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Holiday Market

Artist Vendors: Sign Up for DRA's Holiday Market Now! Registration Deadline August 12

Don't forget to apply to be a vendor at DRA's Holiday Market the first weekend in December! Fill out the application now and send it in with your check and up to three pictures of your work. The application can be found in July's newsletter, at the gallery, or online: TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls/

August All Member Meeting

Cook Out/Pie-baking Contest: Sunday, August 14, 5-7pm

THIS SUNDAY: Come to the gallery and enjoy the summer cook-out, learn what's cookin' at DRA, share your ideas for DRA's future with your Board members, network with fellow members, and submit to this year's pie-baking contest! DRA will supply hot dogs and salads – get out your rolling pins and recipes – we're looking for prize winning pies! Pies must arrive at the gallery by 5:30, need not be present to win. Come hungry – Leave satisfied!

States of Mind

States of Mind exhibit August 5 - 28

Seven über-volunteers are showcasing their artwork in this mysteriously named show. Join them as they welcome you into their creative world. A Silent Auction runs the length of the show. For more information, visit www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Mark Your Calendar

Open Life Drawing Session in August

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, August 17 (6:30-9:30 pm Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, August 24 (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 LifeDrawing@TheDelRayArtisans.org

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 a lively art-related discussion. Through it all we will always be striving to inspire and encourage.

  • Monday, August 22 (2 - 4 pm)

This program is free of charge and open to all. Visit the DRA website for details and upcoming dates. Contact Millie Mateu (Outreach@TheDelRayArtisans.org) 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, August 23 (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 Outreach@TheDelRayArtisans.org

Call for Entry for All Member Show; Artwork drop off Sunday, August 28 and Monday, August 29

Enter your work in the September All Member show, Retakes & Transformations: Art from everyday life. Del Ray Artisans look deeply at everyday life and get inspired by delving into habits, routines, favorite things and surroundings. Familiar subjects and commonplace materials are reborn in 2D and 3D artworks. The exhibit features the "Art for everyday life" market stocked with fine handcrafts and shrink-wrapped artwork. The application can be found in the August newsletter, at the gallery, and online: TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls/

Del Ray Dozenz Photography Show - Submissions by September 23, 2011

The all-photography show will be returning to DRA November 4-27. All current DRA members are encouraged to submit work for consideration. Entries will be judged from actual sample prints on 8.5" by 11" paper. Mail or drop off submissions at the gallery by September 23. Notification of acceptance will be made by September 30. Show curators: Rob Rudick (robrudick@yahoo.com) and Jen Chappell (jen.chappell@cox.net). Download the Call for Entry at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls/

Call for Volunteers

Adopt-A-Park Litter Pick Up

We need help with park pick-up on weekends in November. Inspections are on Mondays, so Sunday is the best pick-up day but not a hard rule. Remember we get points for cleanliness which eventually translates into money for the gallery. If you are interested in fulfilling your 10-hour obligation outside, contact Marlin Lord at AdoptAPark@TheDelRayArtisans.org

Assistant Director of Curating Needed

[DRA members only] Work with Director of Curating, Drew Cariaso, as he guides our individual curators in mounting exhibitions for September, October and November. Coordinating our curators is fun, fulfilling and will help you grow as an artist. Plus you meet some fantastic artists. Seeing a show develop from artwork drop-off to hanging on the walls at our opening reception is an amazing experience. To join the team, contact Curating@TheDelRayArtisans.org

Seeking DRA Members for...

  • Fundraising Committee: Help organize or assist with fundraising activities. This is a rewarding way to meet your volunteer commitment.
  • Program Workshops: 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.
  • Gardening Chair: Have you got a green thumb? Are you interested in using it to fulfill your volunteer hours? Del Ray Artisans is looking for a Garden Committee Chair.
  • Facilities Committee: Interested in helping around the gallery? The Facility Committee is looking for committee members.

Interested members should contact Lesley Hall at Volunteers@TheDelRayArtisans.org for details. There are many fun ways to meet the 10 volunteer hours per year minimum!

Other Regional Opportunities for Artists

Artist Vendors: 2011 Downtown Holiday Market, December 2 - 23

Application Deadline: August 15, 2011. Held in the vibrant Penn Quarter neighborhood with the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture as its backdrop, the festival will again be located on the wide sidewalk of F Street, stretching from 7th to 9th Streets NW. Both ends of the market are within view of entrances to the Gallery Place Metro. Also across the street are the Verizon Center and the bustling 7th Street Gallery Place corridor. Opposite the Market are Hotel Monaco, the Spy Museum, and many upscale restaurants. All exhibitors wishing to participate must complete an application and pay a $40 application fee. A jury will review applications, images of products, and booth display. Booth fees vary per week from $175-$225 per day. More information and application is available at diversemarkets.net

Artist Vendors: St. George Old Town Arts and Crafts Fair, Every Sunday,
July – October (NEW)

An indoor boutique atmosphere arts and crafts fair off King Street at the St. George Gallery every Sunday 11am – 6pm. For more details contact Saba Alene (703) 299-9495, Alexandria@StGeorgeofEthiopia.com Sign up: www.stgeorgeofethiopia.com/arts-and-crafts-fair-information.php

Call for Entry: Transferred: Alternative Processes in Photography (NEW)

Deadline for Entry: September 5, 2011. Exhibition Dates: November 5-27, 2011. Special FotoWeek DC Lecture and reception with juror Regina Deluise on Nov. 6, 6-8pm. Reception: November 10, 6-8pm. Transferred: Alternative Processes in Photography is a juried photography exhibition that focuses specifically on artists using alternative photography processes. This exhibition will be a part of FOTOWEEK DC. Visit torpedofactory.org/galleries/targetcallforentry.htm for details.

Artist Vendors: Wine Festival at The Plains at Great Meadow
September 10 - 11, 2011

We have exhibit space available for Great Art, Fancy Food and Fine Wine. Contact WineFestivalatThePlains.com for more details.

Artist Vendors: The Silver Spring Latino Fiesta – Saturday, September 24, 10am – 7pm (NEW)

Downtown Silver Spring is celebrating the cultures of the Latin world in style. Exhibitors will be able to rent a 10' x 10' space only ($100). No tents will be provided. Parking is free on weekends at Downtown Silver Spring and there are several surrounding parking garages. Spaces are limited so get your application in today. Visit www.capitolmarketplaceevents.com to apply.

Call for Entry: Petri Dish (NEW)

Deadline for Entry: October 3, 2011. Exhibition Dates: December 1 - 30, 2011. Petri Dish is an all media small works exhibit with the primary focus of artist experimentation. Petri dish brings to mind the very idea of experimentation. What does it bring to mind for artists? That is the question and the challenge that we are asking artists to figure out. The work must fit within the parameters of a standard petri dish - 100mmx15mm (approx. 4 in) - The gallery will provide petri dishes for the accepted works. Visit torpedofactory.org/galleries/targetcallforentry.htm for more details.

Call for Artist Announced for The Christmas Attic Holiday Advent Calendar Project

Deadline: October 3, 2011. Old Town's landmark, The Christmas Attic is seeking qualified artists to help produce a temporary exhibition featuring illuminated canvases of art to be revealed in each of the stores windows for The Christmas Attic's Holiday Advent Calendar Event – part of the store's 40th Anniversary Celebration. The Christmas Attic is looking for 25 artists (1 artist per advent canvas) to submit an electronic sketch for review/consideration to be selected. Each day at sundown, one advent art piece will be revealed and illuminated. The store will select the order of when the canvases will be displayed for the 25 days. The final advent day (Christmas Day) must be an image of a nativity scene. All art designs must be seen from a distance and weather proofed. Artist participation submissions/concept sketches are due October 3, 2011, with artist selections announced on October 17, 2011. Individuals can download the Call for Artist information and application at www.christmasattic.com

Submit art or craft-related opportunities and announcements for the DRA Eblast [14 days prior to the event or the call for entries] to Enews@TheDelRayArtisans.org on Monday by 6pm.
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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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