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Blog - CHAW Beyond the Walls

May 1, 2019

Just over twenty years ago, following decades of sketching and doodling, I decided to get serious about developing my art skills by taking classes, first at the Samuel Fleisher Art Memorial, the 121-year-old community art school in Philadelphia, followed by continuing education courses at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Philadelphia is known for having a... more

April 29, 2019

One day, four years ago, a guy named Maurice Cook found us on Twitter.  He recognized some similarities in mission between CHAW and the organization he founded called Serve Your City (SYC), and wanted to be friends. We eventually met and... more

April 1, 2019

This month, we are so excited to welcome photographer Eric Johnson to the blog as our April Mind of the Artist. Thanks so much Eric for sharing your fabulousness with us.

I have been fascinated by the process of photography for as long as I can remember. My parents gave me a Kodak Brownie camera in elementary school; I purchased my first “real” camera, a Canon... more

March 1, 2019

We are so excited to welcome Hernán Murno to the blog as our March Artist of the Month. Thanks for sharing your art and yourself with us!

“Painting is so damn difficult.....; when you think you’ve got it, you really haven’t” Paul Cezanne Once, at a local art museum, I read this quote from Paul Cezanne who, by then, was... more

February 14, 2019

The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than love.  -Vincent Van Gogh.The notion of “art as love” describes perfectly the synergy of CHAW.  Nothing animates a community quite like art and vice versa. I like Van Gogh’s musing because it inverts how we typically frame our relationships with art.  We talk... more

February 11, 2019

We welcome Sarah Porter as our February Artist of the Month! Sarah's commitment to experimenting and evolving through education and mastering different art forms and techniques is awe inspiring. Welcome Sarah!

Sarah Porter = Experiment and Evolve

Originally from western Pennsylvania, I have lived in Washington DC (on and off) for almost the last twenty... more

January 24, 2019
Daniel Rios was the CHAW Darkroom Artist in Residence for Fall 2018. It has been a true pleasure here at CHAW to watch Daniel work! We are thrilled to have had him in and about CHAW. Below, learn about his work and experience as an artist in residence with us! Florida Ave Grill Unfixed Gelatin Silver Print Daniel, tell us a little bit about you! How did you... more
January 10, 2019
We are kicking off 2019 with the wonderous works of Mai Pham! We love Mai's fluidity as she experiments with different mediums and incorporates her artistic prowess into each new piece. Her insight into her process and her art is amazing and we thank her for sharing. Enjoy! I was born in Vietnam and came to the US in 1975. We were among the first southeast Asian... more
December 3, 2018

This month, we welcome Sally Canzoneri as our December Artist of the Month. Sally's artistic journey includes embracing new interests and techniques as she moved from photography to book forms to lenticulars and more! Her dedication to hard work and doing more show the true progression of an artist extraordinaire. Thank you Sally for sharing your work and words with us... more

November 1, 2018

This month, we welcome the words and works of Marilyn Christiano. Her love for photography started as a hobby but quickly grew into a passion that has evolved over 20 years. Marilyn inspires as she "creates photogrpahs that will draw the viewer back again and again" and describes how her own view has expanded as she now takes photos that "lift my spirits." Welcome... more