December 23 - January 1, 2019
Blue Ridge Art Center is closed for the holidays
Calendar of Events 2019
There will not be a monthly membership meeting in January.
January 12 - February 23
Big Canoe Photography Group Exhibit
January 12 - 5 pm - Opening Reception
Blue Ridge Art Center's Annual Business Meeting
Meeting begins at 2 pm
February 28 - March 28
Youth Art Month Exhibit
February 28 - 4 pm - Opening Reception
Blue Ridge Art Center's Cork and Canvas Annual Fund Raiser
Event begins at 7 pm
Blue Ridge Art Center is closed for Easter
May 25 and May 26
Blue Ridge Art Center's Arts in the Park Event
10 am - 5 pm - each day
July 27 - August 25
Blue Ridge Art Center's National Juried Photography Show Exhibit
July 27 - 5pm - Opening Reception
October 12 and October 13
Blue Ridge Art Center's Arts in the Park
10 am - 5 pm - each day
Blue Ridge Art Center's WhoDunIt? Fund Raiser
Event begins at 6 pm
November 16 - January 4, 2020
Blue Ridge Art Center's Holiday Show and Sale
November 16 - 6 pm - Opening Reception
Blue Ridge Art Center Closed for Thanksgiving
Shop Small Saturday/Light Up Blue Ridge
UNG Holiday Chorale Group Performance
Performance begins at 2 pm
Links of Interest
The resource list below is to encourage those members, who may not be able to attend a regular scheduled photo shoot,
to grab their camera and go on your own to "get that shot"
If you have a favorite location or two to share, email the webmaster.
Jack Anthony Photography - North Georgia Waterfalls - Good Photos and Directions
Georgia State Parks
Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
Crane Creek Vineyards - Private property - Call Ahead
Folks School - Private Property - Call Ahead
Blairsville - Union County Chamber of Commerce
Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce
Fannin County Chamber of Commerce
Free Things to Do Outdoors in the Northeast Georgia Mountains
Free Things to Do Indoors in the Northeast Georgia Mountains
Clayton County Wetlands
Georgia Nature Photographers Association
Founded in 2009, the Blue Ridge Mountains Photographers operates as a guild organization under the umbrella of the non-profit Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association and Art Center.
Our mission is to encourage the acquisition of knowledge, improve artistic and technical expertise, and the understanding and enjoyment of photography through membership, classes, group photo shoots, demonstrations, and exhibits; and to support the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association in their endeavors.
As a member of BRMP, you will have access to guest speakers, instruction, critique, mentoring, in-house shows, exhibits, field trips, social activities and mutual support. Membership is open to amateur and professional photographers of all levels and requires membership in the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association. Click here for information on how to be a member of Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association and Blue Ridge Mountain Photographers.
Blue Ridge Mountains Photographers Meetings:
Blue Ridge Mountains Photographers Guild
2018 Board of Directors
Joyce Dumas - Interim President
Joyce Dumas, a co-founder and past-president of the Blue Ridge Mountain Photographers, has been involved in photography on various levels for 40 years. She was a photojournalist and reporter before becoming a magazine editor and then a freelance writer/photographer.
When Joyce moved into the North Georgia Mountains with her family, the beauty of the mountains inspired her to concentrate on nature photography. Joyce teaches photography and digital imaging, gives presentations throughout the Southeast, and has self-published two photography textbooks.
Doug Shiver - Treasurer
I was a watercolor artist before I was a photographer. Early on, I was frustrated that images I photographed for my subjects rarely ended up on film as I saw them when they were shot. I enrolled in some photography classes and began getting more usable images than failures. I learned that what I saw in the viewfinder and not in my head was what was really going on film. That realization improved my photographs as well as my paintings. As I evolved and technology evolved, I began using the computer more and more in my work. I still wanted to paint as well as do my photography. I began to explore combining the two to produce art. That's where I am today. I call it Creatography. My digital paintings can be viewed here. To email Doug, simply click his name above.
Joleen Roe - Board Member at Large
Joleen Mahoney Roe is a retired art educator who taught in the Capital Region of New York State for over 35 years, at St Anne Institute and Bethlehem Central High School, respectively. During that time she designed and implemented several photography courses and also lead creative arts workshops for teachers and adults. Many of her assignments and student work were featured in several publications, including "The Photographic Eye", a photography textbook by Davis Publications. Over the years her photo work has been widely exhibited and she has received awards for her traditional and alternative photography, as well as, recent awards for her iPhoneography. Most notably, the Santa Fe Photo Workshop Excellence in Teaching award, a photo portfolio award in the Staff category of the Professional Imaging Education Association and multiple year winner Adirondack Life magazine photo contest. Though time her work has evolved from traditional darkroom work, infrared imagery using a vintage Russian Horizon panorama camera, experimentation with a variety of alternative processes, including hand coloring photos and Polaroid Transfers, along with creative montage Photoshop work and currently iPhoneography imagery. Joleen continues her education and photo explorations by attending workshops and photo journeys with well known photographers through the Center of Photography at Woodstock, the Maine Photographic Workshops, Santa Fe Photo Workshops and the Palm Beach Photographic Center. Most recently she attended an iPhoneography tour of Cuba with photographers, Dan & Jill Burkholder. Joleen and her husband, Jim, are currently living in beautiful Blue Ridge, GA and she is thrilled to be part of the 2017 BRMAA National Juried Photography Show! To email Joleen, simply click her name above.
“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place…I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” Elliot Erwitt
Nadine Yawn - Webmaster
My interest in photography started in 1976 with my first camera, a Canon AE-1. My go to camera today is a Canon EOS 5D Mark III. While living in Denver, Colorado and working for the Boy Scouts of America, I studied photography, briefly, with John Fielder. Several years later, I studied art in New York earning my Graphic Arts degree and graduated second in my class in 2001. Blessed with organizational skills and a yearning to learn from, while supporting others, my life long volunteer career began in the mid 1980s with my church and board of directors position for local library followed by a 21 year tenure with the Boy Scouts of America on the local and national levels. Currently, my memberships and volunteer work include two art centers and four art guilds. To email Nadine, simply click here name above.
Joint Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association and
Blue Ridge Mountains Photographers Documents
Rand Resource Library
The Art Center offers to our members a resource library with various books and multi-media items including photography resource material, nature and wildlife books, how-to books in various mediums, art books from around the world, and multiple publications.
Named in honor of Ned Rand, Sr., who was instrumental in the foundation of our photography guild, Blue Ridge Mountains Photographers, the Rand Resource Library offers a variety of information for artists of all mediums.
Please stop on by the Art Center to see our library. If you wish to enjoy any of the materials at home, simply fill out the information in the check out binder so we will know who is enjoying the materials.