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Salon – an Artful Conversation was founded in 2011 by Judith HeartSong.  It is a lively, friendly conversation between participants and a gifted and knowledgeable presenter.

Judith’s goal is to bring together artists, writers, and arts professionals in one place on a monthly basis where they can feel a sense of community, learn more about the business of art, and build bonds with other like-minded professionals.  The salon has been going strong for years and maintains a loyal following of creative professionals at every career level.

Judith continues to work to build community in metro DC and beyond, with salon expanding to the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia.


What Do We Do?

Learn more about artistic practice and the business of art from professionals with years of experience and wisdom to share.
Enjoy some time out of the studio with other like-minded artists – grow your business and your skills!

  • Build Bonds
  • Network
  • Stay up to date on the latest trends

Admission to Salon is free.  You’re encouraged to bring your favorite food or beverage to share, curiosity of the arts and an appetite for learning. (NO RED wine please).


About Judith HeartSong

Artist and visionary Judith HeartSong has a long history of creativity – applying paint to canvas, and applying her leadership skills to the larger arts community.  The stroke of her brush is matched only by a workhorse mentality in efforts to identify opportunities for and build bonds between artists, organizations, galleries, commercial retailers and other creative professionals.

As one artist recently stated, Judith encompasses two traits rarely seen in the same person: the visionary who sees what needs to be done and the energetic work ethic to make it happen – often in record time.   She has served as a board member and resident artist of both VisArts, Rockville and as a founding board member and executive director of Capitol Arts Network.

Amid her service to both non-profit organizations, Judith established a community service for artists to network and learn from one another in a collaborative atmosphere.  Salon – an Artful Conversation has grown from a small gathering in a basement flat studio in Glen Echo to monthly roving locations and a permanent home at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria; and has earned recognition by more than 500 artists in the region.

As executive director of Capitol Arts Network, Judith took an organization from a social  concept to concrete facilities which housed more than 40 artist studios, 65 resident artists, teaching laboratories and a gallery which hosted high-end trunk shows and exhibits.  CAN  Studios opened with 95% of studios occupied, well above the 65% requested by the board.

Beyond jurying and bringing artists into their new creative spaces, Judith provided numerous services to the artists: marketing and communications, networking and introductions to industry professionals, collectors, and gallery and exhibition opportunities like the annual Hickok Cole show just to name a few.

Today, Judith continues to offer Salon – an Artful Conversation as a service to artists and other creative professionals in metropolitan Washington, DC and a platform for the community to share knowledge and network with other arts professionals.

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