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SPOTLIGHT

Del Ray Dozenz Photography Show

Del Ray Dozenz Photography Show submissions due at 5pm

The all-photography show will be returning to DRA in November. 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. Drop off submissions at the gallery by Friday, Sept. 23 at 5pm. Notification of acceptance will be made by September 30. Show curators: Rob Rudick (robrudick@yahoo.com) and Jen Chappell (jen.chappell@cox.net). For details and the Entry Form, download the Call for Entry at TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls/


Art on the Avenue

Art on the Avenue – Saturday, October 1, 10am-6pm

During Art on the Avenue, DRA will present: Artists at work. Every hour one or more artists will demonstrate their art (drawing, painting, sculpting, quilting, etc). DRA is seeking members to volunteer to demonstrate their work for one hour. We especially need artists from 5-6pm. The demonstrations will be in a tent immediately outside the gallery. Artists must sign up in advance, must bring their own supplies (and/or visual aids such as samples of work in various stages), and must fit within the tent (approx 12' x 8'). DRA members may stop by the gallery during gallery hours to sign up or contact Millie Mateu at Outreach@TheDelRayArtisans.org


Silent Auction

Silent Auction ends Saturday, October 1 at 6pm

Retakes and Transformations is an all members' exhibition that includes a silent auction for "Garden Desk" – a beautifully restored and painted child-size desk by Kelly Cox. Proceeds benefit Del Ray Artisans. Come to the gallery to bid during gallery hours. The auction closes at 6pm on Saturday, October 1. The exhibition runs through October 2 and also features an "Art for everyday life" market. Come checkout the aesthetics that enhance everyday life. Details at: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Partners in Art Group

  • Monday, September 26 (2-4pm)
  • Monday, October 10 (2-4pm)

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. 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

  • Tuesday, September 27 (1-4pm)
  • Tuesday, October 11 (1-4pm)
  • Tuesday, October 25 (1-4pm)

Come play 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. 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


Get Sparked! Art inspired by writing

  • Opening reception: October 7 (7-10pm)
  • SPARK reading: October 14 (7-9pm)
  • Student reception: October 21 (7-9pm)

DRA and SPARK (getsparked.org) embark on an artistic journey that pushes boundaries. Experience a unique showcase of writing as inspiration, and artistic interpretations. Each participating artist received one written inspiration piece, then created new art using the assigned story or poem as a jumping off point. Also, Greenbriar East Elementary students created artwork inspired by selected writers. Details at: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org


Open Life Drawing Sessions

  • Wednesday, October 12 (11am-1pm Gestures; 2-5pm Poses)
  • Wednesday, October 19 (6:30pm-9:30pm Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, October 26 (11am-1pm Gestures; 2-5pm 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 LifeDrawing@TheDelRayArtisans.org


Exploring Watercolor and the Figure

Workshop on October 19, 2-5pm. Join local artist Diana Gamerman as she demonstrates painting the figure in watercolor. A short talk on different types of watercolor paint, mediums, paper and brushes will be followed by a chance for participants to experiment with these different materials as we paint from a nude model. Ideal for beginners and those who want a refresher on using watercolor. All supplies provided. $18 for DRA members; $20 for non-members. Register in advance: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/watercolor


When Art meets Science: A private tour at the Museum of Natural History

Tour on Monday, October 24 from 2-4pm. Sign up for this Partners in Art off-site event: a private tour of "The Bright Beneath" a solo exhibition which merges science and art in a bold new way. Artist Shih Chieh Huang a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow was inspired through investigation of the unusual evolutionary adaptations that allow creatures to live in environments unthinkable to humans to create haunting installations. Learn more about the exhibit at ocean.si.edu/ocean-news/. For tour details, contact Millie at milaenartes@gmail.com and RSVP by October 20 at calendar.thedelrayartisans.org.


Collage with Lori K. Gordon

Workshop on October 29-30, 9-4pm at Del Ray Artisans by nationally recognized, Mississippi Gulf Coast artist Lori K. Gordon. Register for one or both days. Day one: Small-scale organic collages. Day 2: Larger scale collage. Registration required. Including supplies, DRA members pay $130 (1 day) or $235 (both days); non-members pay $145 or $265. For details or to register, visit www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/collage or contact Linda Hill at 703-521-7623 or Programs@TheDelRayArtisans.org


CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

Join the 2012 Board

As we approach fall, your DRA Board is already thinking of 2012. We'll be developing next year's lineup of exhibits, programs and events, and our Nominating Committee is looking for a few good men and women to fill open Board positions. They may be contacting you to ask if you'll join us in guiding DRA in 2012 and beyond. To learn more, contact Ellyn Ferguson (elferguson@netzero.net), Charlotte Landis (landiscf@comcast.net), or Paula Wulff (paula@wulffmedia.com).

— Michele Reday Cook, President, Del Ray Artisans


Request for Pumpkin Carvers – Saturday, October 1

Pumpkin Carving is a staple activity of Art on the Avenue. DRA has been asked to recruit talented carvers, or artists willing to apply their talents to carving, to show children and passersby pumpkin carving at its finest! (This will no longer be a children's activity, but strictly for demonstration.) This will take place on Saturday, October 1st, between 2-4pm or 2-5pm, at the "Festival Store" which is usually located in front of the UPS store between Oxford and Del Ray Avenues. Yes, this is a new and exciting way to fulfill a portion of your DRA volunteer hours commitment! Please contact Kathryn Brown at Membership@TheDelRayArtisans.org


Seeking DRA Members for...

  • 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.
  • Fundraising Committee: Help organize or assist with fundraising activities. We have a few goals to meet including new gallery lighting.
  • 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.
  • Facilities Committee: Interested in helping around the gallery? The Facilities 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

Call for Entry: Real Art D.C.

This project launched to showcase the creativity of local artists - both professional and amateur - on The Washington Post site. Selected entries will be featured in the Style section of the paper, and some will be chosen for a profile by a Washington Post critic. Post photos of your work in Real Art. The gallery can be found at this address (washingtonpost.com/realart2011), and also at washingtonpost.com/museums


Call for Entry: Dying To Get In

Deadline: September 24, 2011. Open to all artists in all media. The subject for this show is the cemetery, any cemetery, and expressed in any media. The show will be displayed in the Springfield Mall. A large map and guidelines for visiting family cemeteries is available in the Springfield Mall Community Room. Juried Art Show presented by: Springfield Art Guild and the Fairfax County Cemetery Preservation Association. Juror: Pam Rogers. Show runs October 3 - November 12, 2011. For more information, email Skeeter Scheid at skeeter.scheid@cox.net. The prospectus is available at honorfairfaxcemeteries.org/2011/07/18/


Workshop: Image Play

Begins on October 5 and runs for 6 weeks on Wednesdays from 7 – 9 pm at the Lab at Convergence at 1819 N Quaker Lane, Alexandria. This course is based on the "Open Studio Process" which fosters an intimate relationship with deep places in the self. Each class begins with a short period of meditation, then writing an Intention Statement, then a period of art making which could be drawing, painting, sculpture, or whatever the project is for the evening. Then we write a Witness Statement which is a dialogue with the art work we have made. There is no commenting, judging, or evaluating of the art work so we are each free to have our own experience with art making and with our creative self. This is a gentle, profound, and surprising process. The cost for the course is $120.00 for the six weeks plus $15.00 materials fee (all materials will be provided.) Registration is online at www.convergenceccf.net


Workshop: City of Alexandria Commission for the Arts Schedules Grants Program Workshops (NEW)

The Alexandria Commission for the Arts will conduct four grant program workshops to provide information about the Commission's annual grant program, which provides funding to non-profit arts organizations for various arts programs, and instructions for the on-line application process. All applicants are encouraged to attend one of the grant workshops. Workshops are held at the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St., and are scheduled as follows:

  • Wednesday, October 5, 7 pm
  • Wednesday, October 26, 2 pm

The goals of the Commission's grant program are to encourage artistic excellence in the City; assist Alexandria-based arts organizations in improving their financial, administrative, and management capabilities; and provide individual artists with opportunities to create, perform, and present their works. Completed online grant applications must be submitted by Friday, November 18, 2011 at midnight. In addition, one hard copy of the application should be delivered by 5 p.m. Monday, November 21, 2011 at the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314. For additional information, call the Durant Arts Center at 703.746.5565 or visit www.alexandriava.gov/arts. To request a reasonable accommodation or materials in an alternative format, call Cheryl Anne Colton of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities at 703.746.5565 (TTY 703.838.4902) or cherylanne.colton@alexandriava.gov.


Free Event: Alexandria Arts Safari – Saturday, October 8, 12-4pm (NEW)

The Torpedo Factory Art Center hosts the sixteenth annual Alexandria Arts Safari, a festival of hands-on arts and crafts activities for kids and their families. Children will enjoy Arts Safari Painting, Origami Art, Fabric Collage, Giant Paper-Mache Animal, and much more! The Alexandria Archaeology Museum and The Art League Gallery will also present their own special activities. For more information visit: torpedofactory.org/images/whatsnew/Arts_Safari-08/arts_safari.htm


Call for Entry: FotoDC Youth Photo Contest

Deadline Sunday, October 9. Any student K – 12 who attends school in DC, Virginia and Maryland may submit their best pictures to the 4th annual Fotoweek DC youth photo contest sponsored by the Washington Post. Categories: People, Animals, Landscape, School Life and Social Change. Cash prizes for 1st and 2nd Place winners. Also, get your photo displayed for everyone to see. For details visit www.FOTODC.org


Workshops: The Foundation Center in Washington, D.C. (NEW)

The Foundation Center in Washington, D.C. is offering special free programs for the Funding for the Arts Month. Calendar of Events with location, details and link to registration is grantspace.org/Classroom/Training-Calendar/Washington-DC/%28month%29/10/%28year%29/2011

  • Wednesday, October 12 – 11am-12:30pm Secrets, Lies and Truths About Marketing Oneself as an Artist with E. Ethelbert Miller
  • Tuesday, October 18 – 11:30am-12:30pm Best Practices in Arts & Culture Fundraising presented by WealthEngine
  • Wednesday, October 26 – 6:30-8:00pm Grant seeking Basics for Individuals in the Arts

Workshop: Natural Impressions: Surface Texture & Design with Christy Knox (NEW)

Saturday & Sunday, October 15-16, 2011 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Fee: $190 non-members, $180 LAC members. Join us as we learn to create dynamic surface decoration by incorporating three-dimensional surfaces. In this two-day hands on workshop we will explore form as Christy shares her methods and techniques using patterned and textured slabs of clay. A variety of found and handmade tools will be incorporated to create these surfaces. Learn how to form slabs of clay into mugs, pitchers and vases using a variety of hand building techniques. For more details: www.leeartscenter.org, 703-228-0560/0558, smunoz@arlingtonva.us


Workshop: Glaze Inspirations with Lynn Smiser Bowers (NEW)

Saturday & Sunday, October 29-30, 2011, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Fee: $190 non-members, $180 LAC members. Experience a new perspective on glazing as Lynn leads this action-packed workshop by exploring new ways to express your individuality through the glaze process. She will demonstrate the process of using layered glazes, resist methods and oxide brushwork to energize the surface of a piece. Lynn will also go step by step showing participants how images, dreams and ideas are captured and translated to the surface of a pot. Participants will have the opportunity to try some of her methods of glaze application on their own pots; however most of the workshop will focus on demonstrations of her glaze techniques and methods of working and developing new form ideas in wet clay. For more details: www.leeartscenter.org, 703-228-0560/0558, smunoz@arlingtonva.us


Call for Entry: Gallery West 15th Annual National Juried Show

Entry deadline: November 11, 2011. Gallery West is pleased to announce a call for entries for its 15th annual national juried show. The all media show will be juried by CD, awards to total $1000. It will be juried by Edward J. Reed. Exhibit Dates: February 8, 2012 – March 4, 2012. For more details, download the attached call for entry or to review the prospectus and entry form go to: www.gallery-west.com


Call for Artist Vendors: Etz Hayim's Artist Expo

Sunday, December 4, from 11:30 to 4 pm. 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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©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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