Other Events

In the Gallery: Flora and Fauna

Flora and Fauna,  An exhibition of work by Patricia Windrow

Opening Reception Sunday, September 10, 2017
2:00pm to 4:00pm with program at 2:30pm

Opening Reception

Sunday, September 10, 2017 2pm to 4pm

Hors d’oeuvres by Element and Desserts b y Joan Kay, The Woodward House on Manor Grade

Music by Jimmy Gaudreau, mandolin, and Moondi Klein, guitar

This second annual exhibition of paintings by Patricia Windrow (1921-2013) brings together two of the Front Royal artist’s favorite things to paint: flowers and fish. Known widely for her keenly observed floral paintings, Patricia Windrow produced a series of large paintings (measuring four feet square) of single blossoms – roses, iris, bromeliads – a number of which will be included in this show. She also took great pleasure and care in making wooden sculptures of various kinds of fish. A realist painter, she created highly detailed Piscean pieces which are accurate as well as decorative. These colorful and quirky items will punctuate the show.

The exhibition will also include work by the three winners of this year’s Patricia Windrow Young Artist Awards. The winners are Savannah Long, a graduate of Skyline High School; Cheyenne Jenkins, a graduate of Warren County High School; and Cameron Lower, a graduate of Warren County High School. The awards consisted of a cash prize of $500 and a gift card from Michaels Stores worth $200. The awards were presented May 24 and 25 at Warren County High School and Skyline High School at each school’s senior awards ceremonies.

About Patricia Windrow

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.

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 theater, everyone would always tell her how good she looks performing with all of her plantwear accessories. 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.