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Artist Warriors: Post Apocalyptic Adventure

Artist Warriors: Post Apocalyptic Adventure – Final Weekend

Imagine a post apocalyptic landscape. Come and see how area artist have documented this inhospitable world with artistic vision. We invite you on this adventure. You will need to be armed with imagination. What would you see in a world after a global disaster decimates populations, governments, and society? Is this world real or media created...? The show runs from January 6 through January 29, 2012.

Love, Politics, and Scrabble

Love, Politics & Scrabble: The Games People Play
Opening Reception on Friday, February 3, 7-10pm

Area artists have been challenged to interpret any and all games people play in life – sports, electronic games, mind games, or board games. Come see how these creative people constructed these ideas in 2D and 3D. The show is juried by local artist Moira McQuillen. There will also be a fine art & craft Marketplace filled with art-to-go and handcrafted Valentine's Day cards. Let the games begin! Show runs February 3 – February 26, 2012.

Del Ray Artisans Program Evaluation Survey

Del Ray Artisans Program Evaluation Survey (Open to all)

Your opinion is very important to us! We want to offer a range of events that you will really want to attend. With that being said we are in the process of evaluating our programs, classes and workshops. We need your input to help us determine additional classes, workshops, studio spaces, artist talks/critiques and a wide range of other options that maybe valuable to you. Please complete the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/DRAProgramSurvey. It should take only about 5-10 minutes and all information obtained is confidential. If you have any questions, contact DRA treasurer Kimberley Bush at Treasurer@TheDelRayArtisans.org. Please complete the survey by February 15, 2012.


Partners in Art Group

  • Monday, February 6 (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.

Open Life Drawing Sessions

  • Wednesday, February 8 (11am-1pm Gesture; 2pm-4pm Short/Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, February 15 (6:30pm-9:30pm Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, February 22 (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.

Art Games

The community is invited to 'get their game on' at Del Ray Artisans' Art Games on Friday, February 10 from 7:30-9:30pm. Newly created Art Bingo will be played after a couple of artful mixer games. A prize will be awarded to the winner and light refreshments provided. This event is part of the Love, Politics & Scrabble exhibit which runs through February 26. Lucky $7 donation requested. Adults age 18 and older.

All Member Meeting & Art Swap

DRA's Winter All Member Meeting is on Sunday, February 12 from 2–4pm in the gallery. This is DRA's traditional opportunity for members to swap unused art supplies for "new to you" supplies from fellow members. Always popular at DRA, this Art Swap is a great opportunity to chat about making art, as we "Celebrate the Art of Making – for 20 Years" this year!

Bring Your Scraps and Come Have Fun with Collage Cut Ups

  • Tuesday, February 14 (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.

Artist Trading Cards

It's time for another Artist Trading Card night on Friday, February 17 from 7-9pm! What better time to have it than during the show featuring games? Come join in the fun. Bring your finished ATC which you created from the playing card you picked up at the opening reception (Friday, Feb. 3, 7-10pm). You will also create some new ATC's under the leadership of ATC Queen Theresa Kulstad. Light refreshments served. Free. Adults 18+

Game Talks

On Saturday, February 25 from 3-5pm meet and learn from members of the illustrious Capital Pool Checkers Club, part of Del Ray Artisans February art exhibit, "Love, Politics, and Scrabble: The Games People Play". After discussing pool checkers strategy, Capital Pool Checkers Club members will challenge the audience to games of pool checkers. Extreme couponist Gladys Wise will also share her insights into the game of couponing. Refreshments; adults 18+; Free.


Love, Politics & Scrabble: The Games People Play (February 3 – 26, 2012)

Receiving: Sunday, January 29 & Monday, January 30, 6:30-8:30pm. Del Ray Artisans invites artists to submit artwork inspired by the various games people play throughout life. The show, juried by Virginia-based painter Moira McQuillen, is an all-media show open to all area artists. Participating show artists are also eligible to participate in the show's Marketplace & Card Shop. So, what's your game? Curators: Barbara Boehm (BoehmBarb@gmail.com, 703-838-6265) and Linda Elliff (LLElliff@aol.com, 703-360-1265). Download the Call for Entry at: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls/

XX: 1992-2012 DRA's 20th Anniversary Celebration (March 2 – April 1, 2012)

Receiving: Sunday, February 26 & Monday, February 27, 6:30-8:30pm. Del Ray Artisans are celebrating 20 years of art in the neighborhood. This will be the BIG PARTY show. Anything goes – show us your best work past & present. Curator: Kurt Peterson (kfpeterson@gmail.com). Download the Call for Entry at: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls/


Seeking DRA Members for...

  • Archiving: about 1-2 hours of work filing at the gallery.
  • Monthly Phone Messages: We need a volunteer to record and update the phone message at the gallery around the 1st of every month. Time commitment is about 30 minutes per month.
  • Membership Database: We need a couple of volunteers to transfer contact information from our Guest Book into the Membership Database. Ideally commit to Thursdays or Fridays between noon & 6pm, but other arrangements could be made.
  • Monthly Mailing: Although we have gone "green" with our newsletter, we still have a few members who need to have their newsletter mailed to them. Requesting a volunteer to commit to about an hour per month folding, sealing, stamping, labeling and mailing approximately 60 newsletters. This needs to be done at the end of each month.

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!


2012 Arts Destinations Survey

Last year, Alexandria, VA came in at No. 8 in American Style Magazine's Top Twenty-Five Arts Destinations – which is down from No. 3 the previous year. Take the survey and consider voting for Alexandria, VA under Mid-size Cities: www.surveymonkey.com/s/3YYDSTL

DRA Member Alert!

By now you should have received a notice via email about the fact that our monthly newsletter, The Well Crafted Word, is transitioning to an online format. If you have not, that means we don't have your current email address on our Members Only list, which is separate and independent from this e-blast. Please drop an email to Membership@TheDelRayArtisans.org with your updated contact information to ensure uninterrupted delivery of your DRA newsletter.


Public Art Committee seeks volunteers

Applications Due: Friday, February 10, 5 pm. The Alexandria Commission for the Arts is seeking volunteers to serve on the Public Art Committee. This Committee provides advice to the Arts Commission and staff on the acquisition and funding of public art in the City. Volunteers should plan to devote 12-16 hours/month. Committee volunteers serve an important role assisting the Alexandria Commission for the Arts in advancing the organization's goals, objectives and strategies. Individuals who are interested should send a letter of interest and resume or curriculum vitae to: aca@alexandriava.gov. For details on the open positions, contact Pat Miller (703-258-4516, pmiller1806@comcast.net) or visit www.thedelrayartisans.org/eblast/download/Due-2012-02-10.pdf

Call for Entry: Love Notes

Register by Friday, February 10, 2012 at 4pm. A Valentine Show/Sale/ Fundraiser at the Sandy Spring Museum, in Sandy Spring, Maryland on February 11 & 12, 2012. A note, a letter, an image, a shape that conveys an aspect or expression of love. A Valentine can be about or to a person, an animal, a place, our world, anything or anyone the artist cares about. Be funny, be serious, or just be. For details and entry form visit: www.sandyspringmuseum.org/museum/cultural/art.html


Art Cart: Saving the Legacy

Seeking visual Artists from Washington, D.C. to participate in this intergenerational art project. ART CART will connect senior professional artists with teams of student fellows to undertake the preparation and documentation of their creative work, offering both groups an educational experience that will help shape the future of our cultural legacy. The nine-month project (September 2012-May 2013) is run by the Research Center for Arts and Culture at the National Center for Creative Aging. Currently, we are looking for visual artists; age 62+, who may want to participate in the program. If you are interested in receiving more information and/or application materials, contact rcac@creativeaging.org or 202-895-9457. For more information, visit: www.artsandcultureresearch.org/artcart

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All DRA events, unless otherwise noted, are held at the DRA gallery:

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2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301-1124 | Directions
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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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