Elemental Observations: Earth, Air, Fire, Water

In the Gallery – Extended through September 18, 2015

Join us for Elemental Observations: Earth, Air, Fire, Water. This show offers multiple interpretations and opportunities to explore the beauty and complexity of our planet. Enjoy both traditional and innovative representations by artists Josie Tilton, Andrea Stuart, Allison Cusato, Eldred Boze, Helga Hohn Heiberg, Jane Kane, Gerry Kiefer, Teresa Henry, and Jan Gorecki. Exhibit runs through July 17 and the gallery is opened Monday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm, and Friday from 9am to 8pm.

Summer 2015—Spring 2016 Exhibit Calendar/Prospectus Announced

Summer 2015—Spring 2016 Exhibit Calendar/Prospectus Announced

Call for Entries—Multiple Shows   * Open call – see prospectus2015 for complete entry information and dates

The Garden Gate: Homes & Gardens
Curated for Virginia Historic Garden Week
April 23—May 29, 2015

Elemental Observations: Earth, Air, Fire, Water *
June 4 – July 17, 2015

Endless Summer *
July 23 – September 18, 2015

Annual Member Show *
September 24 – November 6, 2015

5th Annual Winter Invitational
December 3 – January 15, 2016

Wanderlust *
January 22 – February 27, 2016

Spotlight on Students 2016
In Celebration of Youth Art Month
March 3 – April 15, 2016

Farm to Table *
April 21 – June 3, 2016

* Open call – see prospectus2015 for complete entry information and dates


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.







A Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

12th Annual Deck the Halls – November 21 & 22


Who can believe it’s the 12th Anniversary of this wonderful event?  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 11 years. Hundreds of volunteers participate in this event each year by artistically decorating artificial trees and wreaths based on clever themes such as “Tradition with a Twist” and “All the Glitters.”  Last year we had over 90 trees, wreaths and holiday gift baskets for sale netting over $8,000 for the programs of Blue Ridge Arts Council.   Like to help us with a donation of a tree or wreath?   
Click here for details Deck the Halls 2014.


Premier Gala & Auction

Friday, November 21, 2014
7-9 pm
$10 suggested donation
Kick-off the holiday season in style! This is your first opportunity to purchase that special item for your holiday home or business. 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 22, 2014
Featuring visits with Santa and fun holiday entertainment and activities for the whole family! Remaining trees and wreaths will be  available for sale. 

Annual Member Show

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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” 

Call for Entries – Fall/Winter Art Calendar & Prospectus


Fall 2014-Winter 2015 Exhibit Calendar/Call for Entries


Click here for full prospectus and entry information prospectus2014

  • Annual Member Show *, September 26—November 7, 2014
  •  Winter Invitational, December 5, 2014—January 9, 2015
  • Art by the Square Foot *, January 17—February 27, 2015
  • Spotlight on Students 2015: In Celebration of Youth Art Month,  March 5—April 10, 2015




New in the Gallery – Big Art in a Small Town: Part 2

Think Big—again!  We loved this show so much we thought it deserved another offering to artist that not only dream big, but work big. So in that spirit we present our second round of a show of works with a minimum dimension of 24 inches and a maximum dimension of 72 inches, and anything in between!  Too big to miss!!

Exhibit Dates: August 9 – September 19, 2014

Exhibit Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm

Blue Ridge Arts Council, Main Gallery, 305 East Main Street, Front Royal, VA 22630

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New in the Gallery – Garden Treasures

Garden Treasures – A New Exhibit

Exhibit Dates: June 14 – July 31, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 14, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Gardens are unique expressions of a gardener’s hand, just as works of art are unique to the artist’s hand. Artworks featuring a reflection of the diversity of sensibilities, palate, and notions of beauty will be presented in this new exhibit.  Our opening reception will feature floral interpretations by several members of local garden clubs.

Call for Entries – Summer 2014-Winter 2015 Exhibits

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Summer 2014-Winter 2015 Exhibit Calendar/Call for Entries

Click here for full prospectus and entry information prospectus2014

  • Garden Treasures *, June  14—July 31, 2014
  •  Big Art in a Small Town: Part 2 *,  August 9–September 19, 2014
  • Annual Member Show *, September 26—November 7, 2014
  •  Winter Invitational, December 5, 2014—January 9, 2015
  • Art by the Square Foot *, January 17—February 27, 2015
  • Spotlight on Students 2015: In Celebration of Youth Art Month,  March 5—April 10, 2015


In the Gallery – “Spiritual Dimension” through May 30



“Spiritual Dimension”

featuring the works of

Helga Hohn-Heiberg, Roxolanna Armstrong and Reed Armstrong

This trio of contemporary artists has collaborated on the theme of spirituality and religion from their own personal perspective and present to you in an array of painting and sculpture forms. Join us for the Opening Reception on Saturday, April 12, from 5pm-7pm, at our Main Street Gallery. The gallery located at 305 East Main Street is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm. The exhibit runs through May 30, 2014.


Click here for Spiritual Dimension Exhibit Catalogue


Artist Statement “Spiritual Dimension”

The standard reference to the of “Fine arts,” as presented in Webster’s dictionary,  is either the making of  objects of beauty produced by skill and creative imagination, or the contemplation thereof.  This is, of course , the classical and a time honored approach, as is the adage that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

 This view, however, was challenged in the early twentieth century. Pablo Picasso flatly stated in 1905, after visiting an exhibition of primitive art,  that: “Art has nothing to do with aesthetics.  It is a form of magic, a means of seizing power by giving form to our dreads and our desires.”

 What is generally presented in the most prestigious galleries today does not involve the quest for beauty, but expressions of individual or collective alienation,  desire for empowerment, social criticism, and the breaking of “taboos.”

Recently, as revealed in acclaimed British author, Sarah Thornton’s incisive Seven Days in the [contemporary] Art world,  a competitor for the coveted Tate Museum prize explained the intentionality of her submission, a blood soaked bed, as: ” to rip open the mindset of the viewer.”

There is, however, a third alternative as proposed by the late curator of Oriental Art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Ananda Coomaraswamy. To quote from his book Oriental and Medieval Art, “We must stop telling people about “Art” and begin telling them what “Art” is about,  and “Art” is mostly about God whom we rarely mention in polite society.”

At the end of acclaimed author, Donna Tartt’s book The Goldfinch (still # 2 on the New York Times Best Seller list), the sensitive woe-begotten protagonist, Theo, comes to the sad conclusion that, “Even the pursuit of beauty is a trap ….a fast track to bitterness and sorrow.” In order for art to be restorative, he explains, it has to be “wedded to something more meaningful.”

Thus the content of this exhibit. Three contemporary artists

Roxolana Luczacowsky Armstrong

Helga Hohn-Heiberg

Hamilton Reed Armstrong

engage traditional religious themes from their own personal perspective.