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Holiday Market

DRA Fine Art & Craft Holiday Market: December 3-5

With Thanksgiving behind us, it is time to think about the upcoming holidays! Bring your holiday shopping list down to the Del Ray Artisans' gallery this weekend for our 15th annual Holiday Market. The Market offers unique handmade fine arts and crafts from 20 exhibitors (including pottery/ceramics, photography, jewelry, cloth, paper crafts, and glass), beautiful poinsettias from West Landscapes LLC, and delicious Bake Sale items [proceeds to benefit the local community]. Plus, it's FREE admission!

Join us for the opening on Friday, December 3 with a reception from 6pm-9pm with hot food from Sapore D'Italia. You may also shop Saturday, December 4 from 10am-6pm and Sunday,  December 5 from 12pm-4pm. For more info visit:

Life Drawing

Open Life Drawing: December 8 and 15 (Wednesdays)

Practice drawing live models during an Open Life Drawing session. All skill levels are welcome. Sessions are drop-in. No registration required. Bring supplies. These are open life figure drawing sessions at the gallery, not classes. For details visit For questions contact Katherine Rand at 703-836-1468 or Both December 8 & 15:

Gestures: (11 am - 1 pm) This two-hour session will be comprised primarily of a series of dynamic 1-5 minute poses. $6 for members and $8 for non-members.

Poses: (2 pm - 5 pm) This three-hour afternoon session will start with some short warm-up poses and progressively move into longer poses (10-45 minutes). $8 for members and $10 for non-members.

Mark Your Calendar

Baby It's Cold Outside Call for Entry and "Sock it to Winter"
Artwork drop-off: January 2-3

Calling all Del Ray Artisans... An art show to celebrate and remember all things good and bad about winter. After last year's endless snowy season, remembering might be the last thing on your mind, but pull out your "once in a lifetime" Snowmageddon photos or work inspired by the power of the storms. Recall fond memories of warm and cozy fires or other winter's delights. Whatever your choice, show off your best works and help us support "Sock it to Winter" by donating a pair of new men's or women's socks to the Carpenter's Shelter with each work of art that you enter. The homeless are at great risk to the elements and you can help keep them warm and dry this winter. For more info:

Call for Volunteers

URGENT: Holiday Market Bake Sale Helpers Needed

DRA is looking for volunteers to work 2-hour shifts at the Holiday Market Bake Sale on Saturday, December 4, between 10am and 6pm, and Sunday, December 5, between noon and 4pm. Sign up for shifts: Sat 12-2pm, 2-4pm, 4-6 pm, or Sun 12-2pm or 2-4pm. Please contact Tracy Wilkerson (703-501-1736 or

Reminder: Holiday Market Bake Sale Goodies Needed

Bring Your Best Holiday Goodies and help make DRA's Holiday Market Bake Sale the BEST EVER! How can you do that? We need cookies, brownies, muffins, loaves, cakes, candies and any of your favorite, delicious holiday goodies. Food donations MUST be individually packaged AND priced when dropped off, as we do not have the materials needed to package them once they arrive at the gallery. You can drop off baked goods on Thursday, December 2, from noon-8pm; Friday, December 3, from noon-9pm or Saturday, December 4, from 10am-2pm.

"Sock it to Winter" Sock Hop Host Needed

Looking for a volunteer to act as the host with the most for the "Sock it to Winter" sock hop [date in January TBD]. We are also seeking community outreach volunteers to help collect socks, socks and more socks! For details and to sign up, contact curator Constance Springer Zabowski at

Have content for The Well Crafted Word?

Submit all your articles, notices, images, etc. for the Del Ray Artisans newsletter by the 10th of the month for the next issue. Submit your content to the editor, Betty Plummer, at

Other Regional Opportunities for Artists

Submit art or craft-related opportunities and announcements for the DRA Eblast [14 days prior to the event or the call for entries] to

Arts Advocacy Update

Virginia Arts Advocates need your help! The organization is proposing a plan to legislators to achieve its Dollar-per-Capita goal for arts grant funding over the next three fiscal years. Virginia's ranking is currently #35 among states for funding of its arts agency (43 cents per capita). Virginians for the Arts (VFTA) understands that recovery from the present fiscal crisis won't occur overnight. Nevertheless, in the face of the unprecedented fiscal pressures faced by arts organizations, they believe it is imperative that the Commonwealth adopt an orderly plan for restoration of the $3.1 million cut since 2009.

What Can You Do?
Call and make an appointment with your legislator to discuss the difference the arts are making in your community, invite him or her to an arts event, or go out for a meal or coffee to thank him/her for past support. To join a meeting with other local advocates organized by VFTA, email Trish Poupore at, or to meet with constituents, visit:

Special Opportunity for Artists

Looking for some new and different matting/framing options for your artwork? DRA member Kelly Hutchinson, who owns a frame shop, is offering "pre-made" frames constructed from selected custom framing materials, at discounted prices. Frames will be available in various standard and irregular sizes although supplies will be limited. If you are interested, visit Kelly's Art & Frame Shop at 510 N. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA on December 2 or 3 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm or on December 4 from 8:30 am to 10 am. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Hutchinson at 703-549-3313 or

"Got Art?" Individual Artists Opportunities - VA

Sculptors and 3-D artists sought for immediate and future exhibitions in Foyer of the Charles Beatley Library. No entry fees required. For information contact Gwen Lockhart:

Falls Church Arts (FCA) Holiday Market - VA

Saturdays, November 20 through December 18. Calling member artists to exhibit and sell their holiday season "giftable goods" at the Falls Church Farmers' Market--recently named #1 in the country. Sign up to market your note cards, jewelry, fabric arts, paintings, and other works at the FCA-sponsored spaces outside City Hall, 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church, VA. This show is open to current Falls Church Arts members. To join or renew your membership visit: To sign up, email FCA at: Indicate preferred exhibit dates and type of work to be sold.

Call for Artists - Alexandria, VA

Drop off dates December 2-4. Open theme and media; show dates December 8th thru January 12th. Please email for complete show info. Kelly's Art & Frame, 510 N Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Call for Artists Donations - Arlington, VA

Bring your art December 4. The Fairlington Presbyterian Church is hosting a holiday Jewelry Sale and Gift Bazaar to benefit Friends of the Guest House on Saturday, December 4, 10am-3pm. The sale will feature handmade jewelry and assorted gift items such as candles, sculpture, holiday greenery and more. For details contact Jennifer Tokar at or 703-338-8310.

Kickin' Back: Design for Leisure - PA

Deadline: December 10, 2010. The Philadelphia Art Alliance invites designers and architects from the Mid-Atlantic region to reflect on the concept of leisure and submit objects, renderings, or prototypes that either complement and/or comment upon what constitutes contemporary states of rest or play. See prospectus for complete details at $10 fee. The exhibit opens January 27, 2011. Questions? Contact Melissa Caldwell, Director of Exhibitions at or call 215-545-4302.

8th Annual Bethesda Fine Arts Festival - MD

Application Deadline: December 10, 2010. The Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District is currently accepting applications for the "8th Annual Bethesda Fine Arts Festival" scheduled for Saturday, May 14, 10am - 6pm and Sunday, May 15, 10am - 5pm. 150 booth spaces are available. All fine art and fine crafts are eligible. To apply online, visit

FCA 2011 Call for Artists: Passport to the World - VA

Entry Form Deadline: December 17, 2010 at 5pm. Falls Church Arts (FCA) All-Member Show kickoff event for a "Passport to the World" includes music, dance, storytelling, and art festival at ArtSpace. The show will hang for the duration of the festival. Bring your best work, on subject matter of your choosing, but especially works that reflect your travels (here or abroad, imagined or real), or the influences other cultures have had on your work. Entry is open to 2011 Falls Church Arts members. Gala Opening Reception: Friday, January 14, 2011, 7-9 pm. Show Continues through Sunday, March 6, 2011. For membership info and application visit:

Mindful Meditation for Enhanced Creativity - VA

Class begins in February... This 9-session series introduces you to meditation to enhance your creative potential; assisting people who are creative in the arts, or any area of life, to be centered and confident in their being as they create. Register early - a deposit of $50.00 is requested to hold your place [size is limited to 8]. Total cost is $150.00 for the (9) hour and a half sessions. Class location: Convergence at 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA. For more info, contact Rusty Lynn at

All DRA events, unless otherwise noted, are held at the DRA gallery:

Del Ray Artisans gallery at the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center
2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301-1124 | Directions
Phone: 703-838-4827 |

©2010 Arts Resource Foundation. Special thanks to the City of Alexandria, Alexandria Commission for the Arts, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and National Endowment for the Arts for their continued support of Del Ray Artisans, a 501(c)(3) organization.

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