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Del-Ray-geous Art Exhibit Closing Reception with Awards (This Sunday)

Sunday, October 27, 3-6pm. 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. Awards for Best Represents Del Ray, Most Outrageous, Most Creative, People's Choice, and Curators' Choice will be given at the Closing Reception. Show runs through October 27. For details, visit: calendar.TheDelRayArtisans.org.

Silent Auction ends: Saturday, October 26, 6pm. Proceeds of the silent auction of the Del-Ray-geous exhibit postcard artwork support Del Ray Artisans. The artwork is an acrylic, mixed media collaboration between the curators: Lesley Hall and Dawn Wyse Hurto. Come to the gallery to bid!

Final Raffle Drawing: Sunday, October 27. Many generous local businesses have donated raffle prizes to support this exhibit. Multiple chances to win! Special thanks to donors: The Westin Alexandria, One Point One Legal, Natures Nibbles, Osteria 1909, Rosemarino D'Italia, Los Tios Grill, Taqueria el Poblano, Cheesetique, Contessa's Home and Garden, FireFlies, Pork Barrel BBQ, St. Elmo's Coffee Pub, Greener Cleaner (703-717-9118), Truly-Life, and Caboose Cafe & Bakery. Remember to patron our gracious supporters and visit the gallery through October 27 to purchase raffle tickets at just $2/ticket!

Del Ray Dozen Invitational Photography Show

Del Ray Dozen Opening Reception

Friday, November 1, 7-10pm. The work of thirteen photographers juried in: John Bordner, Kathryn Brown, Jen Chappell, Candace Clifford, Bill Coyle, Chris Fedderson, Barry Heyman, David Kosar, James Locke, Marlin Lord, Joe Minor, Rob Rudick, and Karen Thuermer. These select photographers approach their craft in different ways—as traditional film shooters, digital image-makers, darkroom junkies, print makers, and experimentalists. Show runs from November 1-December 1, 2013. For details, visit: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org.

Partners in Art

Partners in Art

Monday, November 4 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.

Life Drawing

Life Drawing Open Sessions

  • Wednesday, November 6 from 11am-1pm (gesture)
  • Wednesday, November 6 from 2-5pm (short/long pose)
  • Monday, November 11 from 7-9p (short pose)
  • Wednesday, November 13 from 6:30-9:30pm (long pose)
  • Wednesday, November 20 from 6:30-9:30pm (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.


Art in City Hall: Intersections of Art and History

Digital Submission Deadline: Friday, October 31 at 6pm. The Art League and the City of Alexandria, in conjunction with the Mayor's initiative to promote the arts citywide in Alexandria, continue to support Art in City Hall. This exhibit will be juried by an outside, independent expert in the arts, and will hang for eight months (11/18/2013–7/18/2014) on the second floor of the Alexandria City Hall. This exhibit will focus on the history and art of Alexandria from it's founding in 1774 to the present day. Members of The Art League, Del Ray Artisans, the Torpedo Factory Artists' Association, Empowered Women International, and Convergence Art Center are invited to participate. For 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.
  • Join Our Curator Support Team
    Volunteer to assist a curator in November or January; offer your particular skill (press materials, hanging, spreadsheets, people skills) to a curator who needs it. 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: The Art of Music Juried Exhibition

Entry Deadline: October 25, 2013. The 4th Annual Patricia Sitar Arts Expo: Juried Exhibition "The Art of Music" will be at the Sitar Arts Center's Cafritz Gallery in Washington DC. Artwork must relate to written, vocal or instrumental music, bands, musicians and/or musical instruments, and be appropriate for school age children. 2D works must be no larger than 4’ in width or height and 3D works should not exceed 5’H x 3’D. Open to youth ages 10-15 and adults. Fees range from free to $10. For details, download the Call for Entry (PDF) or visit: www.sitarartscenter.org

Call for Artist Vendors: Artisan Holiday Market at the Charles Barrett Recreation Center

Application Deadline: October 31, 2013. Artisan Holiday Market will be on Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 10am-3pm (set up begins at 8am) at the Charles Barrett Recreation Center (Alexandria VA). This event is a fundraiser for the recreation center programs including the Out of School Time Program. Exhibitor cost: $40 for a 10x10 space (includes an 8-foot table and 2 chairs) plus 15% of sales. [Jewelry and Hand Knits categories are full.] Contact Claudine Sangaré at 703-731-3878 or ClaudineBostickSangare@yahoo.com. Application, Exhibitor Guidelines and more details on the CBRCAC's website: cbrecac.org/artisan-market/

Exhibition Opportunity: Exhibit Space Available for Solo or Group Shows

Application Deadline: October 31, 2013. Exhibit space available for an individual SOLO show or a self-organized (2-6 people) GROUP show. Exhibition dates available: January 3 - February 2 or February 7 - March 2 or June 6-29, 2014. Bright, handsome new space for contemporary art, convenient to public transportation and parking near the Washington Convention Center. $2000/month space rental fee. No application fee. Contact Ksenia Grishkova (202-347-2787, info@touchstonegallery.com) or visit: www.touchstonegallery.com

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.

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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