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 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

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 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.