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Reincarnations Art Exhibit Opening Reception (Tonight!)

Friday, February 7 from 7-10pm. Come to the opening reception of Reincarnations, an exhibit of art created from salvaged discards. Artists find form and design in items that would otherwise be thrown out and headed for the landfills. Featured within this show will be select Artcyclopedias, altered books from a set of encyclopedias that were about to be discarded. Show runs February 7-March 2. Details at: calendar.thedelrayartisans.org

Valentine Card-Making

Valentine Card-Making (This Sunday)

Sunday, February 9 from 12-4pm hosted by Theresa Kulstad. Theresa is setting up a "card-making station" with repurposed materials to create a "green" card for your Valentine. All supplies are provided. The event is free, but a donation for a make-and-take card is requested.

Art Swap

Member Meeting & Art Supplies Swap

Sunday, February 16 from 2-4pm. Start packing up all those good-intentions-when-you-bought-them-but-never-used-them art/craft supplies and bring them to the Art Swap/Member Meeting. Here's a little preview of what treasures you might get to take home from the Art Swap: Meghan Stewart of Shot in the Dark Photography is donating some large pre-cut white mat boards; Stacy is bringing some fabric pieces; Linda is de-stashing her buttons; and rumor has it there is a large anonymous contribution already at the gallery... What will you contribute? What will you take home? A contribution makes you eligible to take home a wonderful item another member has contributed. Snacks will be served. Questions? Contact Linda at Membership@TheDelRayArtisans.org.

Del Ray Artisans 2014 Calendar

2014 Wall Calendar

Keep track of 2014 with a calendar featuring 43 pieces of art by talented Del Ray Artisans' members. Only $12 per calendar! Just come to the gallery to purchase. Gallery hours are Thursdays 12-6pm, Fridays 12-9pm, Saturdays 12-9pm, and Sundays 12-6pm.

Holy Cow

Holy Cow Donations!

Del Ray Artisans is on Holy Cow Burger Joint and ACT for Alexandria's non-profit donation list, and receives a 25-cent donation when someone orders and designates it to Del Ray Artisans (#088). THANK YOU to the 186 people (so far) who purchased burgers and designated the donation to Del Ray Artisans!


Partners in Art

Monday, February 10 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 Open Sessions

  • Monday, February 10 from 7-9pm (Short Poses, Clothed)
  • Wednesday, February 12 from 11am-1pm (Gesture)
  • Wednesday, February 12 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Poses)
  • Thursday, February 13 from 6:30-9:30pm (Long Poses)
  • Wednesday, February 19 from 6:30-9:30pm (Long Poses)
  • Sunday, February 23 from 9:30-11:30am (Gesture, Clothed)
  • Wednesday, February 26 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Poses, Clothed)
  • Thursday, February 27 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. If you have questions, contact Katherine Rand at LifeDrawing@TheDelRayArtisans.org.

Craft Night Social

Monday, February 26 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. This 3-hour session is FREE (donations appreciated), but register in advance to reserve your space. Details and registration at: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/craft

Del-Ray-geous art exhibit at Prudential PenFed Realty

Del Ray Artisans is pleased to present Del-Ray-geous art exhibit at Prudential PenFed Realty as a part of our Gallery Without Walls program. This all-member exhibit features artwork about Del Ray and community—focused on the outrageous, fun, exciting, and unique aspects. The exhibit is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm, at Prudential PenFed Realty (300 N Washington St, Alexandria) and runs through Friday, February 28. Details at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/PrudentialPenFed


Call for 2014 Art Camp Administrator

Applications preferred by February 7. Del Ray Artisans is seeking an organizer to plan and manage its annual Summer Art Camp program. Art Camp is July 14-18 & 21-25, 9am-4pm, with a gallery show on July 19 & 26 from 1-3pm. Art Camp is a summer day-camp for 3rd-9th grade students (8-14 yrs old), which provides opportunities for youth to develop their abilities and to appreciate and participate in the visual arts. The Administrator assumes overall leadership of the camp, including instructor selection and management of day-to-day operations. Compensation: $2800. Download the position details at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls/

By Women About Women Gallery Without Walls (GWW)

Submissions due: February 28. Drop-off of accepted work: March 5. The next exhibit at Prudential Pen Fed Realty offices will be the Living Legends of Alexandria Project in honor of Women's History month, featuring photographic portraits of women who have made a positive, tangible difference to the quality of life in Alexandria. The show runs March 10-June 29 at Prudential Pen Fed Realty in Old Town Alexandria (300 N Washington St). Selected works by Del Ray Artisan's women artists will accompany this exhibit. Del Ray Artisans is seeking 10-15 pieces of 2D artwork from members. The artwork should be by a woman and feature women or women-based themes, but not be strict portraiture (to not distract from or be confused with the Living Legends photographic portraits). All 2D media will be considered. Send up to 2 digital submissions to Eileen O'Brien, GWW Curator. For more details and to request an entry form contact Eileen at: eileenob@usa.net

Portraits of Pop Culture

Receiving: Monday, March 3 and Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 5-8pm. Popular culture is so pervasive in our society that it distracts the public's focus from the important issues that shape our world. This exhibit portrays and comments on our culture through its portraits of popular figures. Let your artworks reflect your point of view about our contemporary culture and its icons, good and bad. All media art is accepted in this show, from traditional portraits and sculptures, to your own lampoons and caricatures. Download the Call for Entry at: 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.

  • "Hip Hop for Heart" Outreach Help Needed on Friday, February 14, 6:30-9:30pm
    "Hip Hop for Heart" is an event/dance party for youth in foster care, youth associated with services in the City, and their families at The Durant Center in Alexandria. We are looking for an artist that can set up a table to make the Rubberband Bracelets that are made with forks; we already have teenage helpers lined up! For more information, contact Kim at Outreach@TheDelRayArtisans.org.
  • 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 Rusty at Volunteers@TheDelRayArtisans.org.
  • Join Our Curator Support Team
    Volunteer to assist a curator in February; offer your particular skill (hanging, spreadsheets, people skills) to a curator who needs it. Experienced past curators especially needed, but all volunteers are welcome. Contact Rusty at Volunteers@TheDelRayArtisans.org.
  • Curator Support: Help Curators write their Call for Entry
    A Call for Entry consist of a description of the art exhibit vision TO ARTISTS, Entry Details, Accepted Artist Requirements & Find Print, Entry Form, and important dates. Help curators put together this document. Must have access to Microsoft Word and be able to email documents. Helpful skills: creative writing, content editing, MS Word formatting. Contact Lesley at Curating@TheDelRayArtisans.org.
  • Curator Support: Help Curators write their Communications Packet
    A Communications Packet consist of a Press Release, 35-word blurb, and 75-word blurb explaining the exhibit TO THE PUBLIC. Help curators put together this packet for media consumption. Must have access to Microsoft Word and be able to email documents. Helpful skills: creative writing, content editing, MS Word formatting. Contact Lesley at Curating@TheDelRayArtisans.org.


Call for Entry: Bold and Bright

Deadline for online entry: Monday, February 17, 9pm. BOLD & BRIGHT features color and lots of it: The boldest and brightest -- modern and edgy artwork. Open to all artists (non-members and members), in all mediums. Juror David Barr promises this show will widen your eyes and heighten the joy of color! Details and Entry Form: www.FallsChurchArts.org or contact 703-679-7881.

TFA Young Artists Fellowship

Applications due by March 28, 2014. The Touchstone Foundation for the Arts (TFA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educational and charitable purposes. Candidates for the Fellowship program must be artists between ages 18-29 living in the DC area who are prepared to commit to a 2-year fellowship that includes full membership in the Touchstone Gallery and a solo exhibition. No application fee. The gallery is located at 901 New York Ave NW in the Mt Vernon Square area of DC. Details: touchstonefoundationdc.org/young-artists-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.
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

©2014 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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