Gallery Openings and Events

CHAW Presents Annual Winter Performance Festival & Arts Showcase

Photo courtesy of CHAW.

Photo courtesy of CHAW

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Event: Saturday, December 13 from 11am to 7pm

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The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) announces that it will once again host a Winter Performance Festival & Arts Showcase, highlighting the many diverse art forms presented here at CHAW; along with our talented, engaged, and creative students and faculty. The showcase features CHAW students of all ages and teachers from every corner of the building—there is something for everyone! A ceramics and jewelry sale provides an excellent opportunity to buy local crafts for holiday gifts; our adult student gallery show opening highlights the work of visual artists in a happy hour setting with wine and cheese; and the many performances throughout the day present plenty of opportunities to watch, appreciate, and create art.

“CHAW is very pleased to present the Winter Festival again this year. At this time of year in particular, it is important to us to take a moment to thank and celebrate the students and faculty who actively contribute to CHAW’s work and mission of building community through the arts,” said Executive Director Jill Strachan. “The Festival is a perfect opportunity to come together in an open space to share, play, and connect.”

CHAW will be open all day, from 11am to 5pm, for drop-in activities. At 2pm, Faction of Fools Theatre Company presents a special benefit matinee performance of their current production, “The Great One-Man Commedia Epic,” with proceeds going to the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, a CHAW partner and important community leader in advocating for homeless children.

The Adult Student Visual Art Show opening reception will take place 5:30-7pm, and will feature students working in a variety of media. The show is open to all current adult visual arts students and is not juried, but there will be awards for excellence selected and presented by judge Eric Westbrook, a professional artist, illustrator, and instructor living and working in Washington, DC. One of these awards will be the Helen Wade Carey Work on Paper Prize, named in honor of long-time CHAW watercolor student and art-lover Helen Carey.

Schedule for the Day:

  • 11am-5pm: Art Sales/Shop ‘n Drop and winter class registration
  • 12pm-1pm: Youth Arts Program performances and demonstrations; Youth Arts Program Art Show
  • 1pm-4pm: Gingerbread House-making fundraiser at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 3rd and A Sts. SE
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm: Youth Music and Dance performances
  • 2pm-3pm: Faction of Fools Theatre Company Benefit Performance for Homeless Children’s Playtime Project
  • 4pm-5:30pm: Adult class performances
  • 5:30pm-7pm: Student Art Show Opening & Reception with wine and cheese

All events taking place at CHAW on festival day are free and open to the public.

For a complete list of events, workshops, classes or registration information, please visit the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop’s website at www.chaw.org or call (202) 547-6839.

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