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Seeking Yarn Bombers for Art on the Avenue 2014

Seeking Yarn Bombers for Art on the Avenue 2014

The Del Ray Yarn Bombers have an exciting new deadline: Art on the Avenue in Del Ray on Saturday, October 4! (You may recall our recent projects – a yarn bomb bike for VéloCity Bicycle Cooperative, and our award-winning yarn bomb holiday tree.) Since then, we’ve been invited by the event planners to contribute a public art work to display at Del Ray’s signature art and music festival. So after some brainstorming, in partnership with UpCycle Creative Reuse Center (CRC), we’ve decided to yarn bomb a set of chairs that we’ll display on the big stage. After the event, we’ll place the chairs in various Del Ray establishments for the neighborhood to enjoy for months to come. Lucky for us, UpCycle CRC received a donation of banquet chairs so these are now our palette! Our work space is UpCycle as well, where the owners, Kelley and Susan, have generously offered to let us use their studio time from now until our big reveal. What’s more, UpCycle CRC is letting us use their...

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Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 | 1 comment

Making Art on the Avenue

Making Art on the Avenue

Every year, I look forward to Art on the Avenue, Del Ray’s signature art and music festival. I love that I live a block off the Avenue and can pop in and out throughout the day. We’ve written a few posts about previous events, but this year the thing that stood out the most for me was the number of artists at work during the event — painting, weaving, performing, and running demonstrations and mini-classes. Art wasn’t just for sale, it was alive. Our first stop was lunch at the Evening Star Beergarden where we enjoyed some lunch time entertainment from one of the many live musical performances set up along Mt Vernon Ave. And then there was a pumpkin carving demo outside Del Ray Variety. The Velocity folks got creative attaching chalk to the back of bicycles and letting people draw all over the street, which was also covered with a life-sized Pac Man game. At the Sediment Press booth, Tim demonstrated the ancient art of screen printing. We got to...

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Posted by on Oct 9, 2012 | 0 comments

DIY Inspiration from Art on the Avenue

DIY Inspiration from Art on the Avenue

Sometimes I go to Art on the Avenue to stock up on Christmas gifts (jewelry, pottery, hand-knit scarves) but other times I’m happy to just check out the interesting work, wondering if it’s something I could make myself. I can’t draw or paint, welding and pottery are pretty out of my reach too, but this year I did see a bunch of interesting projects I’d like to try around the house. Here goes. Paper Mache: This life-size paper mache buck is amazing, his face so full of emotion. I’m feeling the plight of the deer — harsh cold weather snaps, predators around every corner, antler envy, herd politics. I’d like to make a whole slew of woodland creatures to add to our seasonal display, on a smaller-scale of course, and maybe without the drama. Repurposing Old Gates: The artist at this booth used an old metal gate to display earrings for sale. I envision it mounted on a wall with clothespins to hang kids’ art or as a message board. I will never look at an old gate the...

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Posted by on Oct 3, 2011 | 4 comments

2011 Art on the Avenue Favorite Finds

2011 Art on the Avenue Favorite Finds

Another year, another amazing Art on the Avenue. Despite rain and cold temps, the spirit of Del Ray prevailed. Thanks to Pat Miller and all the volunteers who make this annual event such an incredible success. I actually took three trips to the festivities — first a preview during an early morning jog as the artists were setting up, then with my family in tow during the lunch time rain, and finally a solo mission to take some pics of my favorite finds when the rain took an afternoon break. Although I didn’t capture everything, here’s a round-up of some of my favorite finds. You can find contact information for the artists on the Art on the Avenue website. For more photos, check out the 2011 Art on the Avenue flickr group. Clocks and Pots, Julie Zeelander http://clocksandpots.bigcartel.com/ Gourds by Suzanna, Susan Wolf  Fused glass by St. Coletta of Greater Washington Carved wood by Guirong Yuan Jack’s Lego Jewelry, Jack Durham Crocheted hats by Jen Keng Pierson http://www.etsy.com/shop/jenkeng Glass bottles turned planters and glasses by Marissa...

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