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Posted by on Jul 14, 2017 | 1 comment

Removing Ornamental Columns in a 1920s Bungalow

Removing Ornamental Columns in a 1920s Bungalow

Ever since we moved into our current home – a 1920s bungalow – we’ve been underwhelmed with the two white columns between the living and dining rooms. We wanted to open up the space and we wanted the general style in the home to be more in keeping with a vintage bungalow style. After determining that the columns were not load-bearing, we watched a few YouTube videos, and over the course of an hour, took them out. Here’s how it went: Matt borrowed the neighbor’s saw and (yes, he’s not wearing safety glasses as he should be), he sawed through the middle of the column. They’re made of nice mitered wood pieces, but are hollow in the middle. He then wiggled the column until it broke free. My daughter Nadja put the four separate broken pieces on the front porch. We later put them on the curb for someone to hopefully take to use as garden decor or some other upcycled project. As the column split away, it left...

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Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 | 2 comments

Event: Local Motion Project’s Poetry in Motion

Event: Local Motion Project’s Poetry in Motion

What happens when poetry and dance collide? Sara Lavan, Alexandria resident and owner of the dance studio Local Motion, is excited to show you the connections that happen, in a student performance this Sunday, June 11. (Note that photographer Nate Laird took the photos in this post.) “Poetry in Motion” features Alexandria Poet Laureate Wendi Kaplan as a guest reader, with dances choreographed by students. Each dance reflects their ideas, hard work, and inspired explorations. “At Local Motion Project,” says Sara, “our goal is to give kids a fun and supportive place to move, dance, and explore. We believe that by providing a holistic approach to dance education, we expose our community to the social, emotional, mental, and physical benefits of dance. The curriculum is designed to stimulate both a child’s mental and physical development.” When: Sunday, June 11th from 3-4 p.m. Where: The Mount Vernon Community School To buy tickets, see the Eventbrite page. For ages 5-17: $5 All others: $10 For more information about the Local Motion...

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Posted by on May 31, 2017 | 0 comments

Make Your Own Flag of Hope

Make Your Own Flag of Hope

You may have seen a string of brightly colored flags hanging overhead on Mt. Vernon Avenue in Del Ray since mid-May, a gift to Alexandria from a community group in Whitefish, Montana. They’re Flags of Hope, painted by hand, and designed to “allow messages of harmony to be blown across the land.” This Thursday, June 1, alongside Bean Creative on 201 E. Del Ray Avenue from 6 p.m. to dusk, you can make your own 11 x 11 inch flag! Come with an idea for an artwork that expresses love, hope, harmony, peace, and tolerance to paint with acrylics. They will hang on a new string of flags for our community, and later move to another town in the United States. The Flags of Hope public art activity is a part of Del Ray’s “First Thursday” all along Mt. Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. Held the first Thursday of the month from April to September, First Thursday is a series of free outdoor street festivals...

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Posted by on May 11, 2017 | 0 comments

This Weekend: La Bella Strada Street Painting Festival

This Weekend: La Bella Strada Street Painting Festival

We’re so excited about the La Bella Strada street art festival this weekend. Last year it was so much fun to walk along Mt. Vernon Avenue and watch as the artists created beautiful paintings directly on the sidewalk with professional-grade chalk. The event takes place Saturday, May 13 from 9-3 Sunday, May 14 from 9-3 and raises money for The Del Ray Montessori School. More than 22 artists will create 5×5 and 10×10 foot square chalk paintings along the sidewalk. Several members of the Del Ray Artisans are sharing their talent this year, such as Melanie Bikowski, Karen Laurie Thomas, Pamela Underhill, Jeff Lodge, and Margaret Wohler, as well as artists who study or work at the Torpedo Factory Art League in Old Town. For the full roster of artists from Alexandria and D.C., see the La Bella Strada artists page. The festival is also hosting other fun activities: In the Bean Creative field opposite Mind the Mat yoga studio: face painting for kids, Del Ray School of Musics’...

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Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 | 0 comments

Call to Artists: La Bella Strada Chalk Painting Festival

Call to Artists: La Bella Strada Chalk Painting Festival

The second annual chalk painting festival in Del Ray – La Bella Strada – is coming up on Saturday May 13 Sunday, May 14 where Mt. Vernon Avenue turns into a giant gallery of vibrant chalk art. Do you want to participate as an artist or know anyone who does? The festival organizers are in search of a few more artists to share their talent. Artists receive Prang artist-grade chalk and other supplies to use to paint either a 5 x 5 foot or 10 x 10 foot square, sponsored by a local business. Artists also receive promotion on the event website and social media leading up to, during, and after the event. There’s a happy hour at Del Ray Artisans following the event to say thanks and give artists and event volunteers a chance to relax and swap stories from their day. Many of the artists who participated in the first annual La Bella Strada shared how much they loved the event and are coming back again. As...

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