Gallery Openings and Events

Del Ray Artisans Gallery Presents Unfinished/Finished Group Exhibition

Sketch by Margaret Wohler, instructor of the Sketchy: How to Not Finish a Drawing Workshop

On View: April 2 – May 1, 2021
Opening Day Appointments: Friday, April 2 from 12-8pm

Many artists are notorious for having plenty of unfinished pieces hidden in their workspaces. In preparation for the Unfinished/Finished art exhibit, unfinished works were given to different artists to complete. This exhibit showcases how these partnerships yield impressive finished artworks by local artists and high school students.

Come visit the gallery in April to explore the notion of when and how a work of art is “finished.” Note how the “start” inspired the “finished” piece. The overall concept offered a fun and safe way for artists to collaborate, given the isolation we have all experienced due to the pandemic. Some of the artists paired up with an artist they knew, while others signed up to be randomly paired with another artist. All artists brought a “started” piece to a “finished” state.

Reserve a ticket for a half-hour viewing during the extended hours on opening day: Friday, April 2 between 12-8pm. Opening day tickets are not required, but ticket holders have priority entry. The gallery capacity is limited to 10 people at any one time in order to facilitate social distancing.

Two events will be held in conjunction with this exhibit:

Sketchy: How to Not Finish a Drawing Workshop on Saturday, April 17 from 10am-Noon. Instructor Margaret Wohler will lead participants through a series of short, fast, drawing techniques that will enhance observational skills and focus on natural subjects. Participants will explore blind contour, gesture, and drawing-by-feel techniques along with meditative mindful drawing. The workshop is $25 for Del Ray Artisans members and $35 for non-members; plus drawing kits will be available for purchase for $25. This workshop will be held outside the gallery, weather permitting. Register at sketchy-workshop.eventbrite.com

Gallery Hours:

  • Thursdays 12-6pm
  • Fridays 12-6pm
  • Saturdays 12-4pm

The gallery is free, open to the public, and accessible. Del Ray Artisans is ALX Promise certified and is committed to the health and safety of our visitors. Please wear a face mask and maintain 6′ of personal space.

The Unfinished/Finished art exhibit runs April 2 – May 1, 2021 at Del Ray Artisans gallery in the Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA.

For more information, please visit www.DelRayArtisans.org/exhibits or contact the curator Eileen O’Brien (artbyeileenm@gmail.com) or Director of Curating Kelly Postula (Curating@DelRayArtisans.org).