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SocialLights Featuring Guy Jones

SocialLights Featuring Guy Jones

Tuesday, June 16 from 7-9pm. A special program you do not want to miss! At the next SocialLights, Del Ray Artisans member Guy Jones will share his artistic story in a presentation: "Guy Jones: A Very Silly Man". SocialLights is an informal program designed to provide a positive and motivational environment for artists to network and share ideas. This event is FREE and is for members as well as non-members; donations appreciated. Light refreshments. Space is limited, so register early at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/GuyJones

Under a Summer Sun

Under a Summer Sun Exhibit at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter

Reception: Friday, June 19 from 7-9pm. Del Ray Artisans and the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria present this fundraising exhibit celebrating warm summer days—past, present and future, and our animal friends’ love of summer. Both nonprofits share a percentage of each sale. The reception on June 19 also features the Three Minutes with Three Artists talk as well as shelter tours. At this venue patrons may immediately take home purchased artwork. View the art weekends from12-5pm and weekdays from 12-7pm (closed Wednesday) at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter at 4101 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304. For more information: calendar.thedelrayartisans.org

Donation Drive: Drop off blankets and towels at the animal shelter year-round!

Building Altars Workshop

Building Altars Workshop

Saturday, June 27 from 9:30am-5pm. The traditional role of altars is to remind oneself of sacred ground—altars can be created around traditional religious themes or focus on personal ideas of the sacred. Instructor is world-renowned artist Lori K. Gordon. Workshop Fee: $80 Del Ray Artisans members / $95 non-members, plus a $20 supply fee. Must be at least 18 years old. Register in advance. Details: TheDelRayArtisans.org/Altars

Get a Henna Tattoo

Get a Henna Tattoo

Sunday, June 28 between 2-5pm. Drop in and select a small, simple, ancient henna design. For a $10 donation to the non-profit El Fenn Maroc, Lori Gordon will tattoo your hand or foot. The process takes approximately 10-15 minutes. El Fenn Maroc supports the traditional arts of Morocco. For more information, visit: calendar.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Youth Art Camp

Youth Art Camp 2015

Register now for Art Camp! Youth 8-14 years old are invited to spend a week with professional educational staff at Del Ray Artisans creating art and learning a range of creative techniques. All art supplies, lunch, and snacks are provided. Family and friends are also invited to a one-day public gallery show held on the Saturday after camp to show off the students' work. Participating campers are invited to register for either Week One (July 20-25) or Week Two (July 27-31). Fee: $300 per child (scholarships available). For more information and registration forms, visit: TheDelRayArtisans.org/ArtCamp

Want to sponsor a camper? You can help send a youth to camp by donating to the program at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/donate


Life Drawing - Open Sessions

  • Wednesday, June 17 from 6:30-9:30pm (Long Poses)
  • Sunday, June 21 from 9:30-11:30am (Gesture)
  • Wednesday, June 24 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Poses)
  • Thursday, June 25 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

Building Bridges Silent Auction proceeds benefit Six Degrees Consortium, a 501(c)3 non-profit

Runs through Saturday, June 27. Via Delarosa is a piece of art that is composed of storm debris from Hurricane Katrina. A sister from Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church in Bay St. Louis recovered a hand-carved station of the cross from the damaged church, and gave it to artist Lori K. Gordon. Gordon restored the damaged wood and combined it with a fragment of a carpet that was salvaged from the beach near Our Lady. Gordon chose the carpet fragment to represent the ruined homes of Gulf Coast residents; and the copper elements (also storm debris) were inspired by the story of the old woman and her pieces of copper in Mark 12:42. The piece is part of Gordon’s “Katrina Collection” which can be found in private and public collections around the world. Come to Del Ray Artisans gallery to bid on this unique and touching piece of art. For information on the work of Lori K. Gordon, visit: www.lorikgordon.org

Building Bridges Art Exhibit

Show runs through Sunday, June 28. The exhibit is at Del Ray Artisans gallery in partnership with Six Degrees Consortium (founded by Lori K. Gordon) and features the artwork of Del Ray Artisans members and Mississippi Gulf Coast artists. The juror and curators present pieces that visually interpret the building of bridges between peoples and cultures. Details: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Grown-Ups Art Camp Schedule

Workshops from June 29-July 17. Welcome to Del Ray Artisans' version of summer camp for grown-ups. Register for as many workshops as you want!

Register right away as these workshops will fill up soon! Workshop details and registration at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/GUAC

Partners in Art

Monday, August 10 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.


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
    Del Ray Artisans volunteers pick-up litter in Colasanto Park, which is 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. We need volunteers to sign up for weekends now through November 30th. If you are interested in assisting, contact Marlin with your preferred weekend at AdoptAPark@TheDelRayArtisans.org
  • Join the 2015 Board of Directors
    We have one open Board Position: Director of Fundraising Events and will need to fill the Youth Programs Director position mid-year and Curating Director at the end of the year. If you are interested one of the positions or in assisting a sitting director, contact Kim at President@TheDelRayArtisans.org
  • Summer Arts Program for Children
    Volunteers are needed to help teach classes once or twice a month throughout the summer at the Cora Kelly Community Center. This is a special outreach program Del Ray Artisans is organizing with Cora Kelly. There is flexibility on time of day and frequency. Use your special talents to help children experience art! Contact Jeanette Lukens at Youth@TheDelRayArtisans.org


  • Layout The Well-Crafted Word newsletter
    Interested in 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 and 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


  • 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


Call for Entry: Athenaeum Invitational

Entry deadline: June 15. The Athenaeum Invitational celebrates the arts of Virginia, Maryland, and District of Columbia in the Athenaeum Gallery (201 Prince St, Alexandria VA). Open to artists living or working in VA, DC, or MD. Artwork must be wall-mounted, less than 9 inches deep, and lighter than 30 pounds. Theme: Cole Porter's 1934 song, "Don't Fence Me In" serves as the inspiration. The show is juried by Athenaeum Gallery Director, Twig Murray. Exhibit runs Sept 10 - Oct 25, 2015. Entry fee: $35. Details at: callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=2180

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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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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