Robin "bird" Smith started making pottery as a hobby and a time to relax from her daily position as a banker. Her pieces are very creative and whimsical, as well as true to nature. She makes animal figurines, platters with different subjects attached, bowls from different leaves, plates with paintings and etching on them of different farm animals, and she even makes chicken shine mugs, too! She will tell you that she has attended so many functions, where you needed to bring a gift, that she would make up a batch of crab dip and take to the function in one of her famous crab dip bowls and leave the crab dip bowl as the party gift. She said that she has done this on numerous occasions and that people loved getting to keep the bowl. Her crab dip bowls are one of Rocky's number one best sellers! "bird" lives on a farm where she raises miniature donkeys. She is married and has two children and two... soon to be three grand children.
Posted July 28
SAAG President - Paula Van Huss Third Quarter Artist in Residence
Paula Van Huss was born on September 3, 1944 in Liberal, Kansas. She grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and now lives in Blairsville, Georgia. A self taught artist in oils, she studied watercolors under Clint Carter, Nita Engle and Morton Solberg before developing her own unique style of painting.
A retired Northwest Airlines employee, Paula has exhibited her art at numerous southeastern art shows including Powers Crossroads in Newnan, Georgia. She now exhibits at six to ten shows a year including Art in the Park, Labor Day weekend in Marietta, Georgia and the St. James Court Art Festival in Louisville, Kentucky.
She is a member of the Southern Appalachian Artists Guild in Blue Ridge, Georgia and the North Georgia Arts Guild in Clayton, Georgia having previously served as an officer with the guild.
Paula lives with her husband on 19 acres of mountain woodlands along with her various pets. The seclusion and natural setting of her home inspires Paula in her almost mystical style of painting.
Imagination: More Than a Frame of Mind-Acrylic & Watercolor Painting Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced August 18th & 19th, 2017 - 2 Sessions 10:30 am - 4:30 pm each day Instructor: Paula Van Huss Class Fee: $125.00 non-members + $10.00 Supply Fee $112.50 BRMAA Members + $10.00 Supply Fee
This is a great class for expanding your artistic horizons in mixed media. The Instructor will guide you in a collage/mixed media painting. This includes transfers, acrylic paints, gels, different mediums and utilizing a variety of different materials to create a very unique painting. Along with the mixed mediums, the students will encompass Japanese paper within their painting. What a great class to learn how to create a textured painting. The Supply Fee includes everything you need for your illustration board painting except a roll of paper towels. Come learn something new and expand your talent! To register for Paula's classes, click here.
Posted July 25
October 5 - SAAG Membership Meeting
5 pm - social hour
6 pm - program begins
Guest Speaker Tuva Stephens
National Award and International award winning Tennessee artist, Tuva Page Stephens is a Signature Member of Southern Watercolor Society, Tennessee Watercolor Society, Kentucky Watercolor Society, Watercolor Society of Alabama (Bronze), Missouri Watercolor Society and Mississippi Watercolor Society. In 2010 she was the featured watercolorist for her signature figurative/character portraits on Tennessee Crossroads which can be viewed on YouTube.
Tuva is the current President of the Southern Watercolor Society (18 states) until May 2017. Stephens was the President and Secretary of the Tennessee Watercolor Society. In 2006, 2008 and 2010 her work was accepted into the 30th, 31st and 32nd TnWS Society Biennial Exhibitions in Clarksville, Knoxville and Chattanooga and received TnWS Signature Membership in May 2010. She is also an active member of the Gibson Co.Visual Art Association (GCVAA), Memphis Germantown Art League (MGAL Platinum Star Status), SW (Southern Watercolor Society--18 states) Exhibitions, KWS (Kentucky Watercolor Society); Watercolor Society of Alabama National Exhibition 2011-2014. She received the Board of Directors Award in the 2013 of MOWS International Exhibition and received first place in the MOWS Members' Invitational 2013. She received the Signature American Watermedia Board of Director's Award 2013, and MS Grand National-4th place award, 2014. "Old Stogie I" received the Grand Award MGAL National Exhibition 2015, Memphis. 2016 received-Signature Membership into National Watercolor Society and received an award on "Firm Foundation" that was accepted into the international exhibition. To learn more about Tuva Stephens, go to TuvaStephens.com.
Click this link, to Tuva Stephens' workshop information.
Posted July 15
2017 Marvelous Miniatures Show November 18, 2017 – January 6, 2018
Show entry deadline is Friday, October 20, 2017
Artwork Delivery day is Saturday, November 11, 2017
Fall Plein Air International Paint-Out September 7 - 10, 2018
The 2017 Fall Plein Air Event, in conjunction with the 15th Annual International Worldwide Artist Paint Out, offers four days of art and adventure in the North Georgia Mountains. Recently designated as one of the top five Art Towns in Georgia by Georgia Council for the Arts and the Georgia Municipal Association, Blue Ridge provides a multitude of opportunities to capture the spirit of plein air art. The 2017 Fall Plein Air Event provides workshops, a quick draw event and county-wide paint outs, all which culminates in the Fall Plein Air awards and exhibit on Sunday.
The 2017 Fall Plein Air Event is an open invitation to all artists, amateur and professional, to paint the natural beauty of our area. Artists are welcome to bring their easels and capture the awe-inspiring scenes of Fannin County & Blue Ridge, Georgia. This year’s event will offer a one-day workshop with renowned artist Carly Hardy. Returning this year, we are hosting a quick draw event for awards at the picturesque Serenberry Vineyards.
On September 10, artists will return to the Art Center to submit up to (3) pieces of artwork for judging. Prizes totaling $1,000 will also be awarded for this year’s event.
We encourage all participating artists, 18 years or older, to submit their plein air art work for our Fall Plein Air juried exhibit on display from September 12 – October 15, 2017 in our Studio Gallery. All artwork on display will be exhibited during the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association’s 2017 Fall Arts in the Park festival, which is estimated at over 7,000 attendees in two days.
2017 Annual Holiday Show and Sale Application Deadline: October 20, 2017 Exhibit Dates: November 18, 2017 – January 6, 2018
All artists must be an active member of the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association (BRMAA) and Art Center. Original artworks of traditional or non-traditional two dimensional or three dimensional medium or style, including but not limited to painting, drawing, fiber art, pottery, jewelry, stained and blown glass, clay, metal, stone, woodwork, sculpture, folk art, photography, and mixed media, may be submitted. Prints and gicleés will not be accepted.
Inventory deadline isn't until October 20, 2017, but why wait. This highly anticipated, successful show and sale should not be missed. Artwork deliver is from November 10 until November 12, 2017. All the information you need to know, is included in the prospectus below. Download it today and be a part of this year's program.