Thursday, May 28, 2009


Nancy Pane Fortwengler’s Solo Artist Show of Figurative Dress Paintings
at The Art League Gallery

June 4 – July 6, 2009

In Nancy Pane Fortwengler’s series of figurative dress paintings, the body exists without the figure. The human body is not present in any of her work. The dresses, costumes, and tiers of fabric are in motion without a body to propel them. Fabrications reveals the construction, shape, and composition of these vibrant forms while embodying the presence of the human figure.

Exploring the form and iconic symbols of femininity are long, reoccurring subjects for Fortwengler. This particular series evolved from working backstage with a ballet company. “The dancers, costumes in movement under the dramatic stage lighting created a wonderful abstraction within the layers of fabric. As light traveled though layer upon layer, new shapes were created, and I saw something new. The bodies of the dancers became irrelevant, and the dresses took on a life of their own.”

These figures are soft yet powerful. The female forms take “center stage,” with only one “figure” featured in each piece. Fortwengler’s exaggerated color palette creates a heightened sense of reality, and places each piece in a dramatic, moody environment.

Fortwengler works almost exclusively in pastel. “Pastel is my preferred medium. It unites the act of drawing and painting, unlike any other medium. The very nature of holding the pastel, and manipulating it directly, allows me to greatly control the amount of pressure and pigment I apply to the surface. The luminosity, vibrancy, and consistency of pastel are extremely relevant to my subject matter, enabling me to fully capture and portray transparency and dimension.”

Fortwengler is a resident artist at Columbia Pike Artist Studios in Arlington, VA, a member of The Art League, and is a full member of the Degas Pastel Society, an associate member of the Southeastern Pastel Society, and the Pastel Society of the West Coast. Her work is held in collections nationally and internationally. She continues to study with Diane Tesler at The Art League School, a longtime mentor and teacher for over two decades.

“Fabrications,” June 4 – July 6, 2009
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 11, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
at The Art League Gallery
in the Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Fabrications is sponsored by Frame Masters.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Call to Artists - Target Gallery

Pandora's Box
December 10 - January 10, 2010

October 5, 2009

Pandora's Box is an exhibition requiring artists to create work based on the theme of Pandora's Box. In Greek mythology, Pandora's box is the large jar carried by Pandora that contained evils to be unleashed on mankind - ills, toils and sickness - and finally hope. For this exhibition, the artists are invited to submit their own interpretations of Pandora's Box and how it relates to the times we are living in today. The submitted work must be based on a box form and adhere to the box size parameters of 12 inches. The work can be contained within the box or it can explode from the box, peek outside the box, etc. How it is made and what it is made of is entirely up to the artists.

Landria Shack, Curator and Director of Programs, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center

To download a full prospectus or apply online, visit

Friday, May 15, 2009

Thank you!

The Art League thanks its generous sponsors for Paint Alexandria 2009!

Lead Event Sponsor:

Sponsor of Rob Liberace's Oil Painting Demo at Carlyle House Gardens:

Sponsor of Sarah Poly's Evening Sunset Session at National Harbor:

Monday, May 11, 2009

The Art League Instructor Rob Liberace in American Artists

The Art League instructor Robert Liberace will be featured in a several-page spread in the upcoming Summer Workshop Issue of American Artists. The article discusses Liberace's current work and projects, including the release of his drawing DVDs and his travel workshops at The Art League. There will be several images of Liberace's 2008 travel workshop to Venice organized by The Art League. If you attended, you may spot yourself among The Art League members and students pictured! Look for the Summer Workshop Issue on newsstands soon.

In the meantime, catch Liberace this weekend for Paint Alexandria. At 12:30, he will demonstrate in oil, painting landscapes at Carlyle House Gardens. Just $40 gets not only gets you a spot at Liberace's demo, but numerous others in a variety of media all weekend!

For more information and to register, visit or call 703-683-2323.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

1st Annual Little Washington Miniatures Painting Exhibition

October 2-October 26, 2009 - Open to all US miniature artists 18 years or older.

Entry Fees:
$25 - 3 pieces delivered
$40 - 3 pieces shipped

Narissa Steel
President of the Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, DC

Cash awards and ribbons.

Prospectus is available at or SASE to:
291-B Main Street
P.O. Box 365
Washington, VA 22747