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Alexandria Love Your Pet Day

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: facebook.com/alexandrialoveyourpetday

Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Breaking the Glass Ceiling - The Sky's the Limit Art Exhibit

Runs through April 30. 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. Details at DelRayArtisans.org

DRCA T-Shirt Contest

Del Ray T-Shirt Contest (Del Ray Artisans Members Only)

Digital entries due: Sunday, April 30 by midnight. Del Ray Citizens Association is looking for T-Shirt Art for its next round of T-shirts. The submissions are open to Del Ray Artisans members only. The subject is open to your interpretation, but any relationship to the Del Ray neighborhood would be appreciated. Entry to this contest is by online submission. Entry Form at DelRayArtisans.org/cfe

Grown up art camp

Call for Instructors: Grown-Ups Art Camp 2017

Proposals due: Saturday, May 6. Seeking instructors for classes & workshops at Del Ray Artisans gallery during Grown-Ups Art Camp (June 27-July 15). Curriculum includes visual arts, crafts, performing arts, artistic development, and more—for the experienced artist and the beginner, and all those who want to engage in and explore the arts. What would you like to teach this summer? Proposal form at DelRayArtisans.org/cfe

Spring Art Market

Spring Art Market

Saturday, May 6 from 10am-4pm. Del Ray Artisans’ Spring Art Market is an annual, outdoor, family-friendly event featuring original creations by local artists and artisans in a variety of mediums. Come and join us, rain or shine in the Colasanto Park adjacent to Del Ray Artisans gallery at 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue (intersection of Commonwealth and Mount Vernon Avenues), Alexandria. Perfect gifts for your home, Mother’s Day, or other occasions! Details at DelRayArtisans.org/ArtMarket

Anniversary T-shirt

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


First Thursday

Thursday, May 4 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 this First Thursday is Dog Days in Del Ray. The gallery stays open until 9pm on First Thursdays from April through September. Come get a sneak peek of the upcoming exhibit: Speak Your Mind.

Speak Your Mind Art Exhibit Opening Reception

Friday, May 5 from 7-9pm. They say "a picture is worth a thousand words"—the theme of this show celebrates the relationship between art and the human mind through the use of art as a form of nonverbal communication. Exhibit runs May 5-28, 2017 at Del Ray Artisans gallery. Details at DelRayArtisans.org/event/speak-your-mind

Life Drawing - Open Sessions

  • Sunday, May 7 from 9:30-11:30am (Gesture)
  • Wednesday, May 10 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, May 10 from 6:30-9:30pm (Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, May 10 from 6:30-9:30pm (Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, May 24 from 2-5pm (Short/Long Pose)
  • Wednesday, May 24 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, May 8 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.

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

“Red, White and Tuna” Theater Night

Friday, June 2 from 6:30-10pm. Join us at The Little Theatre of Alexandria (LTA) for a special reception hosted by Del Ray Artisans and first showing of “Red, White and Tuna” by LTA actors. The reception starts at 6:30pm and features heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine and refreshments, with a Champagne intermission later in the evening. The curtain goes up at 8pm. Tickets (just $45 each) for this special Theater Night will only be sold through Del Ray Artisans. Tickets can be purchased at the gallery or online: DelRayArtisans.org/LTA


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 Programs Co-Director
    The Programs Director is seeking someone to share her role. This is a rewarding way to meet your volunteer commitment. Interested members should contact Michele Reday Cook at Programs@DelRayArtisans.org
  • Web Posting Volunteers Needed
    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 Kate at k.gibney@hotmail.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

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: Knoxville Photo Contest

Deadline: Sunday, April 23. Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville is looking for artists to submit photographs to their juried exhibition that will be on display in the Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay St. Knoxville. Over $1000 dollars in cash prizes. Details: www.knoxalliance.com/knoxville-photo-entry

Call for Artists: Alexandria's Community Supported Art initiative

Deadline: Sunday, April 30 at 11:59pm. Alexandria’s Office of the Arts invites artists living and/or working in Virginia, Maryland, or the District of Columbia to submit proposals for the 2nd Annual Community Supported Art initiative. Six artists/teams will be selected to participate. Each artist will be required to create 50 pieces of original art for the program. All visual arts media will be considered, including, but not limited to, ceramics, textiles, photography, printing/letterpress, metal work, carved/turned wood, glass, paper arts, painting, etc. All artwork must be original, handcrafted by the artist. Selected artists/teams will each receive a $2,000 honorarium. Details: callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4286

Call for Artists: Art on the Avenue 2017

Submit application by June 1 (second round of jurying). 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 $195. The event is Saturday, October 7 from 10am-6pm. Details: ArtontheAvenue.org/?p=1336

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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