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Speak Your Mind

Speak Your Mind Art Exhibit

Runs through Sunday, May 28. 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. View Details

Determination (What’s Your Goal?)

Call for Entry: Determination (What’s Your Goal?) Gallery Without Walls Exhibit (Del Ray Artisans Members Only)

Digital entries due: Saturday, May 13, 2017 by midnight. VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital's clients arrive with determination to keep their pets healthy and happy. They can’t wait to see how Del Ray Artisans artists visualize their ideas about their determination to work as artists or in any part of their lives in order to overcome life challenges. As with our prior collaborative shows, proceeds from artwork sales will support both Del Ray Artisans and Veterans Moving Forward, and the artwork (limited to 2D) will be displayed on the walls of the VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital (2660 Duke St., Alexandria) for four months. Open to Del Ray Artisans members only. No entry fee. Details and Entry Form

La Bella Strada

La Bella Strada – Street Painting Festival

Saturday, May 13. Del Ray Artisans members Melanie Bikowski, Karen Laurie Thomas, Pamela Underhill, and Margaret Wohler will participate in La Bella Strada Street Painting Festival on Saturday, May 13 between 9am-3pm down Mount Vernon Avenue along with other area artists. A reception for participating artists, volunteers, sponsors, and festival-goers will be at Del Ray Artisans gallery from 4-6pm hosted by the La Bella Strada committee of the Del Ray Montessori School, beneficiary of the street painting festival.

Grown up art camp

Call for Instructors: Grown-Ups Art Camp 2017

Deadline for Proposals Extended to Saturday, May 20. What would you like to teach this summer? Seeking instructors for classes and 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. Details and Proposal Form

A New Beginning

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. View Details

Lisa Semerad

Member Meeting/Benefit Program: “The Criteria of Quality: A Juror’s Perspective” talk by Lisa Semerad

Tuesday, May 23 from 7-9pm. During the May member meeting Del Ray Artisans offers a program of interest to our membership. This year we have engaged well-known local artist and teacher, Lisa Semerad, to give a talk, “The Criteria of Quality: A Juror’s Perspective.” Ms. Semerad works in several different media and teaches drawing, figure drawing, colored pencil, pastel, oil and acrylic painting, and design and composition classes at The Art League School in Alexandria. During her presentation she will describe elements necessary for successful, engaging, and award winning artworks. As time permits, she will also critique selected artworks submitted by several members. View Details

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


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.

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

Digital entries due: Sunday, May 21 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. Details and Entry Form

First Thursday

Thursday, June 1 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 Health & Wellness. The gallery stays open until 9pm on First Thursdays from April through September. Come get a sneak peek of the upcoming exhibit: Thanks For All The Fish.

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. Details and Proposal Form

“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. View Details


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: 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. View Details

Artspace Herndon Solo Exhibition Proposals

Proposals reviewed throughout the year as opportunities arise. The VAPC encourages artists to submit a complete proposal for an exhibition. Materials include jpegs of recent work for consideration in solo exhibit programming. Artistic quality, attention to administrative detail, and overall professionalism of the proposal are deciding factors in selecting exhibitions. View Details

The 7th Annual Herndon Town Calendar Photography Competition

Deadline: June 6 at 4pm. Artspace Herndon invites professional and amateur photographers to submit entries to the Herndon Town Calendar Photo Competition. Subjects for all entries must be located within the corporate limits of the Town of Herndon, and special consideration will be given to entries depicting people, representative of Herndon’s rich diversity and many cultures, participating in seasonal or community events. View Details

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 Del Ray Artisans events, unless otherwise noted, are held at the 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.

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