The Beginning

Photo: U.S. Capitol Building. Credit: Alie Preusser.

We spent one day in DC and it was literally only the “tip of the iceberg.” There is so much to see and do it is incredible. I could spend a week in the Library of Congress. My kids could spend a month in the American Museum of Natural History. 

Photo: American Museum of Natural History.                Credit: Alie Preusser.

As timing would have it, we chose a day when it was a 103 degrees and with humidity about 110 degrees. We took the VRE to Union Station and then walked to several landmarks and browsed in a few museums. Despite the heat we had a great time.

Photo: Virginia Railway Express. Credit: Alie Preusser

Have you been to DC? Do you have any favorite places? I would enjoy hearing about your experiences.

~Alie

DC is the Word

My apologies for not blogging sooner. We made it to the DC area. The road trip was an adventure and we stopped in Gettysburg, which was amazing and humbling. So many people lost their lives there. We were told just about everywhere you step there once was an injured, dying, or deceased soldier. Our family also went on a walking ghost tour. There are many to choose from and the walks allow you to delve deeper in the history, whether you believe in ghosts or not.

The big adventure once we found a home and became settled was the derecho that hit the DC area. We were without power for five days and also experienced record high heat. It was our welcoming into the neighborhood. Fortunately, we did not have any trees fall on our home or cars. We did have neighbors that experienced this.

Overall, we love it here. I visited the Torpedo Factory. Wow! I am so excited to go to the Art Nights. Be sure to join me here as I will be exploring the city and visiting a lot of galleries and museums. If you have any must see places, please leave a comment. I discovered the Torpedo Factory from a reader’s comment. Thank you!

Photo: Marina outside the Torpedo Factory. Credit: Alie Preusser.

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Thanks to a comment by Teer Hardy I am planning a visit to the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia. According to their website they have three floors of open studios and galleries. They also offer art classes through The Art League School.

If you would like a studio in the Torpedo Factory they have an application process on their site. There are also opportunities to showcase art work and support the center with monetary donations.

Have you been to the Torpedo Factory? Do you have a favorite art medium? If you have not been, be sure to go. Admission is free.

We leave for the DC area soon. I will post pictures of my adventure and any galleries/museums along the way.

~Alie

New Digs Coming Soon

Well our family is about to move to the DC area and I am so excited about all of the art galleries and museums. We are going to have so much fun exploring our new digs.

Here is a place that looks interesting, it is called Workhouse Arts Center. It is on 55 acres of land and offers gallery space, classes/workshops, cooperative studios, performance and theatre venues.

According to the Workhouse Arts Center website, “The Workhouse Arts Center is a project of the Lorton Arts Foundation. The expansive complex, once a correctional facility and now a center for arts, culture, and history, has a rich past and an exciting new presence.”

Photo: Workhouse Arts Center. Credit: Centerbrook Architects and Planners.

Do you live in the DC area? Have visited any galleries or museums? I would like to hear which ones you recommend.

“Art Lives” in Kansas

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Photo: CityArts. Credit: Wichita state government. http://www.wichita.gov

CityArts has an upcoming show Art Lives. It will run from March 29th through April 21st.

This show is a reflection and collaboration of 24 artists. One year ago the state cut funding for the arts in Kansas. However, art is alive in Kansas and this show according to Rachel Epp Buller, “offers serious reflections on the state of the arts in Kansas.”

Be sure to stop by the gallery and support the arts in Kansas. It will be a wonderful show with something for everyone.

~Alie

Gallery Submissions: How To

One of my favorites in Salt Lake City.

Submitting work to an art gallery:

1. Visit galleries and get an idea of which galleries appeal to you. Some galleries focus on new and emerging artists or local artists. Other galleries focus on established artists nationally and locally. There are also galleries that focus on certain genres or demographics.

The best way to get to know local galleries is by participating in gallery strolls. This allows you to get to know the owners/curators, meet artists, and network.

2. Make sure the photographs of your work are high quality. It is best to have a low resolution photograph to email and then a high-resolution photograph to show the detail of your work, this may be requested after the initial submission.

3. Be sure to keep your resume/CV up to date and concise. Gallery owners/curators are similar to human resource departments, they do not have a lot of time to spend sifting through resumes and submissions. They skim quickly so you need to have your best work present.

4. Visit gallery websites and they often have details on how to submit your work or what type of work they are accepting.

5. Do not be discouraged if you do not hear back, keep searching for a gallery, keep working on your art, and network.

Here is an example of a gallery website with their requirements.

Good luck,
~Alie

I wrote about this topic on my personal blog awhile back and thought it would be a good repeat.