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Pricing and Marketing Your Artwork

Member Meeting/Benefit Program: Pricing and Marketing Your Artwork

THIS SUNDAY (June 16) from 4-6pm. Back by popular demand! Del Ray Artisans workshop for member artists, "Pricing and Marketing Your Artwork" led by David A. Kosar, will answer the most frequently asked questions by artists: "How do I price and market my artwork?" This program is for members only, however the gallery will be open for all to see the Music In Art exhibit. The value is enormous, but as "Benefit Program" implies, the member rate is free! Questions? Contact Kathryn Brown at Membership@TheDelRayArtisans.org.

Life Drawing

Life Drawing - Open Sessions

  • 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

Partners in Art

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.

Craft Night Social

Craft Night Social

Tuesday, June 25 from 5-9pm. Bring in your own projects in progress and spend a few hours of uninterrupted time crafting. Meet other creative like-minded individuals as well. Open to knit / crochet / fiber arts, paper crafts / scrapbooking / stamping / card-making, sewing, jewelry, drawing, and general crafts. No wet media other than glue please. Each person will receive 2-3 feet of table space. Each 4-hour session is $8 for DRA members and $10 for non-members. Register at TheDelRayArtisans.org/craft

Music in Art

Music In Art exhibit

Artwork influenced by a particular tune, song, movement or aria. Can you name that tune by the brush strokes in the painting, gems in the necklace, weave in fiber art, or see the movement in clay sculpture? Explore the music in art in this all-member, all-media exhibit. Show runs through June 30. For more information, visit www.TheDelRayArtisans.org.


Grown-Ups Art Camp (GUAC)

July 1-12, 2013. The GUAC schedule is here! We have 22 exciting workshops scheduled - from tapestry weaving to playing with resin; from creating a masterpiece out of mosaics, glass or paper to learning how to conquer social media (or at least how to put a leash on it!). You can sign up for as many as you want – the choice is yours – and tell your friends!

  • Breaking Through to Creativity (July 12, 9am-12:30pm)
  • Creative Cut-Ups (2 sessions: July 8 and July 9, 3-7pm)
  • Framing for Artists (July 8, 8-10pm)
  • Image Play (2 sessions: July 1 and July 3, 2-6pm)
  • Intro to Fashion Drawing (July 6, 5:30-9:30pm)
  • Intro to Visual Journaling (2 sessions: July 2 and July 9, 8-9:30pm)
  • Marketing is NOT a Four-Letter Word (July 1, 10am-12pm)
  • Mindful Meditation for Enhanced Creativity (6 daily sessions: July 7-12, 1-2:30pm)
  • Make a Unique Mosaic Art Piece (3 sessions: July 2, 5 and 12, 3-5:30pm)
  • Monotype Madness (July 7, 3:30-6:30pm)
  • Photo Decals in Glass (2 sessions: July 5, 11am-2pm; July 8, 11am-12:30pm)
  • Photo Tools & Editing for Artists (July 3, 10am-12pm)
  • Playing with Resin (July 1, 6:30-9:30pm)
  • Pop-Up Sewing Class: Decorative Pillow (July 6, 10am-12pm)
  • Pop-Up Sewing Class: Doggie Jacket (July 6, 12:30-2:30pm)
  • Pop-Up Sewing Class: Tote Bag (July 12, 7:30-9:30pm)
  • Quick Draw Creative (July 7, 7-9pm)
  • Recipe for Collage (July 5, 6-10pm)
  • Shaving Cream Marbling/Monoprinting (July 3, 6:30-9:30pm)
  • Tapestry Weaving (2 sessions: July 10 & 11, 3:30-9:30pm)
  • Tell Your Story Online: Simple Marketing Strategies for Artists (July 2, 10am-12pm)
  • Tiny Landscape Mandala (July 10, 10am-12pm)
Register right away as these workshops will fill up soon! Workshop details and registration at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/GUAC

Summer Art Camp for Kids

Summer Art Camp for Kids

Artists Through the Ages - a week of art exploration through art history, historic time periods and themes, and influential artists

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 TheDelRayArtisans.org/ArtCamp.

Also, want to sponsor a camper? For a donation of $275 you can send a needy youth to camp for a week (all supplies and lunches are included). You can donate by PayPal on our website at TheDelRayArtisans.org/donate.



Marketing is NOT a Four-Letter Word

Monday, July 1, 10-12pm. Does the time you spend marketing your art seem like a waste? You'd much rather spend that time in your studio, right? In this workshop, learn the 5 crucial mistakes you might be making and the surprisingly simple way to begin making better connections online and off-line to build an interested audience hungry to buy your art. You'll begin to see how to think like a marketer without feeling or looking all pushy (and without losing your soul or wearing polyester suits). Instructor: Laurie McCarriar. Fee: $30. Register: TheDelRayArtisans.org/GUAC


Image Play

2-Day Workshop: July 1 and July 3 from 2-6pm. About 10 minutes in simple meditation before writing an Intention Statement of what we are willing to stretch toward in our art-making. Then engage in an art-making workshop, such as drawing, painting, collage or sculpture. Each session involves one kind of art-making, then write a Witness Statement - a dialogue with our art product. Sometimes the artwork has something to say, sometimes not. At the end, each person reads their Intention and Witness statements and shares their artwork. Instructor: Rusty Lynn. Cost: $70 + $15 supplies. Register: TheDelRayArtisans.org/GUAC


Playing with Resin

Monday, July 1, 6:30-9:30pm. Learn how to use resin in your art work. Come "play" with resin in a safe environment and learn the ins and outs of mixing resin and using it—as an adhesive, a covering, or the main medium. Instructor: Tracy Wilkerson. Cost: $30 + $8 supplies. Register: TheDelRayArtisans.org/GUAC


Tell Your Story Online

Tuesday, July 2, 10-12pm. Simple Marketing Strategies for Artists: Why is it so important to add images and story into your marketing strategy? What is it about telling stories that foster connection between you and your best customers? How can you set up a do-able strategy to build your audience and sell your art? You'll discover not only what kinds of stories you must tell as an artist, but also how to leverage the power of images to grab people's attention online and off-line. Instructor: Laurie McCarriar. Cost: $30. Register: TheDelRayArtisans.org/GUAC


Mosaic Art Piece

3-Day Workshop: July 2, July 5, and July 12 from 3-5:30pm. Learn about mosaic design, tools and techniques, and how to incorporate dinnerware, found objects, and jewelry into your art piece. Select decorative items to use. Design layout. Choose and blend colors. Work on patterns. Cut and shape pieces; glue them into place; and finish with grouting techniques. The instructor will provide a supplies list to all participants. Instructor: Sally Coler. Cost: $75 + supplies. Register: TheDelRayArtisans.org/GUAC


Intro to Visual Journaling

2-Day Workshop: July 2 and July 9 from 8-9:30pm. Learn to let go of your inner critic and let the intuitive artist out and take over as you journal using images instead of words. You will learn tools to break away from feelings of "not being good enough" at drawing and will meditate, sketch, and doodle. Afterwards you will learn to look at your drawing and figure out what it is saying to you that words couldn't. The instructor will provide a supplies list to all participants. Instructor: Christina Perry. Cost: $40 + supplies. Register: TheDelRayArtisans.org/GUAC


Photo Tools & Editing for Artists

Wednesday, July 3, 10-12pm. Save Time and Money With the Right Tools and Apps for Taking Photos and Sharing Your Story: Is your computer full of photos named IMG_1023.jpg? Do you take photos of your art and then never use them because you think you need to buy (and learn) Photoshop in order to make them look good? Laurie McCarriar will get you started with the best (free) photo editing apps and services, and some easy tips for sizing, storing and sharing your images (and how to get started sharing your photos online more strategically so you'll get noticed in a crowded art world). Instructor: Laurie McCarriar. Cost: $30. Register: TheDelRayArtisans.org/GUAC


Del Ray Dozen Invitational Photography Show

The Del Ray Dozen Invitational Photography Show returns to Del Ray Artisans after a 4-year hiatus. This is a juried show and DRA member photographers are invited to prepare a portfolio with examples of their work to present to the jury in a portfolio review. The reviews are scheduled for August 7th and 21st, so get your portfolio together. Photographers who are accepted will decide which of their recent work they wish to display and will be given a space in the gallery. More information (including Call for Entry) will follow, as we get closer to the show dates: November 1-December 1, 2013. For questions, contact Rob Rudick at robrudick@yahoo.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.

  • 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.
  • Post DRA Events on assigned Online Calendars
    Post approved DRA publicity materials on online calendars assigned to you. Each volunteer will have one or two web calendars to update. Must have internet access and will take approximately 30 minutes each time (usually twice per month). DRA members only. Contact Dawn at Technology@TheDelRayArtisans.org.


Open Call for Mural Artists

Deadline extended to Sunday, June 30, 2013. This is an open call for artists to submit concepts to be considered for a mural that will cover the walls inside of the Torpedo Factory Art Center along the waterfront entrance. This call is open to all local and regional artists. The winner of the selected mural will be awarded $2,000. The juror, Shane Pomajambo, will select the top three proposals, with final selection to be chosen by Eric Wallner, CEO of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. For details, visit: torpedofactory.org/galleries/targetcallforentry.htm

Call for Entry: In the Flesh 4

Deadline for Entry: July 8, 2013. In the Flesh 4 returns after popular demand; this is an exhibition that examines contemporary figurative art. An all media exhibit that invites artists nationally and internationally to submit work for consideration that includes the human figure as its subject. The juror is American realist painter Jason John, currently represented by The Principle Gallery in Alexandria, VA. Exhibition Dates: September 7-29, 2013. For details, visit: torpedofactory.org/galleries/targetcallforentry.htm

Call for Entry: Approaching the Magic Hour when the Light is in Everything

Deadline for Entry: Thursday, August 15, 2013. Artist's interpretation of the writing of Walter Anderson, painter poet, philosopher. There will be a blind jury. Opening of the exhibit with selected pieces October 2013. Submit electronically to: ripples@walterandersonmuseum.org For more information call: 228 872 5194 Web: http://www.walterandersonmuseum.org

Call for Entries: “Structure” National Juried Exhibition

Deadline for Entry: September 3, 2013.We are seeking works of art that address the concept of "structure" in all its forms. Structure can define vision and expression within political, religious and technological boundaries. How do you express the structure and thus the inherent meaning in your art? Juror: James Bacchi of Arthaus Gallery, San Francisco, CA Submission Fee: $35 Media: Sculpture, painting, drawing, photo, printmaking, ceramics, assemblage, collage, mixed media, fiber art, artist book. Split on sales: 60/40 between artist & gallery. For information contact: arcgallerysf@gmail.com Submissions http://www.arc-sf.com/call-for-artists.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.
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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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