Watercolor and Pastel Artists at CHAW

Works showing familiar Capitol Hill sights adorn walls of Capitol Hill Village office

Four Wednesday Studio artists were among those invited by the Capitol Hill Village to paint everyday scenes from the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The Village is a nonprofit membership organization focused on providing programs and services to help people age in place.

I recently stopped by the Capitol Hill Village office and saw the wonderful display showing 19 scenes from the community. Each artist could choose whatever sight he or she wanted to portray. I remember Linda Norton’s saying that Mr. Hillman’s barbershop was right around the corner from her, and she passed it nearly every day.

The corner store that Eileen Leahy rendered in pastel is an institution in her neighborhood. Eileen commented, “The store is an essential fixture relied on by neighbors for groceries and other items. It’s also popular among students at our three neighborhood elementary schools for dropping in for after-school snacks. For years it was owned by the Weisfeld family and known for having a butcher.  For many, that name lives on, although the Weisfelds have been gone for decades.”

Here are the two displays of art in the Capitol Hill Village office, and close-ups of the art from the Wednesday Studio:

Linda Norton: Mr. Hillman’s Barber Shop. Pastel chalk and pastel pencil. (1106 H Street, NE.)
Tara Hamilton: Little Pearl Restaurant. Watercolor. (On the grounds of the Old Naval Hospital, now the Hill Center.)
Eileen Leahy: Corner Store. Pastel. (At 4th and E Streets, SE.)
Carolyn Rondthaler: Elisabeth Reeves Eydt Memorial. Watercolor. (In Congressional Cemetery.)
Carolyn Rondthaler: Capitol Hill Village Office. Watercolor. (1355 E Street, SE.)

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One comment on “Works showing familiar Capitol Hill sights adorn walls of Capitol Hill Village office

  1. Gail Kohn
    January 9, 2022

    Community engagement through places and faces is the elixir that makes it possible for us to have purpose and stay in our neighborhood of choice throughout our lives. Three cheers for Capitol Hill Village and all Villages across DC, in the region and across the nation.


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