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Drawing Inspiration from the Figure

Drawing Inspiration from the Figure through June 26 (last chance to see this show)

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. The show runs through June 26.

Made In The U.S.A.

Made In The U.S.A. Artwork Receiving – June 26-27

The Del Ray Artisans will be celebrating Independence Day and the month of July with artwork inspired by the U.S.A. This exhibit, which is open to all area artists, will also feature a display of Art-To-Go (matted and shrink-wrapped artwork priced to sell). The show runs July 1-22. Download the Call for Entry: thedelrayartisans.org/shows/calls/

Made In The U.S.A.

Made In The U.S.A. Opening Reception – Friday, July 1, 7-10pm

Come meet the artists and mingle with friends new and old while viewing artwork inspired by the people, places and things that are America.

Mark Your Calendar

Alexandria Art Market – Saturday, July 2, 10am-4pm

Alexandria Art Market's 2nd season is now underway. Upcoming markets will be held the 1st Saturdays of 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.

Open Life Drawing Session in July

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, July 6 (11-1 pm, gestures; 2-5 pm, short/long poses)
  • Wednesday, July 20 (6:30-9:30pm, 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.

Get Sparked! Art inspired by writing, Registration due July 22

Join Del Ray Artisans and SPARK: art from writing/writing from art as we embark on an artistic journey that pushes boundaries. This show is unique for DRA: All art submitted must be created between July 26 and October 3, 2011 and done in response to a story or poem provided to you. Register by July 22 at thedelrayartisans.org/sparks. For more information, download the Call for Entry at thedelrayartisans.org/shows/calls or contact curators Amy Souza (amy.souza@gmail.com) and Amanda Wright (arook20@gmail.com).

Holiday Market, Exhibitor Application due Friday, August 12

[For DRA members only] Now accepting applications for the Del Ray Artisans 16th Annual Holiday Art Market. The Market will offer unique handmade fine arts and crafts from 20 exhibitors. For more information, visit thedelrayartisans.org/shows/calls or contact Holiday Market Coordinator Tracy Wilkerson (703-501-1736 or DRA.HoldiayMarket@gmail.com).

Call for Volunteers

Seeking Volunteer for Fundraising

[DRA members only] This is a rewarding way to meet your volunteer commitment. Interested members should contact dra.volunteers@gmail.com or dra.membership@gmail.com for details.

Seeking Volunteers to Help With Program Workshops

[DRA members only] This is another rewarding way to meet your volunteer commitment and takes less than 1/2 hour per workshop. Duties include taking roll, collecting fees, and placing fees in a lockbox. Interested members should contact dra.volunteers@gmail.com or dra.membership@gmail.com for details.

Seeking Web Calendar Posters

[DRA members only] Post approved DRA publicity materials on specified web calendars. Each volunteer will have one or two web calendars to update. Must have internet access. Contact Dawn Wyse Hurto at DRA.Technology@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. Non-DRA announcements will be run only for two consecutive weeks.

Artist Call: Art All Night, Nuit Blanche DC (NEW)

Application deadline: July 1. A Free All-Night Cultural Experience on September 24, 2011 from 7pm - 3am. Art All Night is an all-night exploration and celebration of contemporary art, stretching from the heart of Chinatown to the Shaw neighborhood. We invite you to dream in magic, light, and space for one night only. Stay awake... Artist application at artallnightdc.com.

Call for Artists: Greenbelt Community Center Art Gallery (NEW)

Contemporary artists working in all media are invited to apply for curated solo and thematic small group shows in 2011 and 2012. Preference is given to artists who engage the public (any age group) in creative ways (workshops, contributing materials or content to the show, actions, performances, collaborations with community organizations, outdoor pieces, etc.). No fee to apply. No deadline to apply, but the sooner we hear from you, the better your chances. Modest honoraria available in some cases. Details at www.greenbeltmd.gov/arts/exhibit_opportunities.

Artists, Crafters & Organizations Wanted, Hadeed Carpet Alexandria West End Art and Wine Festival – October 8 - 9 (NEW)

Approximately 90 juried artists from Alexandria and throughout the country will represent all facets of art. Only artists with original arts and crafts are eligible to apply. Approximately 25 handcrafters (i.e., a single item sells for no more than $125) and organizations (i.e., Art League, Animal Shelter) are also sought. Juried Artist Fee: $375; Quality Crafter Fee: $125; and Organization Fee: $125. For more information, visit WestEndEventProductions.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.

Visit ArtsEventsAlexandria.com to discover the music, dance, theater, festivals and visual arts happenings in Alexandria. Del Ray Artisans is a proud member of Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association and Alexandria Arts Forum.

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