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Metamorphosis! Opening Reception (Tonight!)

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. For event details, visit: TheDelRayArtisans.org/AoA

Art and Story

Art and Story art exhibit at the Shirlington Library

Show runs October 5 through November 30. at the Shirlington Library (4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington VA). Del Ray Artisans’ Gallery Without Walls program presents artworks illustrating the power of art and story, with a portion of each sale benefiting the Friends of Shirlington Library and Del Ray Artisans. View the art during library hours: Sunday and Tuesday 1-9pm, Monday and Wednesday 10am-9pm, and Friday and Saturday 10am-5pm. Details: TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/gww/

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

Art in City Hall

Art in City Hall 2014-2015 Reception

Reception: Tuesday, October 14 from 4:30-6pm at Alexandria City Hall, Room 2000. Art in City Hall is a collaborative program of the Alexandria Commission for the Arts, the Office of the Arts, The Art League, Del Ray Artisans, and the Torpedo Factory Arts Center. The exhibit is located in Alexandria City Hall (2nd floor, 300 King St, Alexandria VA). Hours are Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm. The current exhibit runs through January 16, 2015. Details at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/ArtInCityHall


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


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/

Nourish and Flourish: The Food Show

Receiving: Sunday, Nov 2 and Monday, Nov 3 from 6-8pm. Art inspired by food—realistic or metaphorical, but worthy of tasting, savoring, and digesting. We invite artists to create art that reflects the ways food influences us all, how we gather it, prepare it, and consume it, as we gather around the table. This exhibit is open only to Del Ray Artisans members. All media are accepted. 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

  • 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) ASAP at Nominations@TheDelRayArtisans.org
  • Edit The Well-Crafted Word newsletter
    The current editor needs a break, but can help you transition into the role for the November newsletter. Article submissions are due to you by Oct 10; then your edited versions are due in one batch to the layout volunteer by Oct 19. To volunteer or request more details, contact Ellyn at Newsletter@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. 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 which 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. We only have three weekends remaining that we need volunteers: November 15-16, 22-23, and 29 -30. Thank you to the Adopt-a-Park angels who have helped make this season a success. 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


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.
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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