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The Art League Blog

The Art League is a multi-faceted visual arts organization serving artists in the DC Metro area and beyond. We post news and information for artists, students, exhibit- and event-goers, and everyone else interested in art.

September 12, 2019

I Made You a Mixtape: Interview with Best in Show Winner, Tara Barr

Artist Tara Barr makes people want to pick up a pencil and attack her art. Not really of course, but Tara Barr‘s Mixtape certainly makes the viewer (or at least, a viewer who grew up before the mid-naughts) want to pick up a pencil and wind her mixtape back...
September 11, 2019

Artist Opportunities #484

Every week, we gather a variety of artist opportunities from the DC area and beyond. Find one below and apply today — good luck! Click here for recent opportunities posts, and submit your opportunity listing here. Featured: The Torpedo Factory: My Queer Valentine (VA) Deadline: September 15. Target Gallery...
August 30, 2019

A Conversation with Shahnaz Nia: Best in Show for the August Open Exhibit 2019

The Best-in Show winning piece for this month’s exhibit was selected by juror, Julia Kwon. Julia is also a textile artist (see her work here, and here) and so it is no wonder that textiles were beautifully highlighted this month in the gallery! Shahnaz Nia‘s Dreaming of Appalachia is inspired...
August 26, 2019

Welcome Back to Metro Week – Special Gallery Discount!

It’s been a long three months of repairs on the Yellow and Blue line Metro, but the metro is coming back to Old Town and we couldn’t be happier to welcome everyone back with a special deal! The Art League, along with other Old Town businesses, will be offering...
For this installment of “Art Bites,” we look into the diptych of America Remembers/The Lives by Hernán Murno in the July open exhibit. Murno’s strong, graphic lines are reminiscent of early American Abstraction art of the 1940s. American Abstractionist work rose from a time of political unrest in response to WWII, and looking at Murno’s piece, you have the feeling that the aesthetic choice was not only inspired by the abstract movement but also reflective of today’s unique political tensions.
Featured Video

Art League instructor Scott Hutchison demonstrates a simple approach to drawing a transparent glass vase using charcoal, eraser, and white conte.

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