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Posted by on Dec 20, 2016 | 0 comments

Kate’s Custom Crochet Doll: The Rainbow Lady

Kate’s Custom Crochet Doll: The Rainbow Lady

If you live in Del Ray and have kids, I can all but guarantee you’ve heard of Rainbow Rock. They’re local musician Kate Moran’s band that has been performing for children since 2012 at parties and festivals, in cafes, and at the annual festival that Kate also produces in the spring, the Tot Rock Fest. When Kate performs, she transforms into “Rainbow Lady” in a colorful bob, rainbow t-shirt and hoodie, sky blue skirt with rainbow appliqué, and black-and-while saddle shoes. What would be more fitting than for Rainbow Lady to have her own lookalike plush doll. The idea came to her in a moment of serendipity, when Kate was browsing the booths at Del Ray’s annual Art on the Avenue last fall and met crocheter Sarah Potter from Hooked and Loopy. Sarah specializes in amigurumi, the Japanese art of making knit and crochet stuffed toys. Kate says, “I walked into Sarah’s booth to buy a penguin and I noticed she had these superhero dolls which were SO cute!...

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Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 | 1 comment

“Be the Light:” The Making of an Art Installation

“Be the Light:” The Making of an Art Installation

Today we welcome Nancy Belmont to share how the “Be the Light” display in Del Ray came to be… If you’ve been on Mt. Vernon Avenue in the evening over the past week, you may have noticed some extra energy. On Saturday, December 3, I launched, “Be the Light,” a new community art installation. The project asks visitors to think about the light inside of them, write an intention about how they can bring that light into the world, then light a candle to add to the display. Photo credit: Bill Coyle on Flickr “Be the Light” is my third interactive public art project over the past year and a half. (The first was the Courage Wall; the second was UNITY.) It was inspired by the idea that sometimes my light feels covered up by sadness, pain or heartbreak. I wanted to bring people together in a way that allows them to be vulnerable through anonymity. By creating a space where people can participate without sharing their identity, they...

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Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 | 0 comments

Mindful and Merry Del Ray

Mindful and Merry Del Ray

From trees and garlands to window murals and light displays, anywhere you walk along Mt Vernon Ave. in Del Ray, you are reminded to be “mindful and merry” this holiday season. The Del Ray Business Association chose the “Mindful and Merry” theme this year and it is thoughtfully and creatively executed on every block. Local businesses sponsored the trees decorated by non-profits (you can vote for your favorite tree on the DRBA website before December 25). Several windows have been painted with winter wonderland scenes — some are still being painted and if you are lucky you may just catch an artist in action. It wouldn’t be Del Ray without something out of the ordinary as well. A stand-out this year is the custom-made “Be the Light” display, the work of Del Ray resident Nancy Belmont (more on this project later this week). And it’s all capped off with the giant tree at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, one of the merriest spots in...

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Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 | 0 comments

Decorating Del Ray for the Holidays

Decorating Del Ray for the Holidays

There’s no shortage of holiday spirit this time of year in Del Ray. Understated or over-the-top, Del Ray loves to decorate. Here’s a few of our favorite outdoor holiday decorations: Yard Cards: We discovered the hand-painted yard cards on Del Ray’s “Christmas Card Lane” (aka Luray Ave.) last year. They are borrowed from a tradition in Michigan and can be viewed by day and night. Christmas Orbs: If you haven’t seen the orbs on Rosecrest Ave., make plans to drive by at night sometime this month. They are nothing short of magical. Follow these step-by-step instructions to make your own. Del Ray Business Association Holiday Trees: Starting this weekend, there will be a tree on every block along Mt Vernon Avenue decorated by a local non-profit and sponsored by a local business. Each tree has a theme and residents get to vote on their favorite. We still hold a special place in our hearts for the yarn-bombed tree from two years ago. Window Murals: As we shared earlier this...

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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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