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May
5
Fri
2017
“Speak Your Mind” Opening Reception @ Del Ray Artisans Gallery
May 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Exhibit Dates: May 5-28, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, May 5 from 7-9pm

Speak Your Mind art exhibitThey say “a picture is worth a thousand words.” The Speak Your Mind art exhibit celebrates the relationship between art and the human mind as a form of nonverbal communication. For some, visual arts are a platform for advocacy, a way to raise awareness of a social cause, or to express a political message. Art is a means of self-expression when it portrays emotions, thoughts, or a state of mind. For others, the process of making art is itself a form of therapy to improve mental health or as an exercise in mindfulness. This show coincides with Mental Health Awareness Month (May).

Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, May 5 from 7-9pm to meet the curators and some of the artists and enjoy the unveiling of the exhibit.

The Speak Your Mind exhibit runs May 5–28, 2017 at Del Ray Artisans gallery in the Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22301. Gallery hours are: First Thursdays (April-September) 12-9pm, Thursdays 12-6pm, Fridays 12-9pm, Saturdays 12-9pm, and Sundays 12-6pm. The gallery is free, open to the public, and handicap accessible.

For more information, please contact the curator Rebecca Barnes (atermofart@gmail.com) or Director of Curating Kathy Turner (Curating@DelRayArtisans.org).

May
6
Sat
2017
Spring Art Market @ Colasanto Park
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Spring Art MarketOur Spring Art Market is a one-day event that gives you the chance to purchase original handmade artwork from talented local artists. This outdoor market showcases artwork in a wide range of media including ceramics, photography, jewelry, fiber, paper, glass, and more. Shop for Mother’s Day, graduation, a teacher’s gift, birthdays, or just because!

The Spring Art Market will be on Saturday, May 6 from 10am-4pm in the Nicholas A. Colasanto Park, adjoining Del Ray Artisans gallery at 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA (at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Mount Vernon Avenue). The event is held RAIN or SHINE, and is free and open to the public.

Featured Artists:

Plus the nonprofit organization King Street Cats will be offering crocheted cat beds made by volunteers!

If you have questions about the market or how to apply for a market artspace, contact Tamara Wilkerson at ArtMarket@DelRayArtisans.org.

Grown-Ups Art Camp Call for Instructors Deadline
May 6 @ 11:30 pm – 11:59 pm
Theresa and Dawn during a Grown-Ups Art Camp 2016 workshop
“Birdhouses From Recycled Materials” workshop during Grown-Ups Art Camp 2016

Instructors must submit their proposals via the online form by 11:59pm on Saturday, May 6, 2017 to be considered.

May
7
Sun
2017
Life Drawing – Gesture (Clothed Model) @ Del Ray Artisans Gallery
May 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Opal by Katherine Rand
“Opal” by Katherine Rand

Looking for a chance to hone your figure drawing skills? Del Ray Artisans offers a range of open life drawing sessions for just this purpose. Both nude and clothed models are featured. (Models will be nude unless otherwise noted.) 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 from our live models. We don’t supply easels but you are welcome to bring your own if you want to use one. Please no acrylics or oils; pastels, watercolor and ink are permissible. All skill levels are welcome.

The fee for each three-hour session is $10 for DRA members and $12 for non-members. Two-hour sessions are $8 for members and $10 for non-members.

Gesture Sessions

Come to the gesture sessions to loosen up and participate in a fun, fast-paced drawing experience. These two-hour sessions are composed primarily of dynamic 1 to 5-minute poses. Occasionally different drawing exercises are employed to keep things interesting.

May
8
Mon
2017
Partners in Art @ Del Ray Artisans gallery
May 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Partners in Art @ Del Ray Artisans gallery  | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

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. Contact Katherine Rand (katherine@katherinerand.com) or Suzanne Tillman (zannet@verizon.net) with questions.

May
9
Tue
2017
Board Meeting @ Del Ray Artisans gallery
May 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Board Meeting @ Del Ray Artisans gallery | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

Active members are welcome to visit any Board meeting. If you wish to address the Board or bring something up to the Board during one of these meetings, contact the DRA Secretary Kathryn Brown at in advance of the meeting to be included on the agenda.

May
10
Wed
2017
Life Drawing – Short/Long Poses @ Del Ray Artisans Gallery
May 10 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Figure 04 by Linda Lowery
“Figure 04” by Linda Lowery

Looking for a chance to hone your figure drawing skills? Del Ray Artisans offers a range of open life drawing sessions for just this purpose. Both nude and clothed models are featured. (Models will be nude unless otherwise noted.) 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 from our live models. We don’t supply easels but you are welcome to bring your own if you want to use one. Please no acrylics or oils; pastels, watercolor and ink are permissible. All skill levels are welcome.

The fee for each three-hour session is $10 for DRA members and $12 for non-members. Two-hour sessions are $8 for members and $10 for non-members.

Short/Long Pose Sessions

The three-hour short/long pose sessions start with some short 1 to 5-minute warm-up poses and progressively move into longer poses lasting 10 to 45 minutes. These sessions provide a great opportunity to refine your drawing and observation skills.

Life Drawing – Long Poses @ Del Ray Artisans Gallery
May 10 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Artwork by Linda Lowery
Artwork by Linda Lowery

Looking for a chance to hone your figure drawing skills? Del Ray Artisans offers a range of open life drawing sessions for just this purpose. Both nude and clothed models are featured. (Models will be nude unless otherwise noted.) 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 from our live models. We don’t supply easels but you are welcome to bring your own if you want to use one. Please no acrylics or oils; pastels, watercolor and ink are permissible. All skill levels are welcome.

The fee for each three-hour session is $10 for DRA members and $12 for non-members. Two-hour sessions are $8 for members and $10 for non-members.

Long Pose Sessions

If you want to spend an extended amount of time on a pose, come to our long pose sessions. These sessions are generally composed of two long poses with perhaps a few warm-ups at the start.

May
13
Sat
2017
La Bella Strada reception @ Del Ray Artisans
May 13 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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. This is the second annual La Bella Strada in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.

May
21
Sun
2017
A New Beginning (1/29-5/21) @ VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital
May 21 all-day

January 29 – May 21, 2017

New Beginnings by Eileen O'Brien
New Beginnings by Eileen O’Brien

A New Beginning art exhibit at the Veterinary Clinics of America Alexandria Animal Hospital (VCA Alexandria) presents Del Ray Artisans members’ interpretations of a new start or starting over. The exhibit is a part of Del Ray Artisans’ Gallery Without Walls (GWW) program in partnership with VCA Alexandria and features paintings, photography, and mixed media works of art to delight and awe.

The artwork will be displayed on the walls of the VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital January 29-May 21, 2017. Patrons may view the artwork at VCA Alexandria during regular business hours and at the discretion of hospital staff.

All artwork is available for purchase through Del Ray Artisans. 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. Veteran’s Moving Forward helps veterans lead more productive lives through partnerships with trained assistance animals. Del Ray Artisans and Veterans Moving Forward are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital is located at 2660 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. VCA Alexandria staff can be reached by phone at 703-751-2022 or 703-823-3601. Del Ray Artisans’ volunteer GWW coordinator, Eileen O’Brien, may be reached at GWW@DelRayArtisans.org.