Other Events

Benefit Golf Tournament – Friday, August 18


Shenandoah Valley Golf Club’s Annual Wine & Nine
Scotch Doubles Golf Social
To benefit Blue Ridge Arts Council

Friday, August 18, 2017, 5:00 pm Shotgun
Social Hour & Player Check-In starting at 4:00 pm



Teams: Two-person teams (1 Male & 1 Female). Form your own team or we will help you find partner.
Format: Two-person Scramble. Flights will be based on team score.
Entry Fee: $50.00 Per player – Non-Members $40 Per player – SVGC Members.
Entry fee includes cart, green fees, reception following play, and prizes
Prizes: Team and closest to pins.
Entry Deadline: Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Questions and Registraiton: Please call Host PGA Professional Jeffrey Forman, PGA, (540) 636-4653 or (540) 636-2641.

Tournament Registration Form click here 2017 SVGC-BRAC SCOTCH DOUBLES Entry

Sponsorship Opportunities Available Also! 2017 BRAC GOLF SPONSORSHIP


Event Cancelled – Tasting the Triple Crown of Cocktails

triplecrownJoin us on May 18 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm as Blue Ridge Arts Council toasts The Triple Crown, a uniquely American event, with an evening of signature cocktails and food pairings that are as much of a part of the event tradition as the horses are! Betting Ladies are encouraged to wear your best summer dress and a show stopping hat. Gambling Gents might consider a bow-tie (bonus points for fun patterns) and boater, fedora, bowler, or such! All this while enjoying beautiful art, lively conversation, and maybe even a little “horsing around”, while raising funds for the programs of Blue Ridge Arts Council. Tickets can be purchased by calling 540.635.9909 or online at https://events.ticketprinting.com/event/23648

Cocktails & Canvas – September 22, 2016

You’re Invited!

Cocktails & Canvas, Thursday, September 22
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 https://www.TicketRiver.com/event/21124 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.


Rich Follett CD Release Party – August 26



Rich will perform selections from the CD at 7:00pm
Special Guest Ryan Jewel will also perform
Spirits and Hors d’Oeuvres will be served
$20 – Individual (includes 1 CD)
$30 – Couple (includes 1 CD)
Additional CD’s may be purchased for $15/each

Make your purchase at this link https://www.ticketriver.com/event/20881, or send your check made payable to BRAC to 305 East Main Street, Front Royal, VA 22630 (note “Stars” in the memo), or call us at 540.635.9909 to make a reservation over the phone via credit/debit card. Response requested by August 24, a limited number of tickets will be available at the door.



Celebrate Independence Day – July 3 at 4-H Center

2015-independence-day-smBlue Ridge Arts Council will take a break this Friday, July 3, 2015 from our Friday night Gazebo Gatherings Concert Series and encourages you to attend the community Independence Day Concert and Fireworks Display, featuring a special performance by the American Legion Community Band and the Front Royal Oratorio Society. The program will begin at 7:30pm followed by fireworks at dusk, at the amphitheater at the 4-H Center off of Harmony Hollow Rd. in Front Royal, Va.

Admission is free, although donations are accepted for the fireworks. Food and drinks are available for purchase.

The American Legion Community Band, located in Front Royal, Va, was formed in 1986 and has been playing concerts in the area ever since. The conductors and band members are all volunteer musicians from the local area and new members are always welcome.

The band performs at a variety of concerts and community festivals throughout the year. All performances are free and open to the public. Their repertoire is both versatile and traditional with works ranging from classical to popular, marches and operatic overtures to modern works for band. The band is sponsored by the Giles B. Cook Post #53 of the American Legion.

The conductors are Ed Richards, Ronald Dye and Mark Malechek. All rehearsals are held on Tuesdays from 7:30 – 9:00 pm in the Fulton Fine Arts Complex bandroom at Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, Va. Anyone who plays an instrument and would like to join is welcome to attend. The American Legion Community Band’s performance season extends from September through July each year with public performances both indoors and out.

Curtains Up!

curtainsupblueJoin us for a special event and tribute, Curtains Up! A Musical Theatre Tribute to Virginia C. “Ginna” Looney, on  Friday, May 29, 2015 at 7:00pm at Warren County Middle School, 240 Luray Avenue, Front Royal, VA 22630.

Virginia C. “Ginna” Looney, spent the better part of three decades at Warren County High School, teaching math and touching lives – being “the bright light in an otherwise dark math world.” Yet her real gift was inspiring young people through theatre. Ginna was instrumental in reviving the Front Royal Little Theatre as Creative Director, directing numerous grand productions such as the musicals “Mame” and “The Sound of Music,” inspiring local residents to become stars, if only just for a night. Ginna was also a Charter Board Member of Blue Ridge Arts Council, founded in 1987.

To honor her contributions to the arts in our community, the stage at Warren County Middle School will be dedicated in her memory, at a musical theatre showcase featuring professional vocalists, WCPS choral students, WCPS alumni/college students, WCPS teachers, and the Front Royal Oratorio Society.

Proceeds from this event will be used for the production a future WCPS County-Wide Musical, presented through an existing partnership program with WCPS, as well as the ongoing programs of Blue Ridge Arts Council.

Tickets are $10.00 Adult General Admission; $5.00 Student (ages 2-18) General Admission. Tickets are available online at https://www.ticketriver.com/event/15482, or in person at Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce, Front Royal Visitor’s Center and Blue Ridge Arts Council.

Cocktails & Canvas

cocktails&canvasapril2015Blue Ridge Arts Council has challenged local amateur and professional mixologists to each select an artwork from our Spring exhibit “The Garden Gate: Gardens and Architecture ” as inspiration to whip up the most artistic cocktail and food pairings. 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, April 23, 2015
5:30pm to 7:30pm
$35 per person
Blue Ridge Arts Council
305 East Main Street
Front Royal, VA 22630

Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.ticketriver.com/event/14911 or by calling 540.635.9909.







Annual Member Show

membershowcaptureAnnual Member Show – Now through November 7
We are excited to feature over 50 new works by member artists in this popular show. Guest Juror Paul Zdepski, MFA, awarded the following awards:



Best In Show – H. Reed Armstrong, “Queen Boadicea”

1st Place – Helga Hohn-Heiberg, “Turment”



2nd Place – Eldred Boze, “Fishing Boat 1”


3rd Place -Cindy Redmond, “Lobster #1 Shaw Seafood”


Honorable Mention – Josie Tilton, “Kraft du Natur”

Honorable Mention – Teresa Henry, 

“Strolling by Natural Bridge” 

Bootlegger’s Ball (click link for event page and registration)

Blue Ridge Arts Council Bootlegger’s Ball


A Champagne Diamond Drop

Join us in a celebration 
of the Roaring 20’s and our 25th Anniversary at the Bootlegger’s Ball

Saturday, February 2, 2013 – 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Shenandoah Valley Golf Club, 134 Golf Club Circle, Front Royal, Virginia



  • Every party-goer is entered in the Champagne Diamond Drop! Get a glass of Bubbly and a Bauble as you enter the party, turn your jewels into our cracker-jack gemologists, and see if you are the lucky one that takes home a one-carat diamond, courtesy of Jean’s Jewelers
  • Spend an evening in the 20’s at our “speakeasy”, dance the Charleston and swing to the music of Jump Alley, enjoy a little horse racing, and photo opportunities
  • Costume or Elegant dress suggested-think 20’s style: sparkles, spats, pearls, feathers and fedoras, unless you’re a moonshiner, of course
  • Enjoy a Gatsby-esque gastronomical buffet feast, and complimentary prohibition-era specialty cocktails, wine and beer (Cash bar available for other spirits)

Tickets are $100 per person, and includes all of the above and one chance to win one-carat diamond.

Additional Diamond Drop Chances available: 1 for $25, 2 for $45, 3 for $60

And don’t forget the code word: Zagnut!

This event is presented by Blue Ridge Arts Council and the proceeds benefit the ongoing programs in the arts. For more information, please contact Blue Ridge Arts Council at (540) 635-9909 or via email to: kcrump@blueridgearts.org.


Classes & Workshops

Summer 2014 Classes Announced

Music & Art Lessons Offered at our Location!

Meet our instructors Con Burch (Music) and Kelly Walker (Art)

Private Lessons in Piano and Voice by Instructor Con Burch

New for Summer 2014 – Summer Music CampsCBMic

June 16 – June 20 (1 – 4 pm) Music Appreciation (1 wk)
June 23 – June 27 (1 – 4 pm) Music History (1-wk)
June 30 – July 4/July 7 – July 11/July 14 – July 18 (1 – 4 pm) Musical Theatre (3wk)
July 28 – Aug 1 (1 – 4 pm) Songwriting (1 wk)
Aug 4 – Aug 8 (1 – 4 pm) Performance (1 wk)
Click here Music Camp Classes 2014  for a complete description of the classes and registration information 
Con’s Teaching Philosophy:
To enrich someone’s life by teaching with experience and passion about the glorious sounds, tones, pitches, harmonies, notes and emotions that music gives to us all through skills, hard work, good humor, focus and fun.
Students of all ages and levels are welcome. You can choose 1/2 hour lessons or 1 hour lessons. Group lessons are also available.
Spring and Winter Recitals.  Please contact instructor directly to arrange lessons:
Con Burch 
540-335-611 or 540-933-6918
About Con Burch:
I started singing in my church when I was just a young girl.  I joined the adult choir and then after teaching myself to play piano became the choir director and organist.   Later I would go to college in West Virginia and study vocal performance and piano.  I was a section leader in our concert choir and the secretary and tour director, scheduling tours throughout the entire east coast.  I also became the lead singer for a country/rock local band in Elkins, WV and I was hooked.  The mic has not left my lips since.

Since college I have had many opportunities to perform with a variety of bands from Washington, DC and now back to my mountain roots in the Shenandoah Valley.   I have sung pop, rock, country, big band, funk, blues, jazz, folk and have recently added bluegrass to my repertoire.
In addition to my performing I also teach voice and piano to students of all ages. I have several studios in the area and I also offer in-home lessons. Please see my Lessons page for more details.

Private & Group Classes in Painting offered by Instructor Kelly Walker


Anyone can learn to paint!  These classes are for the curious beginner, the advanced intermediate, or anyone wishing to expand their creativity.  


Ages 5 – 7 (10 a.m.- Noon) 
June 30 – July 1, 2014 Famous Painters (Warhol & Manet)
August 11 – 12, 2014 Post-Impressionists ( Matisse & Van Gogh)
Ages 8 – 13 (9 a.m. – Noon) 
June 23 – 26, 2014 – Impressionists (Monet, Manet, Renoir)
July 7 – 10, 2014 – Famous Painters (Matisse, Cezanne, Warhol)
July 21 – 24, 2014 – Local Flavor & Paint Your Own Pet Portrait and House
August 4 – 7, 2014 – Famous Painters (Cassett, Van Gogh, Manet)
Ages 14 – 18 (9 a.m. – Noon) 
July 17 – 18, 2014 – Paint from your own photos (Pets, House, or Favorite Scene)
Please click here walker-kids-summer-art-camp-final-2014 for class and registration information
Adult Classes : Wednesday Morning 10:30-Noon; Wednesday Evening 5:30-7:00;  Thursday Evening 5:30-7:00  (Ages 14+)
Young Artist Classes:  Thursday 4:15-5:15  (Ages 7-13)
Please contact instructor directly to arrange classes:
Kelly Walker


About Kelly’s classes and teaching philosophy:
Develop your artistic ability and learn about composition, color theory, color mixing, and basic painting techniques.  Take ideas from conception to completion.  If you have ever wanted to learn to paint, this is your chance.   Get positive feedback and constructive critiques of your work to help you move to the next level.   The size of the class is limited so please email  to be sure there is space in the class before coming. Please contact Kelly directly to arrange lessons and answer any questions you may have about lessons and supplies.  Visit lifeofadailypainter.com/art-classes.
About Kelly:
As a daily painter Kelly attempts to paint every day.  She  joined the daily painting movement several years ago and says that it has helped her to maintain artistic discipline, foster creativity, improve her skills and bring her great joy daily.Very much taken with subjects of everyday life from landscapes to fruit and vegetables to animals, she works in watercolor, oil, and acrylic.  Working in multiple mediums keeps Kelly from being bored and gives her flexibility in subject matter.  Often painting  from photos in the studio, she still loves to paint in en Plein-air whenever possible.Kelly is a native of Georgia where she received a BS in Secondary Education from Georgia Southern College.  She has been a full-time artist since 2007.  Prior to that she worked sixteen years in the non-profit world with Chambers of Commerce in Kentucky and Virginia.

Tapping into her teaching experience, Kelly teaches art to children and adults at the Blue Ridge Arts Council in Front Royal as well as giving private lessons.  She was selected in 2011 to teach an Art Residency at the elementary schools in Warren County for the 175th Anniversary Celebration.    Kelly is a firm believer in public/community service and is very active in many organizations in the community.  She served on the Board of the Pennyroyal Arts Council, Hopkinsville, KY, and is past President of the Blue Ridge Arts Council Board in Front Royal, VA.  Kelly is very active dog rescue groups around the country often providing them with art for fund-raising.

She lives and paints with Jed (a black lab-basset), Lincoln (half wirehaired dachshund and half Robin Williams on speed), and Mamie (Cairn terrier) – all rescues dogs.