Tuesday, April 28, 2009

"Paint" Alexandria

Join us for "Paint" Alexandria 2009, our annual two-day, all-media plein air event. For $40, artists of all media and skill level may join us as we visually explore and interpret historic Old Town. Registered artists may participate in as many sessions as they like. "Paint" Alexandria 2009 will be held May 16 & 17.

This year "Paint" Alexandria is expanding across the river to include a special sunset session with nationally known plein air painter and Art League instructor Sara Poly. Transportation will be provided to all participants on the National Harbor Water taxi, courtesy of the Alexandria-National Harbor Water Taxi/Potomac Riverboat Company.

Workshop locations TBA. Participants are responsible for providing their own supplies, and they ma work alongside the instructors, set up on their own, or simply enjoy the lectures and demonstrations. An event map will be provided to all participants.

Click here to register and view more images here.

here to read the article on "Paint" Alexandria in American Artist magazine from April 2008.

Saturday, May 16


  • Frank Fierstein: explore Old Town on foot with this abstract photographer and let him show you his unique visual perspective.
  • Steve Fleming: demonstrating and composing a loose watercolor.


  • Peter Ulrich: composing a loose watercolor.
  • Rob Liberace: demo in oil at the Carlyle House Gardens.


  • Daniel Wise: paint along the waterfront as Wise leads you through his process that includes thumbnail sketches, value based underpainting, and soft pastel application techniques.
  • Fred Markham: landscape painting in oil.


  • Sara Poly: capturing the sunset at National Harbor in oil.
Saturday, May 17

  • Jim Steele: photographic walking tour of Old Town.
  • Avis Fleming: sketchbook drawing in pen, pencil, or watercolor.

  • Marsha Staiger: use your senses to expand upon the landscape through color concentration, simplification of form, and strength of composition using acrylic and mixed media.
  • Bobbi Pratte: getting a good start in oil or acrylic.

  • Kurt Schwarz: atmospheric landscape painting in oil.
  • Ted Reed: exploring the figure in landscape.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Spring Open House at the Torpedo Factory

Spring Open House:

[indoor] Sidewalk Sale

Sunday, May 10, 5-8pm


Spring cleaning gets a fresh new meaning as Torpedo Factory artists bring artwork out of their studios for an indoor sidewalk sale! Guests will enjoy live music, wine and hors d’oeuvres, and fun activities as they shop for artwork during this favorite annual event.

This year’s Spring Open House falls on Mother’s Day. Guests are invited to treat Mom to an evening of shopping with a special edition Mother’s Day gift certificate, available to purchase over the phone or at the front desk.

The event features:

  • Live Music
  • Wine and Hors d’Oeuvres
  • Food Drive Benefiting United Community Ministries
  • Free Prize Drawing for Artwork by Marsha Staiger
  • Artwork Projection Light Show on the Waterfront Fa├žade of the Building
  • Family Friendly Activity

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Critique with April Juror - Daniel Shay

April All-Media juror, Daniel Shay has offered to review the work of members who were not accepted into the April All-Media show. Artists may bring up to three pieces to be reviewed in a group setting.

To participate, e-mail roseo@theartleague.org or call 703-683-1780 and speak to any staff member. The critique will be limited to 10 people, but others may come to observe without signing up.

When: Thursday, April 30, 7-8pm
Where: The Art League Gallery

Friday, April 10, 2009

Roots & Wings - Solo Artist Christine Giammichele

“Roots and Wings,” Christine Giammichele’s Solo Show at The Art League Gallery

“My work is about portraying the beauty that will be lost in the world if we don’t do something to preserve it.”

Through her artwork, artist Christine Giammichele strives to inform and inspire by depicting the intricate connection between endangered species and their habitats. “Roots and Wings,” Giammichele’s solo artist show, raises our awareness of often-unseen endangered species, and it will be featured at The Art League Gallery, April 9 – May 4, 2009.

Giammichele’s mixed media works explore the symbiotic relationship between endangered birds, flora, and pollinator insects. “We don’t realize how delicate and interconnected all the elements, forms of life, and habitat are in our environment until the survival of one of them is threatened.” Overdevelopment of habitats, pollution, human encroachment, and global warming are dangers to all forms of life.

Often starting with a monotype that serves as the “DNA,” or backbone, of the piece, Giammichele incorporates gouache, pastel, and painting into the image. The scripts that adorn each piece reveal the family name, species name, wingspan, and general background information about the life forms in the artwork. Seeking to achieve a tactile quality, Giammichele concentrates on texture and layering in her work.

“I like the idea of getting this important message out in a beautiful way. I'm passionate about influencing kids and upcoming generations. They're the ones who can continue to make a lasting difference"

Giammichele’s artwork has been exhibited in group and solo shows nationally. She attended the Parson’s School of Design in New York. She will donate a portion of her proceeds from this show to the Anacostia Watershed Society.

In The Art League Gallery:
“Roots and Wings,” April 9 – May 4, 2009

Reception: Sunday, April 19, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Reused / Recycled Press

The Reused / Recycled show, along with the Torpedo Factory, were recently mentioned on the Going Green DC blog. Read here.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Opening Reception & Juror Talk TONIGHT

Tonight, join us at The Art League Gallery for the opening of three new shows:

  • The All-Media Membership Show
  • Reused / Recycled
  • Roots & Wings, Christine Giammichele's solo show
At 6pm, prior to the reception, Reused / Recycled juror Joe Hicks will give a talk about the jurying process and his selections.

Following this, the opening reception will run from 6:30-8pm at which time solo artist Christine Giammichele will speak about her show, and the award winners for the All-Media Show and Reused / Recycled will be announced.

There will be exciting openings and talks throughout the Torpedo Factory tonight, so come out for Second Thursday Art Night.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Pick up & Receiving

Pick up from the March show is today, Sunday from 4-6pm only.  If you cannot make it during these hours, your piece will be stored in the closet during tomorrow's painting, for pick up at receiving.

Receiving on Monday and Tuesday is for two shows: Reused / Recycled and the All-Media Membership show.  This means you can bring in 2 pieces per show, or 4 pieces, to be juried.

If you are unsure if your piece fits the Reused / Recycled category, it does not hurt to submit it.  The staff will not eliminate anything because it is not fully recycled materials.  All selections are up to the juror.  On your label, make sure you list all materials that are reused or recycled, in the event the juror should ask.

Good luck!