Monday, June 28, 2010

The Art League is a Washingtonian Best Bet!

The Art League is featured in this month's Washingtonian Best Bet's issue under "Zaniest Art Events" for "Best Art Fundraiser" for our Annual Patrons' Show! Go grab an issue and check out the great review!

Friday, June 25, 2010


Deadline Extended to June 29, 2010

Artisphere, the metropolitan-DC area’s newest cultural center, is set to open in Arlington on 10-10-10 with multiple venues, including: a 4,000 square foot ballroom space, a wi-fi lounge, a café, three distinct gallery spaces, as well as three flexible theater/performance spaces!

MEZZ Gallery at Artisphere

The Mezz Gallery at Artisphere provides Arlington artists, arts groups, organizations and curators a new and exciting exhibition opportunity.
ELIGIBILITY: Proposals will be accepted from individual artists, arts groups, organizations, and curators who live, work, study or maintain a studio in Arlington County.
AWARDS: $500 honorarium will be awarded for each selected proposal.
ENTRY FEE: $25 application fee per proposal.
PROPOSALS: May include themed or solo exhibitions by Arlington artists. Arlington based curators may propose exhibitions featuring multiple artists in or outside of Arlington. Proposals may include single- or mixed-media. Media may include photography, hand-pulled prints, letterpress, wall hung sculptural installations, crafts, textiles, fashion, drawing, painting, etc. All proposals must be submitted via Only digital submissions will be judged.

Who is Hygeia?

The Journey of Hygeia

In conjunction with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the juried show at The Art League Gallery in May 2010 was Curves, featuring works based on and celebrating the human figure. The Art League wanted to tie in a fundraising event for breast cancer awareness while maintaining a connection to the arts.

Art League member Paula Stern serves on the Board of Directors of Avon Products, Inc. and encouraged The Art League to donate the proceeds from the fundraising event to the philanthropic arm of the organization, which promotes a dual mission of supporting breast cancer research as well as domestic and gender violence awareness.

Lisa Schumaier, Torpedo Factory artist and Art League member, was approached to create a sculpture to connect the fundraising event and The Art League exhibit. She created a papier-mâché figure of Hygeia, the Greek and Roman goddess of health and cleanliness.

The Art League donated funds raised to the Avon Foundation through “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Ta-ta’s” team. Donations were collected as individuals wrote a message of remembrance or victory on a strip of pink paper. These strips were applied to the figure of Hygeia. Many Torpedo Factory artists donated pink paper in various shades, which was put to use overlapping Hygeia’s newsprint-covered frame. Lisa further encouraged the success of the drive by pulling the sculpture out into the middle of the Torpedo Factory on weekends, talking to people about the cause, and asking for donations. Throughout the course of the fundraising event, visitors to the Torpedo Factory and The Art League donated over $500.

View the journey of Hygeia here.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Call to Artists

Artist Opportunities:

Expressions of Hope Calendar  

2010 Expressions of Hope Calendar Cover
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) accepts artwork submissions year-round for its annual Expressions of Hope wall calendar. Cancer has a profound effect on all the lives it touches. We invite anyone who has been affected by cancer – patients, friends, families, caregivers – to share their emotions through art and inspire hope in others.

For more information about participating in Expressions of Hope Calendar click here.

 There's MORE....
The National Watercolor Society 90th International Exhibition - CA Deadline: June 26. Accepting submissions where the primary media is water-based on unvarnished paper surface. Mixed media works accepted as long as water media is dominant. Digital media, photography, prints, or reproductions are ineligible. Works must have been completed in the last 2 years. Cash awards available. Exhibition is scheduled Oct. 30-Dec. 11, 2010, at the NWS Gallery in San Pedro, California. Entry fee: $30 nonmembers. For more information, contact: check website:
2010 Arts on Foot Art Market- DC - Deadline: July 6 - Call to artists for the 2010 Arts on Foot Art Market, held September 8, 9, 10 and 11.  The weekday Art Market on Wed - Fri will be held on the wide sidewalk of F Street, NW between 7th & 9th Streets.   The full festival on Saturday will take place on F Street, NW between 6th & 7th and between 7th & 9th Streets, and 8th Street between E & F Streets in Washington DC in front of the Smithsonian Portrait Museum. The Art Market highlights the work of local, regional and national visual artists. 80-100 artists will be selected in 13 media categories. Info and application at
The Nonprofit Village  / Washington School of Photography – MD Deadline: July 30. Theme: This permanent exhibit will showcase the beauty and scope of the Washington, DC area, from macro images to landscapes. Open to residents of the DC metro area. Any photographic work is eligible: Maximum dimension of any one side must be less than 36 inches. Slides/CDs - All photographs will be judged from slides or CDs (jpeg only, low res). Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners. Opening reception for artists and guests September 24, 2010. Download a prospectus and find out more information about entry requirements at

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

300 People Sweat it Out For "Paint" Alexandria 2010

June 19 was a blistering day in the DC area, but the heat did not keep artists and art appreciators away from coming to Old Town Alexandria for The Art League's first FREE "Paint" Alexandria event. Seven demonstrations were held throughout the day in a variety of media, and over 300 people came to enjoy the event! Thank you everyone!

Peter Ulrich's completed demo piece during "Paint" Alexandria 2010.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Upcoming Art League Workshops

The Art League offers tons of workshops throughout the year, but we offer even more in the summer when people don't have the time to dedicate to a full eight or nine week class. Here's a taste of what's coming up. Check out our website and see what's happening throughout the summer!
Participants paint flowers as living, moving little people. The individual personalities of flowers are captured with rhythmic contour line and fresh washes of undiluted pigments mixing directly on the paper. Students are encouraged to strive for a lively expression, not botanical accuracy. A small model fee is charged. 

This workshop begins with camera resolution and file formats followed by an overview of Photoshop interface- menu bar, tools, and palettes. Students learn how to use the adjustment tools for contrast and color correction, image sharpening, black and white conversion, and resizing of images for print and the web. Participants follow along by applying to their images the tools and techniques demonstrated. 

 Each day introduces a different medium, with the emphasis being on unusual and unique approaches to materials and their uses. The class can accommodate both the Realist and the Abstractionist in creating art that encourages exploration. Some techniques covered are: oil pastel and wax sgrafitto drawing, ink and crayon etching, multiple paper stencil monotypes, and multimedia collage. A materials fee payable to the instructor covers some items. 

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Call To Artists

About the Eastern Regional Exhibition:
Application Deadline: July 23, 2010

The 2010 OPA Eastern Regional Exhibition will be take place at the beautiful Walls Fine Art Gallery from October 15 through November 13, 2010. Known as the Port City, Wilmington is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Cape Fear River. This charming city draws visitors from around the world for its rich history, beautiful shoreline, and world- class cultural events.

Total awards will be approximately $11,500, including a $4,000 Best In Show.

The opening reception will be held on Friday, October 15, 2010 from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. for fellow artists, collectors and the press.

Our goal is to assemble the finest display of representational oil paintings. The focus in the jurying process will be to select paintings that show the highest quality in draftsmanship, color, and composition, emphasizing a diversity in representational style and subject matter.

About the Western Regional Exhibition:
Application Deadline: July 16, 2010

The 2010 OPA Western Regional Exhibition will be take place at Mountain Trails Gallery from October 9 through November 10, 2010. The Jackson area claims one of North America's most stunning mountain ranges as its own - the Grand Teton Mountains. In addition to this natural gem, Jackson boasts a number of exciting things to do and see whether its recreational or cultural.

The opening reception for this year's Western Regional Show will be held on Saturday, October 9 from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. for fellow artists, collectors and the press.

The total awards will be approximately $11,500, including a $4,000 Best In Show.

Our goal is to assemble the finest display of representational oil paintings. The focus in the jurying process will be to select paintings that show the highest quality in draftsmanship, color, and composition, emphasizing diversity in representational style and subject matter.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Reception for David Carter at National Harbor TOMORROW!

David Carter— Drawings & Paintings 
Currently on exhibit through July 3, 2010
Reception: Tuesday, June 8, 6:30-8:30 pm

Artist’s Statement
There are worse torments than reading an artist’s statement.  Some things ostensibly written for other people to read are even more tedious and less satisfying than a typical artist’s statement. Insurance policies, for example.  The writings of Hegel come to mind. But statements like this one are usually high on the list.

Verbal explanations about visual experience often seem to miss the point. We (artists) know that.  We’ve read our statements, and we don’t like them either.  So, we clam up.  It feels like less harm done that way.  “Silence is so accurate,” Rothko said.

But there’s just no separating thought and sight. That’s my premise.  We think with our eyes; we see with ideas. Words do what they can. And the images in my paintings are born of ideas – or questions – that, frankly, are difficult to express in any form.   No mystery or distortion is invented along the way for artistic value; it’s all there from the start. The struggle is to be direct, clear, and vivid in expressing notions that by nature resist description, shed clarity and elude precision.

And yet the questions expressed in my paintings are questions anyone might find familiar. Familiar, but regarded as unimportant. Or not regarded at all.  Some may have occurred to us first (and last) when we were children.  Since then we’ve probably come to dismiss them as mysteries so fundamental, and so difficult, they should be ignored. We are fish; they become the water we’re unaware of.

Whatever your take on these images might be, I hope one or two stick with you.
If they give you something to still think about later – that would be even better.

The Art League at National Harbor
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Oxon Hill, MD