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Gallery Hours: The gallery is closed during Art Camp. The gallery is open to the public on Saturdays, July 25 and August 1 from 1-3pm to view the Art Camp Shows. Regular gallery hours resume on First Thursday, August 6 with the Au Naturel show.

Grown-Ups Art Camp

Grown-Ups Art Camp - Art Yard Sale

Today (Friday, July 17) from 12-3pm is your last chance to pick up goodies in our indoor Art [Supplies] Yard Sale. Great supplies for mixed media artists. Still in stock: frame remnants, small matte board pieces, books, magazines, encyclopedias, pencils, tins, and more.

Grown-Ups Art Camp 2015 has come to a close. Thank you to all the instructors, volunteers and participants!

Youth Art Camp

Youth Art Camp 2015

Register now for Art Camp Week Two (July 27-31)! 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. 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


Reprise exhibit at the Shirlington Library

Show runs through July 31. Del Ray Artisans’ Gallery Without Walls program features artwork from Del Ray Artisans' members at the Shirlington Library, 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, Thursday 10am-6pm, and Friday and Saturday 10am-5pm. Details: TheDelRayArtisans.org/GWW

Au Naturel

Au Naturel Art Exhibit Opening Reception

Friday, August 7 from 7-9pm. Celebrate the natural and exposed, the pure and untouched, the bare, the raw, and the candid in the Au Naturel exhibit at Del Ray Artisans. The show runs August 7-30, 2015. Details: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows


Life Drawing - Open Sessions

  • Wednesday, August 12 from 11am-1pm (Gesture, clothed)
  • Wednesday, August 12 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Poses, clothed)
  • Wednesday, August 19 from 6:30-9:30pm (Long Poses)
  • Sunday, August 23 from 9:30-11:30am (Gesture)
  • Wednesday, August 26 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Poses)
  • Thursday, August 27 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.

Pie Contest, Picnic, and Member Meeting

Sunday, August 16 from 5-7pm. Get out the rolling pin and recipe book as it’s time for our popular pie baking contest and indoor picnic. Both savory and sweet pies will be judged. We will also be holding our quarterly membership meeting. For more details, contact Linda Elliff at Membership@TheDelRayArtisans.org


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

2016 Show Proposals

Proposals due: Tuesday, August 18. Interested in curating or co-curating a show at Del Ray Artisans gallery next year? Email your proposal (or questions) to Lesley at Curating@TheDelRayArtisans.org or mail to the gallery (Attn: Director of Curating, Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301). Download the form at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/CFE

ALTARS: Religious Rituals (Members Only)

Receiving: Sunday, August 30 and Monday, August 31, 2015 from 6-8pm. Del Ray Artisans and Art Latin American Collective Project have teamed up to present this unique artistic challenge to their members. What comes to mind when you think of altars? They could reflect places of heavenly worship or nether worldly sacrifice. They can be simple raised platforms or elaborate structures used for religious ceremonies. Think of them literally or figuratively. Artists, dig deep into your imaginations! Explore the use of altars in religious rituals worldwide and create your interpretations in any and every form of media. 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

  • Gallery Painting
    The gallery needs painting to better showcase our art! The plan is to sand and prep on Saturday, August 1 at 6pm, then paint on Sunday, August 2 at 10am. The more volunteers the merrier! To help on either day, 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 30. If you are interested in assisting, contact Marlin with your preferred weekend at AdoptAPark@TheDelRayArtisans.org
  • Join the 2015 Board of Directors
    We have three open Board Positions: Director of Fundraising Events, Director of Outreach 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
  • Photograph Processing
    Seeking volunteers to process photos for our Flickr Photostream. Task involves cropping, downsizing, color correcting (if needed), and adding meta data (e.g. artist name, title, media, price, show). Must have Photoshop or comparable application. 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 Artists: Art on the Avenue on October 3

Art on the Avenue is a multicultural arts festival 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 $195 ($180 for Del Ray Artisans members or students). The first round of judging is the first week in June. From June through the end of September the judges fill any remaining spaces as applications are received. For questions about the jury process or the show, email artontheavenue@gmail.com. Application at: artontheavenue.org/?page_id=20

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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