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T.C. Williams Student Art

T.C. Williams Student Art Show opens Friday, May 6

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

Alexandria Art Market kicks off 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.

Cafe Sketching Workshop

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.

Mark Your Calendar

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.

  • May 9, 2 pm - 4 pm
  • May 23, 2 pm - 4 pm

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

Open Life Drawing Session in May

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.

  • May 11, 11 am - 1 pm Gestures, 2 pm - 5 pm Short/Long Poses
  • May 25, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm TBD

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.

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.

ALL MEMBERS MEETING on May 15 – Website Mysteries and more Revealed!

[DRA Members only]: Come one, Come all! You are invited to our May all members meeting on Sunday, May 15th from 6-8 pm at the Del Ray Artisans gallery. After a short meeting, we will reveal the secrets to our website! Dawn Wyse Hurto, Kelly Cox and Fransi Kaye will give you an overview of the latest features, including online workshop registration, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and LinkedIn! And if that's not enough, Betsy Mead will take the mystery out of what should be included in an artists' statement – what is one, anyway? What should be in a bio? a CV/resume? We look forward to seeing you soon! Light refreshments will be served.

3rd Annual DRA Yard Sale (Saturday, May 21, 8am - 2pm)

This Fundraiser is FREE and all money raised will go towards new lighting for the gallery. Donations may be dropped off at the gallery on Sunday, May 15 at 6pm; Monday, May 16 from 7-9pm; Thursday, May 19 from 1-8pm; and Friday, May 20 from 1-8pm. For more details on donating or volunteering: calendar.TheDelRayArtisans.org or DRA.VicePresident@gmail.com.

Art in City Hall Juried Exhibit Opening & Alexandria Commission for the Arts Reception for Grant Recipients

Monday, May 23, 5:30pm, Room 2000, City Hall: Come early, stay late to enjoy the new Art in City Hall exhibit! Only members of Del Ray Artisans, the Art League and Torpedo Factory artists have the opportunity to submit (see Call for Entry www.thedelrayartisans.org/shows/calls/index.html - digital submission due May 6). Also, City grantees, including DRA, will receive notification of the pending grants from the ACA. Artist awards for the new City Galleries Exhibition schedule will be given as well.

Bring Your Scraps and Come Have Fun with Collage Cut Ups

Do you feel overwhelmed with the deluge of junk mail and magazines that comes in the mail? Well here's your chance to beat the paper avalanche. Come play with the Collage Cut Ups in a supportive environment that promotes an exchange of ideas, creativity and networking with beginner and experienced collage artists. Collage Cut Ups meet in the DRA gallery on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 1-4pm. For more information and to RSVP by 9am on the date that you want to attend contact the DRA Outreach Director at DRA.Outreach1@gmail.com.

Drawing Inspiration from the Figure (Receiving May 29-30)

[DRA Members only]: Call for Entriesthedelrayartisans.org/shows/calls/Due-2011-05-30-Figure.pdf. Receiving: Sunday, May 29 from 5-8pm and Monday, May 30 from 5-7pm. We look forward to displaying your art that has started from observations of the human figure and developed into all manner of artistic expression. Realistic or abstracted, we are looking to have it in our show. Show us: how does the human figure inform or inspire your art? This all-member show will run from June 3 to June 26.

Ongoing DRA Activities

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.

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, Tuesday - Friday 10am - 10pm, Saturday and Sunday noon - 10pm.

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. Non-DRA announcements will be run only for two consecutive weeks.

Creativity Needed - Alexandria, VA

A Show of Hands is looking for an artist to help design a replacement awning for their building. For additional information, please contact ashowofhands.alexandria@gmail.com.

Mural Artist(s) Needed - Alexandria, VA (NEW)

A group of concerned citizens working to improve Warwick Pool in Del Ray is looking for students/local artists to paint a mural inside the bath house at the pool. Visit www.friendsofwarwickpool.org or contact jenny@friendsofwarwickpool.org if interested.

Call For Artists - Alexandria VA (NEW)

Deadline extended to June 1: Artists and crafters are invited to apply to the Alexandria West End Art and Wine Festival 2011. The Festival is scheduled for October 8-9, 2011 along public streets in the Cameron Station subdivision and ajoining areas of Ben Brenman Park, located in Alexandria, VA. Details at www.westendeventproductions.com or contact: Donna Kenley 703.887.7288.

Art in City Hall - Alexandria, VA

Deadline - May 6. The Art League and the City of Alexandria, in conjunction with the Mayor's initiative to promote the arts citywide in Alexandria, are coordinating a rotating fine art exhibit, Around Town. This exhibit will enhance the environment of Alexandria's City Hall and promote the talent of local artists. The exhibit will be juried by an outside, independent expert in the arts, and will hang for seven months on the second floor of the Alexandria City Hall. The Call is available at www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls/

Taste of America 2011 - DC (NEW)

Taste of America, Labor Day weekend, is open to any USA based artist/crafter who makes or produces their own work. There are limited amount of spaces available and preference will be given to exhibitors showcasing food related products, such as: wood turners, fine art or photography for kitchen decor, hand-made utensils, jewelry from recycled utensils, ceramics, aprons and other fabrics, home-made sauces, soaps, and much more. Details at tasteofamericanadc.com.

"Art Behind the Art" Call to Photographers - DC (NEW)

Deadline - May 10, 2011: In collaboration with Silent Code Features, The ARCH Social Arts Project (ASAP) is pleased to announce a call to photographers to be part of an exciting exhibition capturing the spirit of the film industry in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding metro area. Submission will be accepted in the following categories: Behind the Scenes Photography and Photographic Film Stills.

How to Participate in a Critique without Being Really Offended - VA (NEW)

Tuesday, May 10, 7:00 pm: Bring a piece to be critiqued and join watercolorist Gwendolyn C. Bragg who will review what to look for when critiquing and discuss what to keep in mind when on the receiving end. Free and open to all! ArtSpace Falls Church, http://fallschurcharts.org/?p=1947.

Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibit - MD (NEW)

Deadline - May 15, 2011: The Arts Program, University of Maryland University College invites entries of works by artists in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C., for a regional juried art exhibit, August 1 - October 16, 2011. Open to current residents in the region, 18 years or older, working in the following disciplines: painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, fiber, glass, ceramics, wood, metal, photographs, and mixed media. Visit umuc.edu/art/biennial_maryland_exhibit/call_for_entries.shtml for prospectus. Questions? Please contact Eric Key at biennial@umuc.edu or call 301-985-7937.

Mid-Atlantic New Painting 2012 - VA (NEW)

Deadline - June 1, 2011: The University of Mary Washington Galleries is sponsoring a biennial juried painting exhibition, opening January 2012. Entry Deadline June 1, 2011. Cash awards plus purchase prize. All artists living in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia are eligible to enter. For prospectus and entry form download, go to: www.umw.edu/galleries/

McLean Project for the Arts Announces MPAartfest 2011 - MD (NEW)

Deadline - June 1: Entries are now being accepted for the 5th annual MPAartfest, presented by McLean Project for the Arts, which will be held on Sunday, October 2, 2011. For more information and the MPAartfest Call for Entries form, please visit www.mpaart.org/artfest.php and click on the "MPAartfest 2011 Call for Entries" text or call 703-790-1953.

AI&G 20th Anniversary National Juried Exhibition - MD (NEW)

Deadline - June 3, 2011: The Art Institute & Gallery in Salisbury, Maryland announces a call to artists for a juried art exhibition, September 11 - October 21, 2011. Prospectus outlines exact requirements, www.aiandg.org. Questions? Please contact Emmy Challenger or Brigitte Bowden - Co-Chairs at aiandg@comcast.net or call 410-546-4748.

"Quick Portrait Painting" with Matthew Cuenca - VA (NEW)

Learn how to paint a completed portrait in oil paint in only eight hours. DRA member and Torpedo Factory artist Matthew Cuenca will be teach this one-day workshop at the Art League School on Tuesday, June 14th. He will be teaching his own technique of alkyd oil painting on a prepared acrylic under-painting. The workshop is eight hours (10am - 6pm) for intermediate and advanced painters. Space is limited so please register early. Details: school.theartleague.org/course_desc.php?class_id=15829.

2nd Annual Big Cherry Block Party - Take 2 - MD (NEW)

Deadline - June 15: The 2nd annual Big Cherry Block Party that was held in April was a great success. Unfortunately, mother nature decided not to cooperate and the festival was closed early. So, we have another chance to celebrate Japan and its culture in July. Downtown Silver Spring is an incredible shopping destination. Last year we had over 9,000 eager shoppers come to the festival, and this year was looking even better. Details capitolmarketplaceevents.com.

Adams Morgan Day festival- DC (NEW)

Deadline - July 1, 2011: One of the best DC festivals, Adams Morgan Day has kept alive the tradition of street festivals for the past 33 years. Every year it draws in over 30,000 people. Art on Belmont is a special section of the festival where 45 fine art and craft exhibitors line the tree shaded street with amazing hand made art. This section is open 2 hours earlier for early art lovers. Applications available: capitolmarketplaceevents.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

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