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Art on the Edge Opening Reception

Art on the Edge Opening Reception: Friday, June 1, 7-10pm

This all-media "edgy" art show extends limits and breaks boundaries, daring artists to "go beyond the fringe" to explore peripheries of the unfamiliar, and celebrate the journey. Their creative responses may be inspired by sports, clothes, music, art, performance, food, lifestyle, violent nature, animals, living spaces, or dwelling places. The show runs June 1 - June 24.

Alexandria Art Market

Alexandria Art Market: Saturday, June 2, 10am-4pm

Your monthly dose of art in the heart of Del Ray. DRA is excited to announce its 3rd season of the Alexandria Art Market, which will be held in Colasanto Park, adjoining the 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.

Edgy Art Workshop and Feedback Session

"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: TheDelRayArtisans.org/EdgyArt.

Creativity Workshop with Lynn Wyvill

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: TheDelRayArtisans.org/CreativityWorkshop


Partners in Art Group

  • Monday, June 4 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.

Open Life Drawing Sessions (including a Sunday Gesture Session!)

  • Wednesday, June 6 from 11am-1pm (Gesture, Clothed), 2-4pm (Short/Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, June 13 from 7-9pm (Gesture)
  • Sunday, June 17 from 9:30-11:30am (Gesture)
  • Wednesday, June 20 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

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

  • Tuesday, June 12 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.

Copyright Workshop Basics for Artists Workshop with Bill Briganti

Workshop: Thursday, June 21, 7-9pm. What is copyright? When is artwork protected? How does copyright law affect the use of previously created images, including photographs? What are the benefits of copyright registration? Bill Briganti, of the U.S. Copyright Office, will discuss such issues for visual artists, provide handouts, and answer questions. Information will be of a general nature; no legal advice will be given about specific artworks or individual artists. Limited space. Member-only registration until June 5; then open to all. Details and registration: TheDelRayArtisans.org/Copyright

Del Ray Music Festival Special Event: Friday, June 22, 6-8pm

The Del Ray Music Festival presents The Velvet Undertronic – Improvisational Electronic Lounge Music. Stop in and enjoy art while grooving to some innovative, exotic, and "edgy" sounds.

Hot! Hot! Hot!

What comes to mind when hear "Hot! Hot! Hot!"? The surface of the sun, steamy dances, ice melting on the sidewalk? That's just what we asked area artists to do. No matter what our artists cook up, this show will definitely be hot! Chill with us as we heat up your sense with artwork and sizzling activities.

  • Salsa Dance Lessons, Friday, June 29, 7-9pm: Whether you are a seasoned Salsa-er or thought Salsa was just for chips, this event is sure to heat up the evening. Stop on by to learn some steps and mix and mingle with new people.
  • Reception, Friday, July 6, 7-10pm: Enjoy some "hot" music while appreciating the artwork and nibbles.
  • Hot Action Movie Marathon, Friday, July 13, starting at 9pm: Movie night...no chick flicks in sight! Watch our website for a full movie listing.
  • Hot Dance Exhibition, Saturday, July 14, 7-10pm: Watch dancers perform some popular dances and try some of those moves after the performance.


Wanted: Teachers, Instruction Ideas, and Volunteers

This year the theme to Art Camp is 5 Art Days ~ Different Ways! Art Camp runs from July 23-27 and the students are ages 8-14. What we are looking for are interesting craft or art ideas, artists who want to introduce these youths to a larger view of arts and crafts, and individuals willing to do tasks like help with lunch, help the instructors, and clean-up. If interested or would like more information contact ArtCamp@TheDelRayArtisans.org. For more information on Art Camp itself, visit: TheDelRayArtisans.org/ArtCamp


Hot! Hot! Hot! (June 28 - July 15. Open to all artists)

Receiving: Sunday, June 24 and Monday, June 25, 2012 6:30-8:30pm. What comes to mind when you hear "Hot! Hot! Hot!"? The surface of the sun, steamy dances, ice melting on the sidewalk... Got an idea yet? Great, because that's what we want for the Hot! Hot! Hot! show in July. This show is [almost] anything goes, all media, and open to all area artists! Call for Entry at TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls/

Telling Images Juried Photography Exhibit (DRA Members Only)

Submissions due online before August 31, 2012. Some photographs tell, compel, imply, or suggest some sort of narrative or story: character, place, mood, feeling, plot, past, present, future. Submit up to four (4) single images, each richly implying a story your viewer is induced to imagine from your visual vocabulary. Your topic might include people, or empty spaces that imply presence, in a realistic or abstract style. Choose from your work a group that together tells our jurors what your eye is like. Their criteria will be the quality, originality, and effectiveness in expressing this theme. Call for Entry at TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls/. Submit images to TheDelRayArtisans.org/tellingentry. For questions or information, contact Jeanne Tifft at jldtifft@cox.net

Alexandria Art Market (1st Saturday of the month. Open to all artists)

The Alexandria Art Market is 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. The remaining markets of the season are on the 1st Saturday of the months June through November (except October) from 10am-4pm, rain or shine. Each artist is assigned a 10' X 10' space. Artists are responsible for providing their own tents, tables, chairs, and displays. Contact Kimberly Bush (703-627-7656 or ArtMarket@TheDelRayArtisans.org). Application: TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls/


Seeking volunteers to help with...

  • Art on the Edge
    Is in need of someone with video capabilities to video the performing artist at their opening Friday, June 1, 7-10pm. Contact Betty Plummer at bplummer11@verizon.net.
  • eBlast HTML Layout [DRA members only]
    The eBlast Editor provides the content each week for the eBlast (this email!). The HTML Layout Coordinator takes that content and puts it into HTML format for dissemination. Must know HTML, how to FTP, and have internet access. About 1-hour/week; ideally two volunteers would share the responsibility to make it a bi-weekly commitment. Contact Technology@TheDelRayArtisans.org if you are interested.
  • Rec Center After-School Art Program
    Looking for volunteers to teach an art class (about an hour long) once a month at the Mount Vernon Rec Center. Age group of kids is 9-12 years old. Teacher would be responsible for creating a project for the kids to work on in after-school care, and that they can take home. The Rec Center will coordinated purchasing art materials for each project. If interested in volunteering, contact Youth@TheDelRayArtisans.org
  • Adopt-A-Park
    It's the season where cleanness equals points towards cash. Litter needs to be picked up from the small park and from around the gallery. About 1/2-1 hour 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
  • 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


The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association is looking for Executive Director

The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association is looking for an Executive Director to lead us into a period of financial strength; to grow our visual and performing arts programs, and to oversee the preservation, maintenance and use of our beautiful, historic building, the Athenaeum, in Old Town Alexandria. For more information and a job description, visit www.nvfaa.org or send a letter and resume to nvfaa@nvfaa.org.

Arlington County Fair

The Arlington County Fair, which takes place August 10-12, still has a few spaces available for some juried artists and crafts people. For general information and to view pictures, visit www.arlingtoncountyfair.us. Vendor applications can be submitted online or by mail. Guidelines and application forms can be found at arlingtoncountyfair.us/vendors/

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 or to ask about postal submissions, email Rodney.Masser@alexandriava.gov.

Painting in Sicily – May 25-June 5, 2013

Deadline December 1, 2012. Paint and live at a villa near the historically famous and beautiful city of Palermo. Maurizio Lanzilotta leads workshop focusing on the challenges and adventures of landscape painting by concentrating on light, space and visual language. Artists exhibit work through CSA after workshop. COST: $3,200 workshop, villa and hotel accommodations. No airfare or meals. For more information, call 202-669-1562 or visit www.culturalstudyabroad.com

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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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