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Build a Glass Gingerbread House

"Build a Glass Gingerbread House" Workshop (Tomorrow)

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. This workshop is full. Details at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/house

Life Drawing

Life Drawing - Open Sessions

  • 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)
  • Wednesday, February 11 from 11am-1pm (Gesture)
  • Wednesday, February 11 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Poses)
  • Wednesday, February 18 from 6:30-9:30pm (Long Poses)
  • Sunday, February 22 from 9:30-11:30am (Gesture)
  • Wednesday, February 25 from 2-5pm (Short/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.

Card Making Party

Card-Making Party

Sunday, January 25 from 12-4pm. Forget those mass-produced, expensive, generic greeting cards and come to the Del Ray Artisans gallery to create your own one-of-a-kind, hand crafted, artful greeting cards to keep for your personal use or to donate for sale by the Del Ray Artisans. Supplies are provided but you can bring your favorite materials and some extra to share if you like. No experience is necessary. There will be snacks & beverages but you are welcome to bring your own to share. Also, we appreciate donations for the supplies and time provided by our gallery and volunteers. This event is geared for individuals 12 years and older. For more information, contact Karen at schmityk@yahoo.com or Theresa at tkulstad@verizon.net.

The Color Pink

The Color Pink Art Exhibit

Show runs through February 1. January cold got you down? Come in out of the cold to Del Ray Artisans' The Color Pink exhibit. Just thinking about pink will warm you up and help chase away those winter blues! Artists have used the color pink in its many shades to evoke purity, hope, seduction, romanticism, and many other emotions. Details: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org


Elements Art Exhibit Opening Reception

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. Details at: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Partners in Art

Monday, February 9 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.


Tuesday, February 17 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

Rescue Me Art Exhibit at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter

Show extended through February 21. 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) at 4101 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria VA 22304. Details at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/GWW

All Member Meeting & Art Supplies Swap

Sunday, February 22 from 3-5pm. Always popular at DRA, our winter All Member Meeting is a great opportunity for members to swap unused art supplies for "new to you" supplies from fellow members. Bring your old supplies with you to the meeting. We will collect them and display them. Light refreshments will be served as we learn about the latest DRA news and scope the supplies. We will then pull names from a hat to take turns choosing "new" supplies! Details at: calendar.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Beyond the Board Art Exhibit at Prudential PenFed Realty

Show runs through February 22. 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


Dream On

Receiving: Sunday, March 1 and Monday, March 2 from 6-8pm. Weird, wonderful, surreal or scary, our dreams conjure images and influence feelings. A nocturnal adventure? Setting forth to follow your dreams? Either way, our dreams take us places that could be artfully explored. Let your dreams inspire your art. All area artists invited to explore and express in any medium. 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 began 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 Kim Joy at President@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 Artist Vendors: 2015 Annual Herb and Craft Sale

Application Deadline: Friday, March 13. The event is on Saturday, April 18 at Carlyle House Historic Park. Historic Garden Week in Virginia brings hundreds of people to Old Town. Carlyle House, across from City Hall, is a featured attraction. Shop for herbs, flowers handcrafted products, artwork, bake sale, book sale and more. For Vendor Reservation Form, contact Rosalind Bovey at boveyoffice@verizon.net

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

©2015 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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