March 1 - March 28 Youth Art Month Exhibit RLE Gallery March 1 - Opening Reception - 4 pm
Youth Art Month is a national celebration of the visual arts in education. YAM is held annually in March and is designed to emphasize the importance of quality art education for all children.
What is Youth Art Month (YAM)? YAM was created in 1961 as a service to art educators and the public with the following objectives:
Recognize art as a necessity for the complete development of a high quality of life for all people
Direct attention to art education as an effective vehicle to teach critical thinking, communication skills, self-expression and multi-cultural awareness
Increase community, business and government support for art education.
Who participates? Participation in the exhibit is open to participating school students in grades K-12 in Fannin and surrounding counties and homeschooled children from within Fannin County.
Come celebrate Youth Art Month with us at the opening reception on March 1, 2018 from 4pm to 6pm in the Richard Low Evans Gallery. Exhibit will remain on display through March 28, 2018. Friends, family and the public are invited to attend.
Posted February 19
March 3 - Cork and Canvas Fundraiser RLE Gallery 7 pm - Reception
Support the arts as you enjoy wine samplings from various area vintners.
This year's event includes a wine grab, silent auction, count the corks raffle, savory food and live entertainment.
Ticket prices are $35, $30 for BRMAA members, and includes free samples of local area vintners, a commemorative BRMAA wine glass, and gourmet food selections and a complimentary glass of wine with each event ticket.
Tickets are available here online and at the Art Center.
All proceeds from this event benefit our youth arts programming including our Youth Art Summer Camp and our ongoing youth arts scholarships.
Posted February 19
2018 Celebration of Artisans Exhibit
Application Deadline: April 20, 2018 Artwork Delivery: May 5 - 11 am – 4 pm Exhibit Dates: May 10 - June 9, 2018 Artwork Pickup: June 10 - 11 am - 4 pm
Download and print your copy of the prospectus today!
Business Side of Art - Entering Shows Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced May 5, 2018 - 10:30 am - 5 pm Class Fee: $90 non-members $81 BRMAA Members
This business class is one not to miss! The class will focus on entering artwork in competitions and shows, identifying what to enter, learning to correctly photograph the artwork, edit the photo and choose the work to enter. An emphasis will be identifying the rules and making sure to follow them!
Students can follow along and edit a photo on their own laptop or tablet for use in shows, advertising, portfolios, brochures and websites. If time permits, other topic covered will include organization, pricing, databases, social media, advertising, keeping a schedule, galleries or selling on one’s own, creating a blog and/or website, use of newsletters and mailing lists. Students should bring a list of questions and issue they are facing. The supply list includes notebook for writing; laptop or tablet with images of artwork; photo editing software if possible. (Photoshop Elements is acceptable). Come gain knowledge from an experienced artist!
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR Marsha Hamby Savage has been painting for over 40 years, living in Georgia all her life. Painting plein air (on location) here and abroad, has been the largest inspiration for her work. Working from life is her continuing education. It teaches her to observe correct value, color, atmosphere and light. Her favorite saying is “It’s the journey, not the destinations.” She believes the journey of the mind is as important as the journey of the feet!
She credits several wonderful workshop instructors and mentors for sharing their knowledge and pushing her forward, telling her to slow down and “sit on her stool” more, thinking about why she is painting a particular piece. Marsha is often asked to demonstrate her techniques and to speak about marketing for the artist. Her colorful paintings inspire students to seek her out to learn more about color theory and edges. She discusses “viewer participation” and how students might not spell it all out for them, allowing that viewer to finish and see what is not detailed for them!
Marsha has been accepted into and won numerous awards at regional, National and International Juried Exhibitions. Her paintings can be found in personal art collections, a museum, the offices of the Speaker of the House - Georgia State Capitol, along with commissions for hospitals and restaurants. She is represented by several fine art galleries, and loves teaching studio and plein air workshops around the United States. She is a Signature Member of several art associations, and is a Masters Circle Member of the International Assoc. of Pastel Societies. She has been featured in American Art Collector, Pastel Journal, Southwest Art, and Plein Air Magazine. Marsha has a set of pastels named after her by Terry Ludwig Pastels.
Blue Ridge Writers' Conference April 6 and April 7
The Mission of the Blue Ridge Writers' Conference is to educate, inform, and inspire writers. No matter the level of expertise, the Blue Ridge Writers’ Conference provides a venue for professional writers, editors and agents to provide honest and accurate feedback to the aspiring writer in how to craft that first novel, sell a magazine article, market yourself in the literary world, or finding inspiration for your poetry. Other previous keynote speakers include a number of well-known writers such as novelist Claire Cook, Terry Kay, mystery writers Patricia Sprinkle, Joshilyn Jackson and Sharyn McCrumb, essayists James Kilgo and Steven Harvey, suspense writer Karin Slaughter, and former Georgia poet laureate, David Bottoms.
Saturday, April 7th begins with light breakfast fare and our keynote speech. The 2018 keynote speaker will be Jaden Terrell. Shamus Award nominee Jaden Terrell is the internationally published author of the Nashville-based Jared McKean Mysteries and a contributor to Now Write! Mysteries, a collection of exercises for writers of crime fiction published by Tarcher/Penguin for writers of crime fiction. Her short stories have appeared in Killer Nashville Noir: Coldblooded and Eight Mystery Writers You Should be Reading Now. Terrell is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Private Eye Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and Sisters in Crime. The former special education teacher is also a Magnolia Award recipient for service to the Southeastern Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and the recipient of Killer Nashville's 2017 Builder Award.
The day continues with concurrent workshops on everything from marketing a manuscript to Children’s Literature to assembling a book of poetry. Our 2018 speakers include a wide variety of fiction, non-fiction, poetry writers, editors and much more. Select the About our Speakerstab above for more information on our 2018 speakers. Conference attendees appreciate the chance to network with other writers and speakers during the day and the opportunity to submit their work for critique by one of the conference speakers.
The Blue Ridge Writers’ Conference also offers a four-hour Workshop Intensive on Friday, April 6th. For an additional fee, the Workshop Intensive provides a more concentrated workshop to strengthen and inspire your literary endeavors. The 2018 workshop instructor will be our very own keynote speaker, Jaden Terrell. This year's workshop entitled Mastering The Point of View Monster. Few skills are as important in writing as mastering point of view. This four hour workshop intensive will show you how to use it deeply and well to increase the impact and power of your work. Learn how to see through your character’s eyes and add authenticity to your writing with every description and detail.
High school students from area counties are invited to attend and the Art Center offers scholarships to make this more affordable.
We look forward to you joining us this year for our 21st Annual Blue Ridge Writers’ Conference! Click here for more information.
The Bowen Center for the Arts held their opening reception and awards celebration for their North Georgia Juried Art Show, last November. 24 artists and 20 photographers juried their pieces, many of whom were present for the opening.
SAAG members, Brenda Esposito and Irene Klangos received Honorable Mention ribbons in the paintings category while David Goodspeed received Honorable Mention ribbon in the photography category. Congratulations!
Congratulations to all the winners of this year's national show. Hover over the images below for winning place and title.
Congratulations are in order to the following SAAG members who entered and won places in the 2017 National Juried Photography Show conducted by the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association. The show opened last night and will continue until September 30, 2017. First place winners received $400, second place winners received $250 and third place winners received $100.
Debra Vanderlaan won First Place in Digital Art category for her "Mystic Moon" and Third Place in Digital Art category for her "Nature's Stained Glass" image.
Joleen Mahoney Roe won Second Place in Fine Art for “Cuban Ballerina II” and Third Place in Fine Art for “Cuban Ballerina I”.
Congratulations are in order to Nadine Yawn who entered the 15th Annual Photography Show conducted by The Bowen Center for the Arts. The theme of the show is “Light on Subject”. Nadine’s “Destination Dawn” won First Place.