples and explore how their beliefs, practices, and ways of living have been impacted by the ongoing threat of environmental destruction.
Climate in Crisis Exhibit

Serpentine’s North Gallery in London

Back to Earth brings together more than a dozen artists to address what is now a climate crisis.
“I think art can be a wake-up call for people,” Hans Ulrich Obrist, the Serpentine’s artistic director, said in an interview via Zoom. “We could never say that art can solve this very massive problem. But I think no field can solve this on its own. I think we can only address this extinction crisis if we work together — science, art, politics, all the different fields.”
Back to Earth Exhibit


“Mindful of its Impact on the Planet, the Art World Aims for Sustainability”.

2021 Words Matter


Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th Street, SE
Washington, DC. 20003

Members have interpreted Words Matter. Words have the power and energy to excite, deflate, nourish, enrage and everything in between. This exhibit’s theme is an invitation to explore how words inform the artist’s work, deepen it, expand expression, and move a narrative realistically, abstractly, or both.

Click to see a video of Juror Ellen Cornett’s remarks

To purchase art work please contact the Capitol Hill Art League.

Words Matter Press Release

Calendar by Activity

Monthly Member Challenges

  • Dec. 1-31 – “Optimism”
  • Jan. 1 -31, 2022 – “Weather or Not”
  • Feb. 1 – 28, 2022 – “I have a dream”
  • Juried Shows

    Frame of Mine Shows

    “New Members”

    • Submission – Oct. 10 – 24
    • E-mail confirmations – Oct. 26
    • Drop off and hanging at Frame of Mine – Oct. 30
    • Pick up at Frame of Mine – after 4 pm – Jan. 8, 2022

    Sunday Critique Groups at 4:00 pm

  • 2022 Jan. 9
  • Tuesday Critique Groups at 10:00 am

    • Dec. 14, Dec. 28
    • 2022 Jan. 11, Jan. 25

    Weekday Critique groups

    • Jan 6 10 am in person at CHAW
    • Jan 21 10 am on Zoom
    • Feb 3 10 am in person at CHAW
    • Feb 15 10 am on Zoom
    • Mar 3 10 am in person at CHAW
    • Mar 15 10 am on Zoom

    Other Shows

    “Cultivating Joy”

    • Notification of Acceptance – Aug. 2
    • Drop off accepted work at Dr. Halim’s office – Aug. 13
    • Arrange for pickup of artwork – Karen Van Allen coordinating – Jan. 7, 2022