New Exhibit & Opening Sunday, September 11!

Portraits and Places: A Retrospective featuring the works of the late Patricia Windrow


Blue Ridge Arts Council and the Patricia Windrow Arts Committee are pleased to present Portraits and Places, A retrospective featuring the work of the late Patricia Windrow, September 11 to 23, 2016 in the Blue Ridge Arts Council Gallery at 305 E. Main Street, Front Royal, Virginia.

Patricia Windrow was a master artist who lived and worked in Front Royal. Largely self-taught, Windrow mastered her craft through keen observation, hard work, and constant effort. She modestly called herself “an American painter,” and she produced thousands of works of art. She ran her own gallery on Main Street to which an appreciative public came, looked, and bought. She was born in London in 1921, and died here in 2013 at the age of 91. That year, the Mayor and Town Council “in recognition of the manifest and numerous contributions of Patricia Windrow Klein to the community as a whole,” proclaimed September 12 as “Patricia Windrow Day” in the Town of Front Royal.

Please join us for the Opening Reception on Sunday, September 11, 2016 2pm to 4pm, with the reception recognition and program beginning at 2:30pm. The opening reception will also include the awarding of the First Annual Patricia Windrow Young Artists Award to three local high school students: Zoe Ris, Mikayla Michel and Selei Buracker. Each young artist will also have art on display at the exhibit.

The refurbishment of the arts council’s 1920’s Grand Piano will be unveiled and dedicated during the opening as well. This was made possible through the 88 Keys Campaign, a partnership of the Windrow Committee and Blue Ridge Arts Council, that yielded over 40 donors and a very successful campaign to replace the key action.


You’re Invited! Cocktails & Canvas, Thursday, September 22cocktails-canvas-bw-edition
A Cocktail, Art & Food Pairing (and Piano Bar!)
Black & White Music Toasting Edition

Blue Ridge Arts Council has challenged local amateur and professional mixologists to each select an artwork as inspiration to whip up the most artistic cocktail and food pairings. In celebrating the refurbishment of our 1920’s Baldwin Grand, we offer a Black & White Music Toasting Night, complete with our own version of a Piano Bar with standards played by Con Burch. Attendees will sample 7 different pairings while enjoying beautiful art, lively conversation and entertainment, all while raising funds for the programs of Blue Ridge Arts Council.

Thursday, September 22, 2016
5:30pm to 7:30pm
$35 per person

Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 540.635.9909. Very limited number of tickets available at the door.
Must be 21 years of age or older to attend.