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Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 | 1 comment

A Charlie Brown Christmas in Del Ray

A Charlie Brown Christmas in Del Ray

In the next few weeks, many of the businesses along Del Ray’s Mt Vernon Ave. will feature winter wonderland-themed murals on their windows. For the mural at Del Ray Pharmacy, my friend Candi and I offered to paint an ode to one of our favorite holiday stories, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Our supplies: Washable tempura paint and black tempura pen (not shown). Powder tempura paint. Adding about a tablespoon of powder to about a cup of the premixed paint makes the paint thicker to allow better saturation of color on the windows. Dish soap. One squirt in the mixture also helps the paint to stick to the window better. Paint brushes of various widths. Hair spray (not shown here). Spraying the final artwork will help protect it from the elements. First, we found images online and had them enlarged in black and white (we got ours printed at Affordable Signs) to the actual size we would paint. We then taped the images in place on the inside of the...

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Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 | 0 comments

Amy’s Handmade Holiday Wreaths

Amy’s Handmade Holiday Wreaths

We’ve always loved the look of Amy DeGood’s floral arrangements (we featured her Del Ray business Good Gardener last year). Now that the season for locally grown flowers has passed, Amy’s transitioning to the use of evergreens to create simple, elegant and natural wreaths. You can buy them at an open house in Del Ray this Sunday. Amy makes a variety of sizes and style wreaths. She mixes branches of evergreen, boxwood and magnolia from her farm (and collected around the region) with dried flowers and curly willow branches to create an elegant layered design. Amy says the key to keeping a natural wreath looking good well into the holiday season is to keep it cool, protect it from the rain/wind and give its branches a squirt of water if temperatures are unseasonably warm. Amy will be selling her wreaths at a sale this Sunday, November 20 from 1-3 pm at 415 E. Windsor in Del Ray. Quantities are limited, so the earlier you come to the sale, the...

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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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