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T.C. Williams Student Art Exhibition

16th Annual T.C. Williams Student Art Exhibition Opening Reception (Last Weekend)

The art of thirteen T.C. Williams High School students, who were selected as this year's National Art Honor Society inductees, will be on exhibit. Many of these students will continue their art studies at the college level and much of the work showcased was featured in their winning college admission portfolios. Show runs May 3-12. For details, visit: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Artworks For Good

Artworks For Good Exhibit Opening Reception

Friday, May 17, 7-10pm. Del Ray Artisans (non-profit) is hosting a fundraiser art exhibit titledArtworks For Good. This exhibit features original artwork by area artists. Artwork is priced starting at $100; Take-Away art starts at $50. Artworks For Good runs from May 17 through June 1, and ends with a Closing/ Fundraiser/ Benefit Reception on June 1st (with open-mic auction!) to benefit Del Ray Artisans and the American Cancer Society in honor of arts patron Becky Arnold. For more information, visit: TheDelRayArtisans.org/benefit

Yard Sale

5th Annual Yard Sale including Live Plants & Bake Sale

Saturday, May 25, 8am-2pm. Need that one of kind unique gift? Do you have something that you would love to give a new home! Someone's trash is another's treasure. Donate to the DRA Yard Sale by dropping off donations during donation times, then come shop on May 25! FREE admission and open to the public. Profits support Del Ray Artisans. For event and donation details, visit: TheDelRayArtisans.org/YardSale

Artworks For Good

Artworks For Good Exhibit Closing/ Fundraiser/ Benefit Reception

Saturday, June 1, 7-10pm, with an open-mic auction! This Reception honors Becky Arnold who passed away last fall after a battle with cancer. Becky was a passionate supporter of the arts and helped to grow Del Ray Artisans’ Gallery Without Walls program. Proceeds from this Reception will be split between Del Ray Artisans and the American Cancer Society in honor of Becky. Tickets to this Reception are $10. Tickets may be purchased at the gallery in advance or at the door. For more information, visit: TheDelRayArtisans.org/benefit

Summer Art Camp for Kids

Summer Art Camp for Kids

Choose July 15-19 or July 22-26. There is still space available to register your child for DRA’s summer art camp. This year we are offering two separate weeks of camp (with the same program for each week). Camp is open to students ages 8-14, and all supplies and lunch are included in the registration fee. There will also be a one-day only gallery show (Saturdays, July 20 and July 27) to show off the students work from their week of camp. Students will receive top-notch art instruction by professional artists and teachers. For more information, contact the Art Camp Administrator, Colleen Dolinger, at ArtCamp@TheDelRayArtisans.org or visit www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/ArtCamp.


Life Drawing - Open Sessions

  • Sunday, May 19 from 9:30-11:30am (gesture)
  • Wednesday, May 22 from 2-5pm (short/long pose)
  • Wednesday, June 12 from 11am-1pm (gesture)
  • Wednesday, June 12 from 2-5pm (short/long pose)
  • Wednesday, June 19 from 6:30-9:30pm (long pose)
  • Sunday, June 23 from 9:30-11:30am (gesture)
  • Wednesday, June 26 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 $10 for DRA members and $12 for non-members. 2-hour sessions are $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Contact Katherine Rand at LifeDrawing@TheDelRayArtisans.org if you have questions.

Partners in Art

  • Monday, May 20 from 2-4pm
  • Monday, June 10 from 2-4pm
  • Monday, June 24 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.

The Alexandria Art Market

Saturday, June 1 from 10am-4pm. The 4th season of The Alexandria Art Market will be held on the first Saturday of the month from May through September on the green space outside our gallery. A variety of original artwork from over 25 artists will be on display including painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, and glasswork. Musical Performance by Janna Audey from 12-2pm. For more information, contact ArtMarket@TheDelRayArtisans.org or visit TheDelRayArtisans.org/ArtMarket

Grown-Ups Art Camp

July 1-12. What is "GUAC" you say? It stands for Grown-Ups Art Camp and represents a jam-packed 12 days of 18+ workshops. Sign up for as few or as many as you can handle! The schedule will be released within the next 2 weeks so stay tuned!


Call for Entry: Artworks For Good Fundraiser Exhibit

Receiving: Sunday, May 12 and Monday, May 13 from 6:30-8:30pm. Del Ray Artisans is hosting a fundraiser art exhibit with a closing Fundraiser/Benefit Reception. The proceeds of the art exhibit will go to DRA. Proceeds from the closing reception will be split between DRA and The American Cancer Society in honor of Becky Arnold. Artwork may be submitted through the Call For Entry process with a requested 40% donation from artwork sale -or- as a full donation to DRA. Only a limited number of donated artworks will be accepted. Members whose donated artworks are accepted will automatically satisfy their required 2013 DRA membership volunteer hours and are not required to gallery host for this show. Artwork previously shown at DRA will be considered. For details, download the Call for Entry: TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls

Call for Entry: Music In Art

Receiving: Sunday, June 2 and Monday, June 3 from 6-8pm. This all-member, all-media exhibit explores the relationship between music and art. There is a long history of musical references and influences in the visual arts. We are looking for artists to give us their interpretations—your chance to bring music in art to life with your painting, sculpture, glass, fiber, jewelry, or a mixed media creation! You must be a Del Ray Artisans member to enter, but you can join today! For entry details, download the Call for Entry: 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 Needed for the 16th Annual Student Art Show
    Gallery hosts needed to assist student host through May 12. Please contact Lesley Hall at Volunteers@theDelRayArtisans.org for availability options.
  • Help with the May 17 – June 1 fundraiser art exhibit: Artworks For Good
    Please contact Drew Cariaso at Curating@TheDelRayArtisans.org.
  • Yard Sale with Plant & Bake Sale Donation Drop-Off Times
    Sunday, May 19 from 2-6pm (no plants or baked goods yet); Thursday, May 23 from 1-9pm; and Friday, May 24 from 1-9pm (LAST DAY FOR DONATIONS; including plants and baked goods). For details, visit TheDelRayArtisans.org/YardSale.
  • Yard Sale Helpers 
    Give 2 or more hours to help organizing, pricing and tagging on Sunday, May 19 (2-6pm), Thursday, May 23 (1-9pm) and Friday, May 24 (1-9pm). Also needed are helpers during the Yard Sale on Saturday, May 25 in 3-hour shifts (7am-3pm). Please contact Lesley Hall at Volunteers@TheDelRayArtisans.org.
  • Join Our Curator Support Team
    Volunteer to assist a curator in September, October, or November; offer your particular skill (hanging, spreadsheets, design) to a curator who needs it; or apply for the position of Director of Curating! Experienced past curators especially needed, but all volunteers are welcome. Contact Lesley Hall at Volunteers@TheDelRayArtisans.org.
  • Reach Out for DRA!
    DRA is forming several small groups of volunteers to help coordinate our participation in community events. Sign up today for the: First Thursday Committee (May-Sep), Art on the Avenue Committee (October 5th event), or Community Requests Committee (ad hoc). Contact Amber Gordon at Outreach@TheDelRayArtisans.org.
  • Adopt-A-Park
    It's the season where cleanness equals points towards cash. Trash needs to be picked up from the small park and from around the gallery. About 1-1 1/2 hours of work on weekends through November 30. Contact Marlin G. Lord at Facilities@TheDelRayArtisans.org or 703-508-7471 with your availability.
  • 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 Lesley at Volunteers@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.
  • Develop new features using PHP or SQL for the DRA Web Site
    Help enhance our web site! Must already know PHP and/or SQL. Contact Kelly at WebCurator@TheDelRayArtisans.org for details.


Photographer Fellowships: Aaron Siskind Foundation Invites Applications for 2013

Deadline: May 24, 2013. Fellowship grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to artists working in photography and/or photo-based art who demonstrate a serious commitment to photography and who are professionally active in the field. Works submitted may be traditional photography projects or experimental works, but photographic techniques must be pivotal to the work submitted. Fellowship funds must be used to further the artist's creative endeavors. Details at: foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/rfp_item.jhtml?id=412700019

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

Submit Application by June 1 to be in the first round of judging. 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 $185 ($165 for Del Ray Artisans & students). For questions about the jury process or the show, email artontheavenue@gmail.com. Download the application from: artontheavenue.org/?page_id=20

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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.

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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