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XX: 1992-2012 DRA's 20th Anniversary Celebration - Opening 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.

Open Life Drawing Sessions

Open Life Drawing Sessions (New Sunday Date Added)

  • 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.


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.


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.

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!


Entrepreneur Training for Women Artists

  • Register by: Friday, March 2
  • Program: March 12 - June 23, 2012

Empowered Women International is recruiting 15-20 immigrant, refugee and American-born women artists, artisans and social entrepreneurs for its mentoring and business start-up training: Entrepreneur Training for Success (ETS). ETS is an award winning program of Empowered Women International. The program runs for three months March 12-June 23, every Monday from 6:30pm-9pm at the Rockville Women's Business Center. Contact: Interested applicants can contact perri@ewint.org or 571-312-4781. Web: ewint.org/programs/entrepreneurship-programs/ets/

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: Submit a poster design for Artomatic 2012!

Due March 31. We're collecting poster designs from Artomatic fans that show what you love about Artomatic! Poster designs may be featured by Artomatic on our website, in social media, and in our online and event stores. If sold, all sale proceeds will be used to directly support Artomatic's 2012 event. Find details and design guidelines at artomatic.org. Poster designs must be submitted by March 31, by email to marketing@artomatic.org and uploaded to our Flickr group at flickr.com/groups/artomatic.

Workshop: Seriously Simple with Robert Briscoe

  • Registration Deadline: Tuesday, May 1
  • Workshop Dates: May 19 & 20, 10am to 4 pm

Join us in this two day demonstration workshop with well known functional potter Robert Briscoe as he shares his techniques for wheel throwing and wet altering. After going through an impressive amount of clay on the wheel he will show his process of assembling pots to express and reflect the 'subtlety and nuance' of his aesthetic. He will also address articulating quiet ceramic forms, using slips and under glazes, and glaze surface and form integration. Contact: Steven Munoz at smunoz@arlingtonva.us or 703-228-0560. Web: www.leeartscenter.org.

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

Call for Entry: 6x6x2012

Artwork Entries Due: May 6, 2012 (Postmarked by May 5). Rochester, NY's international small art phenomenon returns with thousands of original artworks, made and donated by celebrities, international & local artists, designers, college students, youths, and YOU. Each artwork must be 6x6 inches square (or mounted to a 6x6 board) and signed only on the back, to be exhibited anonymously. All entries will be accepted, exhibited, and will be for sale to the public for $20 each (in the gallery and online for global purchasing) to benefit RoCo. Artist names will be revealed to the buyer upon purchase and all artworks remain on display through July 15th. Sold Out artists' names will be revealed next to their work on July 6. Anyone may enter up to 10 artworks of any medium. Join our celebrity contributors and be a part of this global small art event... send your artwork early! For more information visit roco6x6.org.

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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

©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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