What We Do

Founded in 1987, Blue Ridge Arts Council, Inc. is a 501 (C) 3 designated non-profit arts and education organization that primarily serves residents of Front Royal/Warren County. Our program areas encompass Arts Education, Art Exhibitions and Community Partnerships.

The arts council coordinates several gallery spaces throughout the county, and exhibits and sells fine art by local and regional artists. Music and Art Lessons are offered at our Main Street Gallery throughout the week. Each summer the council presents “Gazebo Gatherings,” a summer concert series held at the Town Commons each Friday evening at 7pm, June through August.  Special events throughout the year include Third Thursday (May- October), and the annual community holiday kick-off event Deck the Halls (held the 3rd Friday/Saturday November).

For a majority of the local community, Blue Ridge Arts Council is the only arts resource. The Arts Council has a staff and a community based board that research, plan, implement and review each program offered by the Council. Funding for our work is received, in part, from Virginia Commission for the Arts (a statewide organization that awards crucial operating support funds) and a matching grant program that our local governments partner in. The balance of the budget is funded through memberships, individual and corporate donations.

Our Mission

The mission of Blue Ridge Arts Council is to provide a broad base of support for the visual and performing arts, in all segments of the community, by increasing awareness, interest, knowledge and participation.

Board of Directors 2012-2013

President – Katie Tewell
Vice President – Corinne Llewellyn
Treasurer – Lorraine Hultquist
Secretary – Susan O’Kelly
Past President – Kathy Napier


Dewayne Coats    
Allison Cusato               
Mary Ruth Alred Follett                                                     
Teresa Henry
Jennifer Keck                                                         
Nancy LeHew Krogsund                                
Sondra LeHew  
Dan Lenz                                  
Adele Medved                     
Linda Taylor