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Grown up Art Camp

Grown Ups Art Camp – Don’t miss it!

Workshops through July 15. Welcome to Del Ray Artisans' version of summer camp for grown ups. We have many fun, exciting, and artful workshops for you to choose from. It's a great creative boost and a fun, interactive activity for you and your friends. Check out the schedule and register for individual workshops at TheDelRayArtisans.org/GUAC

Art Supply Yard Sale

Indoor Art Supplies Yard Sale

Runs through July 15. Gently used art supplies for you and me! Shop the art supplies sale a half-hour before or immediately after each Grown Ups Art Camp (GUAC) workshop. Also come to the "last chance" sale on Friday, July 15 from 12-3pm. All proceeds support Del Ray Artisans, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.

Donations: Please donate gently used art supplies until July 9 a half-hour before each GUAC workshop. Donations of new supplies will first be reviewed for possible use during our Art Camps. Thank you for your support! Details: calendar.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Youth Art Camp

Youth Art Camp – Register Now!

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: $300/child. Scholarship support may be available. Details and forms at TheDelRayArtisans.org/ArtCamp


Call for Entry: FUN-derful

Digital entries due: Monday, July 18. The Main Attraction Show is FUN-derful for showcasing your Witty, Punny, Wacky, Schticky, Colorful, Silly, Quirky, Comical, Humorous and just LOL FUN art! Lookie! Lookie! This curated exhibition is open to all area artists for artwork in all mediums—everything that puts a smile on your face. Also check out the SideShow FUN-raiser "Can You Spare a Square?" (details in the FUN-derful call for entry). Drop off for accepted exhibit artwork is on Sunday, July 31 and Monday, August 1 from 6-8pm. Show runs August 5-28, 2016. Call for Entry 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 Curators: 2017 Show Proposals

Deadlines to submit proposals extended to July 31. Del Ray Artisans is soliciting show proposals NOW for 2017. Themes should have broad appeal, spur creativity, and be open to diverse media. Curating is a rewarding experience and counts towards members' volunteer commitment. The show proposal committee will review proposals and recommend those chosen to the Board for approval. Contact Kathy Turner, Director of Curating, at Curating@DelRayArtisans.org with questions. Proposal form at TheDelRayArtisans.org/CFE

Partners in Art

Monday, August 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.

Life Drawing - Open Sessions

  • Wednesday, August 10 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, August 10 from 6:30-9:30pm (Long Pose)
  • Sunday, August 21 from 9:30-11:30am (Gesture)
  • Wednesday, August 24 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, August 24 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@DelRayArtisans.org

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

Streets Meets Glass Exhibit at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter

Exhibit runs through August 15. Del Ray Artisans' Gallery Without Walls program and the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria team up to present this communion of two artists' diverse work that sizzles, pops, and purrs! The family-friendly artwork by Joshua Oliveira and Betsy Mead is available for purchase. The Vola Lawson Animal Shelter is at 4101 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria. Details: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/GWW


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. If you have questions, please email Josh Oliveira, Director of Volunteers, at Volunteers@DelRayArtisans.org.

Time-Sensitive Requests

  • Nominating Committee Members
    It’s not too early to start planning! The Nominating Committee puts together the slate of candidates for the 2017 Board of Directors. Get to know your fellow DRA members while seeking persons interested in serving on the Board. Interested in helping? Contact Kim Joy at President@DelRayArtisans.org
  • Seeking Volunteers for Outreach, Programs, and Grants & Sponsorship Board Seats
    There are 3 vacancies on the DRA Board: Outreach Director, Programs Director, and Grants & Sponsorship Director. These are rewarding ways to meet your volunteer commitment. Interested members should contact Kim Joy at President@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

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: ART AS POLITICS National Juried Show

Digital Entries due July 5. Express everything you love and hate in the current election process as a visual art form. Love, anger, concern- get it all out and be part of our show. Abstract, figurative, installation- all original media are welcome. Exhibition dates: August 5-25, 2016. AWARDS: 1st Prize: $750, 2nd Prize: $500, 3rd Prize: $250. Juror is Jayme McLellan, Director/Founder, Civilian Art Projects. Entry Fee: $35. Details: www.touchstonegallery.com

Call for Entry: Root to Bloom: Place Artists Call Home Exhibit at Principle Gallery

Digital Entries due September 28. Principle gallery invites entries of paintings that are of the featured artists’ place they call “home.” Washington DC artist, Teresa Oaxaca will be the juror. The artwork must be no larger than 40 inches along the longest edge. The exhibition will run in November 2016 in Alexandria, VA. Details: principlegallery.com/alexandria/call-entries-root-bloom

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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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.

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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