Del Ray Artisans | Second Life

By Editorial Team on March 28, 2022

Fri, 01 April 2022 - Sat, 30 April 2022

Sparklies by Tracy Wilkerson (artwork featured in the exhibit)
Opening: Friday, April 1 from 12pm to 9pm

Join Del Ray Artisans in April for the Second Life art exhibit at Del Ray Artisans gallery. Many physical items we choose to remove from our lives can be sold/given/donated rather than going into overburdened landfills. It takes a conscious choice to acquire items from others rather than purchasing new ones. It also takes a little effort to offer something no longer needed to others rather than tossing it in the trash. The Second Life art exhibit brings into focus this thought-change concept, from the artwork utilizing recycled materials to the workshops and events.

The featured artwork incorporates at least 50% recycled materials, whether through items used or by taking an older piece and repurposing it into new art. Local artists also share how they recycle/reuse or share items no longer needed with the community. These sharing tidbits, along with other facts and helpful information, can be read while viewing the artwork.

Join them on opening day, Friday, April 1 between 12-9pm for the widest selection of artwork. Mark your calendar now or set a reminder through Eventbrite. Thank you to the sponsors of this exhibit: 6 Mijos Hand-Me-Downs, T2MGMT, and UpCycle.

Multiple workshops and community events have been scheduled throughout the month so please check the online calendar for details and don’t forget about Earth Day on April 22. Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Each year, more than 500 million people in 174 countries around the world participate. Event details and registration at

Del Ray Artisans has taken the ALX Promise pledge and is committed to the health and safety of our visitors. Face masks must be worn by all while visiting the gallery. The gallery is free, open to the public, and accessible.

For more information, please visit or contact the curators Tracy Wilkerson ( & Esperanza A Ramos Barajas ( or Director of Curating Kelly Postula (

The Second Life exhibit runs April 1–30, 2022 at Del Ray Artisans gallery in the Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22301. Gallery hours are First Thursday (Apr-Sept) 12-9pm, Thursday 12-6pm, Friday 12-9pm, Saturday 12-6pm, and Sunday 12-6pm (closed on Sunday, May 1, 2022).