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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 Smithgall Woods.

February 2017

Tuesday, February 14th
10:00 AM -12:00 PM at the Visitor’s Center
February 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

Saturday, February 18th
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM at the Visitor's Center
How Deep is Your Love: Martin’s Mine Hike
COST: $5 parking pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual Pass
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 website: www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods

Saturday, February 18th
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM at the Visitor's Center
Scavenger Hunt
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

Saturday, February 25th
10:00 PM – 12:00 PM at the Visitor's Center
Volunteer Training
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
Smithgall Woods State Parks/Dukes Creek Conservation Area is open to the public year round and you can get more information at The Georgia State Parks website @ http://gastateparks.org/SmithgallWoods or visit us at our Friends page located @ http://www.friendsofsmithgallwoods.org/



Tri-State Model Railroaders

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 email tsmri@yahoo.com or call 706-455-8903.



New Year... New Opportunities to get creative! We continue to offer high quality art classes in a range of mediums and prices.


To register, simply follow the link to our website and easily register online with Paypal!

2017 Art Center Classes

Introduction to Zentangle
April 1, 2017 Saturday, 1 Session
May 20, 2017 Saturday, 1 Session
10:00 am-1:00 pm
Instructor: Melanie Rothchild CZT
Class Fee: $35.00 non-members + $20.00 Supply Fee
$31.50 BRMAA Members + $20.00 Supply Fee

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This 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.
Intro into Encaustic Painting Workshop
February 4, 2017 Saturday, 1 Session
10:30 am-4:00 pm
Instructor: Sally Arnold
Class Fee: $25.00 non-members
Free- BRMAA Members

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The 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! This 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.
Fun with Alcohol Ink Jewelry
Beginning & Intermediate
February 9, 2017 Thursday, 1 Session
1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Instructor: Joyce Clair
Class Fee: $45.00 non-members + $15.00 Supply Fee
$40.50 BRMAA Members + $15.00 Supply Fee
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No experience 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 and ribbons.
Beading Basics
February 11, 2017 Saturday, 1 Session
March 25, 2017 Saturday, 1 Session
10:30 am-1:00 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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Jewelry 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 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.

Heart, Hands and Healing Art
February 18, 2017 (Saturday)
March 11, 2017 (Saturday)
10:30 am- 1:00 pm
with Vicki Wagoner
$ 45 non-member (tuition includes canvas and paints)
$ 40.50 *BRMAA Member*
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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 your life!

Fearless Watercolor for Beginners
February 22, 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 Members + $10.00 Supply Fee
Instructor 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 painting.

Ongoing Classes

Art Lessons by Appointment

Call 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.

Tuesdays & Wednesdays by appointment

Music Classes for Adults & Children

with Matt Scoggins

$35 per hour or $20 per half hour non-member

Music 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.

Visit the website!

Ongoing Precision Alignment Yoga™ Courses

with Sharon Coogle and Betty Larsen

*Prices Vary

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 physical conditions.
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.
Restorative Yoga
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 yoga sessions.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Children's Dance Lessons

Jazz, Tap and Ballet

with Roseann Tuttle

$40 monthly (discounts available)


Tuesday: 4pm - Ballet I

5pm - Pre-Tap/ Ballet II

6pm - Ballet III

7pm - Pre-Jazz

Wednesday: 4pm - Pre-Ballet

5pm - Jazz II

6pm - Tap I

Thursday: 4pm - Pre-Ballet

5pm - Pre-Tap/ Ballet II

6pm - Ballet IV

7pm - Jazz I


Call 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!

If 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.programming@gmail.com.


The Art of Max Muller
Jan.14 - Feb.18, 2017

1st Qtr. Artist in Residence
Sally Arnold
Jan. 14 - Mar. 25, 2017

Youth Art Month Exhibit
Opening Reception
March 1, 4pm.
Join us for the opening reception for Youth Art Month as we celebrate the beautiful creations of our talented, local youth.

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.

Blue Ridge
Writers' Conference
April 7-8
The 20th annual 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 9am-5pm.


Blue Ridge Writers' Conference
Early Bird Registration Discount: Before March 3, 2017
Registration Form

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.

Spring Arts
in the Park
Entry Deadline:
February 24, 2017
Spring Arts in the Park
Application Deadline: February 24, 2017
SAAG Spring Member Show
Entry Deadline: Before April 22, 2017


Click here for information on upcoming classes

"Work of Art Series"

Festivals as Your Market Focus
by Tom & Brenda Chambers
April 15th

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.



Click here for more information on Arts Guilds & Groups



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.




Blue Mountain Jam

at Kiwanis Fairgrounds 

Jones St & Austin St
Experience real mountain Blue Grass Music. Musicians are local players. Free admission all donations go to the efforts of the Kiwanis Club. Call before you come just to make sure. 706-258-2736 Sponsored by Blue Mountain Music & Treasures. 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.




Thursdays, 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.
Visit their
website for more info.



5:30 p.m.
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.

7:30 p.m.
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
www.folkschool.org for schedule.


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 (706) 745-5493


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 828-835-7322.


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.


Murphy Mornings
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
Blairsville, GA
6:30-7:30 pm
Cost $5.00
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
www.otmga.org for information

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 Dahlonega, Ga. 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 800-231-5543
Visit Website


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



Community Services


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 Gateway Animal Rescue Center is looking for volunteers. Extra hands are needed at pet adoption events, answering phones, writing articles and picking up donations of food, equipment, etc. Gateway is always looking for donations of GOOD pet foods. Check out their "Pet of the Week" at the Saturday's adoption in the Blue Ridge City Park. Call Robyn in Ellijay at 706/698-1355 or Karen in Blue Ridge at 423/496-3892, e-mail


Bosom Buddies of Georgia
Offers monthly support groups for cancer survivors. Another program offered is the Low-cost Mammogram Program, which offers qualified applicants a mammogram at discounted rates. For more info visit the
Bosom Buddies of Georgia website www.gacancerfoundation.org/bb


>^,,^< WHISKERS PROJECT >^,,^<

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 list.

PO BOX 575
Blairsville, GA 30514
Phone: 706-745-0936



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 spiritual hope.
To find a group near you, please visit us online at
www.MOPS.org .  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


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