• Ally Theatre Company Kicks Off its First Season with the D.C. Premiere of James Ijames’ Fevered Look at American History
    When the Mother of America stands trial, will anyone emerge innocent? Ally Theatre Company—D.C.’s newest theatre company dedicated to art that’s designed to engage audiences through acknowledging and confronting systemic oppression in America—kicks off its inaugural season with the regional premiere of James Ijames’ The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington. Christmas Eve, 1800. The Mother of America, Martha Washington, lays on her deathbed at Mount Vernon, surrounded by the slaves who will be freed upon her passing. In a fever dream of terrifying theatricality, Martha and… ... Read More
    Published on Tuesday, March 28, 2017By neenajoe
  • Artist Opportunities #364
    Photograph by Art League instructor Robin Reid. On Tuesdays, we gather a variety of artist opportunities around the DC area and beyond. Find one below and enter today — good luck! Click here for recent opportunities posts, and submit your opportunity listing here. Maryland residents Deadline: April 10. Join a thriving community of professional artists in the Montpelier Resident Artist Program. To be considered, artists must be at least 18 years old, and reside in Maryland. Residents of Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties will take precedence over others. Soulful Marketing for Creative… ... Read More
    Published on Tuesday, March 28, 2017By The Art League
  • Painting Party With Books To Brushes
    Maragiya retail marketplace is happy to announce its first art-inspired event at its shop. It will take place on Sunday March 26 2017 from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Children and teens 6-17 are invited to a painting party to enjoy a participatory reading exercise followed by a painting session related to the story. Assorted cupcakes and beverages will be provided. There is limited seating. A child must be accompanied by an adult at the event. Parking is free on the day of the event. Parents can register their child at the… ... Read More
    Published on Friday, March 24, 2017
  • EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Dancers Source Local Community to Re-Imagine Overlooked Spaces
    NextLOOK Artist, Orange Grove Dance will be exploring the unique spaces within a one-mile radius of Joe’s Movement Emporium. On Friday, April 14th at 7 pm Joe’s Movement Emporium in partnership with Maryland National Capital Park & Planning, Maryland State Arts Council, and The Clarice present Orange Grove Dance as a part of the NextLOOK series. Dance, film and projection will be used to zoom into and magnify the intimate nooks and crevices of seemingly familiar spaces and, in turn, bring those outside spaces inside the walls of Joe’s.… ... Read More
    Published on Friday, March 24, 2017By neenajoe
  • Only A Few Days Left To Register For Prince Georges Dance Crew
    Announcing open registration for Prince Georges County Best Dance Crew. Registration begins today and continues until Friday February 17 2017. Prince Georges Best Dance Crew is a unique dance competition that provides dancers with opportunities to showcase the artistry and technique of dance across all genres. Crews will showcase their best works of skill and performance in a choreographed routine lasting no more than 5 minutes. Up to ten (10) dance crews will compete in the Prince Georges Best Dance Crew Competition on Friday March 3 2017 at the Publick… ... Read More
    Published on Thursday, March 23, 2017
  • Prince Georges Arts And Humanities Council Grants Open
    (Largo MD) The 2017 Prince Georges Arts and Humanities Council grant season is now open. Guidelines and applications are available online at www.pgahc.org www.pgahc.org. The deadline for all applications and required documents is March 17 2017 at 5 p.m. The categories for County Arts Program are: Artist Fellowship Program; County Arts Projects; Cultural Facilities Projects; Emerging Arts Programs; Public Art Building Communities; and Cultural Bridge Programs. The categories for Arts in Education Program are: School-Based Projects; Community-Based Projects; Artist in Residency Projects; Public Art Partnership Projects; and Professional Development Projects.… ... Read More
    Published on Thursday, March 23, 2017
  • Jewelry Instructor Challenges Students With Unusual Materials
    Artwork in this post is by Mij Phillips, Barb Guenther, Ayse Sokmen, Maggie Gamboa and Irrum Merrill Here’s a conundrum: how do you assign homework for a metal jewelry class? When students don’t have the soldering irons, torches, and saws they need at home, you need to get creative. So Gretchen Raber issues design challenges for her students to keep them thinking all week long: tools and techniques in the classroom, design at home. These challenges use some decidedly different materials, like the refrigerator-tubing necklace you see at the top… ... Read More
    Published on Thursday, March 23, 2017By The Art League
  • Meet Our Teaching Artists: Nancy Murphy
    Where were you born and trained and how did you get to where you are now? I was born in Aliquippa Pa and hence a lifelong Steelers fan. I studied fine arts at Kent State University Ohio earning a BA in art history. I spent 10 years as a US Army officer for field artillery and military intelligence. During that time I served in Germany and got to travel through Europe and study many of the masterpieces. After the Army I changed careers and earned my M.Ed from Chapman University… ... Read More
    Published on Wednesday, March 22, 2017
  • Upcoming Auditions For Teen Performance Ensemble/Prince Georges Childrens Theater
    Are you a teen age 16 or older who loves to act sing and dance? Come out and audition for the Teen Performance Ensemble or the Prince Georges Childrens Theater. Selected artists will be hired to perform in one-act live musical theater productions for children enrolled in M-NCPPC Summer Playgrounds and camps during June and July 2017. All performers must come to auditions prepared with a one-minute monologue and an up-tempo song or dance. Dont miss out on this wonderful opportunity to showcase your talent to children audiences throughout Prince… ... Read More
    Published on Wednesday, March 22, 2017
  • A Potpourri of Artful Links
    “Every time I have had a problem, I have confronted it with the ax of art.” — Yayoi Kusama Happy Wednesday! If you don’t have the ax of art handy, perhaps these artful links will distract you from your problems: Calendar Happy birthday to Agnes Martin (1912–2004) and Yayoi Kusama (1929–), both born on March 22! Here are some other women artists you should know (since it’s Women’s History Month and all). Art-icle It’s something we see a lot of at The Art League: people who find their art… ... Read More
    Published on Wednesday, March 22, 2017By The Art League
  • Seeking Summer Theatre Camp Director
    Experienced Theatre Camp Director needed to lead 8-week summer theatre camp for the Prince Georges County Department of Parks and Recreation. Camps are for 8 11 year olds or 11 15 year olds. There is a maximum of 25 campers in each camp session. Dates run Monday June 19 until Friday August 14 with one day off for the 4th of July holiday. Free parking available on campus for all camp staff. Camp is metro accessible to Green Line. There are four two-week long camps: Comedy Arts Camp: A devised… ... Read More
    Published on Tuesday, March 21, 2017
  • Sharing the Infinite World of Yayoi Kusama
    That’s the exterior of the Hirshhorn Museum, all polka-dotted up for the current exhibit “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors,” as seen during my recent visit. Once inside, you’re not allowed to take any pictures of the artwork. Just kidding That’s a joke, of course. Taking photos is the entire point of the exhibit, like it or not. (Above: views of Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away [2013] and Dots Obsession—Love Transformed into Dots [2007] by Yayoi Kusama.) But before you can do that, you have to make it inside.… ... Read More
    Published on Tuesday, March 21, 2017By The Art League
  • Artist Opportunities #363
    Painting by Art League instructor Joey Mánlapaz. On Tuesdays, we gather a variety of artist opportunities around the DC area and beyond. Find one below and enter today — good luck! Click here for recent opportunities posts, and submit your opportunity listing here. Artful Fashion Deadline: April 1. The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to announce a call for entry for its exhibition “Artful Fashion.” This show, presented through the month of May 2017 in the lovely Saville Gallery of Cumberland, Maryland, features artistically designed, functional, and handcrafted clothing, jewelry and accessories.… ... Read More
    Published on Tuesday, March 21, 2017By The Art League
  • We need your Stories! 1 MILE RADIUS PROJECT
    1 MILE RADIUS PROJECT E X P E R I E N C I N G    S P A C E   D I F F E R E N T L Y ABOUT THE PROJECT NextLOOK Artist, Orange Grove Dance will be exploring the unique spaces within a one-mile radius of Joe’s MovementEmporium. We are interested in how dance, film, and projection can conduct memory mapping of the less noticed, possibly forgotten parts of our seemingly familiar spaces. We want to zoom into and magnify the intimate nooks… ... Read More
    Published on Sunday, March 19, 2017By neenajoe
  • Mind of the Artist, Part XIV: Karen Zens
    We loved getting a peek into the Mind of Karen Zens, artist, native Washingtonian, and world traveler.  Especially as we hit our 45th Anniversary year, we are struck by the constant ripple of movement that characterizes DC: both the seat of government, the solid home to so many, but also a stopover, a transitory phase, a migration in and out.  We feel particularly grateful to have persisted in this spot on 7th & G SE despite (or, perhaps, because of) that very cyclical nature of our city.  And we are even… ... Read More
    Published on Friday, March 17, 2017By chawstaff
  • Joey Mánlapaz’s Urban Landscapes at Brentwood Arts Exchange
    911, oil on linen, by Joey Mánlapaz. Art League instructor Joey Mánlapaz is featured in the upcoming exhibit “Re-Locations” at Brentwood Arts Exchange, just outside DC in Brentwood, MD. Mánlapaz teaches Urban Landscapes and Watercolor From Start to Finish for The Art League. The former will be on view in this exhibit, March 27–May 27, 2017: Re-Locations focuses a spotlight on the power of artists to interpret and imbue our lived environment with meaning. Artists Morgan Craig, Joey Mánlapaz, and Trevor Young each address our relationship with the spaces around… ... Read More
    Published on Friday, March 17, 2017By The Art League
  • Working in the studio. It’s what we do.
    Here are a few pictures from some recent Wednesdays in the studio. The three photos below, from different days, show how Linda Andreatta has been approaching this landscape in pastels. Here is a long view of artists at work in the studio. From front to back: Eileen Leahy, Vince Iannacchione, Linda Andreatta, Anne Shields (at easel), and Lynne Mallonee Schlimm. Martha Pope working in pastels. Anne Shields working on a pastel of crocuses in her garden. These two photos from two different weeks in the studio show how much Eileen Leahy has… ... Read More
    Published on Wednesday, March 15, 2017By wisemarian
  • Taking a Second Look at Tess Olson’s Wild Landscapes
    Smells Like Licorice, oil on canvas, by Tess Olson. 2014. Winner of The Art League Best in Show Award. Take a look at this best-in-show painting, and what do you see? An abstracted landscape, bold brushstrokes, vivid colors. Spend some more time with it, and questions will start to emerge from underneath the beauty: What accounts for the bright orange and red? What does the title, Smells Like Licorice, mean? We asked the artist, Tess Olson, for the story behind this painting, and got answers to those questions and more. What’s… ... Read More
    Published on Wednesday, March 15, 2017By The Art League
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