H2O Waterworks: an artistic exploration of our relationship to water

The Del Ray Artisans have a show this month that is all about our relationship to water. This being one of the essential ingredients for life, I am drawn to it with both sides of my career (artistically I love painting water scenes, and scientifically I have worked to understand a small piece of the astrobiological puzzle describing water in our solar system). I will have three paintings hanging in the H2O Waterworks show at the Del Ray Artisans Gallery in Alexandria, VA. If you are local, take a moment this month and stop by Del Ray to enjoy some beautiful pieces of art - the show runs Nov 4-27 on Thursdays through Sundays, admission is free and handicap accessible, and all pieces of art are for sale.

If your schedule allows, join us this Friday, November 4, for the opening reception from 7-9pm. It will be a fun way to enjoy the artwork and mingle with the artists. The Del Ray Artisans Gallery is at 2704 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301.

I hope you see you there! 

Beacons in the Night by Monica Hokeilen, oil on canvas, 36x12 inches

Beacons in the Night by Monica Hokeilen, oil on canvas, 36x12 inches

Pirata Playa by Monica Hokeilen, oil on canvas, 36x12 inches

Pirata Playa by Monica Hokeilen, oil on canvas, 36x12 inches

Boys on the Beach by Monica Hokeilen, oil on canvas, 18x24 inches

Boys on the Beach by Monica Hokeilen, oil on canvas, 18x24 inches

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall

Ahhh, summer is coming to a close and I am eagerly waiting for more time in my studio. I love having the freedom and flexibility to stay home during the summer with my 6 year old, but I do miss my time behind the canvas. Goodbye summer, hello fall!

With Fall comes art festivals! I am participating in three events this year (up from zero last year, woo hoo) and am excited to get out and talk to people about my art. The first event is the Burke Centre Festival (6060 Burke Centre Parkway, Burke, VA) on September 10 and 11. This will be a new experience for me as I have not attended this festival in years past. It looks like it will be a fun, family-friendly event with a large arts and crafts show, amusement rides, pony rides, live music, puppet and wildlife shows, and much more. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we will get some cooler temperatures than what we have endured this summer. My mom and dad will be out to help me with my art tent, so if you are local stop by and say hello! 9:30am - 5pm on Saturday, 11am - 5pm on Sunday.

The following weekend will be the Kingstowne Area Artists Art Show and Sale (Snyder Center, 6450 South Van Dorn St, Kingstowne, VA). This will be a small indoor event, and a great opportunity to meet and talk with local artists. We will be there on Saturday the 17th from 11am to 5pm and on Sunday the 18th from noon to 5pm - stop by if you are in the area, I would love to chat!

Finally (and in my opinion, most exciting) is the Art on the Avenue Multicultural Arts and Music Festival in Del Ray, Alexandria, VA on Saturday October 1 (10am to 6pm). I participated in this festival for the first time a couple of years ago soon after moving to Virginia and had a great time! This year I am back (happily with improved tent walls that wont wobble in the breeze) and ready for another great festival. Don't miss this one-day art event in beautiful Del Ray! Oh, and it is metro accessible - just take the Dash bus from the Braddock Rd metro station on the blue line. See you there!

Gallery Without Walls Exhibit: A Call To Service

Some of my art (two paintings and three framed limited-edition prints) are showing in the Galleries Without Walls Exhibit, A Call to Service, at the VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital on Duke St in Alexandria, VA. The show runs from May 15 to Sept 25, 2016. All artwork is for sale and 10% of all sales will be donated to Veteran's Moving Forward (a charity that connects disabled veterans with service dogs).

Are You Coming?, matted and framed fine art print

Are You Coming?, matted and framed fine art print

Happy Dog, matted and framed fine art print

Happy Dog, matted and framed fine art print

Skylar Cat, matted and framed fine art print

Skylar Cat, matted and framed fine art print

Bernie, oil on canvas, 18"x20"

Bernie, oil on canvas, 18"x20"

To the Rescue, oil on canvas, 8"x10"

To the Rescue, oil on canvas, 8"x10"