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Board and Beyond

Board and Beyond Art Exhibit (Tonight!)

Opening Reception: Friday, August 1 from 7-9pm. At Del Ray Artisans gallery, the month of August is traditionally dedicated to showcasing the artwork of our Board members. This year the Board has invited three incredible volunteers who go "above and beyond" to join selected Board members in the "Board" showcase. “Board and Beyond” features the artwork of John Hiller, Lesley Hall, Stacy Rausch, Eileen O'Brien, Pamela Underhill, Liz Martinez, and Gale Goldfarb. Their styles are unique expressions of individuals committed to their pursuit of lives as artists. Show runs through August 31. TheDelRayArtisans.org

First Thursday

First Thursday

Thursday, August 7 from 6-9pm. First Thursday is a Del Ray community event sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association from 6-9pm along Mount Vernon Avenue. The gallery stays open until 9pm on First Thursday nights from May through September. The evening of August 7th you can also contribute to the creation of a "What does Del Ray mean to you" community collage at the gallery.

All Creatures Great and Small

All Creatures Great and Small Art Exhibit at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter

Reception: Friday, August 8 from 7-9pm. Del Ray Artisans and the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria present our first animal-themed art exhibit on the walls of the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter (4101 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria VA). Join us for the reception on Friday, August 8 from 7-9pm. Shelter hours for adoption and viewing are: Monday-Thursday 12-7pm, Friday closed, and Saturday-Sunday 12-5pm. Proceeds from the exhibit support the artist, Del Ray Artisans, and the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. Show runs August 3 through October 26 at the shelter. TheDelRayArtisans.org/AWLA

Donation Drive: Drop off donations of blankets and towels at the animal shelter year-round or at Del Ray Artisans gallery during this exhibit.

Alexandria Art Market

Alexandria Art Market

Saturday, August 9 from 10am-4pm; Live Music 12-2pm by Mike Durham! The 5th season of Del Ray Artisans' art market features a variety of original artwork for sale from local artists—including, but not limited to, painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, and glasswork. The market is held on the 2nd Saturday of the month (May-October) in Colasanto Park, adjoining Del Ray Artisans gallery (2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria VA). This free event is held rain or shine. More details at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/ArtMarket

PLUS: Visit the "Make-It/Take-It" table at the Alexandria Art Market for a FREE art activity! This is an outreach activity and part of the 5th Annual Alexandria Sidewalk Sale to support shopping locally.


Partners in Art

Monday, August 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 - Open Sessions

  • Monday, August 4 from 7-9pm (Short Pose)
  • Wednesday, August 6 from 11am-1pm (Gesture)
  • Wednesday, August 6 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, August 13 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.

Summer Member Meeting & Pie Contest

Sunday, August 24 from 5-7pm. Join fellow artists and friends at the annual Pie Contest and Indoor Picnic. Prepare a savory or sweet entry for the contest or sign up to be a judge and get first sample of the delicacies. The Indoor Picnic/Potluck will follow an informative meeting about upcoming DRA activities and opportunities. DRA will provide the meat/sandwiches, and attendees are asked to bring a side dish or salad. Questions? Contact Linda at Membership@TheDelRayArtisans.org.

Put a Bird on it! Art Exhibit Opening Reception

Friday, September 5, 7-9pm. Embellishment can be art. The “Put a Bird on It!” juried art exhibit opens on Friday, September 5 (opening reception 7-9pm) at Del Ray Artisans gallery. Artists in all media were challenged to repurpose everyday objects or artworks to transform them into soaring new works, each incorporating a ‘bird’. Show runs September 5-28. TheDelRayArtisans.org

“Make a Bird of it!” Workshop

Saturday, September 6, 9am-1pm. The “Make a Bird of It!” mixed-media sculpture workshop with artist Laura Hummel is on Saturday, September 6, 9am-1pm. Spend a morning repurposing new or vintage metals and other found objects to create a unique bird sculpture. Various cold connection techniques will be taught. Age 18+. Workshop Fee: Del Ray Artisans members $50/$60 non-members. Supply Fee: $5. Details, supply list and registration at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/BirdWorkshop


2015 Show Proposals

Proposals due: TODAY (Friday, August 1). Interested in curating or co-curating a show at Del Ray Artisans gallery next year? Email your proposal (or questions) to Lesley at Curating@TheDelRayArtisans.org or mail to the gallery (Attn: Director of Curating, Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301). Download the Form: TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls/

Art in City Hall

Submission Deadline: Friday, August 22 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 hang on the second floor of the Alexandria City Hall. This exhibit has no theme. Members of The Art League, Del Ray Artisans, the Torpedo Factory Artists' Association, Empowered Women International, and Convergence Art Center are invited to participate. Download the prospectus/entry form: theartleague.org/content/city_hall_14

Fine Art & Fine Craft Holiday Market 2014

Application Deadline: Monday, August 25. Interested in selling your fine art & fine craft treasures at DRA's Holiday Market in December? We will continue this year with 3 weekends and will offer booth space as well as wall space. Gallery space is limited and the variety of goods available at each Market weekend will be kept in balance, so get your applications in early! Exhibitor opportunities open to all; Del Ray Artisans members receive priority and a discount. Please read everything and follow all the directions. Accepted artists will be notified by Friday, September 5. Application at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls/

Put a Bird on It!

Receiving: Sunday, August 31 and Monday, September 1 from 6-8pm. Prove that embellishment can be art. Channel your inner Duchamp, your inner Jasper Johns, your inner Bird! Embellish everyday objects, recycled items, or even your own artwork, to transform them into new soaring pieces. But, you must remain true to the theme: all artwork must incorporate a 'bird', either thematically or literally. Artists may submit up to 3 pieces of art for the show and 6 pieces for the marketplace. Jurors are Laura Perritt and Mikeual Perritt. Download the Call for Entry: TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls/

Alexandria Art Market

Application due ASAP (accepted throughout the season). 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. Three markets remain this season on the 2nd Saturday of the month (August 9, September 13, and October 11) 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. Application at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls/


Receiving: Sunday, Sept 28 and Monday, Sept 29 from 6-8pm. Metamorphosis implies a distinct transformative change from one form to another. Change can be positive, negative, frightening, or enlightening. Consider physical changes such as a caterpillar's metamorphosis into a butterfly; philosophical changes such as a Christian embracing Buddhism or a liberal switching over to the conservative party; or personal life changes such as marriage, divorce, addiction and rehabilitation. Juror is Elizabeth Ann Coleman.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.

Time-Sensitive Requests

  • Opening Reception Help – TONIGHT!
    The Board and Beyond Opening Reception on August 1st is in need of cashiers, greeters, food runners, and bartenders. If you can help please contact Gale at Volunteers@TheDelRayArtisans.org
  • Gallery Hosting
    Gallery hosting during the "Board and Beyond" show counts towards your member volunteer hours! Sign up for one of these 3-hour slots: Saturday, Aug 16 (12-3pm or 3-6pm) or Saturday, Aug 23 (12-3pm) by contacting Lesley at Curating@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 John at Archives@TheDelRayArtisans.org
  • Photographers Needed to Document Shows
    Seeking volunteers to take photos of each piece of artwork in a show (as well as some overall gallery shots) for our archives and Flickr Photostream. Contact John at Archives@TheDelRayArtisans.org


  • Post our Events on assigned Online Calendars
    Post approved DRA publicity materials on a specific online calendar. Each volunteer will have one or two calendars to update; instructions will be given. Must have internet access. Contact Dawn at Technology@TheDelRayArtisans.org

Curating & Curator Support

  • Join the Curating Team!
    Volunteer to curate or assist a curator (hanging artwork, data entry / spreadsheets, distributing postcards, people skills). Experienced past curators especially needed, but all volunteers are welcome. Contact Lesley at Curating@TheDelRayArtisans.org
  • 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 & Fine 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
  • Help Curators write their Communications Packet
    A Communications Packet consists 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
  • Help Curators design their Postcard
    Postcards contain the vital show information: show title, dates, reception information, any special events and other information the curators wish to highlight. Help curators put together this file for the printer. Must have access to software capable of creating printer-ready files (e.g. Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.) and be able to email documents. Helpful skills: creative design, content proofing. Contact Lesley at Curating@TheDelRayArtisans.org


  • Adopt-a-Park: Pick Up Litter
    Del Ray Artisans volunteers pick-up litter in Colasanto Park every weekend from March through November as a part of the City of Alexandria's Adopt-a-Park program. Inspections are on Mondays, so Sunday is the best pick-up day but not a hard rule. If you are interested in assisting, contact Marlin with your preferred weekend(s) at AdoptAPark@TheDelRayArtisans.org
  • Seeking coordinator for our 2015 Wall Calendar
    Past curators select the artwork to showcase in the calendar. The volunteer calendar coordinator collects all the digital files and arranges them in a calendar using on online tool. Contact Dawn at Technology@TheDelRayArtisans.org

Gallery and Grounds

  • Garden Clean Up
    Seeking volunteers to help with clean up and weeding of the gardens at the gallery. Contact Pamela at Gardens@TheDelRayArtisans.org
  • Misc Gallery Care Tasks
    Please let the Officer Manager know if you can help with occasional tasks on an as needed basis. Tasks could include doing laundry, sewing, or helping with the banner hanging or take-down. For details, contact Tracy at Gallery@TheDelRayArtisans.org
  • Office Administrative Help
    Are you available on an occasional Thursday or Friday? The Office Manager needs extra hands to help with prepping materials for notebooks (cutting paper and punching holes), prepping materials for shredding, and other office-related activities. For details, contact Tracy at Gallery@TheDelRayArtisans.org


Call for Artists: Solo show opportunities at Gallery Underground

Gallery Underground announces juried solo or group exhibition opportunities for artists from the Greater Washington, DC area for the Special Exhibitions space. Crystal City gallery w/ flexible space for both 2d and 3d art. $50 application fee; selected artists pay additional fees from $200-$305; gallery commission is 30% of sold work. Go to www.galleryunderground.org/our-mission/show-opportunities/ for details, full prospectus and application. Contact: 571-483-0652

Call for Entry: World Aesthetic, All Media Accepted

Entry Deadline: September 8. Show runs October 1-31 2014. Gallery Underground (Crystal City, VA) National Call For Entries. "World Aesthetic," works inspired by travels near and far; at home and abroad; continental and intercontinental; places real or imagined...for prospectus and to submit images (up to 2 for $35) via online application go to www.galleryunderground.org. All media accepted. For details, contact: info@galleryunderground.org or 571-483-0652.

Call for Artists: Art on the Avenue

Event Date: Saturday, October 4. Art on the Avenue is a multicultural arts festival organized by the Del Ray Community Partnership. The show welcomes applications from all craft artists and is known for high quality artwork. All work must be original, handmade, created and exhibited by the approved artist. Showcase your most recent and best work, and list materials and retail prices on the back of each photo. Standard booth rate is $195 ($180 for Del Ray Artisans members or students). The first round of judging is the first week in June. From June through the end of September any remaining spaces are filled by the judges as applications are received. For questions about the jury process or the show, email artontheavenue@gmail.com. Download the Application: artontheavenue.org/?p=520

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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