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Pajama Party

Dream On Pajama Party! (Tomorrow Night)

Saturday, March 14 from 7-10pm. What better way to celebrate a dream-themed art exhibit than with a pajama party at Del Ray Artisans gallery! Don't miss a night of fun and excitement, games, raffles and prizes! Show up in your pajamas or togas and get in for free! All others are charged a small $5 fee. The pajama party is geared more for adults. Details: calendar.TheDelRayArtisans.org



Tuesday, March 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

Recipe for Collage

Pop-up Workshop: Recipe for Collage

Monday, March 23 from 7-9:30pm. This workshop is for all skill levels. We will be whipping up layers of patterns, colors and images to create interesting collage. Like any recipe, there will be ingredients, tools and extras to spice things up. We provide the tools, ingredients and techniques. You can provide your personal touches that will spice it up to your taste. Workshop fee: $40 members / $50 non-members. Plus $10 supplies fee. Instructors: Theresa Kulstad & Karen Schmitz. Register in advance at: calendar.TheDelRayArtisans.org


Life Drawing - Open Sessions

  • Wednesday, March 18 from 6:30-9:30pm (Long Poses)
  • Sunday, March 22 from 9:30-11:30am (Gesture)
  • Wednesday, March 25 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Poses)
  • Thursday, March 26 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.

Dream On Art Exhibit

Show runs through Sunday, March 29. Local artists use any media to explore and express their dreams artfully in the Dream On exhibit at Del Ray Artisans gallery. Using their imaginations, artists interpret their dreams—from weird to wonderful, scary to surreal. Details: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

18th Annual Student Art Exhibition Opening Reception

Friday, April 10 from 7-9pm. Del Ray Artisans and the T.C. Williams High School Art Department present the 18th Annual Student Art Exhibition, featuring artwork from T.C. Williams High School students, with special recognition given to members of the National Art Honor Society. Silent auction to benefit the Ted Eichers Scholarship Fund. Details: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Partners in Art

Monday, April 13 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.

Paws 'N Claws for Art exhibit at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter

Show runs through May 31. Del Ray Artisans and the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria present this fundraising exhibit featuring animal-themed artwork from member artists. Both nonprofit organizations receive a percentage of each sale. Also showing, but not for sale, will be UpCycle's Fur-Vor project community-based student-recycled dog art. View the art from Monday-Thursday from 12-7pm and Saturday-Sunday 12-5pm (closed Friday) at 4101 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria VA 22304. Details: TheDelRayArtisans.org/GWW


Art and Story at Shirlington Library (DRA Members Only)

Digital entries due: Friday, March 20. Del Ray Artisans (DRA) Gallery Without Walls program will have a month-long (March 29 - April 26, 2015) show at the Shirlington branch of the Arlington Public Library (4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington VA). The curator is requesting artwork that is inspired by or tells a good story. Only DRA members are eligible. Call for Entry at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/CFE

Call for Artists: Art on the Avenue on October 3

Application deadline for discounted rate: April 1. Art on the Avenue is an annual multicultural arts festival along Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray (Alexandria, VA) on the first Saturday in October. This event is organized by the Del Ray Community Partnership. The show welcomes applications from all craft artists and is known for high quality artwork. All work must be original, handmade, created and exhibited by the approved artist. Standard booth rate is $175 ($160 for Del Ray Artisans & students) if postmarked by April 1. After April 1, fee is $195 ($180 DRA/students). For questions about the jury process or the show, email artontheavenue@gmail.com. Application at: artontheavenue.org/?page_id=20

MIX: Adventures in Mixed Media at Del Ray Artisans

Receiving: Sunday, April 26 and Monday, April 27 from 6-8pm. COMBINE two or more mediums and SHAKE UP your imagination. Mixed media compositions can convey visuals that are quirky, abstract, political, environmental and social. THINK: Paint, Graphite, Textiles, Jewelry, Found Objects, Collage, Sculpture, Shadowboxes, Altered Books and beyond. Del Ray Artisans and Artistic Artifacts have teamed up to create this collaborative juried exhibit. The juror is Rosalee Lamanna. Call for Entry at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/CFE


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

  • Garden Help
    In need of persons to pick-up trash from the Gallery grounds. There are clear plastic gloves and bags in the kitchen. Please contact Pamela at Underhill.pamela@gmail.com
  • Join the 2015 Board of Directors
    We have two open Board Positions: Director of Facilities and Director of Fundraising Events. If you are interested in either position or in assisting a sitting director, contact Kim Joy at President@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 and/or Layout The Well-Crafted Word newsletter
    Interested in editing or laying out Del Ray Artisans monthly newsletter? 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

Photography & Video

  • 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 Sean 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 Sean at Archives@TheDelRayArtisans.org
  • Seeking Videographer / Film Maker
    Seeking a volunteer to record a Del Ray Artisans workshop and edit for online viewing. Alternative option is to create an online course explaining an art or art-related activity. Contact John at VP@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

Statewide Artisan Conference: Connecting the Dots

March 16-18 in Charlottesville VA. Artisans Center of Virginia (ACV) invites craft and agri-artisans, fine artists, their guilds, regional professional groups, associations, local affiliates and supporting Artisan Trail Network venues to come together as peers for an empowering meeting of networking and exploring old ideas in brave new ways. Fee: $95 ACV Member, $105 Non-Member, $125 at the door, $50 students under 25 yrs. For more information and registration, visit: artisanscenterofvirginia.org/conference

Call for Mural Proposals

Deadline: March 31. This is an open call for artists to design and execute a mural to cover the exterior of the Torpedo Factory Art Center loading dock. Open to all local and regional professional artists living in the DMV area. The selected muralist will be awarded $4,000, with a supply budget of up to $2,000. Proposal selection will be conducted by an independent arts professional in consultation with the Torpedo Factory Art Center CEO. Details at: torpedofactory.org/opportunities/call-for-entries/

Call for Entry: radius 250 2015

Online/Postmark Deadline: April 6. artspace's 6th installment of their biennial juried regional exhibition, open to artists working within a 250-mile radius of Richmond, VA. Entry fee of $25 for three (3) entries. Prizes: UP TO $1000 and a solo exhibition in artspace's Helena Davis Gallery will be awarded at the discretion of the juror, Amy Moorefield. Show runs May 22 - July 19, 2015 in the artspace gallery in Richmond's Manchester Arts District. Details at: artspacegallery.org/radius250/

Call for Entry: Printmaking Show at ArtSpace Falls Church

Digital Submission Deadline: Monday, April 27 by midnight. All artists are invited to submit works in any printmaking discipline, such as linocut, woodcut, screen print, drypoint, etching, mono print, collograph, and serigraph. Show runs May 18 - June 21, 2015 at ArtSpace Falls Church (410 S Maple Ave, Falls Church VA 22046). Details and submission form at: FallsChurchArts.org/falls-church-arts-show-schedule

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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