Capitol Hill Art League Hosts All-Media March Exhibit “It’s Up to You” with Juror Peter Van Riper

By Editorial Team on April 9, 2012
Lotus #2, Judy Searles, First Place, "Do Your Own Thing" c/o CHAL.



Opening Reception Saturday, April 14 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Capitol Hill Art League (CHAL) presents an all-media juried exhibit entitled “It’s Up to You,” opening on Saturday, April 14, 2012, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th Street SE. The juror of the show is Peter Van Riper, artist and instructor. Admission to the opening and exhibit is free.

Peter Van Riper graduated from The George Washington University with a Master of Fine Arts and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He is an art instructor at Northern Virginia Community College and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Art Enables and on the Steering Committee for Art-o-matic. Peter has exhibited across the United States and his work has garnered several awards. His artistic approach is “to express humanity in the figure by rendering the subtle anatomical details so as to create a speaking likeness, not only of just the portrait, but also of the whole figure” (from personal statement on

The exhibit continues through May 4, 2012.

Gallery Hours:

  • Monday through Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

CHAL’s “It’s Up to You” is also part of a CHAW evening to benefit Seva Mandir, an Indian nonprofit organization that has been working for 40 years with the rural, predominantly tribal population of the Udaipur district of Southern Rajasthan. Its work is centered on efforts to bring together and organize fragmented communities through a wide variety of interventions addressing people’s immediate development needs. At the opening, CHAL will be collecting contributions in support of Seva Mandir’s work. See

The Capitol Hill Art League (CHAL) is a visual arts program of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, which presents seven juried shows of members’ work annually in all media as well as a special sale of smaller works in December. CHAL provides artists with opportunities to exhibit and sell their work; supports artists’ growth; provides opportunities for artists to meet other artists and arts professionals, offers venues for artists to interact with the community at-large, showcases and promotes the work of area artists; educates the public about the value of the arts and artists to the Capitol Hill community and beyond. For information on CHAL and how artists may join the League visit

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.

For a complete list of events, workshops, classes or registration information, please visit CHAW’s website at or call (202) 547-6839.