What we're about

This group is designed to let the greater MeetUp community know about all our fun activities, exhibits and events! Even though we are a local art gallery, we host workshops, talks, art exhibits, handmade art markets, movie nights, Speed Dating, dancing, parties, Life Drawing sessions and so much more!

Our Mission

Del Ray Artisans, founded in 1992, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote art for the benefit of artists and the community.

Purpose
The purposes for which DRA is organized are (i) to support new and emerging artists and artisans, (ii) to develop and foster community based arts activities, events and organizations, (iii) to develop and promote the arts as a resource for community outreach and (iv) to make more available and accessible to the general public the full range of creative expression and artistic endeavors in the visual, performing and applied arts.

Vision
DRA supports the development of artists at all levels. It serves as a center for thriving artistic activity in the Del Ray community. Through effective leadership and wise management of its resources, DRA continues to expand the scope of its services to artists and its outreach to the greater community.

Upcoming events (5+)

Life Drawing session - Long Poses

Del Ray Artisans Gallery at the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center

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. We don't supply easels - only plenty of chairs - 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. 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. The fee for each three-hour session is $10 for DRA members and $12 for non-members. If you have any questions, please contact Katherine Rand at[masked] or [masked] . Please check DRA's online calendar ( http://DelRayArtisans.org ) for changes to the schedule.

WORKSHOP Creative Revival – 12 Weeks to Nurture & Unblock Your Creativity

Del Ray Artisans Gallery at the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center

Workshop: Creative Revival – 12 Weeks to Nurture & Unblock Your Creativity via The Artist’s Way Saturday, January 26 from 2-4pm (recurring weekly for 12 weeks). Do you need support to make your creative dreams a reality? You are cordially invited to join the Creative Revival Artist’s Way Circle, a facilitated group by artist and curator Sharon Burton that will meet once a week for 12 weeks as we go through The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. The program is focused on supporting relationships in removing artistic blocks and fostering confidence. Cost: $100 for DRA members and $125 for non-members, plus $25 materials fee (or bring your own “The Artist’s Way Starter Kit”). Space is limited. Register by January 19 at DelRayArtisans.org/event/creative-revival

ART RECEPTION New Beginnings

Del Ray Artisans Gallery at the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center

“New Beginnings” Art Exhibit at Del Ray Artisans Exhibit Dates: February 1 - 24, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, February 1 from 7 - 9pm The EPA estimates that 75% of the American waste stream is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it. People have taken to eBay and CraigsList for years to rehome their used goods in exchange for cash, and now many are utilizing give-away sites like Freecycle.org and BuyNothing too. Artists are often among the most conscientious recyclers, by reusing others’ discards to create unique art. Stop by Del Ray Artisans gallery from February 1-24, 2019 to see the New Beginnings art exhibit featuring beautiful artwork created by reuse. These creations incorporate at least half of their materials from either found objects, recycled materials or older works of art. The opening reception is on Friday, February 1 from 7-9pm. Four workshops are scheduled during this show – register before they fill up! Wire-Wrapped Gemstone and Crystal Rings Workshop on February 7, 6–8pm Making Cards Workshop on February 10, 6–8pm Found It – Make It – Wear It (Jewelry) Workshop on February 12, 7–9pm Playing with Resin Workshop on February 19, 6–9pm The art exhibit, opening reception, and workshops are 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 accessible. For more information, please visit www.DelRayArtisans.org/event/new-beginnings or contact the curator Tracy Wilkerson ([masked]) or Director of Curating Brittany Gabel ([masked]).

WORKSHOP Creative Revival – 12 Weeks to Nurture & Unblock Your Creativity

Del Ray Artisans Gallery at the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center

Workshop: Creative Revival – 12 Weeks to Nurture & Unblock Your Creativity via The Artist’s Way Saturday, January 26 from 2-4pm (recurring weekly for 12 weeks). Do you need support to make your creative dreams a reality? You are cordially invited to join the Creative Revival Artist’s Way Circle, a facilitated group by artist and curator Sharon Burton that will meet once a week for 12 weeks as we go through The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. The program is focused on supporting relationships in removing artistic blocks and fostering confidence. Cost: $100 for DRA members and $125 for non-members, plus $25 materials fee (or bring your own “The Artist’s Way Starter Kit”). Space is limited. Register by January 19 at DelRayArtisans.org/event/creative-revival

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Card Making Party

Del Ray Artisans Gallery at the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center

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