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Artist Warriors

Artist Warriors: Post Apocalyptic Adventure at Prudential PenFed

Artists Reception on Tuesday, March 27th, 6 pm, at Prudential PenFed, 300 N Washington St, Alexandria. The office is also open M–F 9am–5pm for viewing. This special DRA Gallery Without Walls art exhibit, Artist Warriors: Post Apocalyptic Adventure, will be on display until April 29 at Prudential PenFed. Contact: Drew Cariaso (Curating@TheDelRayArtisans.org) for more information.


XX: 1992-2012 with special exhibits on DRA history

Del Ray Artisans is celebrating 20 years of art in the Del Ray neighborhood. This exhibit showcases the best works of past and present as well as a visual history of the Artisans. Come and be part of the celebration! The show runs through April 1, 2012.

Childhood Memories Opening Reception

Childhood Memories Opening Reception April 6, 7–10 pm

If you've ever wondered where artists get some of their inspiration, what may be on their minds when thinking and creating art, or even more intriguing, what kind of childhoods they had, then you definitely won't want to miss this show. This exhibition features paintings, photographs, sculptures, traditional and abstract works by local area artists inspired by their childhoods or memories of their childhoods. The show runs April 6–29.


Bring Your Scraps and Come Have Fun with Collage Cut-Ups

  • Tuesday, March 27 from 1-4pm
  • Tuesday, April 10 from 1-4pm
  • Tuesday, April 24 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.

Partners in Art Group

  • Monday, April 9 from 2-4pm
  • Monday, April 23 from 7-9pm

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.

Open Life Drawing Sessions (New Sunday Date Added)

  • Wednesday, April 18 from 7–9pm (Short Pose)
  • Sunday, April 22 from 9:30–11:30am

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

Clay Portrait Workshop - Saturday, April 28 & Sunday, April 29, 9am-1pm

Must register by April 25. This workshop introduces the participants to a basic study of the human head using an armature and clay. Participants will work with building the portrait structure on day one and use a model on day two. Principle of proportion will be discussed to better capture the physical and artistic expression. Lectures and demos will be presented throughout the day. The fee includes one bag of clay, the 4-hour model fee and instructor built armature. Firing fees and additional model time are extra. Contact: Rick Jones (rbjsculpture@yahoo.com), Drew Cariaso (Curating@TheDelRayArtisans) or Web: TheDelRayArtisans.org/ClayPortrait

"Edgy Art" Workshop and Feedback Session – Saturday, June 9 10am–12:30pm

What is "edgy" art? Where did the idea come from? Is "edgy" up to the beholder to define? We will explore many 'edges' in art history followed by a feedback session for those who wish to have an artwork critiqued. Max participants: 30. Fee: DRA members, $10; non-members, $15.Contact: Betty Plummer, 703-892-8638

Creativity Workshop with Lynn Wyvill – Saturday, June 16 10am–12:30pm

What would you do if you broke free of what you've always done in your artwork? We'll use fun exercises to break out of self-imposed boundaries in our art. Max participants: 15. DRA members, $10; non-members, $15.Contact: Betty Plummer, 703-892-8638


Childhood Memories (April 6-29, 2012)

Receiving: Sunday, April 1 & Monday, April 2, 6:30-8:30pm. Memories are often the inspiration for art. Our memories of childhood are endless: a tree, an experience, a trip, a gathering, an animal, a poem, a person, a place, or anything that brings you back to your youth. Think outside your comfort zone to create innovative themed art. 3-D art also is encouraged. This is a juried show. Curators: David Kosar (davidakosar@gmail.com) and Drew Cariaso (Curating@TheDelRayArtisans.org). Download the Call for Entry at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls

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...

  • Childhood Memories Artwork Receiving
    Volunteers needed to help with artwork receiving on Sunday, April 1 and Monday, April 2 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Contact Drew Cariaso at Curating@TheDelRayArtisans.org or David A. Kosar at davidakosar@gmail.com
  • Childhood Memories Opening Reception
    Volunteers needed to help with greeting during the Reception on April 6th. 7pm–10pm. Contact Drew Cariaso at Curating@TheDelRayArtisans.org or David A. Kosar at davidakosar@gmail.com
  • Garden: No experience necessary. Help in the garden. Dig, weed, and learn other skills by professional landscape designer and artist, Pamela Underhill. I can meet weekdays and weekends; for an hour or more. Call me, bring a friend. It's fun and meditative; builds muscles too! Contact: Underhill.Pamela@gmail.com, 703-507-4964
  • Filing and Organizing Paperwork
    Hours available Thursdays and Fridays, 12-6pm. Contact: Gallery@TheDelRayArtisans.org
  • Post DRA Events on various Online Calendars
    [DRA members only] Post approved DRA publicity materials on specified web calendars. Each volunteer will have one or two web calendars to update. Must have internet access. Contact Technology@TheDelRayArtisans.org if you are interested.
  • Facebook and Twitter postings
    Are you an avid Facebook and/or Twitter user? Would you like to help keep Del Ray Artisans' social media pages up-to-date? We need you to help our Social Media Curator advertise the many shows and events DRA offers. If you are interested, contact: Technology@TheDelRayArtisans.org
  • Gallery Without Walls Curator
    Are you interested in curating? DRA has off-site exhibits that need volunteers to help coordinate or curate. Past experience as a curator recommended. Contact: Curating@TheDelRayArtisans.org


Dates/Times: July 23–27, 2012 from 9 am–4 pm daily

Gallery show: July 28, 2012 from 1–3 pm

Ages: 8–14

Del Ray Artisans invites young campers to spend a week creating art with professional artist instruction. All artist supplies, as well as lunch and snacks, are provided.

The theme for this year's camp is: 5 Art Days ~ Different Ways! Each day of camp will focus on one new art medium – and several of the uses for it. (For example: Painting on Wednesday – including watercolors, acrylic, and fabric painting techniques.) Students will then have an opportunity to display their work at a one-day only special gallery showing on the Saturday after camp, and parents and friends can talk to the camp teachers and students about their experience.

Art Camp will be at the Del Ray Artisans gallery at the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301. The gallery is handicap accessible. For more information, contact the Art Camp Administrator at ArtCamp@TheDelRayArtisans.org or Stacy Rausch at Youth@TheDelRayArtisans.org. To register your child visit calendar.thedelrayartisans.org/view_entry.php?id=1135

Wanted and open to the community:

  • Art Camp Administrator
    Del Ray Artisans is seeking a visionary organizer to plan and manage its 2012 Summer Art Camp program. DRA's 2012 Art Camp is July 23–27, 9am – 4pm, with a gallery show on July 28 from 1–3pm. Send your resume to Stacy Rausch at Youth@TheDelRayArtisans.org.
  • Teachers, Instruction Ideas and Volunteers. If interested contact ArtCamp@theDelRayArtisans.org

Attend the first informational/planning meeting for Art Camp April 11, from 6–8pm at the gallery. For more information, email Youth@TheDelRayArtisans.org. calendar.thedelrayartisans.org/view_entry.php?id=1135


Call for Entry: Submit a poster design for Artomatic 2012!

Due March 31, 2012. 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.

Call for Entry: FotoDC National Cherry Blossom Photography Contest

Registration Deadline April 12, 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

Art In the Park - Easton, Maryland

Registration Deadline April 21, 2012. Booth fees apply. "Art in the Park... Easton" is taking place at Idlewild Park on May 12, 2012, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is the second year for this show. Talbot County Visual Arts Center is the hosting organization. The show is located in a beautiful park-like setting in a charming neighborhood of Idlewild Park. There will be extensive publicity for this show and hoping for a large turnout of shoppers. Jurying will be based solely on images that are provided with the application. For rules and application visit: theartleague.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Art-in-the-Park-Application-and-Rules.pdf

Workshop: Seriously Simple with Robert Briscoe

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Workshop Dates: May 19 & 20, 10 am 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

Submit art or craft-related opportunities for the DRA eBlast [minimum of 14 days prior to the event or the call for entries] to eNews@TheDelRayArtisans.org or complete the online submission form by Monday at 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

©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.

Visit ArtsEventsAlexandria.com to discover the music, dance, theater, festivals and visual arts happenings in Alexandria. Del Ray Artisans is a proud member of Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association and Alexandria Arts Forum. Collaboration between these two organizations makes ArtsEventsAlexandria.com possible.

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