333 W. Highland St.
Ridge, GA 30513
Park Hours : 7:00 AM - Dark.
Visitor center Hours 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Daily
We are located off of Hwy 75 ALT.
There is a $5 parking fee for all programs at
10:00 AM -12:00 PM at the Visitor’s
Fables- The Tale of Sautee and Nacoochee
COST: $5 per person PLUS $5 park pass per
vehicle or a Friends Annual Pass
Learn the story of star-crossed lovers Sautee and
Nacoochee for a different take on the month of
love. This fabled love doesn’t have a happy
ending but the story is a local legend that has
influenced the community around Helen, GA. Listen
to a presentation about the myth before taking a
guided walk around Hardman Farm to view the
“burial place” of the fated lovers. Come for
the legend, but stay for the truth of what resides
in the Nacoochee Indian Mound. Register in
advance. For further information, call
706-878-3087 or visit our website: www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM at the Visitor's
Deep is Your Love: Martin’s Mine Hike
COST: $5 parking pass per vehicle or a Friends
Take a guided hike with your significant other or
with a friend to the Martin’s Mine Trail. Learn
about the historic mine chiseled into the
mountainside and take a peek into an abandoned
mine shaft. You will learn the history of gold
mining in the area and enjoy the beautiful scenery
the trail has to offer. Pose for a memorable
picture at the waterfall located on the trail.
Call the Visitor's Center for reservations and
information at (706) 878-3087 or visit our
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM at the
COST: $3 per person PLUS $5 parking
pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual Pass
Stop by the Visitor’s Center and grab
one of our three scavenger hunt options.
Explore the park to see what it has to
offer. Learn some cool facts about
Smithgall Woods along the way! Complete it
on your own or with a friend! Once you
have completed it, bring it back to the
Visitor’s Center to be checked and if
your answers are correct, receive a prize!
Call the Visitor's Center for reservations
and information at (706) 878-3087 or visit
our website: www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods
10:00 PM – 12:00 PM at the
COST: $5 parking pass per vehicle or a
Friends Annual Pass
Make your mark on Smithgall Woods! Learn
more about this special conservation area
and what volunteer opportunities are
available. Arrive early to take a tour of
the park and see what it has to offer. $5
parking..Call the Visitor's Center for
reservations and information at (706)
878-3087 or visit our website: www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods
The February Model Railroad Open House at The Historic Depot located
in Mineral Bluff, GA at 150 Railroad Avenue will be held from 9am to
2pm on Saturday Feb 18th. The Tri-State Model Railroaders invite you
to see HO scale trains operating through excellent scenery and passing
by unique structures representing railroading in the North Georgia
Mountains during the early 1950's. No admission is charged but
donations toward continued work on the model railroad and towards
Depot maintenance are gratefully accepted. For further information
or call 706-455-8903.
Year... New Opportunities to get creative! We
continue to offer high quality art classes in a
range of mediums and prices.
register, simply follow the link to our website
and easily register online with Paypal!
1, 2017 Saturday, 1 Session
20, 2017 Saturday, 1 Session
Melanie Rothchild CZT
Fee: $35.00 non-members + $20.00 Supply Fee
BRMAA Members + $20.00 Supply Fee
series of classes will give you a basic
understanding of the Zentangle Method (TM),
which is the artful use of structured patterns
and shapes to create intricate and fantastic
pictures with ink on Zentangle squares.
Students will learn how to create a basic
original Zentangle tile in the first session,
and then will expand upon the basic concepts
with the addition of new patterns and concepts
in the following 5 sessions. Techniques
learned include patterning with lines and
shapes, using strings to make templates,
completing deliberate and intentional pen
strokes, and the addition of sepia and color
to the repeated patterning.
into Encaustic Painting Workshop
4, 2017 Saturday, 1 Session
Fee: $25.00 non-members
Instructor will demonstrate all the various
facets of encaustic art. The demonstration
will create an encaustic scroll with all the
detail. The scrolls translucent art looks
great displayed in front of a window. One of
the most requested forms of Encaustic
Painting is embellishing a photograph. Also,
the Instructor will demonstration the layers
you place onto the photo for a 3D look. On
display in the classroom will be the tools,
waxes, different substrates and examples of
artwork. You will learn the techniques and
knowledge to create a whole new kind of art!
is the kind of class that inspires you to do
something outside your realm. There will be
a future class that you can sign up and
create your own Encaustic Painting. There
will be a half hour break during the class.
with Alcohol Ink Jewelry
9, 2017 Thursday, 1 Session
Fee: $45.00 non-members + $15.00 Supply Fee
BRMAA Members + $15.00 Supply Fee
needed to create colorful alcohol ink
designs for pendants and earrings. Make a
glass heart pendant for Valentine's Day, a
pair of original designed earrings and a fun
ceramic pendant to wear or give as gifts.
You will be supplied with alcohol ink, yupo
paper, ceramic tile, jewelry finds, chains
11, 2017 Saturday, 1 Session
25, 2017 Saturday, 1 Session
Fee: $20.00 non-members + $15.00 Supply
BRMAA Members + $15.00 Supply Fee
artist, Vicki Wagoner, teaches the basics of
stringing, jewelry design and application of
basic tools to assist you to unleash your
imagination and create your own
one-of-a-kind bracelet or necklace. By the
end of the class you will be wearing your
new creation home! Supply fee includes
either a necklace or a bracelet.
Introduction to Leather Crafting
February 14, 2017 Tuesday, 1 Session
April 11, 2017 Tuesday, 1 Session
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
$36.00 BRMAA Members + $30.00 Supply Fee
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.
Heart, Hands and
February 18, 2017
March 11, 2017
10:30 am- 1:00 pm
with Vicki Wagoner
$ 45 non-member (tuition includes canvas
$ 40.50 *BRMAA Member*
After having a profound experience
while participating at an art
workshop, hypnotherapist and artist,
Vicki Wagoner, was inspired to create
Heart, Hands and Healing Art. Her
program encourages creative and
personal expression through a process
of painting with your hands - no
brushes, rules, or artistic abilities
required! The painting creates itself!
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
Watercolor for Beginners
22, 2017 Tuesday, 1 Session
Fee: $45.00 non-members + $10.00 Supply Fee
BRMAA Members + $10.00 Supply Fee
makes watercolor painting easy, fun, and
fearless for students with no experience or
students with minimal experience. Students
practice basic techniques and paint a small
landscape along with the instructor. You will
learn how to plan, control and fix watercolor.
The techniques learned are characteristics of
watercolor paint, proper tools, basic
watercolor painting techniques, color theory,
color mixing and composition tips. The supply
fee includes: watercolor paper and paint,
brushes, mat and other supplies to paint one
Lessons by Appointment
the Art Center to schedule or for more information.
Keith Burgess (oils , acrylics and drawing)
Sherry Bolin (fiber arts-loom)
Barbara Chatham (jewelry)
Joyce Clair (watercolors)
Joyce Dumas (photography)
Lisa Fraker (acrylics and gouache)
Brooke Nations (acrylics)
Colleen Sterling (drawing)
Marie Luce Van Asten (pottery)
Prices vary by instructor.
& Wednesdays by appointment
Classes for Adults & Children
per hour or $20 per half hour non-member
classes for very beginners or experienced musicians in piano,
acoustic or electric guitar, mandolin and ukulele. Any style of
music can be covered. Matt Scoggins has over 5 years' experience
teaching in school and private settings. His passion for music and
patience in teaching others will foster the creative abilities
inherent in his students. Learn music theory, sight reading,
chords, tablature and some improv.
Precision Alignment Yoga™ Courses
Sharon Coogle and Betty Larsen
Precision Alignment Yoga™ Level I
Wednesday 6:10 pm-7:40 pm
Thursday 8:40 am-9:55 am & 10:00 am-11:25 am
Instructor: Sharon Coogle
Improve strength, balance and flexibility; increase range of
motion; integrate mindful breathing with movement while
learning fundamental poses and the use of props for the
safe, effective practice of this gentle, anatomically based
style of yoga. Personalized instruction respects individual
Precision Alignment Yoga™ Level II
Thursday 11:35 am-1:35 pm
Instructor: Betty Larsen
For students with a solid foundation, an opportunity to
go deeper into the practice and philosophy of yoga. Correct
positioning, longer holds and more complex poses continue to
engage the student physically while increasing the focus on
the internal aspects of a yoga practice. Precision Alignment
Yoga™ Level I or comparable experience is recommended.
Friday or Sunday 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Instructor: Sharon Coogle
Upcoming dates: Friday, Sept. 30, Sunday, Oct.
30, Friday, Dec. 2
Restorative yoga is a deeply relaxing practice that encourages
the release of physical and mental tensions. Relying on props
and supports to ensure the practitioner's comfort during
gentle movement and prolonged holds of a few positions,
restorative yoga and calms the mind, the body and the spirit,
and brings them into balance. Restorative yoga improves
wellness, relieves fatigue, enhances flexibility and
alignment, and nurtures the respiratory, circulatory and
nervous systems. While prior yoga experience is an advantage,
it is not a prerequisite to participation in these restorative
Wednesdays, and Thursdays
Tap and Ballet
monthly (discounts available)
4pm - Ballet I
- Pre-Tap/ Ballet II
- Ballet III
4pm - Pre-Ballet
- Jazz II
- Tap I
4pm - Pre-Ballet
- Pre-Tap/ Ballet II
- Ballet IV
- Jazz I
us to register your child for the 2016 - 2017 season.
Want to give a creative gift
that will leave lasting memories?
Contact the Art Center for class gift certificates and
give the gift of art!
you are interested in teaching a course at The Art Center or have
questions regarding classes, please email our Programming
coordinator, Ginger Yaxley, at BlueRidgeArts.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Art of Max Muller
- Feb.18, 2017
1st Qtr. Artist in Residence
14 - Mar. 25, 2017
Youth Art Month Exhibit
March 1, 4pm.
Join us for the opening
reception for Youth Art Month
as we celebrate the beautiful
creations of our talented,
Cork & Canvas
March 4, 7pm
Support the arts as you enjoy
delicious wine samplings from
various area vintners. This
event includes a silent
auction with an eclectic array
of items , savory food and
live entertainment. Ticket
prices are $35 for
non-members, $30 for BRMAA
members, and include a
commemorative BRMAA wine glass
and complimentary glass of
wine with each event ticket.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
conference begins with a
Workshop Intensive held on
Friday, April 7 from
10:30am-2:30pm. A Writers'
Meet and Greet will take place
that evening at 5pm. Writers'
Conference sessions take place
on Saturday, April 8 from
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Blue Ridge Writers' Conference
Trout Art Trail
April - June
We are inviting local
artists, businesses, organizations, and individuals
to join us as participants of the first ever North
Georgia Trout Art Trail with the opportunity to
sponsor their very own Trout Sculpture. Together we
can provide much needed exciting and interactive
public art around this unique Art Town/Trout Capital
of Georgia through the Trout Art Trail.
in the Park
February 24, 2017
Spring Arts in the Park
Application Deadline: February 24, 2017
SAAG Spring Member Show
Entry Deadline: Before April 22, 2017
"Work of Art
Festivals as Your Market Focus
by Tom & Brenda Chambers
If you have ever considered selling your art at a
festival, or have already tried a few and would
like some guidance, this is the class for you! Tom
& Brenda are experienced exhibitors who will
take you through all aspects of selling at a
festival, from the initial research, application
(both paper & online through Zapplication),
things needed for a clean & professional
looking set up, working your booth for maximum
customer service & sales, take down & load
out at the end of the weekend and follow up with
your customers. Whether you are considering doing
juried art shows or have been doing them for
years, this class will help and improve your sells
and make the shows more enjoyable.
Help celebrate over 50
years of the National Endowment for
the Arts serving our
nation through the arts and supporting
arts organizations like
our very own BRMAA. We encourage
you to not only continue
to support the arts locally, but on
a national level as well.
Thanks again for your continued support!
Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
420 West Main Street
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Murphy Public Library
Story time for preschoolers and caregivers every Monday at 10 a.m. Enjoy books,
music, rhymes, and fun. It's free! For more information, call Children's
Librarian Maureen McGee at 828-837-2025.
Fridays & Saturdays
Morganton Music Park
Thursdays nights at
8pm - Karaoke! $5.00 & snack bar will be open, too!
Open year round, every Friday & Saturday night, closed only on Christmas Day. The kitchen begins serving at 7:00 PM and the band plays from 8:00 to 12:00.
The Morganton Music Park is a place where both adults and children can go to dance and have a great time listening to live country music bands. It is a nonalcoholic entertainment center.
for more info.
Horseshoe Bend Park, McCaysville, GA
Pickin' in the Park
A series of weekly jam sessions that nurture local old-time and bluegrass musical traditions. It is held alongside the Beautiful Toccoa River at Horseshoe Bend Park. This weekly event is for pickers, not scheduled performances. Jam sessions abound in various sizes and styles throughout the park.
Admission is free. And the park is Handicapped accessible. Come out, bring the whole family to enjoy the experience.
Scattered picnic tables available, nice grassy
lawn but you are also welcome to bring a blanket or chair.
Pickin & Playing at Clay's Corner, Brasstown, NC every Friday Night. Call 828-837-3797 for more info.
John C. Campbell Folk School
Offers free concerts with various artists with folksongs, hammered dulcimers, fiddles, banjos, guitars, bluegrass, gospel and many more types of music. For information, call 1-800-FOLK-SCH or check
Are you seeing stars?
You can every Friday night at the Young Harris College Planetarium. Shows begin promptly at
8:00 pm. Seating on a first-come first-served basis and groups of 10 or more may reserve seats by calling the office at 706/379-3111 ext. 5130. Telescopes will be set up after the show. Visit their website
Friday Concert Series
Union County Courthouse, Blairsville
Music in the
Shops of Murphy
The 1st Friday of each month, March thru October, a live band performs from 7-10
p.m. The 3rd Friday of each month is Dance Night at the Daily Grind. Other
events include wine tasting. For more information contact the Daily Grind at
Children's Story Hour
Every Saturday at the Curiosity Shop Bookstore beginning at 11:15 am. Contact Linda at Curiosity Shop Bookstore for more information 828-835-7433.
Every Saturday from 10 am- 2pm, April-October in the pocket parks on the corners
of Peachtree and Tennessee streets, downtown Murphy, featuring Cedar Valley
Farmer's Market; quilters and crafters welcome. For more information, call
Jeremiah Smith, 828-837-5143.
Beginners Line Dance class
Bill's Skating Rink
Come and have fun learning new dances.
For more info contact Evelyn
706-835-6250 or 706-994-3323
May to September
Free Outdoor Concerts every Saturday night from 6 P.M. til 8 P.M. on the Square in Hiawassee. Enjoy music, food and fun for the entire family. Bring a blanket - Bring a lawn chair. Come enjoy an evening under the sky in the heart of this enchanted valley. - visit
8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
John C. Campbell Folk School
Every other Saturday, Contra & Square Dancing
For information, call 1-800-FOLK-SCH.
Appalachian Jam on the Square
April through October Saturdays 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Live music on Downtown Dahlonega's historic square.
Dahlonega - Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce
Bear Ridge Mall
Bear Ridge Mall offers free music and events every weekend. Check local papers
and radio for each weekend's events. Also located on site is Christopher's Steak
House coming this summer) and Jackson River Trading Co. home furnishings. Mall
is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 8am to 6pm. Located off Hwy 19/74 in
Andrews, NC, 2.2 miles east of Andrews-Murphy Airport. Turn left on Beaver Creek
Rd. Call 828-321-2386 for more information.
Logan's Run Rescue
is a program of great interest to parents and teachers everywhere.
It is a non-profit, nationwide service whose mission is to make reading
fun again for thousands of reluctant teenagers by using best-selling thrillers,
heroic non-fiction, and motivational books.
Middle and high school teachers receive numerous free
curriculum materials and enjoy classroom interaction with best-selling authors
either via phone or personal appearances.
In just eight years, this successful program has received numerous
credible endorsements and has registered over 8,000 teachers, representing over
100,000 students, proving that it has
returned creativity to the classroom.
The Whiskers Project is a Non-Profit,
Trap, Neuter-Return (TNR) program that spays & neuters feral and stray cats
in Union and surrounding counties in North Georgia. We are part of the Feral
Friends Network with Alleycats in Washington DC. If you can volunteer to help
trap and transport once a month, please contact us.
We are always looking for farms, barns
and stables to relocate sterile and rabies vaccinated cats that need homes.
Please contact us if you can provide feeding and location assistance. Sometimes
we rescue strays and kittens that have been domesticated that need homes. Those
cats/kittens are posted on our adoptable
PO BOX 575
Blairsville, GA 30514
FLEX Arts Center at 21
High Point Dr. in Blue Ridge is offering free dance awareness seminars to area
Girl Scout troops. The 1 ½ hour session includes a dance class with a certified
instructor (also a former Girl scout leader), arts lecture and fun exercises to
meet all the elements required for earning the Jr. dance badge or Brownie Try-it
patch. The school also offers a similar program for earning theater
badges. Daisy troops may schedule a dance or theater awareness session for
fun as well. Participants are each given a certification of achievement, and
troops are invited to spend additional time at the facility to complete their
normal meeting business or to plan a ceremony. FLEX Arts Center is
also a certified yoga facility, and Jr. troops or cadet levels may schedule a
free “introduction to yoga” seminar for health and fitness awareness
projects as well. For more information, or to schedule a seminar
call Ginny Hendry at the school at 706-258-9642.
MOPS International, a non-profit mothering
organization, creates communities and resources to help make "better moms
who make a better world." A MOPS group is a place where moms can come-just
as they are-to build friendships, receive mothering support, practical help and
To find a group near you, please visit us online at
. Join now - because better moms make a better world!
Mothers of Preschoolers meets on the Third Thursday of each month in the new
fellowship hall at First Baptist Church of Blairsville from 6-8pm. Call
the church office at 706-745-2469 for more information or email us at