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Three North Carolina Poets

Ruthless Grip Poetry Series presents Three North Carolina Poets

Friday April 8, 8-10 pm. Washington, D.C.'s Ruthless Grip Poetry Series visits Del Ray Artisans for National Poetry Month! Acclaimed North Carolina writers Lee Ann Brown, Chris Vitiello, and Dianne Timblin will read from their works. Email Bryan Koen (bwkoen@gmail.com) or visit www.TheDelRayArtisans.org for details.

Rock Movie Marathon

Rock Movie Marathon

Sunday April 10, noon - 9 pm. Stop by to enjoy a day of rock-themed movies. Come for one; stay as long as you please. Popcorn concessions.

  • Noon - It Might Get Loud
  • 2pm - Buzzcocks
  • 3pm - Bad Brains
  • 4pm - History of Rock 'n' Roll
  • 7pm - This is Spinal Tap

Art Camp 2011

Art Camp 2011 - Registration Now Available

Join the Del Ray Artisans as we travel around the world in five days. From July 25-29, students ages 8-14 will experience an international expedition through the arts. Each day, 9 am - 4 pm, will feature projects and activities related to cultural traditions and artistic movements found throughout the world. Cost is $250 before 6/1/11, $275 after 6/1/11. Register at the gallery or http://www.thedelrayartisans.org/ or contact Lisa McKee, Art Camp Director at DRA.ArtCamp@gmail.com for additional information.

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll, But I Like It!

This all-media show, juried by Fierce Sonia and Jen Chappell, pays homage to all things Rock 'n' Roll. The show runs through May 1. For details www.TheDelRayArtisans.org or Fiercesonia@aol.com.

Gallery Without Walls Exhibits

Beyond Form

Beyond Form: Expressing Art Exhibit at Signature Theatre runs through June 12

This is a juried selection of pieces from the recent abstract art show at the DRA gallery. This all media, abstract art show is exhibited in the lobby gallery of Signature Theatre in conjunction with their run of "ART" by Yasmina Reza in which a white-on-white abstract painting plays a leading role! Visit our exhibit whenever the Signature lobby is open, Tues. - Fri. 10 am - 10 pm, Sat. and Sun. noon - 10 pm.

Prudential Carruthers

Prudential Carruthers/DRA Gallery Without Walls

This special GWW art exhibit "A New Artist Year" will be on display until May 1, 2011. Prudential Office is open M-F 9am-5pm for show viewing. Contact: Becky Becky.Arnold@prudentialcarruthers.com or Drew DRA.curatorcoordnator@gmail.com for additional information.

Mark Your Calendar

Open Life Drawing Session in April

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. All models will be clothed in April.

  • April 13: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm short/long pose
  • April 20: 11 am - 1 pm gestures / 2-5 pm short/long poses

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. For questions, please contact Katherine Rand at 703.836.1468 or DRA.LifeDrawing@gmail.com.

Partners in Art Group

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. You may find us engaged in a creativity exercise, enjoying a short demonstration or having in a lively art-related discussion. Through it all we will always be striving to inspire and encourage.

  • April 18, 2- 4 pm

This program is free of charge and open to all. Visit the DRA website (www.theDelRayArtisans.org) for details and upcoming dates. Contact Millie Mateu (globaleducationsolutions@gmail.com) or Katherine Rand (katherine@katherinerand.com) with questions.

14th Annual T.C. Williams Student Art Show

Fifteen T.C. Williams High School students selected as this year's National Art Honor Society inductees will exhibit their work at Del Ray Artisans May 6-15. Many of these students will continue their art studies at the college level, and much of the work on exhibit was featured in their winning college admission portfolios. Come celebrate these rising stars at an opening reception on Friday, May 6th, 7-10pm.

Alexandria Art Market, Saturday, May 7, 10 - 4

Alexandria Art Market is embarking on its 2nd season! It will be held the 1st Saturdays of May, June, July, August, September and November 2011,10-4 pm, rain or shine. The market boasts amazing artwork from local artists, music from multicultural musicians and great food from local restaurants. Located on the green space of the Del Ray Artisans' gallery in Colasanto Park. Entry is free and open to the public. For details www.TheDelRayArtisans.org or DRA.AlexandriaArtMarket@gmail.com.

Café Sketching Workshop

Tuesdays, May 10th & 24th, 2-5 pm. Join us for this two-part workshop with Hamil Ma. During the first mock cafe session Hamil will demonstrate strategies for simplifying the figure while drawing quickly and fearlessly. For the second session we will head out to Mount Vernon Avenue for some actual cafe sketching. Hamil will provide pointers and encouragement along the way. Please bring sketchbook, pencils and eraser. Fees are $25/members, $30/non-members. Register on-line: www.theDelRayArtisans.org/cafe.

Workshop: Creating Outdoor Mosaic Garden Ornaments

Saturday, May 14, 11:30 - 3:30 PM and Sunday, May 15, noon to 4:00 PM. Class will include techniques and materials to install mosaics that will withstand moisture, freeze-thaw cycles and other elements of winter weather. Additional supplies must be provided by the participants (a supply list will be provided). Participants may register for one day, either Saturday or Sunday, or both days. The workshop fee for DRA members is $60.00 for both days and $30 for one day. The fee for non-members is $70 for both days and $35 for one day. Registration at calendar.thedelrayartisans.org or contact Sally Coler at 202-270-9524 or sallycoler@hotmail.com.

Call for Volunteers

Seeking Volunteer for Yard Sale Coordinator

[DRA members only] DRA is looking for a Coordinator to plan and run our 3rd Yard Sale fundraiser! (What a great way to contribute your 10 hours of volunteer services a year!) Responsibilities include setting the date for the Yard Sale as well as coordinating dates/times for dropoff and pricing; directing volunteers for various assignments (Volunteers Director will provide the volunteers), overseeing the event itself, and ensuring all donated items are removed from the property after the Yard Sale is over (a charity truck pick-up can be scheduled). You will not be doing this by yourself - coordinators from past years can share their knowledge and lessons learned. This is a fun connection with the community AND it allows DRA members to clean out their closets a little, all to help DRA raise some much-needed funds! Please contact DRA.volunteers@gmail.com to express your interest.

Adopt a Park 2011

Thank you so much to all of you who have helped with our Adopt-A-Park program in the past. It is a very simple way to gain some needed funds, improve the environment, help beautify the city and get a little fresh air as well. We earned $885 for our efforts in 2010 and we can earn up to $945 for 2011. DRA has adopted the Colasanto Park, which is the parkland from the pool fence north to the intersection of Commonwealth and Mt. Vernon Avenues. This is a perfect way to fulfill some of your 10 hours of DRA volunteer commitment. Please contact Marlin Lord, Facilities Director, at MGLAIA@aol.com or 703-836-2724 to sign up for your weekend.

Seeking Volunteers for Web Calendar Posters

[DRA members only] Join the Communications Team! Post approved materials on specified web calendars. Each volunteer will have one or two web calendars to update. Must have internet access. 3 or 4 volunteers needed. Please contact Paige Ireland at DRA.Communications@gmail.com if you are interested.

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 DRA.eblast@gmail.com. Archived copies of the weekly DRA Eblasts can be found at www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/eblast.

Studio Available

Studio in Artists' Warehouse available for lease. Space is 20' x 12', 2.5 miles from Torpedo Factory with free onsite parking, 24/7 access. Call 703.759.4227.

Art in Embassies Program - DC

Deadline is ongoing. Seeks artists interested in loaning work for exhibit in U.S. embassies around the world. For more information, email: artinembassies@state.gov; or check website: http://aiep.state.gov.

McLean Project for the Arts: Strictly Painting 8 - VA

McLean Project for the Arts Deadline: April 11. Call for entries for the biennial juried exhibition Strictly Painting 8. For detail please visit www.mpaart.org/exhibartopp.php or call Nancy Sausser, Exhibitions Director at 703-790-1953.

Call for Exhibition Proposals: "Intersections: Where Art Meets Science" - MD

Deadline: April 15, 2011. In collaboration with a college-wide initiative to celebrate the intersection of arts and science, the Department of Visual Arts and Design is calling for exhibition proposals for the Annex Gallery in The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center that address this theme. Proposals are welcomed from individual artists, artist groups, and curators. Application procedure: Visit http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/Departments/artstp/exhibitions for proposal form and instructions.

Call to Latina Artists - DC

Deadline: April 19, 2011. The National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) invites Latina artists nationwide to submit artwork (in all media including paintings, sculptures, photography, etc.) that celebrates Latinas/Hispanic women. The Conference Theme is "Latinas Connecting Across Generations, Reaching New Heights". For any additional questions visit http://www.nhli.org or contact Victoria Morillo, Victoria@nhli.org, or 703.527.6007.

Call for Filmmakers - MD

Deadline: May 1, 2011. Single Carrot Theatre seeks imaginative film makers of all styles for its upcoming production of Linus & Alora by Andrew Irons. Please email resume or description of experience and skills as well as attachments with film work or hyperlinks to work on vimeo, youtube or website. Send work and any questions to: Genevieve de Mahy at gdemahy@singlecarrot.com - www.singlecarrot.com.


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 | www.theDelRayArtisans.org

©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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