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Put a Bird on It!

Put a Bird on It! Art Exhibit (Last Weekend)

Embellishment can be art. 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 through Sunday, September 28. Details at: TheDelRayArtisans.org


Metamorphosis! Opening Reception

Friday, October 3 from 7-9pm. Metamorphosis is a juried art exhibit featuring work by local artists demonstrating how change can be positive, negative, frightening, or enlightening; metaphorical or physical. The exhibit also includes the Mask-erpiece Silent Auction—artful, wearable masks created by artists. The silent auction runs from October 3-18. The show runs from October 3 through November 2. Details: TheDelRayArtisans.org

Art on the Avenue

Art on the Avenue

Saturday, October 4 from 10am-6pm. Come experience Art on the Avenue, a multi-cultural arts festival celebrating our community's diversity through the arts. There will be entertainment for all ages, art activities, food and over 300 artists displaying and selling their work all along Mount Vernon Avenue. Stop by the gallery to view artist demonstrations outside and the current exhibit inside, Metamorphosis. To volunteer with Del Ray Artisans activities, contact Gale at: Volunteer@TheDelRayArtisans.org. For event details, visit: TheDelRayArtisans.org/AoA

Partners in Art

Partners in Art

Monday, October 6 from 2-4pm. Looking for a chance to get together with other creative people to discuss art and exchange ideas? Then, come to a meeting of our cooperatively led Partners in Art group. This program is free of charge and open to all. Donations ($1–3) greatly appreciated. Contact Millie Mateu (milaenartes@gmail.com) or Katherine Rand (katherine@katherinerand.com) with questions.

Alexandria Art Market

Alexandria Art Market

Saturday, October 11 from 10am-4pm; Live Music 12-2pm by Snakehead Run! This is the last market of the 5th season of Del Ray Artisans' outdoor art market. Shop from a variety of original artwork from local artists—including, but not limited to, painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, and glasswork. The market is held in Colasanto Park, adjoining Del Ray Artisans gallery (2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria VA). This free event is held rain or shine. Details: TheDelRayArtisans.org/ArtMarket


Life Drawing - Open Sessions

  • Wednesday, October 8 from 11am-1pm (Gesture, clothed)
  • Wednesday, October 8 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Poses, clothed)
  • Wednesday, October 15 from 6:30-9:30pm (Long Poses)
  • Sunday, October 19 from 9:30-11:30am (Gesture)
  • Wednesday, October 22 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Poses, clothed)

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.

Del Ray Artisans Annual Member Meeting with Elections and Halloween Costume Swap

Saturday, October 18 from 5-7pm. Come to the Fall Member Meeting which will include the Election of the 2015 Board of Directors, a Costume Swap, announcement of 2015 shows, and a light supper. If you are interested in running for a Board Position (or are considering a position, but have questions), please contact the volunteer Nominating Committee (Derek Hall, Maria Illingworth, and John Messina) at Nominations@TheDelRayArtisans.org. For more details, visit: calendar.TheDelRayArtisans.org


Tuesday, October 21 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

Speed Dating at the Gallery

Saturday, October 25 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 Metamorphosis 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 October 25. Details at: calendar.TheDelRayArtisans.org

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.

Three Artists, Three Visions Art Exhibit at Prudential PenFed Realty

Show runs through October 31 at Prudential PenFed Realty. Del Ray Artisans and Prudential PenFed Realty present the artwork of Wendy Band, Sharon Frey, and Linda Lowery in the small group show: "Three Artists, Three Visions". View the exhibit during office hours (Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm) at 300 N Washington Street, Suite 100, Alexandria VA 22314. Details: TheDelRayArtisans.org/PrudentialPenFed

Halloween Costume Ball

Friday, October 31 from 8-11pm. Join us at the gallery for the Halloween Costume Ball, an evening of merriment, mystery and madness among art! Tickets: $5 each or 5 for $20. Costumes required, and free entry to those who purchase (and wear) one of the artist-decorated Mask-erpiece masks. Details: TheDelRayArtisans.org/HalloweenBall


Del Ray Artisans' Cookbook Fundraiser (Call for Recipes & Artwork)

Digital entries due by TODAY (Friday, Sept 26) at 11pm. Inspired by the upcoming exhibit Nourish and Flourish: The Food Show (November 2014), Del Ray Artisans (DRA) is preparing a cookbook to sell during the holiday season and thereafter. Help raise funds for DRA by sending us your favorite recipes and/or digital images of your artwork for this cookbook. Call for Recipes & Artwork at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls/

Gallery Without Walls Exhibit at Shirlington Public Library

Digital entries due by TOMORROW (Saturday, Sept 27). Del Ray Artisans (DRA) Gallery Without Walls program will have an 8-week (October-November 2014) show at the Shirlington branch of the Arlington Public Library (4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington VA). DRA is looking for artwork for this interesting and busy venue! Only DRA members are eligible and the Curating Committee will select up to three works of art from each artist. There is no specific theme for this show, but pieces with literary references are usually a big hit in this venue! Call for Entry at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls/


Receiving: THIS 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. Call for Entry at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls/

Morph a Mask!

Calling all artists for help in a FUNdraiser for Del Ray Artisans! Drop off your mask creations during artwork receiving for the Metamorphosis show: THIS 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

Applications accepted through the final market on October 11. 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. One market remains this season on the 2nd Saturday of the month (October 11) from 10am to 4pm, rain or shine. All area artists welcome to apply; Del Ray Artisans members have a reduced participation fee. Application at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/calls/

Rescue Me at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter

Digital entries due: Wednesday, October 15. The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) and Del Ray Artisans (DRA) invite artists to submit 2D artworks expressing the theme "Rescue Me" to be displayed on the walls of the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter for 3 months (November 14-January 25, 2015). This is a fundraising exhibit (40% donation split evenly between AWLA and DRA) through Del Ray Artisans' Gallery Without Walls program. 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.

Time-Sensitive Requests

  • Help with artwork receiving THIS SUNDAY (Sept 28) or MONDAY (Sept 29) 6-8pm
    Help the curators receive artwork submissions for the Metamorphosis art exhibit. Contact curator Kathy Turner at bellsonherfingers@gmail.com
  • Demo your artwork during Art on the Avenue (Saturday, Oct 4)
    Seeking members to become part of the Art on the Avenue experience through Del Ray Artisans. Requesting volunteers to demo how they create their artwork for 1-3 hours between 10am-6pm. Great exposure to the community! To volunteer send your preferred time of day, length of shift, and media you'll demonstrate to Gale at Volunteers@TheDelRayArtisans.org
  • Help organize the artist demonstrations during Art on the Avenue (Saturday, Oct 4)
    Seeking 2+ coordinators to lead set-up (approx 8:30am) and take-down (approx 6pm) of the Del Ray Artisans tents for Art on the Avenue and to help artists as they set up for their demonstrations throughout the day (10am-6pm). Ideally the day would be divided between 2 or more coordinators. To volunteer or request more details, contact Gale at Volunteers@TheDelRayArtisans.org
  • Join the Board of Directors
    During the Annual Member Meeting (Saturday, Oct 18 from 5-7pm) the 2015 Board of Directors will be elected. If you are interested in running for a Board Position (or are considering a position, but have questions), contact the Nominating Committee (Derek Hall, Maria Illingworth, and John Messina) at Nominations@TheDelRayArtisans.org
  • Coordinate Garden Volunteers on Saturday, October 11
    The Garden Committee has an arrangement with a local group that sends over a few volunteers to weed and mulch every second Saturday. We need to have a Del Ray Artisans member in the garden to greet and direct these volunteers on Saturday, October 11. The committee chair can meet you before October 1 to go over the general idea and any details you might need. It's easy. The people are nice. Please help keep the gardens looking good. Contact Pamela at: underhill.pamela@gmail.com


  • 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 Low-key interior facilities tasks. For details, contact Tracy at Gallery@TheDelRayArtisans.org


Artist Opportunity: 2016 Solo Shows at The Art League

Application Deadline: TODAY (Sept 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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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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