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Craft Night Social

Craft Night Social

Tuesday, August 27 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

Anything Goes

Anything Goes Art Exhibit

Del Ray Artisans Board of Directors presents Anything Goes, an exhibit showcasing artwork by seven members of the Board: Michele Reday Cook, Susan Amber Gordon, Lesley Hall, John W. Hiller, Nora Partlow, Betty Plummer, and Stacy Rausch. The show runs through September 1.

One Percent

One Percent Art Exhibit Opening Reception

Friday, September 6, 7-10pm. Although inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby regarding the wealthy 1%, artists were asked to share the 1% in THEIR world, whether symbolic, political, physical, etc. Events include card-making party, resin workshop, and a dance lesson. Show runs September 6-29, 2013. Details at: TheDelRayArtisans.org

Alexandria Art Market

The Last Alexandria Art Market of 2013

Saturday, September 7 from 10am-4pm. Don't miss the last Alexandria Art Market of 2013 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. Live music by Mean Mary from 12-2pm. For more information, visit: TheDelRayArtisans.org/ArtMarket

Boat Painting!

Boat Painting!

Saturday, September 7 from 10am-4pm. Our latest community outreach is with the Alexandria Seaport Foundation (ASF). During the Alexandria Art Market on September 7th, we'll be "arting up" a 6 foot scaled reproduction Bevin Skiff built by the foundation. The fully completed boat will make its debut at Alexandria's Seaport Day (Sept 28th) and will be auctioned off for the benefit of ASF and DRA. Interested in helping? Contact John at JBordner@wiscenterprises.com or Lesley at Volunteers@TheDelRayArtisans.org.


Life Drawing - Open Sessions

  • Wednesday, August 28 from 6:30-9:30pm (long pose)
  • Monday, September 9 from 7-9pm (short pose)
  • Wednesday, September 11 from 11am-1pm (gesture)
  • Wednesday, September 11 from 2-5pm (short/long pose)
  • Wednesday, September 18 from 6:30-9:30pm (long pose)
  • Sunday, September 22 from 9:30-11:30am (gesture)
  • Wednesday, September 25 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, September 9 from 2-4pm
  • Monday, September 23 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.

Playing with Resin Workshop

Thursday, September 12, 7-10pm. Learn how to use resin in your artwork. 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: $40 + $10 supplies. Register in advance at: calendar.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Card Making Party back by popular demand!

Sunday, September 15, 3-6pm. Help DRA refresh and re-stock our hand-made greeting cards. Hosted by favorites, Karen and Theresa, participants will have plenty of materials to create one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted cards that will be available for purchase at the gallery. Join us while we create, clip and collage these little masterpieces. No experience necessary. Free, but a suggested donation for materials and time used is appreciated. Open to all over 12 years old. Bring a small amount of your favorite materials to share as well as a light snack. The sale of these cards will benefit the Del Ray Artisans Gallery. RSVP to Theresa at tkulstad@verizon.net.


Call for Proposals: 6' Boat Design/Painting

Contact John Bordner at JBordner@wiscenterprises.com ASAP. The Alexandria Seaport Foundation (ASF) is building a 6-foot scale reproduction of their "Bevin Skiff," and DRA is soliciting proposals to paint it artistically. Decorative schemes may include lighting or sculptural additions. Model construction will be either wood or a wooden frame covered in canvas. Download the Call for Proposals (including photos and schematics of the original 12-foot boat) at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls/

Call for Artist Vendors: Alexandria Art Market

Applications for the September 7 outdoor market due ASAP. Join Del Ray Artisans in its 4th season of monthly outdoor art markets on the lawn area of the gallery. The markets give artists an opportunity to sell their original handmade artwork and provide them with exposure to the community. Markets are on the 1st Saturday of the month (May through September) from 10am to 4pm, rain or shine. We have space available in the last market of 2013 on Saturday, September 7. Contact Kimberley Bush (ArtMarket@TheDelRayArtisans.org) if you are interested. Application at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls/

Fine Art & Fine Craft Holiday Market 2013

Application Deadline: Monday, August 26, 2013. Interested in selling your fine art & fine craft treasures at DRA's Holiday Market in December? We will continue this year with 3 weekends and will offer booth space as well as wall space. Gallery space is limited and the variety of goods available at each Market weekend will be kept in balance, so get your applications in early! Exhibitor opportunities open to all; Del Ray Artisans members receive priority and a discount. Please read everything and follow all the directions. Accepted artists will be notified by Friday, September 6. Application at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls

Call for Entry: One Percent

Receiving: Sunday, Sept 1 and Monday, Sept 2 from 6:30-8:30pm. Although inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby regarding the wealthy 1%, this all-area artist, all-media show concept is about defining and depicting the 1% of anything you choose in a representational, abstract, or symbolic form in any media (2D/3D). One percent might be related to something overlooked or unnoticed, natural resources, indigenous cultures, achievement of happiness, a grain of sand or a drop of water etc. What is the 1% that inspires you? 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.

  • Event Photography
    Seeking volunteers to take photos of Del Ray Artisans events for our archives and Flickr Photostream. Volunteer to photograph opening receptions, workshops, regular programs, or markets. We are hoping for around 10-20 photos from each event. Contact Lesley at Volunteers@TheDelRayArtisans.org.
  • August show Anything Goes, our annual Board Showcase
    Seven hard working board members would love help from Del Ray Artisans members in putting on a fantastic show for the month of August. Help us keep the gallery open during this show (August 3-September 1). Sign-up now for an available gallery hosting slot, which counts toward your required volunteer hours. Contact Lesley at Volunteers@TheDelRayArtisans.org.
  • Adopt-A-Park
    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.
  • 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 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 at Outreach@TheDelRayArtisans.org.
  • 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.


Del Ray neighborhood logo and slogan

The Del Ray Business Association (DRBA) is looking for an artist / designer to come up with a community logo and slogan for the neighborhood of Del Ray in Alexandria, Virginia. This logo and slogan will be used for Marketing and Advertisement for years to come. What image comes to mind when you think of Del Ray? Now is the time to share that idea. There may be compensation for the artist(s) that create the logo and slogan that the DRBA feels best represents Del Ray. For more details, contact Nora Partlow ASAP at norapartlow@yahoo.com.

Artist Supply Sale

Saturday, August 24, 2013, 10am–3pm at the Torpedo Factory. Artists are invited to participate in an art materials swap meet that is open to the public. Contact: 703-838-4565 or visit www.torpedofactory.org/calendar_of_events_.htm

Call for Entry: “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 or visit www.arc-sf.com/call-for-artists.html

Call for Entry: Young at Art, Juried Artists Exhibition for Artists 55+

Artwork Receiving: Thursday, September 12, 10am-Noon. Artists 55 years of age or older are invited to participate in the 27th annual Young At Art show to open on September 17, 2013 and run through January 22, 2014 at the Durant Arts Center (1605 Cameron St, Alexandria). Jointly sponsored by: Senior Services of Alexandria and Goodwin House Foundation. The juror will be Chris Haggerty, a Fine Arts Professor at Marymount University. The entry fee is $20 for the first three entries and $5 for each additional entry. Contact: 703-836-4414 (ext 11), executivedirector@seniorservicesalex.org. Call for Entry with full details can be found at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls/

Workshop: Make Your Own "House of Memories" Journal Book

Register by September 9; Workshop on September 14, 10am to 4pm. Join DJ Gaskin for her next recycled-materials house book workshop -- "House of Memories" -- and make a pocket journal. Learn how to create the house-shaped book out of recycled materials then, using simple origami folds, junk-mail envelopes and more, embed envelopes and pockets within hand-stitched pages. Supplies provided. Register by calling 703-823-0202, x213 or online at www.artisticartifacts.com/product/4009142013.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.
Archived copies of the weekly DRA eBlasts can be found at www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/eblast.
Non-DRA announcements will be run only for two consecutive weeks.

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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