The Southern Appalachian Artists Guild (SAAG) is an organization of artisans and craftsmen from the Southern Appalachian area, operating under the auspices of the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association. SAAG was formed in 2007 to promote the business and professional development of member artists, to maintain the art-centric vision of our artistic community, and to provide opportunities for artists to exhibit their work. One of these important exhibits is our SAAG National Juried Show, held every October/November to showcase the work of both members and non-members. It is our keynote event of the year. We have around 150 guests during the opening night and the overall exhibition attendance fluctuate around 450 visitors for the month.
The reason we are reaching out to you at this time is to offer you the opportunity to help support the SAAG National Juried Show and to receive publicity for your business through a sponsorship or a donation. Opportunities for sponsored awards are as follows:
Best in Show $1,500
Two-dimensional art (2D) first prize $1,000; 2D second prize $500; 2D third prize $250
Three-dimensional art (3D) first prize $1,000; 3D second prize $500; 3D third prize $250
Additional sponsorships and donation opportunities are available upon request
If you sponsor an award or donate to SAAG, we will identify you as a sponsor or donor during the opening and publicize you or your business in the show catalog. For further information about this program, and to sign up as a sponsor or donor, please contact Luce Van Asten at Southern Appalachian Artist Guild, 420 W. Main Street, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513. firstname.lastname@example.org
We are anticipating a very exciting SAAG National Juried Show exhibit this year, and we would like to include your sponsorship and donation to make our event even better. Thank you very much for your attention. We hope to talk with you soon.
Sincerely yours, Luce Van Asten President of the Southern Appalachian Artists Guild
Posted August 11
Southern Appalachian Artist Guild Member of Excellence and Signature Member Program
Many of the most respected art associations have a credential system in place for members to work toward if they so choose. These credentials are basically used by artists and members who want their hard work and dedication recognized by not only their own association, but by their peers, collectors and galleries.
To serve the needs of its diverse and talented members, the Southern Appalachian Artist Guild Executive Board put together a credentialing program for our professional artist members as well as those members who have shown excellence in their dedication and support of the arts in our communities.
The Signature Member designation is designed for those artists who enter professional shows and competitions. Meeting the requirements for this designation will indicate that the member has reached a professional status within SAAG and entitles the artist to use the SAAG Signature Member title behind their name on all marketing materials.
The Member of Excellence designation is for those members who have shown exemplary support for the arts within SAAG and the arts communities. The members in this category have shown extraordinary dedication through the devotion of their time, talents and volunteerism. These qualified members are entitled to use the title SAAG Member of Excellence in recognition of this extraordinary dedication.
The SAAG Executive Board worked to offer both of these credentials, equal in status, to our diverse membership so anyone could work toward a designation. Any member can obtain either or both credentials. As of 2019, continuous membership must be maintained in order to retain Member of Excellence and Signature Member designations. To reinstate awarded designations, members may pay a renewal fee equal to the membership dues missed during inactive status.
Obtaining “credential” status is a personal choice. Each of our SAAG members is valued within our organization, whether or not he or she chooses to work toward a credential.
October 5 - November 9 SAAG National Juried Show RLE Gallery Opening Reception - October 5, 5 pm - 7 pm
Entry deadline - August 1 - Online Only Entry notification - August 30 Artwork delivery to Art Center/unpack shipped artwork - September 21, 11 am - 4 pm Artwork pick up from Art Center/repack shipped artwork - November 9, 11 am - 4 pm
Posted May 1
2019 Plein Air Event September 5 - 8, 2019
The 2019 Plein Air Event, in conjunction with the 17th 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 2019 Plein Air Event provides master workshop, a quick draw event, silent auction and county-wide paint outs, all which culminates in the Plein Air awards and exhibit on Sunday.
The 2019 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 fall scenes of Fannin County & Blue Ridge, Georgia.
Additionally, we are continuing our quick draw event for awards at the one-of-a-kind Horse Creek Stable Rescue Sanctuary on Friday. On Sunday, September 8th, artists will return to the Art Center to submit up to two (2) pieces of artwork for judging and exhibition. 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 Plein Air exhibit on display from September 10 – October 13, 2019 in our Studio Gallery. All artwork on display will be exhibited during the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association 2019 Fall Arts in the Park festival, which is estimated at over 7,000 attendees in two days.
Cash prizes totaling over $1000 will be awarded to those who participate in the various opportunities available throughout our Fall event. Participants must be 18 years or older to submit for prizes and awards.
The Plein Air Awards Ceremony will be held Sunday, September 8th at 5pm and is open to the public. All works available from this event will be for sale.
Paint and Win! Plein Air Workshop Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced September 4 and 5, 2019 Wednesday and Thursday - 2 Sessions 9:30 am - 4:30 pm each day Instructor: Ed Cahill Class Fee: $200 non-members $180 BRMAA Members If you like to paint outdoors and master your plein air skills, this is the class to take! In this class, the student will learn how to get ready and compete in a judged plein air paint-out. The Instructor will show students how to choose subjects that are relevant and unique to catch the eye of judges and buyers. Other topics discussed include the art of the Quick-Draw, scouting out sites to manage time, tips on presentation for judging, framing and timing. The Instructor will also discuss some dos and don’ts that will help the student get ready to paint an outside landscape for a more enjoyable experience. On the first day of painting, the student will have about two hours in the classroom and then relocate to a location, downtown Blue Ridge, GA. The second day there will be a classroom critique of the first day’s painting and after discussion, all the students and the Instructor will travel to Reynolds Rapids along the Toccoa River off of Aska Road. If there is inclement weather, a more in-depth instruction on competing in events along with detailed ideas on composition. There is a supply list given upon registering for the class. Please be sure to come prepared to paint outdoors with equipment needed. Come join the comradery and have some fun with nature!
Southern Appalachian Artist Guild 2019 National Juried Show October 5 - November 9, 2019 Entry deadline: August 1, 2019 (click button below for online registration) You are cordially invited to enter the 2019 National Juried Show sponsored by the Southern Appalachian Artist Guild (SAAG) and the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association (BRMAA). Cash prizes totaling $5,000, including $1,500 for Best of Show, will be awarded. The SAAG National Juried show, which is in its 12th year, will be on display during the peak visitor months of October and November, attracting interest from the surrounding tri-state metropolitan areas of Atlanta, Asheville, Chattanooga and Knoxville. Artworks selected by the juror will be displayed in the Richard Low Evans Gallery located in the historic courtroom of the Art Center, which is home to the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association in Blue Ridge, Georgia. The 2019 show will be judged by Nancy Nowak. The Southern Appalachian Artist Guild (SAAG) operates under the umbrella of the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, a non-profit 501c3 arts council in the Appalachian Mountains of North Georgia. SAAG’s mission is to enhance the professional and business development of artists and to maintain the art-centric vision of our artistic community. JUDGE: Nancy Nowak Nancy Nowak is passionate about sharing her knowledge of art. A graduate from Cleveland Institute of Art, with a BFA degree, Nancy has exhibited her pastel paintings throughout the US, Italy, and France and her work has won numerous top national and international awards. Nancy’s paintings have been featured in Plein Air Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, Pratique de Arts and multiple times in Pastel Journal Magazine, along with receiving 1st place in the Pastel Journal Magazines’ Top 100 for her landscape. Nancy has been a sought after art instructor and conducts national workshops in pastel. Nancy is a board member and has achieved Master Circle status with the International Association of Pastel Societies, is a Signature Member of Pastel Society of America, a Signature Member of American Impressionist Society and Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society. Originally from New Jersey, Nancy now resides in Suwanee, GA.
Membership Meeting September 12, 2019 5 pm - social gathering 6 pm - program begins
Guest Speaker is Dylan Pierce
Dylan currently resides in the Atlanta, Ga area where he studied at Chris diDomizio’s art school for ten years. What he acquired from his teacher's insights of works by various masters of art through history became a strong influence in Dylan's work.
Dylan's paintings have been featured in International Artist, Watercolor, Wildlife Art, L'Art de Aquarelle, and numerous other publications.
Dylan’s oeuvre depicting the people of Africa is inspired by his visits to Swaziland, Botswana, and South Africa. Experiencing the extraordinary beauty of Africa and its astonishing variety of wildlife has been something Dylan dreamed of as a boy; yet meeting the people of Africa deeply affected him. The beauty of God’s varied wonders continues to inspire him – as he paints the beauty and breadth of wildlife and people with an ability to “capture the soul.”
Watercolor Portrait Workshop Intermediate Class September 13 & 14, 2019-Friday & Saturday-2 Sessions 10:30 am - 5:30 pm Instructor: Dylan Pierce Class Fee: $225.00 non-members $202.50 BRMAA Members This class is more than creating a realistic portrait in watercolor, but also capturing the soul of the person. Principles for creating depth, realism, personality, and conveying the mood will be demonstrated. The Instructor will demonstrate the process of layering and juxtaposing for beautiful skin tones. The student will use “lost and found” techniques in the elements of art and a synchronized order of importance to lead the viewer’s eye and effectively tell the story. The majority of the class time will be on one “head study” but will take time for several small demonstrations to help explain various techniques and principles. Other techniques students will learn include juxtaposing colors, using a drawing as a “map”, creating soft/lost edges, wet into wet, dry into damp, using complementary grays for beautiful color, warm to cool color theory, transparent layering and negative painting. A supply list will be offered upon registering for the class. Take advantage of this master artist to improve and create amazing watercolor portraits! Click here for more information and to register.
Posted April 23
Membership Meeting October 3, 2019 5 pm - social gathering 6 pm - program begins
Guest Speaker is Nancy Nowak
"For me, it’s all about creating. It’s being attuned to the inspiration that nature provides, and intuitively, patiently, and creatively, letting go and seeing where that leads. Color and light are what inspires me. It is an ongoing endeavor to capture it artistically yet technically and to bring out the spirit of my subjects using the glorious medium of pastels."
Nancy Feinman Nowak earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Cleveland Institute of Art in 1981, where her main interests were Enameling and Oil painting. After owning both a calligraphy and printing business, she rededicated herself to her art. Striving to evoke an emotional response and awareness to the everyday beauty that surrounds us, Nancy paints in the representational style with an impressionist flair. Nancy offers workshops and classes in pastel, focusing on landscapes.
She is a Master Circle member of the International Association of Pastel Societies, a Signature Member of Pastel Society of America, a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, and a Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society. Nancy serves on the Board of The International Society of Pastel Societies. Originally from New Jersey, Nancy now resides in the Atlanta, GA area with her husband Don and dog Beaux. When not painting or working, you can often find her at the golf course or curled up reading a good book. Email: email@example.com Take Your Paintings to The Next Level Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced October 3 & 4, 2019 2 Sessions (Thursday & Friday) 10:30 am - 4:30 pm Instructor: Nancy Nowak Class Fee: $250.00 non-members $225.00 BRMAA members You don’t want to miss this class! This workshop will cover in depth the foundations and techniques of pastel and oil painting. The Instructor will cover in depth studies of composition, value studies, how to select and work from a reference photo. The student will learn different methods and techniques of underpainting and step by step painting instruction with insights to painting pitfalls and how to avoid them. With this class, the student will learn what makes a successful painting. All artistic levels are welcome! There is a supply list offered upon registering for this class. There will be a short break for lunch. Students are welcome to bring their lunch. Click here for more information and to register.
Posted March 23
Membership Meeting November 14, 2019 5 pm - social gathering 6 pm - program begins
Guest Speaker is Jerry Mucklow
"Halfway through my four years at the Atlanta College of Art, I found the camera and darkroom were a faster means to express my creativity than the paintbrush or pencil . Choosing photography was a good choice as my graduating portfolio of photographs earned me the faculty's Outstanding Achievement Award.
I started my career in photography as a darkroom assistant. This led to a position teaching college level classes in darkroom skills. Eventually I was teaching the entire curriculum for the photography program at the school.
About the time digital photography made its debut, I left the comforts of my teaching zone and took a position as a photographer... not just a photographer, a digital photographer. That move for me was monumental, because prior to my first day on the job, I had never even powered up a computer. Over the next seven years, in addition to mastering digital photography, I acquired the experience and clients I needed to venture out on my own and be successful.
The landing has been a soft one. Since founding Jerry Mucklow Photography seventeen years ago, I have enjoyed continued success. I have learned many things, acquired new skills and continue to evolve in my art and craft. I have a diverse client base, which reflects the various styles of photography in which I consistently produce quality results. Let me show you what I can do for you."