Youth Art Month FCMS

Fannin Middle

From February 28 – March 28, the following Fannin County Middle School students had art work on display at Blue Ridge Arts Association for Youth Art Month 2019.

The theme was Your Art, Your Story!

Vanessa Medrano, Lexie Frabotta, Gracie Patton, Courtney Davis, Robert Washington, Kylee Linderman, Sydney Chancey, Jordyn Villa, Colin Bruce, Anna Beth Minear, Benjamin Bloch, Emma Pittman, Karis Hughes, Katherine Tamberino, Shaylee Jones, Reese Lindstrom, Jasmine Anderson, Emmaline Cochran, Mylee Clement, Daegan Moore, Silas Campbell, Chelsey Frye, Ethan Forbis, Kaitlyn Nelson, Blair Deal, Annabelle Noland, Sadie Thomas, Avery Henson, Caroline Young, Bailee Stiles, Kylie Davenport, Abby Ridings, Natalie Bottongino, Cheyanne Hasker, Reid Norton, Emma Buchanan, Isabel Espinoza, Callie Lewis.

June 2017- Call to Artists


June 2017- Call to Artists

2017 BRMAA National Juried
Photography Show
You are invited to enter the 2017 BRMAA National Juried Photography Show.  The 2017 BRMAA National Juried Photography Show is open to all photographers, amateur to professional, and all original photographic media, including film and digital images. Cash prizes totaling $3,000, including $750 for Best of Show, will be awarded.  Show dates are September 2 – September 30, 2017 at The Art Center.
July 1 , 2017

The judge for this year’s show will be David Veal.To learn more about David, go to

Click on the link below for the official prospectus.
2017 Fall Arts in the Park
You are invited to enter one of the top fine arts festivals of the Southeast.  The Fall Arts in the Park Festival showcases fine arts and fine craft exhibitors from all over the nation and boasts over 8,000 attendees annually.
July 7 , 2017

Click on the link below for the official prospectus.
2017 SAAG National Juried Show
You are invited to enter the Southern Appalachian Artist Guild’s (SAAG)  2017 National Juried Show.  Cash prizes totaling $5,000, including $1,500 for Best of Show, will be awarded.  Show dates are October 7 – November 11, 2017 at The Art Center.
July 15 , 2017

The judge for this year’s show will be Tuva Stephens. To learn more about Tuva, go to

Click on the link below for the official prospectus.
3D Off the Wall Exhibit
The 7th Annual three-dimensional only art show, “Off the Wall,” takes the works off the gallery walls and lets you see the beauty of three-dimensional artwork. People’s Choice certificate will be awarded to this year’s winner.
This exhibit is open only to three-dimensional artists in all mediums/ genres.
July 15 , 2017
Click on the link below for the official prospectus.
Don’t forget…
2017 CSA Blue Ridge shares are on sale now!
Get your shares before they sell out!
Only 50 are available from the following artists:
-Bill Suttles
-Those Kooky Chickens (Tim & Karen Chambers)
-Lisa Fraker
-Jennifer Danner
-Mike Lalone
-Arni Katz
-Tom Slavicek
-Marie Luce Van Asten
Click on the link below for more info on CSA Blue Ridge.
Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
420 W. Main Street
Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513




Mobile businesses are happening all around us and in every industry. The art world is no exception.

Artist Jenny King has been a fixture on the Marietta Square for almost a decade. At the end of the month, she will be moving her studio from the cozy spot above The Australian Bakery, to a shuttle bus conversion. “Leaving the Square was a tough decision, I love it there, the people, the community, but ultimately, transitioning into a mobile studio is in alignment with a project I’ve been working on for awhile now called Artist on the Lam.”, she explains.

Since 2009, King has contributed countless hours to help create the booming art scene present today on the Marietta Square. Her efforts include sharing her studio space with other local artists via Red Door Art Gallery & Studio, creating the charity event Trilogy, making the First Friday Art Walks more exciting for patrons with Mystery Themes, and even donating her services to The Winter Wonderland Experience by painting the mural at the ice rink, and that’s just to name a few.

She has strived to help bring the community together through art, so why move off the thriving Marietta Square now? She says that it’s simply the right time for her. “The Square is in a good place with some very talented and dedicated people to support it. I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for the last 19 years, my boys are getting ready to go off to college soon and so now I’m looking forward to slowing down from the grind, logging some travel time while still being able to create art.”

Her new project aims to continue that spirit of building community through art, but on a broader platform. It’s described as “a video documentation of the creative process presented in an engaging format to nourish your mind and spirit.” She breaks it down for us like this: “If Bob Ross and American Pickers had a baby…it would be Artist on the Lam.”

Fellow artist Kirk Stansbury is an integral part of this endeavor as he brings a different style of art and perspective. His work uses many upcycled and repurposed materials he randomly finds and constructs into a folky and funky art.

“I’m excited about it on a number of levels.”, says Stansbury. “This is a new experience of the unknown. I’m looking forward to traveling to new places, the adventure, meeting new people, the things we’ll discover to create art. My only hope is to educate and inspire others while having a little fun along the way.”

The diversity of Kirk and Jenny’s styles along with their congenial personalities is sure to make this a dynamic production, which is on track to launch in 2018.

The heart of Artist on the Lam is to inspire people by shining light on what it takes to create art in a way that others may learn. “If even one person out there can take something from this, can learn something new, travel (even if only vicariously) to a place they’ve never been, but especially if someone connects with their inner artist from watching Artist on the Lam, we will know we have achieved our purpose.”

King is not quite ready to leave the Square completely however. Her art will be remaining as she partners exclusively with Markay Gallery. “The Light Series is an important body of work to me.”, says Jenny. “I went through some very difficult life changes over the last two years. I’m still going through it. This series has been very soul healing for me.” The collectors that are drawn to these paintings seem to appreciate the ethereal feeling of hope they experience when viewing her work as well.

Markay Gallery, located just off the Marietta Square at 26 Winters Street, is the newest venture to join the Marietta Square, its owner however, Amber Markay Byrd, has been a prominent figure in the community for the last decade and has had a significant impact on the growth and success of the arts in the area.

“Having met Jenny almost 10 years ago, I have loved seeing how she uses art to connect with people in such a special and meaningful way.”, says Byrd. “Her canvas is her page and her paint is the story. Her work is beyond beautiful, it’s a personal connection to behold. Having her on board as a Markay Gallery artist is an exciting new chapter for both Jenny and the gallery. We’re honored to represent her!”

Amber’s vision and forward thinking approach to connecting collectors to the kind of art that “you just can’t live without now that you’ve seen it” has catapulted Markay Gallery to the top of unique gallery experiences to acquire the best and brightest the art world has to offer.

Jenny King still accepts commissions for clients who value a personal touch when it comes to art. View all the services she offers at

To learn more about the Artist on the Lam project, please visit

For more information on Markay Gallery, please visit

2017 Spring & Summer Art Center Classes


 2017 Spring & Summer Art Center Classes

Restorative Yoga
June 25, 2017 Sunday, 1 Session
July 28, 2017 Friday, 1 Session
August 25, 2017 Friday, 1 Session
September 24, 2017 Sunday, 1 Session
4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Instructor:  Sharon Coogle
Class Fee:   $12.00 non-member & BRMAA Members 
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Restorative yoga allows the practitioner to enter a state of deep physical and mental relaxation. Although some yoga experience is helpful, there is no prerequisite of knowledge or flexibility; extensive use of props and supports helps every body attain positions that encourage restoration.
How to Mix Color in any Medium
Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced
July 1, 2017, 1 Session
10:00 am-4:00 pm
Instructor:   Mark Menendez
Class Fee:   $50.00 non-members + $10.00 Supply Fee
                     $45.00 BRMAA members + $10.00 Supply Fee                
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This class if for any artist no matter what level you are painting! Every art student, in order to create successful paintings, must master the art of mixing color.  In order to mix color, one must have a total understanding of color.  An art student must not only know the definition of the terms: primary, secondary, tertiary, complimentary, value, Chroma, temperature, intensity, pigments, mediums, tint, tone, shade, harmony, and arrangement; but have a hands-on master of how to mix the exact color, every time.  If you want to master color, this workshop is a must.  The goals of the class will be maximizing your understanding and use of the color wheel.  You will learn to mix the exact color, each and every time. The Supply Fee includes the unique TARGET COLOR Instructional Booklet.  The supply list will be e-mailed once register for class.
Introduction to Leather Crafting
July 18, 2017 Tuesday, 1 Session
September 19, 2017 Tuesday, 1 Session
December 5, 2017 Tuesday, 1 Session
Instructor: Tom Slavicek
Class Fee:   $40.00 non-members + $30.00 Supply Fee
                    $36.00 BRMAA Members + $30.00 Supply Fee
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Once learning the skills of cutting and stitching leather, you will create a beautiful hand crafted leather shoulder bag.  In this fun class the student will be using a wood burning tool that inscribes a design onto the front of your shoulder bag.  Students will also have the options of decoration their bag, which includes a strap, with tassels and “bling”.  You can design a one-of-a-kind shoulder bag for yourself or give as a present.  The Instructor supplies all the materials necessary for your creative leather bag.
Georgia Peach Owl Pendant
July 20, 2017, Thursday-1 Session
10:30 am-1:30 pm
Instructor:   Barbara Chatham
Class Fee:   $30.00 non-members & members
                     $20.00 Supply Fee                
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Turn a Georgia Peach seed into a work of art!  Barbara has come up with a great class weaving a peach seed into a pendant with a leather cord.  Students will learn a technique of forming wire bails for a leather cord. The peach seed will look like an owl using wire to create the eyes.  The student will also learn a sailor’s knot for the leather cord holding the owl pendent.  What a fun class to create unique jewelry!
Introduction to Printmaking
July 21, 28 & August 4, 11, 2017, Friday-4 Session
1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Instructor:   Lisa Fraker
Class Fee:   $200.00 Non-members 
                     $180.00  BRMAA members             
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This printmaking class is a beginning class for students. The students will learn several techniques including drypoint, relief, and monotype.  Most of the prints will be produced in black and white with the exception of monotype.  You will also learn a basic method of hand printing that you can do at home.  You are encouraged to bring reference materials for your prints.  The students will take home 3 to 4 prints.  What a new and creative way to express your artistic abilities.  The Supply List will be provided upon registering for the class.

Creative Clay Sculpture
July 21, 22 & 28, 2017, Friday, Sat. & Friday-3 Session
Sept 26, 27 and Oct. 3, Tuesday, Wed. & Tuesday-3 Session
1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Instructor:   Luce Van Asten
Class Fee:   $75 Non-members +$20 Supply Fee
                    $67.50  BRMAA members + $20 Supply Fee          
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A new class to discover your artistic abilities that is fun and creative!  This pottery class will show you the joys of creating art with your hands using clay.  Using pinch pot techniques you will build sculptural objects or functional vessels.  This class will be creating a face design where you will learn the proportions to make a portrait with clay that you can use as planter or a cup.  During the first 2 days you will focus on discovering and creating a pinch pot vessel.  On the last day, the class consists of learning glazing techniques and applying the techniques on your pinch pot.  Bring a friend, make faces and have some fun!  There is a supply fee which includes clay and glazes.

Sept. Class

This class is for animal lovers that love to create art with your hands.  The student will create an animal head with clay.  The Instructor will teach the beginning and basic techniques of sculpturing a head.  With pinch pot techniques, the student can create their own dog or cat in clay.  The proportion in a sculpture will be covered as well as glazing techniques.  Come create your best friend and make some new ones!  The student may bring a picture of any animal head they wish to create.  The supply fee includes clay and glazes.
Unique Landscapes in Pastels
Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced
July 21, 22 & 23, 2017 Friday, Sat. & Sunday-3 Session
10:15 am-5:15 pm
Instructor:   Stan Sperlak
Class Fee:   $350.00 Non-members 
                     $315.00  BRMAA members             
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Stan Sperlak will conduct a mixed indoor/outdoor landscape workshop in pastels that will cover various methods of painting that focus on creating believable works through mature use of light, form and color.  The students will see demos, slideshows and use props within the class. The highlights of the class include effects of light on forms, designing better contrasts, layering, strengthening how colors can be employed to new effects and solving the riddle for developing better understanding of values.

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his Master Artist class, you will also be experimenting with techniques in water and alcohol, working with gesso and pumice, under-painting and developing new calligraphy.  The student will not only take home a painting, but will have a wealth of knowledge in the art of pastels!  A supply list will be provided upon registering for this class.
Heart, Hands and Healing Art
July 22, 2017 (Saturday) 1 session
Nov. 4, 2017 (Saturday) 1 session
10:30 am- 1:00 pm
Instructor: Vicki Wagoner
Class Fee  $ 45 non-member (tuition includes canvas and paints)
                   $ 40.50 *BRMAA Member*
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Hypnotherapist and artist, Vicki Wagoner, encourages creative and personal expression through a simple yet profound process of painting with your hands-no brushes, rules or artistic abilities required! The painting creates itself as you allow yourself to release any fear of painting, unblocking or reconnecting to your inner artist’s creative expression.  Each participant starts with the same blank canvas, and when the session is over, Vicki assists you to discover the epiphanies of new perspectives, possibilities, and insight that have been subconsciously created during the painting process. It will transform your life!  Please wear old clothes allowing your inner child to play!  All materials and interpretation of messages in painting included
Fearless Watercolor for Beginners-Paint a Summer Landscape
July 25, 2017 (Tuesday) 1 session
1:30 pm- 4:30 pm
Instructor: Joyce Clair
Class Fee  $ 45.00 Non members + $10.00 Supply Fee
                   $ 40.50 *BRMAA Member* + $10.00 Supply Fee
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Do you admire the beauty of transparent watercolors flowing and mingling to make a luminous and colorful painting?  Do you fear it is too hard to learn?  Be fearless, you can do it!  Learn tips on allowing watercolor to flow with only a few brush strokes and tips on making corrections.  The instructor demonstrates basic watercolor techniques for you to practice.  Then paint along the instructor to complete a summer landscape painting step-by-step.  The instructor provides all materials needed for this class.  This is a great class to learn watercolor painting no matter what level you are at.  Bring family or friends and make a summer memory!  The supply fee includes paint, watercolor paper and a mat for the finished artwork.
Tear Drop Pendant and Earrings
August 2, 2017, Wednesday-1 Session
10:30 am-1:30 pm
Instructor:   Barbara Chatham
Class Fee:   $30.00 non-members & members
                     $30.00 Supply Fee                
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If you like prisms you will love this class!  Students will take home a Swarovski cage tear-drop pendant (20″ sterling silver chain) and earrings!  You will learn to form a square sterling silver wire cage for a tear drop crystal pendant.  The techniques used will be wire wrapping, forming bail for the chain and making French earwires.  This class creates a high quality sterling silver necklace and earrings.  What a great class to take with your friends and family.  Come join the class and make friends and have some fun!

Egyptian Spiral Copper Bracelet
September 13, 2017, Wednesday-1 Session
10:30 am-1:30 pm
Instructor:   Barbara Chatham
Class Fee:   $30.00 non-members & members
                     $30.00 Supply Fee                
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This copper bracelet is one of a kind you create in this fun class.  The instructor will teach you to make Egyptian Spiral Links and design placement for a comfortable fit.  The students will learn to make jump rings to connect the spirals and spiral toggle for the bracelet closure.  You will also learn how to patina copper.  All the jeweler’s tools will be supplied.  Come be creative and make a great piece of jewelry for yourself or a present for friends and family.
Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop
September 16, 2017, Saturday-1 Session
10:30 am-12:30 pm
Instructor:   Carol Crawford
Class Fee:   $35.00 non-members 
                     $31.50 BRMAA members               
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Learn to write true stories with techniques used by fiction writers to keep readers turning pages.  Write a personal essay or a mini-memoir in this writing-intensive class.  Get great feedback from instructor and group.  Students will learn dialogue, pacing, characterization and setting to make stories come alive.  The students should bring a computer or a notebook and pen.  Come be creative and learn a new form of art!

Leather Crafting-Level 1 & 2
September 19 & 20, 2017, Tuesday & Wednesday-2 Sessions
10:30 am-5:00 pm
Instructor:   Tom Slavicek
Class Fee:   $130.00 non-members 
                     $117.00 BRMAA members               
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This is a great class for students who have taken Intro to Leather and have had experience in making a leather bag using pre-cut and punched leather pieces.  Levels 1 & 2 will teach students how to cut and stamp leather, design their own leather bag (or use one of many templates available) and begin to learn pyrography on leather, colorizing wax ink and dry wax techniques.  Students will make up to 2 bags, depending on their choice of size and complexity.  Instructors provide shapes, tassels and all other needed materials that will be used to make a truly unique pair of bags!  Some of the techniques students will learn are cutting and punching leather, using a wood burner to burn a pattern into leather, colorizing leather with waxes.  This class will be especially fun to take with a friend or with family!

Beginning Jewelry Making
Sept. 23, 2017 Saturday, 1 Session
Dec. 9, 2017 Saturday, 1 Session
10:30 am-12:30 pm
Instructor:   Vicki Wagoner
Class Fee:   $20.00 non-members + $15.00 Supply Fee
                    $20.00 BRMAA Members + $15.00 Supply Fee
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Craft your own design for a bracelet or necklace from a treasure trove of semi-precious stones, crystals, Czech glass, pearls, wooden beads, and more provided by jewelry artist, Vicki Wagoner. She will assist you to learn the basics of beading, from picking the perfect beads to working with the right tools to finish your own lovely one-of-a-kind creation that you will proudly wear home. Ages 7 and up welcome!
Woven Basket on Howlite Pendant
October 4, 2017, Wednesday-1 Session
10:30 am-1:30 pm
Instructor:   Barbara Chatham
Class Fee:   $30.00 non-members & members
                     $30.00 Supply Fee                
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