Monthly Luncheon and Speakers
BRAA luncheons and Art Spots are always on the second Friday of each month at Bull and Bones Brewhouse and Grill at First and Main in Blacksburg, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Art Spot speakers:
Jan - Rafael Bedia, workshop report
New River Fiber and Art is now OPEN. Today was the much-awaited soft opening of the new art store which rose from the closing of beloved Mish Mish. The new store is going to be even better as more inventory arrives. The space is bright and well laid out and the staff is happy and helpful. They will be open 7 days a week. Check it out!
See photo review of reception - New River Art Juried Biennial: Check out this Spark Page contributed by Gerri Young.
December 31 is the deadline for renewing your membership with BRAA. An application blank is available under the membership tab. Renewals not received by March 31 will result in removal from our master email group...just think of all the wonderful art news and opportunities you will miss!! No increase in membership dues will be made.
If you are a new member joining after Oct 1, you will receive the rest of the current year and the next year as well.
If you are over 80, you should fill in your application but will have to pay NO fee. We call this Club 80!
Bits and pieces:
BRAA is now at home in its new location!
318 N Main St, Blacksburg.
Come on in to check it out.
Also at this location our friends:
Diana and James the wonderful owner/managers of the Artful Lawyer.
Visit the space during regular business hours to see work by a variety of BRAA artists. Be sure to wander through the whole Artful Lawyer Gallery space to see the rotating art from artists throughout the New River Valley. James, Diana and the crew love visitors!
Results of the annual meeting
The annual meeting was held in the Hahn Garden pavilion on Nov. 3. nearly 40 people attended to hear our speaker, say farewell to our outgoing president, Gerri Young, and to vote for the 2020 slate of officers.
The slate presented was:
President - vacant
Vice President - Charlotte Chan
Treasurer - Jeanette Bowker
Secretary - Pat Bevan
The slate was accepted as presented, however, we are still actively in need of a new president to lead the organization. Additionally, since the meeting, our secretary, Pat Bevan has stepped down due to personal concerns.
Anyone wishing to know more about these vacant positions should contact Gerri at or Pat at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to be considered for these positions, please contact our VP, Charlotte Chan at
A note from the outgoing president:
After six years in the lead of this excellent art organization, it is time I moved on. It has been a pleasure working with the many members, watching the organization grow and strengthen, and making many friends. BRAA is probably the strongest it has ever been due to the many contributions of its members who have made it a success. I would like to thank all those who took part in creating the wonderful farewell book presented to me at the annual meeting and those who generously gave $$ for me to spend on my future art endeavors, a totally unexpected gift! While I will no longer be president, I will certainly be just a call or an email away and happy to share my expertise and experience to keep the organization going. I will be especially happy to speak with and train the next person willing to step into the lead position. BRAA is required by the non-profit regulations to have a president. In the meantime, our vice president will be acting in the position.