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Del-Ray-geous [SHOW]

Del-Ray-geous art exhibit postcard

Del Ray is a neighborhood in the City of Alexandria, but it's more than just a place—it's a creative community. Curators Lesley Hall and Dawn Wyse Hurto gathered artwork from Del Ray Artisans members about Del Ray and community—focused on the outrageous, fun, exciting, and unique—to construct the Del-Ray-geous art exhibit at Del Ray Artisans. In addition to exhibit artwork, there is an "Art-to-Go" Market where purchases may go home with patrons immediately. Artwork purchased from the exhibit must remain with the collection until the last weekend of the show. The exhibit will run from October 4-27, 2013.

Come to the gallery for the Opening Reception on Friday, October 4 from 7-10pm to meet many of the artists and mingle with other art appreciators. The gallery will also be open during Art on the Avenue on Saturday, October 5 and will feature artist demonstrations and an art activity for children—don't miss this special community event!

There will also be a Closing Reception with awards on Sunday, October 27 from 3-6pm following the neighborhood Halloween Parade. Drop off donated children's costumes for children in need at the gallery before Friday, October 25. The parade is organized by the Del Ray Business Association.

View the Show: October 4-27, 2013 during gallery hours at Del Ray Artisans gallery at the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22301. Gallery hours are: Thursdays, noon to 6pm; Fridays, noon to 9pm; Saturdays, 10am to 9pm; and Sundays, noon to 6pm. The gallery is free, open to the public and handicap accessible.

Silent Auction artwork by Lesley Hall and Dawn Wyse Hurto

Silent Auction

The silent auction of the Del-Ray-geous exhibit postcard artwork ends Saturday, October 26 at 6pm. Proceeds support Del Ray Artisans. The artwork is an acrylic, mixed media collaboration between the curators: Lesley Hall and Dawn Wyse Hurto. Come to the gallery to bid!


Prizes donated by local, generous businesses! Three separate drawings: Opening Night (October 4), Annual Member Meeting (October 20), and Closing Reception (October 27). MULTIPLE CHANCES to WIN! Need not be present to win. ONLY $2/ticket—get as may as you'd like! Purchase raffle tickets at the gallery now through the final drawing on October 27. Thank you for supporting Del Ray Artisans!

October 4th Drawing:

October 20th Drawing:

October 27th Drawing:

Special Events

During the month of October there are many spectacular events at the gallery. Visit and click on the event for more details. Mark your calendar for:

  • Opening Reception on Friday, October 4 from 7pm-10pm: Chat with the artists in the show and other art appreciators during the reception.

  • Art on the Avenue on Saturday, October 5 from 10am-6pm: Stop by to view artist demonstrations and a children's art activity at the gallery—don't miss this special community event!

  • Partners in Art on Mondays, October 7 & 21, 2-4pm

  • Life Drawing Regular Sessions on Monday, October 7, 7-9pm (Short Poses); and Wednesday, October 16, 6:30-9:30pm (Long Poses)

  • Life Drawing Clothed Sessions on Wednesday, October 9, 11am-1pm (Gesture) and 2-5pm (Long/Short Poses); Sunday, October 20, 9:30-11:30am (Gesture); and Wednesday, October 23, 2-5pm(Long/Short Poses)

  • Pop-Up Sewing - Decorative Pillow Workshop on Sunday, October 13, 11:30-1:30pm: Professional seamstress Chrystal Cooper will teach you how to use a sewing machine to make a decorative pillow to take home—and have fun doing it! Register in advance.

  • Annual Member Meeting/Board Elections on Sunday, October 20, 5-7pm: Members receive the latest Del Ray Artisans news (including the 2014 calendar of shows!) and elect next year's Board Members.

  • Craft Night Social on Tuesday, October 22, 6-9pm: Gives you uninterrupted time to work on a project in progress or start a new one! Register in advance; walk-ins welcome if space available.

  • Closing Reception on Sunday, October 27 from 3-6pm: Following the neighborhood Halloween Parade, come to the gallery for the artwork awards presentation.

Feedback or Questions?

Share a note on Del Ray Artisans' Facebook page, send a tweet to Del Ray Artisans, or contact the curators Dawn Wyse Hurto ( and Lesley Hall (

Date: Friday, October 4, 2013
Repeat Type: Weekly;Days=SU,TH,FR,SA;Until=10/28/2013 4:00am
Category: Show*
Created by: Public Access ( by Office Manager )
Updated: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 3:27pm EDT
Attachments: None

Supported in part by:
City of AlexandriaAlexandria Commission for the ArtsVirginia Commission for the ArtsNational Endowment for the Arts

Del Ray Artisans gallery
at the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center

2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301-1124
Phone: 703-838-4827 | Directions

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Thursday:  Noon to 6 pm
First Thursday (May-Sep):  Noon to 9 pm
Friday:  Noon to 9 pm
Saturday:  Noon to 9 pm
Sunday:  Noon to 6 pm

Free admission, Open to the public