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Blog - CHAW Beyond the Walls

July 1, 2019

My road to making art is lined with special people pointing the way, and paved with coincidences and serendipity. I’ve always loved to draw and paint. I became a lawyer. Drawing and painting were for vacations.  But I had the luck to work for a law professor who had a world-renowned modern art collection. That primed my tastes in art. 

I got married and moved... more

June 25, 2019

Veronica Melendez was the CHAW Darkroom Artist in Residence for Spring 2019. For three months this spring, she worked in the darkroom and digital photographic facilities at CHAW, dedicating time to a project about her grandmother’s 8 daughters who almost all migrated to D.C from Guatemala in the 80’s. It has been amazing to watch Veronica in action and to have her... more

June 1, 2019

Until 2015, I worked exclusively in fused glass. But after too many glass splinters my interest shifted toward more spontaneous and less expensive forms of art. Now I think of myself as a mixed media artist, which allows me to work in a variety of formats including found objects.

GoneGlass casting, mirror, background paper and frame are composed of found objects... more
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

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