Watercolor and Pastel Artists at CHAW

Presidential hopefuls take animal shapes in Anne Shields’s art

Four pastels by Anne Shields have been accepted in a national juried show sponsored by Touchstone Gallery. The Washingon, DC, exhibition, “Art as Politics,” includes entries ranging from gun violence and racism to this year’s divisive presidential campaign.

Anne had already created animal caricatures of the final four presidential candidates  when the call for entries in the show came out.

Everyone in the Wednesday Studio chortled when we watched her giving a chimpanzee unmistakeable Bernie features:


She had already “trumped up” a rooster (what other animal would do?!):


She hadn’t yet made final decisions on which animals would best suit Hillary and Cruz, and we had a lot of fun giving her our ideas. I totally agree with her choices, especially using a dinosaur for Ted Cruz. Her working title of this cartoon was “All-Hat, No-Cattle Cruz”:


Finally, she created “Mane-Street Hillary”:


Jayme McLellan, the director and founder of Civilian Art Projects in Washington, DC was the judge for the exhibit.

The show’s opening reception is this week: Friday, August 8, 6-8:30, at 901 New York Avenue, NW. The nearest metro station is Metro Center, and the circulator bus Union Station-Georgetown also has a nearby stop.



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  1. Pingback: Anne’s work on display at DC’s Touchstone Gallery | THE WEDNESDAY STUDIO

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