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Under $100: Affordable Masterpieces Art Exhibit Opening Reception (Tonight)

Friday, November 6 from 7-9pm. Artists showcase affordable artwork for $100 or less. This "cash and carry" exhibit is an opportunity for art patrons to collect and own a precious piece of art at a pocketbook-friendly price and take it with them at time of purchase. The gallery is closed on Thanksgiving day, but will be open the remainder of this final weekend of the exhibit. Please also join us for a special Black Friday shopping reception from 6-9pm on Friday, November 27 (the day after Thanksgiving). The show runs November 6-29, 2015. Details: TheDelRayArtisans.org

Coloring Book for Grown-ups

Coloring Book for Grown-Ups - Order Now and Save

Del Ray Artisans presents a Coloring Book for Grown-Ups featuring 40 works of art inspired by Alexandria, Virginia, for you to colorize! Pre-order now at just $12/book. (Regular price $15/book.) When the coloring books arrive at the gallery, you will be notified and you can come pick up at your convenience. Pre-order price only available until the books arrive at the end of November. Order at the gallery or online at: mkt.com/del-ray-artisans/coloring-book

DRA Calendar

Artful 2016 Wall Calendar - Order Now and Save

The 2016 Wall Calendar featuring artwork by talented Del Ray Artisans members is available for pre-order now at just $15/calendar. (Regular price $18/calendar.) Pre-populated events include Del Ray Artisans' programs, community events (from Del Ray Business Association, Del Ray Citizens Association, and Del Ray Artisans), national holidays, and major religious holidays. When the calendars arrive at the gallery, just come pick up! Pre-order price only available until the calendars arrive in mid-November. Order now at the gallery or online at: mkt.com/del-ray-artisans/wall-calendar


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.

Life Drawing - Open Sessions

  • Wednesday, November 11 from 11am-1pm (Gesture)
  • Wednesday, November 11 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, November 18 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


Tuesday, November 17 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 $100 Black Friday Reception

Friday, November 27 from 6-9pm. Please join us for a special Black Friday shopping reception the day after Thanksgiving. This is the final weekend of the show and your last chance to snatch up affordable artwork featured in this exhibit for $100 or less! Details: TheDelRayArtisans.org

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


Around the Next Corner at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter (Members Only)

Digital entries due Sunday, January 17. Del Ray Artisans (DRA) invites member artists to submit 2D artworks expressing the theme "Around the Next Corner" to be displayed on the walls of the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria's (AWLA) Vola Lawson Animal Shelter from January 31 through May 15, 2016. This is a fundraising exhibit (40% donation split evenly between AWLA and DRA) through Del Ray Artisans' Gallery Without Walls program. 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

  • Holiday Market
    Are you an enthusiastic Del Ray Artisans member? Would you like to greet people visiting the Holiday Market and handle basic sales? Then look no further! We have 5 spots available each weekend in December. (Yes, these hours count towards your mandatory volunteer hours... and you get to shop!) For more details and scheduling, contact Tracy at HolidayMarket@TheDelRayArtisans.org


  • 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
  • Edit and/or layout The Well-Crafted Word newsletter
    Interested in being the newsletter editor and/or 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 Kathy 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 Kathy 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


Become an Art-O-Mat Artist!

Art-o-mat® machines, located throughout the United States, are retired cigarette vending machines that have been converted to vend individual, small-sized art. The machines provide a unique and inexpensive art source for beginning art collectors. There are about 400 contributing artists currently involved in the Art-o-mat® project and the company is always searching for fresh work. Learn more about Art-o-mat® and how to become an Art-o-mat® artist at: www.artomat.org

Call for Artist Vendors: Arlington Holiday Bazaar & Craft Fair

Artisans and crafters bring your best to the Arlington Career Center (816 Walter Reed Dr, Arlington VA 22204). Vendor registration is open, but space is limited! This free community event is on Saturday, December 12 from 10am-4pm. Vendor fees: Single Booth [8'x8'] $100 or Double Booth [16'x8'] $175; booths must be fully manned through the duration of the event. All vendors must provide own tables (tables available for rental fee of $15), backdrop and/or sides. For Vendor Application or Sponsorship Information, call 703-892-2776, email arlholidaybazaar@columbiapike.org,or visit: columbia-pike.org/HolidayBazaar/vendors/

Call for Artists: Public Art at Simpson Park

Deadline: November 8 at 11:59pm MDT. The City of Alexandria invites artists/artist teams to submit qualifications to be considered for a public art project as part of the Simpson Park Playground and Passive Space Renovation. The Selected Artist(s) will work with the Design Team to form a cohesive public art proposal that aligns with the overall renovation design of the site. The Artist’s role is to integrate public art into the concepts and oversee the fabrication and installation of the approved public art. Details at: callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=2907

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.

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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