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Drawing Inspiration from the Figure

Drawing Inspiration from the Figure
Opening Reception - Friday, June 3, 7-10 pm

This all members exhibit showcases DRA members' artwork inspired by the human form. Included is a captivating collection of drawings of the figure done from life. Of particular interest are preliminary sketches done by artists that were then developed further into works that hang in this show. Join us at the opening reception (Friday June 3rd, 7-10pm) for an art supply raffle and an exciting interpretive dance performance. The show runs through June 26.

Alexandria Art Market

Alexandria Art Market – Saturday, June 4, 10am–4pm

Alexandria Art Market's 2nd season is now underway. Markets will be held the 1st Saturdays of 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 TheDelRayArtisans.org orDRA.AlexandriaArtMarket@gmail.com.

Mark Your Calendar

Open Life Drawing Session in May/June

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.

  • Wednesday, June 8 (11-1 pm, gestures; 2-5 pm, short/long poses)
  • Wednesday, June 15 (6:30 pm - 9:30 pm long poses)
  • Wednesday, June 22 (11-1 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.

  • Monday, June 6 (2 pm - 4 pm)
  • Monday, June 20 (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.

Bring Your Scraps and Come Have Fun with Collage Cut Ups

Do you feel overwhelmed with the deluge of junk mail and magazines that come 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.

  • Tuesday, June 14 (1 - 4 pm)

For more information and to RSVP by 9:00 AM on the date that you want to attend contact the DRA Outreach Director at DRA.Outreach1@gmail.com.

ATC (Artist's Trading Card) Party, Friday, June 17, 7-9pm

Come join us for an evening of "free" fun at the gallery. We will provide desserts and beverages or bring something to share. Cards, magazines for collage, markers and paint provided. Make several cards and start a collection of traded "mini art". The gallery's show, Drawing Inspiration From the Human Figure, will be our theme for at least one of your cards, to be hung in the show as a compilation ATC piece.

Ongoing DRA Activities

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

Art in City Hall

Art in City Hall "Around Town"

This juried exhibit was open to members of The Art League, Del Ray Artisans, and the Torpedo Factory Artists' Association. The Juror was Ginger Hammer, Assistant Curator of Old Master Drawings at the National Gallery of Art. The exhibit showcases images in all media of and about Alexandria, and is on display in the second floor corridors of Alexandria's City Hall through December 16, 2011. City Hall is open 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday.

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.

Artistic Rain Barrel Artists' Reception and Silent Auction (NEW)

Saturday, June 11, 5-7 pm: Have you seen the delightful rain barrel attached to the front railing at the DRA gallery? Over the last month DRA has served as an Artistic Rain Barrel site sponsor for Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District. On Saturday, June 11 from 5-7 pm at Green Spring Gardens (4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA 22312) there will be a Meet-the-Artist Reception and Silent Auction of this barrel and 24 other rain barrels decorated by local artists. RSVP for reception and auction to Taylor Beach at taylor.beach@fairfaxcounty.gov and mention you heard about the event from DRA! For more details, visit fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd/rainbarrelart.htm

Call for Entries: SOLOS 2012 - VA (NEW)

Deadline: July 1, 2011. Each year AAC selects 10 to 14 artists from across the Mid-Atlantic region for solo exhibitions in AAC's seven separate gallery spaces – or outside on the grounds. This SOLOS exhibition program provides an invaluable opportunity for emerging artists to exhibit work in an environment that is well-known for cutting edge, exciting contemporary art in the DC metro area. Qualifications and how to apply: www.arlingtonartscenter.org/exhibitions.

Southern Regional Tech/Rec Complex Public Art Project #1 Exterior Entry - MD (NEW)

Deadline: July 15, 2011. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation invites artists with professional experience in creating public art or site specific commissions to submit an application to design, fabricate and install original works of art for the exterior grounds of the Southern Regional Tech/Rec Complex (Tech/Rec), currently under construction in Fort Washington, Maryland. Eligibility: Artists and artist teams residing in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, North Carolina, and West Virginia with previous public art or large scale installation experience may apply. For the complete prospectus and application: arts.pgparks.com/Community_Arts_Services/Artist_Resources.htm

Montpelier Arts Center: Writing Workshop For Artists - MD (NEW)

Writing Workshop For Artists, 3 classes, June 11-25, Saturdays 1-4 pm. This course covers the ABC's of writing for the artist including the artist's statement; the press release, corresponding with galleries, developing texts for catalogs and new media. Knowing how to write for each situation is an invaluable tool for the artist. The Instructor, Kay Lindsey, is a poet and artist. FEES: $65 for residents of Prince George's and Montgomery Counties; $77 for non-residents. Call Montpelier Arts Center for more information or to sign up: 301 377-7800.

First Annual Silver Spring Latino Fiesta (NEW)

You're invited to be part of the celebration, promotion and diffusion of Latin American culture in the Washington Metropolitan. Hispanic Heritage month pays tribute to heritage, tradition, and diversity. Music, food, arts, crafts, dance and the soul of the Latin world will be presented on Saturday, September 24th on Ellsworth Drive. Exhibitor applications are available online at 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

©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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