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SPOTLIGHT

Partners in Art Group

Partners in Art Group - Monday, August 22 (2 - 4 pm)

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. This program is free of charge and open to all. Visit TheDelRayArtisans.org for details and upcoming dates.


Open Life Drawing Session

Open Life Drawing Sessions - Wednesday, August 24
(11-1 pm, gestures; 2-5 pm, short/long poses)

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. 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


States of Mind Exhibit

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

Collage Cut Ups - Tuesday, August 23 (1 - 4 pm)

Have you received a deluge of junk mail and magazines in the mail? Here's your chance to beat the paper avalanche. Bring your scraps and come have fun with the Collage Cut Ups group in a supportive environment that promotes an exchange of ideas, creativity and networking with beginner and experienced collage artists. RSVP by 9:00 AM on the date that you want to attend to Millie Mateu at Outreach@TheDelRayArtisans.org. Details at: 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/


Retakes and Transformations Opening Reception
Friday, September 2 from 7-10 pm

This all members' showcase takes a close look at everyday life-delving into habits, routines, favorite things and surroundings-giving familiar items new life through art. The exhibition will also feature an "Art for everyday life" market-stocked with fine handcrafts and shrink-wrapped artworks. Come checkout the aesthetics that enhance everyday life. Market artworks are available for purchase and pick up immediately. Details at: TheDelRayArtisans.org


Alexandria Art Market - Saturday, September 3, 10am-4pm

The market boasts amazing artwork from local artists, live music and great food. Located on the green space of the Del Ray Artisans' gallery in Colasanto Park. Musical performance by The Lynn Veronneau Trio this Saturday, September 3 from 12-2pm. The last Alexandria Art Market of the season will be held the first Saturday in November, 10-4 pm, rain or shine. Details at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/artmarket


Del Ray Dozenz Photography Show - Submissions due by September 23

The all-photography show will be returning to DRA November 4-27, 2011. 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

Join the Artwork Receiving Team: August 28-29 from 7-9pm

Volunteer to help at artwork receiving for the upcoming show, Retakes and Transformations, on Sunday August 28 and/or Monday August 29 from 7-9pm. This is a great way to (1) get a sneak peek of artwork coming into the show; (2) fulfill some of your DRA volunteer hours; and (3) get an introduction to some of the "behind the scenes" of being a curator. To volunteer for one or both days, contact the curator, Dawn Wyse Hurto, at Dawn@DawnDS.com


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. We have a few goals to meet including new gallery lighting. The first committee meeting is Wednesday, September 7, 7-9pm at the gallery.
  • Program Workshops: Help the Program Committee set up workshops. It 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

Springfield Art Guild - September 11 - October 31, 2011 (NEW)

Submission deadline - Sunday, August 21, 2011. Members $8 per piece - non-members $10 per piece. An art show and sale whose theme is horticultural, local and natural history. Please contact John Fratta at 703-569-0498 with questions. Applications available electronically by visiting www.springfieldartguild.com


Artist Vendors: St. George Old Town Arts and Crafts Fair, Every Sunday, July - October

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.stgeorgeof ethiopia.com/arts-and-crafts-fair-information.php


Call for Artists/Artist Vendors: Wilson 75 (NEW)

Submission deadline is September 1. On Saturday, October 15, 2011, from 10 am to 5 pm, we will celebrate the arts at the new Wilson High School. Painters, potters, jewelry and textile artists, photographers, glassblowers, woodworkers, and other artisans are invited to sell their wares at the Crafts Fair or donate their fine art at the Artist Exhibition & Sale. More info at: 75wilsonhighdc.org/art/


Call for Entry: Transferred: Alternative Processes in Photography

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.


Discussion: "Why Do I Need A Lawyer?" Part 2: Common Legal Issues for Emerging and Existing Creative Businesses (NEW)

Tuesday, September 13, 7 pm. This valuable panel discussion with Q&A session includes a brief presentation on common issues and pitfalls attorneys regularly see with their creative business clients. Targeting both emerging and existing entrepreneurs, this event can help you protect your creative endeavor and watch it grow. Bring your pads, pens, and plenty of questions for our legal experts. Co-Sponsored by the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA). Parking and admission to the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum are free. RSVP to georges@si.edu or 202-633-4807. Details at www.si.edu/Events/Calendar/ and anacostia.si.edu/News_Events/Current_Programs.htm


Artist Vendors: The Silver Spring Latino Fiesta - Saturday, Sep 24, 10am-7pm

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

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 - 100mm x 15mm (approx. 4 in). The gallery will provide petri dishes for the accepted works. Visit torpedofactory.org/galleries/targetcallforentry.htm for more details.


Etz Hayim's Artist Expo - Sunday, December 4, from 11:30 to 4 pm (NEW)

We are holding a crafts fair/artist expo and are in search of local artists, particularly those working in wood, fabrics (silks, cottons, wools, other), pottery/ceramics, paper, soaps/body lotions, glass, or other unusual media. The event will be held at Congregation Etz Hayim, a synagogue at 2920 Arlington Blvd, which is Route 50, in Arlington, VA. The participation fee is $60 for a 9' x 6' space (depending on the number of artists, the space may be a little bigger). We can provide electricity if needed, and will also provide all the artists with a nice lunch! We typically have between 25 and 30 artists participating. For more information, contact leffron@gmail.com or 703-307-3205.


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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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