June First Thursday Highlights The Arts In Del Ray

May 19, 2016 11:10 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

Image result for del ray artisans     During the June First Thursday, Del Ray showcases its creative side with "Paint Del Ray."  The monthly street festival takes place on June 2 from 6pm to dusk along Mount Vernon Avenue. The event is free and open to all.

     "Paint Del Ray" is a unique collaboration between the Del Ray Business Association and the Del Ray Artisans. The event will feature a wide variety of artist demonstrations and displays along Mount Vernon Avenue. The community will be invited to participate in several family-oriented painting activities along The Avenue, including recycled plastic bottle art, painting river rocks, painting photo booth murals, an interactive public art project, and more.

    The interactive public art project "Unity" will launch at the June First Thursday, on the 2200 block of Mount Vernon Avenue.  Participants will tie colorful yarn to posts that reflect their identities.  The larger-than-life structure from the creators of the Courage Wall aims to celebrate individual uniqueness and strengthen ties to each other.

     Participants are encouraged to bring art supplies for the Del Ray Artisans' summer art camp or old birdhouses. which will be refinished by the Artisans.  Donations will be collected at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, formerly known as the Farmer's Market lot, at Mt. Vernon & E. Oxford Avenues. Founded in 1992, the Del Ray Artisans is a nonprofit whose mission is to promote art for the benefit of artists and the community.

    Held the first Thursday of the month from April to September along Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, First Thursday is a series of free outdoor street festivals that bring the community together around a fun theme, benefiting a local nonprofit.  This month’s event is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association and KAiZEN Tavern.

    For more information on First Thursday, visit www.visitdelray.com.  For more information on the Del Ray Artisans, visit thedelrayartisans.org.  

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