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It's All About the Little Things

It's All About the Little Things – Last chance to see the show

Tiny, diminutive, miniature, but not quite microscopic. Some would say it's a small world – a very small world. Smaller can, in fact, be better. The challenge to our artists was to see what they could create in 8" x 10" or smaller, in two- or three-dimensional format. Come by and see the results. Show runs through December 18.

Partners in Art Group

Partners in Art Group

  • Monday, January 9 (2pm – 4pm)
  • Monday, January 23 (2pm – 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 (milaenartes@gmail.com) or Katherine Rand (katherine@katherinerand.com) with questions.

Collage Cut Ups

Bring Your Scraps and Come Have Fun with Collage Cut Ups

  • Tuesday, January 10 (1pm–4pm)
  • Tuesday, January 24 (1pm–4pm)

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. Collage Cut Ups is an informal group where everyone works on individual projects. This is not a workshop. For more information, contact Millie Mateu at milaenartes@gmail.com.

Open Life Drawing Sessions

Open Life Drawing Sessions

  • Wednesday, January 11 (11am–1pm Gesture, clothed; 2pm–4pm Short/Long Pose, clothed)
  • Wednesday, January 18 (6:30pm–9:30pm Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, January 25 (2pm–4pm Short/Long Pose)

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 3-hour session is $8 for DRA members and $10 for non-members. 2-hour sessions are $6 for members and $8 for non-members. For questions, contact Katherine Rand at LifeDrawing@TheDelRayArtisans.org.


The Gallery will be closed December 19, 2011 – January 1, 2012.

The Del Ray Artisans wishes everyone a Happy Holiday Season.

Art Drop Off: Artist Warriors: Post Apocalyptic Adventure

  • Monday, January 2 (1pm – 4pm)
  • Tuesday, January 3 (5pm – 7pm)

Call for Entry at: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls/

Artist Warriors: Post Apocalyptic Adventure Opening Reception January 6, 7:00 pm – 10 pm

We asked artists to imagine a post apocalyptic world of any making and then to document what they saw. Come see what our futures may hold for us. The wearing of apocalyptic fashion for the opening is encouraged. The show runs from January 6 through January 29, 2012.

The Art of Fashion: Haute Couture Then and Now – Workshop on Thursday, January 12, 2012 (7pm – 8:30pm)

Join fashion guru Susan Boyd, owner of Wear It Well Wardrobe and Image Consulting (www.WearItWellConsulting.com), for an evening of fashion at its most exclusive. Following a screening of "High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture" Susan will talk about why some fashion is considered art, the difference between haute couture and ready-to-wear, how haute couture has changed, and shopping tips for high-fashion, high-quality clothes.

No supplies required. Refreshments will be served. Fees: $15, DRA members; $20, non-members. Register online at calendar.thedelrayartisans.org/view_entry.php?id=1040. Questions? Contact Susan at 703-973-4333 or email her at wearitwell@gmail.com


Create short weekly DRA publicity blurb

[DRA members only] Create a short (no more than 50 words), weekly DRA upcoming events blurb for publicity through the Del Ray Business Association. Must have internet access and be concise when writing. Contact Technology@TheDelRayArtisans.org if you are interested.

Seeking DRA Members for...

  • Gardening: If you have any time or desire to do a little digging before and after the holidays, Please call Garden Committee Chair Pamela Underhill 703-507-4964. She can meet with you at the gallery and set you up with work or work with you. Stay tuned to Spring Planting news and volunteer opportunities.
  • Fundraising: Help organize or assist with fundraising activities. We have a few goals to meet including new gallery lighting.
  • Facilities: 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!


Call for Entry: Artists Wanted Photography Competition

Deadline: Tuesday, December 20 at midnight. You're invited to participate in Artists Wanted's 3rd annual photography competition: EXPOSURE, an international call for photographers of all backgrounds, levels and styles who speak in the language of lenses and aperture. Submit your images for the opportunity to earn over $50,000 in awards, including a $10,000 grant and your own solo exhibition at the Aperture Foundation in New York City. Photographers, this is your moment. Details at: www.exposurephotographycompetition.com/?f=dra00

Call For Artists: The Gallery at Bloombars

The Gallery at BloomBars seeks visual and performance artists to exhibit and perform their work. Pieces' themes should explore, confront, and interpret personal, social, political, or economic issues. The artwork should also inform, challenge, expose, uplift, and transform the viewer.

If you are interested in an exhibition or performance email john@bloombars.com and request an exhibition proposal or vendor application form. The Gallery is located at 3222 11th Street, NW, in the Columbia Heights neighborhood.

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

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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