New Gallery Exhibit
Blue Ridge Virginia Art Educator Association
Holiday Open House Meet the Artist Reception: Saturday, December 1, 11am to 1pm
Exhibit runs through January 16, 2019

We are pleased to present the inaugural showing of the 2018/2019 Blue Ridge Region Art Education Association exhibit. BRVAEA, a chapter of the Virginia Art Education Association and National Art Education Association, in an effort to provide an exhibition and recertification opportunity for its art educators, started the annual Art Educator’s Exhibit. The exhibit consists of the artwork of art educators, a variety of media is showcased, representing the strengths of each teacher. Contemporary and traditional ceramics, stained glass, painting on silk, monotype prints, oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings in a myriad of styles grace the selection of pieces. The exhibit is an intriguing look into the creative process of educators who devote the majority of their creative spirit to exposing children to the world of art. When they work on their own art, they are hungry and eager to reveal personal insights and emotions. The exhibit is a rich tapestry of artwork that represents lives involved in the daily process of nurturing the young artists who will determine the evolution of art in the future.

The region encompasses an area of the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains, extending from Lexington in the south, Charlottesville in the east, Culpepper through Clark in the north and to the West Virginia border in the west. Blue Ridge Arts Council is pleased to host the inaugural showing of the exhibit this year, and from our gallery it will travel throughout the valley to the Shenandoah Valley Art Center in Waynesboro in February, as well as to Lord Fairfax Community College where the artwork will be displayed during the month of March – April.


Author Meet and Greet with Joanne Cherefko

Thursday, December 13

Please join us as local poet Joanne Cherefko launches her debut collection of poems titled A Consecration of the Wind. Poetry Reading and Book Signing Thursday, December 13, 2018, 5pm to 7pm, at Blue Ridge Arts Council at 305 East Main Street, Front Royal, VA. This event is co-hosted by Royal Oak Bookshop.

Please visit her website at to read sample poems from her book.







16th Annual Deck the Halls Success!

Thankful. Grateful. Overwhelmed. Thank you to each and every one of you that contributed so much to the success of our 16th Annual Deck the Halls! Just a few short weeks ago our gallery was filled to the brim with over 100 trees, wreaths, and silent auction baskets, and more people than we could count! Holly Jolly Saturday brought us a visit from Santa, and a kid tree and wreath decorating activity. We started the day with 25 items left, and finished the day SOLD OUT!! We thank you all for our great success – we raised $13,400!

A special shout out to our creative tree and wreath donors – you really outdid yourselves and we heard this comment over and over! Also thanks to the small army of volunteers that freely give of time, talent, and dollars to make this event the success it is.

We would also like to recognize and thank our Event Sponsors:
Window: Bill Powers, State Farm
Cheers: Culligan; Michael & Jenn Patton
Reindeer: Tim & Tammy Darr; Raleigh Kraft
Mistletoe: CBM Mortgage; Edward Jones – Bret Hrbek; Edward Jones – Bryon Biggs; HL Borden Hardware & Lumber; Lorraine Hultquist; Jeff & Sondra LeHew; Melting Pot; Danny & Donna McEathron; McGreevy Insurance; No Doubt Accounting; Royal Entertainment.

As Charlie Brown says “It’s not what’s under the Christmas tree that matters, it’s who’s around it” We couldn’t agree more – thanks for surrounding us!