The Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild (BRAG) was formed in 2008 with the primary goal or mission to promote the works and activities of artists working in two-dimensional media in Yancey and Mitchell counties.

BRAG is also an avenue for education and exposure through programs, workshops, exhibitions and this web site. We seek to promote and encourage the arts among our members, local schools and the public.


BRAG meets on the third Monday of each month in the Burnsville Town Center. Meeting time is 6:30pm.

Meetings are open to the general public and there is no charge to attend. (Please note that in May, the meeting date is changed to coincide with the annual Paint Out)

Photographer: H. Allen Benowitz
Photographer: H. Allen Benowitz


Membership is open to anyone producing two-dimensional art or interested in promoting this guild and art in the community. The BRAG "year" runs from July 1st through June 30th. Dues are $25 a year for individuals, $20 for students, $40 for family and are payable by July 1 of each year.


President - Judy Larkins
Vice-President - Charles Gillespie
Secretary - Barbara Deschenes
Treasurer - Alan Larkins