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H20/WATERWORKS Art Exhibit (Last Weekend!)

Runs through November 27. 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 gallery will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Details: DelRayArtisans.org


#GivingTuesday for Del Ray Artisans

Tuesday, November 29. Del Ray Artisans is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, following the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The donation site, Razoo, will be waiving all fees on #GivingTuesday so 100% of your donation will go to Del Ray Artisans. Details: www.razoo.com/us/story/Del-Ray-Artisans

Holiday Market

Holiday Market (December 2-4)

Friday 6-9pm; Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm. Join us the first 3 weekends in December for the 21st Annual Holiday Market! The market offers original, fine art and fine crafts by local artists. Different artists are featured each weekend! The first weekend, artists are:

  • Becky Barnes, A Term of Art
  • Kate Boles
  • Laurence Chandler
  • Eileen Egan, Samantha Gordon, and Ann Riley
  • Alanna Graboyes
  • Annie Greene
  • Alicia Hurst, Zyod
  • Maria Kaneer
  • Judy Lynn
  • Liz Martinez
  • Lisa McBride
  • Katie McDonald, Clover Hill Ceramics
  • Patti North, All Fired Up!
  • Ron Tickerhoff, Wolf Mountain Glass
  • Imani Whiters-Russell, Indigo’s Friends Studio
  • Diane Wilson, Craft Stitches
  • Lisa Zolandz

Life Drawing

Life Drawing - Open Sessions

  • Wednesday, December 7 from 1-2pm (Holiday Party)
  • Wednesday December 7 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, December 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

2017 Calendar

Artful 2017 Wall Calendar

The 2017 wall calendar features 49 pieces of art by Del Ray Artisans members. Just $18/calendar for a year’s worth of enjoyment! Pre-populated events include Del Ray Artisans' programs, community events (from Del Ray Business Association, Del Ray Citizens Association, and Del Ray Artisans), national holidays, and major Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religious holidays. Calendars will not be shipped; you must pick up in person. Buy now at the gallery or online. If you purchase online, you will be notified when your order is ready to pick up. To order online, go to: mkt.com/del-ray-artisans/wall-calendar-1


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

Holiday Market (December 9-11)

Friday 6-9pm; Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm. Join us for the 21st Annual Holiday Market! The market offers original, fine art and fine crafts by local artists. The market is open for the first 3 weekends in December. Different artists are featured each weekend! The second weekend, artists are:

  • Jonathan & Marche Covington, Tudor Hall Apiary
  • Emily Dere
  • Chris Fedderson, MacroFine Photography
  • Maxine Fulkerson
  • Kath Gayle
  • Kate Gibney
  • Nancy Kline
  • Jenn Kukorlo
  • Diana Papazian, Papazian Jewelry Designs
  • Madeline Ramsey, Unique Stained Glass
  • Dick Ratcliff
  • Tangela Roe
  • Kevin Sherlock
  • Howard Stelzer, How-Aud’s Creations
  • Christine Vinh at StitchesnQuilts
  • Laura Whitaker, Hammered and Corked
  • Tamara Wilkerson, WiRealm by Tamara
  • Tracy Wilkerson, Recycled Works

Holiday Market (December 16-18)

Friday 6-9pm; Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm.This is the final weekend of the 21st Annual Holiday Market! The market offers original, fine art and fine crafts by local artists. The market offers original, fine art and fine crafts by local artists. Different artists are featured each weekend! The final weekend, artists are:

  • Marie-Noelle Akegnan, Cultured Concepts
  • Jen Athanas, Jen-A-Fusion Fashion Accessories
  • Tyler DeCourt
  • Marcel Artes Deolazo
  • Shelly Habel, Sugarboy’s
  • Maria Illingworth, Maria’s Windows
  • Johanna Kalin
  • Stephen Lally
  • Genevieve Lynn, Jade River Studio
  • Betsy Mead
  • Bindu & Bharat Parikh, NIRVANA
  • Ken Reed
  • Terry Rowe
  • Lisa Sikes, Heart & Hammer Furniture Co. llc
  • Marcia Sobocinski, The Secret Jewelry Garden
  • Joyce Wagner, Reinvented Elegance

Call for Entry: Simply Abstract

Digital entries due: Friday, December 23. Toss your colors and media in the air and let them fall where they may! Release your inner energy to create and share your abstract art! Abstract art continues to evolve and comes in many different flavors. Compositions use a visual language of shape, form, color, and line. Some have no representational content whatsoever, while others keep one foot in reality, or somewhere in between. All local area artists are invited to visually explore abstract art through any 2D and 3D medium for this juried exhibit. Call for Entry at DelRayArtisans.org/category/cfe

Partners in Art

Monday, January 9 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

Local Flavor Revisited Art Exhibit

Runs through January 29, 2017. Del Ray Artisans' Gallery Without Walls and VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital present Local Flavor Revisited, showcasing member artwork that highlight the things they adore, crave, and experience in their beloved neck of the woods. The artwork is displayed in the waiting areas and examination rooms of VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital (2660 Duke Street, Alexandria VA). Details: DelRayArtisans.org/exhibits


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

  • Holiday Market Volunteers
    Seeking volunteers to staff the DRA merchandise table at the holiday market in the gallery. Sign up for one of the shifts:
    • Friday (12/9) for set up 3:30-6:30pm
    • Saturday (12/10) from 10:30am-1:30pm or 1-3:30pm
    • Sunday (12/11) from 10:30am-1:30pm or 1-3:30pm
    • Friday (12/16) for set up 3:30-6:30pm
    • Saturday (12/17) from 10:30am-1:30pm or 1-3:30pm
    • Sunday (12/18) from 10:30am-1:30pm or 1-3:30pm

    Contact Volunteers@DelRayArtisans.org and Technology@DelRayArtisans.org with your preferred date and time.
  • 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
  • Web Posting
    If you're looking for an opportunity to earn some volunteer hours, try posting DRA exhibit and event information to a website! It's easy and can be done from your own home using your very own computer! This is basically a cut and paste operation. If you're 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


Call for Entry: MOCA New Waves 2017 Juried Exhibition

Deadline: November 27. The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art is holding the New Waves Juried Show. Ken Harma, a gallery owner and curator will be the juror. All Virginia Based Artists from various mediums of art can enter. Cash prizes. For details, see Submission Guidelines at www.virginiamoca.org/new-waves-2017

Call for Poems: Moving Words 2017

Deadline: January 12, 2017. The annual poetry contest Moving Words is now open for submissions. The work of six winning poets will be printed on colorful placards and displayed prominently inside area buses, enlivening the ride for thousands of commuters. This year’s Moving Words competition is juried by Arlington County’s Poet Laureate Katherine E. Young. Winning poets will receive a $250 honorarium and will be invited to give a public reading of their work in April 2017 during National Poetry Month. Details: arlingtonarts.org/cultural-affairs/moving-words/moving-words-poetry-competition.aspx

2017 Art Works for Virginia Conference: A New Virginia Renaissance - How Creativity Will Define Our Commonwealth

The Virginia Commission for the Arts is hosting a one-day conference for artists, board and staff members of arts organizations, community and cultural leaders, arts educators, artisans, and arts advocates from every corner of the Commonwealth on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 9:30am to 5pm at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia. Registration: eventbrite.com/e/2017-art-works-for-virginia-conference-tickets-28676393866

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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