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Building Altars Workshop

Building Altars Workshop (This Saturday!)

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

Station X

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

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

Get a Henna Tattoo

Get a Henna Tattoo (This Sunday)

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 K. 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

Building Bridges Art Exhibit

Building Bridges Art Exhibit (Final weekend)

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

Grown-Ups Art Camp (Workshops start Monday)

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

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 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

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.


Tuesday, August 18 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 register early at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/SocialLights

Under a Summer Sun Art Exhibit at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter

Runs through September 27. 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. At this venue patrons may immediately take home purchased artwork. View the art weekends from 12-5pm and weekdays from 12-7pm (closed Wednesday) at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter at 4101 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304. Donation Drive: Drop off blankets and towels at the animal shelter year-round! For more information: calendar.TheDelRayArtisans.org


Au Naturel

Digital Submissions Due: Sunday, July 26. Celebrate the natural and exposed, the pure and untouched, the bare and raw, and the candid. Share your interpretation of “natural,” whether it is a figure, object, emotion or feeling; an uncompleted project or unintentional step in the process. Think of expressions with no covering or filter; objects or beings in full exposure; and objects that are in their truest and most candid form and natural state. Art can be in 2-D or 3-D format and ready to hang or display. This Call for Entry is an online form. All entries must be received digitally. Details and entry form 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

  • Volunteers needed for Grown-Ups Art Camp
    Set up: Monday, June 29 from 12-5:30pm. We need a few helpers to get the gallery ready for GUAC - moving benches, putting curtains up, prepping the kitchen, tables/chairs out, hanging the Instructor Art Show, prepping the Art Yard Sale, stuff like that.

    Volunteer front desk: During workshops June 29-July 17, we need volunteers to man the front desk (greet visitors, process sales and workshop registrations, etc).

    Instructor helpers: Some instructors need a helper to run their workshop - although you can't actually do the work in the workshop while helping, you can definitely learn a lot!

    Take down: Friday, July 17 from 12-6pm (or sooner). What was done must now be undone! (and readying the gallery for the kids Art Camp)

    Please contact Tracy at GUAC@TheDelRayArtisans.org and let her know what you’d like to help with and your availability.
  • Sidewalk Sale coordinator & volunteers
    The Alexandria Sidewalk Sale is on Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2 in Old Town and Del Ray. Del Ray Artisans has art supplies to offer for sale during this event. We use this opportunity to earn some funds to support our mission and help bring in more visitors to the gallery. We would like a volunteer coordinator to help plan any additional event advertising and needs. We need volunteers to set up the outdoor tent, move the art supplies from inside to outside, and "man the booth" on both days. If you are interested in helping, contact Dawn at Technology@TheDelRayArtisans.org
  • 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 two open Board Positions: Director of Fundraising Events and Director of Youth Programs. If you are interested one of the positions or in assisting a sitting director, contact Kim at President@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: ArtBeat Gallery's No LESS inspired

Deadline: Wednesday, July 1 at 8pm. The ArtBeat Gallery and artist's cooperative announces its first annual “No Less Inspired: A Small Works Exhibit” (August 5-31, 2015). This is a juried show open to all artists over 18 years old and residing in the Commonwealth of Virginia. All media are eligible including photography, sculpture and textiles. The juror for this competition is Lynn Goldstein, who will award cash prizes. There will also be a People’s Choice Award. Maximum acceptable dimensions are 8x10x4" (measuring to the outer edges of any frame, design element or installation hardware). Contact ArtBeat Gallery at 703-365-8558 or ArtBeat’s president Mike Flynn at oflynn50@hotmail.com. Details: artbeatgallery.org/nolessinspired.htm

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.

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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