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Rescue Me

Rescue Me Art Exhibit at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter (Tonight)

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 through January 25, 2015. View the art: Monday-Thursday 12-7pm and Saturday-Sunday 12-5pm. Closed Friday. Details at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/gww/

A Night for Military Heroes

"A Night for Military Heroes" Special Fundraiser & Beyond the Board Reception at Prudential PenFed Realty

Monday, November 17 from 6-8pm at Prudential PenFed Realty. This evening is Prudential PenFed Realty's Annual Silent Auction and Del Ray Artisans' Beyond the Board Art Exhibit reception to raise money for the PenFed Foundation, an organization supporting grants and loans to active military, veterans and their families. The artists featured in this exhibit will donate a portion of all sales to the PenFed Foundation, and the reception will include a silent auction with donations from local merchants, a 50-50 raffle, heavy hors d'oeuvres and wine. The reception is free, but RSVP by Friday, November 14 with number of guests to: GWW@TheDelRayArtisans.org



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


Life Drawing - Open Sessions

  • Wednesday, November 19 from 6:30-9:30pm (Long Poses)
  • Wednesday, December 3 from 11am-1pm (Gesture)
  • Wednesday, December 3 from 1-2pm Holiday Party
  • Wednesday, December 3 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Poses)
  • Wednesday, December 10 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.

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/

Nourish and Flourish: The Food Show

Show runs through November 30. Art inspired by food—realistic or metaphorical, but worthy of tasting, savoring, and digesting. During this month of Thanksgiving, we express gratitude for the abundance in our own lives and encourage gallery visitors to make donations of non-perishable food to support the Capital Area Food Bank. Drop off donations at the gallery during regular gallery hours. Details: TheDelRayArtisans.org

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

Beyond the Board Art Exhibit and Fundraiser at Prudential PenFed Realty

The show runs through February 22 at Prudential PenFed Realty. Del Ray Artisans and Prudential PenFed Realty present the artwork of John Hiller, Lesley Hall, Stacy Rausch, Eileen O'Brien, Pamela Underhill, Liz Martinez, and Gale Goldfarb in the group show: Beyond the Board. The artists are donating a portion of all sales to the PenFed Foundation, an organization supporting grants and loans to active military, veterans and their families. 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/GWW


The Color Pink (DRA Members Only)

Receiving: Sunday, Dec 28 and Monday, Dec 29 from 6-8pm. Artists have used the color pink throughout the centuries to evoke purity, hope, seduction, romanticism, and many other emotions. What can YOU do with the color pink? Will you make something sweet or sassy... sublime or shocking? This show challenges Del Ray member artists to use any shade of pink as little or as much as they like to create an artistic statement and evoke one or more of the many emotions associated with pink. 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

  • Adopt-a-Park: Pick Up Litter on Nov 22-23 or Nov 29-30
    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. Thank you to everyone who helped make this season a success. If you are interested in assisting, contact Marlin with your preferred weekend at AdoptAPark@TheDelRayArtisans.org
  • Holiday Market reception help
    DRA is looking for helpers at the Holiday Market reception on Friday nights (December 5, 12 or 19). These hours count towards your 12 required volunteer hours. Please contact HolidayMarket@TheDelRayArtisans.org to coordinate.
  • Warm Up Those Ovens: Bring Your Best Holiday Goodies for the Bake Sale
    Help make DRA's Holiday Market Bake Sale the BEST EVER! How can you do that? We need cookies, brownies, muffins, loaves, cakes, candies and any of your favorite, homemade and delicious holiday goodies. Food donations MUST be individually packaged AND priced when dropped off, as we do not have the materials needed to package them once they arrive at the gallery. You can start dropping off baked goodies during the first week of December.
  • Looking for Elves to Help with the Holiday Market Bake Sale
    DRA is looking for helpers to work 2-hour shifts at the Holiday Market Bake Sale on Saturdays and Sundays in December. All you have to do is be at the gallery during your shift (come early or stay late to shop!), put on a happy face, and sell baked goods to holiday shoppers! Sales benefit Alexandria Tutoring Consortium! These hours count towards your 12 required volunteer hours. Please contact HolidayMarket@TheDelRayArtisans.org to get on the schedule.
  • 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 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

  • Garden Clean Up
    Seeking volunteers to help with clean up and weeding of the gardens at the gallery. Contact Pamela at Gardens@TheDelRayArtisans.org


SOHO seeks artists to engage high-potential, low-income youth in the visual arts

Seeking to finalize all volunteer artists by 12/01/2014. SOHO is urgently seeking 4-6 volunteer artists to each facilitate 3-6 mixed media sessions with our group. Space of Her Own, Inc. (SOHO, spaceofherown.org) is a creative mentorship organization that provides youth in need with social, emotional, academic and creative enrichment by building one-to-one relationships with trained adult mentors. Mentors and mentees learn visual art techniques side-by-side with the goal of each girl designing, building, and creating a new bedroom or living space, which expresses her uniqueness. Please contact Ashley Snyder at ashley@spaceofherown.org or 571-243-2983.

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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