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Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Breaking the Glass Ceiling - The Sky’s the Limit Art Exhibit Opening Reception (Tonight!)

Friday, March 31 from 7-9pm. Reflections on the metaphor “breaking the glass ceiling”, pushing through a tough, not quite invisible barrier that keeps many from reaching their full potential or their dreams beyond a certain level in a hierarchy or in society. Breaking glass, breaking barriers, reaching beyond traditional boundaries, stretching beyond one’s own and society’s current limits, only accepting the limits of an endless sky have been a theme for many artists and reflect a very current theme. Runs March 31 through April 30. Details at DelRayArtisans.org/exhibits

Silver Star

Spring2ACTion - Become a Silver Star!

Wednesday, April 5 is Spring2ACTion—a special 24-hour online giving event to benefit Alexandria nonprofits. This year in honor of our 25th Anniversary, you can become a Silver Star by donating $25 or more to Del Ray Artisans! For your donation, a Silver Star will be hung in the gallery personalized with your name. All proceeds help Del Ray Artisans expand our artistic reach and support our 25th Anniversary Legacy Project of providing funding to selected Alexandria elementary schools with art needs for art-related books.

We are also offering a FREE, clothed, life drawing session on April 5 from 2-5pm. Bring your supplies and come ready to sketch! Please donate to Del Ray Artisans on (or before) April 5 to be a part of Spring2ACTion. Details at spring2action.razoo.com/story/Del-Ray-Artisans

First Thursday

First Thursday

Thursday, April 6 from 6-9pm. First Thursday is a Del Ray community event sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association from 6-9pm along Mount Vernon Avenue. The theme for April’s First Thursday is Hats along the Avenue. The gallery stays open until 9pm on First Thursdays from April through September. Come see the current show: Breaking the Glass Ceiling.

2017 Calendar

Artful 2017 Wall Calendar on Sale!

The 2017 wall calendar featuring 49 pieces of art by Del Ray Artisans members is on sale now for just $9/calendar! 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 religious holidays. All proceeds benefit our non-profit art organization. Purchase at the gallery Thursdays and Sundays 12-6pm, Fridays and Saturdays 12-9pm.

Simply Abstract

Del Ray Artisans turns 25 in 2017!

2017 is the year of Del Ray Artisans 25th Anniversary! Celebrate with our new 25th Anniversary T-shirts. T-shirts sizes small through XL ($25 each) and XXL ($27 each) are available at the gallery. If you are interested in helping at some of the events during the year, please contact committee chair Linda Elliff at 25years@DelRayArtisans.org


Life Drawing - Open Sessions

  • Sunday, April 2 from 9:30-11:30am (Gesture)
  • Wednesday, April 5 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Pose, FREE session in honor of Spring2ACTion)
  • Wednesday, April 19 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, April 19 from 6:30-9:30pm (Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, May 10 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, May 10 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, April 3 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 Katherine Rand (katherine@katherinerand.com) or Suzanne Tillman (zannet@verizon.net) with questions.

Call for Applications: Del Ray Artisans' Spring Art Market

Applications due: Saturday, April 15 by midnight. Join Del Ray Artisans in its tradition of outdoor art markets! The Spring Art Market gives artists an opportunity to sell their original handmade artwork to the local community. This is an outdoor, family-friendly, rain-or-shine event at Nicholas A. Colasanto Park, adjoining Del Ray Artisans gallery, on Saturday, May 6, 2016 from 10am to 4pm. Application form at DelRayArtisans.org/cfe

Alexandria Love Your Pet Day

Sunday, April 23 from 11am-2pm. Join the block party hosted by our Gallery Without Walls partner: VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital! Leashed pets welcomed, but feel free to come to this street festival with or without your pet. Featuring food trucks, children’s activities, demonstrations including artists painting, freestyle dog dancing, K9 police dogs, and info tables to engage pet lovers. Happening at the 2 blocks of Colvin Street and Duke Street between Roth Street and S. Quaker Lane. Organized by VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital, Dogtopia, Frolic Dogs Sports Club, and Wholistic Hound Academy. Details: visitalexandriava.com/event/alexandria-love-your-pet-day/10381/

A New Beginning Art Exhibit at VCA Alexandria

Runs through May 21. Del Ray Artisans' Gallery Without Walls program and VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital feature member artists' 2D works of art interpreting the theme "A New Beginning". The exhibit opened on January 29. Patrons may view the artwork at VCA Alexandria during regular business hours and at the discretion of hospital staff. Artists are donating 20% of the purchase price of sold pieces in an equal split between Del Ray Artisans and the VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital’s charity of choice, Veterans Moving Forward. Details at DelRayArtisans.org/gww

Call for Proposals: 2018 Art Exhibits at Del Ray Artisans

Proposals due: Thursday, June 1 by midnight. Del Ray Artisans is currently soliciting show proposals for 2018. Del Ray Artisans strives to offer exhibits that reach a broad and diverse audience, encourage artistic development, and represent a wide variety of art forms. The show proposal committee will review all proposals and make recommendations to the Board for final approval. Questions may be emailed to Kathy Turner, Director of Curating, at Curating@DelRayArtisans.org. Proposal form at DelRayArtisans.org/cfe


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 Outreach Director and Programs Co-Director
    The Outreach Director position on the Board of Directors is currently vacant, and the Programs Director is seeking someone to share her role in 2017. These are rewarding ways to meet your volunteer commitment. Interested members should contact Kim Joy at President@DelRayArtisans.org

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 Artists: Art on the Avenue 2017

Submit application by April 1 for the reduced booth fee. Art on the Avenue is a multicultural arts festival organized by the Del Ray Community Partnership. The show welcomes applications from all craft artists and is known for high quality artwork. All work must be original, handmade, created and exhibited by the approved artist. Standard booth rate is $175 if postmarked by April 1. The event is Saturday, October 7 from 10am-6pm. Details: ArtontheAvenue.org

Call for Artists: Friends of Carlyle House 2017 Annual Herb and Craft Sale

Deadline: Saturday, April 15. Spaces are assigned on a first come basis. Particularly looking for vendors who sell garden related items or products made using herbs, as well as those selling handcrafted products/artwork, preferably with garden/landscape or local themes. Spaces are 10'x10' and are $100. The event is on Saturday, April 22 from 8am-4pm at Carlyle House. For more information, contact Lindsay Borst at Lindsay.borst@gmail.com or 571-275-2633.

Call for Artists: Del Ray Italian Street Painting Festival

Deadline: Thursday, April 20. Seeking artists to participate in La Bella Strada, an Italian Street Painting Festival in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria on Saturday, May 13, 2016 to benefit the Del Ray Montessori School. Email bellastrada@thedelraymontessorischool.com with samples of artwork, a headshot, and artist bio when inquiring about participating. Experience with chalk art a plus! Visit us at labellastradadelray.com

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

©2017 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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