The 6th Annual 'WhoDunIt?' Mystery Art Fun-draiser Event is quickly approaching. This year's 'WhoDunIt?' event will be held on November 16, 2019 from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Art Center.
This is a rare opportunity to get amazing artworks from sought-after local and regional artists at an incredible price! The mystery is trying to figure out who the artist is that created your artwork. Each $50 ticket guarantees you are going home with an original piece of art from a variety of mediums. This is an event with fantastic art, delicious food, and lots of fun! more...
CALL TO ARTISTS: Art Center Accepting Donations: NOW Notification Deadline: October 18, 2019 Delivery Due: November 7 - 9, 2019 See below for Artist Notification / Donation form for 2019 WhoDunIt? Event
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.”
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.
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. email@example.com
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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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."