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Here at the Fannin County Public Library, we are excited to announce that it’s almost time for our Summer Reading Program! We’ll start signing up the last week in May. 

The kickoff is June 2. 

We will have storytimes at 11AM and 1PM every Tuesday as well as other special events throughout the summer. We have programs and reading challenges for ALL ages. 

The first special event is Tuesday, June 9 at 1:00 PM at the Blue Ridge First Baptist Youth Center, Fiddlin’ Dan is going to tell stories and entertain us. 

Our first teen event is Tina’s Tie-Dye on Thursday, June 11 at 3:00 PM. All teens who are signed up for the Summer Reading Program should sign up to attend the event and bring a white cotton item to dye. 

Our first movie in the park is going to be Friday, June 12. 

Call the library for more information at 706-632-5263.

 

 

 

 

COMING SOON

 

Call to Artists

 

BRMP National Juried Exhibit Prospectus

 

SAAG National Juried Show Prospectus

 

Mark your calendars

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SummerFest Celebration

June 20, 2015

Fun for the whole family!

Free to attend.

 

A wide selection of art supplies and gifts right here at the Art Center. Gift certificates are available.

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Blue Ridge Poets and Writers

Meet every 4th Wednesday

of the month at 2pm

Blue Ridge Carvers

Meet Tuesdays at 6pm.

 

Fiber Arts Group

Holds open work-sessions

every Thursday from 2-4pm and workshops every

2nd Thursday from 2-4pm.

 

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We would like to extend a very big thank you to Black Sheep Restaurant
Bar & Patio for hosting our very special Volunteer Appreciation Celebration this past April!


 
 
 
 
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It's that time of year again...
Mark your calendars for our
39th Annual Spring Arts in the Park
on May 23 & 24, 10am-5pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Quarter Artist-in-Residence

Photographer, Terry Barnes

April 3-July 11, 2015

 

 

Click on the link for this year's schedule.

 

 

The Art Center is home to numerous classes throughout the year. Click on the link below for an updated list of our 2015 classes.
 
 

Upcoming 2015 Art Center Classes

There's something for every one at The Art Center.

Choose from classes in clay, painting, yoga,

music, jewelry making and more.

June 2015

June 4, 5, 6 & 7 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Plein Air: Luminous Underpaintings

in Watercolor

with Don Taylor

$350 non-member *$315 BRMAA member*


Don is an award winning artist, and a member and past officer for many prestigious watercolor societies. Learn how to unify your paintings with underpainting, composition and design, and by using limited palettes with basic triads. Begin with a preliminary line drawing of your own design or one of Don's, then learn techniques of transparent underpainting with or without the use of masking. A portion of class time will be in plein air. Students will receive a bonus CD-ROM of Don's step-by-step technique for underpaintings. For more examples of his work see www.DonTaylorArt.com.

June 4, 11, 18, & 25 (Thursdays)

OR June 6, 13, 20,& 27 (Saturdays)

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Precision Alignment Yoga

with Betty Larsen

$40 non-member or $12 walk-ins *$36 BRMAA member*

Review yoga exercises, deep relaxations, and breathing techniques. We will use mats, belts, blocks, blankets and chairs (supplied by the instructor). This class is geared towards continuing students with basic yoga experience, but more experienced students and teachers are welcome.

June 6 (Saturday)

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Goddess Workshop

with Dierdre Peeler

$85 non-member *$76.50 BRMAA member*

Gift yourself with one day to reflect on the Goddess within. Unwind with music, discussion, and meditation. Then have fun painting your personal Goddesses using elements of collage. Bring acrylics (basic set) and as large a canvas as you are comfortable using. Deidre Peeler has taught in art school as well as in her own studio, and is co-founder of a creative arts advocacy program.

June 12 (Friday)

6:30 - 8:30 pm

Merlot's Masterpiece

with Vicki Wagoner

$40 non-member *$36 BRMAA Member*

Includes canvas and paints

Get ready for an evening of fun as you paint a selected picture while enjoying your favorite wine. The Art Center has created the Merlot's Masterpiece experience for individuals or groups of friends with little painting experience who want to have fun and paint! We select a painting per class for participants to paint together and our instructor will facilitate you in completing a painting in the allotted time. On the day of the class, we ask that you arrive 15-20 minutes before the class starts so that you can be seated with paint brushes and drinks ready. We like to begin class promptly at 6:30pm.Class fee includes the following supplies: one canvas, pack of brushes, acrylic paint, and one glass of wine. You must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol and we ask that you please drink responsibly.

June 16 (Tuesday)

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Italian Leather Cord Pendant with Gemstones

with Barbara Chatham

$30 non-member + $40 supply fee

Design your unique pendant using a combination of amethyst, peridot, freshwater pearls or faceted stones combined with copper patina connections and a selection of seed beads. Learn to create a leather corded necklace, to attach a clasp, how to wrap wire, stack gemstones, and create seed bead accents. The supply fees for this session include gemstones, copper wire, seed beads, leather cord, clasp and materials to create one leather cord with pendant.

 

June 18 (Thursday)

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Beading Basics

with Vicki Wagoner

$15 + $15 supply fee

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.

July 2015

July 25 (Saturday)

2:00 - 4:00 pm

Clay and Chardonnay: Serving Platters

with Sandi Jo Larsen

$50

Select one pre-formed 10-14" serving platter to design, paint, and glaze during the class, then return the following week to pick up your fired piece. Sandi Jo will instruct about the steps to making a finished pottery piece, and guide students in the glazing process. Class fee includes the following supplies: pre-made pottery piece(s), glazing, firing, use of tools, and one glass of wine. You must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol and we ask that you drink responsibly.

August 2015

August 8 (Saturday)

2:00 - 4:00 pm

Clay and Chardonnay: Mugs and Bowls

with Sandi Jo Larsen

$30

Select one or more pre-made pottery pieces to glaze and decorate during the class, then return the following week to pick up your fired piece. Choose from a mug, vase, or bowl - or make a complete set! Sandi Jo will instruct about the steps to making a finished pottery piece, and guide students in the glazing process. Class fee includes the following supplies: pre-made pottery piece(s), glazing, firing, use of tools, and one glass of wine. You must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol and we ask that you drink responsibly.

August 14 (Friday)

6:30 - 8:30 pm

Merlot's Masterpiece

with Vicki Wagoner

$40 non-member *$36 BRMAA Member*

Includes canvas and paints

Get ready for an evening of fun as you paint a selected picture while enjoying your favorite wine. The Art Center has created the Merlot's Masterpiece experience for individuals or groups of friends with little painting experience who want to have fun and paint! We select a painting per class for participants to paint together and our instructor will facilitate you in completing a painting in the allotted time. On the day of the class, we ask that you arrive 15-20 minutes before the class starts so that you can be seated with paint brushes and drinks ready. We like to begin class promptly at 6:30pm.Class fee includes the following supplies: one canvas, pack of brushes, acrylic paint, and one glass of wine. You must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol and we ask that you please drink responsibly.

August 15 & 16 (Saturday & Sunday)

10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Black Eagle Leather Class

with Tom Slavicek

$80 non-member + $60 supply fee *$72 BRMAA Member* + $60

Make something beautiful and have fun! Join the Black Eagle Leather class and make TWO leather bags you'll be proud to wear and/or give as gifts. You'll learn the basics of cutting, pounding and stitching leather and how to inscribe a design using a wood burning tool (called pyrography). All materials, tools and designs are provided - no experience necessary! On Day One you'll make a standard bag that can be worn on a belt AND as a shoulder bag. On Day Two you can design a bag with the shape, style and design of your choosing. Your bags will be your own creations and make perfect gifts...that is, if you want to part with them! Bring a bag lunch.

August 22 (Saturday)

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Heart, Hands & Healing Art: New Beginnings

with Vicki Wagoner

$45 non-member *$40.50 BRMAA Member*

Discover how you can experience new beginnings in your life - through art! Heart, Hands and Healing Art is a creative process of painting with hands on canvas. No artistic ability needed! Gain new insights on clarity, healing and even personal transformation. (If something else arises other than new beginnings it is welcomed and encouraged to be explored!) After creating your own personal masterpiece, everyone who's interested is invited to display their creation and Vicki will assist you to discover the messages revealed in the painting. Group participation is always welcomed and encouraged. Wearing old clothes is also encouraged to allow for full self-expression!


Ongoing Classes

Thursdays or Fridays 10 am - 12 pm by appointment

Beginning Pottery on the Wheel

with Linda Stowe Woody

$30 per session + $5 for glazing & firing

Optional: $10 for tool kit, $25 for 25# clay

Class is limited to 1 or 2 people

Learn the proper technique for throwing pottery clay on the wheel, including centering, opening, bring up walls into cylinders or bowls, pulling handles, extruding handles and throwing knobs. Then add glaze and fire pieces in our kiln. Projects include creating mugs, bowls and plates. Students are encouraged to practice using the wheel between classes (there is no charge but advance reservation is required). Class size is limited to one or two people. Linda Stowe Woody is the owner of Coopers Creek Pottery.

Tuesdays & Wednesdays by appointment

Music Classes for Adults & Children

with Matt Scoggins

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

$31.50 per hour or $20 per half hour *BRMAA 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.
Children's Dance Lessons
(Beginning-Intermediate,)
Class Fee: $40 per month (discounts for siblings or multiple classes)
$36 per month *BRMAA Members


Ballet lessons for ages 3 and up. Tap and jazz lessons available. Our June recital is free to the public.
Call

 

The Art Center for further information.

 

Art Lessons by Appointment

 

Gary Baughman (pastels)

Keith Burgess (oils , acrylics and drawing)

Ellie Cowan (acrylics)

Kim Hamby (colored pencils)

Max Muller (watercolors)

Linda Stowe Woody (clay)

Prices vary by instructor.

 

Call the Art Center for further information.

Summer Youth Art Camp

$25 per class + additional supply fees

June 23-26

Beginning Drawing - Animals, Flowers, Faces: 10am-12pm (ages 7-12) + $10 Supply Fee,

Instr: Linda Martin

Doll Making: By Machine or by Hand Sewing: 10am-12pm (ages 8-12) + $5 Supply Fee,

Instr: Rebecca Shuler

How to Draw Fairies: 10am-12pm(ages 7-9), Instr: Colleen Sterling

Play with Clay: 10am-12pm(ages 6-10), Instr: Sandi Jo Larsen

Building Fairy Houses: 1-3pm(ages 8-12), Instr: Jennifer Danner

Creative Collage - Landscapes: 1-3pm(ages 8-14), Instr: Dierdre Peeler

Drawing to Make Things Look Real: 1-3pm (ages 9-11), Instr: Colleen Sterling

Sewing with Felt: Owls & More: 1-3pm(ages 6-10), Instr: Rebecca Shuler

 

June 30-July3

Calligraphy & Acrylic Painting: 10am- 12pm (ages 8-12) + $5 Supply Fee,Instr: Linda Martin

Drawing Furry Friends: 10am-12pm(ages 7-9),Instr: Colleen Sterling

Mommy & Me Tie Dye: 10am-12pm(ages 5-9) + $15 Supply Fee, Instr: Tina Rice

*Adult attendance required

Sign Language for Kids: 10am-12pm(ages 8-18), Instr: Marcie Harper

Creative Collage - Portraits:1-3pm (ages 8-14), Instr: Dierdre Peeler

Recycled Art: 1-3pm (ages 8-13) + $5 Supply Fee, Instr: Jennifer Danner

Tie Dye & Shibori for Teens: 1-3pm(ages 14-18) + $15 Supply Fee,Instr: Tina Rice

 

July 7-10

Color! Paint!: 10am-12pm (ages 6-8),Instr: Colleen Sterling

Painting & Stamping of Fabrics:10am-12pm (ages 8-12) + $5 Supply Fee,Instr: Rebecca Shuler

Shell Art & Watercolor Painting:10am-12pm (ages 8-12) + $10 Supply Fee,Instr: Linda Martin

Creative Collage - Pets & Animals:1-3pm (ages 8-14), Instr: Dierdre Peeler

Creative Wind Chimes: 1-3pm (ages 8-13)+$5 Supply Fee, Instr: Jennifer Danner

Crazy Cartoons: 1-3pm (ages 8-10),Instr: Colleen Sterling

Fun with Machine Sewing: Skirt with Matching Headband: 1-3pm (ages 7-12)+ $5 Supply Fee, Instr: Rebecca Shuler

July 14-17

Amazing Crayons:10am-12pm (ages 6-8), Instr: Colleen Sterling

Embellish Your Flip Flops & More:10am-12pm (ages 8-12) + $5 Supply Fee,

Instr: Rebecca Shuler

Palette Painting: 10am-12pm (ages 8+)+ $10 Supply Fee, Instr: Brooke Nations

Creative Collage - Still Lifes: 1-3pm(ages 8-14), Instr: Dierdre Peeler

Drawing & Coloring Birds & Flowers:1-3pm (ages 8-10), Instr: Colleen Sterling

Monet's Munchkins: 1-3pm (ages 5-7)+ $10 Supply Fee, Instr: Brooke Nations

Sewing with Ruffles on a Machine:1-3pm (ages 8-14) + $8 Supply Fee,Instr: Rebecca Shuler

 

If you are interested in teaching a course at The Art Center or have questions regarding classes, please email Lisa Tyler at BlueRidgeArts.programming@ gmail.com.

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

420 West Main Street

Blue Ridge, GA 30513

(706) 632-2144

www.BlueRidgeArts.net

 

 

 

 

 


 




 

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.

 

 

Tuesdays

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.

 

 

Thursdays
May-September
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.
423-496-4653
http://www.pickinthepark.com/

 

Fridays
Pickin & Playing at Clay's Corner, Brasstown, NC every Friday Night. Call 828-837-3797 for more info.
www.clayscorner.com

Fridays
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.

 

Fridays
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
www.yhc.edu/academics/mathsci/astronomy/planet.html

 

Fridays
May-October
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.

 

Saturdays
Beginners Line Dance class 
Bill's Skating Rink
Blairsville, GA
Saturdays
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

 

Saturdays
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


Saturdays
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.

 

Saturdays
April-October
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
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Community Services

 

Logan's Run Rescue

http://logansrunrescue.com/

 

Adopt-An-Author

  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. 

 www.adoptanauthor.com

 

Saturdays
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
redrobyne@ellijay.com

 

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.

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


Email:
linsleyv@sbcglobal.net

 

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
mopsofblairsville@gmail.com

 

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