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FUN-derful Art Exhibit Opening Reception (Tonight!)

Friday, August 5 from 7-9pm. Lookie! Lookie! The Main Attraction show is FUN-derful with humorous FUN art. This exhibit features artwork from local artists guaranteed to put a BIG smile on your face. The Sideshow mini-FUN-raiser "Can You Spare a Square?" features artwork on small squares donated by artists to benefit Del Ray Artisans. Exhibit runs August 5-28. Details: DelRayArtisans.org

Pie contest

Member Meeting and Annual Pie Contest

Sunday, August 7 from 5-7pm. To Bake or not to Bake that is the question. Whether you choose to make a delicious sweet or savory pie for the Pie Contest or not, we want you to attend the Member Meeting, Sunday, August 7 from 5-7pm. In addition to the Annual Pie Contest, Pork Barrel BBQ's generous discount enables us to serve their delicious bbq at our Indoor Picnic. The homemade pies and info on upcoming events will also be served. Questions? Contact: Membership@DelRayArtisans.org

Partners in Art

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.

Fire and Earth 3-d cup

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 DelRayArtisans.org/category/cfe

Streets Meets Glass

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: DelRayArtisans.org/exhibits/gww

Holiday Market Applications

Call for Applications: Holiday Market 2016

Digital application deadline: August 19. Applications for exhibitors in Del Ray Artisans' 21st Holiday Market to be held in December 2016 are now open. Artists from a variety of media categories will be selected and notified of acceptance by September 2. DRA members and non-members are eligible, so apply now! Members receive priority and a discount. Details: DelRayArtisans.org/category/cfe


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)
  • Wednesday, September 7 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, September 7 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 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 DelRayArtisans.org/category/cfe

Call for Entry: "Birdhouses of Del Ray" Silent Auction Fundraiser

Drop off October 2 and October 3 from 6-8pm. Looking for artists to design an artistic birdhouse for a Del Ray Artisans' fundraiser. Create your own birdhouse from the materials of your choice or purchase one of our wooden 'blanks' to decorate and embellish and to donate to DRA. Select a 'blank' birdhouse model of your choice ($3-10), beginning at the August 7 Member Meeting, until they are gone. The Silent Auction will be open for bids October 7-25 during the Local Flavor show. Details: DelRayArtisans.org/2016/07/birdhouses-del-ray


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
    This is a short-term position with a job to be completed by mid-September. 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 2017 Board of Directors
    Open positions beginning in 2017 are: President, Facilities, Fundraising Events, Grants & Sponsorship, Membership, Programs, and Technology. If you are interested in any of these positions, contact Kim Joy at President@DelRayArtisans.org
  • Seeking Volunteers for Outreach, Programs, and Grants & Sponsorship Board Seats
    There are 3 current vacancies on the 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
  • Web Posting Volunteers Needed
    Looking for an at-home way to earn volunteer hours? Help post exhibit and event information to the WETA and Eventful websites. The time commitment is usually minimal and can be done from your own computer anywhere! For more information contact Betsy at egmead@gmail.com

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 Michele at Programs@DelRayArtisans.org


Call for Entry: Fairwood Arts Festival

Digital Entries due August 19. The Prince George’s County Dept. of Parks & Recreation is seeking vendors for the Fairwood Arts Festival in Bowie, MD. Details: mncppcapps.org/pgparks/arts_opportunities_blog/arts_article.aspx?articleid=153

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 Weekly eNews [minimum of 14 days prior to the event or the call for entries] to eNews@DelRayArtisans.org by Monday at 6pm. Review the Guidelines

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
Phone: 703-838-4827 | DelRayArtisans.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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