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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

Local Flavor

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

Local Flavor

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

25th Anniversary

Del Ray Artisans is turning 25 in 2017!

Planning is underway for celebrations all year long. The 25th Anniversary Committee is seeking ideas for events and volunteers to help plan and execute them. Send your name and willingness to help to Linda at 25years@delrayartisans.org


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

  • 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

Art on the Avenue

Saturday, October 1 from 10-6pm. Art on the Avenue, a multicultural arts festival celebrating our community's diversity through the arts in Alexandria, Virginia. There will be entertainment for all ages, art activities, food and over 300 artists displaying and selling their work all along Mount Vernon Avenue. Art on the Avenue is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association. Details: DelRayArtisans.org/event/art-on-the-avenue-2016

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

Runs through October 2. 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. Details: DelRayArtisans.org

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

Local Flavor Art Exhibit Opening Reception

Friday, October 7 from 7-9pm. The Local Flavor art exhibit at Del Ray Artisans showcases member artwork that highlight the things they adore, crave, and experience in their beloved neck of the woods. Come to the opening reception to meet many of the artists, vote for the "Peoples Choice" award winner, place your bids in the "Birdhouses of Del Ray" silent auction, and enjoy all the artwork. Special thanks to local businesses Rosemarino d' Italia, Taqueria el Poblano, Greenstreet Gardens, and Let's Meat on the Avenue for sponsoring artist awards. The exhibit runs October 7-30, 2016. The silent auction runs October 7-25 and benefits Del Ray Artisans. Details: www.DelRayArtisans.org

Partners in Art

Monday, October 10 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.

Annual Member Meeting on October 25

The annual member meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 25 at 7pm and all members in good standing will vote on the nominations for the 2017 Board of Directors. Also come to the meeting to learn about the 2017 exhibit schedule, special upcoming events, and the closing of the "Birdhouses of Del Ray" silent auction! Light supper will be provided. Make sure you save the date! Questions, contact Linda at Membership@DelRayArtisans.org

Come Play with Collage Cut Ups

Thursday, October 27 from 7-9pm. Activity lead Millie Mateu will guide you through a fun art activity evening! She will start by doing some creative exercises to loosen us up, and then we'll create some simple collages that have high impact, using "Local Flavor" as inspiration. Free for Del Ray Artisans members and $10 for non-members. Register in advance: DelRayArtisans.org/event/come-play-collage-cut-ups

Call for Entry: 2017 Calendar (Members Only)

Digital entries due: Friday, October 28. Members: Submit your best work to the 4th annual Del Ray Artisans' calendar! All entries are to be received digitally, and no physical pieces of art will be collected. There is no entry fee, no theme, and work previously shown at the gallery is acceptable. Your Del Ray Artisans membership must be up-to-date. This calendar is a fundraiser to benefit Del Ray Artisans, but also a fun way to show your support for our arts organization and share your talent with the community. Call for Entry at DelRayArtisans.org/category/cfe

Cat-urday Toy Making Workshop

Saturday, October 29 from 10am-12pm. Celebrate National Cat Day by making toys for your feline! This workshop gives you all the tools you need to make felt mice & birds, wine cork candies, and a classic stick with string taunting toy, as well as an optional T-shirt cat tent (bring t-shirt). $5 supplies fee. Instruction free for Del Ray Artisans members, $10 for non-members. Register in advance: DelRayArtisans.org/event/cat-toy-making


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

  • Art on the Avenue: Volunteers needed Saturday, October 1
    Del Ray Artisans participates in the annual arts festival Art on the Avenue. We need volunteers: from 8:30am-10am to set up the DRA tent, artist demo tables/chairs, and create some colorful sidewalk chalk directional arrows to the gallery door; and in shifts 10-12pm and 12-2pm to hand out DRA literature and help visitors with our Photo Op. If you can help, contact Josh and Dawn with your preferred task/shift at Volunteers@DelRayArtisans.org and Technology@DelRayArtisans.org
  • Nominating Committee Members
    This is a short-term position with a job to be completed by mid-October. 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.
  • 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: 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

Call for Entry: The 26th Annual Strathmore Juried Competition

Deadline: September 30. The 26th Annual Strathmore Juried Competition celebrates "Life in Blue" and welcomes all original artwork in all mediums for the theme of blue that include a broad spectrum. Details: strathmore.org/events-and-tickets/juried-exhibition-call-for-entries

Call for Entry: The Northern Virginia Review

Deadline: October 17. Northern Virginia Community College is looking for photography and artwork for The Northern Virginia Review - 2017. All Mid-Atlantic region residents are eligible. Cash prizes. For details, see Submission Guidelines at blogs.nvcc.edu/tnvr/submissions/

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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