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Speed dating

Speed Dating at the Gallery (Tomorrow!)

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

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.

Art in City Hall

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 wear one of the artist-decorated Mask-erpiece masks. Details: TheDelRayArtisans.org/HalloweenBall

Three Artists, Three Visions

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


Metamorphosis! Art Exhibit

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 show runs through November 2. Details: TheDelRayArtisans.org


Partners in Art

Monday, November 10 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.

Life Drawing - Open Sessions

  • Wednesday, November 12 from 11-1pm (Gesture)
  • Wednesday, November 12 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Poses)
  • Thursday, November 13 from 6:30-9:30pm (Long Poses)
  • Wednesday, November 19 from 6:30-9:30pm (Long Poses)

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.

Rescue Me Art Exhibit at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter

Join us for the reception on Friday, November 14 from 7-9pm at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter (4101 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria VA). Del Ray Artisans and the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria teamed up to present this animal-themed, fund-raising exhibit. Both nonprofit organizations receive a percentage of each sale. Art and animal lovers will enjoy this exhibit! Show runs October 27 through January 25, 2015. View the art: Monday-Thursday 12-7pm, closed Friday, Saturday-Sunday 12-5pm. Details at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/gww/


Tuesday, November 18 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

Art and Story art exhibit at the Shirlington Library

Show runs 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/

Del Ray Artisans 19th Annual Holiday Market

The Holiday Market features handcrafted work from local artists; handmade ornaments to benefit Del Ray Artisans; plus a Bake Sale to benefit Alexandria Tutoring Consortium. Different artists are featured each weekend! The market is held the first three weekends in December: December 5-7, December 12-14, and December 19-21. Fridays 6-9pm (reception), Saturdays 10am-4pm, Sundays 12-4pm. Details at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/HolidayMarket

Art in City Hall 2014-2015

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


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

Deadline extended. Submit your digital entries ASAP. 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/

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

  • Volunteers needed for the Halloween Ball on Friday, Oct 31
    Volunteers are needed to help manage the Halloween Ball in 1-hour time slots from 8-9pm, 9-10pm and 10-11pm. The greatest need is for help from 10-11pm. Please let Kathy know if you can lend a hand; thanks for your help in making this great event a success! Contact Kathy at bellsonherfingers@gmail.com
  • Help with artwork receiving on Sunday, Nov 2 or Monday, Nov 3 from 6-8pm
    Help the curators receive artwork submissions for the Nourish & Flourish art exhibit. Contact curators Cathy and John Messina at jncmessina@att.net
  • Join the Board of Directors
    The 2015 Board of Directors begins serving on January 1st. We still have a few open Board Positions: Assistant Treasurer, Director of Communications, Director of Fundraising Events, and Director of Youth Programs. If you are interested in a position or in assisting a sitting director, contact the Nominating Committee (Derek Hall, Maria Illingworth, and John Messina) at Nominations@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 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 two weekends remaining that we need volunteers: November 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


Call for Entry: In Movement Juried Exhibition

Entry Deadline: Saturday, October 25 between 12-3pm. The 5th Annual Patricia Sitar Arts Expo: Juried Exhibition "In Movement" will be at the Sitar Arts Center's Cafritz Gallery in Washington DC. Artwork must show objects or images in movement or imply movement through use of color, brush stroke, imagery, tonal value or use of perspective, and be appropriate for school age children. 2D works must be no larger than 4’ in width or height and 3D works should not exceed 5’H x 3’D. Open to youth ages 10-15, young adults, and adults. Fees range from free to $10. For details, download the Call for Entry (PDF) or visit: www.sitarartscenter.org

Call for Artist Vendors: Arlington Holiday Bazaar & Craft Fair

Applications ongoing until slots full (approx 10 left). Artisans and crafters bring your best to the Arlington Career Center (816 Walter Reed Dr, Arlington VA 22204). This free community event is on Saturday, December 13th from 10am-4pm. Vendor fees: Single Booth [8'x8'] $100 or Double Booth [16'x8'] $175; booths must be fully manned through the duration of the event. All vendors must provide own tables - tables available for rental fee of $15, backdrop and/or sides. For Vendor Application or Sponsorship Information, contact: Samantha Wentling, Event Coordinator (arlholidaybazaar@columbiapike.org,703-892-2776) or visit: columbia-pike.org/HolidayBazaar/vendors/

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

VMFA Visual Arts Fellowships 2015-16

Application deadline: Friday, November 7, 2014. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is now accepting applications for 2015-16 Visual Arts Fellowships. VMFA is committed to supporting professional artists as well as art and art history students who demonstrate exceptional creative ability in their chosen discipline. Award amount include: $8000 Professional artists, $6000 Graduate students in the visual arts or art history, and $4000 Undergraduate students in the visual arts (including college-bound high school seniors). No application fee! Must be a legal resident of Virginia. Application and details at: www.vmfa.museum/fellowships

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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