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Call for Entry: H20/WATERWORKS (Members Only)

Digital entries due TODAY: Friday, October 21. Artists have depicted water in many ways, for hundreds of years; we ask that you also consider showing water’s effect on us and our effect on water: enjoyment, health, politics, ecology, and environment (pollution, climate change, protecting our water supply). Call for Entry at DelRayArtisans.org/category/cfe

Annual Meeting

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

If you cannot attend, we urge you to make a Proxy vote. Please do this by emailing your vote (vote yea or nay for the entire slate or individual candidates) to Secretary@DelRayArtisans.org by Sunday, October 23 at 6pm, or by calling the gallery at 703-838-4827 on Thursday (10/20) or Friday (10/21) between noon and 6pm. View the slate at DelRayArtisans.org/event/annual-meeting-2016

Partners in Art

Birdhouses of Del Ray Silent Auction

Ends Tuesday, October 25 at 9pm. Bargains galore! Bidding is in progress at the silent auction fundraiser on the 46 artsy birdhouses created by members and friends of Del Ray Artisans. You are sure to find something to your liking, for yourself, or gifts. Details: DelRayArtisans.org/2016/08/birdhouses-del-ray-silent-auction/

Collage cut ups

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

2017 Calendar

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

Collage cut ups

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


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


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

Life Drawing - Open Sessions

  • Sunday, October 23 from 9:30-11:30am (Gesture)
  • Wednesday, October 26 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, October 26 from 6:30-9:30pm (Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, November 9 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, November 9 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

A Call To Service at VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital

Exhibit extended through October 30. Del Ray Artisans' Gallery Without Walls and VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital present A Call to Service, an exhibit honoring the people and animals who contribute to the welfare of others. The artwork is by Del Ray Artisans member artists and is displayed in the waiting areas and examination rooms of VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital (2660 Duke Street, Alexandria VA). Details: DelRayArtisans.org/event/a-call-to-service/

Local Flavor Art Exhibit

Runs until Sunday, October 30. 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. Special thanks to local businesses Rosemarino d' Italia, Taqueria el Poblano, Greenstreet Gardens, and Let's Meat on the Avenue for sponsoring artist awards. Details: DelRayArtisans.org

H20/WATERWORKS Art Exhibit Opening Reception

Friday, November 4 from 7-9pm. Del Ray Artisans member artists present a visual exploration of humankind’s relationship to water, or lack thereof, through 2D and 3D media. They express water’s effect on us and our effect on water, for enjoyment, health, political, ecological and environmental outcomes. The exhibit runs November 4-27, 2016. Details: DelRayArtisans.org

Partners in Art

Monday, November 7 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.


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

  • 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 current 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
  • Online Posting of Del Ray Artisans Exhibits & Events
    The web posting team needs you! We're looking for volunteers to post exhibit and event information to Virginia.org and Northern Virginia Magazine websites. Web posting can be done from home at your convenience. It doesn't take a lot of time and is an easy way to earn volunteer hours. If interested, please 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

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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