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Artist Trading Cards

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 a finished ATC created from a playing card. You will also create some new ATC's under the leadership of ATC Queen Theresa Kulstad. Light refreshments served. Free. Adults 18+.

Game Talks

Game Talks: Pool Checkers and Couponing

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 & 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, and Scrabble

Love, Politics & Scrabble: The Games People Play

Area artists interpret the games people play in life – sports, electronic games, mind games, or board games. The show was juried by local artist Moira McQuillen. There is also 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.


Open Life Drawing Sessions

  • Wednesday, February 22 from 2–4pm (Short/Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, March 7 from 11am–1pm (Gesture, clothed) and 2–4pm (Short/Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, March 14 from 6:30–9:30pm (Long Pose)
  • Sunday, March 18 from 9:30–11:30am (Gesture)
  • Wednesday, March 21 from 2–4pm (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.

XX: 1992–2012 DRA's 20th Anniversary Celebration Reception Friday, March 2, 7–10pm (featuring a live jazz band Veronneau)

Del Ray Artisans is celebrating 20 years of art in the Del Ray neighborhood. This exhibit will be showcasing the best works of past and present as well as a visual history of the Artisans. Come and be part of the celebration, good times will be had and good memories will be stirred. Show runs March 2 – April 1, 2012.

Partners in Art Group

  • Monday, March 5 from 2-4pm
  • Monday, March 19 from 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 a lively art-related discussion. This program is free of charge and open to all. Contact Millie Mateu (milaenartes@gmail.com) or Katherine Rand (katherine@katherinerand.com) with questions.

Bring Your Scraps and Come Have Fun with Collage Cut Ups

  • Tuesday, March 13 from 1–4pm
  • Tuesday, March 27 from 1–4pm

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.


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 show will feature the best works then and now. If you have been a Del Ray Artisans member for 10, 15, or 20 years, then consider entering a piece that you showed here for the first time as well as a current piece. If you are a new member, bring in a piece that best represents your artwork. There is no "theme" and anything goes. Bring the best! Curator: Kurt Peterson (kfpeterson@gmail.com). Download the Call for Entry at: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls/

Childhood Memories (April 6–29, 2012)

Receiving: Sunday, April 1 & Monday, April 2, 6:30-8:30pm. Dig deep into the recesses of your mind and recall your childhood memories. The Virginia Art Commission declared 2012 the Year of Children in Arts. Further details will be coming. Curators: David Kosar (davidakosar@gmail.com) and Drew Cariaso (Curating@TheDelRayArtisans.org).

Art on the Edge (June 1–24, 2012)

Receiving: Sunday, May 26 & Monday, May 27, 6:30–8:30pm. Where and what are the "edges" in your life experiences that inform your artwork? What kinds of edges draw you? How close do you dare get to a new artistic edge? How do you interpret "the edge"? Extend limits, break boundaries. Explore peripheries of the unfamiliar. Venture to the verge of a new reality. Try new media, genres, themes, subjects, or techniques. Take a risk and trek back to DRA with a new art treasure! Please direct questions to Curator Betty Plummer (bplummer11@verizon.net) or (703) 892-8638.


Seeking DRA Members for...

  • Plan a Reception: Volunteers needed to help plan the March 8th reception for the new City Manager. Please respond ASAP.
  • Photographing Opening Receptions: We need volunteers who know how to shoot pictures that we could use in our publications and as a part of the archive. We also need someone to process the images for upload to Flickr. Photoshop knowledge is helpful.
  • 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!


DRA Member Alert!

If you have not received the Del Ray Artisans February 2012 newsletter, The Well-Crafted Word, via email that means we don't have your current email address on our Members Only list, which is separate from this e-blast. Please send an email to Membership@TheDelRayArtisans.org with your updated contact information.


Call for Entry: Art and Earth Juried Exhibit

Register by February 20, 2012. The exhibit, which will be produced by the Berkeley Arts Council in collaboration with The Arts Centre in Martinsburg, WV, has the theme: Art and Earth: My Art – My World. Artists in all media are invited to submit works that express their feelings about nature and the environment. The Juror for the exhibit will be Laura Amussen, Director of Exhibitions and Art Collection Coordinator at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. Details, entry forms and the full schedule are posted at: www.berkeleyartswv.org. For more information, contact Rip Smith at 304-596-0873 or berkeleyartswv@gmail.com.

Call for Entry: ISMs

Register by Wednesday, February 22, 2012 by 5pm. In this show, artists are asked to pick an "ism" and submit a work in that style. Can you see references in your work to Georges Braque's cubism, Georges Rouault's fauvist paintings, Pierre-Auguste Renoir's impressionism, or to any other "ism" of any period? Here is your opportunity to declare how particular styles or "isms" have influenced your work. Entry forms are at: www.fallschurcharts.org/pdf/Call&EntryForm_ISMS2012.pdf

Call for Entry: FotoDC National Cherry Blossom Photography Contest

Early Bird Registration Deadline March 11, 2012. FotoDC, in conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, is sponsoring the second annual Photography Contest to honor the 100th anniversary of the gift of trees; D.C. will be "in the pink" as the entire city focuses on the billowy beauty of our beloved "state" flower. So mark your calendars. Watch the weather. Grab your camera. Wake up your imagination. See The Blossoms in a bold new way! Then enter the contest... your work just might be the pink of perfection! For more information and to register: cherryblossom.fotodc.org/index.shtml

Call for Entry: Workhouse Clay National Ceramics Exhibition 2012

Registration Deadline: May 2, 2012. The Workhouse Arts Center is proud to announce a call for entries for its 2nd Annual Workhouse Clay National Ceramics Exhibition 2012. This is an "Open Call" for functional and/or sculptural ceramic artworks. The focus of this year's exhibit is to highlight the tremendous variety and depth of contemporary functional and sculptural ceramic artworks being created throughout the U.S.A. today. For details and to register: www.juriedartservices.com/index.php?content=event_info&event_id=496

Mentoring Opportunity through 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 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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©2012 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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