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Sweet 'n Salty

Sweet 'n Salty Opening Reception: Friday, October 5, 7–10pm (Tonight!)

Artists were asked to "give in to their cravings... let their senses and personal experiences inspire them... push their boundaries" to create dynamic and interesting interpretations of this very tasty and feeling-filled theme. Chat with the artists in the show and other art appreciators during the opening reception of Sweet 'n Salty!

Art on the Avenue

Art on the Avenue: Saturday, October 6, 10am–6pm

Don't miss this great event! Come to the gallery this Saturday for:

  1. Artist Demonstrations in front of the gallery
  2. Kids Activities inside the gallery
  3. Sweet 'n Salty art exhibit inside the gallery
  4. Art on the Avenue itself all along Mount Vernon Avenue!

You'll find many Del Ray Artisans members volunteering and participating in Art on the Avenue: calendar.thedelrayartisans.org/view_entry.php?id=1039

Sweet 'n Salty Poetry Event

Sweet 'n Salty Poetry Event: Sunday, October 14, 4–6pm

Enjoy a play on sweet-n-saltiness as we watch performance artists (novice? experienced? you interpret!) perform poetry and prose written by others. We are sure that unexpected outcomes will abound as writers see their writings being performed in ways they may not have expected!


Calling All Area Writers and Performing Artistst

Apply by this Monday (October 8, 2012). We are looking for: (1) writers to submit poetry or short prose that interpret the theme: Sweet 'n Salty, and (2) performers to "perform" the submitted works. Writers: Poem/prose should be no more than a page long. Performers: Performances can be spoken word, dance, music—whatever you are inspired to do by your assigned writing—but should be no longer than 5 minutes. Details at TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls.

Serve on the Board: Act now for a 2013 Position!

Del Ray Artisans Board of Directors elections are on Sunday, October 21. The Nominating Committee is seeking volunteers interested in running for a Board position. In particular, the committee is looking for candidates for Vice President and Director of Fundraising. Please contact a committee member (Millie Mateu at milaenartes@gmail.com, Betty Plummer at newsletter@thedelrayartisans.org, or Vivienne Lukacs) soon if you are interested. Terms of office are one year from January 1 to December 31.


Partners in Art

  • Monday, October 8 from 2–4pm
  • Monday, October 22 from 2–4pm
  • Monday, November 5 from 2–4pm

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.

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

  • Tuesday, October 9 from 1-4pm
  • Tuesday, October 23 from 1-4pm
  • Tuesday, November 13 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.

Life Drawing - Open Sessions

  • Wednesday, October 10 from 2-5pm (short/long pose, clothed)
  • Wednesday, October 17 from 6:30-9:30pm (long pose)
  • Sunday, October 21 from 9:30-11:30am (gesture)
  • Wednesday, October 24 from 2-5pm (short/long pose)
  • Wednesday, November 7 from 11:00am-1pm (gesture)
  • Wednesday, November 7 from 2-5pm (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.

Sweet 'n Salty Movie Night: Friday, October 19 starting at 8pm

The curators will choose a 'sweet' movie and a 'salty' movie for all to sit back and watch while we enjoy air-popped popcorn with your choice of sweet or salty toppings—yum! Selected movies will be announced on our web site: calendar.thedelrayartisans.org/view_entry.php?id=1297

DRA ANNUAL MEETING with ELECTIONS: Sunday, October 21, 5–7pm

Join fellow members for the latest DRA news, pizza, and the election of next year's Board Members. Even if you are not considering being on our DRA Board, we still need your help to elect our willing volunteers. Those attending will also be the first to witness the unveiling of our 2013 shows! Details at: calendar.thedelrayartisans.org/view_entry.php?id=1319

Sweet 'n Salty Halloween Social Hour: Saturday, October 27, 6–9pm

Start off your Halloween festivities at the gallery while taste-testing beverages created specifically with the Sweet 'n Salty theme in mind.

Alexandria Art Market (Last One of the Season!) Saturday, November 3, 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. Music performance by Jana Audey, 12-2pm. For more information contact ArtMarket@TheDelRayArtisans.org or visit: TheDelRayArtisans.org/ArtMarket

Photography Portfolio Review on Saturday, Nov. 17: Sign up now!

Deadline for Registration Entry: Friday, November 9. Signup and Payment Deadline: Thursday, November 15. Event: Saturday, November 17. Portfolios will be reviewed by John H. Brown, Jr., a D.C. area fine art photographer exhibited and collected around the world who also juried the November Telling Images show. Each 20-minute review costs $35 and must be paid before November 15 to reserve your time slot. For more information contact jldtifft@cox.net. Sign up at: thedelrayartisans.org/portfolio-review


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 market of the season is on Saturday, 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/


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.

  • Co-Editor for the eBlast
    This weekly email filled with DRA news and local calls for entry doesn't write itself! Approximately 2-hour commitment per issue; must know either Microsoft Word or HTML. Work with the current Eblast Editor to divide up the weeks. Great way to "stay in the know" about local art opportunities. Contact Liz at enews@TheDelRayArtisans.org.
  • Holiday Market Bake Sale Coordinator (BSC)
    The BSC whips up bakers enthusiasm and assigns helpers to host the Bake Sales at each Holiday Market in December. Contact Tracy at HolidayMarket@TheDelRayArtisans.org if you are interested or would like more information.
  • Holiday Market Reception Food Coordinator
    Each Holiday Market weekend has a reception on Friday night. We are looking for someone to line up food from local restaurants and assign helpers for each Market reception. Please contact Tracy Wilkerson at HolidayMarket@TheDelRayArtisans.org if you are interested or would like more information.
  • Post DRA Events on various Online Calendars
    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.
  • PHP Developer
    Help enhance our web site! Contact WebCurator@TheDelRayArtisans.org for details.
  • 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.


Art Studio Space in Del Ray

Textile artist looking for someone to share a 2-room studio: Art studio space available now for artist / writer to share 2-room studio space above St. Elmo Coffee Shop, Del Ray / Alexandria; Your share: 1 light-filled room room w/ closet (approximately 240 sq ft, $385/month incl. util & wifi). 2nd floor; No smokers; No toxic materials; For details, contact 703-400-2070 or pjbryan@comcast.net

Call for Entries: Dia de los Muertos: The Art of Rememberance

Deadline for Entry: October 5, 2012. The Torpedo Factory Art Center presents their 4th Annual Day of the Dead celebration from October 29 - November 4, 2012. Artists are invited to submit artwork inspired by Day of the Dead, as well as artist-made Altar installations. Jurors: Gabriel & Scarlett Pons from PONSHOP. Hosted by the Target Gallery. Entry Fee: $20. For entry details, visit: torpedofactory.org/galleries/targetcallforentry.htm

Call for Entries: 5x5(x5)

Deadline for Entry: October 8, 2012. Back by popular demand, this small works show is a juried exhibition at the Target Gallery that invites artists to submit work that cannot exceed 5" in any direction or dimension. This is an all media exhibit open to all artists nationally and internationally. The juror is Stefanie Fedor, the Executive Director of Arlington Arts Center. For entry details, visit: torpedofactory.org/galleries/targetcallforentry.htm

Third Annual Handmade Holiday Craft Fair

Deadline for Vendor Applications: October 12, 2012.The third annual handmade holiday craft fair will take place at TC Williams HS on Saturday, November 17 from 10 am - 3 pm. This event will feature over 40 local, handmade vendors, student work, food, and more! There are still slots available to become a vendor! For more information on how to become a vendor or about the show in general, contact Jen Moshier at Jen.Moshier@gmail.com.

Workshop: Handle It! with Ryan J. Greenheck

Register by Monday, October 15. Workshop: Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21 from 10am-4pm. This hands-on workshop will focus on wheel thrown forms that incorporate a handle. Ryan will demonstrate wheel throwing and trimming techniques emphasizing the mug form; lidded jars, pitchers, and teapots will also be presented. Placement of the handle in each piece will be a consideration from the start. Ryan will share ways to make handles using slab and coiled techniques; with a concentration on several 'pulled' handle skills. Every aspect of the handled vessel will be discussed and meticulously investigated. For more information contact smunoz@arlingtonva.us or 703.227.0560 or visit www.leeartscenter.org

Call for Artist Vendors: Mount Vernon High School's Fall Fest 2012

Event: Saturday, October 20, 9am-4pm (Rain or Shine). The Fall Fest is a fun, family, community-based affair offering an opportunity for friends of Mount Vernon High School to display and sell their arts, crafts, rummage/garage sale items or small business services and goods. Proceeds benefit MVHS Student Activities. We are offering inside tables at a nominal rate for vendor sales. At a lower rate, we will also offer parking lot space to vendors who would prefer to be outside with the rummage and garage sale items. Community service groups and student groups will, on a first come first served basis, be provided inside or outside space at no charge. For more information, email: MVHSFallFest@gmail.com

Call for Entries: Between the Lines: Contemporary Drawing Now

Deadline for Entry: November 5, 2012. Between the Lines: Contemporary Drawing Now is an exhibition at the Target Gallery that examines current trends in drawing today. This is an all media exhibit ranging from pencil on paper, to the conceptual, and to the three-dimensional. It is open to all artists nationally and internationally. The juror is DC-based artist Linn Meyers. For entry details, visit: torpedofactory.org/galleries/targetcallforentry.htm

Call for Artist Vendors: In search of artists for Artist Expo in Arlington

Proposals Due: November 7, 2012. Artist Expo on Sunday, December 2, 2012, at Congregation Etz Hayim (2920 Arlington Blvd - Rte 50) in Arlington, VA, 11:30 to 4 pm. Participation fee is $65. We provide a space no smaller than 9' x 6' (exact dimensions will depend on number of artists). We usually have 30-35 artists. This will be our 7th year. ISO ceramic, glass, wood, fabric and clothing artists, soapmakers, paper & graphic artists, and others. We already have enough jewelers. Contact: Laurie Effron at leffron@gmail.com or 703-307-3205.

Pastel Workshop: The Pastel Society of Virginia Hosts Maggie Price

Deadline: Friday, November 9, 2012. The Pastel Society of Virginia (PSV) is pleased to host Maggie Price, internationally known and respected pastelist/author, Veteran's Day weekend November 10-12 at the Franconia Governmental Center. The theme is developing your vacation photos into pastel paintings, whether you're a beginner or more advanced. The $400 registration fee includes three days of instruction, an opportunity to win up to $125 worth of Richeson products, daily boxed lunches, and 2012-13 membership in PSV. Electronic postcard: www.tinyurl.com/maggieprice. For more information, contact Maggie Price at 703-533-0891 or www.maggiepriceart.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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