Gallery Openings and Events

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Hosts Comeback Chronicles a Photography Exhibit by Wesley Schaefer

Photo courtesy of CHAW.

Photo courtesy of CHAW.

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Opening: Saturday, September 7 from 5pm to 7pm

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The exhibit runs through October 12, 2013.

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop hosts Comeback Chronicles a photography exhibition by Wesley Schaefer. The exhibit features a series of photographs taken by Wesley while following dog musher Lance Mackey as he prepared for and raced the 2013 Iditarod, The Last Great Race on Earth. The show encapsulates the classic mode of transportation with modern enhancements, as well as the strong bond between human and canine. Admission to the opening and exhibit is free.

Gallery hours:

  • Monday thru Thursday – 9:30am to 9pm
  • Friday – 9:30am to 6pm
  • Saturday – 9am to 2pm

Wesley Schaefer recently graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with his BA in photojournalism. He enjoys photography in adverse conditions, especially sub zero temperatures, and thrives on fast paced jobs with tight deadlines. While Wesley shoots mostly digital, his real passion is with black and white film. He believes that everyone has a story to share and as a documentary photographer, he covers communities that are off the beaten path. Wesley has learned to travel light and expect the unexpected.

Artist Statement
This series of images are a sampling of the larger project that is the Comeback Chronicles, a web blog that followed Alaskan and dog musher, Lance Mackey as he prepared for and raced the 2013 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Wesley was already familiar with the sport, but took this opportunity to immerse himself into the dog mushing community and lifestyle. Wesley took the project on himself, funded by a small group of supporters, readers, and himself to give the fans a deeper understanding into what it took to run a kennel and get to the starting line of the race. Wesley worked and lived at the kennel off and on from October through April, photographing every aspect of the mushers life and took ideas and questions from fans to help them feel more of the process. Overall the project was a huge success and Wesley chose these images to highlight aspects of the training season and race that he felt told the deepest stories. More images, videos, and the stories that go with them can be found at www.comebackchronicles.com.

The exhibit is located at 545 7th St, SE. For more information, visit www.chaw.org or call (202) 547-6839.

Since 1972, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) has provided arts education to thousands of children and adults in the Washington region, especially from the greater Capitol Hill area. Through classes, performances, and exhibitions in visual and performing arts, CHAW brings together diverse segments of the population to connect through the transforming power of creativity.  CHAW offers a tuition assistance program and flexible payment plans.  CHAW is funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. CHAW was a featured charity in the 2010-2011 Catalogue for Philanthropy and the winner of 2012 Best in the City awards for “arts classes for kids” and “arts classes” in The Washington Post Express.

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