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September 1, 2020

Drawing and painting have been lifelong interests for me but until I retired in 2001, I did not have the time to pursue my interest.  I searched around for a compatible school/class for several years, beginning to take classes at the Smithsonian Institution, then at the Corcoran School.  At both of these venues, I worked primarily in oil and acrylic but no class ever... more

August 1, 2020

I wish I could say that there is some intentional meaning in these pieces however, in much of my work, I am assembling and putting images together in ways that feel right as I go through the process. It is an experience of flow where I am simply reacting to colors, images how they resonate with what is happening in [my] life. None of this is “on purpose” – for me; the... more

July 1, 2020

I have been an amateur photographer since high school, a DC resident since the early 70's exclusively shooting black/white film since the mid 80’s with over 20+ years of darkroom experience. My primary focus is on architectural, industrial, and funerary subjects.

Burial Pots at Sipán Perú, 2012Sepia-toned fiber gelatin silver print (2017), 30.4 x 22.7 cm(Pots... more

June 3, 2020

Ellen Cornett's Life Drawing class has been working hard this session even if it has been virtually! Says Ellen "Things all around us closed, but the life drawing community wanted to stay together so we organized a Zoom class. Students showed up on Thursday nights, and we did an eight week intensive focus on hands, feet, and heads. Everyone worked very hard. These... more

June 1, 2020

I am a long time member of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop community, and former Chair of the Capitol Hill Art League. My family tree is full of artists and poets. My great grandmother has a series of flowers paintings hanging to this day in the Nelson Atkins Art Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. My brother and sister in law have also worked in several New York museums... more

May 1, 2020

I am a self-taught artist from Kenya currently living In Maryland. My work explores my experiences and fond memories from Africa and places I have encountered in my travels such as  Europe and now America. My insight is a combination of both traditional and modern art.

Since my adolescent years, I was drawn... more

April 1, 2020

Nature is the focus of my artwork. It is a world of flowering plants and vegetation inspired by backyard gardens, and those that border the city streets, the public parks of Washington D.C. and the Botanical Garden. 

I approach each drawing as a portrait. I discovered early on that I enjoyed drawing the details of the plants so much, that often the plant did... more

March 23, 2020

I believe that a daily art practice is good for our brains and bodies and souls. For working artists, it helps keep us from getting stuck. If you are drawing every day, your mind is automatically turning to the next thing. And if you’re not a professional artist, there are still abundant benefits to daily art practice. It can still the mind and provide peace and... more

March 19, 2020

CHAW Teaching Artist Rachel Coad recently completed a one week residency at the Kennedy Center with Printz Dance Project, a San Francisco-based contemporary dance company directed by Stacey Printz. We asked Rachel to fill us in on her experience!

"Stacey brought two of her company dancers from San Francisco with her and... more

March 8, 2020

For three months this winter, CHAW’s 2020 Darkroom Artist Resident Carol Antezana worked in the darkroom and digital photographic facilities at CHAW, dedicating time to a project about motherhood, womanhood, and the aguayo -- a traditional Bolivian carrying cloth. Her exhibit is on view in the CHAW Gallery from March 9 to March 28th, with a reception and artist talk on... more

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