Wednesday, March 25, 2009

More Calls to Artists

The 2009 Rawls Museum Arts Juried Exhibition

Open to artists in DC, VA, MD, NC. June 4 – July 11, 2009

Juried by John Pollard, founder of Richmond’s ADA Gallery .

Download the entry from here. Deadline: April 11, 2009


Eighteenth Annual Exhibition - Central Virginia Watercolor Guild

Juror: Betty Calabria

Artists may submit two 5 x 7 photos of two paintings.

Best in Show: $500
2nd: $300
8 Awards of Excellence: $200

For prospectus and entry form, e-mail or pick one up in The Art League gallery (on the closet door).

Monday, March 23, 2009

Call to Artists - CRYSTALart

Deadline: April 17, 2009

To continue to highlight Crystal City’s Green characteristics and add artistic elements to the neighborhood’s streets, sidewalks and public spaces, the Crystal City Business Improvement District is introducing ECO-Art Statues – a temporary, outdoor environmental art exhibit in one of Crystal City’s most landmark open spaces, the Crystal City Water Park.

This Call for Artists announces the opportunity to design and construct a three-dimensional, biodegradable sculpture for placement in the Crystal City Water Park for the exhibition, which will kick-off Crystal City’s spring Green event - Green Scene.

Selected artists will receive a grant of $2000 from the Crystal City Business Improvement District. In keeping with the theme of Crystal Green’s Green Scene schedule of events, selected pieces must be constructed of 100 percent biodegradable materials.

Design Submission: Please submit a full-color sketch or schematic of your design on 8.5 x 11-sized page (electronically is preferred). Be sure to include dimensions and call-out specific materials used.

Questions/Information Requests: For any questions or information requests, please contact Robert Mandle at 703-412-9435 or via email at

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Looking for April Inspiration?

If the April Reused / Recycled show has you stumped, take a look at these amazing uses of recycled elements. Also, check out the related links at the bottom of that post for additional examples.

You can also refer to some pieces from the recent Target Gallery exhibition Finding Equilibrium: Sculptures by Travis Graves for inspiration.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Artist Opportunities

Call for Entry: Wild Things
From amoeba to zebra, extinct to extant, real to imagined, this show invites artists to submit works impelled by the animal. The jury seeks pieces revealing the anima, the vital breath or soul of animals, and works reflecting the diversity of animals – from microscopic to enormous, from active to sedentary, from simple to complex. The call is open to all media with the goal of creating a diverse and exciting exhibition. Ultimately, each piece selected must vitally locate it’s genesis in the appearance, shape, sound, smell, energy, diet, behavior, history, prehistory, or folklore of wild things. A national juried exhibition; cash awards
Visit; Deadline: March 23, 2009

Red Bull Art of Can is a national juried exhibition featuring artwork in a variety of media that have one thing in common—they are all inspired by Red Bull or crafted from the iconic blue and silver cans. The juried exhibition is open to anyone with a flair for creativity and the talent to transform an original concept into a compelling piece of art that can be shared with a public audience. Sculptures, paintings, digital/graphic designs and various forms of mixed media will all be considered. Will be held at Union Station in Washington, D.C. this October.

Application deadline is May 15. Learn more at

In The Flesh II at The Target Gallery - July 22 - August 30, 2009

In The Flesh Part II is an exhibition that focuses on contemporary figurative art. This opportunity is an all media exhibition that is open to artists nationally and internationally, that work in this genre. The juror is Andrea Pollan, founder and curator of the Curator’s Office in Washington DC. The deadline for entries is May 11, 2009.

2009 Virginia Fall Foliage Festival Art Show
All artists, media and subjects invited to be juried into a 10 x 11’ exhibit space. No commission taken from sales. Full prospectus available at

Faraway Nearby - June 18 – July 31, 2009
Faraway Nearby is a juried exhibition of contemporary fine art and craft in celebration of GRACE’s 35th anniversary. The juror is Dale Martin Lanzone, president of International Public Art Marlborough. The deadline is Sunday, April 5, 2009. For the full prospectus, visit

The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center Regional Juried Exhibit 2009
The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center (DVAEC) invites artists living or working within a 75-mile radius of Frederick, MD to submit work in any media for this annual exhibit. The juror is Anett Couwenberg, and the deadline for entries is May 8, 2009. For more information, visit

The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards
The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is currently accepting applications for The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards. Up to 15 finalists will be selected to display their work in an exhibition during the month of September at Heineman Myers Contemporary Art in downtown Bethesda, and the top four winners will receive $14,000 in prize monies. All original 2-D and 3-D fine art including painting, photography, sculpture, fiber art, digital, mixed media and video will be accepted. The deadline for submission is April 20, 2009. The full prospectus is available at

Ceramics Workshop This Weekend

Making Pots from Parts
Workshop with Renowned Ceramist Blair Meerfeld

A native of Colorado, ceramist Blair Meerfeld incorporates native clays and materials into his work. His pots are variations or abstractions of shapes – mechanical, human, or landscape. By using salt glazes, he is able to "pull out the secrets of clay and slips, leaving them on the surface for your engagement."

The weekend will feature throwing, assembling, and discussion and observation of form in functional pottery. Meerfeld will share his thoughts on a number of topics including creating tension and interest through vertical and horizontal line, and his desire to elicit an emotional response to his work.

March 21 & 22, 2009
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Register at
Call 703.683.2323 for more information.

Monday, March 9, 2009

383: Viewing the Potomac

Opening reception this Thursday!
383: Viewing the Potomac

Pastelist Daniel Wise Featured at The Art League Gallery

Inspired by the beauty, diversity, the ever-changing atmosphere and environment of the Potomac River and its surroundings, pastelist Daniel Wise has created a series of paintings depicting scenes along the Potomac River. “383: Viewing the Potomac” will be featured at The Art League Gallery March 5 – April 6, 2009.

Wise grew up in Colorado, far from large bodies of water. Now that he lives in Washington, he’s drawn to render a different landscape. “The Potomac and the immediate surroundings are constantly evolving and changing… the colors, trees, wildlife, and the people. There is so much diversity.”

“I’m attracted to a scene or composition by light and how it interacts with the landscape. How the light effects the atmosphere, the fog, snow, or the sunset, and how the light interacts with different objects is particularly intriguing.”

Pastel is integral to Wise’s work. “I like to be close to what I’m doing, have my hands in it. Pastel is very tactile, and is such a versatile medium. It can be used to create drawings or paintings. My works are paintings. I go for color, value, and shape and approach a pastel painting like I would an oil painting. They are the same pigments that are in oil paints, minus the oil.”

“I want viewers to come away with a sense of the diversity of the landscape. I want them to get a sense of the many moods of the Potomac…. You can go back to the same spot, look at the same scene from the same vantage point and it will always look different. I hope viewers will come away with a love of landscape.”

383 is the distance in miles of the Potomac River. Rendering scenes along the river is a continual project for Wise. For his show at The Art League Gallery, viewers can enjoy scenes from Harpers Ferry, WV to Cumberland, MD to the DC area. Wise hopes to get from Fairfax Stone and to the Chesapeake Bay as he continues the project.

Wise is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Maryland Pastel Society. He is also a member of The Art League, the Washington Society of Landscape Painters, the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, Audubon Artists, and Allied Artists of America. His work is held in private, public, and corporate collections throughout the country.
In The Art League Gallery:
“383: Viewing the Potomac,” March 5 – April 6, 2009

Opening Reception:
Thursday, March 12, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Meet the Artist and Pastel Demonstration:
Saturday, March 21, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Gallery Hours:
Daily, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm
Open Thursdays until 9:00 pm.

Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Snow Information

Classes from 10am-6pm are cancelled tomorrow, Monday, March 2.

The gallery will open at 1pm.  Painting of the gallery is postponed, but RECEIVING IS STILL ON for the March show, Real/Unreal.