Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Christmas Attic Is Looking For Window Display Artists!

Old Town’s landmark, The Christmas Attic is seeking qualified artists to help produce a temporary exhibition featuring illuminated canvases of art to be revealed in each of the stores windows for The Christmas Attic’s Holiday Advent Calendar Event – part of the store’s 40th Anniversary Celebration.

December 1 - 25, 2011 each day at sundown, the store will reveal “advent art” featuring a variety of local artists holiday creations.  All art will be placed either in the windows or on the brick of the building on the front side facing Union Street.  There will be a VIP/media kick-off event on December 1st.  At the closing of the Advent Calendar event, the canvases of advent art will be available for auction at a post-event celebration (to be scheduled).  Proceeds from the auction will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic.  The Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. 

The Christmas Attic (currently celebrating its 40th Anniversary) was opened by a local family that loved the spirit and joy of the holidays. Since 1971, the charming store has long been considered a “must see” by locals and tourists alike.  Specializing in hard-to-find, unique items, the store’s offerings include European hand-blown glass, locally-designed souvenirs, Italian nativity scenes, snow-covered village houses, German collectibles as well as angels, Santa’s and snowmen galore.  The store also stocks a wide selection of everyday gifts, books, home d├ęcor and accessories plus a fun, funky wine selection.  The store is located in an 18th century tobacco warehouse situated one block from the Potomac River in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia.

Project Scope: 
The Christmas Attic is looking for 25 artists (1 artist per advent canvas) to submit an electronic sketch for review/consideration to be selected.  Each day at sundown, one advent art piece will be revealed and illuminated. The store will select the order of when the canvases will be displayed for the 25 days.  The final advent day (Christmas Day) must be an image of a nativity scene. All art designs must be seen from a distance and weather proofed.  Artist participation submissions/concept sketches are due, October 3, 2011, with artist selections announced on October 17, 2011.  Individuals can download the Call for Artist information and application at

An Interview With Metal Master Noah Williams

If you've been to the gallery lately, you've probably stopped and stared a little longer at those intricate sculptures covered in beads, buttons and whatever other random objects the artist could find. Despite the mish-mash medium, artist Noah Williams manages to provide stunning detail and technique. The rows of re-purposed pieces fit snugly together, clinging to the form and somehow adding to the pieces instead of weighing it down.

So where did Williams learn such precision? A fancy art school, no doubt?

Nope. He literally picked it up off the streets.

"Everything you see on my work, I've found out on the sidewalks, in trash cans or with my friends' help," says Williams. "Recently, a woman I met at the Torpedo Factory brought me two bags of beer bottle caps." 

Just the other day, Williams admits to spending nearly an hour in a dumpster, digging for art supplies. "I hit the jackpot there," he says. "I found a lot cool stuff: faucet heads, poles and just other pieces of metal." 

William's original approach to art supply shopping might seem unconventional. But his love of sculpture actually came from a very traditional place: African wood sculptures. "I always loved how they looked and the detail that went into them," he says. But wood wasn't his material of choice. He says he decided to try for the look of the wood sculptures, but with metal. "My subjects are similar to the African sculptures, too," he adds. "I love to make people and things in nature." 

Right now, he's working on a giant fish sculpture made entirely out of seashells; a bit of a departure from the "one man's trash" mantra, but still the same idea. He gathered the pieces from a recent trip to Panama. "I spent the day collecting shells, along with items like feathers and sticks, from the sand," he says. Williams was inspired to gather materials from nature after he felt himself getting a little bored with his normal routine. "I was ready to move onto something else. I wanted to make a fish, so I grabbed some shells to give it a real island flavor."

He admits to being overly-focused on whatever his current project might be, calling himself "detail-obsessed," so the fish is the only project he is working on right now. "I'm working on the fish's skeleton right now," he says. "I'll force myself to finish soon, but I'll work on a project forever if I don't figure out a direction before I start." 

Job Openings in the Arts!

From our friends at
Scenic Charge Artist - MD 
Deadline: August 25, 11. OLNEY THEATRE CENTER, Olney, MD, is accepting resumes for part-time Scenic Charge to paint all projects for 6 play season. Professional and/or academic experience preferred. Candidates should have knowledge of a variety of paint techniques and ability to work with varied materials (foam, scrim, fabric, metal, wood.). Bachelor degree preferred. $3K fee per show/no benefits/transitional housing negotiable. DC market very active for supplemental work. Send resume/references/portfolio examples: SCENIC CHARGE SEARCH to Kendall Judy. Email: Fax: 301-924-2654.

Executive Director - NC 
Deadline: July 29, 11. Theatre Art Galleries, an EOE non-profit visual arts organization located in High Point, NC seeks an experienced, full-time Executive Director. The Executive Director is responsible for management of all financial, administrative, and operational functions of the organization. Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to the visual arts; be an energetic, detail oriented, self starter with proven leadership qualities; possess excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills and have previous experience in a non-profit arts environment. Salary: Negotiable. How to Apply: Qualified applicants will submit a cover letter, resume, references, writing samples and salary requirements by mail to: Theater Art Galleries, Attn: Whitney Heard, 220 East Commerce Avenue, High Point, NC 27260. All applications must be postmarked on or before July 29. Any application received postmarked after the July 29th deadline will be returned unopened. Web Site:

Part-Time Professor of Arts Administration (Adjunct)  - GA
Deadline: September 25, 11. CAD Atlanta seeks candidates for a part-time faculty position to teach courses in arts administration to graduate students. Qualified candidates should have a terminal degree in a related field and professional experience in the field. As SCAD Atlanta currently has a number of arts administration faculty with theater backgrounds, the successful candidate would be someone from another sector of the arts, preferably the visual arts. The specific current need is for faculty to teach legal issues in the arts. Part-time professors are not guaranteed a specific number of courses per quarter or year. Assignments for classes are on an as-needed basis, dependent on the needs of the university. For complete submission requirements, please visit our website using the URL listed and follow application instructions: Should you have questions regarding your application package, you may submit an email to Human Resources ABOUT THE COLLEGE: SCAD is the most comprehensive art and design university in the world, offering more degree programs and specializations than any other art and design university. SCAD is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor’s and master’s degrees in distinctive locations and online to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD offers students a choice of degree programs in 46 majors and 50 minors in locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia, in Lacoste, France, online through SCAD eLearning, and now in Hong Kong. AA/EOE. Qualifications: SCAD Atlanta seeks candidates for a part-time faculty position to teach courses in arts administration to graduate students. Qualified candidates should have a terminal degree in a related field and professional experience in the field. As SCAD Atlanta currently has a number of arts administration faculty with theater backgrounds, the successful candidate would be someone from another sector of the arts, preferably the visual arts. The specific current need is for faculty to teach legal issues in the arts. Part-time professors are not guaranteed a specific number of courses per quarter or year. Assignments for classes are on an as-needed basis, dependent on the needs of the university.

Curator: Monterey Museum of Art - CA
The Monterey Museum of Art (MMA) seeks a dynamic and experienced museum professional to serve as Curator. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Curator will manage the permanent collection and develop and implement the exhibitions program to advance the Museum's mission and strategic direction. Additional job responsibilities include preparation of interpretive materials, public programs, working with the Executive Director to cultivate collectors, donors and artists for gifts to the collection, management of the curatorial department budget and supervision of the curatorial staff. This position requires a MA in art history with a specialization in modern art, contemporary art or photography and 3-5 years of curatorial experience. Knowledge of the Monterey Peninsula Artist's Colony is critical. Candidates must have a demonstrated ability to work independently, coordinate complex projects and excellent written and verbal communication skills. This is a full-time position with a benefits package. Please submit resume and cover letter in confidence to: Curatorial Search Committee, No phone calls or applications accepted in person. The Monterey Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Website: 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Local Office Looking for an Artist to Display!

FederatedIT is currently looking for local artists who’d be interested in displaying their artwork at their Herndon location.

While they are extending their search to the local art schools, libraries, and specifically, students of the Art League who might be interested in exhibiting their artwork at FederatedIT's offices. 

Interested parties should contact Tatjana Dimitrovska at

FederatedIT's offices are located at 3076 Centreville Road, Suite 200 in Herndon, VA.

Is Your Art Looking For a New Hang-Out (or rather, hang-up) Spot?

There are several spaces at the Arlington Arts Gallery, a co-op gallery in Arlington!  

The gallery is located at 5179 Lee Highway near the intersection of Lee Highway and George Mason Drive and is open Monday through Saturday from 11 am – 7 pm and closed on Sundays. 

The cost is $300 for 6 months ($50 a month) for a wall space.  There is no work commitment (except on evenings of receptions). There is no commission  taken except if the buyer uses a credit card, then the bank fees are deducted.  

Please call Jane McElvany Coonce at (703) 524-7049 if you are interested. 

Call for Artists: The Smithsonian Craft Show!

The 2012 Smithsonian Craft Show is now open for business and Co-chairs Anne-Lise Auclair-Jones and Ann Peel invite all eligible candidates to apply for this 30th Anniversary celebration of American craft. As in the past, the exhibitors will be selected by a jury of three highly qualified independent experts. The Smithsonian Women's Committee asks the jurors to identify the most accomplished artists in their respective media, whose work is innovative, well conceived and expertly executed. The jury is asked to strive for a show that is well balanced among the various media. All qualified candidates are considered equally.
For the first time, Craft Show applicants are being given the opportunity to highlight their use of materials that are green, recycled, reclaimed and repurposed by applying for the Mixed Media category or by mentioning their use of such materials in their artists' statements for any category.
We look forward to hearing from all of you as we plan another exciting show.
NOTICE: You must be prepared to pay for your application at the time you fill out the online application.

Event Location: 
National Building Museum, Washington DC
Event Dates: 
April 19-22, 2012 Preview Night Benefit: April 18, 2012
Deadline: Online application midnight EST September 18, 2011
Application Fee: 
$50 for online applications
Jury Notification: 
October 31, 2011

To apply online, please visit
or go to Juried Art Services
Please let me know if you have questions.
Thank you.
Heidi A. Austreng
SWC Program Coordinator
Mail: MRC 037 PO Box 37012, Washington, DC 20013
Tel: 888-832-9554

Friday, July 22, 2011

FOTOWEEK DC: International Awards Competition

If you're a photographer in DC, then FOTOWEEK DC is probably already on your calendar. But if not, make sure you check out their website and see how you can get involved!

2011 FotoWeek DC International Awards Competition

Challenge the Way We Look at the World
FotoWeek DC's fourth Annual International Awards Competition is looking for extraordinary images! The 2011 competition will honor professional and emerging photographers from our region and from around the world. We're looking for you!
Enter by 7/24/2011 for your Early Bird Discount. Click here to register.
  • Entries will be accepted in 11 main categories
  • Cash prizes totaling $20,000
  • Winners will be selected by a distinguished panel of world-renowned judges
  • Winners will be notified on or about October 5, 2011.
  • Winning images will be exhibited and/or projected during FotoWeek DC, November 5-12 as well as on-line

Musings from Board Member Patsie Uchello

Many years ago, as a sophomore at Tulane University, I sat in my Intro to Psychology class and learned something that has truly stuck with me, a theory designed by Abraham Maslow in 1943. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is a basic framework to understand humanity and its motivations. It is a theory of psychology that explains and compares the basic needs of man, such as food, shelter, clothing, procreation, and safety, vs. the need to be loved, the need for self-esteem, and the highest need of all: the need for self-actualization. Once our basic survival and comfort is accomplished, it is still not enough. We need to be fulfilled on an intellectual, creative, and spiritual level.

I had an epiphany the other day – which is that The Art League exists to provide a path to self-actualization for its members and students. It is the vehicle by which we artists may hone our talents, and become our very best selves, by expanding our artistic horizons. It is a guide in our endless search to be more.

Every non-profit organization has a mission, and ours is self-actualization for our community of artists. We could print Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs on our brochures, with the top of the pyramid circled, with an arrow pointing to the phrase ”study and grow here.”

It is a privilege for our members, staff, teachers, and volunteers to be a part of the growth of so many individuals from our surrounding communities. Won’t you please join us in this worthy mission? Sign up for a class, become a friend, and/or support our mission financially. The Arts are being cut from school curricula every day, and The Art League is one of the last remaining schools to offer certain classes. We are unique, we provide quality, and you will not find our equal anywhere to help fulfill your dream of self-actualization.


Patsie Uchello, Art League Board, 2nd Vice President

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Upcoming Exhibit Opportunities With Our Factory Neighbor, Target Gallery!

One floor down and across the building is another beautiful art gallery living inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Target Gallery also hosts monthly exhibits and they're still looking for artists to show this fall! Deadlines are approaching fast, so check out the calls!

Masks - Deadline for Entry: August 1, 2011
Exhibition Dates: October 1 – 30, 2011
Reception: October 13, 6-8pm; juror talk @7pm

Masks is an all media exhibition that is open to all artists, nationally and internationally. Masks have long served as a symbol and a tool for concealment, protection, amusement and performance. Artists are being asked to create work based on the theme of masks, literally and conceptually. Brittany Lawrence Yam is the Director of Project 4 Gallery in Washington, DC. Yam worked for the Arlington Arts Center before leaving the DC area for Pittsburgh, PA where she attended Carnegie Mellon University, earning a Master of Arts Management in 2010. During her last year of graduate school, Yam worked for the Foundation for the National Archives. In her spare time she continues to create work at David Freeberg’s studio in McLean, VA.

Download a Prospectus - Make sure to read this COMPLETELY before applying online Apply Online 

Transferred: Alternative Processes in Photography

Deadline for Entry: September 5, 2011
Exhibition Dates: November 5-27, 2011 
Special FotoWeek DC Lecture and reception with juror Regina Deluise on Nov. 6, 6-8pm 
Reception: November 10, 6-8pm; juror talk @7pm

Transferred: Alternative Processes in Photography is a juried photography exhibition that focuses specifically on artists using alternative photography processes. This exhibition will be a part of FOTOWEEK DC. Our juror Regina Deluise is a photography professor with Maryland Institute College of Art. Deluise is considered an expert in the field of alternative processes in photography. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, is represented by Bonni Benrubi Gallery in NYC, and has shown extensively worldwide. 

Download a Prospectus - Make sure to read this COMPLETELY before applying online 

Petri Dish - Deadline for Entry: October 3, 2011
Exhibition Dates: December 1 - 30, 2011
December 8th, 6-8pm 
Petri Dish is an all media small works exhibit with the primary focus of artist experimentation. Petri dish brings to mind the very idea of experimentation. What does it bring to mind for artists? That is the question and the challenge that we are asking artists to figure out. The work must fit within the parameters of a standard petri dish - 100mmx15mm (approx. 4 in) - The gallery will provide petri dishes for the accepted works. Our juror is Jesse Cohen, DC artist, scientist, and gallery owner. In 2004, he founded, a grass roots movement with a membership of over 2,400 members. In 2009 he founded Fine Art Ventures, LLC and the artdc Gallery in Hyattsville, MD.
Download a Prospectus - Make sure to read this COMPLETELY before applying online Apply Online

Dia de los Muertos: The Art of Remembrance - Deadline for Entry: August 29, 2011
Exhibition Dates:October 24 - November 4, 2011
Costume & Dance Party: October 29, 8-11pm - 
Click Here to learn more about the event
The Torpedo Factory Art Center presents its Third Annual Day of the Dead celebration from October 24 - November 4, 2011. The altar exhibition returns to the main floor of the art center and will be hosted by the Target Gallery. Local and regional artists are invited to submit altar proposals. The juror for this exhibition is Shane Pomajambo, owner of Art Whino gallery.

Shane Pomojambo is CEO and Creative Director of Art Whino, a DC based art gallery whose mission is to bring together the freshest talent in the underground art scene, with a focus on Pop Surrealism and Low Brow art movements. Pomajambo graduated from Virginia Tech with a Masters Degree in Architecture, followed by teaching there for three years. In 2003 he decided to go on his own and started Moderne Design, a design build firm which has been full swing to present time. He has had a passion for collecting since an early age, starting with 70’s Star Wars’ action figures which evolved into a large comic book collection of about 4,000 vintage comics, and eventually into art. Being born and raised in New York, he was part of the whole Breaking/Graffiti scene which had a strong influence in his appreciation of street art. With 15 years of following some of the scene’s biggest players that were now showing in galleries in New York and California, he began displaying his collection at open houses he would hold for his newly finished homes he would build. Excited to see the enthusiasm that people had for this genre of art, Pomajambo opened Art Whino gallery in Old Town Virginia in 2007. Over 1,500 people came out for their opening night, solidifying that there was a large demand for this art which mainly thrived in New York and California; 62 shows later and after working with over 1200 artists Art Whino is now a leader in the scene worldwide.

Download a Prospectus
 - Make sure to read this COMPLETELY before applying online Apply Online

For a hard copy of a prospectus, send a SASE to:
Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 North Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Call: 703-838-4565 x 4

Art Book Release Party This Weekend in DC!

100 Artists of Washington, DC Book Release Party
A coffee table hardbound art book published by Schiffer Press and authored by well-known DC area artist and art critic F. Lennox Campello, and which is the first of three volumes highlighting the top, mid-career and emerging artists of the Greater DC area, is about to be released by the publisher and there will be a book release party this coming July 23 , deom 3-5 PM, at Conner Contemporary (1358 FLORIDA AVE, NE, Washington, DC).  Many of the artists will be there and this will be your opportunity to get your copy signed by the artists and author. The book is available for order online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or from the publisher, etc. and will be also available next week at most area bookstores and there will be a limited number of books for sale at the release party. The book release party is by invitation only, so please RSVP to if you'd like to be added to the door invite list or RSVP on Facebook at

National Arts Opportunities!


"Arkansas Pastel Society 4th National Exhibition" 

Deadline: August 4, 2011. The Arkansas Pastel Society announces a call to artists for a pastel exhibition, October 14, 2011 - January 14, 2012 at the Butler Center at Arkansas Studies Institute in Little Rock, Arkansas. Cash and Merchandise totaling $5000. Juror: Doug Dawson. Open to soft or oil pastels. Entry fee: $35 nonmembers; $30 members. Download prospectus (PDF) at:, or send a SASE to: 316 W. 4th Street, North Little Rock, AR 72114. Questions? Please contact Nancy Martin at or call 501-590-5934.

2012 Jacksonville Jazz Festival Commemorative Poster Contest 

Deadline: September 6, 11. Would you like to be the artist for the 2012 Jacksonville Jazz Festival Poster? Mail a photo or e-mail your entry today for your chance to win a cash prize, a complimentary booth at the Art in the Heart juried art show and recognition as the official 2012 Jacksonville Jazz Festival Poster Artist. Entry deadline: September 6, 2011. For more information and parameters for entry, Mail a photo or e-mail your entry as a JPEG or PDF file to

Works on Paper

Deadline: August 12, 2011. The Santa Cruz Art League presents Works on Paper, a national exhibit. October 22-November 20, 2011. Juror: Preston Metcalf, Chief Curator, Triton Museum of Art. Open to all 2D and 3D media using paper as a main element. Fee: $40 for up to 3 entries/jpegs. For prospectus send SASE to SCAL, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 or or email
2011 National Juried ExhibitionDeadline: August 1, 2011. The Oak Park Art League announces a call to artists for a juried art exhibition, October 7 - November 18, 2011 in Chicago, IL. $4000 in awards. Juror: David M. Sokol. The competition is for artists 18 and over. The show is open to all mediums except photography and computer generated work of any kind. Hand-pulled prints in numbered editions are permitted. $30 nonmember/ $25 member. Download prospectus (PDF format) at:, or send a SASE to: 720 Chicago Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302. Questions? Contact Faith Humphrey-Hill at or call 708-386-9853.

Nature: Working!

Deadline: July 21, 2011. EventGallery 910 Arts and Grow Local Colorado present Nature: Working!, a juried show designed to raise awareness and understanding of permaculture. An open call for entry invites individuals and teams to submit fun and creative concepts that describe issues, problems and patterns of nature and their effect on an enduring culture. The entry fee is $10 per entry for up to 10 entries and the deadline is Thursday, July 21, 2011. Submission forms and details can be viewed at "All media is accepted and humor is especially encouraged," says EventGallery 910Arts owner Cheryl Spector. "We hope that, along with visual artists, we'll get submissions from playwrights, poets, gardeners, scientists, musicians, comedians and really anyone with a great idea about permaculture to share with the community." Jurors are Adam Brock, permaculture teacher, eco-designer, sustainability consultant and director of The GrowHaus; and Tsehai Johnson, ceramic artist, installationist and assistant professor at Metro State College. The exhibition will run in EventGallery 910Arts, at 910 Santa Fe Drive in Denver, from August 5 through September 11. Interactive salons with the artists and creators of the works selected for the exhibition will be scheduled throughout the run of the show. EventGallery 910 Arts, 910 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204.

re:nude, a Body of Work: Black Box Gallery

Deadline: October 2, 11. Theme: The 21st Century Nude in Photography. re:nude sources the twenty-first century human body. A body in question, in transition, peril. A body affected by societal de/re-construction via advertising (subliminal, false and otherwise), economic decline and the vestiges (and restraints) of self worth. This exploration of face value is splintered by reference, scrutiny, wonderment and varying abilities. re:nude takes a second look at what lies beyond the evocatively thin surface. Juror: TJ Norris. For more info please visit our website:

83rd Grand National Exhibition 2011 

Deadline: August 13, 2011. The American Artists Professional League announces a call to artists for its annual exhibition, November 1-11, 2011 at the Salmagundi Club in New York, NY. Over $16,000 in awards. Jurors: Joe Hing Lowe (Instructor at The Ridgewood Art Institute), Mark Mitchell (Ass't. Curator at Philadelphia Museum of Art). Open to all artists 18 or older. One or two works may be submitted for selection in the same media only; only one entry per artist may be accepted. Works only in Representational or Traditional Realism will be considered. Original oil, acrylic, watermedia, pastel, graphics and sculpture not previously exhibited with the American Artists Professional League. Photo-Lithographs and Oil Pastels are not eligible. Paintings and graphics must not exceed 42" overall in either direction. This includes the frame. All work must be framed, no wrap-around. Sculptures must not exceed 24" at the base in either direction. Living artist submissions only, please. $40.00 for first entry; $25 for second entry. Visit website at: for prospectus. Questions? Email or call 212-645-1345.

Call for Entries, 6th Annual Juried Exhibition

Deadline: August 22, 2011 postmark. The International Society of Acrylic Painters-Florida announces a call to artists for its 6th Annual Juried Exhibition, November 2-30, 2011 at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa Florida. Up to $5000 in cash and merchandise which includes $1,000 for Best of Show. Juror: British Artist David Hillhouse. Must be a member of ISAP-FL with dues of $30/year - can be paid at time of entry. CD/DVD entry only. Paintings must be atleast 80% acrylic and no larger than 40 inches in either direction, including frame. $25.00 for up to 3 paintings. Visit website at: for prospectus. Questions? Please contact James Oleson, Exhibition Director at or call (352)346-8619.

Lavs n Loos

Deadline for completion: September 1, 2011. Lavs n Loos, a fundraiser by Rocky Mountain Chapter of National Kitchen Bath Association is seeking artists to paint/decorate/"whatever" on a toilet or sink. The Lav or Loo will be provided for you--no limit on your creativity. Finished pieces will be on display in participating businesses and for the month of October, on display in art communities--to be voted on. Winners will be awarded and all pieces auctioned off at a December 1st Gala at the Walker Fine Art Gallery in Denver. Proceeds will go to several participating universities in the area as scholarships for their design departments. The Kitchen & Bath Studio, 4151 E County Line Road, Centennial, CO 80122. Phone: 303.771.5910.

Cultural Crossroads national juried show

Deadline: August 19, 11. Museum professional David J. Brown will select artwork for this fall's national juried exhibition, Cultural Crossroads, October 13–November 22. Awards: Best in show $1,000, 2nd Place $500, 3rd Place $250, Honorable Mentions $50. Artists are encouraged to consider many aspects of the Cultural Crossroads theme, from their own traditional cultural perspectives to the ways in which travel or other cross-cultural experiences have influenced their creativity and forms of expression. To download a prospectus, see or email

Local Arts Opportunities!


Barry Goldwater Commemorative Sculpture

Deadline: July 29, 2011. The Arizona Historical Advisory Commission is seeking proposals for a commemorative, site-specific sculpture of Barry M. Goldwater for placement in National Statuary Hall, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. The RFP requirements may be viewed Please review carefully before submitting a proposal. Arizona Capitol Museum, 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85286.

Washington School of Photography: The Contact Sheet

Deadline: August 10, 11. Washington School of Photography is going to turn it's 1500sf gallery into one huge photo contact sheet and we invite your participation!  There is no fee to be a part of the August 12 opening, just download the entry form, follow the instructions (found at and send in your images.  Photographers from all over the US are encouraged to be part of this massive contact sheet (remember those??) which will be on display Aug. 12 to Sept. 6 at 4850 Rugby Avenue, Bethesda, MD  20814, as part of the Bethesda ArtWalk.

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Art League's Monthly Plein Air Painting Event

Jack Dyer

Once a month on second Sunday mornings this summer, a group of painters can be seen setting up shop by the Alexandria waterfront. They pull out their easels, arrange the canvases, spread out their paints and brushes, and get to work immortalizing the beautiful scenery. 

Vicki Blum
This group of artists is known as The Art League Plein Air Painters. They came together for the first time this month with a common purpose: to share their talents, not only by documenting the breathtaking views, but also by letting the public experience their creative process as it unfolds. Patrons are welcome to stand by and watch the paintings come to life or to come back periodically and check in on the works-in-progress. So far, the event has drawn crowds from all over the area as people watch the masters at work, with some hoping to snag a few tricks of the trade. 

Jill Banks
The idea started with a meeting held by the Alexandria Waterfront Planning Committee. The Art League's executive director, Linda Hafer, was asked to help liven up the water view spread in front of The Torpedo Factory Art Center by getting a few painters to start working outside. 

"The idea to breathe a little life into the neighborhood was going to be the undertaking of four different Alexandria groups," says The Art League Gallery director Rose O'Donnell.

Those four groups included the Alexandria Archaeology and The Seaport Foundation, along with The Art League and The Torpedo Factory Art Center. The Art League's contribution was the plein air display. 
Artists Sketching in the White Mountains by Winslow Homer

"Plein air" is French for "open air," a practice which found a huge following among the impressionist artists of the 1870s. With the invention of tube paints and the box easel, which were easily portable, painters took their operations outside to capture nature on their canvases. Legends like Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir were the most famous advocates of the practice, as several of their famed works were created outside, usually under a large white umbrella. 

 Yet with Monet and Renoir unavailable to lead The Art League's outdoor movement, painter Jean Schwartz took over planning the monthly event. Last Thursday, she updated her official blog with a post about July's plein air party, even showing off her work from the day. 
Jean Schwartz

"Last Sunday was the very first paint out of the Art League Plein Air painters.  There were four of us, Jill Banks, Vicki Blum, Jack Dyer and me.  We met on the dock behind the Torpedo Factory around 9:00 (Vicki wisely started earlier) and painted until noon.  It was HOT!  Thank goodness for my umbrella because the scene that interested me required I be in full sun and looking right into it. The brollie did its job and without it I would have fried.  Lots of sunblock and water also helped."

From the Torpedo Factory Dock by Jean Schwartz
August's event is scheduled for the 14th from 9am-noon on the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria. The Torpedo Factory Art Center is located at 155 North Union Street.