Thursday, May 27, 2010

18th Annual Arts on Foot

The Art Market at The Washington Examiner's ARTS ON FOOT will operate from Wednesday September 8th through Saturday September 11th, the festival day. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the Art Market will be set up on the wide F Street sidewalk between 7th and 9th streets, adjacent to the Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture.  On Saturday, the Art Market will expand to incorporate approximately 30-50 more artists on F Street. When applying, artists must choose to participate for Saturday only or for all four days.  Artists may be accepted for all four days or for Saturday only.

Wednesday, September 8th through Saturday, September 11st

Advertised hours for the market will be 11am –7 pm Wed, Thurs and Fri. Sept 8-10. 11am - 5 pm Saturday, Sept 11.

Applicant Criteria 
The Art Market highlights the work of local, regional and national artists.  All work must be original and completely artist-produced; imports and re-sales are not permitted.  Artists are selected by an independent professional jury comprised of a panel of accredited fine art and fine craft professionals unaffiliated with the festival organization. The jury will review digital images on the following criteria:
·  Uniqueness
·  Craftsmanship
·  Professionalism
·  Market Appeal
·  Display 
The Jury will form a waitlist.  Waitlisted artists will only be notified if space becomes available.  All booths will be assigned in advance. All artists participating for four days will have the same booth assignment.
Application Requirements
·     Completed application form, available at
·     4 images representative of the artist’s work, including one booth photo
·     Artist statement /description of work
A $30 non-refundable fee upon application (online via PayPal, or by check).  Upon notification of acceptance, the space fee will be due.  $175 – Saturday participants,  $475 – Four-day participant.  Arts on Foot will issue a $50 fee for returned checks.  Checks payable to:  Diverse Markets Management.
·     Application Deadline                      Friday, July 9, midnight
·     Notifications Emailed                     Monday, July 26         
·     Acceptance and Payment Deadline       Friday, August 6
·     Artist Guidelines                            Monday, August 23
·     Art Market                           Wednesday, September 8 thru Friday, September 10
·     Art Market & Arts on Foot              Saturday, September 11         

More Info
Complete information and online application are available at Contact 202.543.3370 for more information.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Registration Still Open for Summer!

Registration is still open for summer classes at The Art League School! The summer term begins the week of June 28, and classes are offered at all levels in virtually all of the fine arts, including drawing, painting, pastel, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture, the fiber arts, and more! Classes are offered to students of all ages (five through adult).

Week long Summer Art Camp is offered for kids and space is still available!

Visit for more information or to register or call 703-683-2323.

Handcrafted Alexandria

The Art League is part of Handcrafted Alexandria - a collection of thirteen creative businesses in the Old Town and Del Ray neighborhoods of Alexandria, Virginia. Each business features one-of-a-kind handmade items and invites you to explore your creative side with classes and materials for your own projects.

The Spring Shopping Event is NOW through June 1. Visit 10 Handcrafted Alexandria businesses and enter for your chance to win the Grand Prize Weekend Getaway! Click here for more details.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Its like a concert tour with Sketchbooks!

The Brooklyn Art Library creates this project where artist can pay $25 to receive a Moleskin sketchbook to fill up and send back by January 15, 2011. Then the Brooklyn Art Library barcodes and if you want digitizes the sketchbooks so that the artist may see how many people look through their particular book!

The Sketchbook Project has different themes that your sketchbook can be based off of, either you may pick your theme or you can have them select it for you (kindof like a surprise/challenge!).

Then, not only are the books on display in Brooklyn, but they also travel across the United States! Check out their website for more information!

Many of The Art League Staff are participating, and we hope some of you will too!

Renee Phillips "The Artrepreneur Coach": Hedging Against Rejection

Check out this great informational post about dealing with rejection as an artist!

Renee Phillips "The Artrepreneur Coach": Hedging Against Rejection

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Alexandria Rated #3 out of Top 25 Arts Destinations

Alexandria is rated #3 out of 25 mid-sized arts destinations in AmericanStyle magazine, AND The Art League's "Paint" Alexandria event is featured in the article.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Interview with Curves Juror Warren Perry

by Nancy Jacques
“What I discovered the moment I began reviewing the work was the multiple lenses committed to bringing the human form into representation. This was what I hoped and expected I would experience. The word surfeit comes into play. There was a wealth and a quality canon inside these submissions. There were two criteria I employed in considering the works: One, was the human form represented in terms of that one titled word- curves, and two, how was the work provocative, new, or simply excellent. I hope you enjoy reviewing these works as much as I enjoyed experiencing them.

Some of these works are charged with the mystical beauty of the human form while others are more suggestive, exuding sexuality in both latent and more obvious ways, and others yet represent the verdant splendors of spring and the allegories of our place in nature. The winner (US 180,384 2007 by Nancy Jacques) was chosen because it not only defined perfectly the challenges of the competition, but it also was the most courageous and risky and resonant and beautiful work in the group. It contains curves and absences, the flesh of our beauty and the absence of flesh in our diminishing, the curves of our sexual wonder, and the horror of our gossamer and limited span in this world that tolerates the simultaneity of our prowess and our weakness.”

Click here to continue reading.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Paint the Forests 2010

PAINT THE FORESTS 2010 is a national competition sponsored by the Redwood Forest Foundation. It is designed to showcase the beauty and the plight of forests throughout the United States. Images may depict scenery, logging, restoration, examples of egregious practices, beneficial aspects of forestry management or anything to do with the forest flora and fauna.

APPLICATION FEES AND DEADLINES: JUNE 30, 2010 ($35/$25). Late applications will be accepted until AUGUST 18, 2010 with a $10 late fee. Submission is by digital file only, JPEG format.

FORMAT & MEDIA: Work can be no larger that 196 square inches, unframed. Oil, watercolor, scratchboard, acrylic, gouache, alkyd, tempera, casein, mixed-media and pastel are acceptable. Pen and ink artwork is also acceptable. Digital photographs or digitized film photographs will be accepted. Sculpture, computer-generated art, panorama photographs and abstract art will not be accepted.

Please follow the link above for application materials and further information.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Curves May 2010 All-Media Membership Show