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POWER ART Exhibit Opening Reception (Tonight!)

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

Power Suits

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. Details at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/Power-Suits

The Power of Mixed Media Workshop

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

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


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 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 Entry: Turn On Your Masters art exhibit

Receiving: Sunday, March 31 (6-8pm) and Monday, April 1 (5-7pm). Take this opportunity to pay homage to your favorite master, question the hoopla surrounding particular pieces and praise, critique, or dish the artist and peers who have influenced us. A picture of your selected master artwork will be displayed next to your artwork. Show runs April 5-28, 2013. Show Awarding Judge: Scott Brooks. Curators: Zade Ramsey and Drew Cariaso. 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

Call for Artist Vendors: Alexandria Art Market

Application Deadline: April 8, 2013. Join Del Ray Artisans in its 4th season of monthly outdoor art markets on the lawn area of the gallery. These markets give artists an opportunity to sell their original handmade artwork and provide them with consistent exposure to the community. There will be five (5) monthly markets on the 1st Saturday of the month (May through September) from 10am to 4pm, rain or shine. Contact Kimberley Bush (ArtMarket@TheDelRayArtisans.org) with questions. Download the application from: 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.

  • Help document and shape DRA's Privacy Policy
    As we have grown in this technological era, new privacy concerns are popping up with regards to sharing personal contact information, photography at events, security cameras, and more. The Board is seeking members to help formulate and document a comprehensive privacy policy. Suggested policy revisions will be presented to the Board and the membership for final approval. Contact Dawn at Technology@TheDelRayArtisans.org.
  • Help with the Gallery 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.
  • 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. Contact Dawn at Technology@TheDelRayArtisans.org.
  • Develop new features using PHP for the DRA Web Site
    Help enhance our web site! Must already know PHP. Contact Kelly at WebCurator@TheDelRayArtisans.org for details.


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

Workshop: Stitchery With Hand Dyed Fibers with Diane Herbort

Must Register by Friday, March 15. Workshop on Saturday, March 16, 10am-2pm. $48 fee includes complete kit! Create two artworks, working with silk ribbons and a sampler of luscious hand-dyed cotton, silk and metallic fibers on pelmet Vilene, a sturdy textile with a beautiful watercolor look. Novices and skilled stitchers alike will enjoy experimenting with these gorgeous fibers and trying a variety of easy stitches. Diane Herbort is a nationally-known quilter/fiber artist and teacher known for her Crazy Quilting, ribbon embroidery, quilted garments, and more. Artistic Artifacts, Alexandria, VA. For details, contact sales@ArtisticArtifacts.com or visit: www.artisticartifacts.com/product/3403162013.html

Workshop: Altered Art Assemblage - Recycled Robot with Leslie Brier

Must Register by Friday, March 15. Workshop on Sunday, March 17, 10am-4pm. $85 fee, many supplies provided. Learn a variety of cold-connection techniques, collage methods, and experiment with Aves Apoxie Sculpt (a two-part epoxy clay) as you recycle/upcycle familiar objects, such as alarm clocks and spice tins, to construct your own altered art robot. Leslie Brier is a mixed media artist and freelance graphic designer in Fredericksburg, VA. Workshop takes place at Artistic Artifacts. For details, visit: www.artisticartifacts.com/product/3403172013.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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