On Exhibit: Del Ray Artists Out of Their Comfort Zone

Detail of oil painting by “For the Artist” curator Jeff Lodge, on display at the Del Ray Artisans Gallery. (Photo by Kelly MacConomy)

For the Del Ray Artisans: New Faces and New Beginnings

By Kelly MacConomy

There were more than two sides and three dimensions to Alexandria art aficionado Kenneth Krupa when he attended the opening of the “New Beginnings” exhibit on February 1 at Del Ray Artisans Gallery while carrying the January issue of Zebra.

Mr. Krupa, a regular DRA patron, proudly displayed the photo of the back of his own head facing one of the many intriguing, artful portraits on display in “Faces,” DRA’s January exhibit. “Faces” closed January 27 and was followed by the inspiring upcycling-themed “New Beginnings” exhibit, with Tracy Wilkerson curating.

Kenneth S. Krupa never leaves home without this copy of Zebra! (Photo by Kelly MacConomy)

In March, Del Ray Artisans featured a member-only show spotlighting works drawn from the artistic daydream pipeline. “For the Artist” showcased a theme-free exhibit where the breadth of subject was bound only by the long-held expressive ruminations of member artists’ collective imagination and creative musing.

The call for entry challenged applicants to make that one piece they had always wanted to create. Curated by Jeff Lodge and Jenny Nicholson, the show transported the viewer to places where artwork boldly dared to go and where the artists had never gone before.

This month’s exhibit at the Del Ray Artisan’s Gallery, “(No) Comfort Zone,” is a member-only and high-school student show curated by DRA Director of Fundraising Events/Board Member Joe Franklin and Kelli Schollard-Sincock. Kelli is a Reston-based forensic sketch artist and freelance interdisciplinary artist who voluntarily runs an inmate outreach program at the City Detention Center. A self-proclaimed “Art Instructor for the Incarcerated,” Kelli organized an exhibit last July at the Torpedo Factory called “Off the Grid,” featuring the art of some of her inmate students.

Curator of “New Beginnings” Tracy Wilkerson takes five, relaxing in an interactive art installation created entirely with repurposed materials. (Photo by Kelly MacConomy)

Kelli’s efforts with men and women in dire straits complement the metaphysical theme of the “(No) Comfort Zone” show. Exploring “the new, the unknown, the unfamiliar and the uncertain,” the artists take their existential angst to the edge and into another dimension.

“(No) Comfort Zone” is on exhibit at Del Ray Artisans through April 28. The opening reception is Friday, April 5 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Del Ray Artisans Member and Co-Curator of “Faces” Kathy Turner is on Cloud 9 viewing Gordon Frank’s “Red Red Wine”. (Photo by Kelly MacConomy)

If you haven’t been to the Del Ray Artisans Gallery lately, you haven’t been to the Del Ray Artisans Gallery. Come see the faces of new beginnings for artists out of their comfort zone. Admission is always free and the public is welcome to attend monthly opening receptions, special events and classes.

Membership is open to all and begins at only $40. As part of the 2019 DRA Membership Drive, all artists who join between January 2018 and May 2019 are eligible to submit three works for the August “Fresh Meat” show free. The Del Ray Artisans Gallery is located at 2704 Mount Avenue in the Del Ray section of Alexandria. Hours are Thursday 12-6, Friday and Saturday 12-9 pm and Sunday 12-6 pm.