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Speed Dating

Speed Dating at the Gallery (Tomorrow)

THIS SATURDAY, August 30 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 Board and Beyond show, mingling and conversation over light refreshments. Only $10 per person. Must be over 21 years old and single to participate. Please register by 6pm on August 30. Details at: calendar.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Board and Beyond

Board and Beyond Art Exhibit (Final Weekend!)

Show runs through THIS SUNDAY, August 31. 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. TheDelRayArtisans.org

First Thursday

First Thursday

Thursday, September 4 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. Get a sneak peek of the “Put a Bird on It!” show!

Put a Bird on It!

Put a Bird on It! Art Exhibit Opening Reception

Friday, September 5 from 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!

“Make a Bird of It!” Workshop

Saturday, September 6 from 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

Del Ray Artisan Bags

Upcycled Tote Bags — Own a Piece of Del Ray Artisans!

We turned the banners we hang each month to advertise our art exhibits into one-of-a-kind tote bags — the ultimate recycle/reuse transformation! Each sturdy bag (15" h x 16" w x 5" d) is unique. Get your one-of-a-kind tote bag for only $37 (includes tax). Purchase your tote bag online at mkt.com/del-ray-artisans/dra-tote-bag then come to the gallery WITH your email receipt durnig gallery hours to select your bag. You may also pay directly at the gallery and select your tote bag. Questions? Contact Tracy at Gallery@TheDelRayArtisans.org


Partners in Art

Monday, September 8 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 Millie Mateu (milaenartes@gmail.com) or Katherine Rand (katherine@katherinerand.com) for current topics of discussion. Donations ($1–3) greatly appreciated.

Life Drawing - Open Sessions

  • Monday, September 8 from 7-9pm (Short Pose)
  • Wednesday, September 10 from 11am-1pm (Gesture)
  • Wednesday, September 10 from 2-5pm (Short/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.

Alexandria Art Market

Saturday, September 13 from 10am-4pm; Live Music 12-2pm by Janna Audey! 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


Tuesday, September 16 from 7-9pm. Whether creating a collaborative piece, sharing ideas on current art events, or brainstorming for the next show, this informal program is designed to provide a positive and motivational environment for artists to network and share ideas. This event is FREE; donations appreciated. Space is limited, so please register early at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/SocialLights

Hand Tool Basics, a free program for DRA members

Tuesday, September 23 from 7:30-9pm. Join us for an instructional program by wood conservator and member Ron Blank as he discusses and explains the basic use and selection of hand tools and small electric tools. Tools for sawing, drilling, shaping, and sculpting wood will be compared and contrasted with similar tools for metals. This will provide great information for artists, whether you desire to incorporate wood in your mixed media piece or if you have a personal project to complete. The program is only open to DRA members and is free, but registration is requested online at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/Tools

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

Show runs through October 26 at the shelter. 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). 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. TheDelRayArtisans.org/AWLA

Donation Drive: Drop off donations of blankets and towels at the animal shelter year-round or at Del Ray Artisans gallery through October 26.


Put a Bird on It!

Receiving: THIS 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/


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/

Morph a Mask!

Calling all artists for help in a FUNdraiser for Del Ray Artisans! Purchase a blank mask ($3 each or 2 for $5) at Del Ray Artisans gallery ASAP, and create a unique wearable mask-erpiece. Drop off your mask creations during artwork receiving for the Metamorphosis show: Sunday, Sept 28 and Monday, Sept 29 from 6-8pm. These artful masks will be sold at a silent auction between October 3rd and October 18th. This is a fundraiser and 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these masks will be used to support Del Ray Artisans, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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. Two markets remain this season on the 2nd Saturday of the month (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/


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 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 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

Gallery and Grounds

  • 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
  • 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 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.

Artist Opportunity: 2016 Solo Shows at The Art League

Application Deadline: September 26 at 6pm. The Art League seeks artists who have a strong, cohesive, and exciting body of work expressing an aesthetic concept for our prestigious solo artist exhibitions. Interested artists should attend one of the informational sessions on the following dates: Friday, August 15, 1pm; Thursday, August 28, 6:30pm; or Saturday, September 13, 10:30am. For more details and to register for an info session, visit: theartleague.org/content/solo_artist_information

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

Pastel Workshop: “Citiscapes” by Alan Flattmann, hosted by Pastel Society of Virginia

Deadline: Friday, October 31. Filling fast! If openings remain, registration through Oct 31. The Pastel Society of Virginia is hosting New Orleans Master Pastelist Alan Flattmann, who is featuring Citiscapes. It is our annual Veteran's Day weekend workshop at Franconia Government Center in Alexandria November 7-10, Friday evening through Monday afternoon. Fee include 2014-2015 PSV membership, lunches, snacks, three days of instruction, and one evening of a meet and greet / book signing. For more details, visit tinyurl.com/psv-flattmann and pastelsocietyofva.com or contact skyvine@yahoo.com

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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