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April 21, 2017

Our featured Capitol Hill Art League (CHAL) artist this month is none other than CHAW teaching artist, Elizabeth Sampson, or "Miss Lizzie" as she's known around CHAW. We are always happy to feature a CHAW teaching artist; they are an integral part of the magic of CHAW and we love to give back to them after all of the work they do to build community and share their... more

March 22, 2017

We loved getting a peek into the Mind of Karen Zens, artist, native Washingtonian, and world traveler.  Especially as we hit our 45th Anniversary year, we are struck by the constant ripple of movement that characterizes DC: both the seat of government, the solid home to so many, but also a stopover, a transitory phase, a migration in and out.  We feel particularly... more

March 22, 2017

“I’m rarely sure when I am done with a painting, but I am very aware when I’m done painting.” So says Ann Pickett, our February featured artist, sharing a message that really resonates: the work may never be finished, but the physical practice of art becomes something that can be measured, can come to a conclusion.  It’s a subtle difference, but it’s one that really... more

March 22, 2017

And we’re back!  Happy New Year, Happy 2017, Happy January, and Happy New Edition of Mind of the Artist, our blog series featuring the talented and diverse artists of the Capitol Hill Art League.  We are lucky to have these great artists in our midst here at ... more

March 22, 2017

One year, eleven incredible artists: we are reaching the end of our first series of Mind of the Artist, featuring some of the talented, creative, diverse artists of the Capitol Hill Art League (CHAL).  We are so proud to have CHAL as an integral part of our ... more

March 22, 2017
We can’t imagine a better way to end the year than with a grand finale of not one–but THREE–featured artists from our friends at CHAL.  Each of these artists represents fantastically different ways of thinking about art in their lives, and each expresses herself so differently through the creative process.  It feels particularly compelling, as we move toward the end of... more
March 22, 2017

Sometimes it takes a little re-prioritizing to return us to our authentic selves–which, so much of the time, has to do with filling up our creative wells and reminding ourselves that we are artists.  Now, not all of us will spend our lives designing, creating, and making, but let Linda’s story be an inspiration that we can always return to what makes us creatively... more

March 22, 2017

Some Mind of the Artist stories begin late in life, with a big change or sudden discovery.  Others, like Naomi’s, begin in childhood, evolving into the processes and materials that have come to define the artist’s practice.  Naomi’s story comes back to the art at the center of her life, although, like many of us, her journey has not necessarily been linear.  Naomi’s... more

March 22, 2017

We’re three quarters of the way through our Mind of the Artist series here on the blog, and what better way to celebrate than with Rindy–inimitable CHAL chairperson and CHAW fixture!  Her story is one of creative evolution, and we are so excited to bring you a little insight into the art and lens of Rindy O’Brien.

Framing the World, by Rindy O’Brien

Ten... more

March 22, 2017

Happy spring!  This month, we’re diving into Kay Fuller’s light-filled studio in Capitol Hill and learning more about her journey to art.  It may have started later in life, but she has taken full ownership, even serving on the board of the CHAWsome Capitol Hill Art League.  Here’s Kay:

I am a native... more

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