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Childhood Memories Opening Reception

Childhood Memories Opening Reception Tonight!
Friday, 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. Show runs April 6-29. Details: TheDelRayArtisans.org/AprilShow

Clay Portrait Workshop

Clay Portrait Workshop - April 28-29, 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. Details and registration: TheDelRayArtisans.org/ClayPortrait

Artist Warriors

Artist Warriors: Post Apocalyptic Adventure at Prudential PenFed

The exhibit takes place at Prudential PenFed (300 N Washington St, Alexandria) and is 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. Details: TheDelRayArtisans.org/PrudentialPenFed


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.

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

  • 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.

Open Life Drawing Sessions (New Sunday Date Added)

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

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

15th Annual T.C. Williams Student Art Exhibition

Opening Reception: Friday, May 4 from 7-10 pm. Featuring the work of members of the T.C. Williams High School National Art Honor Society. Show runs May 4-13, 2012.

"Edgy Art" Workshop and Feedback Session

Workshop: 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

Workshop: 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


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 Opening Reception
    Volunteers needed to help with greeting during the Reception on Friday, April 6, 7pm-10pm. Contact Drew Cariaso at Curating@TheDelRayArtisans.org or David A. Kosar at davidakosar@gmail.com
  • Adopt-A-Park
    It's the season where cleanness equals points towards cash. Trash needs to be picked up from the small park and from around the gallery. About 1-1 1/2 hours of work on weekends through November 25. Contact Marlin G Lord at MGLAIA@aol.com or 703-836-2724 with your availability.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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


Wanted: Administrator and Instructors

Art Camp

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, 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 includes watercolors, acrylic and fabric painting techniques). Students will then have an opportunity to display their work at a one-day only special gallery show on Saturday, July 28, where 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 Stacy Rausch at Youth@TheDelRayArtisans.org. To register your child, visit calendar.thedelrayartisans.org/view_entry.php?id=1135


Call for Entry: Art Uniting People - A Celebration of Creativity and Mental Health

Entry form due: Thursday, April 12, 2012. The Anti-Stigma HOPE Campaign is celebrating National Mental Health Month with "Art Uniting People - A Celebration of Creativity and Mental Health," an art exhibition dedicated to making a difference. It provides people whose lives have been affected by mental illness, intellectual disabilities, and substance use disorders the opportunity to use art as a form of expression in order to engage the Alexandria community in a conversation about mental health issues. Artists are invited to share the inspiration behind their art pieces and some of their personal story. For details, visit: healthieralexandria.org/AntiStigma/content.aspx?id=44222

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

Workshop: 12 Hour Drawing Marathon

Saturday, April 14, 9am-9pm. A 12 hour drawing Marathon featuring 7 nude models that takes place at the visartscenter.org in Rockville, MD. Spaces fill early so sign up to guarantee a space. For more information and a video: ricardopontes.com/?page_id=1166. To register: www.visartsatrockville.org/painting-and-drawing/event/800-draw-til-you-drop-4/14.

Call for Entry: 224 Max Juried All-Media Show

Deadline for entry: Monday, April 16, 5pm. Artists are asked to submit works in any media that do not exceed 224 square or cubic inches in size. So a painting 12"x12" (144 total sq. in.) or a sculpture 8"x4"x6" (total cu. In.) or any work that met the side qualifications would be eligible. For details www.fallschurcharts.org/pdf/Call&EntryForm_224Max2012.pdf

Call for Entry: Alexandria Commission for the Arts Special Opportunity Grant, Outdoor Temporary Public Art

Deadline: April 20, 2012 at 5pm. The Alexandria Commission for the Arts (ACA) is accepting proposals for the temporary placement or experience of art in public spaces through a special opportunity grant. The ACA is seeking innovative, thought-provoking projects by artists that relate to a proposed space or spaces in an engaging way. All artistic disciplines will be considered including, but not limited to: visual art, storytelling, poetry, spoken word, dance, music, theatre, performance art, and new media. Download the Call for Entry at: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls/

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

Call for Entry: Sketchy Juried Drawing and Sketchbook Show

Deadline for entry: Wednesday, May 2, 5pm. The FCA is looking for figure drawings, travel sketchbooks, pen and pencil studies... all manner of drawing and sketchbooks for this show. Original work in any media is eligible for entry, if the artist considers it as a drawing. For details http://www.fallschurcharts.org/pdf/Call&EntryForm_Sketchy2012.pdf

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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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