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First Thursday

Gallery open until 9pm on First Thursday, August 2

Del Ray is alive all along Mount Vernon Avenue from 6-9pm on the first Thursday of each month May through September. The theme this month is: Art Walk. Del Ray Business Association is collecting donated art supplies to benefit The Child & Family Network Centers, a local nonprofit that provides education and related services to low-income children. Please bring donations to the tent set up at the Del Ray Farmer's Market at the corner of Oxford and Mount Vernon Avenues. Stop by the gallery to get a sneak peek of the Boarderlines art exhibit and meet the artists!


Boarderlines Opening Reception: Friday, August 3, 7–10pm

An art exhibit showcasing work by six members of Del Ray Artisans Board of Directors: Kathryn A. Brown, Drew Cariaso, Michele Reday Cook, Lesley Hall, Dawn Wyse Hurto, and Nora Partlow. Boarderlines is a journey across "boarders" and features a silent auction, gallery artwork, and take-away art. Show runs August 3 – September 2, 2012.

Alexandria Art Market

Alexandria Art Market: Saturday, August 4, 10am–4pm

Don't miss the Alexandria Art Market 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. This Saturday only: a musical performance by Jeff Severson from noon–2pm. For more information, visit: TheDelRayArtisans.org/ArtMarket


Opening Reception Helpers needed on Friday, August 3

Be a greeter, cashier, bartender, or food runner at the Board show opening. Sign up for the first shift (6:30pm–8:30pm) or second shift (8:30pm–10pm) or both! Contact Volunteers@TheDelRayArtisans.org to help.

Gallery Hosts needed from August 4–September 1

Help the Board staff the gallery during the August show. A rare opportunity for gallery hosting time to count towards your annual 10 hours of volunteer commitment! Sign up for a shift on Saturday, Aug 4 (3–6pm); Saturday, Aug 11 (3–6pm); Saturday, Aug 18 (Noon–3pm); Sunday, Aug 26 (3–6pm); or Saturday, Sept 1 (Noon–3pm or 6–9pm). Email Volunteers@TheDelRayArtisans.org with your preferred shift.

Call for 2013 Art Exhibition Proposals

Interested in curating an All Member show at the Del Ray Artisans gallery? We are planning our 2013 show year and have availability left in January, June and September 2013. If you would like to curate or assist but don't have an idea, we can work together on a theme that suits your style. Del Ray Artisans members only. Proposals due: Friday, August 17, 2012. If you have any questions, contact Drew at Curating@TheDelRayArtisans.org. Form available at: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls.


Partners in Art

  • Monday, August 6 from 2-4pm
  • Monday, August 20 from 7-9pm

Looking for support as you strive to reach your art-related goals? Partners in Art is a group of artists that meets regularly to share goals, report on progress, obtain feedback on current artwork and discuss topics of interest to the group. Become a regular or drop-in with artwork if you are looking for feedback. Contact us for current topics of discussion: Millie Mateu (milaenartes@gmail.com) or Katherine Rand (katherine@katherinerand.com). Donations ($1-3) greatly appreciated.

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

  • Wednesday, August 8 from 11am-1pm (gesture)
  • Wednesday, August 8 from 2pm-4pm (short/long pose)
  • Wednesday, August 15 from 6:30-9:30pm (long pose)
  • Sunday, August 19 from 9:30-11:30am (gesture, clothed)
  • Wednesday, August 22 from 2pm-5pm (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. Contact Katherine Rand at LifeDrawing@TheDelRayArtisans.org if you have questions.

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

  • Tuesday, August 14 from 1-4pm
  • Tuesday, August 28 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.

Member Meeting/ Cook–Out/ Pie–Baking Contest: Sunday, August 19, 5–7pm

Mingle with fellow artists and art-supporting members, enjoy the summer cook-out, and learn about what's planned for DRA. Bring a sweet or savory pie to participate in the Pie-Baking Contest. After the judging all are welcome to sample the delicious submissions! Volunteers are needed to set up, clean up, and grill. Contact Lesley Hall at Volunteers@TheDelRayArtisans.org.

Alexandria Art Market: Saturday, September 1, 10am–4pm

Don't miss the Alexandria Art Market 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. This Saturday only: a musical performance by Snakehead Run from noon–2pm. For more information, visit: TheDelRayArtisans.org/ArtMarket


It Runs in the Family

Submissions due: Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Show us the art that represents your "artistic heritage" by presenting a collection of your own and your family's artworks—that which inspired you and others. We are interpreting "family" very broadly (spouses, partners, in-laws, great-great-grandparents, distant cousins, etc). You be the "curator" and assemble a minimum of 2 or a maximum of 6 artworks (one per person in your family) that proves the point that art indeed "runs in the family." Call for Entries form, entry fees, images, and other particulars are due at the gallery August 15! Artwork receiving for accepted pieces is on September 3rd and 4th. Show runs September 7–30. 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 artwork 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 following Saturdays: August 4, September 1 and November 3 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/

Holiday Market Application coming soon!

We are redesigning the format allow more exhibitors to participate and maximize our gallery space over multiple weekends! More information coming soon.


Del Ray Artisans members are required to volunteer for at least 10 hours per year to support the organization and its mission. Below are some volunteer opportunities.

  • Adopt-A-Park in need of volunteers for weekends in August through November
    Litter needs to be picked up from the small Colasanto Park and around the gallery. About 1/2-1 hour of work on weekends through November 25. Contact Marlin at MGLAIA@aol.com or 703-836-2724 with your availability.
  • Membership Meeting/Pie Contest on Sunday, August 19, 5-7pm
    Help set up and prep food from 3:30-5pm, or serve and restock food from grill from 5-7pm, or clean-up at 7pm. Contact Lesley Hall at Volunteers@TheDelRayArtisans.org if interested in helping.
  • HTML Layout
    Put the eBlast content into HTML. About 1-hour/week; two volunteers would share the responsibility to make it a 2-hour/month commitment. Must know HTML and have internet access. Contact Dawn at Technology@TheDelRayArtisans.org for more details.
  • Filing and Organizing Paperwork
    Hours available Thursdays and Fridays, 12-6pm. Email Gallery@TheDelRayArtisans.org
  • Garden
    Dig, weed, and learn other skills by professional landscape designer and artist, Pamela Underhill. No experience necessary. Meet weekdays or weekends for an hour or more. Bring a friend or come solo. It's fun, meditative, and builds muscles! Contact Underhill.Pamela@gmail.com or 703-507-4964.


Performing Artists: Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market Venue

The Office of the Arts, in partnership with the Alexandria Commission for the Arts, is seeking musicians and other interested performers for the Four Mile Run Farmers&Artisans Market held on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October. Family-friendly entertainment is appreciated. Artists must be self-contained and provide their own equipment. Parking is available. For more information and how to apply, visit alexandriava.gov/recreation/info/default.aspx?id=63294

Call for Entries: Envisioning the Future

Deadline: Sunday, August 5, 2012. "What is in our future?" Isn't that the eternal question? How do you see your future? What have you fought and strived for? What do you hope for this country and the world—or beyond? Art is a way to express our hopes and dreams in a format that truly and completely conveys what we feel. Convergence wants you to try to answer the question "what is in our future?" and to create a piece of art that reflects that. For more information or to submit, visit www.convergenceccf.net or call 703-998-6260.

Call for Entries: The Fall Springfield Art Guild 2012 Art Show and Sale at Green Springs

Deadline: Sunday, August 19, 2012. The Green Springs Show and Sale is an annual event sponsored by Springfield Art Guild and Friends of Green Springs It runs from August 28 to October 28 and registration is due August 19. Artwork submitted must be based on natural, horticultural or local history themes. Lisa Semerad of The Art League School is the judge; there are $500 in cash prizes. Details are at the Springfield Art Guild website: www.springfieldartguild.com. Contact: 703-941-7987 Web: www.springfieldartguild.com

Call for Artists: Masquerade National Juried Exhibition

Deadline: August 24, 2012. The title of this show is Masquerade National Juried Exhibition. The juror (Jack Fischer, of Jack Fischer Gallery) will be choosing art with the most imaginative interpretation of the Masquerade theme. Artists may submit up to three pieces of art. Entry Fee: $35. Dates of Show: October 25 - November 18, 2012. For prospectus and application, visit: www.arc-sf.com/submissions.html. For more information, contact arcgallerysf@gmail.com.

Workshop Abroad: 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

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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