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Posted by on Nov 10, 2016 | 0 comments

The Alexandria Film Festival: Celebrating 10 Years

The Alexandria Film Festival: Celebrating 10 Years

The 10th annual Alexandria Film Fest kicks off tonight, with a line-up of more than 40 international and award-winning local, national, and international films in many genres. Screenings, special events and discussions will take place all over the city. “The Alexandria Film Festival began as an idea,” says one of the festival’s founders Margaret Wohler. “How can we create a welcoming space in the calendar for not just the film arts and filmmakers, but for the entire Alexandria community to come together and discuss topics in a civil and creative way? We welcomed many local and international filmmakers during those first years and have only grown since then. This year, we offer more than 40 films in high quality professional screening venues with 35 filmmakers attending. ” As an all-volunteer 501(c)3, the Alexandria Film Festival, “we have totally willed this thing into being,” she says, “with a bleary-eyed staff of volunteers and a few grants, for the the past 10 years. Our thanks to our director and founder, Patti...

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Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 | 0 comments

Register Now: Hand-Lettering Workshop with Artist Samantha Testa

Register Now: Hand-Lettering Workshop with Artist Samantha Testa

We are pleased to host a hand-lettering and watercolor workshop on Saturday, November 19 from 4-6 p.m. with local artist Samantha Testa, of Painted Palettes who recently appeared at Art on the Avenue in Del Ray. Photo credit: @melindasnyderphotography In this workshop for beginners, she will demonstrate techniques and the various pens you can use to create beautiful styles yourselves. You will be using different strokes and formation techniques. You will also be applying watercolor skills to create a unique  “Make and Take” with a watercolor background and a hand-lettered quotation. At the end of the 2-hour workshop, you will take with you: A gorgeous, personalized workbook folder Hand lettering pen(s) A handy workbook to help you keep up your skills Watercolor paper Small journal for practice A ready-to-display work of art that YOU create with your new talent! You’ll also receive: Discount coupon for the Painted Palettes online store Chance to purchase pens Space is limited to 10 students. The 2-hour workshop costs $45. Location is Bon Vivant...

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Posted by on Oct 6, 2016 | 0 comments

Del Ray 2016 Lantern Walk & Lantern-Making Workshop

Del Ray 2016 Lantern Walk & Lantern-Making Workshop

The third annual neighborhood lantern walk is coming up on Thursday night, November 3, at 6:15 p.m. This popular Del Ray event pays homage to a German tradition of Martinmas or St. Martin day celebration, bringing light and warmth into the night as we move towards the darkest days of the year. This year, Bellies & Babies is hosting a free lantern-making workshop for kids on October 28 from 4:30 to 6:30. Come make one or more lanterns for your family to carry in the walk! Space is limited. Please register on our Eventbrite page for the number in your party who will make a lantern. You don’t have to come for the full two hours, but keep in mind that it may take about 30-45 minutes to complete a lantern. All you need to bring is a glass jar. All other supplies are provided. On the night of the walk (November 3), participants start gathering at 6:00 p.m. at Ease Yoga & Cafe and the event begins at...

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Posted by on May 20, 2016 | 0 comments

Del Ray’s First Annual Chalk Painting Festival

Del Ray’s First Annual Chalk Painting Festival

Del Ray’s sidewalks came alive this past weekend with its first-ever chalk painting festival, La Bella Strada, which means “the beautiful street” in Italian. More than 22 artists and many families created masterpieces on the sidewalks of Mt. Vernon Avenue as neighbors and visitors looked on. Organized by the parents of students who attend The Del Ray Montessori School, the festival served as both a community event in town and a fundraiser to help the school with their New Building Fund. Businesses and individuals sponsored both 5 x 5 and 10 x 10 foot squares, and artists whose bios you can see here, generously donated their time and talent to the cause. The artists arrived bright and early and received a box of supplies, such as artist-grade chalk, spray bottles, and paint brushes. They set off to find their designated squares marked off with painters tape and got to work on executing their unique visions. They used many different techniques. Some used broad strokes on really large squares, others...

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Posted by on May 3, 2016 | 0 comments

Mark Your Calendars: Del Ray Events Spring 2016

Mark Your Calendars: Del Ray Events Spring 2016

Wow. This time of year, Del Ray is chock full of events. Flea markets, art shows, plant sales, home tours, movie nights… something for everyone. We thought we’d start a list of everything going on now until the end of June. May 7: Del Ray House and Garden Tour Step inside 11 amazing Del Ray homes. 11 am – 5 pm. Buy tickets through the Del Ray Citizens Association. May 7: MVCS Garden Party Stop by the Uhler Ave. playground to purchase seedlings, plants, flower bouquets, baked goods and more. 8am – 1 pm. Proceeds benefit the MVCS playground renovation project. May 7: Del Ray Artisans Spring Market Purchase original handmade artwork from talented local artists. Nicholas Colasanto Park. 10 am – 4 pm. More details at http://www.thedelrayartisans.org May 12: First Thursday, Dog Days in Del Ray (postponed from May 5) Businesses along Mt. Vernon Ave. will provide dog-themed activities. 6 – 8 pm. More details at http://www.visitdelray.com May 14: Tot Rock Fest A music festival for the infant...

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