BLUE RIDGE, GA – Fall in the North Georgia mountains are marked with the natural beauty of area, the amazing weather, and festivals.
The Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association (BRMAA) hosted its 41st annual Arts in the Park on November 14 and 15. With over 7,500 visitors to the downtown Blue Ridge area for this biannual event, there is no doubt that Arts in the Park has become a Blue Ridge must do event.
There were 125 vendors present to exhibit one of a kind arts and crafts, as well as delicious foods and beverages. The event ran smoothly thanks to the 40 volunteers that helped manage the festival throughout the day.
Artist Tom Chambers was among the artists present this year. Chambers is no stranger to the festival. He stated that Arts in the Park is where he began exhibiting his art in a festival setting.
Chambers was an art major in college. He moved to the Blue Ridge area approximately 10 years ago after retiring and has participated in this event each year since his arrival.
Chambers smiled as he explained, “It was our very first one. It’s our home.”
Artist Michelle McDowell Smith was also present with her one of a kind mixed media creations. Smith a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, and an award winning artist is also a repeat exhibitor.
In a statement about Arts in the Park on Smith’s website, she states about coming to Blue Ridge, “And honestly, I can’t wait. I love the mountains and they’ve been calling me in my sleep.”
Arts in the Park continues to grow each year, bringing in more vendors and more visitors with both the Spring and Fall exhibits. It is one of the many reasons that Blue Ridge was listed as one of the top 5 Art Towns in Georgia by Georgia Council for the Arts & the Georgia Municipal Association.
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