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Grown-Ups Art Camp

Call for Instructors: Grown-Ups Art Camp 2016 (by Midnight)

Proposals due Friday, April 15. Seeking instructors for a diverse array of programs to be offered June 27-July 15, 2016. We will serve up visual art workshops (painting, photography, pen & ink, mixed media, digital, etc), crafts (knitting, crocheting, sewing and more), performing arts (music, dance techniques, improv, spoken word, etc), as well as artist development (journaling, writing an artist statement, how-to-frame, 'where to find inspiration', etc). We are offering creative play, education and growth to experienced artists, as well as beginners and those non-artist types who just want to engage and explore in the arts. Call for Instructors at TheDelRayArtisans.org/CFE

Spring Art Market

Call for Artists: 2016 Spring Art Market

Application due Saturday, April 16. Join Del Ray Artisans in its tradition of outdoor art markets! The Spring Art Market gives artists an opportunity to sell their original handmade artwork to the local community. This is a RAIN or SHINE event in the Nicholas A. Colasanto Park, adjoining Del Ray Artisans gallery, on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 10am to 4pm. Application at TheDelRayArtisans.org/CFE

Secrets of the Paper Garden

Secrets of the Paper Garden: Hand-dyed Paper Flowers Workshop (Register Now)

Sunday, April 17 from 2-5pm. 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 at mkt.com/del-ray-artisans/secrets-of-the-paper-garden


Spring2ACTion - DISCOVER the MANY FACES of ART! (Next Week)

Wednesday, April 20 is Spring2ACTion—a special 24-hour online giving event to benefit Alexandria nonprofits. This year, to showcase our multi-generational, multi-faceted artists, Del Ray Artisans will host 24 hours of activities with the theme: DISCOVER the MANY FACES of ART! This is one of our biggest fundraisers and outreach events of the year. FREE events:

  • 12-5am - Virtual Gallery
    Check out our diverse group of artists - profiles posted on Facebook and Twitter all night long.
  • 6-10am - Breakfast in the Gallery
    Start your morning off with pastries, fruit, coffee, tea and some inspiration for the day. Make a card to give to someone special at our card making tables. Beginning at 8:30am, Jenny Nicholson, State Department Calligrapher and Protocol Officer, will give a "show and tell" on how she incorporates art in her daily work.
  • 11-12pm - Yoga Session
    David A. Kosar, a Del Ray Artisans member and certified yoga teacher, will lead a 1-hour yoga session. He has been teaching yoga and meditation techniques exclusively at Yoga in Daily Life since 2007.
  • 12:30pm-1pm - Meditation Session
    Nicole Radshaw will lead a 30-minute guided meditation session among the Creatures from the Sea artworks—leaving you clear, refreshed, and inspired. She teaches yoga and meditation to adults and children at studios, schools and after school programs.
  • 2-5pm - Life Drawing Session
    This life drawing session has a live, clothed model. All skill levels welcome to this FREE session. Just bring your sketchbook and pencils to participate.
  • 6pm-Midnight - Evening Reception
    • Experience the Artist Talk and demonstration by Guy G. Jones (beginning at 8:30pm);
    • Meet Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg;
    • Enjoy the wine tasting from Crystal City Wine Shop;
    • Nibble on appetizers from Whole Foods and Trader Joe's;
    • Vogue in our bedhead photo booth;
    • Tune into the music;
    • Test your luck in a raffle to win artistic jewelry and artwork;
      and, to top it off…
    • Savor the dessert from Alexandria Cupcake!

Please donate to Del Ray Artisans on (or before) April 20 to show your support. Details at spring2action.razoo.com/us/story/Del-Ray-Artisans

Youth Art Camp

Youth Art Camp

Register by June 1 for reduced rate. Del Ray Artisans invites young campers (8-14 years old) to spend a week creating art with professional artist instruction. All artist supplies, as well as lunch and snacks, are provided. There will also be a one-day only gallery show held the Saturday after each week of camp to show off the students' work. Choose either Week One (July 18-22) or Week Two (July 25-29). Registration must be completed in advance. Fee: $275/child if registered by June 1; $300/child regular price. Scholarship support may be available. Details and forms at TheDelRayArtisans.org/ArtCamp


Life Drawing - Open Sessions

  • Sunday, April 17 from 9:30-11:30am (Gesture)
  • Wednesday, April 20 from 2-5pm (Clothed, Short/Long Pose - FREE)
  • Wednesday, May 11 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, May 11 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

Creatures from the Sea Art Exhibit

Show runs through May 1. Artists bring to life the aquatic world's frolicking, fanciful, sensual, beautiful, and beastly creatures. Prepare to swim with Sirens, Tritons, and Naiads, or their fellow aquatic travelers from oceans, rivers, or lakes. Imagine a world of watery creatures of all kinds ready for you to explore and observe! Bask in the watery wonderland that is waiting for you! Details: TheDelRayArtisans.org

Surrealism: A Photography Exhibition Opening Reception

Friday, May 6 from 7-9pm. This exhibit is a collaborative effort between Del Ray Artisans and Union 206 Studio to present photographic artwork that pushes beyond accepted conventions of reality by representing irrational imagery of dreams and the unconscious mind…disorienting realist imagery often based on fantasy, nightmares, hallucination, and the imagination. Show runs May 6-29, 2016. Details at TheDelRayArtisans.org

Call for Entry: A Call To Service at VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital

Digital entries due Sunday, May 7. Del Ray Artisans' Gallery Without Walls program invites Del Ray Artisans member artists to submit 2D artworks inspired by those who contribute to the welfare of others to be displayed on the walls of the VCA Animal Hospital from May 15 through September 25, 2016. Artists are invited to submit abstract, representational and/or realistic styles in a variety of mediums. Artwork interpretations may consider the joy and accomplishment, as well as the somber and reflective aspects of a life of service. Artwork must be family friendly, but does not have to include animals. Call for Entry at TheDelRayArtisans.org/CFE

Partners in Art

Monday, May 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.

Developing Willpower for Artists Workshop

Monday, May 9 from 6-9pm. Join Del Ray Artisans and Yoga in Daily Life for this special workshop for artists, combining goal setting and implementation with yoga meditative visualization and mindfulness practice for achieving your personal, creative, and professional goals. You will be provided with the tools needed to assess yourself, clarify your goals, and make an action plan to stay the course for the direction you want to go. You’ll receive instruction from Yoga in Daily Life’s Madhu (Vedrana Josipovic), a professional development coach and master yoga teacher with 20 plus years of experience. The workshop will be at Del Ray Artisans gallery. Register in advance: calendar.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Special Member Benefit Program!

Save the date: Tuesday, May 24 from 7-9pm. Mark your calendars for a special, free Member Benefit Program that is being planned for all Del Ray Artisans members. Details will be announced soon.

Call for Curators: 2017 Show Proposals

Proposals due Wednesday, June 1. Interested in curating a show at Del Ray Artisans gallery next year? Contact Kathy Turner, Director of Curating, with questions: Curating@DelRayArtisans.org. Proposal form at TheDelRayArtisans.org/CFE

Call for Entry: Fire and Earth National 3-D Ceramic Cup Exhibit

Digital entries due: Saturday, July 30. Fire and earth are two of the four elements. This exhibit celebrates these elements in a hybrid show that combines a National 3-D Ceramic Cup exhibit with a Regional 2-D exhibit. This exhibit honors how fire in the kiln (be it fueled by wood, gas, or electricity) transforms earth (clay) into functional drinking vessels (cups, mugs, tankards, tumblers, goblets, and tea bowls). Cups that are being shipped should be received Saturday, August 20 (if you are delivering in person, notify curator). Read all entry details carefully. Show runs September 2 - October 2, 2016. Call for Entry at TheDelRayArtisans.org/CFE

Call for Entry: Fire and Earth Regional 2-D Exhibit

Digital entries due: Saturday, August 13. Fire and earth are two of the four elements. This exhibit celebrates these elements in a hybrid show that combines a National 3-D Ceramic Cup exhibit with a Regional 2-D exhibit. This exhibit honors how fire in the kiln (be it fueled by wood, gas, or electricity) transforms earth (clay) into functional drinking vessels (cups, mugs, tankards, tumblers, goblets, and tea bowls). Artwork receiving for accepted exhibit artwork is on Sunday, August 28 and Monday, August 29 from 6-8pm. Read all entry details carefully. Show runs September 2 - October 2, 2016. Call for Entry at TheDelRayArtisans.org/CFE

Call for Entry: Fire and Earth 2-D Marketplace

Online submission of artwork information due: Friday, August 26 at noon. Artists with pieces selected for the 2-D Fire and Earth exhibit are invited to also submit 2-D artwork for the Art-to-Go Marketplace. "Art-to-Go" refers to selected artworks that can be purchased and taken home immediately by the buyer. All marketplace artwork submitted should be related to the theme of this exhibit. This exhibit honors how fire in the kiln (be it fueled by wood, gas, or electricity) transforms earth (clay) into functional drinking vessels (cups, mugs, tankards, tumblers, goblets, and tea bowls). Artwork receiving for Art-to-Go Marketplace entries is on Sunday, August 28 and Monday, August 29 from 6-8pm. 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.

Volunteer Update: The New Year means a New Volunteer Binder! Please feel free to enter into the binder any volunteer activities you have accomplished during 2016. However, we prefer that you email your hours directly to the Volunteers Director. As a reminder, participation in exhibits requires member artists to assist with various duties such as gallery hosting, hanging, helping during the reception, etc. These hours do not count as volunteer hours. Be on the lookout for many upcoming changes and announcements. If you have questions, please email Josh, your Volunteers Director, at Volunteers@DelRayArtisans.org.

Time-Sensitive Requests

  • Get your Volunteer Hours in on Wednesday, April 20
    Help DRA Spring2ACTion with the FREE events scheduled at the gallery on April 20. We need help from 6am-midnight. You can help set up (or clean up) the breakfast, welcome folks (zen-like) to the yoga or meditation sessions, set up (or clean up) the evening reception, arrange photo ops in the bedhead booth, sell raffle tickets, and much more! Contact Brandy with your availability: Fundraising@DelRayArtisans.org
  • Wanted, Programs Co-Chair!
    We are in need of a Programs Co-chair to assist and share responsibilities with Programs Director Theresa Kulstad. Tasks would include assistance with scheduling proposed workshops and assistance with writing up articles for newsletter, eNews and press releases. Also input on improving existing programs, developing new ones to benefit our members, and attracting new comers. A bonus would be someone to coach Theresa on certain computer skills she is not skilled in. If interested, please contact Theresa at Programs@DelRayArtisans.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@DelRayArtisans.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@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


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 Artist Vendors: Rendezvous at Market Day

Application due Wednesday, April 27. Join the J.O. Wilson Elementary School PTA at their annual spring event, “Rendezvous at Market Day!” (R@MD). This is a community event with something for the whole family, including locally produced arts and crafts, local food entrepreneurs, kids games and activities, and local musical talent!! R@MD gives artists an opportunity to sell their original artwork to the local community. J.O. Wilson Elementary School, 660 K Street NE, Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10am to 3pm. For more information: www.jowilsondc.org or Jeff Jordan 703-786-2241 or pta-fundraiser@jowilsonelementary.org

Call for Entry: Off the Wall Exhibit

Digital Entries Due May 3. The Maryland Federation of Art invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico to enter Off the Wall, a sculpture only exhibition. All free standing 3D artwork in any media are eligible for entry. Our Juror Baltimore based Artist, Sebastian Martoran. Details: mdfedart.com/portfolio/66/

Call for Artists: Del Ray Street Painting Event

Seeking artists to participate in La Bella Strada, an Italian Street Painting Festival in Del Ray, Alexandria on Saturday, May 14, 2016 to benefit the Del Ray Montessori School. Please email bellastrada@thedelraymontessorischool.com for more information. We have opportunities for professional and semi-professional artists. Experience with chalk art a plus! Visit us on Facebook at facebook.com/labellastrada

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

Call for Entry: Appalachian Nature Art Competition & Exhibition

Digital Entries due May 31. The Allegany Arts Council is holding the first installment of this competition and exhibition in Cumberland, MD. This competition is national and open to all artists using traditional media (no photography or digital prints). Our juror is Paul Rhymer, a nationally known wildlife artist. Details: www.callforentry.org

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

©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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