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Clay Portrait Workshop

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

Register by this Wednesday, 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

Childhood Memories

Childhood Memories - Show runs through April 29

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. Details: TheDelRayArtisans.org/AprilShow

Alexandria Art Market

The Alexandria Art Market Has Returned! Saturday, May 5, 10am–4pm

The DRA is excited to announce its 3rd season of The Alexandria Art Market, which will be held on the green space at our Gallery. A variety of original artwork from over 25 artists will be on display including painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, and glasswork. For more information contact ArtMarket@TheDelRayArtisans.org or visit: TheDelRayArtisans.org/ArtMarket


ArtNight at SpringHill Suites on Thursday, April 26, 5-8pm

RSVP by Friday, April 20 - today! SpringHill Suites is pleased to host a complimentary one night showcase to spotlight the importance of art in everyday life and to celebrate local art in its own community. Featuring artists from The Art League and Del Ray Artisans. Located at SpringHill Suites Alexandria Tech Center, 2950 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria. RSVP to Cynthia Cooper (703-908-1426, cynthia.cooper@marriott.com) by April 20.


Open Life Drawing Sessions (On Sunday!)

  • Sunday, April 22 from 9:30–11:30am (Gesture, Clothed)
  • Wednesday, May 9 from 11am–1pm (Gesture, Clothed)
  • Wednesday, May 16 from 6:30–8:30pm (Long Pose)
  • Sunday, May 20 from 9:30–11:30am (Gesture)

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, April 23 from 7-9pm: Nihal Kececi will give an artist's talk on the topic: A Bridge to Art Business. She will share her insights on going from a student to a professional artist. To read more about her work, visit: www.nihalart.com
  • Monday, May 7 from 2-4pm
  • Monday, May 21 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 24 from 1-4pm
  • Tuesday, May 8 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.

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

15th Annual T.C. Williams Student Art Exhibition

Opening Reception: Friday, May 4 from 7-10 pm. Once again we are proud to be showcasing the artworks of our area's teens. This year it is the art of thirteen T.C. Williams High School students, who were selected as this year's National Art Honor Society inductees, which will be on exhibit. Many of these students will continue their art studies at the college level and much of the work on exhibit was featured in their winning college admission portfolios. Show runs May 4-13. For more information, visit www.TheDelRayArtisans.org.

Decorating Parties for the United Way Shoebox Project

Tuesday, May 15 and Thursday, May 17 from 6-8 pm. Many of our neighbors are at risk of not meeting their basic needs including personal care products and emergency preparedness items. You can help by: (1) filling a shoebox with items like toothbrushes, socks, and soap; (2) decorating the shoebox and; (3) submitting a photo of the shoebox in the United Way Shoebox Project Decorating Contest. By entering the contest, you have the chance to win great prizes such as a Nook Simple Touch or a night stay at the Lorien Hotel and Spa in Old Town Alexandria. Drop-off your shoebox at the gallery by May 24. Submit your photos to the United Way by June 1. Details at: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/shoebox

Member Meeting and Monotype Workshop: Sunday, May 20, from 2–4pm

DRA's own talented printmaker Karen Schmitz presents "Making Monotypes," a workshop for DRA members only. Watch up close to learn basic techniques for making simple, unique monotype paintings using a Plexiglas sheet and water-based paints. Due to limited workspace, 20 members, chosen from a drawing at the meeting, will participate hands-on in this valuable opportunity; materials supplied. There will be a brief introductory "meeting" before the workshop, so bring questions you wish to ask or ideas you wish to offer. For more information, contact Kathryn Brown (Membership@thedelrayartisans.org) or Linda Hill (Programs@thedelrayartisans.org)

Fourth Annual DRA Yard Sale

Yard Sale: Saturday, May 26, 8am-2pm. Need that unique gift? Do you have something that you would love to give to a new home! Someone's trash is another's treasure. Donate to the DRA Yard Sale and stop by and see what we are all about! FREE admission and open to the public. Funds raised will help the gallery with ongoing needs. For information on donating items or volunteering, please contact Amanda Wright (Fundraising@thedelrayartisans.org) or visit: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/YardSale

"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. Details and registration: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/EdgyArt

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. Details and registration: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/CreativityWorkshop


Alexandria Art Market (1st Saturdays of Months June–November. Open to all artists)

Deadline is May 14. Del Ray Artisans is pleased to announce its call for artists for the 3rd year of the Alexandria Art Market; a monthly outdoor art market that gives local artists an opportunity to sell their original handmade art work and provides them with consistent exposure to the community. The market also has musical performances and food. There will be five monthly markets on the 1st Saturday of the months June through November (except October) from 10am–4pm. The market will be held rain or shine. Each artist will be assigned a 10' X 10' space. Artists are responsible for providing their own tents, tables, chairs, and displays. For more information or to request a registration packet, please contact Kimberly Bush at 703-627-7656 or ArtMarket@TheDelRayArtisans.org

Art on the Edge (June 1–24, 2012. Open to all artists)

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! Call for Entry at: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls/


Seeking DRA Members for...

  • 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: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/ArtCamp


Call for Entry: Artomatic Arts Festival

Registration is based on a first-come, first-served for available exhibit space. Artists, performers, filmmakers, and creatives of all types may participate at Artomatic, the DC area's biggest free arts festival. For more information and to register, visit: www.artomatic.org

Workshop: Watercolors with Tom Lynch

July 10, 11, 12, & 13. Space is limited and registration is on a first come first served basis. The workshop, sponsored by The Berkeley Arts Council, takes place at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg, WV. The cost of the four day workshop is $400 plus food and lodging. Reduced room rates will be available at the Holiday Inn for participants (304-267-5500). For more information or to reserve a space in the workshop, please go to the Berkeley Arts Council website www.berkeleyartswv.org/workshops/watercolor.php

Career Opportunity: Executive Director search for the Old Town Theater

PMA Properties is in the early stages of a complete renovation to the Old Town Theater and is dedicated to building value in our local community through the positive shared experiences of the performing arts, both locally-produced & nationally-recognized. The mission of the theater is to enrich the lives of audiences today & tomorrow. The Executive Director is: responsible for fostering the mission, accountable to the Board, and responsible for programming, production, marketing, financial management, facility, staff, & volunteers. Ideally, the new Director will be named by Sept. 1st. Qualified candidates should contact: Rob Kaufman, PMA Properties, 815 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-548-1810 x 102, rob@pmaproperties.com

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

"Come play cards at The Hive"

ARCH Residency Artist from Northern Ireland, Johanna Leech, invites others to "Come play cards at The Hive, Wed 25th April 1–3pm, or 6–8pm. Play a card game, exchange stories and receive a piece of art." See her blog for additional information: rollingonmybleedingheart.wordpress.com/

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 6"x6" inches square (or mounted to a 6"x6" 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: www.fallschurcharts.org/pdf/Call&EntryForm_Sketchy2012.pdf

Public Hearing: Alexandria Commission for the Arts to Hold a Public Hearing on Proposed Public Art Policy

The Alexandria Commission for the Arts will hold a public hearing on the proposed City of Alexandria's Public Art Policy. This public hearing will be held on Tuesday, May 15, at 7pm at the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. The regular meeting of the Arts Commission will follow. The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the City's Human Rights Code and the American with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation or to request materials in an alternative format, please call Alisa Carrel at 703.746.5590 (Virginia Relay 711) or email alisa.carrel@alexandriava.gov

Call for Entry: Giving Voice

Art Receiving: Sunday, May 20 & Monday, May 21 from 6–8pm. If you could give voice to anything, what would it be? If anything were possible, what would you give voice to? How would you do it? What do you wish was possible, and how would you bring voice to that? In the fast paced life we live in often people feel unheard. Here is your chance to give voice! For further information and registration questions, please contact Gallery Coordinator Barbie Fischer at barbie.fischer@gmail.com

Call for Entry: Alexandria Fire Department's Design the Logo for Pink Breast Cancer T-Shirt Opportunity.

Deadline: June 1. Every October the Alexandria Fire Department wears a new t-shirt to help raise awareness and funds for the Alexandria Walk to Fight Breast Cancer Fund. There is a three-color limit and the image will be printed on pink shirts. This is a great opportunity for local artists and residents to have their artwork seen City-wide. For more information contact Sarah Watson at sarah.watson@alexandriava.gov or 703-746-3123. To submit, send to Rodney.masser@alexandriava.gov or to ask about postal submissions.

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.

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