Friday, September 30, 2011

Did you know The Art League has a Supply Store?

The Art League’s non-profit, service based art supply store is truly unique. Not only is it one of the last few physical shops in the Washington, DC area where you can walk in and buy artists’ materials, but our store employees are knowledgeable, working artists who are ready and willing to guide you through your purchases. As a service to our students, members, and supporters, supplies and materials requested by Art League instructors are sold here.

The store is tucked away in the corner of the second floor of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, Room 217. Visit the store in person and on our website to check our store hours and read more about our services.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

October and November Workshops

 by Lisa Vershbow, teaching "Earrings, Rings, and Things: Jewelry with Felt and Metal."
The Fall Term may be underway, but there are still plenty of special workshops you can sign up for in October and November! Visit our school homepage and download a PDF.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Local Exhibition Opportunities

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Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition - DCDeadline:  October 31, 11. The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery seeks entries for the next “Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.” The juried exhibition is open to artists over the age of 18 who may submit portraits in any visual-art medium, including painting, drawing, sculpture, prints, photography, electronic and digital media. Works must have been created after January 1, 2010. Submissions may be submitted online at between September 1 to October 31. The work of finalists will be shown in a major exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, March 22, 2013–January 4, 2014. The grand-prize winner will receive a $25,000 cash award and have the opportunity for a separate commission to portray a remarkable living American for the gallery’s collection. In addition, entrants may be featured on, the gallery’s blog, as the competition unfolds. Please visit for more information about the submission process.
"Hope" - The First in a Three Part Photo Exhibition - MDDeadline: October 13, 2011. Howard Avenue Arts Incubator in Kensington, MD announces a call to photographers for an international juried photography exhibition, December 3, 2011 - January 3, 2012. Best in Show - $500, Second place- $250, Third Place - $100 and Ten Honorable Mentions. Juror: Catriona Fraser. Hope is the first in a three part photo series focusing on the positive aspects of life. Hope can be poignant as well as fanciful or even humorous. Hope is one of most powerful emotions, sustaining the impossible and giving life to the unlikely. We want to see the hope you see through your lens. The three competitions offer photographers multiple opportunities to exhibit their work in an art-supporting Washington DC area gallery, be listed in the Washington Post, be included in a book publication and more. $35 for the first three (four until Aug 31) images, $10 per additional image. Visit website for prospectus @ Questions? Contact Hamilton Whitney at or call 301-493-5577.
Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) Call for Exhibition Proposals, 2013 Season - VADeadline: October 16, 2011. GRACE (Greater Reston Arts Center) is a non-profit arts center in Northern Virginia dedicated to presenting visual art that illuminates new ideas and promotes dialogue between artists and audience. The exhibition program offers artists from the mid-Atlantic region opportunities to experiment and expand their work in an open, contemporary space. Artists living or working in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia are invited to submit proposals. The arts center is now accepting proposals for periods of approximately 4 – 6 weeks from November 2012 through September of 2013. Six solo artists will be grouped into two Focus Exhibitions, each featuring three artists in separate areas of the gallery. Group exhibition proposals are also welcomed. Please see the Prospectus for further information and for application details:

The Washington School of Photography: Vision (Md) - MD Deadline: October 1, 11. The Washington School of Photography has a unique opportunity for Mid- Atlantic camera club members to be part of FotoWeekDC and the Bethesda Art Walk, exhibiting your images to the hundreds of visitors and workshop patrons who visit WSP for the opening and every week.   On Friday, November 11, 2011, WSP will open "Vision", a mid-Atlantic Area Camera Club show, in the main section of its first floor gallery. Entries may be hand delivered or mailed to arrive by 5:00 PM, Monday, October 1, 2011. See for further information.

Richmond Art Gallery International Mail Art Exhibition and Swap - VADeadline: October 1, 11. We invite artists from all over the world to contribute their work for the Richmond Art Gallery’s Mail Art Exhibition from November 17, 2011 – January 8, 2012. Theme: Economy. Technique: OPEN. Size: 5” x 5” (120 mm x 120 mm) – only works of this size will be accepted. Include: Full name, Address, Country, Title of work, Medium, Year, E-mail address. Enclose: $3 CDN (or equivalent) for return postage, or SASE from Canada. Exhibition: November 17, 2011 – January 8, 2012. All works will also be exhibited online for one year. Address entries to: Mail Art Exhibition, Richmond Art Gallery, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC V6Y 1R9 Canada. More information at: Gallery website: Contact:

Cornucopia: Food for Thought from Female Artists – MDCapitol Arts Network is accepting entries through September 9 for this all-media show opening October 14th.  Ladies, take off your aprons and join us in front of the sketchpad, canvas, or behind the lens! Cornucopia will present female artists' renderings of food, in celebration of October marking national apple, popcorn, caramel, pineapple, and vegetarian month, among others. Show us your best 2-d works of art for a show that will also benefit the The Manna Food Bank, serving Montgomery County, MD.   Jurors Catriona Fraser, Judith HeartSong, and Missy Loewe are CAN board members. Catriona Fraser is the owner and Director of the Fraser Gallery, an independent fine art gallery established in 1996, specializing in contemporary fine art and photography. Judith HeartSong works as an artist, muralist, and arts educator in  Metropolitan Washington, DC with work in numerous public and private collections. Missy Loewe is the Executive Director of the Washington School of Photography.  See for further information.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Call for Artists: Alexandria West End Art and Wine Festival

The Alexandria West End Art and Wine Festival will take place October 8-9 in Cameron Station and Ben Brenman Park. If you are interested in applying to show your work during the festival, click here for submission guidelines and for more information!

Call for Artists: The Christmas Attic Seeks Talented Artists to Mark 40th Anniversary Celebration

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.

Starting December 1 through December 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 (click on "Advent Artist" on the left hand side of the page).

Friday, September 23, 2011

A Summer Profile of Our Featured Artist, Shanthi Chandrasekar!

Even before her "Red Dots" appeared on our walls this month, Shanthi Chandrasekar was creating buzz in the DC area art community. Check out this interview featuring Shanthi and her 15-year-old daughter, Aishwariya, in the June 15th issue of Potomac Patch! 

Local Mother, Daughter Keep Traditional Indian Folk Art Alive
A mother and daughter team of artists received a master-apprentice grant from the Maryland Arts and Humanities Council to ensure the continuity of Kolams, the traditional Indian art of decorative threshold designs. 

Shanthi Chandrasekar learned to draw Kolams, decorative designs of lines and patterns, from her mother and grandmother as a young child in her native India.
Little did she know that her work with Kolamswould win her a local art award. Shanthi and her 15-year-old daughter, Aishwariya, recently received a Master-Apprentice Grant from theMaryland Arts and Humanities Council. The grant allows the Chandrasekars and other Maryland traditional artists to share their craft through public performances at the Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival on June 18.
“Kolams are drawings that are created on the floor of the thresholds of houses in Tamil Nadu, India,” Shanthi said. “They are forms of artistic self expression for women that represent the hardships that they have to go through, and how they have to weave their way around them.”
Art in its many forms was important to Shanthi’s family as she was growing up in India. She said she was deeply influenced by her parents’ appreciation of traditional arts, but also said she was influenced by the drawings and plans her father brought home from his work as a civil engineer.
Shanthi’s skills and passion for drawing were evident in school.
“I had art classes at school until about 8th grade," she said. "I participated in school art competitions and won a number of awards.”
She is passing her love for traditional Indian arts along to her own children. Her son is a budding musican and has painted and sculpted alongside her. Aishwariya’s work with Kolams is impressive, Shanthi said.
“My daughter, Aishwariya, who is a 10th grader, has been learning to draw the Kolams since she could hold a pencil,” she said. “This award has helped us set aside time to pursue this traditional art form more seriously.”
Shanthi said her daughter’s Kolams started with very simple patterns, but she can now make complex drawings.
“[Aishwariya] has even come up with her own line drawings inspired by Kolams,” Shanthi said. “She helps me with Kolam workshops and creates Kolam-inspired gifts.”
Shanthi teaches local artists how to make the different types of Kolams and the rules that are followed to make them, as well as the philosophy behind them. Shanthi uses any tool she can find to make the designs — the simpler the tool the better, she said. She uses rock powder from India, but since she doesn't have much of it she sometimes works in colored sand.
On June 18, Shanthi will demonstrate the art of creating Kolams at the Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival at Creative Alliance in Baltimore. The event lasts from 10 a.m. through 7 p.m. Her work can also be seen at the Black Rock Center in Germantown in July.
She has two solo shows coming up: one in Chennai, India in August and another (Three Red Dots) at The Art League in Alexandria, Virginia in September.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Copyright for Artists Lecture Tonight in the Gallery

Tonight at 7:00 pm is the second lecture in our fall speaker series, Copyright for Artists.
Sam Miller, Intellectual Property lawyer and member of The Art League, will talk about issues related to copyright  for artists including how to copyright your own images and when you can use copyrighted images as source material for your own works. There are still a few spaces left! Contact the gallery to sign up: 703-683-1780.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Art League goes to (e)merge!

The Art League goes to (e)merge!
Art League member Fierce Sonia is starting a group to get together, meet-up, and go visit local art museums and other venues. Our first trip will be to the DC based art fair, (e)merge: An art fair that advances multiple platforms where artists, gallerists, curators and collectors can discover and experience emerging art from the Washington, DC region. Our private group tour begins on Saturday, September 24 at 12 Noon. Please meet at the main entrance to the Capitol Skyline Hotel. Daily admission is $15, $10 for seniors and students. If you have an ID as an student at The Art League or elsewhere you can pay the student rate. We will verify your status as a current student if you register to attend. If interested please contact Fierce Sonia, 703-314-9175, e-mail

Capitol Skyline Hotel
10 “I” St SW
Washington, DC 20024
Metro: Navy Yard or Waterfront

Friday, September 16, 2011

Artist Talk - Shanthi ChandraSekar

Join artist Shanthi ChandraSekar, Saturday, September 17 at 1:00pm as she talks about her exhibit, Red Dots, in The Art League gallery this month.
The Art League Gallery
105 N Union St
Alexandria, VA 22207