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Gallery Closure for the Holidays - The gallery will be closed December 25-31. Regular gallery hours resume on New Year's Day (Thursday, January 1). Hours are Thursdays 12-6pm, Fridays & Saturdays 12-9pm, and Sundays 12-6pm. Happy Holidays!

Weekly eNews

The Color Pink

The Color Pink Art Exhibit Opening Reception

Friday, January 2 from 7-9pm. Warm up in the New Year with "The Color Pink" art exhibit at Del Ray Artisans gallery. Artists explore shades of the color pink. During the opening reception take a chance to win the raffle prize: a lighted, pink, glass gingerbread house! Raffle tickets are just $2 each or 3 for $5. The show runs January 2 - February 1, 2015. Details: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Life Drawing

Life Drawing - Open Sessions

  • Wednesday, January 7 from 11am-1pm (Gesture, Clothed)
  • Wednesday, January 7 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Poses, Clothed)
  • Wednesday, January 14 from 6:30-9:30pm (Long Poses)
  • Sunday, January 18 from 9:30-11:30am (Gesture)
  • Wednesday, January 21 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Poses)
  • Thursday, January 22 from 6:30-9:30pm (Long Poses)
  • Wednesday, January 28 from 6:30-9:30 (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 in City Hall

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


“Build a Glass Gingerbread House” Workshop

Saturday, January 17 from 10am-2pm. Build a lighted glass gingerbread house that features gingerbread amenities, but can last forever. No experience needed. Students choose from a variety of colors and make their own designs on the houses. All materials provided; glass pieces are pre-cut and fired so all the hard work has been done! Fee: $30 for DRA members and $35 for non-members. Register: TheDelRayArtisans.org/house


Rescue Me Art Exhibit at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter

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

Elements Opening Reception at Del Ray Artisans Gallery

Friday, February 6, 7-9pm. This exhibit is Del Ray Artisans Board of Directors Showcase featuring art by John Bordner, Kathryn Brown, Michele Reday Cook, Linda Elliff, Kim S. Joy, Marlin Lord, and Tamara Wilkerson. Artworks incorporate elements of earth, water, air, and fire in materials, media, and subject matter. Show runs February 6 - March 1, 2015. Details at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/

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

  • Join the Board of Directors
    The 2015 Board of Directors begins serving on January 1st. We still have a few open Board Positions: Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, and Director of Fundraising Events. 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


  • Co-eNews Editor position open
    This weekly email filled with DRA news and local calls for entries doesn't write itself! Approximately 2-hour commitment per issue; must either know Microsoft Word or HTML. Work with the current eNews Editor to divide up the weeks. Great way to "stay in the know" about local art opportunities. Contact Liz at enews@TheDelRayArtisans.org.
  • Edit The Well-Crafted Word newsletter
    Interested in editing Del Ray Artisans monthly newsletter? Article submissions are due to the editor by mid-month; then your edited versions are due in one batch to the layout volunteer a few days later. To volunteer or request more details, contact Betsy at Communications@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


Call for Entry: Let it Move Regional Juried Hanging Kinetic Art Show

Deadline: January 5, 2014. Green Spring Gardens, an 18-acre horticultural park and national historic site will host a regional juried exhibition of hanging kinetic art. All materials are acceptable but must be water resistant. Artwork will be hung in our tropical glasshouse conservatory and horticultural center. The show is open to all artists. Cash awards will be given for best work. Show runs January 24-March 22, 2015. Contact Judy Zatsick at judith.zatsick@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703-642-5173 for more information. More details (under Special Events on the left) at: fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring/

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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