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Closing FUN-raffle (This Sunday!)

Sunday, August 28 from 4-6pm. On the final day of the FUN-derful exhibit, join us for the “Closing FUN-raffle” from 4-6pm. All donated “Squares” are now only $10 for a super duper “Square Deal”! We are also drawing the raffle winners for the framed “Spectacular” awarded Squares. Wowee!


FUN-derful Art Exhibit (Final Weekend)

Exhibit runs through August 28. 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. Details: DelRayArtisans.org

Fire and Earth

Fire and Earth National Ceramic Cup & Regional 2-D Art Exhibit Opening Reception

Friday, September 2 from 7-9pm. Fire and earth are two of the four elements. The Fire and Earth art exhibit celebrates these classical elements in a hybrid show combining a national ceramic cup exhibit with a regional 2-D show, exploring how fire transforms earth. The exhibit is juried by Dan Finnegan, an internationally recognized potter. Show runs September 2 - October 2, 2016. Details: DelRayArtisans.org

Cookbook fundraiser

Call for Recipes and Artwork: Cookbook Fundraiser

Submissions due via email by September 5. Del Ray Artisans is preparing a cookbook to sell during the holiday season and thereafter. Help raise funds for our nonprofit by sending your recipes for that hearty soup, the cocktail that inspires you to paint, your mother in law's signature hors d'oeuvres, or the pie you brought to the member meeting. Recipes are being sought for these categories: Beverages; Appetizers and Snacks; Sauces, Soups, and Stews; Entrees; Side Dishes; and Desserts. We are also soliciting digital images of members' artwork to put on the cookbook's divider pages. Details and form at DelRayArtisans.org/category/cfe

The Mighty Mug

The Mighty Mug Workshop at The Clay Queen Pottery

Saturday, September 10 from 10am-4pm. In conjunction with the Fire and Earth exhibit, the juror Dan Finnegan is conducting a 1-day workshop, "The Mighty Mug," that will be hosted by The Clay Queen Pottery (2303 Mt Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301). This demonstration workshop will explore a variety of forms suitable for 'beverage delivery systems' with a particular emphasis on pulling and attaching handles. The workshop fee is $65 for Del Ray Artisans members and $75 for non-members. Event details and registration are at: DelRayArtisans.org/event/mug-workshop

Holiday Market Applications

Call for Applications: Holiday Market 2016

Digital application deadline extended to Sunday, September 18. 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. DRA members and non-members are eligible, so apply now! Members receive priority and a discount. Details: DelRayArtisans.org/category/cfe


Hiring Assistant Office Manager

Del Ray Artisans’ Personnel Committee is seeking to hire an Assistant Office Manager for the organization. This is a paid position on Thursdays and Fridays, 12-6 pm. Position entails greeting visitors and general office work with emphasis on organizational skills. Knowledge of Microsoft Office required. Email your letter of interest and resume to Personnel@DelRayArtisans.org


Life Drawing - Open Sessions

  • Wednesday, September 7 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, September 7 from 6:30-9:30pm (Long Pose)
  • Sunday, September 18 from 9:30-11:30am (Gesture)
  • Wednesday, September 21 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, September 21 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

Partners in Art

Monday, September 12 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.

Help Submitting Artwork to the Local Flavor Exhibit

Monday, September 19 from 6-8pm and Thursday, September 22 from 12-2pm. The Local Flavor exhibit is using an online submission process. If you need some help with this electronic format, come to the gallery for some hands on assistance. Please try to establish your artwork titles, media, dimensions, and prices in advance. If you do not have an electronic image of the artwork you wish to submit, bring your artwork with you. We will show you how to take a cell phone picture and use that photo for the entry form. You will leave the gallery having completed the online submission process! Details: DelRayArtisans.org/event/local-flavor-cfe-help

Call for Entry: Local Flavor Art Exhibit (Members Only)

Digital entries due: Thursday, September 22. When you’re not in town, what do you miss? What do you crave? Does your “local” have a taste or feel? Capture an experience, mood or vibe from your neck of the woods, and express this in a big way. Artists are encouraged to explore their minds and their daily life for inspiration for this exhibit. The curator is looking for art that is vibrant, engaging, warm, and welcoming. This is an all-member show, and the theme is meant to be fairly broad. Your Del Ray Artisans membership must be up-to-date. Artwork receiving for accepted exhibit artwork is on Sunday, October 2 and Monday, October 3 from 6-8pm. Show runs October 7-30, 2016. 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) at the gallery while supplies last. 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
    The Nominations Committee is looking for members to serve on the Board of Directors in 2017. Board positions are 1-year terms from January 1-December 31. If you are interested in serving on the Board next year, please send an email with your contact information and areas of interest to Judy Lynn AbstractArtByLynn@gmail.com and Lynne Darnell SeamlessWeaver@verizon.net.
  • Seeking Volunteers for Outreach and Grants & Sponsorship Board Seats
    There are 2 current vacancies on the Board: Outreach 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

  • Curate/Coordinate an Exhibit outside the Gallery
    Del Ray Artisans’ Gallery Without Walls program is seeking volunteers to coordinate exhibits with specific venues. The program is flexible to incorporate your ideas and value your time. Contact Eileen at GWW@DelRayArtisans.org and Kathy at Curating@DelRayArtisans.org
  • 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: Dia de los Muertos

Digital Entries due September 9 by 5pm. The Arlington Arts Center’s annual Dia de los Muertos exhibition invites artists living in the Mid-Atlantic states to submit work that responds to the concepts, themes, and imagery of this beloved holiday. Exhibit runs November 4 - December 18, 2016. Details: arlingtonartscenter.org/diadelosmuertos

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.

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