Gazebo Gatherings – June 16 – American Legion Community Band


* Our concert tonight (June 16) with the American Legion Community Band has been moved indoors due to the continuing rain in the weather forecast. The concert will be held in the RMA band room at 7pm (enter on Academy Drive and follow around). *

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.alcbjune2017

This performance is free and open to the public and is sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Virginia Commission for the Arts, Blue Ridge Arts Council, County of Warren and Town of Front Royal.

Concert Time: 7pm
Fee: No Admission Charge
Location: Town Commons, Main & Chester Streets, Front Royal, Virginia
Weather decisions will be made by 6pm. Please check our FB Page ( for up to minute weather/concert information. Concert will be held inside RMA Band Room should weather dictate.

Gazebo Gathering – June 9 – Rich Follett



Join us Friday, June 9, at Gazebo Gatherings as we welcome Rich Follett with his brand of “Feel Good Folk Music”. The fun starts at 7pm, come early, stay late, enjoy our downtown, check out the shops restaurants and make an evening of it! Concert Time: 7pm; Fee: No Admission Charge; Location: Town Commons, Main & Chester Streets, Front Royal, Virginia.


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

Annual Dinner honoring John and Joyce Marlow as Arts Citizens of the Year


Blue Ridge Arts Council will honor John and Joyce Marlow as their Arts Citizen of the Year at the 14th Annual Dinner Roast on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Front Royal. John and Joyce have been active in our community for the past 40+ years, in numerous public service endeavors, and in the support of the community, and non-profits, including the Blue Ridge Arts Council.

The evening features the arts council’s annual business meeting and a light-hearted “roast” of outstanding member of the community who have exhibited dedication, vision and commitment to the arts.

Doug Stanley and Jim Eastham will serve as emcees for the evening, which will include remarks from several invited speakers. The evening begins at 6:30 pm with a social, followed by dinner and program at 7:00pm.

Reservations for dinner and program are $60 per person and are all inclusive, and can be made by calling the arts council at 540.635.9909, or purchased online at Sponsorships are also available at the $500 and $1,000 level (tables of 8).

Spotlight on Students!

Blue Ridge Arts Council presents Spotlight on Students, 26th Annual Student Art Exhibit
featuring works by students K-12:

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Celebrate the Arts at our Spotlight on Student Artist Open House on March 8 and enjoy student artwork from each of Warren County’s schools throughout the month.

Student Artist Open House, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Exhibit Dates, March 8 – 31, 2017

Gallery Hours, Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm


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February Community PARTner Events




Humane Society of Warren Countypawcasso

PAWcasso Art Exhibit

PAWcasso will feature one of a kind artwork created by shelter pets. These pawsome pieces of art will be on exhibit at BRAC Gallery, 305 East Main Street in Front Royal, VA,  starting Tuesday, February 21st. Animal and art lovers will be able to purchase the original PAWcasso pieces at the exhibit wrap up on Friday, February 24th 6-9PM.

Prices for framed and matted shelter pet PAWcassos:

8×10 $25.00

11×14 $50.00

Refreshments provided. Doors open at 6PM. A $10 good will donation will earn you chance to win a pawsome door prize. For more information call 540-635-4734 EXT 226 or visit



mtlaurelmontessoriMountain Laurel Montessori School’s

sweetheartART gallery opening

3rd Annual Gallery Opening and Fundraiser. View and purchase little artists’s masterpieces, as well as bidding on class projects and pieces from local artists.

Friday, February 10, 2017, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased at the school or at the door. Each ticket includes a drink, food and admission to the gallery for the evening.

For more information visit or call 540.636.4257

14th Annual Deck the Halls – November 18 & 19


Each November, the gallery of Blue Ridge Arts Council is transformed into a holiday wonderland. Deck the Halls has proven to be a tremendous success over the past 13 years. Hundreds of volunteers participate in this event each year by artistically decorating artificial trees and wreaths inspired by clever themes such as “Peacock Plume” and “Merry Christmoose.” Last year we had over 100 items, including trees, wreaths, and silent auction baskets netting over $9,000 for our programs.

Click here for our brochure Deck the Halls Brochure.

Interested in becoming an Event Sponsor? Click here for info Deck the Halls Sponsor Information



Premier Gala & Auction

Friday, November 18, 2016                                                                                                           

7pm-9pm              (doors open at 6:30)

$10 admission

Kick-off the holiday season in style! This is your first opportunity to purchase that special item for your holiday home or business. The event also features live auction and silent auction gift baskets.  Attire for the evening is holiday festive.

*Decorators receive 2 complimentary tickets to this event*


Holly Jolly Saturday

Saturday, November 19, 2016


Featuring visits with Santa and fun holiday

entertainment and activities for the whole

family! Remaining trees and wreaths are available for sale.


In the Gallery – Now through November 7

“Iceland/Islandia”: Mappings from a Residency in the Far North

 by Geraldine Wojno Kiefer

Blue Ridge Arts Council is pleased to present a new exhibit “Iceland/Islandia”: Mappings from a Residency in the Far North by Geraldine Wojno Kiefer at the Blue Ridge Arts Council Gallery at 305 E. Main Street, Front Royal, Virginia. Please join us on Saturday, October 29, from 1pm to 3pm at our Meet the Artist Reception. The exhibit will runs through November 7, 2016, and the gallery hours are Monday through Friday, from 9:00am to 5:00pm.


About the exhibit: 
“The concept and show derived from, first, my continuing interest in and fascination with maps, and, secondly, from my targeted Iceland residency in May-June 2016, where I proposed and completed a series of maps based on Renaissance through Enlightenment (16th-18th-century) maps of the island. The original series of maps, created freehand from digital reproductions scanned and downloaded from the Internet, then became the basis for a continuing series of imaginative and exploratory maps of Iceland, concluding (for the time being!) with the late 19th century. All of my maps mark personal and imaginative journeys and transcriptions of a place I hope to know better, and love even more, as I continue to work here and travel there in the coming years.”    
— Artist Geraldine Wojno Kiefer

Gazebo Gatherings – The Moonlighters – Rescheduled October 15

moonlightersRescheduled – Saturday, October 15 – 4pm

Traditional American music – swing, jazz, blues and oldies

Since 1990, The Moonlighters have been regional favorites. Critically-acclaimed, they have performed an unprecedented seven times at The Kennedy Center, among other prestigious venues.  Averaging over 200 appearances per year, they offer concert goers strong, soulful vocals and solid instrumentation. Famous for getting people in the dance groove and more importantly, for keeping them there, The Moonlighters have a performance custom-tailored to best suit each audience and occasion. With HUNDREDS of songs in a wide variety of styles, The Moonlighters are musicians truly committed to making each and every show an event to remember.



This performance is open to the public and is sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Virginia Commission for the Arts, County of Warren, Town of Front Royal and presented by Blue Ridge Arts Council.    
Fee: No Admission Charge, Donations Gratefully Accepted
Concert Time: 4pm
Location: Town Commons, Main & Chester Streets, Front Royal, Virginia Concert
Weather updates can be found on our Facebook pageConcert series presented by Blue Ridge Arts Council

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 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.