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Life Drawing

Open Life Drawing: Wednesday, December 15

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

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.

Baby, It's Cold Outside

Baby, It's Cold Outside 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 "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:

Mark Your Calendar

Baby, It's Cold Outside Show Opens: Friday, January 7

Del Ray Artisans will be celebrating winter and helping the homeless during their January show, Baby, It's Cold Outside, running January 7-30, 2011. The darkest days of January will be highlighted by an all member show of mixed-media art. The show will also feature a drive to collect new socks for the homeless of Alexandria. Donated socks will benefit the Carpenter's Shelter located at 930 N. Henry Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Opening Reception: Friday, January 7 from 7 pm to 10 pm. Meet the artists while you snack on light appetizers. Members of the public attending the opening are encouraged to bring new socks to donate during the reception.

Sock Hop: Saturday, January 15 from 7 pm to 10pm. The entry fee is one pair of new socks for each person admitted. Enjoy Rat Pack music and dance the night away.

Members of the public that wish to visit the show and donate additional socks may do so during regular gallery hours. Gallery hours are: Thursdays, 12 noon to 4 pm; Fridays, 12 noon to 9 pm; Saturdays, 10 am to 9 pm; and Sundays, 12 noon to 6 pm. The gallery is free, open to the public and handicap accessible. For more info, visit: or contact Constance Springer Zabowski & Celeste Zabowski at 703-407-6992 or

Call for Volunteers

"Sock it to Winter" Sock Hop Host Needed

[DRA members only] Looking for a volunteer to act as the host with the most for the "Sock it to Winter" sock hop on Saturday, January 15, 2011. 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

Youth Art Symposium Seeking Activities Coordinator

If you're a person interested and willing to facilitate activities for youths in the areas of arts & crafts, drawing, painting, basics of drama, theatre, dance (including hip-hop, jazz, etc.), or poetry/spoken word, the Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., wants you! Event date: Saturday, January 22, 2011, 2:30pm at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. For details contact: Celena Noel 225-773-0789 or

Have content for The Well Crafted Word?

[DRA members only] 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:

"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.

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

Wanting More (And How To Get It) - Artists' Roundtable - VA

Tuesday, December 14, 2010: Wanting more is essential to successfully accomplishing your art-related goals and dreams. If your plans are stalled, your dreams derailed, if you're not sure what you want or what your next step is, this lecture by artist coach and mentor Lesley Riley will get you on track. Plus, you will receive specific tools and actions to get you to where you want to be. The event is Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 7:00 pm at ArtSpace, 410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church. For details and registration 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:

T.C. Williams Craft Fair - VA

Saturday, December 18, 2010: T.C. Williams High School's Advanced Engineering Department is holding a Craft Fair from 10 am - 4 pm. Come shop crafts from 30 vendors and enjoy the bake sales, raffles, and other fun events. The proceeds will benefit Joining Hearts and Hands, an organization promoting economic, health, and educational improvements in Kenya and Tanzania. The fair is located at T.C. Williams, 3330 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302. For more info contact: Jennifer Moshier at

POPArt Group's "Christ Calls Us To Creativity" - VA

Entry Fee and Form Deadline: January 7, 2011. Show them... I will show you my faith by what I do. Call for artists working in all media and living in Virginia, D.C, and Maryland. Entries must be original artwork, no reproductions. Photography, printmaking, and digital art must be limited numbered editions. Artwork must be consistent to the show theme. There is a $25 nonrefundable entry fee. Each applicant may submit up to three works. Submission of CD, fee, and entry form postmarked by January 7, 2011. Notification of Judging results, January 28th. Accepted works delivered February 9th from 12pm - 2pm, or 7pm - 8pm. Reception held on February 13th from 12:30-3:00pm. Show dates February 13, 2011 - March 13, 2011. Show and Tell Gallery is located at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8304 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, VA 22152. For more info contact: Kathleen Gillmann at 703-644-6512 or Melinda Reidy 703-599-6216 (

Learn Photoshop and be dangerous! - VA

Seating is limited: Register NOW. FCA is offering a two-part introduction seminar intended for anyone interested in learning the basics of Photoshop. It is also recommended for people who know a little about the software and wish to understand it better. Part I: Thursday, January 20, 2011, 7:00-9:30 pm  or  Saturday January 22, 2011, 1:00-3:30 pm. Part II: Thursday, February 3, 2011, 7:00-9:30 pm  or  Saturday, February 5, 2011, 1:00-3:30 pm. FCA members and students, $40; non-members, $60. Fee includes Parts I and II. The seminar will be held at ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 S. Maple Avenue, Falls Church, VA 22046. Seating is limited, and advance registration is required. For more info and registration form 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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