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Happy New Year! Gallery Closed This Weekend

Happy New Year to Del Ray Artisans' patrons, members and friends!
The gallery is closed through January 3. Artwork drop off for accepted entries for True Colors is on January 3 and 4 from 6-8pm. Regular gallery hours resume on Thursday, January 7.

True Colors

True Colors: Like a Rainbow Art Exhibit Opening Reception (Next Week)

Friday, January 8 from 7-9pm. The gallery will be blooming with color this January as Del Ray Artisans' artists interpret colors of the rainbow in this bright art exhibit. Artists have used these colors for centuries for inspiration. Come and see how our Del Ray Artisans artists interpret "True Colors"! Show runs January 8-31, 2016. Details: TheDelRayArtisans.org/True

Polymer clay workshop

Polymer Clay Workshop (Register Now)

Sunday, January 10 from 1-5pm. Join Ken and Sue Reed as they share their knowledge of polymer clay techniques! Students will learn the basics of working with polymer clay and “blending”—going from one color to another! No experience is necessary and students will go home with a small jewelry or sculpture project. Workshop is at Del Ray Artisans gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria. Details and registration: mkt.com/del-ray-artisans

Introduction to Wire Jewelry Workshop

Introduction to Wire Jewelry Workshop (Register Now)

Thursday, January 14 from 7-9pm. Jewelry artist Tamara Wilkerson will take students into the intricate and exciting world of wire jewelry. Students will experiment with different tools and wire sizes, while creating basic, colorful, and useful jewelry components. No experience is necessary and students will go home with finished jewelry pieces. Workshop is at Del Ray Artisans gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria. Details and registration: mkt.com/del-ray-artisans

DRA 2016 calendar

2016 Wall Calendar - Limited number left!

The 2016 Wall Calendar featuring artwork by 45 talented Del Ray Artisans artists is now available at the gallery for just $18/calendar. Del Ray Artisans events, community events, national holidays, and major religious holidays are noted. Just a few copies left! Pick up your copy at the gallery soon


Life Drawing - Open Sessions

  • Wednesday, January 13 from 11am- 1pm (Gesture)
  • Wednesday, January 13 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, January 13 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

Playing with Resin Workshop

Monday, January 18 from 6:30-9:30pm. Artist Tracy Wilkerson will share her “magic” with resin! Tracy will show students how to “play” with resin in a safe environment and learn the ins and outs of mixing resin and using it—as an adhesive, a covering, or the main medium. Workshop is at Del Ray Artisans gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria. Details and registration: mkt.com/del-ray-artisans

Secrets of the Paper Garden: Hand-dyed Paper Flowers Workshop

Sunday, January 24 from 1-4pm. Artist Debbie Smith Mezzetta is back with a new recipe for colorful paper flowers. Debbie will share her “secret” for making these colorful paper flowers using a paper that is unique, conveniently available, and inexpensive. (And, it goes great with coffee!) Workshop is at Del Ray Artisans gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria. Details and registration: mkt.com/del-ray-artisans

VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital Art Show

Runs through January 31. 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

Partnerships at VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital (Members Only)

Digital entries due Sunday, January 17. Del Ray Artisans (DRA) invites member artists to submit 2D artworks expressing the theme "Partnerships" to be displayed on the walls of the VCA Animal Hospital from January 31 through May 15, 2016 through Del Ray Artisans' Gallery Without Walls program. When artwork sells, artists are asked to make a 20% donation split evenly between Del Ray Artisans and VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital's charity of choice: Veteran's Moving Forward. 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.


  • 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@DelRayArtisans.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@DelRayArtisans.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@DelRayArtisans.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@DelRayArtisans.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@DelRayArtisans.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 Poet: City of Alexandria Searches for Poet Laureate

Application deadline: Sunday, January 10 at 10:59pm. The City of Alexandria's Office of the Arts is in search of a Poet Laureate to promote an appreciation of poetry as an art form, promote creative writing and reading of literature, and promote literacy through poetry. The individual, who must be 18 years of older, will serve as Poet Laureate for three years and receive a modest annual honorarium. Details: alexandriava.gov/arts

Call for Poetry: Alexandria's DASHing Words in Motion Poetry Contest

Application deadline: Sunday, January 10 at 10:59pm. Writers are invited to submit poetry for the "DASHing Words in Motion" poetry contest. The poetry contest encourages quality writing by writers and poets 16 years or older, who lived, worked or studied in the City of Alexandria. Winning poems will be published and placed on DASH buses and trolleys for the 2016 National Poetry Month (April) and May. Details: alexandriava.gov/arts

Call for Entry: 3rd Annual Postcard Art Show

Deadline: Tuesday, January 12. Artists for Africa invites artists to donate up to 4 postcard size (4 x 6) works of art to the 3rd Annual Postcard Art Show that will take place at the Embassy Suites in Columbia, SC on February 17, 2016. Artists & collectors will be supporting a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the arts to children in deprived areas of Africa. For submissions, contact Brie Russell at brie.russell@russellaw.us. Details: www.artistsforafricausa.org

Call for Summer Residency

Deadline: Tuesday, January 15. Terra Foundation for American Art is accepting applications for their 2016 summer residency program that is being held in Giverny, France. Program runs between June 6 to August 2, 2016. This opportunity is open only to individuals that hold a Masters in visual art or are a doctoral candidate researching American art. Details: terraamericanart.org/what-we-offer/grant-fellowship-opportunities/terra-summer-residency

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 Entry: Appetite for Art

Deadline: Tuesday, February 16. Capital Hill Art League hosts an open call for a theme based around art & food. The jurors, Deidre Ehlen MC Williams & Stephen Cheung will select 30 pieces of artwork and five for cash prizes Details: www.caphillartleague.org

Call for Artist Vendors: 2016 Annual Herb and Craft Sale

Deadline: Friday, March 11. Friends of Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N Fairfax Street, Alexandria, is looking for vendors to participate in the 2016 Annual Herb and Craft Sale. The event will take place, rain or shine, Saturday, April 23, 2016, 8-4pm. Vendors who sell handcrafted products/artwork, preferably with garden landscape or local themes are welcome to apply. Space, tables, and chairs may be rented: 8'x8' space, $100; 8' table, $10; and chairs $5 each. Deadline to reserve space and tables is Friday, March 11, 2016. Free parking and other benefits included. For more information, contact Rosalind Bovey, boveyoffice@verizon.net, 703-549-0641 or Lindsay Borst, lindsay.borst@gmail.com

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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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

©2016 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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