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Children's Art Reception

Children's Art Reception (Tonight!)

Friday, February 22 from 7-9pm. Come view the artwork from the participants of the Dot and Dash Children's Workshop. For more information, visit: calendar.thedelrayartisans.org

Dot and Dash

Dot and Dash runs through February 24 (Final Weekend!)

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 through February 24, 2013.


POWER ART Exhibit Opening Reception

Friday, March 1, 7-10pm. Artworks that evoke an emotion or that make an impact. Power Art can be big, bold, and graphic—or quiet, minimalist. Power Art may address civil liberties, human rights, or environmental issues. Come experience the art and unusual materials. The exhibit includes 50 art quilts from the nationally touring Power Suits collection. Show runs March 1 – 31, 2013. For more information, visit: calendar.thedelrayartisans.org


Partners in Art

  • Monday, March 4 from 2-4pm
  • Monday, March 18 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, March 4 from 7-9pm (short pose)
  • Wednesday, March 6 from 11am-1pm (gesture)
  • Wednesday, March 6 from 2-5pm (short/long pose)
  • Wednesday, March 13 from 6:30-9:30pm (long pose)
  • Sunday, March 17 from 9:30-11:30am (gesture)
  • Wednesday, March 27 from 6:30-9:30pm (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.

The Power of Art Quilts: POWER SUITS Gallery Talk

Saturday, March 9 at 3pm. POWER ART exhibit at Del Ray Artisans gallery features Power Suits, nationally touring art quilts. On Saturday, March 9 at 3pm, Power Suits curator Cyndi Souder will give a gallery talk and display additional pieces from the collection. View 50+ of the 100+ art quilt pieces created by artists from 21 states responding to a 2010 challenge by nationally recognized local artists Cyndi Souder and Judy Gula. Free; $5 donation suggested. TheDelRayArtisans.org/Power-Suits

The Power of Mixed Media Workshop

Sunday, March 10, 1-5pm. Nationally known art quilter Judy Gula of Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria guides you in creating your own unique mixed media “power art necklace”, combining vintage/ recycled materials. Fee: $55 (includes kit). Register by March 6. Sign-up form at the gallery or at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/art-necklace

The Power of Artful Words and Paper Workshop

Saturday, March 16, 10am-4pm. Experience the benefits of poetry, bookmaking, and journaling! Join artists Stacy Rauch and D.J. Gaskin as they guide you through the process of creating personal poems about “power” and a small hardcover journal to hold them. You may bring decorative papers and basic paper-working tools. Fee: $75 (includes supplies). Register by March 8. Sign-up form at the gallery or at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/bookmaking

The Artful Power of Your Body: Vinyasa Yoga Session

Saturday, March 23, 10-11:30am. Instructor Isabella Gutfreund will give an intermediate skill level class. Series of poses helps increase strength and flexibility. Receive professional coaching on building bodily strength and learning how to focus and quiet your mind. Not suggested for beginners. Wear appropriate clothing and bring a mat. Feel the artful power of your body. Fee: $15. Register by March 18. Sign-up form at the gallery or at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/yoga


Call for Entries: POWER ART Art Exhibit

Receiving: Sunday, Feb. 24 and Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 from 6-8pm. Open to all artists. POWER ART makes others see familiar things in new ways; it evokes emotions. POWER ART can be big and bold, but it can also be quiet and simple. Regardless, it makes the viewer stop, and think. POWER ART is often a philosophical or satirical commentary. It addresses civil liberties, human rights or even the environment—that means POWER ART is often unconventional in both material and techniques. Curator: Barb Boatman (cutsewcreatestudio@gmail.com). Call for Entries: TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls

Call for Artist Vendors: Art on the Avenue on October 5, 2013

Application deadline for discounted rate: April 1, 2013. Art on the Avenue is a multicultural arts festival organized by the Del Ray Community Partnership. The show welcomes applications from all craft artists and is known for high quality artwork. All work must be original, handmade, created and exhibited by the approved artist. Showcase your most recent and best work, and list materials and retail prices on the back of each photo. Standard booth rate is $165 ($145 for Del Ray Artisans & students) if postmarked by April 1. After April 1, fee is $185 ($165 DRA/students). For questions about the jury process or the show, email artontheavenue@gmail.com. Download the application from: artontheavenue.org/?page_id=20


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.

  • 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. DRA members only. If you are interested, contact Dawn at Technology@TheDelRayArtisans.org.
  • 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.


Call for Entries: 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

Call for Entries: Beyond Function

Deadline for Entry: March 4, 2013. Beyond Function is a media-specific exhibition with a focus on non-functional ceramic artwork. These works go beyond utility, seeking to be valued for their aesthetic quality over their usefulness. It is open to all artists nationally and internationally. The juror is sculptor and installation artist Novie Trump. Exhibition Dates: May 4 - June 2, 2013. Details at: torpedofactory.org/galleries/targetcallforentry.htm

Call for Entries: ArtsCONNECT; Project grants from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF)

Application deadline: March 15. For projects taking place between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation works to increase access to the arts in DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, WV, and US Virgin Islands. MAAF’s ArtsCONNECT program supports collaborations across the region to facilitate tours of artists involving all performing arts disciplines (including dance, music, theater, & folk/traditional arts). MAAF is dedicated to bringing artists to underserved audiences throughout the region & encouraging meaningful exchanges between artists, audiences, & their communities. Grants typically range from $2,000 to $10,000. Details and application at: midatlanticarts.org/funding/pat_presentation/arts_connect/guidelines.html

Call for Entries: Torpedo Factory 2013 Jury

Receiving: Monday, March 18, 9am-6pm. "As your new vice president DRA one of my hopes is to provide greater possibilities, avenues and mentorship for members who want to possibly work full-time in the arts. The upcoming jury at the Torpedo Factory is a really great place to start. You need 5 original pieces of your work plus another 10 to 20 on CD and a check for $50. At most you have $50 to lose. Give it a try. Please don't hesitate to call with any questions." —Greg Knott (greg@gregknott.com / 202-255-3222). Details and application at: www.torpedofactory.org/jury/

Call For Artists: Walk on the Wild Side

Entry Deadline: March 22. Walk on the Wild Side is an animal-themed exhibition of 2D and 3D artists working in all media. It is a fundraising joint project of the Northern Virginia Art Center and the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, both 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations. Showcase your talent and creativity while helping AWLA care for animals in need and the NVAC serve and support the arts. All proceeds from submission fees, commissions and the opening reception will benefit both organizations in equal shares. Your submission fee is 100% tax-deductible. The show will be on display at the Northern Virginia Art Center April 9-May 4. Apply online at: www.novaartcenter.org/juried-art-show

Workshop: "From Board Game to Book"

Register by Saturday, March 23. Workshop on Saturday, March 30, 10am-2:30pm. Create a hand-bound notebook or art journal, recycling a game board for covers, using traditional book binding methods and materials. All supplies provided, with precut/predrilled board games available to choose from. You’ll craft your one-of-a-kind Japanese Stab-Bound Book (learning multiple stitch variations), and make your own book cloth from any light to medium weight cotton fabric and interfacing for the spine. Embellish your book using game pieces and other art materials to enhance the cover and inside pages. For details, contact Stacy Rausch (stacy@lovetocreate.net) or visit: www.artisticartifacts.com/product/3403302013.html

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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

©2013 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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