\r\nFor the Del Ray Artisans: New Faces and New Beginnings\r\nBy Kelly MacConomy\r\nThere were more than two sides and three dimensions to Alexandria art aficionado Kenneth Krupa when he attended the opening of the \u201cNew Beginnings\u201d exhibit on February 1 at Del Ray Artisans Gallery while carrying the January issue of Zebra.\r\nMr. 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 \u201cFaces,\u201d DRA\u2019s January exhibit. \u201cFaces\u201d closed January 27 and was followed by the inspiring upcycling-themed \u201cNew Beginnings\u201d exhibit, with Tracy Wilkerson curating.\r\n\r\nIn March, Del Ray Artisans featured a member-only show spotlighting works drawn from the artistic daydream pipeline. \u201cFor the Artist\u201d showcased a theme-free exhibit where the breadth of subject was bound only by the long-held expressive ruminations of member artists\u2019 collective imagination and creative musing.\r\nThe 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.\r\nThis month\u2019s exhibit at the Del Ray Artisan\u2019s Gallery, \u201c(No) Comfort Zone,\u201d 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 \u201cArt Instructor for the Incarcerated,\u201d Kelli organized an exhibit last July at the Torpedo Factory called \u201cOff the Grid,\u201d featuring the art of some of her inmate students.\r\n\r\nKelli\u2019s efforts with men and women in dire straits complement the metaphysical theme of the \u201c(No) Comfort Zone\u201d show. Exploring \u201cthe new, the unknown, the unfamiliar and the uncertain,\u201d the artists take their existential angst to the edge and into another dimension.\r\n"(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.\r\n\r\nIf you haven\u2019t been to the Del Ray Artisans Gallery lately, you haven\u2019t 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.\r\nMembership 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 \u201cFresh Meat\u201d 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.