Del Ray Artisans Presents Groovy Movies: Artwork Inspired by Motion Pictures

By Editorial Team on November 1, 2021

Fri, 05 November 2021 - Sun, 28 November 2021

The photograph “Technicolor John, 1977” is a self portrait by John W. Hiller (1935-2020).
Opening: Friday, November 5 from 12pm to 9pm

Lights! Camera! Art Action! The Film-Fun Groovy Movies: Artwork Inspired by Motion Pictures exhibit features artwork influenced by the movies—from American Film Institute (AFI) classics to cult films like “Abbott & Costello Meets Frankenstein”, “Barbarella” to “Yellow Submarine” and “Zorba the Greek”. This is a curated exhibit showcasing artwork by local artists interpreting the movies and presented in partnership with the Alexandria Film Festival.

Reserve tickets for a half-hour viewing on opening day: Friday, November 5 between 12-9pm. Opening day tickets are not required, but ticket holders have priority entry. Find tickets at

The word “groovy” can mean excellent, exciting, fashionable, wonderful, cool, funky, hip and happening. Artworks are influenced by movie titles, actors, characters, catch phrases, costumes, locations and genres in any medium—ceramics, jewelry, mixed media, paintings, photography, sculpture and more. Represented film genres range from action and adventure, comedy, musical, rom-com to horror, science fiction, and beyond.

Prizes and events will include:

  • Curator Karen Schmitz presents “Rosebud Awards”
  • All Fest Passes (November 11-14) Awards by the Alexandria Film Festival
  • Fantasy & Adventure Soap-making workshop on Saturday, November 6 (9:30am-noon) – Make your own dragon eggs, unicorns, and more! Handcrafted shea butter soaps with premium fragrance oils—all in your very own gift box.
  • “Saturday Night Fever” Cardmaking Party Benefit on Saturday, November 20 (7-9pm) – A free social disco evening making art cards. “Cardie Host” Karen Schmitz shows art techniques, and all supplies are provided. Cards replenish the gallery card display or may be purchased. Registration required; registration fee is refunded upon attendance. 12-person event limit.
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The exhibit also features a special display of John W. Hiller’s artwork. Proceeds support the new John W. Hiller Photography and Film Scholarship for high school students for photography or film excellence. John W. Hiller (1935-2020) was a longtime Del Ray Artisans member, cinematographer, producer, and an Oscar and Emmy winner. Donations are appreciated to help fund this new scholarship.

The Groovy Movies: Artwork Inspired by Motion Pictures exhibit runs November 5–28, 2021 at Del Ray Artisans gallery in the Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22301. The gallery is free, open to the public, and accessible. Del Ray Artisans is ALX Promise certified and committed to the health and safety of our visitors. Face masks must be worn by all while visiting the gallery.

Gallery Hours:

  • Thursdays: 12pm-6pm
  • Fridays: 12pm-9pm
  • Saturdays: 12pm-6pm
  • Sundays: 12pm-6pm

The gallery is closed on Thanksgiving day (Thursday, November 25). Typically the gallery is closed the last Sunday of the month, but this exhibit is extended through and open on Sunday, November 28 from 12-6pm.

For more information, please visit or contact the curator Karen Schmitz ( or Director of Curating Kelly Postula (

Del Ray Artisans gallery in the Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA.