July 11 Membership Meeting - Guest Speaker is Holly Williams
Holly Williams and her husband, Courtney moved to the North Georgia Mountains over 18 years, where they began their adventure of raising alpacas. While Holly was new to the textile arts when they first found themselves with a barn full of fiber as soft as cashmere, it quickly became a main focus of Holly’s art.
Holly reluctantly received a BA in Studio Art, “I didn’t want grow up to be a starving artist, but I couldn't stop taking art classes”. Fast forward 27 years and Holly has been teaching felting and fiber arts classes on her farm for over 14 of them.
Holly is also a glass bead artist (Lampworking) and hand sculpts her own glass beadwork used in her jewelry designs. She has taught glass lampwork bead making at the John C. Campbell Folk School and plans to offer online video classes in lampworking in the very near future. While glass bead making has taken a bit of a back seat to fiber art recently, she still enjoys playing with fire and uses the beads to accent her wearable fiber art pieces.
Courtney and Holly host tours on their alpaca farm, teaching visitors about alpacas, and the exqui-site fiber they produce. She also teaches many different types of fiber art classes, that include a warm, farm to table style lunch during the one day classes. For more information on Holly’s work, classes and the alpaca farm, please visit: www.farmfeltandglass.com.
July 6 - September 28 Third Quarter Artist in Residence Brenda Pinnick July 27 - 5 pm - Opening Reception
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 9 - 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.”
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."