Exhibit Dates: September 1 – October 1, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, September 1 from 7-9pm
What were you passionate about as a child that you don’t have much time for now? We’ve all had childhood dreams and passions. Things that we did that brought us complete joy without anyone telling us to do it. We did it instinctively because it was playful, fun, and made us feel alive. As we grow up, we tend to lose touch with the ability to play like a child and the experience of doing things for the sheer joy of doing things just for fun.
For this exhibit artists have created artwork that honors our childhood passions that we tend to lose sight of as we grow up. Join us at the opening reception on Friday, September 1 from 7-9pm to enjoy the artwork that captures the joy of a child and meet the curators, artists, and other art appreciators.
The Childhood Passions exhibit runs September 1 – October 1, 2017 at Del Ray Artisans gallery in the Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22301. Gallery hours are: Thursdays 12-6pm (First Thursdays 12-9pm), Fridays 12-9pm, Saturdays 12-9pm, and Sundays 12-6pm. The gallery is free, open to the public, and handicap accessible.
Del Ray Artisans celebrates First Thursday, a Del Ray community event from 6-9pm along Mount Vernon Avenue from April through September. Each month has a different theme:
- April 13, 2017 [rain date] – Hats Along The Avenue
- May 4, 2017 – Dog Days in Del Ray
- June 1, 2017 – Health & Wellness
- July 6, 2017 – Red, White & Blue
- August 3, 2017 – Staycation
- September 7, 2017 – Music/Dance/Art
Del Ray Artisans continues its 25th Anniversary celebrations this year with a special auction event called Twisted Masterpieces at Port City Brewing Company. There will be a live auction of found & rejuvenated furniture and a silent auction of original art pieces. Join Del Ray Artisans for this evening of art at Port City Brewing Company (3950 Wheeler Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304) on Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 6-9pm.
The live furniture auction consists of 12 pieces of funky furniture in the tradition of the popular Offbeat Auctions that Del Ray Artisans has hosted in the past. Artists have reclaimed, restored, and reinvented these pieces of furniture to one-of-a-kind treasures.
The silent auction features local artists’ 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional artwork in a multitude of mediums. The work has been juried into the auction with the most “twisted” pieces highlighted. All the artwork has been donated by the artists. Proceeds from the auctions benefit Del Ray Artisans and help continue current activities and expand its mission of promoting art in the community.
Tickets to the event are $25 each and will be sold in advance only. Each ticket includes one free drink for a Port City Brewing Company beverage, as well as food, non-alcoholic beverages, and the opportunity to bid on the artworks. To purchase tickets you may stop by Del Ray Artisans gallery (2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301) or purchase online.
For more information or to volunteer at the event, contact Kurt Peterson at Facilities@DelRayArtisans.org.
Exhibit Dates: October 6-29, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, October 6 from 7-9pm
Del Ray Artisans and Union 206 Studio present Captured Beauty photography exhibition, which showcases artists’ visions of beauty as fine art. While there is no universal definition, fine art photography is about how artists communicate their vision, whether an idea, a message, or an emotion. The camera is merely a tool to make an art piece that reveals the artist’s vision and produces a more personal – typically more evocative or atmospheric, yet aesthetic – statement. Like artists of other mediums, photographers use careful staging, composition and lighting of the subject, as well unique post-processing techniques and selection of production material to make an individual expression.
Ansel Adams’ expressed it best – “Art implies control of reality, for reality itself possesses no sense of the aesthetic. Photography becomes art when certain controls are applied.” Join us at the opening reception on Friday, October 6 from 7-9pm to enjoy the unveiling of the exhibit and meet the curators, artists, and other art appreciators.
The Captured Beauty! A Fine Art Photography Exhibition runs October 6-29, 2017 at Del Ray Artisans gallery in the Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22301. Gallery hours are: Thursdays 12-6pm, Fridays 12-9pm, Saturdays 12-9pm, and Sundays 12-6pm. The gallery is free, open to the public, and handicap accessible.
Exhibit Dates: November 3-26, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, November 3 from 7-9pm
Del Ray Artisans artists present artwork for $100 or less that can go home with the patron at the time of purchase. The gallery will be refreshed as sales leave space, so visit throughout the month to see all the new art!
Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, November 3 from 7-9pm.
The Under $100 exhibit runs November 3-26, 2017 at Del Ray Artisans gallery in the Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22301. Gallery hours are: Thursdays 12-6pm, Fridays 12-9pm, Saturdays 12-9pm, and Sundays 12-6pm. The gallery is free, open to the public, and handicap accessible.