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Sweet 'n Salty Movie Night

Sweet 'n Salty Movie Night: TONIGHT (Friday, Oct. 19) at 8pm

Sit back and watch Ever After (Drew Barrymore & Dougray Scott) and Cutthroat Island (Geena Davis & Matthew Modine) while we enjoy air-popped popcorn with a tasty selection of sweet and salty toppings—yum! Bring a comfy chair, beanbag, or cushion to lounge. Free; donations appreciated. Details at: calendar.thedelrayartisans.org/view_entry.php?id=1297

DRA Annual Meeting with Elections


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 Social Hour

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

Create a drink that is "sweet", "salty", or a little of both and bring enough of your concoction to share a tasting with about 20 people. Drinks will be tasted and scored and the top 3 scores for the evening will receive a fun gift! Not everyone needs to be a drink concoctor—tasters and friends are welcome too! For details, visit: calendar.thedelrayartisans.org/view_entry.php?id=1298


Life Drawing - Open Sessions

  • 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.

Partners in Art

  • 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 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.

Hot! Hot! Hot! Gallery Without Walls show at Prudential PenFed Realty runs through to Sunday, October 28

Del Ray Artisans and Prudential PenFed Realty present Hot! Hot! Hot! at the Prudential PenFed Realty's Old Town office (300 N Washington St, Alexandria). View the show during office hours (Monday through Friday, 9am–5pm). Details at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/PrudentialPenFed

Sweet 'n Salty show runs through to Sunday, October 28

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 the very tasty and feeling-filled theme: Sweet 'n Salty.

Telling Images Opening Reception: Friday, November 2, 7–10pm

The images in this juried photography exhibition tell, compel, imply, or suggest some sort of narrative or story: character, place, mood, feeling, plot, past, present, future, each richly implying a story the viewers are induced to imagine from the photographer's visual vocabulary. Any photographic technique qualifies, from pinhole camera, to film, to digital, to collage, whether monochrome or color. Visitors can expect a variety of images and interpretations of the theme. The show runs November 2–25, 2012.

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

Telling Images Gallery Talk: Saturday, November 3, 4pm

Photographers, educators, and Telling Images jurors E. Brady Robinson and John H. Brown, Jr. will give a gallery talk about the current photography exhibit at Del Ray Artisans gallery. Admission is free; donations appreciated.

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

Del Ray Artisans' Holiday Market: Nov. 30–Dec. 2, Dec. 7–9, Dec. 14–16

The 17th annual Holiday Market offers handmade work from local artists, a children's table where little ones can shop for family members, and handmade ornaments. Bake Sale benefits the non-profit Computer CORE. The Market runs for three weekends: Nov 30–Dec 2, Dec 7–9, and Dec 14–16. Different artists each weekend! Hours are Fridays 6-9pm (reception), Saturdays 10am-4pm, Sundays 12-4pm. Located in the Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria VA. Details at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/HolidayMarket


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.
  • 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.


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.

Call for Artists: Seeking Instructors for Spring 2013 Senior Arts Festival

Proposals Due: Friday, November 9, 2012. Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads will host a Senior Arts Institute in the Spring of 2013, thanks to a Project Support grant from the Arts Council of Fairfax County. The Institute will consist of daily art classes that will be offered in various 'worlds of the arts,' including theater, dance, music, visual arts, handcrafts, and photography. Senior adults are the primary attendees of the classes, as well as creative arts staff from senior service organizations. Each session will be reimbursed at $125 per session. For more information on the Creative Arts at Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads, visit www.goodwinhouse.org; for information on how to apply, contact dpekruhn@goodwinhouse.org.

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

Workshop: Recycled "House" Book, with DJ Gaskin

Register by Saturday, November 10. Workshop on November 17 from 10am-4pm at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria, with DJ Gaskin. Make a “house” book out of recycled materials. Trim a food box, use paper bags for pages, stitch, add beads, collage and more, and you have a house-shaped decorative journal. Let’s make our own little village! Details and registration at: http://artisticartifacts.com/product/3011172012G.html

Call for Poets: City of Alexandria Poet Laureate

Nominations due: Monday, November 26, 2012 by 5pm. The City of Alexandria's Office of the Arts is in search of a Poet Laureate to promote an appreciation of poetry as an art form, encourage the creative writing and reading of literature, and promote literacy through poetry. The individual will serve as Poet Laureate for three years and receive a modest honorarium. Submit nominations to the Office of the Arts, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314. The new Poet Laureate will be named in March of 2013. See "Poet Laureate Nominations" at: alexandriava.gov/Arts

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.
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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.

Visit ArtsEventsAlexandria.com to discover the music, dance, theater, festivals and visual arts happenings in Alexandria. Del Ray Artisans is a proud member of Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association and Alexandria Arts Forum. Collaboration between these two organizations makes ArtsEventsAlexandria.com possible.

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