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Blog - CHAW Beyond the Walls

September 1, 2019

I joined the Capitol Hill Art Workshop shortly after leaving my work in the United States government and have been painting ever since. I am lucky to have benefited greatly by talented instructors at CHAW, including Gina Clapp and Ellen Cornett. With their help and encouragement, I began as a watercolorist, then tired of the terror of each unpredictable brushstroke and... more

August 8, 2019

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, a nearly 50 year old community arts institution located in Eastern Market on Capitol Hill, is looking for piano and vocal teachers able to teach children and adult learners. Interested candidates should send a resume, a 1-2 minute excerpt of your playing/singing, references and a short intro to ... more

August 1, 2019

I am a visual artist, currently focused on contemporary landscape based painting.

My paintings are my diaries, my renderings of both my experiences in nature mixed with observations, precious and rich.

Inspired by the likes of Emily Carr, Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, Lois Dod, Joan Eardly, Tom Thompson, Charles Burchfield, – to name a few... more

July 25, 2019

“It’s got air conditioning!”   Astute CHAW Camper on the ambient temperature of the CHAW van during last week’s heat wave

There is nothing like a string of 100 degree days to engender a little appreciation for creature comforts like a vehicle that isn’t sweltering.  It harkens back to the days of scorching the back of your thighs on the vinyl seats of your... more

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