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!!



pottery campAnnouncements & Events


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, $100 per student, "Disney's Jungle Book Kids**", Instructor Justin Bulla,
Students Ages 7-17, time change 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily, Friday evening Public Performance, 6:30 p.m. **If less than 20 campers register, the play will change. $65 each with 2 or more siblings, $85 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.  Visit our art camp page for more information.


Meaning of Our TearsThe Meaning Of Our Tears - Starting August 7th at South Stokes

Shows performed at South Stokes High School Auditorium
Friday, August 7th, 14th & 21st at 7pm
Saturday, August 8th, 15th & 22nd at 7pm
Sunday, August 9th, 16th & 23rd at 3pm

Admission $15 advanced adult, $20 day of adult, $10 students
StokesArts members receive free popcorn and drink with memebership card
Box Office Hours & Information
Monday - Friday 9-12 and 2-5 by phone 336-593-8159 or stop by StokesArts at 500 N. Main St., Danbury, NC 27016
Tuesday - Thursday 7-9pm call 529-3210 or stop by the auditorium at South Stokes High School, 1100 South Stokes High Dr., Walnut Cove, NC 27052

The Stokes County Arts Council will present “The Meaning of Our Tears”, a theatrical adaptation of the book by author Trudy J. Smith based on the Lawson Family tragedy of 1929, with performances scheduled the weekends of August 7-9, 14-16, and 21-23 at South Stokes High School, 1100 South Stokes High Drive in Walnut Cove.

“For many years, Stokes County residents have had an attraction to the mystery and circumstances surrounding the story of the Charlie Lawson family of 1929” commented Stokes Arts Director Eddy McGee. “Several suggested that we organize a play based on the two books by Trudy J. Smith, White Christmas, Bloody Christmas and The Meaning of Our Tears. After careful consideration, with the goal of offering as much sensitivity to the subject as possible, playwright Justin Hall has written a dynamic play that our organization is proud to be part of” he added.

Both books by author Trudy J. Smith were based on one of the most brutal and mysterious crimes ever recorded in U.S. history, with the setting being a rural Stokes County tobacco farm on Christmas Day of 1929, where reportedly Charlie Lawson killed his wife and six children before taking his own life.

“It is a sad part of Stokes County history, but nevertheless, a part that people still want to talk about and reflect upon. We do hope that people will attend the play before passing judgement on what they believe the performances will involve” McGee concluded.

Director Justin Bulla has been chosen to direct the production, with a diverse cast made up of Stokes and Piedmont area community actors.

Tickets are already on sale and can be purchased by calling the Stokes County Arts Council at 336 593-8159. Performance times are 7pm for all scheduled Friday and Saturday shows and 3pm for Sunday shows. Stokes Arts has designated a portion of the proceeds from the performances in support of Stokes County domestic violence advocacy and renovations to the South Stokes High School auditorium. For more information visit our Summer Theatre page.


The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region announced today eight grant awards totaling $237,500 from the RiverBank Fund, including a $500.00 grant to the Stokes County Arts Council in support of river activities at the 41st Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan, scheduled for September 12 & 13 in Danbury. The Fund was established last year to gather donations throughout Virginia and North Carolina earmarked for the protection and revitalization of the Dan River.

The grant award to the Stokes County Arts Council will support river education and awareness at the 41st Stokes Stomp, including festival marketing, Dan River Company children and adult canoe/kayak demonstrations, boat and swimming river safety clinics, river conservation information, and stand-up paddle board demonstrations.

“We are honored to have been chosen by The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region for this grant, and for being the only cultural arts organization funded” stated Stokes Arts Director Eddy McGee. “The Dan River is an enormous tourism and economic development asset that Stokes Arts will continue to promote and organize projects and activities around” he added.

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is a public charity established in September 1996 by a steering committee of civic leaders to improve and enrich area lives through the generosity of donors and has already returned more than $17 million in community grants and scholarships. The office can be reached at 541 Loyal Street, Danville, VA, 24541, (434) 793-0884 or at or

LuzwickApple Gallery to feature local artist Justine Luzwick - June 25th - July 28th

The Stokes County Arts Council is honored to feature local artist Justine Luzwick with an opening reception on Friday, June 26, 2015, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Apple Gallery, 500 N. Main Street, Danbury, North Carolina.

A graduate of Appalachian State University with a degree in Art Education, Justine is the art teacher at Piney Grove Middle School. She displays her passion for nature through her paintings which are mainly acrylic on canvas, but has experimented with Sharpies on paper more recently. She enjoys working with different art forms, but is most comfortable with a brush in her hand. She enjoys the complexity of acrylics on canvas and its ability to be forgiving. She finds a huge contrast between her paintings and the Sharpie art, which must be more precise with the fine details. Justine shares her love of nature with her students and her family through art. She also enjoys competitive running and gardening.

Luzwick’s beautiful works of art will be featured in the gallery June 25th through July 28, 2015. The opening reception and gallery exhibit is free and open to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, please call the Stokes County Arts Council at (336) 593-8159.

bridleStokes County Arts Council to feature Ken Bridle and Annie Pakes in the Apple Gallery - July 30 - August 25th

The Stokes County Arts Council is proud to feature Ken Bridle and Annie Pakes in the Apple Gallery during the month of August. An opening reception will be held in their honor on Friday, July 31st, 5:30 p.m. 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 works of art. Musician Kirk Williard will provide a program of music during the reception.

About the Artists…..
Ken Bridle is a conservationist by profession as well as an artist by passion enjoying watercolor and botanical illustration. His vision as an artist grows from his experience and feeds his current interests. Admiring the artists that documented the flora, fauna and landscapes of the New World during the exploration and colonial period has been a lifelong interest. In the days before cameras, artistic interpretation of exotic species and locations helped fuel public support for exploration, trade and travel. It was those illustrations that fired the imagination and created the myth of inexhaustible natural resources in the new world.

The works of art in this exhibit is small watercolor. Having shown his work in several student, solo and group exhibits, he has enhanced his talents through watercolor classes and workshops with well-known artists such as Alexis Lavine, Addren Doss, Sally Lambrecht and Suzanna Winston. He lives in Walnut Cove with his wife, Luann.

pakesAnnie Pakes is an educator as well as an artist by passion. Pakes’ collection of paintings includes places, potables and puns in the general medium of paint. Her work is inspired in large part from her travels in Tuscany during a photography study abroad course. Other works are inspired by a play-on-words of famous artists’ names and works who she frequently references in her work as an art educator. This collection is mixed media with acrylic and oils on canvas and foam board. She states, “Ever since the Scrap Exchange in Durham, North Carolina came to my art room in elementary school, I have been fascinated by incorporating my paintings with repurposed materials.” Pakes received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education at Meredith College (Class of 2008). She has also received special recognitions/awards: NC Teaching Fellow 2008, NCAEA Region 3 Members Exhibit at Meredith College 2010. Other hobbies include gardening, repurposing things, spending time with family and friends and exploring everything North Carolina has to offer. Annie Pakes is a resident of Raleigh, North Carolina.

This exhibit will be on display July 30th through August 25th in the Apple Gallery. Please join us for this wonderful 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.

Craig Richards Painting ClassCraig Richards - Impressionist Painting Class for Adults until August 6th

Craig Richards, the organizer of the Triad Outdoor Painters, will offer the “Impressionist Painting Class for Adults” beginning Thursday, June 18th, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Stokes Community Services Building (auditorium), 700 N. Main Street, Danbury, North Carolina.  Classes will continue on Thursday evenings, July 16th, July 23rd, July 30th and August 6th.  The cost is $30 per class or $125 for the five week session. Richards will continue in the tradition of French and American Impressionism but with individual attention to student works.  Students can bring pieces they want to complete and will receive guidance along the way.  This class is enjoyed by beginners and experienced artist alike, covering composition, values, color and impression.  Students are responsible for their own supplies although equipment and supplies will be on sale before each class.  See Craig’s color palette under “workshops and classes.”  This class is sponsored by the Stokes County Arts Council.   The class is limited to 10 students per session.  For more information, or to pre-register, please call (336) 593-8159.

Stokes Stomp Arts & Crafts Vendor Application & Non-Profit Vendor Application is 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 Application Form 2015 docpdf are available now! 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

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 For more artists and images please vist the Stokes County Arts Council's Visual Artist's page at:

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.

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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