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Art on the Avenue

Art on the Avenue (Tomorrow)

Saturday, October 10 from 10am-6pm. Come experience Art on the Avenue, a multi-cultural arts festival celebrating our community's diversity through the arts. There will be entertainment for all ages, art activities, food and over 300 artists displaying and selling their work all along Mount Vernon Avenue. Stop by the gallery to view artist demonstrations outside and the current exhibit inside, Skeletons: Exploring Under the Surface. For event details, visit: TheDelRayArtisans.org/AoA


SocialLights: October Sneak Peek at Shows

Tuesday, October 20 from 7-9pm. Join us at the October SocialLights to get a sneak peek at Del Ray Artisans' 2016 art exhibit lineup. We will discuss ideas, thoughts, and feelings about the various show themes and how we can apply our creative talents to them. 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

Polymer Clay

Polymer Clay Workshop

Saturday, October 24 from 10am-2pm. Instructors Ken and Sue Reed teach how to make basic canes with a day-of-the-dead motif, provide answers/advice, and demonstrate techniques. There are tiles, blades, pasta machines, extruders and other tools for shared use. Supply fee covers polymer clay, access to pre-made canes, and a paper mache object to cover. The ovens will start running at 10am, if you wish to fire pieces you've already created. Feel free to also bring your own polymer clay projects to work on. Workshop Fee: $45 members / $55 non-members. Supply Fee: $12. Details and registration at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/Clay

Annual Member Meeting

Annual Member Meeting

Thursday, October 29 from 7-9pm. Mark your calendars for our Annual Member meeting with Elections. The Nominating Committee will present the slate for 2016, monthly shows for 2016 will be announced, and much more. A light supper will be served. See you at this important meeting! Questions, contact Linda Elliff at: Membership@TheDelRayArtisans.org

Halloween Costume Party

Halloween Costume Party

Saturday, October 31 from 8pm-midnight. Attend in your finest costumery! The “Queen of the Ball” (curator) will award badges of honor to those in her favorite costumes. Mingle with monsters and witches; enjoy festive music, finger foods and (of course) candy. Skeletons: Exploring Under the Surface exhibit artwork is also available for purchase during the party and can go home with you that night! Tickets are $5 each (adults only) at the gallery or online at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/Halloween


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 - Open Sessions

  • Wednesday, October 14 from 6:30-9:30pm (Long Pose)
  • Sunday, October 18 from 9:30-11:30am (Gesture)
  • Wednesday, October 21 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Pose)
  • Thursday, October 22 from 6:30-9:30pm (Long Pose)

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

Skeletons: Exploring Under the Surface Art Exhibit

Runs through November 1. Artists explore what is under the surface—the framework, the under-structure. Come experience the artwork that digs deeper and discover what is 'under there', literally and figuratively. Details: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Partners in Art

Monday, November 9 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.

Art in City Hall 2015

Runs through December 18. Art in City Hall is a collaborative program of the Alexandria Commission for the Arts, the Office of the Arts, The Art League, Del Ray Artisans, and the Torpedo Factory Artists' Association. The exhibit is located in Alexandria City Hall (2nd floor, 300 King St, Alexandria, VA). Hours are Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm. Details at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/GWW

VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital Art Show

Runs through January 16. VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital at 2660 Duke Street has joined Del Ray Artisans' Gallery Without Walls family. On August 30 the curator hung the first show featuring art by Del Ray Artisans members selected from past shows. Artwork is displayed in the waiting areas and examination rooms. Animals are, of course, the major theme. For more information, visit: TheDelRayArtisans.org/GWW


Coloring Book for Grown-Ups

Deadline extended to Saturday, October 17. 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. No entry fee. Open to all artists. Call for Entry at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/CFE

Under $100: Affordable Masterpieces (Members Only)

Digital entries due: Sunday, October 18. Del Ray Artisans (DRA) members are invited to create precious masterpieces priced at $100 or less. This "cash and carry" exhibit will allow patrons to take home their artwork at the time of purchase. Artists may submit new work or work that has been shown previously at DRA. There is no theme, but keep in mind that we are trying to appeal to a broad audience. Open only to DRA members. All entries must be received digitally. 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

  • Art on the Avenue: Volunteers needed Saturday, October 10
    Del Ray Artisans participates in the annual arts festival Art on the Avenue. We still need volunteers to hand out DRA literature throughout the day, and to help with set up (8:30-10am) and take down (6-7pm) of the DRA tent and tables/chairs. There is also an artist demonstration shift (4-6pm) available. If you can help, contact Gale ASAP at Volunteers@TheDelRayArtisans.org
  • Join the 2015 Board of Directors
    We have three open Board Positions: Director of Fundraising Events, Director of Grants & Sponsorship, 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.


  • eNews Co-Editor position open
    This weekly email filled with DRA news and local calls for entry doesn't write itself! Approx 2-hour commitment per issue; must either know Microsoft Word or HTML. Work with the current eNews Editor to divide up the weeks. Great way to "stay in the know" about local art opportunities. Contact Liz at eNews@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 Entry: WINGS

Entries due by October 26 at 11pm. An all-media, juried show open to all artists, at ArtSpace Falls Church. WINGS can be anything from birds to bat, from angels to Icarus, projections on a building, insignia worn by pilots, left wing, right wing, let your imagination soar... Meet the Artists Reception: November 12 from 7:30-10pm. Submit photos of your artwork, artist bio, and artist statement to info@fallschurcharts.org. Enter at: fallschurcharts.org/art-show-entry-form

Call for Entry: VIVID - Abstract Expressions

Entries due by November 30 at 11pm. An all-media, juried show open to all artists, at ArtSpace Falls Church. VIVID - bright - intense - brilliant. Interpretations for artists to translate in their chosen medium—juror is looking for bold and striking/saturated color treatments in wide-ranging styles. Meet the Artists Reception: January 9 from 7:30-10pm. Submit photos of your artwork, artist bio, and artist statement to info@fallschurcharts.org. Enter at: fallschurcharts.org/art-show-entry-form

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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