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Pie contest

Pie Contest, Picnic, and Member Meeting (This Sunday!)

Sunday, August 16 from 5-7pm is the annual Pie Contest, Indoor Picnic, and member meeting. Put on those aprons to bake up some delicious sweet and savory pies! There will be prizes in both categories. The pies will provide dessert for the picnic, so you do not have to enter your creation in the judging, but we hope you will. BBQ sandwiches and sides will be ordered from our neighbor Pork Barrel BBQ. The short meeting will fill you in on the fall schedule and give you an advance on news. Plan to be there for the fun and the chance to win two FREE tickets to Ford Theatre's performance of "The Guard"! You must be present to win. Questions, contact Linda at Membership@TheDelRayArtisans.org

Discount Theatre Tickets for DRA Members (Now until sold out)
Ford's Theatre is offering a special discount to DRA members. Enjoy two tickets for the price of one to see "The Guard"—a world-premiere comedic drama about what happens when a museum guard touches a famous Rembrandt painting. Discount good for rear orchestra seats during weeknight performances. Maximum two tickets per order. Good for shows 9/25-10/16. Purchase now until sold out! Use promo code ARTLOVE during checkout at: fords.org/event/the-guard

Life drawing

Life Drawing - Open Sessions

  • 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

Au Naturel

Au Naturel Art Exhibit

Runs through August 30. Celebrate the natural and exposed, the pure and untouched, the bare, the raw, and the candid. See artists' expressions of no cover or filter! Their work interprets figures, objects, emotions, and feelings; uncompleted projects and unintentional steps "in the process." Patrons can expect to view the vulnerable and the powerful expressions of objects or beings in full exposure or that are in their truest and most candid form and natural state. Details: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org


ALTARS: Religious Rituals Art Exhibit Opening Reception

Friday, September 4 from 7-9pm. Del Ray Artisans and Art Latin American Collective Project teamed up to present this unique artistic challenge to their members. Come to the exhibit to view artists’ interpretations of literal and figurative altars in ceremonies worldwide. You’ll find places of heavenly worship and nether worldly sacrifice, simple raised platforms and elaborate structures. Show runs September 4-27, 2015. Details: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Partners in Art

Monday, September 14 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, September 15 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


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

Holiday Market 2015

Application Deadline: Friday, August 21. Sell your art and fine handcrafts at the Holiday Market! Artists from a variety of media categories will be selected. Exhibitor opportunity open to all; Del Ray Artisans members receive priority and a discount. This is an online application. Questions? Contact Tracy at HolidayMarket@TheDelRayArtisans.org. Accepted artists will be notified by Friday, September 4. Application at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/CFE

Invitation from The Arts of Hancock County: Thanks Y'all (Members Only)

Shipped artwork must be received by Monday, August 24. The Arts Hancock County has invited Del Ray Artisans (DRA) members to be part of a very special Thanks Y'all art exhibit and event that they are hosting on Saturday, August 29 in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. DRA members are invited to ship or deliver in person their artwork to Bay St. Louis, MS. Download the invitation with more details 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

Art on the Avenue "Photo Op Board" Proposals

Proposals due: Saturday, September 5. Create a scene for a "Photo Op Board" (also known as a "Head in the Hole" board) for the public to use on the front lawn of Del Ray Artisans gallery during Art on the Avenue! There isn't a set theme for the "Photo Op Board"; however, you may wish to propose an art, art-related, or Fall Harvest concept. Download the form at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/CFE

Skeletons: Exploring Under the Surface

Digital entries due: Monday, September 21. Explore what is under the surface—the framework, the under-structure. See things just a little bit differently. Dig a little deeper. What is under there—literally or figuratively? Artwork depicting typical animal/human skeletons are acceptable if they are beyond the typical. 2D and 3D visual artwork in all mediums, as well as video and audio art, is encouraged. Open to all artists. This Call for Entry is an online form. All entries must be received digitally. Call for Entry at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/CFE

Coloring Book for Grown-Ups

Entries due: Wednesday, September 30. We are putting together a coloring book for grown-ups as a fundraiser to benefit Del Ray Artisans. Break out your pen and ink, charcoal, pencils, digital drawing tools, etc., and enter your art for this cool book. Theme: "Around Alexandria" in the past, present, or even future vision or fantasy—Is that a sea monster in the harbor? A statue coming to life? English ivy literally eating that building? Explore Alexandria [real or imaginary] in black and white. Open to all artists. 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

  • Reception for City Manager on Friday, September 11
    Volunteers are needed to help with the reception recognizing the new City Manager Mark Jinx. Volunteer tasks include helping set up for the event (table, food spread), greeting visitors, and clean up. The event will start at 5pm. Volunteers will be needed in 2-hour shifts between 4pm-8pm. Contact both Gale at Volunteers@TheDelRayArtisans.org and Marlin at MGLAIA@aol.com
  • Art on the Avenue: Volunteers needed Saturday, October 3
    Del Ray Artisans participates in the annual arts festival Art on the Avenue. We need volunteers: from 8:30am-10am to set up the DRA tent, artist demo tables/chairs, and create some colorful sidewalk chalk directional arrows to the gallery door; in shifts 10-12pm / 12-2pm / 2-4pm / 4-6pm to hand out DRA literature and help visiors with our Photo Op Board; and from 6-7pm to take down the tent, table and chairs. If you can help, please contact Gale with your preferred task/shift at Volunteers@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 in one of the positions or in assisting a director, contact Kim at President@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

2016 Leadership

  • Calling all DRA members: WE NEED YOU!
    Please help us maintain the high level of programming we all enjoy by joining our Board in 2016. The slate is being developed now; elections are in October; 1-year term starts January 1. Contact any Board member or email Nominations@TheDelRayArtisans.org to learn about leadership opportunities here at DRA.


  • 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


LACDA 2015 International Juried Competition

Deadline for entries: August 24. Entrants submit three JPEG files of original work. All styles of artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to the creation of the images are acceptable. The competition is international, open to all geographical locations. Exhibit dates: September 10-October 3, 2015. Winners announced: August 31. Artists reception: Saturday, September 12, 6-9pm. Art Walk Preview: Thursday, September 10, 7-9pm. Registration fee is $35. Online registration only. For questions, email lacda@lacda.com. Complete information: lacda.com/juried/juriedshow.html

ArtSpace Herndon Expressions Portrait Competition

Due by Tuesday, September 8. Artists 18 years or older may submit original 2D or 3D portrait art as defined - “a painting, sculpture, or other artistic representation in which the face and its expression is predominant with the intent to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person”. Finalists will be featured in the Expressions Portrait Exhibit (October 5 – November 1, 2015). For details, visit: artspaceherndon.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 was in 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.
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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