Annual Dinner honoring Fred & Christine Andreae Held



Annual Dinner & Arts Citizen of the Year
Fred & Christine Andreae

Blue Ridge Arts Council honored Fred and Christine Andreae as their Arts Citizens of the Year at the 15th Annual Dinner Roast on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Front Royal.

Doug Stanley and Pam McInnis served as emcees for the evening, and our panel of roasters – Ernie Carnavale, Paula Atwood, Janet Brome, Joe McGreeevy, and Bob Meltvedt – provided tributes and stories. Fred and Christine were gracious honorees and received a triptych of silk paintings by artist member Helga Hohn Heiberg.

Doug Stanley received the Wordsworth Service Award, given annually for outstanding volunteer service to Blue Ridge Arts Council. Doug has served as emcee of the Arts Citizen Dinner for the past 13 years, and as a member of the “bartending dream team” for our annual Deck the Halls event. Doug received a photograph of the Shenandoah National Park framed in antique beadboard by artist member Shenandoah Originals/Shannon Koprovich.

Blue Ridge Arts Council is a 30-year old community arts organization and the proceeds of this event benefit the ongoing arts and cultural programming of the council.

Annual Dinner & Arts Citizen of the Year Award
Fred & Christine Andreae
April 12, 2018
Reservations Requested by April 6

Blue Ridge Arts Council will honor Fred and Christine Andreae as their Arts Citizens of the Year at the 15th Annual Dinner Roast on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Front Royal. Fred is architect and his firm has completed over 400 projects, mostly in Warren and surrounding counties. Christine is a writer and artist, and has published four crime novels and several memoirs; her art features work in botanical drawings and woodcuts. Fred and Christine are both involved in the community with numerous public service endeavors and organizations, and are passionate in the cause of land preservation and environmental advocacy.

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

Reservations for dinner and program are $60 per person and can be made by calling the arts council at 540.635.9909, or purchased online at Sponsorships are also available at the $600 and $1,000 level (tables of 8).

Blue Ridge Arts Council is a 30-year old community arts organization and the proceeds of this event will benefit the ongoing arts and cultural programming of the council.


Irish Pub Night – Soup Sip and Song

New Event! Celebrate the Irish in all of us at our new “Soup Sip and Song-Irish Pub Night” on Friday, March 9, from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. The evening features a Trio of Specialty Soups provided by The Apple House, Shenandoah Valley Golf Club, and Queen Street Diner, as well as delicious breads, delectable desserts, and beverages.





Rich Follett will entertain with a little Irish Pub music keeping in the spirit of the season.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online @
Use the Promo Code IRISH and save $5.00 of each admission (online sales only, through 3/4/18).

See Me Portrait Show – February 23 through March 2

In the Gallery through March 2 – “See Me” Montessori School Portrait Show


Mountain Laurel Montessori School invites you to attend “See Me”, their annual gallery exhibit now through March 2 in our gallery at 305 East Main Street, Front Royal, VA. Contact Meg at MLMS by calling 540-636-4257 for more information.

In the Gallery – Lovely Lines by Deb Booth

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Join Us! New Exhibit!

Opening Reception Saturday, January 20, 2pm to 4pm

Lovely Lines, Photography & Contemporary Quilling

by Deb Booth

From the Artist Deb Booth,

Quiller, Photographer, Digital Artist:

We’re surrounded by bits of brilliance that we consistently ignore, in our hustle and bustle world. I try to stop and capture those bits of brilliance, and bring them into focus (pun intended). I see the world in a different light – and try to bring that to those who view my images. I love to experiment and explore all kinds of art,  so I have also played with fractals, kaleido-images, Zentangle, digital collage, and stained glass.

My love of photography came as a result of a solo trip to Italy, in 2002. When I came back with over 1100 images, my husband bought me a printer – which came with digital editing software.I began experimenting with the editing program, and I was hooked. I love taking “what is” and turning it into “what it COULD be.”

In February of 2015, I learned about contemporary quilling on Pinterest, of all places. Quilling is “the art or craft of making decorative designs out of thin strips of rolled paper. I adore playing with all the beautiful colored quilling papers out there, as well as cutting my own quilling strips using colored cardstock. I work with strips as thin as 1/16th of an inch up to an inch wide.

Quilling: a way for me to let my thoughts, cares and worries recede, and allow for Spirit to speak to, and through, me. The only thing I can sit down to do, and not look up again for four hours – and never once think about the passage of time. What a joy!

Artist’s Biography:

Deb has had no formal training in photography, or as a quiller. Her work stemmed from (a pun!) floral macro studies (super close-ups of flowers) and blossomed (another pun!) to include landscapes, architecturals, composed scanned images, kaleido-images and fractals.

She began teaching a creativity course in 2007, firmly convinced that people NEED to create, and that *everyone* is creative.

She put down the camera for a bit to learn quilling, which quickly became her passion. She now teaches quilling in 1-day workshops around the area.

Her photography and quilling are on display in various places in Virginia, including  C’ville Arts on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, OASIS in Harrisonburg, the Warehouse Art Gallery in Luray, and the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, just outside of Richmond.

Cocktail Event December 7 – EVENT CANCELLED

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EVENT CANCELLED! It’s a busy time of year and our ticket sales were too low to hold ! Check back in 2018 for some new fun events!

Blue Ridge Arts Council has challenged local amateur and professional mixologists to each select a holiday inspiration and create an artistic cocktail and food pairing in celebration of the happiest season of all! Attendees will sample 5 different pairings while enjoying beautiful art, lively conversation, and entertainment, all while raising funds for the programs of Blue Ridge Arts Council.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

5:30pm to 7:30pm

$35 per person


Tickets can be purchased online at

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.

15th Annual Deck the Halls – November 17 & 18, 2017

dth-logo-with-space-postscript-copyExcited to announce one of our very favorite times of the year! Mark your calendars for Friday, November 17 & 18, as we kick off the holiday season in style! This event surely showcases both creativity and community, all in support of the programs of the Blue Ridge Arts Council and we can’t do it without you!

Click here for our event brochure Deck the Halls Brochure 2017


Interested in becoming an Event Sponsor? Click here for info Deck the Halls Sponsor Info 2017


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 14 years. Hundreds of volunteers participate in this event each year by artistically decorating artificial trees and wreaths inspired by clever themes such as “Owl Be Home for Christmas” and “Silver Splendor”. Last year we had over 100 items, including trees, wreaths, and silent auction baskets netting over $10,000 for our programs.

Premier Gala & Auction
Friday, November 17, 2017 (New Timeline!)
Doors Open at 6:30pm
Tree & Wreath Sales Begin at 7pm
Live Auction Begins at 8pm
Silent Auction Concludes at 8:30pm
$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, and then you can even get your hands on the commercial insurance toronto to better your 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 – New Kids Activity!
Saturday, November 18, 2017 – 11am to 2pm
Bring your camera and visit with Santa, while shopping for one of our remaining trees and wreaths, we will also have video games like Overwatch, that kids can play with the help of overwatch boosting online.
NEW THIS YEAR! Make your own Deck the Halls creation!We supply your choice of a mini tree or wreath, ornaments, ribbons and decorations – you supply the creativity! Take your one of a kind holiday craft home to Deck Your Halls!
Kids Craft Tree or Wreath Activity $10

Windrow Silent Auction “Save our Gateway”

Silent Auction benefiting Blue Ridge Arts Council
(Bidding Concludes September 29, 2017 12 noon)
Save Our Gateway (Circa 2005) By Artist Patricia Windrow

THE CURRENT BID AS OF THIS POST  (September 28 at 12 noon) is $1000!!



The owner of mini pigs and yorkie cuts, who wishes to remain anonymous, has offered this piece to the Blue Ridge Arts Council as a fundraising item – the proceeds will benefit our ongoing programs. The painting was created by Patricia Windrow around 2005, and donated by Patricia for a raffle benefiting Save Our Gateway, a local non-profit organized to protest the building of a Wal-Mart on the corner of 522 (Winchester Road) and 55 (Strasburg Road). If you are interested in learning more about the history of the Save Our Gateway Committee, please visit

You can view the work in our gallery located at 305 East Main, Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm, and leave your bid on the auction sheet displayed with the item. Please remember to leave your name, bid price, and a contact phone number or email. It is crucial that we be able to reach you once the bidding ends if you have the winning bid. If we do not have complete information your bid will be invalid. You can also contact the office at or 540.635.9909 to continue bidding. We will update the bidding on Facebook, so you can follow the progress there as well.

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.

Gazebo Gatherings – August 25 – Vinyl Tracks


Season Finale! Join us Friday, August 25 at 7pm, as we welcome Vinyl Tracks – All Beatles Show back to our Gazebo stage!

We love traditions, like over a quarter of a century bringing live entertainment at our Gazebo Gatherings concert series to residents and visitors alike, and having our friends at Vinyl Tracks close out the season with their fabulous All Beatles Tribute Show!  Vinyl Tracks is a classic rock band based in Front Royal, VA. They dish out an eclectic mix of 60s, 70s and 80s music, and a terrific All Beatles Tribute Show! Vinyl Trackshas played hundreds of gigs at taverns, festivals and private events in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Always a treat, the group consists of singer/rhythm guitarist Mark Clay, bassist Mike DeLaFleur, lead guitarist Ted Seely and drummer Doug Briggs. Shake it up baby!





Fee: No Admission Charge, Donations Gratefully Accepted
Concert Time: 7pm
Location: Town Commons, Main & Chester Streets, Front Royal, Virginia
Concert Weather updates can be found on our Facebook page
Concert series presented by Blue Ridge Arts Council, and sponsored in part by Virginia Commission for the Arts, County of Warren, and Town of Front Royal.