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Portraits of Pop Culture

Portraits of Pop Culture Opening Reception (Tonight!)

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 Portraits of Pop Culture. Proceeds go to support Del Ray Artisans exhibits.

By Women, About Women

By Women, About Women at Prudential PenFed Realty

Reception: Monday, March 10 from 6-8pm at Prudential PenFed Realty. Prudential PenFed Realty's Old Town Alexandria office features the Living Legends of Alexandria (photographic portraits of women who have made a positive, tangible difference to the quality of life in Alexandria) and works by Del Ray Artisans women artists (highlighting women and women's themes). View the exhibit from March 10-June 29 during office hours at Prudential PenFed Realty (300 N Washington St, Suite 100, Alexandria VA 22314). Office hours are: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Please RSVP for the March 10th reception to Eileen O'Brien at GWW@TheDelRayArtisans.org

Del Ray Artisans 2014 Calendar on Sale

2014 Wall Calendar now on Sale

What a great deal! The 2014 calendar featuring 43 pieces of art by talented Del Ray Artisans' members is now only $9 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.


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.

Life Drawing Open Sessions

  • 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.

Playing with Resin Workshop

Monday, March 24 from 7-10pm. Learn how to use resin in your artwork. Come "play" with resin in a safe environment and learn the ins and outs of mixing resin and using it—as an adhesive, a covering, or the main medium. Finished "masterpieces" will need to stay at the gallery to dry. Pick up your creation over the weekend. Cost: $40 + $10 supplies. Instructor: Tracy Wilkerson. Details and registration at: calendar.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Prepare Your Art for Entry

Saturday, March 29 from 10am-12pm. Would you like to enter artwork into the next show but are not sure how to fill out the Call for Entry or price your work or how to get those pesky eye screws and wire attached to your piece? Then fret no more! Bring your artwork (along with your Call for Entry, eye screws and wire) to the gallery on Saturday, March 29 at 10am. We will have helpers standing by to assist with preparing your artwork or helping you decide on a price (or name) for your piece. Questions? Contact Tamara at Programs@TheDelRayArtisans.org or Lesley at Curating@TheDelRayArtisans.org

Speed Dating at the Gallery

Saturday, March 29 from 8-10pm. Join us for an evening of awesome art viewing and fun conversations! The evening will start at 8pm with viewing art from the Portraits of Pop Culture show, mingling and conversation over light refreshments. Only $10 per person. Must be over 21 years old and single to participate. Please RSVP to Gallery@TheDelRayArtisans.org with your name and gender by 6pm on March 29.

REVOLUTION: Art & Technology Opening Reception

Friday, April 4 from 7-10pm. Love it or hate it, technology is revolutionizing the art world. In REVOLUTION, artists explore their relationship with technology through computer-created art, digitally manipulated art, art made from electronic parts, mixed-media pieces expressing feelings about technology, and more. Show runs April 4-27, 2014.

Movie Night: The Thomas Crown Affair

Sunday, April 6 starting at 7pm. In conjunction with the REVOLUTION: Art & Technology exhibit, we are featuring the 1999 movie The Thomas Crown Affair starring Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo and Denis Leary. In The Thomas Crown Affair, the world of art and technology collide when modern technology is breached and a priceless Monet painting from the Metropolitan Museum of Art is stolen. The event is free; a $3 donation is suggested. Please register in advance at: calendar.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Round Table Discussion: Use of Technology to Promote Art

Saturday, April 12 from 10am-Noon. Modern technology, specifically the internet, provides artists with easy access to web sites for ordering materials, classes for learning new techniques, collaborating with peers and promoting their artwork. This round table discussion provides artists an opportunity to share their experiences using web sites. An internet demonstration exploring some of these sites will be provided. The event is free; a $5 donation at the door is suggested. Please register in advance at: calendar.TheDelRayArtisans.org


REVOLUTION: Art & Technology

Receiving: Sunday, March 30 and Monday, March 31 from 6-8pm. This all-member, all-media exhibit explores the artists' relationship between technology and art. Technology can inspires, challenge, engage or frustrate the artist. How do you feel? This show challenges all artists to examine their feelings towards and use of technology in their art creations. Computer-created art, digitally manipulated art, art made from electronic parts, art expressing your relationship with technology are a few considerations. Open to Del Ray Artisans members only. Download the Call for Entry at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls/

Call for Artist Vendors: Alexandria Art Market

Application Deadline: Monday, April 14. Join Del Ray Artisans in its 5th season of monthly outdoor art markets on the lawn area of the gallery. These markets give artists an opportunity to sell their original handmade artwork and provide them with consistent exposure to the community. There will be six monthly markets on the 2nd Saturday of the month (May through October) from 10am to 4pm, rain or shine. Sign up for space at one or more of the market dates. All area artists welcome to apply; Del Ray Artisans members have a reduced participation fee. Download the Application 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.

  • Photographers Needed to Document Shows
    Seeking volunteer(s) to take photos of each piece of artwork in a show (as well as some overall gallery shots) for our archives and Flickr Photostream. Must be completed before the show comes down. We have a volunteer covering the current show; help needed for the next show. Contact Rusty at Volunteers@TheDelRayArtisans.org.
  • Office Help
    The Office Manager needs help getting office-related things done on Thursdays and Fridays between 12-6pm. Tasks may include basic typing, labeling envelopes, shredding papers, organizing files, comparing lists, organizing things in closets (no heaving lifting). Would love to have a few people commit to 1-2 hours/month for consistent help (e.g. every 3rd Friday or every 2nd Thurs). Contact Tracy at Gallery@TheDelRayArtisans.org to help.
  • 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: #WeTweetArt 2.0, artdc Gallery Group Show

Apply ASAP. Install: March 9 at 12pm. This is an open call exhibition of art for DC-area Twitter users. The artists must be on Twitter, and they all must tweet @artdc about their work in the exhibition and use hashtag #WeTweetArt about the show once installation is complete. The artist must also be a member of the DC-area Twitter list: twitter.com/artdc/art-profiles/members - to get on the list, email fineartventures@gmail.com with your twitter profile. For more details and call for entry, visit: artdc.org/forum/index.php?topic=16490.0

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/

Call for Entry: Mayhem at Gallery Underground in Crystal City

Online entry deadline: March 31 at midnight. Art about chaos, disorder, and confusion. Juried by Mark Cameron Boyd. All media accepted. $500 in cash awards. Fee $35 for up to two entries (digital entries only). Exhibit runs April 29 - May 30, 2014. Opening reception May 2. Show benefits Gallery Underground's parent organization, the Arlington Artists Alliance, a 501(c)(3) organization. Entry fees are tax deductible. Prospectus and entry form at: www.galleryunderground.org

Call for Artist Vendors: Alexandria's Food & Wine Festival

Applications due by May 1, 2014. We are seeking arts and craft vendors for this year's festival scheduled for June 21st from 12-5pm at John Carlyle Square near Old Town Alexandria. For details. please email sales@sandbevents.com or call 202-246-0163. Website: www.alexandriafoodandwine.com

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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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