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Valentine Card-Making

Speed Dating at the Gallery (This Friday Night!)

Friday, February 14 at 8pm. Join us for Speed Dating, Del Ray Artisans' Style! This will be an amazing evening of art viewing, fun conversations, munchies, and nostalgic Valentine's Day goodie bags. Only $5 per person. Must be over 21 years old and single to participate. RSVP by 5pm today to Gallery@TheDelRayArtisans.org with your name and gender.

Art Swap

Member Meeting & Art Supplies Swap (This Sunday)

Sunday, February 16 from 2-4pm. Join fellow DRA members at this Sunday's famously popular Art Swap, where you bring some art/craft supplies that you are not using for whatever reason and then get to take home a donation from another member. It is an artistic treasure trove of goodies! There will be a short Membership Meeting and snacks will be served. Questions? Contact Linda at Membership@TheDelRayArtisans.org.

Craft Night Social

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

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.


Life Drawing Open Sessions

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

Reincarnations Art Exhibit

Show runs through March 2. Visit the gallery to experience 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. Details at: calendar.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Portraits of Pop Culture Opening Reception

Friday, March 7 from 7-10pm. Pop culture is so pervasive in our society that it distracts public's focus from the important issues that shape our world. The cartoonish celebrities that drive pop culture run from the profound to the profane. Artists have used famous people as their subjects from before da Vinci to after Warhol. What will our portraits of pop icons reveal? Do they fascinate or irritate? Curators Zade Ramsey and Gordon Frank highlight artists' most compelling cartoons, lampoons and caricatures of celebrities, politicians, and other pop figures. Show runs March 7-30. Details at: calendar.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Featuring the Heads Up Silent Auction: Del Ray Artisans members used their artistry and imagination to transform dress form heads from mannequins to works of art. These wild and crazy sculptures will be for sale by silent auction during the Portraits of Pop Culture art exhibit. Proceeds go to support Del Ray Artisans exhibits.

Partners in Art

Monday, March 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.


By Women About Women Gallery Without Walls (GWW)

Submissions due: February 28. Drop-off of accepted work: March 5. In honor of Women's History month, the next "Gallery Without Walls" exhibit at the Prudential PenFed Realty Old Town Alexandria office will be the Living Legends of Alexandria, featuring photographic portraits of women who have made a positive, tangible difference to the quality of life in Alexandria. Women (who are Del Ray Artisans members) are invited to submit 2D artworks to accompany this exhibit. These artworks should feature women, women's themes, and be "by women, about women," but not strict portraiture. Only 10 to 15 artworks will be selected for display. Download the Call for Entry at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls/

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.

  • 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 (hanging artwork, data entry / spreadsheets, people skills). 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 (audience: 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 (audience: 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.

Call for Entry: Coming Together presented by Old Mill Contemporary

Applications Due: March 5, 2014. Old Mill Contemporary Gallery and Studios will be hosting its first juried exhibition: Coming Together, an open call for artistic works from the DC Metro area (DC, MD, VA) exploring any theme. All works must be original and completed within the past two years. Juried and Curated by F. Lennox Campello. Questions? Contact: 571-408-4702. Applications and Details: www.oldmillcontemporary.com

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.
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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

©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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