Monday, January 26, 2009

Receiving Reminders

The receiving day for Patrons' Show donations is February 2, 10am-8:30pm. However, artists may come any day during regular gallery hours up until the day of the Patrons' Show, February 15. We do ask however, that if you are bringing unframed pieces, that we receive them by February 11. (After an artist donates 2 framed pieces, he/she may begin donating unframed pieces.)

Receiving for the Student/Faculty show is February 16, 2009. For the full prospectus including entry form, please contact the school at or call 703-683-2121. Eligibility is limited to those who have taught or attended classes since the last the student show in February 2008.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

You're invited to The Art League's 42nd Annual Patrons' Show Fundraiser!

The drawing will be held Sunday, February 15
in the main hall of the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

Tickets are $175 each and go on sale
Saturday, January 17* at 10:00 am
in The Art League Gallery.

Each ticket allows the holder to select an artwork at the drawing on February 15. All proceeds benefit The Art League.

Between 500-600 donations of artwork are received from Art League and Torpedo Factory artists. An equal number of tickets are sold to the number of artworks received. The show may be viewed in the gallery February 4-15, and during this time ticket holders may come through and note their favorite pieces. On the evening of the drawing, ticket holder names are randomly drawn, and as each name is drawn each patron may select a work of art.

*Due to anticipated inauguration issues, this year tickets may be purchased in advance of ticket sales day. Credit cards will be accepted. A maximum five tickets may be purchased per person.

Click here for more details
and to download the ticket order form.

View images from the drawing here. Continue to check back as more pieces are photographed.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

January Award Winners

At the opening reception for Let There Be Light on January 8, 2009, 17 artists were awarded Honorable Mentions for their works. They are:

  • Adam Auel for Aidan P.S. 1
  • John Baker for Water Tower at Somers Point
  • Diana Derby for The Shadow of Your Smile
  • David Diaz for Boat House
  • Brent Erickson for Southern Light
  • Habib Hastaie for Reflections in Red
  • David Livingston for Religion
  • Moria McQuillen for Sunset, Santa Fe
  • Lisa Neher for Shining Through
  • Leslie Nolan for Maine #6
  • Edward Reed for Contemplation
  • Ruth Sievers for Brave American
  • Marilyn Moody Spindler for Maine Light
  • Gale Wallar for Paris Doorway
  • Meg Walsh for On the Rocks
  • Diane Weiner for Coming and Going
  • Phyllis Whiton for Happy Couple

Christine Lashley received The Ruth Greges Award for My Onions. Juror Cynthia Connolly "gravitated toward this piece," feeling that it "really exemplifies light". She was impressed with the number of artists who were able to depict complex, difficult moments to capture.

Let There Be Light will be on view January 7 through February 2, 2009 at The Art League Gallery, along with Yoshimi Matsukata's solo show, A Hosta Story.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Opening Reception Tonight

Join us this evening, Thursday, December 8, 6:30-8pm for the opening reception of our all-member media show, Let There Be Light, as well as the January solo artist show, Yoshimi Matsukata, A Hosta Story.

Hostas, often used as the border or backdrop in a garden, are the subject of Yoshimi Matsukata's solo artist exhibit of watercolor paintings at The Art League Gallery, A Hosta Story. "It may be the scientist in me that keeps going back to organic subjects." Continually drawn back to nature, Matsukata enjoys visually portraying something previously unnoticed in her environment. The rhythm created by the abstract shapes formed by light and shadow inspired Matsukata to create this series. "I find the colors, the curls, the deep veins in the foliage irresistible. I am particularly inspired when the sun creates a pattern of shadows underneath the foliage. I am most intrigued with hostas in the spring, when the foliage is fresh. I enjoy the sense of a new beginning." The use of watercolor is an integral part of Matsukata's work. "I like to work wet on wet, drop different colors on top of each other, and watch the pigments mix on paper. This often produces a granulated effect and a natural transition of color on the paper." Matsukata's works have been exhibited throughout the Washington area, nationally, and internationally. She studied painting at The Art League School, the Corcoran School of Art, and the Washington Studio School. She holds a BA from Harvard University in Biochemistry. She feels that her work represents a combination of her two passions, visual art and science.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Receiving Tonight

Juror – Cynthia Connolly
January 7, 2009 – February 2, 2009

Light can be gentle, dangerous, dreamlike, bare, living, dead, misty, clear, hot, dark, violet, springlike, falling, straight, sensual, limited, poisonous, calm and soft. - Sven Nykvist

Work a great deal with evening effects, a lamp, a candle, etc. The tantalizing thing is not always to who the source of light, but the effect of light. - Edgar Degas

Light gives art a sense of time and place. We need light to see. The more light there is, the more vibrant a work becomes. Light is critical to the weather, time of day, gives a good painting it’s meaning, gives it life and vitality. A good still life has to have light to give it a sense of reality. The more light there is the more color there is. Light makes the color vibrant. Artists should create simultaneous contrast by using complementary colors because our eye always sees the opposite. – Art League instructor Steve Fleming

Artists can be inspired by the works of Turner, Edward Hopper, Rembrandt, the Dutch Painters, and our own Art League instructors, Rob Liberace, Danni Dawson and Ted Reed. The works of all our instructors can be viewed on The Art League website at under “Classes” and “Faculty”.

Receiving: Monday, January 6, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Tuesday, January 7, 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, January 8, 2008, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Awards Presentation 7:00 pm

Awards: Ruth Greges Award - $125

Pick–up of unselected Work:
Gallery open Tues., Jan. 7, 6:30 – 7:30 pm for early pick-up.

Otherwise artists are asked to pick-up work as soon as possible during regular gallery hours, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, M – Fri, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Sat. and 12 Noon to 6:00 pm on Sunday. A $1 per day storage fee will be charged after Tuesday, Jan. 20. (Maximum $5 storage fee.)

Juror: Cynthia Connolly

More Information: Call The Art League Gallery at 703-683-1780 or e-mail