The Blue Ridge Art Hub – Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Art Classes | Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge, Georgia, is an art lover’s hub, with a rich art history and a thriving current arts scene. There are many wonderful galleries that showcase local artists’ work, with every medium and style possible. Paintings, wood carvings, metal sculptures, photography, leatherwork, giclee, watercolors, charcoal drawings, pastel pictures, fine arts, knitted items, hand-poured candles, artistic lighting…if it’s anything in the realm of art, Blue Ridge has it. It’s one of those art towns you just don’t want to miss. 

At the heart of it all is the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, celebrating 40 years in 2021. Located at 420 West Main Street (the historic Fannin County Courthouse) in the heart of downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia, the non-profit art center is also a hub for this charming North Georgia community. The association hosts events throughout the year, which invite residents and visitors to learn more about arts in the area. 

The Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association’s mission is to make art accessible for all and to boost the economic development of the area. As you plan your North Georgia vacation, check out their website to see what’s happening during your stay. You may have the chance to attend art classes, see an art show, visit new exhibits, be part of the annual Fall Arts in the Park festival, the Plein Air Festival, and learn more about what the local arts council does. Even if you’ve visited before, they are always offering new programs and visiting exhibits to check out in the North Georgia mountains. 

2021 and 2022 Events + Exhibits at the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association 

SAAG Autumn Member Show 
October 16 – November 12, 2021 
Southern Appalachian Artist Guild, members-only show 

Visual Journal | Art by Judy Holland, Artist-in-Residence 
September 25 – December 18, 2021 
Medium: alcohol inks and oil 

Holiday Show & Sale and SAAG Marvelous Miniatures 
November 20 – December 18, 2021 
Pottery, jewelry, paintings, handcrafted ornaments, and more! 

Cork & Canvas 
March 6, 2022 
Fundraiser featuring wine, a silent auction, a raffle, food and wine pairings, and live music 
$40 ticket includes BRMAA wine glass, food, 1 glass of wine, free samples, 

2022 Spring Arts in the Park Festival 
May 28 and 29, 2022 
A celebration of all things art in the Downtown Blue Ridge City Park 

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association ART GALLERIES

As the art hub in the area, it’s no surprise that the association is home to some top-notch art galleries. You can browse the art, pick items for your home, and even shop for art supplies for your own masterpieces! 

  • Dance Studio
  • Edwin S. Rich Atrium Gallery
  • Fiber Arts Studio
  • John & Evelyn Branch Artist in Residence Gallery
  • Lobby Gallery
  • Mahan Gallery & Art Supply Station
  • Rand Resource Library
  • Richard Low Evans Courtroom Gallery
  • Studio Gallery
  • Summit Studios

Art at YOUR Blue Ridge Cabin

After visiting the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, you may just want to try your hand at some art! Pick up a Take & Make Art Kit from the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association and head back to your beautiful North Georgia cabin to be creating! Current kits include:

  • Watercolor Birds Art Kit | $25
    • Online tutorial video + bird painting templates + watercolor paper + watercolor paints and brush 
  • Paper Art Kit | $20 
    • Instructions + sun-sensitive paper + watercolor paper + tempera paint + brush + tissue paper + white crayon 
  • Drawing & Pop-Up Cards Art Kit | $25
    • Online tutorial video + paper for 2 cards + colored pencils + #2 pencil + glue stick + pencil sharpener

Art Classes at the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association 

2022 is bringing some exciting classes to the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association! Classes are by appointment only, so plan ahead to find which classes work for you during your Blue Ridge trip. They offer everything from woodworking and painting to yoga and dance, with more classes coming soon! All costs and classes listed are based on non-member pricing as of December 2021. 

2022 Adult Class Offerings
Therapeutic Art in Clay
Level: Beginner & Intermediate 
Instructor: Marie Luce Van Asten
Dates: February 26, May 22, August 20, November 11 
Cost: $90 + $25 Supply Fee

Leather Workshop
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced 
Instructor: Tom Slavicek 
Dates: March 19, June 25, August 6, October 22, December 10 
Cost: $45 + $35 supply fee 

Heart to Heart: Stained Glass Workshop 
Level: Beginner 
Instructor: Lenzy Bond 
Date: January 15
Cost: $80 + $25 supply fee 

Express Yourself Through Art 
Level: Beginner
Instructor: Vicki Wagoner
Date: November 27, December 19 
Cost: $45 

Painting Holiday Trivets with Alcohol Ink
Level: Beginner & Intermediate 
Instructor: Joyce Clair 
Date: December 4
Cost: $45 + $15 supply fee

Watercolor in Drybrush: Wildlife & Nature Elements 
Level: Beginner & Intermediate 
Instructor: Alan R. Young 
Date: January 29, 30 
Cost: $200 

Youth Art Classes
Kids can get in on the fun, too, with youth art classes offered at this Blue Ridge art hub. They offer youth art classes all throughout the year, with instruction in colored pencils, painting (one-on-one through the Art by Appointment Program), dance (ballet, jazz, and tap), piano, guitar, mandolin, and more! At the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, they are focused on a rich arts education for artists of all ages! They also host the Summer Youth Art Camp for 3 weeks during the summer for kids ages 6 to 14. 

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association and Art Center 
420 W Main St
Blue Ridge, GA 30513 

10 AM – 6 PM | Tuesday – Sunday

After a day in the arts…

…come back to one of our beautiful Blue Ridge cabin rentals to relax and start creating your own masterpiece. Browse for your art supplies at the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association (or bring your favorites from home), set up a nice spot at the cabin, and get to creating! You’ll also have a full kitchen for easy snacks or keeping your favorite wine (paint and sip, anyone?) on hand, comfortable seating to unwind, and gorgeous views to inspire YOU.