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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 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 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 on Saturday, May 7, 10am - 4pm

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! A yard sale "team" is already formed thanks to those who have volunteered to help the Coordinator. (What a great way to contribute your 10 hours of volunteer services a year!) Responsibilities include coordinating dates/times for drop-off 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 to Post DRA Events on Various Web Calendars

[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.

Old Town Arts and Crafts Festival - VA (NEW)

Deadline extended to April 18, 2011. 31st annual arts and craft festival on Market Square in Old Town Alexandria Saturday, June 18th 1-6 pm and Sunday, June 19th 10-5 pm. For application and info www.volunteeralexandria.org or stownsend@volunteeralexandria.org.

Call for Instructors / Artists - VA (NEW)

Deadline: May 1, 2011. Del Ray Artisans is accepting project proposals for Art Camp 2011 for 25 students aged 8-14 (9 am - 4 pm, July 25-29, 2011). The ideal project will be fun, instructional, support the theme "around the world in 5 days" and be tailored to age groups 8-10 and/or 11-14. Projects should combine educational elements with hands-on opportunities for creativity and relate to a current or historic craft founded in cultural tradition. www.theDelRayArtisans.org.

Art on the Rocks -VA (NEW)

Gallery Thirteen, in conjunction with Red Rocks Pizza Napoletana of Old Town Alexandria announces the Art on the Rocks Exhibition Series. The series, featuring two-dimensional artwork, will be hosted by Red Rocks and will run from June through December 2011. Each month, a different artist will be featured with his or her artwork hung in Red Rocks for display and purchase. There will be at least one reception with each artist during the month that artist is featured. Contact Kevin J. Bailey at 703-887-5936 or at kbailey07@hotmail.com for info.

Exhibition Opportunity for Artists - DC (NEW)

Touchstone Gallery Deadline: Sunday May 15, 2011. An opportunity for area artists to have a "mini show", hung salon style. Each 2D artist's space will be 10 feet high and about 4 feet wide. No entry fee is required. Exhibition dates: August 4 - August 27, 2011. Details www.touchstonegallery.com.

2011 Art Market at Arts on Foot - DC (NEW)

Application deadline: Friday, May 27, 2011. Washington DC's premier outdoor arts festival. Spanning four city blocks, the event kicks off the fall arts season and showcases the best that Downtown DC has to offer. Held in the vibrant Penn Quarter neighborhood, the festival features a juried fine arts market, food sampling courts with 30 high-end restaurants, a wine sampling area, three entertainment stages and a multitude of arts organizations. In 2010, more than 35,000 arts patrons attended Arts on Foot. Info and application at www.diversemarkets.net.

Studio Space Available (NEW)

Painter and DRA member has studio space available for lease. 162 square feet available, 24x7 access, and a dedicated parking space. Please phone 703-304-3738 for more information.

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.


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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