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Supporting Second Chances, the Arts, and Friends of Guest House

Last night we opened our space in the support of an amazing program called Friends of Guest House, which successfully helps women reenter communities after incarceration. Guest House chose our gallery to host Portraits of Progress, an exhibition of artwork by formerly incarcerated women. The works featured were individual and group works created by Guest House residents, who worked under the guidance of Aubrey Rainbow, a Master’s level art therapy student from George Washington University.

Aubrey Rainbow (left) | photo courtesy of Friends of Guest House

For the past six months Aubrey helped Guest House residents develop their self-expression using art. All of the work showcased each woman’s raw emotions, and we are so touched they were willing to share that vulnerability with us and the public. We are proud and honored to have been a platform to showcase this powerful collection of work

photo courtesy of Friends of Guest House
photo courtesy of Friends of Guest House
photo courtesy of Friends of Guest House
photo courtesy of Friends of Guest House
photo courtesy of Friends of Guest House
photo courtesy of Friends of Guest House
Friends of Guest House:

Friends of Guest House was founded in 1974, and since then, they have helped more than 3,000 women end the cycle of incarceration. Residents have been able to successfully reconnect with their families, rebuild, and live their lives.

click here to visit The Friends of Guest House website
click here to visit The Friends of Guest House website
Their Mission:

“To provide formerly incarcerated women the structure, supervision, support, and assistance they need to move beyond who they were to become who they want to be.”

– Friends of Guest House
Portraits of Progress | photo by Principle Gallery Director, Clint Mansell
Portraits of Progress | photo by Principle Gallery Director, Clint Mansell

If you are interested in volunteering or donating to Friends of Guest House, click here. Clothing donations are accepted Monday through Thursday from 10am until 4pm. You can call 703. 549. 8072 to set up an appointment time for any other donations.

“Large or small, your donations to Friends of Guest House deepen meaningful change in our local communities. Our donors are committed to transformative community change by supporting our core belief: Every woman who has been incarcerated deserves the tools, education, and the chance to become who they want to be.”

– Friends of Guest House
photo courtesy of Friends of Guest House

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Upcoming Exhibitions at Principle Gallery:

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Celebrating 25 Years

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Principle Gallery Alexandria opened its doors on April 4th 1994! The gallery was first located at 315 Cameron Street here in Old Town Alexandria. After about two and a half years on Cameron Street, Michele, our fearless owner, moved to 208 King Street, and has been here ever since.

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It’s 25 years later and Principle Gallery is still the place to go if you’re looking for great events and want to see exceptional art! Friday evening we held the opening reception for our 25th Anniversary Invitational Exhibition. This new show is a celebration of Principle Gallery’s 25th year in Old Town Alexandria. We invited our roster of artists to participate in this momentous exhibition.

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Twenty-eight of our world renowned artists provided us with a phenomenal collection of over seventy paintings! The great grouping of artists and celebrating the gallery’s 25th anniversary was an incredible draw. We had an enormous crowd Friday night filled with great friends and clients, who have stood by this business for all these years.


A couple participating artists were also in attendance! Gavin Glakas, Ben Barker, Jill Basham, Bethanne Cople, and Jeff Erickson came by to celebrate.


Friday night’s reception was sponsored by Van Gogh Vodka, who generously sent us a great selection of their speciality spirits! Throughout the evening we served complimentary Double Espresso Cocktails, which featured their Double Espresso Vodka, and Sunflower Spritz Punch, made with their Citroen Vodka, a zesty lemon lime combination.


We want to extend a very special THANK YOU to our dear clients, everyone who attended Friday night’s reception, and everyone who has attended all our exhibitions over the years. Of course, a HUGE thank you to all of our talented artists, who have provided us with exquisite art throughout the gallery’s 25 years. This business wouldn’t be where it is today, without all of you!

XDSC_0240.JPGone of our favorite reception attendees, the fabulous Liza!

Currently featured in our 25th Anniversary Invitational:

ZBUKVIC Notre Dame 72Joseph Zbukvic, Notre Dame, 18×28, watercolor on paper

EARLY Reckless Guilty Haze #1 72Stephen Early, Reckless Guilty Haze #1, 8×8, oil on panel

GANDY_Sun on a Classic_72Greg Gandy, Sun on a Classic, 24×30, oil on canvas

BARKER H Street Nocturne 72Ben Barker, H Street Nocturne, 12×16, oil on board

ALBERTO Mending the Flag 72.jpgJorge Alberto, Mending the Flag, 28.5×25.5, oil on panel

MANN Another Montgomery DownpourJeremy Mann, Another Montgomery Downpour, 12×12, oil on panel

Rosemberg Female Nude Lilen 01 HRAlejandro Rosemberg, Female Nude: Lilen 01, 16×31, oil on canvas on panel

JOHNSON_City Square_72Geoffrey Johnson, City Square, 11×15, oil on board

BOGGESS 9 January 2019 72Lynn Boggess, 9 January 2019, 34×30, oil on canvas

POOLE_Trio_72Martin Poole, Trio, 24×36, oil on panel

MYERS Sweet Seclusion smGC Myers, Sweet Seclusion, 12×6, acrylic on canvas

D'OSPINA Warehouse 72.jpgValerio D’Ospina, Warehouse, 48×32, oil on panel

MARTIN Breaking Clouds Over PrudenceBrian Martin, Breaking Clouds Over Prudence, 12×16, oil on panel

Our 25th Anniversary Invitational Exhibition is now ON VIEW!

Click here to view the entire exhibition and for inquires or to request the exhibition catalog please contact

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

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One-on-one with Gavin Glakas

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We are so fortunate to work with living artists, therefore we have the luxury to interact with them on a personal level. When I’m asked a question about an artist I really love to incorporate excerpts from any conversations I’ve had with that artist. I believe it adds a personal element, it makes the artist relatable, the human element is added and an existence is seen beyond the work of art.

In an effort to venture beyond merely sharing an artist’s biography, I put together a series of eight questions that explore a different side of our artists and shed light on the journey artists take to reach success. So, I hope you enjoy this blog series of one-on-one interviews!

First up, local artist Gavin Glakas!

Me Nico PrincGavin Glakas & his adorable son, Nico!

Gavin Glakas is an artist, husband, father, teacher, and an unstoppable force, who lives for art. He worked as a Senate Staffer on Capitol Hill for a year and a half. However, his career in fine art was realized after he suffered an eight month illness that culminated in the removal of a tumor from his lung when he was 24 years old. Ultimately, Gavin realized his true calling and has been creating art ever since.

Gavin_TurkeyGavin painting in Turkey

Now Gavin gets to combine politics and art through his figure commissions! He is the man behind the portraits of former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the architect of the U.S. Capitol, Stephen Ayers, former Governor of VA, Terry McAuliffe, Congressman Ike Skelton, and many more.

REID me speaking Biden et al. copyThe presentation of Harry Reid’s portrait; left to right, Gavin Glakas, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, former VP Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Below is my series of questions and Gavin’s answers. Enjoy!

Q. Is there something that or someone who inspires you daily?

I’m inspired by everything all the time – experiences or ideas, anything I’m enthusiastic about from an examination of human nature, music, history, literature, current events, all of my artistic heroes – painters, illustrators, filmmakers, musicians, architects, writers –  to the people I love and encounters I have. The world I see is a fascinating and exciting explosion of wonder, exploration, learning, adventure, danger, love, heartbreak and limitless possibilities. I’ve always lived in this world through my art and it is a source of constant inspiration. It’s the feeling that life matters – the opposite of cynicism.

That’s why I’m so interested in depicting the society that we’ve built. We know that nature can be wondrous, but so can humanity. We’re inundated with negativity through the news and various forms of media, and lately I’ve been feeling like there are more horrible, unfeeling bastards out there than I initially may have thought, but we build incredible creations and do wonderful things for each other. I suppose that I have one foot in the “here and now” and one foot in the “what could be.”

Q. Is there a specific project, commission, personal creation, etc, that you are particularly proud of? What makes it so significant?

After college, I worked on Capitol Hill. I felt like a coward because I didn’t have the courage to pursue art full time and I had decided to take the “safe” route. I used to gaze longingly at the portraits on the walls of the US Capitol, which were constant reminders of the life I felt I’d turned my back on. 17 years later, my portrait of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was unveiled and placed on display in the Capitol. My grandchildren will be able to see it when they go up to visit. I felt like Douglas MacArthur returning to the Philippines. It represented a victory over cowardice for me. That felt good.

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Q. What does it mean to be creative and how essential is creativity to making a successful work of art?

To me, creativity means taking the world around us and all the preconceived notions we’ve amassed and building upon them – changing, tweaking, shifting and, most of all, improving them. Creativity is taking some idea we have about something and attempting to convey it, and if we can tap into the deepest recesses of our own souls while doing it, it will be unique and it might even be good.

Q. Which museum is your favorite to visit?

We’re so lucky in DC – we have the National Gallery, the Portrait Gallery, the American Gallery of Art, the Sackler and Freer Galleries of Asian Art – quite possibly my favorite of DC’s gems – but the museum that really inspired me to try to become a professional artist is the National Portrait Gallery in London. When I was studying painting in London, I used to venture in there whenever I could. If I had to be imprisoned someplace, it would probably be there.

Me Studio Harry FramedGavin’s portrait of model Harry Edgel featured in The Yellow Barn Drawing Show, 2018

Q. What serves as your artistic motivation?

I’m overflowing with ideas and I just can’t wait to get them out and start experimenting with them.

Q. How do you sustain your ambition?

It’s frustrating because there’s only so much time in the day. Even if I live to be 130, I’ll have countless ideas that I haven’t brought to fruition and that feeling can be crippling. All I can do is work as hard as possible and remind myself that I’m doing the best I can.

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Q. Have you been faced with discouragement? If so, how did you overcome it?

Discouragement is part of the gig and it makes for great motivation. If positive reinforcement doesn’t get you to go back to work at 11:30 pm, when you’ve got a cold and you’re exhausted from standing up all day, maybe negative reinforcement will. All I can do is to work through it. That seems to be the answer to most of my problems – get back to work!

Q. In the beginning of your career, what was the best piece of advice you were given? Who gave it to you?

When I was getting started, my dad, a lawyer and Navy combat veteran, said, “Do what you love and the money will come.” Without that sentiment and encouragement from him and my mom, and the example they set in terms of hard work and high expectations, I wouldn’t be an artist.

Available Works by Gavin Glakas:

GLAKAS St. John's in the Late Afternoon 72St. John’s in the Late Afternoon 24×16, oil on panel

GLAKAS Logan Street Sunset 72Logan Street Sunset 24×16, oil on panel

St. John’s in the Late Afternoon and Logan Street Sunset will be featured in our upcoming 25th Anniversary Invitational Exhibition, opening on Friday, February 22nd with an Opening Reception from 6:30-9pm. Come join us in celebrating 25 wonderful years in Old Town Alexandria!

Traveling Amidst Streetlights and Shop Windows 72Traveling Amidst the Streetlights and Shop Windows 18×27, oil on panel

The House Side 72Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast (The House Side) 22×36, oil on canvas

GLAKAS Off North Capitol Street 72Off East Capitol Street 16×24, oil on panel

Industrial Brooklyn 72Industrial Brooklyn 25×36, oil on panel

Glakas The Head that Wears the Crown 72The Head that Wears the Crown 13×9.5, oil on panel

For inquiries please contact and click here if you would like to view more work by Gavin!

Below is our schedule of upcoming events! All of our events are free & all are welcome!

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Small Works

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Happy December everyone! The holiday season has officially arrived, which means the days remaining to search for the perfect gift are crucial!


If you’re still trying to find gifts that will wow your friends and family, then you’re in luck! Yesterday we opened our Annual Small Works Exhibition, this exhibition celebrates the holiday season and small works of art that make the perfect gift.


This year’s Small Works exhibition features over 100 works of art by 27 different artists! Small Works is a collection of still lifes, figurative works, landscapes, and cityscapes, but each one is represented differently by each artist, no two works are the same. This way you’re guaranteed to find something for you or someone you know.


The Opening:

Yesterday’s opening was a great success and despite the unfortunate weather we had great attendance! We’re extremely grateful for everyone who ventured through the rain to see this year’s show and support the gallery, it means so much!

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Guests and artists were able to escape the ugly weather and warm by the fire while sipping on hot apple cider or hot cocoa.

Bethanne Cople’s Painting Demonstration:

During the reception Alexandria-based artist, Bethanne Cople painted live in the gallery!


Bethanne painted a gorgeous, snow covered hillside and visitors were able to watch as it came to life!




Thank you Bethanne for a wonderful demonstration and creating such a beautiful painting!


Below are a few more photographs from the reception!




DSC_0027on the left, featured artist Teresa Oaxaca

DSC_0084former Senator John Warner

DSC_0010on the right, featured artist Gavin Glakas

DSC_1013left, featured artist Jill Basham

Currently Featured in Small Works:

ALBERTO Three Ladies 72Three Ladies, 6.5×13, oil on panel by Jorge Alberto

BOHANNON Coronation_72Coronation, 13.5×17, oil on panel by Candice Bohannon Reyes

CONARY Repose 72Repose, 9×12, oil on panel by Scott Conary

Coonrod Stonefruit and Blueberries 72Stone Fruit & Blueberries, 12×16, oil on aluminum by Trish Coonrod

D'OSPINA Studio di Poltrona 72Studio di Poltrona, 12×12, oil on canvas by Valerio D’Ospina

EARLY Searching for Pockets of Humanity #2 72Searching for Pockets of Humanity #2, 12×12, oil on linen by Stephen Early

JOHNSON 9 Horses 729 Horses, 14×23, oil on board by Geoffrey Johnson

LIBERACE Laughing Philosopher (Mennipus)Laughing Philosopher (Mennipus), 10×8, oil on panel by Robert Liberace

COPLE In Silence They Speak Happiness 72In Silence They Speak Happiness, 6×8, oil on panel by Bethanne Cople

Click here to view the entire exhibition and please contact us with any questions or inquiries! All of the paintings featured above are available for purchase. If you see anything on the exhibition page please contact and we can provide the information you need!

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Happy Holidays from all of us at Principle Gallery!




Jeremy Mann: The Unbound Process

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This past weekend we celebrated the opening of Jeremy Mann’s first ever photography exhibition! However, before we dive into the excitement which ensued this weekend, I want to start this post with a quote from the Mann himself, describing how his work in photography is separated from the other mediums he works in. Photography is simply another continuation of his being.

The following quote is from an editorial in American Art Collector titled Unbound, which can be found in the November 2018 Issue.

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“I would say [the photography] is just another extension of me as an art form in the same way as my paintings and motion pictures, poetry and writing are as well. Each artist is just that, a single and unique perspective, contained within one mind and soul. It’s the choice to output that perspective, which makes a person an artist. Not being limited by a medium is the most free form of that expression, and while there are many ways to express yourself, finding a multitude of fundamentally similar ways helps perfect the language of art in which I’m trying my best express myself to the world.”

The Opening:

This past Friday, November 16th we hosted the Opening Reception for Jeremy Mann: The Unbound Process, a collection of original paintings and photographs. The exhibition primarily showcases Jeremy’s toned silver gelatin prints, which were created using his homemade cameras and self-constructed dark room.

_MG_9293 72A few of Jeremy Mann’s homemade camera’s – photo by Courtney Chauncey

Guests mingled amid Jeremy’s perfectly displayed photographs and Jeremy moved throughout the gallery conversing with fans, collectors, and friends.

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Jeremy always brings a great crowd and guests are always thrilled to talk to him about his work and their love for his art.

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The Artist Talk:

The next day… Saturday, November 17th, Jeremy returned to the gallery to prepare for his momentous artist talk. Together we transformed the gallery from an open viewing space into an intimate realm occupied by candles, cocktails, cigar box cameras, and classy company.

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Lavender Infused Gin & Tonicour specialty cocktail for the evening, a Lavender Hyssop TNT, created by Griffin McDermott

We did things a bit differently this year, in order to maintain the rapport Jeremy wanted for this discussion this event required an RSVP for attendance.

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Jeremy took his audience on a journey that examined the progression of his career as an artist, what makes him stand out from so many others, his assemblage of homemade cameras, the creation of his film The Conductor, experimentation, theories, and so much more!

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Now I’m sure you’re wondering… what the heck did Jeremy say!? Unfortunately friends, I can’t share all the dirty details, but I can reveal a few key points. Above, I mentioned that Jeremy analyzed how his work sets him apart from many other artists. From graduate school at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco until now Jeremy Mann has created artwork that represents him, his style, rather than attempting to conform to something traditional or expected. Jeremy fully possesses the ability to adhere to the norm, but chooses to reject the usual because it doesn’t illustrate who he is as an artist, a mastermind, or a human. That’s the key to his success.

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Another important thing you need to know about Jeremy is that he loves this sh*t, creating art is who Jeremy Mann is.

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The Photography:

It’s all about the reference. For awhile Mann used digital photographs as references for his cityscapes and figure paintings, but those images were too literal. Thus, he turned to film photography for reference material. Film and his homemade cameras produce images that fuel and support his aesthetic. The photographs currently featured in The Unbound Process are representations of Jeremy’s use of film photography in his painting process. However, this show highlights how they stand alone as works of art rather than simply stepping stones leading to the completion of an oil painting.

Now Showing:

The Kiss 72The Kiss 16×12 (Edition of 2), toned silver gelatin print, 2 Editions Available

The Dreamer and the Dream 72The Dreamer & the Dream 10.5×12 (Edition of 3), 6.25×7 (Edition of 7), toned silver gelatin print, Multiple Editions Available

Vatic 72Vatic 15×14 (Edition of 3), 7.5×7 (Edition of 7), toned silver gelatin print, Multiple Editions Available

NYC 40NYC 40 48×48, oil on panel

The Leaving Moon 72The Leaving Moon 9×7.5 (Edition of 7), toned silver gelatin print, 7 Editions Available

Follow Jeremy Mann on Instagram @redrabbit7 and follow @feral.halide.7 to see more of his photographs.

AND Follow US @principlegallery to stay up to date on exhibitions, new arrivals, and other announcements!

Our Jeremy Mann Solo Exhibition, The Unbound Process will remain on view through the end of November so come check it out! If you are unable to make it into the gallery, don’t worry, you can click here to view the entire exhibition.

A HUGE Thank You to everyone who attended this weekend’s festivities, it was a pleasure having you all and THANK YOU Jeremy, we’re honored to host this very special exhibition.

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!