The Stokes County Arts Council is a community organization that.....

  • Touches the lives of more than 20,000 people of all ages each year.
  • Provides affordable cultural and leisure time activities for every member of the family.
  • Reaches Stokes County children from grades K-12 with FREE programs that encourage creativity and build self esteem.
  • Gives local artists a venue for their work so that their talents can be appreciated by everyone.
  • Boosts tourism & economic development, drawing people and businesses to a community that is culturally alive & exciting.
  • Enhances the quality of life, quickens the mind and refreshes the Spirit!!

 

 

Announcements & Events

Memorial Day Celebration in King

The Memorial Day Service is scheduled for this Sunday, May 24th, 5:00 p.m. at the Stokes Veterans Memorial at King Central Park, 302 Kirby Road, King, NC 27021.

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pottery camp2015 VISUAL ART CAMPS:
July 13-17, 2015 - Pottery Camp, West Stokes High School, $80 per student, Instructor Merideth Van Meter
Students Grades 6-12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily, Friday Art Exhibit at Drama Camp Performance

July 13-17, 2015- Drama Camp, Mount Olive Elementary School, $125 per student, "Disney's 101 Dalmatians Kids" -, Instructor Justin Bulla, Students Ages 7-12, 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, Friday evening Public Performance, 6:30 p.m. *$110 each with 2 or more siblings, $100 per student if attending both drama camps

July 20-24, 2015 - Visual Art Camp, Mount Olive Elementary School, $70 per student, Instructor Amanda Gordon,
Students Ages 6-12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily

July 20-24, 2015 - Intro to Woodworking, Mount Olive Elementary School, $90 per student, Instructor Aaron Gibbons,
Students Ages 10-15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily

July 27-31, 2015 - Hand Building Pottery Camp, West Stokes High School, $80 per student, Instructor Merideth Van Meter,
Students Grades 2-5, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily, Friday Art Exhibit at Drama Camp Performance

July 27-31, 2015 - Introduction to Woodworking, Mount Olive Elementary School, $90 per student, Instructor Aaron Gibbons, Students Ages 10-15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily, Friday Art Exhibit at Drama Camp Performance

July 27-31, 2015 - Drama Camp, Mount Olive Elementary School, $125 per student, "Disney's Jungle Book Kids", Instructor Justin Bulla,
Students Ages 7-17, 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, Friday evening Public Performance, 6:30 p.m.
*$110 each with 2 or more siblings, $100 per student if attending both drama camps

REGISTRATION: We encourage pre-registration. On-site registration is 30 minutes before class starts on the first day of class. Dress is casual and bring a bag lunch and beverage Monday through Thursday, as we will host a pizza party on Friday for all classes.  

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In the Apple Gallery - Kim Clayton and Katie Lee

Kim ClaytonThe Stokes County Arts Council is proud to feature Kimberley Clayton and Katie Lee Langan in the Apple Gallery during the month of June. An opening reception will be held in their honor on Friday, May 29, 2015, 5:30 pm. to 8:00 p.m. in the Apple Gallery, Stokes County Arts Council, 500 N. Main Street, Danbury, North Carolina. The public is invited to enjoy refreshments, talk with the artists and view an exhibit of beautiful baskets and paintings.

About the Artists…..
Kimberley Clayton was born and raised in a small town in Michigan. While her parents encouraged a good education, art classes were always her favorite. At Central Michigan University she focused on an Art Major with an Early Education Minor and later completed her college degree at East Carolina University graduating with a Bachelor of Social Work.

Kim was inspired by her Aunt Louise through her love and passion for basket weaving. She began taking classes that were offered in her local community. Kim’s first basket (on display in the Apple Gallery) was made in March 2007. Kim has created over twelve hundred baskets in the past eight years, each one signed, dated and numbered.

Kim enjoys teaching others the art of basket weaving. She has taught classes locally in Mt. Airy, Fancy Gap, Lawsonville and King. She has also taught classes in Roxboro, North Carolina for the Country Weaver’s Basket Guild, at Spencer Penn Community Center in Spencer, VA and at Reynold’s Homestead in Critz, Virginia.

Kim states, “My dream is to continue creating and teaching the art of basket weaving well into my retirement years.”

Kim ClaytonKatie Lee Langan, a Stokes County native, grew up in Pine Hall and graduated from South Stokes High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, graduating summa cum laude, and was inducted into the prestigious National Honor Society, Phi Beta Kappa. Katie Lee earned her Master of Arts in Counseling from Wake Forest University, and she is a Licensed Professional Counselor. After graduating from Wake Forest, Katie Lee worked for the Emergency Department at a private, non-profit community mental health agency. Katie Lee considers her four years of experience in crisis intervention as a major influence on her artistic vision.

Katie Lee began her artistic journey in 2012, a year after the passing of her father, a renowned folk artist. While preserving and refinishing some of his work, Katie Lee became interested in color theory and a passion for painting quickly followed. With the persistence and determination instilled in her by her mother, Katie Lee has spent thousands of hours practicing and refining her skills focusing primarily on the use of acrylic paint on canvas.

In addition, Katie Lee has completed workshops at The Sawtooth Center in Winston-Salem and others online. Her paintings have won prizes at the Stokes County Agricultural Fair in 2013 and 2014, and Katie Lee has competed at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh. Perspective, conflict and raw emotion are explored and expressed in her paintings.

This exhibit will be on display May 28 through June 23, 2015 in the Apple Gallery. Please join us for this wonderful and expressive exhibit. The Stokes County Arts Council is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For additional information about the exhibit, please contact the Stokes County Arts Council at (336) 593-8159 or visit www.stokesarts.org.

Impressionist Painting for Adults - Second Series - April 30th - May 28th

craig-richardsThe Stokes County Arts Council will host a second in a series of Impressionist Painting for Adults.  This session of the Danbury Art Class taught by Craig Richards will continue in the tradition of French and American Impressionism but with individual attention to student works.  With this series of classes, students may bring pieces they want to complete and will receive guidance along the way.  Classes are enjoyed by beginners and experienced artists alike, covering composition, values, color and impression. 

Classes are scheduled for Thursday evenings, April 30th through May 28th, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Stokes Community Services Building, located at 700 Main Street, Danbury, North Carolina.  Registration is $30 per class or $125 for the five week session.  For more information or to pre-register, please contact the Stokes County Arts Council at 336-593-8159 or visit www.stokesarts.org.  Additionally, for more information about the artist, visit www.artistcraigrichards.com under “workshops and classes.”  Some partial or full scholarships are available.  Send requests to pleinairpainting@yahoo.com

 

Stokes Stomp Arts & Crafts Vendor Application Available Now

The Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan, scheduled for September 12th and 13th is now accepting Arts & Crafts Vendor Applications at this time. Please download the Arts & Crafts Registration Form 2015 docpdf and send it in. Non-profit booth applications will be available at a later time. The Stomp is the longest running arts council sponsored event in North Carolina, the Stokes Stomp is held annually along the banks of the beautiful Dan River at Moratock Park, 1077 Sheppard Mill Road in Danbury, North Carolina.

For more information, please visit our Stokes Stomp webpage or contact the Stokes County Arts Council at (336) 593-8159 or if interested in participating either as a vendor or volunteer, please contact us via e-mail at stokesarts@co.stokes.nc.us.


Stokes County Artists - There are many talented visual artists living in Stokes County. The Visual Arts Committee has started to gather those talented folks in one place in order to showcase their artwork. If you are an artist and would like to submit images to the gallery, please email janis@janishenderson.com. For more artists and images please vist the Stokes County Arts Council's Visual Artist's page at: www.pbase.com/stokesarts

Please Note: Anyone with disability(ies) who needs an accommodation to participate at any Stokes County Arts Council event or program is requested to inform us 48 hours prior to the scheduled time of the event or program.
OUR MISSION

The Stokes County Arts Council continues to expand and to successfully present high quality arts and arts education programming for Stokes County citizens. Our programs create shared and lasting experiences that connect the participants to their heritage. The Stokes County Arts Council is committed to the promotion and support of the Arts through our current goals to:

  • Support local artists and provide a means to promote their work
  • Facilitate quality arts education programs in all Stokes County Schools
  • Educate and provide opportunities for life-long learning for all citizens
  • Target and identify Arts needs in the community
  • Form meaningful community partnerships

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  The Stokes County Arts Council recently celebrated it's 35th year in operation! Through the years we have received exceptional support from the community and from the County. As we move into the 21st century, the Arts Council is more committed than ever to be a positive force for the county and it's citizens.

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