Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Call to Sculptors - TAL @ Washington Square

Sculptors of The Art League
Juror - Rebecca Cross
May 4, 2009 – July 31, 2009

For full prospectus, e-mail barbarap@theartleague.org

Open to all members and instructors of The Art League and
Torpedo Factory Artists. For membership information, see below.

Submissions must be sent by e-mail to barbarap@theartleague.org by Monday, March 2 at 10am. Artists may submit 1-3 images. Work must be three-dimensional and free-standing. No wall hangings will be accepted. All work must be original. Works cannot have been juried into previous Washington Square Exhibitions or previous exhibits at The Art League Gallery.

Sunday, May 3, 2009, 10am – 12noon
Washington Square Building
1050 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC.
Accepted work must be delivered to the venue in person.

End of Show Pick-Up:
August 1, 2009, 10am-12noon, Washington Square Building

Membership to The Art League is open to all artists wishing to participate. To join in March, the prorated fee is $60, which enables artists to submit to four juried membership shows through June 2009, in addition to Sculptors of The Art League. Artists may also opt for the prorated $100 fee, which extends them the opportunity of submitting to all shows through June 2010. For a membership application, visit www.theartleague.org.

For a full prospectus and submission guidelines, e-mail Barbara Petro at barbarap@theartleague.org or pick up one in the gallery.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Grant for Fairfax County Artists

Strauss Fellowships for Individual Artists
Application Deadline: January 19, 2009

Named for Bill Strauss (1947-2007), gifted writer, co-founder of the Capitol Steps and the Cappies, the Strauss Fellowships for Individual Artists support and encourage Fairfax County's finest creative artists in all disciplines and recognize professional working artists' achievements and their demonstrated history of accomplishments; they promote artists' continued pursuit of their creative work.

Grants workshop: January 6, 2009
Grant Application Deadline: January 19, 2009
Download Guidelines and Application in a PDF or in Word at http://www.artsfairfax.org/index.php?/grants/information/

The Arts Council offers free grant writing workshops to applicants prior to grant application deadlines. All applicants, particularly first time applicants, are strongly encouraged to attend.

The 2008 Strauss Fellowship Recipients (some of which are or have been Art League members) were:
Jill Banks
Michael Travis Childers
Eileen Doughty
Linda Hesh
Kristin Johnsen-Neshati
Rebecca Kamen
Elizabeth Anne Kendall
Marni Maree
Lilianne Milgrom
Yoshiko Ratliff
Bryan Rojsuontikul
Susan Shields

For more information about the Arts Council's grants, please contact Jeannette Thomas, Grants Administrator, at grants@artsfairfax.org or at (703) 642-0862, ext. 4.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Calls to Artists

Show in Alexandria's Eisenhower Valley District

Shauna Lee Lange Arts Advisory's program Art in the Valley consists of displays of local artists' original artwork in lobbies of office buildings, theatres, law firms, universities, hotels, cafes, large corporations and small businesses.

For application information, read here.

Glenview Mansion Art Gallery - 2010 Exhibits

Open to all artists living and/or working in Maryland, DC and Virginia. A juried selection process will be implemented through which all applications are reviewed by a panel of artists and art professionals. The panel will select artists and create exhibits to be placed into the 2010 calendar schedule. An exhibit may reflect selection of one or more applicants. Group applications accepted.

For application and full prospectus, contact Julie Farrell, Arts Programs Specialist at jfarrell@rockvillemd.gov Visit the Gallery web site at www.rockvillemd.gov/arts/exhibits.htm

Call for Artists: When Harlem Came to Paris

LiL SoSo Productions in cooperation with Authentic Contemporary Art and several co-sponsors will be partnering with the Alliance Française de Washington to celebrate the influence of African Americans in France with the multi-media arts event: When Harlem Came to Paris, Saturday, February 28, 2009 in Washington, DC.

Themes may include:

-African influences on art and culture of Paris
-Café scenes of Paris in the 1920s and 1930s
-Nightclub and Entertainment of Paris in the 1920s and 1930s

Deadline for Entries - Submissions and accompanying information should be received by Authentic Contemporary Art by January 17, 2009.

Click here to download the entry form and for more information.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

December Award Winners

Last Thursday, December 11, 22 artists were awarded honors at the opening reception for the December All-Media Membership Show.

Valentina by Teresa Oaxaca received The Marker Award for Best in Show. Juror Fritz Briggs of the Schuler School of Art in Baltimore commented that, "the anatomy is perfect" in this piece. The John Prignano Memorial Award went to Rachel B. Collins for Brassica Bravura. Briggs felt that, "the patterns in this piece are interesting."

Valentina, Teresa Oaxaca

The following artists were awarded Honorable Mention:
  • Edward J. Reed for End of the Beginning (First Place)
  • Jill Banks for The Writer
  • Lesa Cook for Richard Avera
  • Leigh Culver for Vase of Flowers with Quilt
  • Nancy Lee Davis for Whose Home
  • Carolyn Grosse Gawarecki for Star Berries
  • Rana Geralis for Yellow Bouquet
  • Bonita Glaser for Great Puttney, Bath
  • Elisabeth Hudgins for Leaf Impressions V
  • Eva Jacob for Winter Sun on the Canal
  • Emilie McBride for Quiet Evening
  • Margaret Pearson for Blue Queue
  • Jacqueline Saunders for J.J.'s Farewell
  • Florence Setzer for Sentry Post
  • Mary Ann Stevens for After the Parade
  • Katherine Sullivan for Dark Beauties
  • Peter Ulrich for Work Boats
  • Karen Vaitiskis for Peeking Cat
  • C. Charles Wang for Nude Study A
  • Harriet Westfall for Paris Grays
Of 641 submissions, Mr. Briggs accepted 144 pieces. He was extremely impressed with the overall quality and variety of the work submitted. Read all the juror's comments here or view the award images.

The December All-Media Membership Show will be on display through January 5, along with Carlos Beltran Baldiviezo's solo show, Virtue Sin & the Balance Within, which has been noted in Daily Campello Art News, Shauna Lee Lange Arts Advisory blog and Express.

Monday, December 8, 2008

42nd Annual Patrons' Show Fundraiser

The Patrons' Show is The Art League's biggest fundraising event of the year. It affords the public an opportunity to acquire quality works of fine art while supporting a local non-profit and a community of artists.

We ask each member to donate artwork for this important fundraiser. The gallery will accept donations of artwork at any time. For each work of art donated valued at $175 or more, we are able to sell an additional $175 ticket to the event.

Artists may donate any number of framed pieces. Artists who donate two or more framed pieces may donate as many additional unframed works as they like, which we will frame for you.

This is an excellent opportunity to have your work seen by thousands of captive visitors. Last year's Patrons' Show Flickr site alone has had over 14,000 hits.

Dates to remember:

Tickets Go On Sale:
Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 10 am
  • Limit of 2 tickets per person on first day of ticket sales.
Receiving Dates: February 2 & 3, 10 am - 6 pm

Dates of Show:
February 4 - 15, 2009
  • Patrons may come during this time to view and evaluate the work and note their favorite pieces.
Late Hours for Viewing:
  • Thursday, February 5, 6 - 9 pm
  • Wednesday, February 11, 6 - 9 pm
  • Thursday, February 12, 6 - 9 pm
Drawing: Sunday, February 15, 5 pm
  • Tickets are randomly drawn and the name of the ticket holder is announced. At this time, the ticket holder may call out the number of the piece they want to select. For each ticket drawn, ticket holders will go home with a work of art valued anywhere from $175 to upwards of thousands of dollars.
More information is available in the gallery. Questions may be directed to Rose O'Donnell, Gallery Director or Barbara Petro, Assistant Gallery Director at 703-683-1780.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Big Weekend

This Thursday through Sunday is packed with great holiday events at The Art League and The Torpedo Factory.

The December All-Media Membership show is up in The Art League Gallery, along with Virtue, Sin and the Balance Within, the December solo show from ceramic artist Carlos Beltran Baldiviezo. The artist explores the ancient tradition of balancing the tension between the Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Heavenly Virtues. Each of the seven pairs of fourteen ceramic sculptures embodies a Sin and its corresponding Virtue. Some pieces are whimsical and playful, others serious and stoic, some humorous, obvious, or elusive.

Runs December 4, 2008 – January 5, 2009
Opening Reception:
Thursday, December 11: 6:30 - 8:00 pm


Monday, December 1, 2008

Receiving Tonight

Receiving for the December All-Media Membership Show is tonight, Monday, Dec. 1 from 6:30-8:30pm and tomorrow morning, Tuesday, 10am-12pm.

Keep in mind that no pieces from the current show may be picked up until receiving time tonight.

The bin gallery theme this month is "Children's Hour." Bin gallery members are not restricted to this theme, but there will be a special wall designated for it.

See you tonight!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Opening Reception - Art in City Hall

For this exhibit, 250 pieces were entered with 96 accepted by juror Beth Baldwin, Art Bank Coordinator for the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities. Ms. Baldwin chose the following award winners:

  • Jennifer Lea Hall for Lease I & II - The Del Ray Artisans Award of Merit
  • Jane Johnson for Hometown - The Alexandria Commission for the Arts Award of Merit
  • Marge Holz for Swinging Squares - The Art League Award of Merit
  • Karen Thuermer for Torpedo Factory Waterfront - Torpedo Factory Artists Association Award of Merit
  • Lynne Russillo for At the Lake - Liddle Award of Merit

Honorable Mentions
Join us for to honor these award winners and all the artists, at the opening reception:

December 9, 5:30 - 7 pm
The mayor will present awards at 6:15 pm.

Show runs November 17, 2008 - June 19, 2008
Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm

Artists, please e-mail gallery@theartleague.org if you would like a PDF of the Art in City Hall postcard to send to clients and friends. They are also available in The Art League Gallery.

Images of the exhibit will be available online by December 15. Check back here for updates.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Join us for ArtFest and Pat Barron Retrospective!

December 5, 2008, 6-9pm
at The Art League's Madison Annex
808 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA

Join us for ArtFest as we celebrate the grand relaunch of Springwater Studios at The Art League, our enhanced fiber arts department offering traditional and contemporary fiber arts classes. Tour our newly renovated and expanded Madison Annex, where our jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, photography, silkscreen, stained glass, mosaic and fiber arts classes are taught. Enjoy light refreshments and lively music while viewing an exhibit of artwork by Art League instructors, that exemplifies the exciting, hands-on classes taught at our Madison Annex. Rounding out the evening will be a series of professional artist demonstrations in the various media taught at our Madison space.

Holiday Pottery and Ceramic Sale

From functional to freeform, one of a kind ceramic vessels and sculptures created by students and associates of the Art League ceramics department will be for sale December 5 – 7 at the Madison Annex. Meet the artists and give unique works this holiday season while supporting a local nonprofit and a community of artists. Artworks for sale will fit all budgets. Cash and check only.

Friday, December 5, 12:00 noon – 9:00 pm

Saturday, December 6, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday, December 7, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm
305 Madison Street, Alexandria, VA

Pat Barron Retrospective:
A Sale of Art League Instructor Pat Barron's Colored Pencil Drawings, Prints, & Mixed Media Works

The colorful, engaging, and thought-provoking artwork of Pat Barron; long-term Torpedo Factory artist, Art League instructor, and Membership Chair of The Colored Pencil Society of America Inc., will be on exclusive exhibit December 4–6. The Art League is proud to present this weekend program in support of Pat, her artistic career, and her contributions to the visual arts community. Don't miss this opportunity to view Pat Barron's art and enhance your art collection. Appropriate for many tastes and budgets.
Click here to view a selection of over 300 pieces that will be on display.

Opening reception:
Thursday, December 4, 6:00–9:00 pm

HOURS: Friday, December 5, 10:00 am–9:00 pm
Saturday, December 6, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
810 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria

Next to The Art League's Madison Annex/Springwater Fiber Arts Department. Cash and check accepted.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Upcoming Calls to Artists at The Art League

This Monday, November 24, we will be accepting holiday ornaments in the gallery from 10 am-6pm. This year's theme is Celebrate Alexandria! It is not necessary to solely produce images of Alexandria, but we do find that Old Town scenes tend to sell out quickly.

Ornaments will be displayed on an artificial tree in the gallery from November 26 - December 31. Gallery staff will replace ornaments as they sell. Unsold ornaments not picked up by January 2 will be donated to charity. There is no entry fee and no limit on the number of entries. Artists will receive a 75% commission on ornament sales.

The following Monday, December 1 starts receiving for the December All-Media Membership Show from 6:30 pm - 8:30pm. You may also drop off work between 10 am and 12 noon on Tuesday, December 2.

Since we have recently received a number of pieces submitted for jurying which have not met The Art League's framing requirements, we will have copies of the new framing requirements available in the gallery by December 1.

If you have any questions about either show, please call the gallery at 703-683-1780 or e-mail Barbara at barbarap@theartleague.org.

Fotoweek DC Events at The Torpedo Factory

This weekend, join the Torpedo Factory for a night of great photography in celebration of FOTOWEEKDC as well as a photography critique.

at Multiple Exposures Gallery
Reception Saturday, November 22, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Juried by Steve Uzzell, this Fine Art Photography
show features new work of gallery members

Open Roads, Open Minds: An Exploration of Creative Problem Solving
Presentation by Steve Uzzell
Saturday, November 22, 8 pm
(Directly following the opening reception)
First Floor in Torpedo Factory Art Center, FREE

**Not just for photographers, for everyone.**
Using his striking photographs as illustrations of his metaphor about possibility and creativity, Steve inspires audiences to take advantage of his experience and vision to make any venture an adventure. In any project he undertakes, Steve lays the foundation for magic to happen; "Chance favors the prepared mind," said Louis Pasteur. After all, our eyes will only ever see what our mind is prepared to comprehend. Steve's award-winning and international career spans 31 years and includes photography work for National Geographic, Newsweek, Smithsonian, Time and U.S. News.

For more information, call Multiple Exposures Gallery at 703-683-2205.

Sunday, November 16, 10:30 am - 3 pm

Bring in a new set of photographics and project you have questions about or a completed portfolio. To secure a place, call Multiple Exposures Gallery at 703-683-2205.

Friday, November 14, 2008

AICH Receiving Tomorrow

Receiving for Art in City Hall:

Tomorrow, Saturday, November 15, 10am-2pm
Cameron Street entrance, 2nd floor

Up to 3 pieces, ready to hang
Entry fee: $3.00/piece

REMINDER: Accepted pieces MAY NOT be picked up before the end of the show. There will be no exceptions.

Pick up for pieces not accepted: Sunday, November 16, 12pm-4pm

You may call the gallery on Sunday after 12pm for results, but we recommend that you plan to come for pick up anyway. You will likely have at least 1 piece waiting for you, and this way you can eliminate having to plan for pick-up on short notice.

Questions can be directed to the gallery 10am-6pm on Saturday, November 15 at 703-683-1780.

Monday, November 10, 2008

This Thursday at The Art League Gallery

This Thursday, November 13 is Second Thursday Art Night in Old Town and the reception for The Art League Gallery's November juried Large Works Show, small works show, and fotoweek @ the art league.

For fotoweek, jurors Jim Steel and Craig Sterling chose the following award winners:
In the Large Works Show, 6 artists were awarded Honorable Mention. They are:Ted Reed's End of the Beginning [shown right] received The Eleanor Boudreau Jordan Award for the "great drama created by the palette, lighting and composition," said juror Glenn Perry. Of 232 pieces submitted, 46 were juried in by Mr. Perry, of the Design and Installation Department in the National Gallery of Art. Read his full interview with Erica Fortwengler here.

19 artists were awarded Honorable Mention in the small works show. They are:
  • Pamela Clifford for Skating Rink
  • Megan Coyle for The Curious Kitten
  • Mak Dehejia for Bay Watch (After Mike Cable)
  • Mary Deleyiannis for Head Study I
  • Mari de Maris for Mounted Exercise Book
  • Diana Derby for Ghost
  • Vicki Kirby for Au Pear
  • Larinda Lee for Red Cottage
  • Jude Nagel for Shadow Central
  • Bobby Prignano for Old Town Dog Walkers
  • Peter Reynolds for Serene Beauty
  • Pamela Richmond for A Bit of Money
  • Barrie Ripin for Oranges
  • Hank Trainor-Roden for Lines of Greece
  • Maria Somogyi for Labyrinth
  • Ann Thomson for Arlington: Brush
  • Maria Valle-Riestra for Renee
  • Patti Vincent for Fisherman
  • Carolyn Witschonke for Push Me!
Jill Banks received The Bob Hof Award for Orange Peeled [shown left], for its "fresh take on a still life, a different perspective," stated the show's juror, Dr. Susan Frank, Assistant Curator at The Phillips Collection.

Of 558 pieces submitted, 198 were juried in by Dr. Frank who found it "very difficult to selected the pieces for this show, narrow the works down, and select award winners." Read her full interview with Erica Fortwengler here.

View more award images here.

Join us on Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:30pm to celebrate three exciting and diverse shows. Awards will be presented at 7pm, followed by a 7:30 talk by the fotoweek jurors. fotoweek @ the art league, Large Works Show and small works show will be on view at The Art League until November 30.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Space @ Touchstone

"My Space on 7th"
January 7 - February 7, 2009

Opening Reception:
Friday, January 9, 2009 6-8:30pm

My Space on 7th is a NON-JURIED exhibition opportunity for wall-hung and floor space (3d) artwork in any medium. The main gallery and two Annex spaces will be used for this event - 106 wall spaces, each comprised of approximately 22 square feet. There are 5 floor spaces for 3d artwork.

Registration is currently OPEN.
Only e-mail registrations to touchstonegallery@verizon.net with a subject line of My Space Registration will be accepted. Please e-mail your name, number of spaces and space preference LETTER AND NUMBER (see diagrams on site) and your contact phone number. Phone call and in-person registrations will not be accepted. Artists may purchase more than one space. The charge for each space is $65. The e-mail registration will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis to the time on the received e-mail. The acceptance of each registrant will be confirmed by e-mail or phone within the following week. At that time, payment may be made by credit card.

See more information and full prospectus here.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

THREE shows in November!

Coming Deadlines:

fotoweek @ the art league
  • Work Submitted Digitally (2 pieces): Thursday, October 30, by 4pm
  • Work Submitted in Person (1 piece, ready to hang): Thursday, October 30, 2-4pm
Digital submissions should be sent to gallery@theartleague.org. You will receive a confirmation e-mail within one day of receipt.

small works show and Large Works Show

  • Monday, November 3, 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Tuesday, November 4, 10am-12pm
small works dimensions:
  • image area: 6" x 8" or 48" square, or smaller
  • with frame and matte: 10" x 12" or 120" square, or smaller
  • stretched canvas: 8" x 10" or 80" square, or smaller
  • frames that add more than 1/4" to the total dimension must be factored into the total square inches to determine actual size
  • subject matter is NOT restricted to "miniatures"
Large Works Dimensions:
  • image area: 22" x 30" or larger
  • with frame and matte: 28" x 38", or larger
  • stretched canvas: 24" x 36" or larger
  • 40 pound weight limit
  • work must fit in gallery doors and be prepared for hanging or display
Please note, these are two separate shows. Artists may submit two pieces per show, and both count towards Bin Gallery membership.

Please contact the gallery with questions, 703-683-1780.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Call to artists - AAC

UNLIMITED EDITION at Arlington Arts Center

UNLIMITED EDITION is a juried show about the relationship of the art world to reproduction and marketing. We're looking for artists who produce lots of unnumbered multiples of an image or an object…or who incorporate mass-produced products into their work…or who simply explore the commodification and mass-reproduction of art through various means.

Application deadline:
Saturday, November 8, 2008

Notification date:
Friday, November 21, 2008

Exhibition dates:
December 12, 2008 - January 17, 2009
SPECIAL RECEPTION EVENT in collaboration with THE PINK LINE PROJECT on Friday, December 12

Full prospectus and application here.

Friday, October 24, 2008

More Opportunities for Artists

Art In City Hall
The Art League in partnership with the City of Alexandria, in conjunction with the Mayor's initiative to promote the arts citywide in Alexandria, are coordinating a rotating fine arts exhibit. This exhibit will enhance the environment of Alexandria's City Hall and promote the talent of local artists. The exhibit will be juried by an outside, independent expert in the arts and will hang for seven months on the second floor of the Alexandria City Hall.

Saturday, November 15, 10:00am - 2pm at Alexandria City Hall, 2nd floor

E-mail the gallery for the full prospectus.


The Print Center's 83rd Annual International Competition

DEADLINE: Friday, November 14

  • Purchase award for The Print Center Permanent Collection at The Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Up to $2,500 in cash, material and purchase awards
  • A solo exhibition at The Print Center may be awarded by the Curator
  • A two-year contract may be awarded from The Print Center Gallery Store
For the full prospectus, click here.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Call for Exhibitions - 2009

The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virgina Community College, Alexandria Campus, invites proposals for exhibitions in the Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery.

Exhibition dates:
6-10 exhibitions, beginning February 2009

Proposal Deadline:
Proposals must be received by 5:00pm on Friday, December 12, 2008.

Artists and organizations throughout the norther Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC metroplex area are eligible. Works can be in both two- and three-dimensional formats. Exhibitions may be group or solo.

Call procedures and application form can be found here. Contact Megan Peritore, Gallery Coordinator at 703-534-5726 with questions.

Application forms and entry procedures are also available in The Art League Gallery.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Solo Jurying for 2010 is Over!

The quality of work presented before the jurors was quite high. They had very hard decisions to make. Of 52 artists, only 9 could be chosen.

Come in to pick up your works for solo jurying, along with your application packet. The decision will be attached to your work. We won't tell you over the phone!

Gallery hours are 10am-6pm, Monday through Friday, and Thursdays until 9pm.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Gwen Bragg Critique

Don't forget!
Watercolor instructor and a member of The Art League, Gwen Bragg will be doing a critique in the gallery tomorrow evening, Thursday, October 13 from 6:30-8:30pm. Artists may bring 2 pieces each.

There are still 2 spots open!
Members of The Art League - Call the gallery to reserve yours - 703-683-1780

Pictured Above:
Beneath the Surface
, Honorable Mention, September All-Media Membership Show

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

October Award Winners

At last Thursday's reception for The Art League Gallery's October juried show, Revealed Histories, 10 artists were awarded Honorable Mention for their pieces. They are:
  • Katie Burgess for Ghost Wall
  • Mari DeMaris for Family Documents I
  • Carol Dupre for 1932 Chinatown: Peach Orchard Series
  • Alice Kale for Parts of Me
  • Carol Kennedy for The Gardener
  • James McGivney for The Road Less Traveled
  • M.M. Panas for 3rd Generation
  • Nilo Santiago for My Father Fractuoso
  • Anna Shakeeva for My Nephew
  • Dana Thompson for Motel Chair and Barkcloth
Wendy Donahoe received The Gilham Award for Firstborn, a rendering in charcoal and graphite.

Firstborn, Wendy Donahoe

View more award images here.

Of 458 pieces submitted, 126 were juried in by Daniel Finch, Associate Professor of Visual Art at Messiah College. Mr. Finch was "overwhelmed by the high quality of work" and the interesting ways in which the theme was interpreted. Read his full interview with Erica Fortwengler here.

Revealed Histories will be on view at The Art League Gallery until November 3, along with Michele Hoben's solo show, Mending Fences.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Opening reception tonight for "Revealed Histories" and "Mending Fences"

Join us this evening from 6-8:30 pm to open our two October shows - the All-Media Membership Show, Revealed Histories and the solo show, Mending Fences, featuring Mixed Media Works by Michele Hoben:

Near Parallel II, Michele Hoben

Fences have been primarily used as dividers of land, conveying both safety and fear. Some menacing, some beautiful, materials both humble and exquisite, their purpose is both necessary and silly. The symbolic parallels between fences and what’s occurring in our country are timely. Hoben’s mixed media series, “Mending Fences,” has come to create a subtle commentary on our current political and economic environment.

Hoben’s great-great grandfather, J. Wallace Page, invented a woven wire fence in 1883. “Fences are in my blood,” she states. This series began with a simple sketch of a bamboo fence, and Hoben then realized there was so much to explore artistically with this subject matter. Her works are made expressive by her powerful and aggressive use of line and mark making. “Line is the foundation of my fence series. The play of transparency and opacity, negative space and patterns of light and dark created by the different fence structures and materials are also interesting to explore and are an important part of my work.”

“There are many political and cultural references and associations with fences.” White picket fences are seen to some as a symbol of Americana, suburbia – representative of an idealistic society. As many homes across the country face foreclosure, perhaps what the white picket fence symbolizes is changing. The fence under construction across our southern boarder to curtail illegal immigration, approved by Congress, has encountered strong opposition from local jurisdictions.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Reminders for the Upcoming Week

This Sunday, October 5 from 1-4pm, September solo artist Edward J. Reed will demo how he paints from a figure. Don't miss his final demonstration in the gallery! [see above]

Also this Sunday is pick-up for pieces currently in the September All-Media Membership show during regular gallery hours from 12-5pm. If you are unable to pick up your piece on this date, please call the gallery at 703-683-1780 or email gallery@theartleague.org.

On Monday, October 6, the gallery will be closed for painting. If you volunteered to help on that day, please be here at 10am. Lunch will be provided. You can also delay picking up your September piece until that day if you wish.

Also on Monday is receiving for the October show Revealed Histories, from 6:30-8:30pm and then on Tuesday from 10am-12noon. If you are not currently a member and wish to enter the show, simply come up to the front desk during receiving days to turn in your membership application and fee before moving into the receiving lines.

Finally, join us this week for Second Thursday Art Night, when we will have our opening reception from 6:30-8pm for Revealed Histories and Mending Fences, the solo exhibit of mixed-media works by Michele Hoben.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Working with Clients

The Prosperous Artists blog had a helpful post last week about working with clients - "Do you work with or for your client?"

Not enough clients or commissions? With the sale of your artwork, The Art League Gallery gives the purchaser your resume, web site and other marketing materials (never your contact information). That is, we give it to them if we have it! Be sure to provide us with your resume, artist statement and postcards from your other gallery shows and events. Market yourself!

Send materials to virginav@theartleague.org or mail them to the gallery at:

105 N. Union St
Alexandria, VA 22314

We also keep track of those interested in your work, and contact you with their information as we get it. Be sure to follow up on these contacts, because keeping in touch can often result in SALES.

Best of luck with your clients!

Friday, September 19, 2008

fotoweek @ the art league

The exhibit will take place to celebrate Fotoweek DC the first annual gathering of the photographic community in DC.

Jurors: Jim Steele, Craig Sterling

Open to all photographers of The Torpedo Factory and The Art League.
No entry fee (donations accepted)
Hanging fee for accepted work: $5.00

Deadline: October 31 at 6pm

Artists have two options for submission:

- 1 ready-to-hang piece in person (contact the gallery for submission guidelines and receiving day info.)
- 2 digital images submitted electronically to gallery@theartleague.org
  • JPEG at least 3,000 pixels on their long dimension
  • may be color-profiled in sRGB, Adobe-1998, or not color-managed
  • Indicate Artist Name, Title, Specialized Medium, Printed Image Size, Sales Price
Accepted work must be delivered to the gallery on
Thursday, November 7, 10am - 2pm

Work must be for sale and must match digitally submitted image, including sale price.
No work may be removed before the end of the show period.

E-mail gallery@theartleague.org with any questions and for full submission guidelines, or drop by the gallery.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Upcoming Opportunities for Artists

At The Art League
Contact the gallery to obtain the necessary materials or for more information on any of the following.

Solo Artist Jurying
New process this year!

Informational Meeting (highly recommended): Friday, September 19, 3pm in the Gallery
Due October 1: All application materials (including digital image CDs)
Due October 18 or 19: 5 pieces brought to the Gallery during regular Gallery hours

Works will be juried on October 20 by three art professionals who are not affiliated with The Art League.

Revealed Histories
Juror - Daniel Finch, Messiah College

Works should focus on discovering, examining and meditating on the lives of our predecessors; and/or memory, our connection to the past, how it influences what we are today.

Monday, October 6, 6:30-8:30 pm
Tuesday, October 7, 10:00 am - 12 noon

Entry fee: $2.50/piece

Possible Inspirations:
- Enrique Chagoya
- Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith

Open Critique in the Gallery with Instructor Gwen Bragg
Thursday, October 13, 6:30-8:30 pm
Limited to 10 participants, 2 pieces each. Sign up by contacting the gallery. Read more about Gwen Bragg, and view her work here.

small works
Juror - Dr. Susan Frank, The Phillips Collection
Image area no larger than 6" x 8" or 48" square.
Overall size (including mat and frame) no larger than 10" x 12" or 120" square.

Large Works
Juror - Glenn Perry
Image area no smaller than 22" x 30"
Overall size (including mat and frame) no smaller than 28" x 28"

Receiving for both small and Large Works Shows:

Monday, November 3, 6:30-8:30 pm
Tuesday, November 4, 10:00 am - 12 noon
Entry fee: $2.50/piece

Art in City Hall
Saturday, November 15, 10 am - 2 pm, Receiving
Alexandria City Hall, 2nd floor

Exhibition dates: November 17, 2008 - June 19, 2009

Outside Opportunities

Fotoweek DC: 2008
Deadline to enter: September 22
More information at www.fotoweekdc.org

Target Gallery's "5X5X(5)" Exhibit
Deadline to Enter: October 1

Open to all artists nationally and internationally working in any media.
Work must fit within the parameters of five inches in any direction.

Work will be reviewed by digital image submission.

More information here.

Gallery West's 12th Annual Juried Show
Deadline to enter: November 20
Entry Fee: $35

Any medium, except video; 2D or 3D only.
Open to all local and national artists age 18 or older.
More information here.

The 2009 International Photography Competition
at The Fraser Gallery
Open to all photographers 18 years and older. Iris or giclee entries accepted.

Images Due: January 9
Exhibition Dates: February 13 - March 7

More information here.

Friday, September 12, 2008

A Big Saturday!

This weekend is huge for the city of Alexandria, as it holds its Sixth Annual Festival of the Arts, which will take place on King Street between Washington Street and the Potomac River:

Saturday, September 13, 10 am - 7pm
Sunday, September 14, 10 am - 5pm

This nationally-recognized festival will showcase 150 juried artists exhibiting original paintings, sculptures, photography, glass, ceramics, mixed media and more.

To coincide with this, September solo artist Edward J. Reed will demonstrate how to paint from a figure in The Art League Gallery on Saturday, September 13 from 12pm to 3pm. An instructor at The Art League and a sensitive portrait painter, Reed will demo his techniques surrounded by his own paintings. If you can't make it Saturday, he will also demo:

Saturday, September 20 - 12pm to 3pm
Sunday, October 5 - 1pm to 4pm

Also part of the Alexandria Festival of the Arts, the Torpedo Factory Art Center will host Art Activated on Saturday, September 13 from 12pm - 4pm. A collision of visual and performing arts, the day will feature artist demonstrations (including that of Ted Reed), BosmaDance performances, and West African Storytelling and Flute by artists from Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts.

Of course, this is also a great day to check out the All-Media Membership show currently on display in The Art League Gallery.

Get Digital Images of Your Artwork

To have your pieces photographed for conversion into digital images, members can drop them off between 10am and 6pm on Monday, September 15.

Many galleries and competitions request digital images, and they are also useful for marketing your work online. The solo artist jurying process at The Art League, for example, requires digital images as part of the application.

Don't miss this important opportunity!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

More on Edward J. Reed's Solo Show

The current solo show in the gallery is already making waves, and it's not even opening night. Read Lenny Campello's great review, "Ted Reed at The Art League"

The opening reception for Mr. Reed's show is tomorrow night, Thursday, September 11 from 6:30-8pm, during Second Thursday Art Night in Old Town.

We will also have an opening reception at the same time for our September All-Media Membership show. At 7pm, 9 Honorable Mention Awards will be presented to artists in the show, as well as the Shana Heisman Simkin Award for Best in Show.

Join us to honor all of the great artists on display in September at The Art League Gallery!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Solo Artist Jurying for 2010 Shows

The jurying process has changed this year, which is why it's a REALLY good idea to attend the meeting on Friday, September 19 at 3:00 pm in the gallery. Rose O'Donnell and Erica Fortwengler will discuss the jurying process, answer any questions, and hand out a very useful step-by-step guide to applying and writing the necessary proposal.

Jurying dates:
October 1 - digital images and paperwork due
October 20 - physical work is juried

If you cannot attend the meeting, but would still like to apply, please contact Rose O'Donnell in the gallery or Erica Fortwengler [roseo@theartleague.org, 703-683-1780].

Thursday, September 4, 2008

September Awards

The results are in...

629 pieces were entered into the show with 129 accepted. View the full list here.

Distinguished Professor of Art, September Art League juror Joseph Di Bella has taught at the University of Mary Washington since 1977 where he received the Simpson Award for Excellence in Teaching. He received his B.A. and M.F.A. in Painting from Northern Illinois University. In addition to teaching, Di Bella served as the Director of the University of Mary Washington Galleries (1983-1988) and was instrumental in the establishment of the Ridderhof Martin Gallery. He has exhibited his own work at the Phoenix Gallery in New York City and he is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society.

Di Bella chose You Decide by Jan Sherfy for the The Shana Heisman Simkin Award.

The following received Honorable Mention:
  • Swimming Against the Tide -- Sally Davies
  • Prayer Flags -- Alain Debrabant
  • Venice I -- Yefei Gan
  • Nightwire II -- Michele Hoben
  • Sharon, 3 Views -- Jackie Saunders
  • Chef de Village, African Icon III -- Kathleen Stafford
  • Blossom -- Paula Stern
  • Cameron Station Boulevard -- Suzanne Vigil
All awards will be presented at 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 11, during the show's opening reception from 6:30 -8:00 pm. Please join us to honor the award winners and all the great pieces that made it into the show.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Jurying is over!

Jurying for the September All-Media Membership Show is over! Call or e-mail the gallery at 703-683-1780 or gallery@theartleague.org to find out the status of your piece(s).

Pick up your piece(s) this week between 10am and 6pm, and don't forget to sign out!

Monday, September 1, 2008

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Receiving is Almost Here - NEW DATES

Please note the NEW dates for receiving this month only:

TUESDAY, September 2, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
WEDNESDAY, September 3, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

for the ALL-MEDIA MEMBERSHIP show, which will be up on Thursday, September 4.

Then join us for the OPENING RECEPTION:

Second Thursday Art Night, September 11, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Monday, August 18, 2008

More on Edward Reed's solo show "Presence"

Edward J. Reed, whose work will be on view at The Art League in the show "Presence," has been called a "contemporary Vermeer" by Shauna Lee Lange. Read the whole review at: http://shaunaleelange.blogspot.com/

See more of Reed's work at www.edwardjreed.com

"Presence," Edward J. Reed's Solo Exhibit of New Works

at The Art League Gallery
September 5 - October 6, 2008

"Failing Light," oil, 30" x 53

Already a consummate portrait painter, Edward J. Reed now strives to capture people in the context of a greater narrative. He is increasingly drawn to individuals and compositions that exhibit a contemplative feel and a broader range of emotions and sense of experiences. “Presence,” Reed’s solo exhibit at The Art League Gallery, features new works that capture individuals and emotions within a deeper narrative context.

“I strive to find and create divergent themes rather than repeating the same motif in each canvas,” states Reed. “I feel compelled to explore a range of emotional stages and struggles. People with character or dignity capture me, people who inherently project strong emotions, unexpected emotions.” Reed develops a diverse range of impacts with his new works, taking his paintings beyond portraiture.

Reed paints from life, where “their true personalities emerge. I rarely ask subjects to stay still. I want them to move, talk, and relax. This lets me infuse my work with a sense of movement, more accurately revealing the whole person,” he states.

Reed studied intensively with Danni Dawson, Robert Liberace, and Diane Tesler at The Art League School. He has won numerous other national and international accolades for his painting. Among these, American Artist Magazine awarded him its 70th Annual Reader’s Choice Award for Best Oil in 2007. In its International Portrait Competitions, the Portrait Society of America awarded him the Best Portfolio Award in 2007 and an Honors Award in 2006. The Portrait Society of Canada awarded him Second Place in its 2006 International Portrait Competition. Artist’s Magazine ranked him a finalist in both the Still Life and Portrait and Figure Categories of its 23rd Annual Art Competition. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout the regions and is held widely in private collections. Reed currently teaches painting at The Art League School. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his A.B. from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

In The Art League Gallery:

September 5 – October 6, 2008

Opening Reception:
Thursday, September 11: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Mr. Reed will give demonstrations, painting from a model in the gallery on the following dates:
Saturday, September 13, 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm
Saturday, September 20, 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm
Sunday, October 5, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

New Gallery Hours:
Monday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm
Open every Thursday evening until 9:00 pm.

Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

'Scapes: International Landscape Show

August 6 – September 1, 2008

"Leftovers," [left] by Fred Markham, charcoal. Winner of the Jay and Helen Risser Award, 2008
'Scapes Show.

"Passage to Whalehead" [right] by Nancy Fortwengler, pastel. Honorable Mention, 2008 'Scapes Show.

Our landscape, the world around us, has been rendered throughout art since the beginning of time. ‘Scapes: International Landscape Show,' the annual August landscape show at The Art League Gallery, exclusively features works by Art League members depicting the theme of landscape.

Artwork inspired by all environments is a part of this show – urban and rural, industrialized and primitive, coastal and arid, and the beauty and destruction created by Mother Nature. Works of all media are featured. Artists were encouraged to explore unique perspectives, literally and figuratively, as well as varying moods and color.

Juror Walter Bartman sought to select atypical landscapes. “If you’re going to paint landscape, you have to go beyond the obvious. I was looking for something unexpected, something surprising. Landscape is all about the use of space.” Pieces in which the artist uniquely used space, pattern, scale, and angles were some of the elements Bartman looked for. He was glad to see so many artists approaching landscape with a fresh, unanticipated point of view.

Bartman has worked in the Bethesda, MD area for over thirty years. Nationally acclaimed landscape painter and instructor, he received his BA in Art Education from the University of Maryland and his MFA from American University. He is the Founder and Director of the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery at Glen Echo Park in Maryland.

NEW Art League Gallery Hours:
Monday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm
Open every Thursday until 9:00 pm.
Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

SCAPES receiving is Monday July 7 from 6:30-8:30 and Tuesday July 8 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sara Poly

Dan McCarthy courtesy of: www.danmccarthy.com
Michael Kenna, courtesy of the Stephen Wirtz Gallery: http://www.wirtzgallery.com
Ross Merrill

Wednesday, May 28, 2008



‘SCAPES: International Landscape Show
August 6, 2008 – September 2, 2008
Juror – Walter Bartman

Dominion Power Award 2007 Lisa Neher, Rock Creek

Landscape - –noun
1. a section or expanse of rural scenery, usually extensive, that can be seen from a single
2. a picture representing natural inland or coastal scenery.
3. Fine Arts. the category of aesthetic subject matter in which natural scenery is represented.

Landscape art depicts scenery out-of-doors such as mountains, valleys, trees, rivers, and forests. Sky is almost always included in the view, and weather usually is an element of the composition. Traditionally, landscape art depicts the surface of the earth, but there are other sorts of landscapes. Members may be inspired by the emotion-infused works of such painters as, Alfred Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, Marsden Hartley, Winslow Homer, or the abstracted, intense color of contemporary artists such as Wolf Kahn, www.wolfkahn.com, Dan McCarthy, danmccarthy.com and Gregory Kondos, www.gregorykondos.com. Members can also look to our own Art League instructors, Mike Francis, Gwen Bragg, Fred Markham, Ross Merrill, Sara Poly, Jim Steele, Steve Fleming and many others. This is our most popular exhibit. Be inspired, try something new. Concepts in landscape to consider are:
• Skyscapes or cloudscapes that are depictions of clouds and atmospheric conditions.
• Moonscapes showing the landscape of a moon.
• Seascapes that depict oceans or beaches.
• Riverscapes that depict rivers or creeks.
• Cityscapes or townscapes depicting cities (urban landscapes).
• Hardscapes , paved over areas like streets and sidewalks, large business complexes and housing developments, and industrial areas.
• Aerial landscapes depicting a surface or ground from above, especially as seen from an airplane or spacecraft.

Receiving: Monday, August 4, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Tuesday, August 5, 10:00 am – 12:00 Noon. Work must be delivered to gallery in person, no shipped pieces will be accepted. Work must be ready to hang, no clip frames. All frames must be wired for hanging. All work must be for sale.

Entry Fee: Open to all members of The Art League, membership fee if not currently a member plus $2.50 per piece, up to two pieces of original work, only one per artist will be accepted.

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 14, 2008 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Juror: WALTER BARTMAN - Walter Bartman has worked in the Bethesda, Maryland area for over thirty years. As a student he received his B.A. in Art Education from the University of Maryland and his Master of Fine Arts from the American University. In 1978 he received a Fulbright Grant to study Art in Belgium and the Netherlands. Presently he is the Director of the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery. He is listed in the Art and Artist Files in the Hirshhorn Museum and Scupture Garden Library Collections. He also exhibits his work at the Marin-Price Galleries in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Awards: Jay and Helen Risser Award - $250
Potomac Valley Watercolorists’ Founders Award - $250
Washington Society of Landscape Painters Award - $200

More Information: Call The Art League Gallery at 703-683-1780.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

JUNE RECEIVING IS COMING! (June 2nd and 3rd)

Here are some inspirational sculptures that may motivate you to make some beautiful things for the June Sculptures of the Art League Show (juried by Erwin Timmers)

There will also be an All-Media Membership Show (Juried by Howard Paine). The Shows will be up on Wednesday the 4th of June! Hope you can come take a look!

May All-Media Show

The Art League Gallery is located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria and is inside the Torpedo Factory art center. For over thirty years we have been committed to bringing budding artists into the spotlight and are one of the premier galleries in the Washington D.C. area. Each month we host a juried exhibition (some themed, some open) and encourage and promoting our gallery members to bring some of the strongest and freshest work to the public.

This months entries ranged from the every kind of media to every kind of genre. There art striking classical drawings, loose and bright watercolors, digital photographs, distorted images, striking oil paintings and calming landscapes. Feel free to drop in and take a look around!

for information about membership, exhibiting, location, etc., please call

703.683.1780 or visit us:

105 N Union Street
Alexandria VA