December BRMAA Newsletter




 Come enjoy our Holiday Show & Sale exhibit and shop for beautiful gifts created by our member artists for those special ones in your life. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season with your friends and family. The Art Center will be closed from
December 24, 2017 through January 1, 2018
Come shop for that perfect holiday gift, one that is creative and unique.  We have a multitude of artistic and handcrafted items for sale, all made from our member artists.  So whether it is jewelry, pottery, paintings, or anything in between, we have that unique gift for your holidays.


4th Quarter Artist-in-Residence

Rae Breed

 On Display through January 6, 2018!


Give your favorite art lover a gift they will continue to cherish!
Each $300 share purchased entitles the shareholder a total of EIGHTlimited-edition pieces of art valued at $600, created specifically forCSA Blue Ridge.




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“Orarius Ara”
The Artwork of
Pamela Beagle-Daresta
Jan.13, 2018 – Feb. 24, 2018
Opening Reception
January 13, 5-7pm
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1st Quarter Artist in Residence
Jan.13, 2018 – March 24, 2018
Opening Reception
January 13, 5-7pm
JANUARY 20th at 2pm
New membership benefits will be coming in 2018.  Stay tuned!



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Thanks again for your continued support!

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Winter Workshops Just in Time for The Holiday Season


2017-2018 Art Center Classes

C’mon & Dance- Adult Fitness
Beginning & Intermediate
November 3, 10, 17, December 1, 2017
December 8, 15, 22, 29, 2017
10:30 am-12:45 pm
Instructor:   Mary Gucciardo & Venae Ellis
Class Fee:   $40.00 Non-members 
                     $36.00  BRMAA members             
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Come enjoy music and dancing while improving your general state of fitness.  If you always wanted to learn tap, this class is for you.  Expect an invigorating aerobic workout, while toning leg muscles, core and improving balance.  Steps are basic enough for everyone to enjoy. It is a great class to meet new friends and have a fun time.  The class requires tap shoes, exercise mat and water.  Optional dumbbell weights for toning 1-5 lbs. can be used.  This class runs from 10:30 am-11:10 am.  Stay for the next class of Cardio-Dance Fitness which features dance routines choreographed using a variety of music genres.  Celebrating music from all over the world and keep your body moving and grooving!  This class runs from 11:15 am-11:55 am.  Aerobic sneakers are suitable for the class.  The final class, Tone and Stretch, tones up your muscle and focuses on core strength.  It is a non-aerobics class that uses handheld dumbbells merging with a dance inspired workout by ballet, yoga and Pilates.  Expect exercises to tone the upper body, lower body and core. This class runs from 12:00 pm-12:45 pm.  The class requires an exercise mat and water.  Each class is designed to increase aerobic power, make you sweat and burn calories while having fun.
Class Fee pays for all three classes.
“Let it Snow” Stained Glass Workshop
November 17, 2017 (Friday), 1 Session (CLASS IS FULL)-CLOSED
December 9, 2017 (Saturday), 1 Session (CLASS IS FULL)-CLOSED
Instructor: Lenzy Bond
Class Fee:   $60.00 non-members + $25.00 Supply Fee
                    $54.00 BRMAA Members + $25.00 Supply Fee
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Bring back one of the most popular and fun classes.  In this Stained Glass class the student will create one of a kind glass snowflake. The Instructor will have several geometric shapes available as well as glass gems.  The finished snowflake can be one color or many colors and shapes.  The student will learn techniques including cutting, foiling, soldering, setting hangers, applying patina and glass polishing.  The Instructor will supply the stained glass, foil, tools, grinder, soldering iron, solder, patina polish.  The student’s supply list includes: safety glasses, pen or pencil, black sharpie, and please wear closed heel and toe shoes.  It is a really fun and unique class!
Painting Holiday Cards with Alcohol Ink
November 28, 2017 (Tuesday) 1 session
(Closed-Class is Full)
1:30 pm- 3:30 pm
December 6, 2017 (Wednesday) 1 session NEW
2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Instructor: Joyce Clair
Class Fee  $ 20.00 non-member + $10 Supply Fee
                   $ 20.00 *BRMAA Member* + $10 Supply Fee
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This is your holiday class to take with a friend or family!  Create personal hand-painted cards for family and special friends. Use them for holiday greetings, thank you cards for holiday gifts or other occasions.  No painting experience required.  The Instructor leads you step-by-step to paint 3 simple winter landscapes with alcohol ink on YUPO paper.  Your finished designs are sprayed to prevent fading and then inserted into a photo frame card.  All supplies provided to paint 3 cards with envelopes.  The Instructor also provides an information handout if you are inspired to continue this craft on your own.  Come be creative and learn something new!
Restorative Yoga
December 3, 2017 Sunday, 1 Session
January 5, 2018 Friday, 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.
Intro to Dichroic Fused Glass Jewelry
Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced
December 5, 2017-1 Session (CLASS IS FULL-CLOSED)
1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Instructor:   Rae Breed
Class Fee:   $25.00 Non-members + $20 Supply Fee
                     FREE –  BRMAA members + $20 Supply Fee             
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What a unique class to sign up for!  Each Student will take home a pair of Dichroic Fused Glass earrings.   In the beginning of the class, the Instructor will have a short introduction on how to cut glass.  The Instructor will demo different designs and give the student some options on creating one of kind pieces of art.   The students will design, cut, prepare inlay and fire a pair of earrings all in 3 hours.  Some of the techniques the students will learn are kiln wash vs fire paper and fusing in the kiln.  Students need to bring safety glasses for cutting glass.  Class space is limited.  Come join the fun!
Introduction to Leather Crafting
December 5, 2017-1 Session
10:00 am-4:30 pm
Instructor:   Tom Salvicek
Class Fee:   $40.00 Non-members + $30 Supply Fee
                     $36.00  BRMAA members + $30 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.
Discover Pottery
Beginning & Intermediate 

 December 6, 2017 from 1:00 pm-5:00 pm & Dec. 13, 2017 from 
1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Instructor: Luce Van Asten
Class Fee for each class:
$40.00 non-members per class + $10 Supply Fee per class
$36.00 BRMAA Members-per class + $10 Supply Fee- per class
2018 Class Fees for each class:
$50.00 non-members per class + $10 Supply Fee per class
$45.00 BRMAA Members-per class + $10 Supply Fee-per class




  January 10, 2018 & Jan. 17, 2018
 February 7, 2018 & Feb. 13, 2018
 March 7, 2018 & March 14, 2018
 April 11, 2018 & April 18, 2018
 May 9, 2018 & May 16, 2018
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Mark this class on your calendar to come each month to “Discover Pottery”!  These classes are independent of each other; therefore, you can come to one or all the classes and learn the techniques of pottery.  In these clay classes the students will make a variety of creative clay pieces and apply glazes.  Each class will focus on different techniques and projects creating functional vessels and figurative sculptures.  Some of the projects include decorative tiles, cups, garden sculptures, birds, lidded boxes and pinch pots to name a few. Students will take home some great creative clay pieces.  Each class fee will be $40.00 plus a $10 Supply Fee for clay, glazes and kiln firing.  Come bring your friend or relative to class and create some great fun memories!
Beginning Jewelry Making
December 9, 2017– Saturday-1 Session
10:30 pm-12:30 pm
Instructor:   Vickie Wagoner
Class Fee:   $20.00 Non-members + $15 Supply Fee
                     $20.00  BRMAA members + $15 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!
Painting Holiday Tiles with Alcohol Ink
Beginning & Intermediate
December 14, 2017– Thursday-1 Session
1:30 pm-3:30 pm
Instructor:   Joyce Clair
Class Fee:   $30.00 Non-members + $10 Supply Fee
                     $30.00  BRMAA members + $10 Supply Fee             
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These unique holiday coasters & trivet make nice gifts or use them on your holiday table.  No experience needed to paint holiday designs on ceramic tiles with alcohol ink. The Instructor demonstrates easy ways to apply colorful alcohol ink with Q-tip, felt, sponges and brushes to white glazed tiles.  Select your favorite colors and create a design free-hand or with a template.  When dry, tiles are sealed with layers of varnish to make them heat and water resistant.  All supplies provided to create 2 coasters and a trivet.  Instructor also provides an information handout if you are inspired to continue this craft on your own.  Have some fun and create a some great Christmas gift.
Potter’s Wheel, “Hands On” 2018
January 12 & 19, 2018 (Fridays), 2 Sessions
January 12 from 10:30-1:30pm January 19 from 10:30am-12:30pm
Instructor: Julie Brown
Class Fee:   $70 non-members + $10 Supply Fee
                    $63 BRMAA Members + $10 Supply Fee 


Light Up Blue Ridge 2017

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