Main Street Gallery

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. 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.
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.

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




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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

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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

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, for me safety is essential when traveling, this is why I always make sure to have the best tolls like the 60 Gallon air compressor in my car at all times.”    
— Artist Geraldine Wojno Kiefer

In the Gallery: Portraits and Places

Portraits and Places: A Retrospective featuring the works of the late Patricia Windrow

Opening Reception Sunday, September 11, 2016 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm with Program at 2:30pm


Blue Ridge Arts Council and the Patricia Windrow Arts Committee are pleased to present Portraits and Places, A retrospective featuring the work of the late Patricia Windrow, September 11 to 23, 2016 in the Blue Ridge Arts Council Gallery at 305 E. Main Street, Front Royal, Virginia.

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.

Please join us for the Opening Reception on Sunday, September 11, 2016 2pm to 4pm, with the reception recognition and program beginning at 2:30pm. The opening reception will also include the awarding of the First Annual Patricia Windrow Young Artists Award to three local high school students: Zoe Ris, Mikayla Michel and Selei Buracker. Each young artist will also have art on display at the exhibit.

The refurbishment of the arts council’s 1920’s Grand Piano will be unveiled and dedicated during the opening as well. This was made possible through the 88 Keys Campaign, a partnership of the Windrow Committee and Blue Ridge Arts Council, that yielded over 40 donors and a very successful campaign to replace the key action.

In The Gallery – August 22 – September 9, 2016



About Ren:
Ren Crawford has lived in the Shenandoah Valley for many years. Her abstract paintings are spread far and wide, from Japan to Australia, as well as all of the US. Her professional career began at St John’s Gallery, Wilmington, NC. After the 1960’s she traveled to Japan and exhibited her work there. Next she traversed the US from Hawaii to North Carolina, leaving paintings in many collections. An octogenarian who continues to surprise viewers, Ren’s lively art continues to grow in followers.

Check out our Exhibit Prospectus 2016-2017!

Spring 2016—Winter 2017: Exhibit Calendar/Prospectus

Call for Entries—Multiple Shows

Farm to Table *

April 28—June 3, 2016

Endless Summer *

June 16—July 29, 2016

Local Color *

August 4—September 16, 2016

Annual Member Show *

September 29—November 4, 2016

6th Annual Winter Invitational

December 1—January 13, 2017

* Open call – click here ProspectusS16W17  for entry information



Spotlight on Students – 25th Annual Student Art Show


Celebrate! March is Youth Arts Month!

Join us as we present over pieces of student artwork produced by Warren County Public School Students Grade K-12. Exhibit dates March 3-April 15, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

Winter Invitational & New Member Works

Now Showing: Winter Invitational & New Member Works – January 28 through February 26

Check out the rest of our wonderful shows for 2016! Click here for full prospectus and entry info Prospectus1617