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MIX: Adventures in Mixed Media

Untitled, by Kathryn Avila-Reyes, 8" x 10". Materials: hand painted silk cocoon and rod (Tentakulum), feathers, glass beads, paper, hand-dyed lace and fabric, novelty threads and fibers, aluminum can... and more!

Plan your entry! Artistic Artifacts’ upcoming collaboration with Del Ray Artisans Gallery, MIX: Adventures in Mixed Media will take place May 1-31, 2015 at the Gallery, located at 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria, VA.

Mixed media compositions can convey visuals that are quirky, abstract, political, environmental and social. Combine two or more mediums and shake up your imagination! Use paint, wood, fabric, metal, found objects, items from nature and more to create altered books, art quilts, assemblages, collages, dolls, fiber art, jewelry, sculpture, shadowboxes and more.

Joining Artistic Artifacts owner Judy Gula as the co-curators of MIX: Adventures in Mixed Media is Karen Schmitz, former Del Ray Artisans Gallery Director and contemporary painter, mixed media and monotype artist who has curated numerous exhibits and events. The MIX: Adventures in Mixed Media juror is Rosalie Lamanna, a mixed media artist and long-time owner of Beads Ltd in Alexandria and a very talented quilter, jewelry artist and much more.

During this exhibit Del Ray Artisans and Artistic Artifacts are also offering workshops and classes for anyone interested in mixed media. Show events and workshops include the following:

View the MIX: Adventures in Mixed Media art exhibit: May 1 - May 31, 2015 at Del Ray Artisans gallery at the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301. The gallery is free, open to the public and handicap accessible. Hours are:

Entering MIX: Adventures in Mixed Media

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Visit the Del Ray Artisans Artwork Presentation and Submission Guidelines page for useful guidelines to ensure that your work is neatly finshed and properly prepared for display. Your art must be ready to hang or display with wire and screw eyes, mounting and/or display stand, framed, matted, or with edges finished. If your work is well-executed but poorly presented, it risks rejection as unprofessional.

This show is open to any area artist who is interested (some shows at the Gallery are for members only), and we hope to see a lot of submissions from Artistic Artifacts customers and friends, especially from our wonderful Judy’s Altered Minds (JAMs) members!

Artists may submit up to three (3) pieces of work for consideration. The (non-refundable) entry fee is $5 per piece for Del Ray Artisans Members and $10 per piece for Non-Members.

This exhibit will also be featuring the MIX Marketplace, where participating artists can sell Art-to-Go (selected artworks that can be purchased and taken home immediately by the buyer). Visit the Del Ray Artisans Art-to-Go Marketplace page for details on what type of art is accepted for Art-to-Go, and presentation requirements. The following fees apply:

Start brainstorming your submissions for this exciting exhibit opportunity! Artists and patrons alike can also learn more about mixed media and get inspiration by going to the Facebook page: MIX: Adventures in Mixed Media.

About Del Ray Artisans

Del Ray Artisans is a nonprofit organization (founded in 1992) with the mission of promoting art for the benefit of artists and the community. It strives to support new and emerging artists and artisans; to develop and foster community based arts activities, events and organizations; to develop and promote the arts as a resource for community outreach and to make more available and accessible to the general public the full range of creative expression and artistic endeavors in the visual, performing and applied arts.

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