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Schedule Updates

  • The gallery is closed today and tomorrow (January 22-23). Sunday hours TBD.
  • The Life Drawing session scheduled for Sunday, January 24 from 9:30-11:30am has been canceled.
  • The Secrets of the Paper Garden: Hand-dyed Paper Flowers Workshop originally scheduled for Sunday, January 24 afternoon is being rescheduled. New date/time TBD.

The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for the Alexandria area for Friday afternoon, January 22 at 3pm, through Sunday, January 24 at 6am. The Commonwealth of Virginia and the City of Alexandria are under states of emergency. The forecast calls for potentially life-threatening conditions, including heavy wind and approximately 24 inches of snow.

Life Drawing

Life Drawing - Open Sessions

  • Wednesday, January 27 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, January 27 from 6:30-9:30pm (Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, February 10 from 11am-1pm (Gesture)
  • Wednesday, February 10 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, February 10 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

True Colors: Like a Rainbow

True Colors: Like a Rainbow Art Exhibit

Runs through January 31. The gallery is 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"! Details: TheDelRayArtisans.org/True

VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital Art Show

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

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...


All aBoard Art Exhibit Opening Reception

Friday, February 5 from 7-9pm. All aBoard board showcase takes patrons on a journey around Del Ray Artisans gallery to view works of eight Board members: Ron Blank, Michele Reday Cook, Kim S. Joy, Stephen Lally, Marlin Lord, Elizabeth Guerry Mead, Kathy Turner, and Joan Woodill. Artists showcase work in unique mediums, with no two alike. Patrons take artwork home when purchased! Details: TheDelRayArtisans.org

Annual Art Swap and Member Meeting

Sunday, February 7 from 3-5pm. Treasure or Trash? Dig out those unused art supplies and bring them to the Annual Art [Supplies] Swap! In exchange for contributing an artsy item, you will get to take some treasures home. It's a fun event and one of DRA's most popular. Light refreshments will be served. Questions? Email Linda at: Membership@DelRayArtisans.org

Partners in Art

Monday, February 8 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.

Card Makin’ Party

Monday, February 8 from 6-9pm. Celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Monkey making your own greeting cards for Valentine’s Day! Hostesses Theresa Kulstad and Karen Schmitz will provide lots of materials and plenty of enthusiasm. Donations appreciated for take home cards, and “cardies” are encouraged to make “All Occasion” cards to donate to DRA for sale. No experience needed, no registration required, and all ages welcome. All makin’ monkeys will get special beloved attention! Questions? Contact Karen at: schmityk@yahoo.com

Build a Beast Workshop

Monday, March 7 from 6-9pm. Do you doodle? Have you ever wanted to see your doodles become 3D? Draw some quick wacky fantasy beasts and then make them 3D in stuffed fabric. Sewing machine, fabric, trims, stuffing and other sewing notions provided, but more welcome. Instructor: Kathy Turner. Workshop Fee: $10 members / $15 non-members; Plus $10 for materials. Details and registration: mkt.com/del-ray-artisans

Generative Digital Art Program

Monday, March 14 from 7-8pm. Curious about cutting edge digital art? Come, listen, and watch as presenter Cameron Turner explains and shows how he generates imagery from computer programs and mathematical formulae resulting is fantastic 2D and 3D art forms. Instructor: Cameron Turner. Program Fee: $5 members / $10 non-members. Details and registration: mkt.com/del-ray-artisans

Silly Hat Workshop

Monday, March 21 from 6-9pm. Get creative and be prepared for all fanciful hat wearing opportunities, Easter bonnets, Kentucky Derby day, etc. Bring a hat base if possible, though some will be available. Supply of trims and decorative notions supplied, but more welcome. Instructor: Kathy Turner. Workshop Fee: $10 members / $15 non-members; Plus $10 for materials. Details and registration: mkt.com/del-ray-artisans


March Melee - An Art Bash at Del Ray Artisans Gallery

Digital entries due Sunday, February 20. Del Ray Artisans invites all artists to submit your best and brashest art—big or small. This over the top art show is all about excess, don't be shy. Strut your stuff exuberantly. "Melee" implies a brawl and malarkey means nonsense, so let those terms be your guide. 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.


  • 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@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@DelRayArtisans.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@DelRayArtisans.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@DelRayArtisans.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 Theresa at Programs@DelRayArtisans.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

Special Presentation - Time & Place: A Conversation about Art, History and Community

Join the City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts and Office of Historic Alexandria on Wednesday, January 27 from 6:30-8pm at the Lyceum, 201 S Washington Street for a presentation and discussion with experts in the field of public art, history and historic house programming about how contemporary art projects have enlivened and invigorated house museums and historic sites. Reception to follow. For additional information, visit www.alexandriava.gov/74780 or contact Diane Ruggiero at 703-746-5590 or diane.ruggiero@alexandriava.gov

Call for Entry: Appetite for Art

Deadline: Tuesday, February 16. Capitol 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 Entry: All to Pieces Collage Exhibit

Deadline extended to February 1 at 11pm. This show, open to all artists, will be juried for creative use of collage materials in the composition, design, and quality of overall work. Collage, French for pasting, is derived from colle, paste; from classical Greek kola, glue. Show runs February 10-March 8, 2016 at ArtSpace Falls Church. Meet the Artists Reception: February 10, 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 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

Call for Entry: Artful Whimsy Art Exhibit

Digital Entries Due April 25 at 11pm. An all-media, juried show open to all artists. Engaging, fun, fanciful, playful, amusing, an odd or fanciful or capricious piece or, as is often said, "whimsy can be humorous to someone with time to enjoy it." Show runs May 11-June 6, 2016 at ArtSpace Falls Church. Meet the Artists Reception: May 11, 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: Line Upon Line Art Exhibit

Digital Entries Due May 16 at 11pm. An all-media, juried show open to all artists. This show celebrates one of the most basic elements of art, the line—curved, bent, thick, thin, wide, broken, vertical, horizontal—in whatever form it may take. Line upon line, idea upon idea, medium upon medium, the works selected for this show will be judged on composition, overall design, artistic skill, and creativity. Show runs June 9-July 11, 2016 at ArtSpace Falls Church. Meet the Artists Reception: June 9, 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.
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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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