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Dream On

Dream On Art Exhibit (Last Weekend!)

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

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


Spring2Action

Spring2ACTion: Support Del Ray Artisans

Wednesday, April 22 is Alexandria's Giving Day. Spring2ACTion is a 24-hour giving event to benefit Alexandria nonprofits. Please show your support by making a donation to Del Ray Artisans on (or before) April 22. Your donation helps maintain and enhance our exhibits and programs, and supports long range plans to expand our instructional and non-instructional programs in the gallery and community. Every donation is appreciated! Please schedule your donation today at: spring2action.razoo.com/story/Del-Ray-Artisans

Donate Now

Another way to help is through sharing! Spread the word about Del Ray Artisans and our Spring2ACTion page. Share our Facebook posts, retweet our tweets, favorite our Instagram pics, and talk to your family and friends about Del Ray Artisans. Share and help grow our community arts group in a #DelRayArtisans #shareAthon!


Art and Story

Art and Story exhibit at the Shirlington Library

Show runs March 29 through April 26. 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 at the Shirlington Library (4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington VA) during library hours: Sunday and Tuesday 1-9 pm, Monday and Wednesday 10am-9pm, and Friday and Saturday 10am-5pm. Details: TheDelRayArtisans.org/GWW


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Life Drawing - Open Sessions

  • Wednesday, April 1 from 11am-1pm (Gesture)
  • Wednesday, April 1 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Poses)
  • Wednesday, April 15 from 6:30-9:30pm (Long Poses)
  • Sunday, April 19 from 9:30-11:30pm (Gesture)
  • Wednesday, April 22 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Poses)
  • Thursday, April 23 from 6:30-9:30pm (Long Poses)
  • Wednesday, April 29 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.


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.


SocialLights

Tuesday, April 21 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


MIX: Adventures in Mixed Media Art Exhibit Opening Reception

Friday, May 1 from 7-9pm. Del Ray Artisans and Artistic Artifacts collaborate to present this juried, multi-medium exhibit that promises to "SHAKE UP" the imagination and explore the mixed media art movement. During the opening reception, prizes will be awarded to attendees in the best "mix and do-not-match" attire. Get your plaid and stripes out of your closet and MIX it up! The show runs May 1-31. Details: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows


"Mini-MIX-Art Make & Take" Workshop

First Thursday, May 7 from 6-9pm. Join artists from Del Ray Artisans and Artistic Artifacts for a fun, FREE, drop-in, art mak'n event for all ages at Del Ray Artisans gallery. Come by and make mini artworks with us! Details: calendar.TheDelRayArtisans.org


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


CALL FOR ENTRY

Call for Instructors: 2015 Grown-Ups Art Camp

Digital entries due: Monday, March 30. We are looking for instructors to teach any range of visual techniques (painting, photography, pen & ink, mixed media, etc), performing arts (dance techniques, improv, spoken word, etc) as well as artist development (writing an Artist Statement, how-to-frame, 'where to find inspiration', etc). You can instruct beginners or those with more experience. Workshops will be held June 29 through July 17, 2015; include your availability in the application. Application 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

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


Building Bridges (Del Ray Artisans members)

Receiving: Sunday, May 31 and Monday, June 1 from 6-8pm. Building Bridges is a juried show between Del Ray Artisans and Six Degrees Consortium open to Del Ray Artisans members and invited Mississippi Gulf Coast artists. Artists entering this show are asked to visually interpret the building of bridges between peoples and cultures. Artists may interpret this concept either thematically or literally in any medium. Only 2D artwork only with a maximum size of 24" x 36" will be considered. Call for Entry at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/CFE


CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

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

Administration

  • Seeking volunteers for office help
    The office staff needs helpers for various office tasks this spring, such as shredding, labeling, filing, stuffing, etc. None of these tasks are physically taxing and while most need to be done during the weekday when office staff is onsite, a couple tasks can be done "off-site". Contact Tracy at Gallery@TheDelRayArtisans.org with your availability and interests.

Communications

  • 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

Programs

  • Help plan workshops and events for Del Ray Artisans
    We are looking for volunteers who are interested in supporting and/or helping design and schedule workshops and events at the gallery. If interested, please contact Tamara at Programs@TheDelRayArtisans.org

OTHER REGIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ARTISTS

Touchstone Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists 2015-2017

Applications due by March 30. Artists living in the DC capital region are eligible to apply for the Emerging Artists Fellowship if they have not been represented by a commercial gallery in the previous 10 years. Touchstone Gallery is an artist-owned commercial gallery located in the heart of downtown DC at 901 New York Avenue NW. The Gallery created the independent Touchstone Foundation for the Arts (TFA) in 2012 in order to expand a commitment to community involvement. No application fee. Details: touchstonefoundationdc.org/how-to-apply/


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.

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