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Sep
25
Mon
2017
GALLERY CLOSED FOR ELECTRICAL WORK – NO POWER @ Del Ray Artisans
Sep 25 – Sep 27 all-day
GALLERY CLOSED FOR ELECTRICAL WORK - NO POWER @ Del Ray Artisans | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

The gallery is closed September 25-27, 2017 for electrical work. No meetings or events can be scheduled on these days.

Sep
28
Thu
2017
Twisted Masterpieces Auction at Port City Brewing Company @ Port City Brewing Company
Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Happy Hour Cottage - Live Auction Item
LIVE AUCTION ITEM: Two nights at the “Happy Hour” Cottage, Cobb Island, MD

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.

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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.

Pussycat chair with cushion in vintage barkcloth fabric by Kathy Turner
LIVE AUCTION ITEM: Pussycat chair with cushion in vintage barkcloth fabric by Kathy Turner

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 in advance (through 9/27) and $30 each at the door. Each ticket includes one free drink for a Port City Brewing Company beverage, as well as food from Pork Barrel BBQ, non-alcoholic beverages, and the opportunity to bid on the artworks. To purchase tickets in advance you may stop by Del Ray Artisans gallery (2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301) or purchase online.

Twisted Masterpieces
For more information or to volunteer at the event, contact Kurt Peterson at Facilities@DelRayArtisans.org.

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Oct
1
Sun
2017
Childhood Passions (9/1-10/1) @ Del Ray Artisans Gallery
Oct 1 all-day

Exhibit Dates:  September 1 – October 1, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, September 1 from 7-9pm

Childhood Passions by Karen Laurie Thomas and Pat Stacy
“Childhood Passions” by Karen Laurie Thomas and Pat Stacy

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.

For more information, please contact the curators Karen Thomas (karen@karenthomasfineart.com) and Pat Stacy (patstacyart@gmail.com) or Director of Curating Kathy Turner (Curating@DelRayArtisans.org).

Childhood Passions postcard

“Captured Beauty!” Artwork Drop Off @ Del Ray Artisans Gallery
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Captured Beauty postcardTime for artists to drop off their accepted artwork and (if applicable) marketplace entries for the upcoming exhibit Captured Beauty! A Fine Art Photography Exhibition. Artwork drop off is Sunday, October 1 & Monday, October 2 from 6-8pm.

Artwork must be ready to hang (with screw eyes and wire) or ready for display (with mounting and/or a display stand if necessary). Review the standard artwork presentation guidelines and the Call for Entry for show specific information.

Questions? Contact the curator Dave Heckman (dheckman@cox.net) or Director of Curating Kathy Turner (Curating@DelRayArtisans.org).

“Childhood Passions” Artwork Pick Up @ Del Ray Artisans Gallery
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Childhood Passions postcardTime for artists and buyers to pick up their artwork from the closing show, Childhood Passions.

Questions? Contact curator curators Karen Thomas (karen@karenthomasfineart.com) and Pat Stacy (patstacyart@gmail.com) or Director of Curating Kathy Turner (Curating@DelRayArtisans.org).

Oct
2
Mon
2017
“Captured Beauty!” Artwork Drop Off @ Del Ray Artisans Gallery
Oct 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Captured Beauty postcardTime for artists to drop off their accepted artwork and (if applicable) marketplace entries for the upcoming exhibit Captured Beauty! A Fine Art Photography Exhibition. Artwork drop off is Sunday, October 1 & Monday, October 2 from 6-8pm.

Artwork must be ready to hang (with screw eyes and wire) or ready for display (with mounting and/or a display stand if necessary). Review the standard artwork presentation guidelines and the Call for Entry for show specific information.

Questions? Contact the curator Dave Heckman (dheckman@cox.net) or Director of Curating Kathy Turner (Curating@DelRayArtisans.org).

Oct
6
Fri
2017
“Captured Beauty!” Opening Reception @ Del Ray Artisans Gallery
Oct 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Exhibit Dates: October 6-29, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, October 6 from 7-9pm

Artscape 22 by David Heckman
“Artscape 22” by David Heckman

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.

For more information, please contact the curator Dave Heckman (dheckman@cox.net) or Director of Curating Kathy Turner (Curating@DelRayArtisans.org).

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Oct
7
Sat
2017
Art on the Avenue @ Del Ray Artisans Gallery
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Jen Nicholson demonstrating in 2013
Jen Nicholson demonstrating during Art on the Avenue

Along Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray on Saturday, October 7 from 10am-6pm, you’ll find: Art on the Avenue, a multicultural arts festival celebrating our community’s diversity through the arts in Alexandria, Virginia. There will be entertainment for all ages, art activities, food and over 300 artists displaying and selling their work all along Mount Vernon Avenue. Art on the Avenue is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association.

Art Bazaar & Fundraising

Directly in front of the gallery during Art on the Avenue, Del Ray Artisans will be displaying and selling various artistic wares and merchandise—calendars, t-shirts, cookbooks, bags, etc. If there are any artists who wish to donate their art works or wares to Del Ray Artisans, please get in touch with Sophia at Outreach@DelRayArtisans.org. 100% of proceeds support Del Ray Artisans.

Art Exhibit

Inside the gallery, you’ll find the Captured Beauty Fine Art Photography Exhibition featuring art by local artists. The gallery is open until 9pm on Saturdays.

Artists at Work

Artist demonstrations will no longer be in front of the gallery, but will be held in tents in the designated artist demonstration area, located in the grassy lot between Custis Ave and Del Ray Ave. All of the artist demo tents will be clustered together in this designated area, complete with street signage and a spotlight in the festival program. Artist Demonstrations will be organized by Art on the Avenue volunteers.

Any Del Ray Artisans artists interested in hosting a demonstration booth at Art on the Avenue must fill out the form or contact Sophia at Outreach@DelRayArtisans.org for more info. Note: The standard artist booth fee ($195) is WAIVED for artist demonstrators.

Support Del Ray Artisans Members, Local Artists

Many Del Ray Artisans members are juried into Art on the Avenue. Please be sure to visit their booths. Stay tuned for the 2017 list!

These are the members who participated 2016:

For more information on Art on the Avenue, visit: www.ArtOnTheAvenue.org

Oct
8
Sun
2017
Life Drawing – Gesture (Clothed Model) @ Del Ray Artisans Gallery
Oct 8 @ 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.

Oct
9
Mon
2017
Partners in Art @ Del Ray Artisans gallery
Oct 9 @ 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.