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Life Drawing

Life Drawing - Open Sessions

  • 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 6-9pm. 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 3-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!

Register right away as these workshops will fill up soon! Workshop details and registration at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/GUAC

Alexandria Art Market

The Alexandria Art Market

Saturday, July 6 from 10am-4pm. Don't miss the 4th season of the Alexandria Art Market held on the green space at 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 After Jack from 12-2pm. Come, rain or shine, the first Saturday of each month through September. For more information, visit: TheDelRayArtisans.org/ArtMarket

First Thursday

First Thursday: Rain Barrel Design

Thursday, July 11, 6-9pm. Help us with the design for the outside of our Eco-friendly rain barrel! We would love any suggestions for subject matter or sketches that could be incorporated into an overall design. Swing by the gallery on Del Ray's First Thursday (on July 11 due to the holiday on the actual First Thursday) between 6pm and 9pm to provide feedback or pick-up a marker and make a sketch! Questions? Contact Pamela Underhill at Gardens@TheDelRayArtisans.org

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.


GUAC: Shaving Cream Marbling/Monoprinting

Shaving Cream Marbling/Monoprinting

Wednesday, July 3, 6:30-9:30pm. Using shaving cream as the base for textile paints to "float on," participants will create one-of-a-kind prints using marbling and/or monoprint techniques. Prints can be created on paper and fabric. Each participant will have their own station to create and pull as many prints as they want during the class. The workshop will start with a short how-to demo, and instructors will help individual participants with methods and process. Instructors: Stacy Rausch & Jen Athanas. Cost: $30 + $20 supplies. Register: TheDelRayArtisans.org/GUAC


Photo Decals in Glass

2-Day Workshop: July 5 from 11-2pm and July 8 from 11-12:30pm. Using a laser printer, students will copy and transfer a design, photograph, computer drawing, or original artwork created with ink and paper, to fusing photo paper. When these images are transferred to a piece of glass to be fused in a kiln, the resulting image is sepia tone, reminiscent of old-time photographs. Participants will begin by transferring small images to 2-inch square glass squares that will be used to make magnets, and may create a larger 4-inch by 6-inch project. The instructor will take the images to be fired and return them later in the week. Instructor: Betsy Mead. Cost: $70 + $10 supplies. Register: TheDelRayArtisans.org/GUAC


Recipe for Collage

Friday, July 5, 6-10pm. Start with a bag of "ingredients" consisting of textured and colored papers, magazine images and/or photos, and an array of art supplies including inks, paints, pens, stamps, etc. Then follow a "recipe" that is a step-by-step guide for layering your supplies to create your collage. In addition to having at your disposal adhesives, scissors and other tools, you may "shop" the aisles for more ingredients and materials. Instructor: Theresa Kulstad. Cost: $40 + $5 supplies. Register: TheDelRayArtisans.org/GUAC

GUAC: Pop-Up Sewing

Pop-Up Sewing: Decorative Pillow

Saturday, July 6, 10-12pm. If you've ever thought about learning how to sew (but didn't know how start)—and would like to add a personal touch to your decorating—this event is for you. Professional seamstress Chrystal Cooper will teach you how to use a sewing machine to make a decorative pillow to take home—and have fun doing it. There is no need to bring supplies, everything you need will be provided. Instructor: Chris Cooper. Cost: $30 (includes supplies). Register: TheDelRayArtisans.org/GUAC

GUAC: Pop-Up Sewing

Pop-Up Sewing: Doggie Jacket

Saturday, July 6, 12:30-2:30pm. If you've ever thought about learning how to sew (but didn't know how start)—and would like your favorite dog to make a fashion statement—this event is for you. Professional seamstress Chrystal Cooper will teach you how to use a sewing machine to make and take home a jacket for your dog—and have fun doing it. There is no need to bring supplies, everything you need will be provided. Be sure to take your dog's chest and length measurements before you come. Instructor: Chris Cooper. Cost: $40 (includes supplies). Register: TheDelRayArtisans.org/GUAC


Intro to Fashion Drawing

Saturday, July 6, 5:30-9:30pm. Learn how to draw a fashion illustration figure. You will learn the difference between proportions of the regular figure and the fashion figure and the 9 heads of the fashion figure, and to use different to techniques to render different fabrics. The instructor will provide a supplies list to all participants. Instructor: Christina Perry. Cost: $50 + supplies. Register: TheDelRayArtisans.org/GUAC


Mindful Mediation for Enhanced Creativity

6-Day Workshop: July 7 through July 12 from 1-2:30pm each day. This workshop consists of six 1½-hour sessions. After teaching the basics of mindful meditation, each session involves: a period of meditation; a period of writing in response to "guiding questions" that get at the nature of creativity, the individual's expectations and goals for their creative life; and opportunity to share experiences with the blocks that have been encountered and their responses to the guiding questions. The instructor will provide a supplies list to all participants. Instructor: Rusty Lynn. Cost: $105 + supplies. Register: TheDelRayArtisans.org/GUAC


Call for 2014 Show Proposals

Proposal Deadline: August 1, 2013. Unleash your inner curator, and dig up those creative gems lurking in the back of your minds! Have a great idea for an art exhibit? Send it to us and learn how fulfilling it is to turn those ideas into actual exhibits with artworks that explore your theme or concept. Download the show proposal form at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls/

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.


Studio Space to Share

Fantastic studio space available to share in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. Lots of light! Even a Skylight! Ideal for painting / sculpture or fine craftwork. Looking for 1 or 2 artist(s) to share this great space with. Call, text, or email Bill Fonvielle for details ASAP: 703-758-8585, fonviellestudios@gmail.com

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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