On Wednesday evening, CHAW staffer, Liz Rubando, found her way to the Lisner Auditorium, and sat down to enjoy her first ever Poetry Out Loud (POL) Contest. Here’s her experience, straight from the source:
That event, let me tell you, is SO CHAWsome!
The Poetry Out Loud contest has been gracing the nation for 12 years, and brings together a group of... more
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
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
“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
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
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
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