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Card-Making Party

Card-Making Party (this Sunday!)

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.

Swing Dance Lesson

Swing Dance Lesson

Friday, September 20, 7-9pm. Come learn some basic Swing Dancing techniques with the George Mason Swing Dance Club! Only $5 per person. Feel free to dress up for some additional flare or just come casual ready to dance! Have questions? Contact Tamara Wilkerson at wilkerson.tamara@gmail.com.

One Percent

One Percent Art Exhibit

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 through September 29. Details at: TheDelRayArtisans.org


Life Drawing - Open Sessions

  • 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 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.

Del-Ray-geous Art Exhibit Opening Reception

Friday, October 4, 7-10pm. The Del-Ray-geous art exhibit at Del Ray Artisans showcases member artwork focused on the outrageous, fun, and unique parts of the Del Ray neighborhood and community. Show runs October 4-27, 2013. Closing Reception with awards: Sunday, October 27, 3-6pm. Events during this exhibit include Art on the Avenue, Life Drawing Sessions, Decorative Pillow Sewing Workshop, Craft Night Social, and more. For details, visit: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org


Call for Entry: Del-Ray-geous all-member show

Receiving: Sunday, Sept 29 and Monday, Sept 30 from 6-8pm. Del Ray (home of Del Ray Artisans) is a neighborhood, but it’s more than just a place—it’s a creative community. Whether you’ve lived here for years or if you just fell in love with it, we want you express what Del Ray means to you. Don’t be afraid to let your creativity be outrageous. Make it Del-Ray-geous! Focus your 2D or 3D artwork on some specific aspect of Del Ray or on community in general. Also consider entering shrink-wrapped 2D artwork or fine handcraft artisans work into the “Art-to-Go” market. This show is open to DRA members only (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 12 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.
  • 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.


Call for Entry: Recycled Art Exhibition

Deadline: September 13, 2013. Northern Virginia Community College is seeking submissions of recycled art for an exhibit publicizing sustainability, reducing, & recycling. Submissions may be sculptural (both free-standing or wall hangings) or 2D, but must be composed of a minimum of 75% recycled materials. Entry is open to any Virginia, Maryland, and/or D.C. residents. For details on how to enter, download the PDF prospectus here

Grant Opportunity: Bader Fund

Deadline: September 15, 2013. The Franz and Virginia Bader Fund welcomes applications from visual artists aged 40 years or older, who live within 150 miles of Washington, D.C., and can demonstrate that they have the potential to benefit as artists from a grant. For more information and to apply visit: www.baderfund.org/program.htm

Grant Opportunity: William H. Johnson Prize

Deadline: September 23, 2013. The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that seeks to encourage African American artists early in their careers by offering financial grants. The Johnson Foundation awards grants to individuals who work in the following media: painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, installation and/or new genre. For more information and to apply visit: www.whjohnsongrant.org/whjform/

Call for Entry: Celebrate The Season Of Art!

Artwork submissions due by email by Friday, October 1, 2013. You are cordially invited to submit your artwork for a City of Fairfax Spotlight Celebration. Artists from Northern Virginia are invited to compete with a variety of honors that will be awarded by the City of Fairfax. The public will be invited to a reception of the judged art exhibition on Friday, November 15 from 7-9pm. We will have two categories with 10 awards (including 6 cash awards from $25 - $100 each). One award category will be for all paintings, drawings, serigraphs, lithographs and multi-media. The second award category will be for fine art photography. For details and an Artist’s Application, contact Larry Oskin at LOskin@MktgSols.com or 703-359-6000.

VMFA Visual Arts Fellowships 2014-15

Application deadline: Friday, November 8, 2013. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is now accepting applications for 2014-15 Visual Arts Fellowships. VMFA is committed to supporting professional artists as well as art and art history students who demonstrate exceptional creative ability in their chosen discipline. Award amount include: $8000 Professional artists, $6000 Graduate students in the visual arts or art history, and $4000 Undergraduate students in the visual arts (including college-bound high school seniors). No application fee! Application and details at: www.vmfa.museum/fellowships

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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