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Del Ray Artisans' Holiday Market

Del Ray Artisans' Holiday Market (Reception Tonight)

The 17th annual Holiday Market offers handmade works from local artists, a children's table where little ones can shop for family members, handmade ornaments, and a bake sale. The Market runs for two more weekends: 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

Artist Demonstrations

Artists: Want to demonstrate your craft or art?

The new Holiday Market layout has a gallery space for artists to do demonstrations on Saturdays (Dec 8 and Dec 15) between 10am and 4pm. You do not have to be a Holiday Market artist to participate! Demo spots are for 1 hour unless you want to sign up for 2 hours. Please make sure your demonstration is safe for spectators and not too messy. Bring your business cards / handouts to share with spectators, but please refrain from too much "sales pitching". To sign up, email HolidayMarket@TheDelRayArtisans.org or enter your name in a shift here.

Year-end Giving

Year-end Giving

Del Ray Artisans depends on the support of its members and patrons to keep providing quality shows, events, and outreach. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our non-profit arts organization today. Our current fundraising goal is to raise the money needed to pay for the new lighting system. You may give in person during gallery hours, by mail (checks payable to Del Ray Artisans, write "Lighting Donation" in the memo, and mailed to 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301), or online at TheDelRayArtisans.org/donate. Thank you for your support!


Partners in Art

  • Monday, December 10 from 2-4pm
  • Monday, January 7 from 2-4pm
  • Monday, January 21 from 2-4pm

Looking for support in reaching 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, December 11 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, December 12 from 11am-1pm (gesture, clothed)
  • Wednesday, December 12 from 1-2pm (party)
  • Wednesday, December 12 from 2-5pm (short/long pose)
  • Monday, January 7 from 7-9pm (short pose)
  • Wednesday, January 9 from 11am-1pm (gesture, clothed)
  • Wednesday, January 9 from 2-5pm (short/long pose, clothed)
  • Wednesday, January 16 from 6:30-9:30pm (long pose)
  • Sunday, January 20 from 9:30-11:30am (gesture)
  • Wednesday, January 23 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.

Gallery Painting Party: Saturday, December 22, 2pm

In order to showcase all the new art in the New Year, the gallery walls need a new coat of paint! Everyone is invited to get messy and help paint the walls inside the gallery on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 2pm. There will be free pizza and beverages for all who come and help give the gallery a mini facelift for 2013. (Members: this is a fun way to satisfy some of your volunteer hours!) Questions? Please contact Lesley Hall at Volunteers@TheDelRayArtisans.org.

Shades of White Opening Reception: Friday, January 4, 7–10pm

White isn't "just white"! Chill out after the holiday madness in shades of white—tones and hues range from blues to beiges to yellows and more. Shades of White, a Del Ray Artisans all-member show, runs: January 4–27, 2013.


Shades of White All-Member Art Exhibit

Receiving: Sunday, Dec. 30 from 6-8pm and Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 from 4-7pm. This all-member, all-media show challenges DRA artists to think beyond the ordinary by creating their compositions in shades of white. White isn't "just white"! It has tones and hues ranging from blues to beiges to yellows and more. Call for Entries at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls. For questions, contact Betsy Mead at egmead@gmail.com.


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.

  • Reception Help needed Friday nights during the Holiday Market
    We need helpers (bartenders, food runners, front door greeters, etc.) at the receptions on Dec 7 and Dec 14 from 6–9pm. Volunteer for the evening or a single shift—every little bit helps! To sign up, contact Tracy Wilkerson (703-501-1736 or HolidayMarket@TheDelRayArtisans.org) or enter your name in a shift here.
  • Bake Sale Volunteers
    We are still in need of helpers to work 2-hour shifts at the Holiday Market Bake Sale on Saturdays (10am–4pm) and Sundays (noon–4pm) during all Holiday Market weekends (Dec 7–9 and Dec 14–16). All you have to do is be at the gallery during your shift (come early or stay late to shop!), put on a happy face, and sell baked goodies and handmade ornaments to holiday shoppers! To sign up, contact Tracy Wilkerson (703-501-1736 or HolidayMarket@TheDelRayArtisans.org) or enter your name in a shift here.
  • Baked Goods needed for the Holiday Market Bake Sale
    Time to start dropping off your baked goodies! Think cookies, brownies, muffins, loaves, cakes, candies and any of your favorite, homemade and delicious holiday goodies. Food donations MUST be individually packaged before drop-off. Please also include a list of ingredients on the package, so shoppers can choose wisely. You can drop-off baked goods on Thursday from 12–8pm, Friday from 12–9pm, or Saturday from 10am–2pm for that weekend’s Holiday Market (Dec 7-9 and Dec 14-16). The bake sale benefits Computer CORE (computercore.org).
  • Handcraft Holiday Ornaments to benefit Del Ray Artisans
    Help DRA raise funds for the new lighting that was purchased earlier this year by making and donating a handmade ornament or two. Drop off your finished handmade ornaments to the gallery any time now through December 14th when the gallery is open (current hours: Thursdays 12–8pm, Fridays 12–9pm, Saturdays 10–4pm, and Sundays 12–4pm). Please sign your name on the back, so the purchaser knows it was crafted by you! Thank you for supporting Del Ray Artisans.
  • 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 Pamela at: Underhill.Pamela@gmail.com or 703-507-4964.
  • New Volunteer Request
    The Office Manager is in need of some happy helpers this month to help file/organize papers, do some light inventory, and enter guest book entries into the Membership Database. Please contact Tracy Wilkerson at Gallery@TheDelRayArtisans.org for details or stop by the gallery during the following hours and she will put you to work!
    • Thursday (Dec 6) 12–8pm
    • Friday (Dec 7) 12–5pm
    • Monday (Dec 17) 5–8pm
    • Thursday or Friday (Dec 20 or 21) 12–6pm
    • Thursday or Friday (Dec 27 or 28) 2–6pm
    Members: This is a great, low-key way to finish getting your 10 hours of required volunteer work for DRA before the end of the year.


Call for Entries: Inaugural Visions at Off-Rhode Gallery

Deadline for Entry: Thursday, December 13, 2012. The studio at Art Enables kicks off its inaugural year of full programming in the Off-Rhode Gallery. The Off-Rhode Gallery is an adjunct exhibit space that features work by self-taught or contemporary artists with programming that compliments the mission of Art Enables. For Inaugural Visions, Art Enables seeks artwork (2-d and 3-d works welcome) that emphasizes the theme of the inauguration or your vision of what this administration means for the future. For more information, contact bbaldwin@art-enables.org or visit art-enables.org/special/special.php?specialID=54

Conference: Art Works for Virginia

Virginia Commission for the Arts presents the “Art Works for Virginia” Conference in Richmond, Virginia, from January 29-30, 2013. Who should attend? Artists, board and staff members of Virginia arts organizations, arts educators, and arts advocates. Sessions include: Engaging Social Media, Finding Your Center, Managing Risk, Strategic Grant Writing, Funding Opportunities, and more. Registration fee is $55 per person, and lunch is provided on Wednesday. For details and registration form, email arts@arts.virginia.gov, call 804-225-3132, or visit: www.arts.virginia.gov/programs_artworks.html

Call for Entries: Cult Creations

Entry Deadline: Midnight, January 4, 2013. Show runs January 12–30, 2013. The Arlington Arts Gallery is seeking artists for the upcoming Cult Creations Art Show a pop-culture inspired art show. All artists are invited to enter original artworks in any media for exhibition which will be on view at the Arlington Arts Gallery with a reception on Saturday, January 19 from 5–8pm. For details, contact info@arlingtonartsgallery.com or visit: arlingtonartsgallery.com/wordpress/cfa-cult-creations/

Call for Entries: 2013 Open Exhibition

Deadline for Entry: February 4, 2013. This is an Open Call for proposals for an exhibition in the summer of 2013. This call is open to all artists from North America working in all visual media. Proposals for exhibitions by both individuals and groups will be considered. Our jurors this year are Foon Sham, Samantha May, and Morgan Hungerford West. Exhibition Dates: August 3 - September 1, 2013. Details at: torpedofactory.org/galleries/targetcallforentry.htm

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2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301-1124 | Directions
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©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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