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Year-end Giving

Year-end Giving

Del Ray Artisans depends on the support of its members and patrons to continue 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 recoup the costs of the new lighting system. You may give in person during gallery hours, by mail (checks payable to Del Ray Artisans, "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!

Shade of White

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.

Fused Glass Plate Workshop

Fused Glass Plate Workshop

2-part workshop: Mondays, January 14 and January 21, 10am-Noon. Artist Betsy Mead will show you that "white isn't just white". Students will use two shades of white glass to create an 8" x 8" plate that, when fused, can have shades of black, brown, grey, or blue. Participants must attend both days. All supplies provided. Fee: $65 for DRA members, $75 for non-members. Space is limited. Sign up now! Details at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/FusedGlass


Partners in Art

  • 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.

Life Drawing - Open Sessions

  • 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.

Dot and Dash Opening Reception: Friday, February 1, 7-10pm

Art is getting back to the basics: dot and dash. Artists deconstruct their individualized art-making processes to interpret the theme in their unique styles—showcasing two- and three-dimensional work that is painterly, graphic, realistic, and abstract. Must see! Dot and Dash runs February 1-24, 2013.

Children's Art Workshop for Dot and Dash

Workshop: Saturday, February 9, 1–3pm at Del Ray Artisans gallery. Hands-on workshop for children (ages 5-12) to express themselves. They will focus on the attributes of lines and shapes in two-dimensions and three-dimensions, and create two pieces of art. Fee: $10/child for DRA members, $12/child for non-members. Registration will be filled by first-come/first-served. 30-student maximum. Register online by February 3 at TheDelRayArtisans.org/dot-dash-workshop


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. For questions, contact the curator: Betsy Mead at egmead@gmail.com. Call for Entries at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls.

Dot and Dash Art Exhibit

Receiving: Sunday, Jan. 27 and Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 from 6-8pm. All work starts with a basic dot or dash. What types of marks do you use to start your creative process? This show is an investigation about getting back to the basics. Deconstruct and reconstruct your unique art-making style to interpret the theme Dot and Dash. We are looking for area artists to create in their own unique style—painterly, graphic, realistic, or abstract—in two- or three-dimensions. For questions, contact the curators: Amanda Wright (arook20@gmail.com) or Colleen Dolinger (colleendolinger@gmail.com). Call for Entries at: 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.

  • Office Volunteers - Friday, Dec 28, 2–6pm
    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 at Gallery@TheDelRayArtisans.org for details or stop by the gallery on Friday, Dec 28 (2–6pm) to be put to work!
  • 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.


Apply for Grant: AWESOME Foundation Funding Available for DC Chapter

Do you need about $1000 to get an arts project going? The Awesome Foundation gives grants to folks with good ideas. Their goal is to conserve, sustain, and support the worldwide ecosystem of awesomeness. Projects have included efforts in a wide range of areas including technology, arts, social good, and beyond. Check them out: www.awesomefoundation.org/en/chapters/dc

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/

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: 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

Call for Submissions: Mayhem National Juried Exhibition

Deadline for submission: February 24, 2013. Join in the madness, mischief, and monkey business with the aim to create pandemonium, chaos, and discord at Arc Gallery's Mayhem National Juried Exhibition. Mayhem runs from May 4–25 at Arc Gallery, 1246 Folsom Street in San Francisco. No jewelry, video, film, performance, installations, works requiring external electrical source. $35 entry fee for up to three pieces. 60% of sale goes to artists, 40% to Arc. Opening on May 4, 7–10pm. Artist Talk on May 25, 12–2pm. Details: www.arc-sf.com/submissions.html

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.

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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