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Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 | 0 comments

Join Us: November 11 Lantern Walk for Love & Humanity

Join Us: November 11 Lantern Walk for Love & Humanity

It has only been a week since our Annual Del Ray Neighborhood Lantern Walk, but it has gotten significantly darker within this past week. Tonight, November 11, we will gather again and walk through the Arlandria neighborhood. Please join us! We will meet in front of Ease Yoga at the corner of Mt Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues at 5:30 p.m. From there we will walk through the Arlandria neighborhood and return to Ease Yoga at 6:30 p.m. Bring a lantern, candle, flashlight or anything that creates a warm glow. If you have questions or want to see the route, please visit the Facebook event...

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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 7, 2016 | 1 comment

Meet the Mural Artist: Patrick Kirwin

Meet the Mural Artist: Patrick Kirwin

You may have noticed a new mural gradually taking shape in the neighborhood, becoming more and more colorful and elaborate, alongside the long wall of the VéloCity bicycle co-op on the corner of Custis and Mt. Vernon Avenues. The local artist who proposed the idea of painting an outdoor market scene and has been doing the painting is Patrick Kirwin. He specializes in Trompe L’oeil. Patrick currently teaches at the Alexandria Art League and has taught at The Corcoran College and the Smithsonian Institution. He has completed large commercial projects, as well as the interiors of many small shops, private wine cellars, and residential murals. Initially, Patrick worked with children from the Community Kids Club, a group of nine 4th and 5th graders from Mount Vernon Community School, to paint the flower pots along the bottom of the length of the mural. As the mural acquires more and more detail, Patrick fills the flower pots. He is also beginning to paint people and dogs into the mural to add...

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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 26, 2016 | 2 comments

How to Host a Suffragette Sash Party

How to Host a Suffragette Sash Party

No matter your political leaning, we can all agree the right to vote is a wonderful thing. The suffragettes from the early 1900s who vigorously advocated for a woman’s right to vote by donning “Votes for Women” sashes certainly appreciated having their voices heard. In this election year, what better way to celebrate this right than with vintage-inspired suffragette sashes. Don’t have a sash? Host a sash-making party! This was Layla Masri’s thought after her friend Reba mentioned she wished she could find her suffragette sash to wear to the polls. Layla queried a few friends to gauge interest in a sash party and easily heard from 25+ attendees. Layla ordered plain sashes from Amazon for about $3.50 each and everyone brought ribbon, sequins, foam letters and shapes, fabric paint and glue guns. A number of ladies brought felt and cut out their own letters to match the feel of the original sashes. A few decorated the backs of the sashes with some “updated language” from this election cycle,...

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