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Holiday Market

Holiday Market (December 13-15; This Weekend!)

Friday, 6-9pm; Saturday, 10am-4pm; Sunday, 12-4pm. Come to the reception on Friday for goodies from local restaurants. Bring a friend or two, and treat yourself to holiday fare and shopping in a relaxed, festive atmosphere. The market offers original, affordable works of art and handmade crafts. Different artists are featured each weekend! This weekend, artists include:

  • Jen Athanas (Jen-A-Fusion Fashion Accessories)
  • Barb Boatman (CutSewCreate Studio)
  • Derek Hall (The Bear Parts)
  • Cynthia Larré (Larré Designs)
  • Betsy Mead (Transformations)
  • Diana Papazian (Papazian Jewelry)
  • Madeline Ramsey (Unique Stained Glass)
  • Tangela Roe
  • Margarette & Neville Sinclair (LaVieve Boutique Quality Skincare)
  • Howard Stelzer
  • Vicki VanArsdale (Vic Squared Creations)
  • Joyce Wagner (Reinvented Elegance)
  • Tamara Wilkerson (WiRealm by Tamara)
  • Kari Kelley & Steve Johnson (Tierra y Fuego)

Saturday and Sunday also feature a Bake Sale that benefits the non-profit Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. For details, visit: TheDelRayArtisans.org

Life Drawing

Life Drawing Open Sessions

  • Wednesday, December 18 from 6:30-9:30pm (long pose)
  • Monday, January 6 from 7-9pm (Short Poses)
  • Wednesday, January 8 from 11am-1pm (Gesture, clothed)
  • Wednesday, January 8 from 2-5pm (Short/Long, clothed)
  • Thursday, January 9 from 6:30-9:30pm (Long Poses)
  • Wednesday, January 15 from 6:30-9:30pm (Long Poses)
  • Sunday, January 19 from 9:30-11:30am (Gesture)
  • Wednesday, January 22 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Poses)
  • Thursday, January 23 from 6:30-9:30pm (Long Poses)
  • Wednesday, January 29 from 6:30-9:30pm (Long Poses)

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.


Holiday Market (December 20-22; Final weekend!)

Friday, 6-9pm; Saturday, 10am-4pm; Sunday, 12-4pm. Come to the reception on Friday for goodies from local restaurants. Bring a friend or two, and treat yourself to holiday fare and shopping in a relaxed, festive atmosphere. The market offers original, affordable works of art and handmade crafts. On this final weekend of the Holiday Market, artists include:

  • Tessa Barsic
  • Kimberley Bush (Karma Krafts by Kimberley)
  • Rita Cohen
  • Marcel Deolazo
  • Katie Kelly (WineLinks)
  • Kathy Lawler & Chris Fedderson (LaughterPieces)
  • Kim Joy
  • Nancy Kline
  • Genevieve Lynn (Jade River Studios)
  • Diana Manchak (Designs in Clay)
  • Linda Goetz Mierke
  • Hilary Rednor (Hilary Rednor Jewelry)
  • Dorothy Weiss (Dorothy Weiss Designs)
  • Paula Wulff (WulffWerks)

Saturday and Sunday also feature a Bake Sale that benefits the non-profit Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. For details, visit: TheDelRayArtisans.org

Art in City Hall exhibit extended through January 3

The current Art in City Hall exhibit was recently extended to be on display through Friday, January 3, 2014. Art in City Hall is a collaborative program of the Alexandria Commission for the Arts, the Office of the Arts, The Art League, Del Ray Artisans and the Torpedo Factory Arts Center. View the exhibit Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm at City Hall, 301 King Street, Alexandria VA. For details, visit: TheDelRayArtisans.org/ArtInCityHall

Primary Colors Opening Reception

Friday, January 3 from 7-10pm. Curator Betsy Mead challenged Del Ray Artisans and all local-area artists to think outside the box in using basic red, yellow, and blue to create their compositions. The only restrictions are that artists must not tint or mix primary colors. Artists may use white and black to highlight, outline or lowlight objects in their compositions. Artists may also use water or other colorless medium to thin or dilute the colors. Show runs January 3-February 2.

Primary Colors Movie Night

Saturday, January 18 at 7pm. In conjunction with the Primary Colors exhibit, we will feature the movie Primary Colors, a 1998 drama based on the novel Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics, a roman à clef about Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign in 1992. Movie night, at a suggested donation of $3 per person. is scheduled for Saturday, January 18th at 7pm.

“From Board Game to Book" Workshop

Sunday, January 19, 12-4pm. Spend an afternoon creating a hand-bound notebook or art journal using a board game as the cover! Instructor Stacy Rausch will show you how to recycle any cardboard board game into a one-of-a-kind art book using traditional book binding methods and materials. All supplies will be provided, and some board games will be available to choose from. Fee (supplies included): $48 for Del Ray Artisans members & $53 for non-members. Register soon to reserve your spot! Details and registration at: calendar.thedelrayartisans.org


Primary Colors

Receiving: Sunday, Dec 29 (4-6pm) & Monday, Dec 30 (5-8pm). This all-area, all-media show challenges you to think beyond the ordinary by creating compositions in the 3 primary colors: RED, YELLOW, BLUE - but NO MIXING! NO altering hue or value of the primaries by the addition of black, white, or color. You MAY use black or white to highlight or lowlight. You may use water or other colorless medium to thin or dilute the colors. Each artist may submit up to 2 pieces of art in any medium for the show. Fine handcraft 3D and shrink-wrapped 2D artwork also accepted into the market. Visit: 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.

  • Reception help for Holiday Market
    Helpers are needed during the Holiday Market receptions on Friday nights (Dec 13 and Dec 20). We need various positions filled from 6-9pm. Please contact HolidayMarket@TheDelRayArtisans.org if you have any questions or would like to help.
  • Elves needed for Holiday Market Bake Sale
    Help out at the Holiday Market Bake Sale on a Saturday or Sunday in December! Volunteers needed for 2-hour shifts on Saturday (Dec 14, Dec 21) from 10-12pm, 12-2pm or 2-4pm or Sunday (Dec 15, Dec 22) from 12-2pm or 2-4pm. All you have to do is be at the gallery during your shift (come early or stay late to shop!), put on a happy face, and sell baked goods to holiday shoppers! Please contact HolidayMarket@TheDelRayArtisans.org if you have any questions or would like to sign up for a shift.
  • Need fresh baked goodies for the Holiday Market Bake Sale!
    Warm up your ovens and help make this the BEST EVER! We need cookies, brownies, muffins, loaves, cakes, candies - any of your favorite, homemade and delicious holiday goodies. Food donations MUST be individually packaged AND priced when dropped off because we do not have the materials needed to package them at the gallery. You can drop off baked goods on Thursdays (Dec 12, Dec 19) from 12-8pm; Fridays (Dec 13, Dec 20) from 12-9pm or Saturday mornings (Dec 14, Dec 21). Proceeds from the Bake Sale will benefit the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.
  • 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.
  • Record DRA Phone Messages
    Volunteer to record DRA phone messages once a month. This requires someone with a clear voice to edit 2 different messages each month, preferably a week before the Opening Reception of the new show. It takes less than an hour each month and can be done from anywhere with phone access. You will receive training and notes from the current recorder. Contact Tracy at Gallery@TheDelRayArtisans.org.
  • Join Our Curator Support Team
    Volunteer to assist a curator in January or February; 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.
  • 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.
  • The Garden is starting it's winter nap...
    Thanks to all who have participated in the garden this year. Please consider using your volunteer time in the DRA Gardens next season. As the ground begins to warm in the spring we will continue our wholistic approach to weeding and growing. A butterfly garden is in the works. Come help with this new project. No experience necessary. Hours flexible. Contact Pamela Underhill at Underhill.Pamela@gmail.com or 703-507-4964.


Public Art Master Plan - Online Survey

The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities is currently developing a Public Art Master Plan for the City of Alexandria. The Public Art Master Plan will be a comprehensive, community-based plan that outlines a vision, goals and objectives for the public art program in Alexandria. The Plan will set priorities for the location and funding of projects; provide a framework for the shared financial and professional resources needed; and define the procedures for decision-making and oversight needed for public art projects to be successful. As part of the first stage of this planning process the City is gathering information from Alexandria residents. Please complete the survey (approx. 10-15 minutes to complete) at: www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1401370/Public-Art-Master-Plan-Online-Survey


Call for Artists: FOCUS Fine Art Photography Show

Electronic entry form due December 16 by 9pm. Looking for your best work for this popular fine art photography show at ArtSpace Falls Church. The show is juried and open to all artists, photographers and hobbyists. Special effects, digital, and large-format entries, color, black and white, etc. accepted. Physical entries due by close of business (6pm) on December 16th at Stifel and Capra and Art and Frame of Falls Church; electronic entries due the same day by 9pm. Selected work drop off on January 6 from 10am-noon and 7-9pm. Show runs January 9-27, 2014. For details, contact Garrick Boyd at info@fallschurcharts.org or 703-679-7881. To enter, visit: www.FallsChurchArts.org

iPAD ART DEMO by Bobbi Pratte

Deadline: Friday, December 20, 2013. Artist Bobbi Pratte will give a short demo introducing the iPAD as a tool for artists. Explore some of the endless possibilities that working with the iPad offers. This is an exciting medium for artists and/or the creative at heart. It offers mobility, efficiency and flexibility, which are extremely helpful for today's busy creatives. Improve your skills as an artist with a digital assist. Bobbi will be teaching a class on February 8th at ArtSpace from 1-5 pm. For more details, call 703-679-7881, contact info@fallschurcharts.org or visit: www.FallsChurchArts.org

Studios Available

Deadline: Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Three spaces available to sublet for artist studios or offices at SCRAP DC, 3101 12th St NE, Washington, DC 20017. Studio rentals include 24/7 access, WiFi, Utilities, Meeting and Event Space, Gallery Space, Kitchenette, Free on-street parking, Metro, Bus, Capital BikeShare nearby, Exposure to the public through the SCRAP community of shoppers and partners. The studio dimensions and rates are: 9'-0" x 7'-6" for $525, 12'-0" x 8'-0" for $550, and 11'-0" x 23'-6" for $1650. Contact heather@scrapdc.org or 202-827-4547 for more details. www.scrapdc.org

Call for Entry: "Justified: AIGA Design Competition"

Deadline: Register entry online by January 31 at 9pm. Enter your best work in AIGA’s annual design competition; disciplines inc: book design, brand & identity systems design, corporate communications design, design for entertaining, editorial design, environmental graphic design, experience design, industrial design, information design, motion graphics, package design, placemaking design, product design, promotional design & advertising, service design or typographic design. Projects must have been completed within the past two years. Fee: $35 AIGA member/$55 non-member. Details: www.aiga.org/justified/

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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