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Beyond Form: Expressing Art

Beyond Form: Expressing Art Call for Entry:
February 27-28 (6-8 pm)

Beyond Form: Expressing Art is open to all area artists, with a spotlight on painting. Download the Call for Entries at As a benefit to Del Ray Artisans members, an additional exhibit opportunity under our Gallery Without Walls program allows DRA members only to submit selected abstract artworks from Beyond Form to a juried exhibit at the Signature Theatre during the run of ART [for 8 weeks from March 29 through May 22]. For more information, contact Betty Plummer at 703-892-8638 or

Alexandria Art Market

Call for Artist Vendors: Application due by March 4

Del Ray Artisans is about to embark on its 2nd season of monthly outdoor art markets. These markets will give members an opportunity to sell their original handmade art work and provide them with consistent exposure to the community. There will be 6 monthly markets on the 1st Saturday of the month on: May 7, June 4, July 2, August 6, September 3 and November 5, 2011. Download application from

Mark Your Calendar

Opening Reception: Beyond Form: Expressing Art

Friday, March 4 from 7-10 pm. All-media show exploring the color, energy, and simplicity inherent in abstract artwork. The gallery will be buzzing with energy and color! Show runs through March 27. For details, visit or contact Betty Plummer at

Partners in Art

Monday, March 7 from 2-4 pm. Looking for a chance to get together with other creative people to discuss art and exchange ideas? Then, come to a meeting of our cooperatively led Partners in Art group. This program is free of charge and open to all. Contact Millie Mateu ( or Katherine Rand ( with questions.

Open Life Drawing Sessions

Wednesdays, March 9, 16, 23. Open life drawing continues at the Del Ray Artisans gallery. These sessions operate on a drop-in basis so there is no need to register in advance. Bring your supplies and join us at the gallery to draw or paint our live models. Mar 9, 11-1 pm Gestures & 2-5 pm Short/Long Pose; Mar 16, 6:30-9:30 pm Long Pose; Mar 23, 11-1 pm Gestures & 2-5 pm Short/Long Pose. The fee for each three-hour session is $8 for DRA members and $10 for non-members. Two-hour sessions are $6 for members and $8 for non-members. Please check the Del Ray Artisans calendar ( for upcoming dates and times. For questions, please contact Katherine Rand at 703.836.1468 or

Abstract Art Workshop: Revealing What Is Hidden

Saturday, March 12 from 10 am-1 pm. Workshop/panel discussion by Artists/Teachers/Historians who will discuss Abstract Art history/genre. We'll find out which artists are favorites of the panelists while engaging in lively discussion all around! Bring a finished or unfinished abstract art piece for constructive comment. Workshop fees: $10, DRA members; $15, non-members. Maximum number of participants 25. Advance registration by March 8 is required. Visit

Call for Entry: It's Only Rock 'n' Roll But I Like It!

March 27 from 6:30-8 pm and March 28 from 6-8:30 pm. DRAs' April show, will pay homage to all things Rock 'n' Roll. This is an all-media show, juried by Fierce Sonia and Jen Chappell. Download the Call for Entry at

Workshop: Drawing the Clothed Figure with Alice Kale

Sunday, April 3 from 1-4 pm with optional discussion from 4-5 pm. Practice drawing the clothed model in a simplified manner intended to express the underlying human form. Drawing session will run from 1-4 pm. Refreshments and an optional group discussion on what we learned from 4-5 pm. Fees are $15 for DRA members, $18 for non-members. Contact Katherine Rand at 703-836-1468 or Pre-register by March 30 at

Call for Volunteers

Seeking Volunteers for Outreach and Fundraising

[DRA members only] This is a rewarding way to meet your volunteer commitment. Interested members should contact or for details.

Seeking E-Blast Editor

[DRA members only] Responsibilities include collecting, compiling, and formatting DRA and metro-area arts events that are of interest to DRA members. This person would work closely with the DRA web curator and Communications Director to produce this weekly announcement. If interested, contact Paige Ireland, DRA Communications Director 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 Archived copies of the weekly DRA Eblasts can be found at

Art on the Avenue application is now available (NEW!)

Visit for details and deadlines.

Pastel Society - VA (NEW!)

A new pastel society is being formed in Virginia, and you are invited! We will talk pastels. We will show and tell pastels, papers, paintings, pencils, framing, etc. Then we will take it from there. Initial meeting location is at the Sully District Police Substation in Chantilly. We will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 10 am with the first meeting on March 22. Express interest to Bonnie Ferguson Butler

smARTpower Global Arts Outreach - DC

Application Deadline: Monday, February 28. smARTpower, the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, sends U.S. artists abroad to collaborate with youth and local artists in the creation of community-based projects in China, Ecuador, Egypt, and Ghana, among others. The program is designed to stimulate discourse around social issues including the environment, health, and freedom of expression. Artists will conduct workshops, teach master classes, and perform other outreach activities while abroad. Interested artists can apply online at

Hamiltonian Artists Fellowship Program - DC

Application deadline: Monday, February 28. Hamiltonian Artists is excited to announce its fourth annual open call to emerging artists to apply to its two-year Fellowship Program, aimed to aid in the professional development of contemporary visual artists. For application requirements, restrictions and forms, please visit

"Got Art?" Individual Artists Opportunities - VA

Proposal Deadline: Tuesday, March 1 (by 5 pm). The Office of the Arts and Alexandria Commission for the Arts invite proposals from artists for exhibitions in the Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library. Exhibitions will run six months. There is no exhibition theme, all entries must be three-dimensional works, and all work must be original. Exhibit location will depend on space and availability. Individual artists, consortia of artists, and organizations who work and/or live in the City of Alexandria are eligible to apply. For more information, contact the Office of the Arts at 703-746-5588 or at In the subject line, please mention "Call for Entries 2011-2014."

Bethesda Artist Market - MD

Application and Materials Deadline: Friday, March 4. The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is looking for local and regional artists to display and sell their fine art and fine craft during the Bethesda Artist Market. This year's Market will take place on Saturday, June 11 and Saturday, July 9, 2011. Applications and criteria are available online at There is a $15 application fee and $50 booth fee. For more information, please Valerie Hillman at 301 215-6660, Ext. 17 or

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 |

©2011 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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