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

Carole Bryant

Stokes County Arts Council to feature Bill & Carole Bryant in the Apple Gallery - August 26th - September 22nd

An opening reception will be held in honor of Carole and Bill Bryant on Friday, August 28th, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Apple Gallery at the Stokes County Arts Council, 500 N. Main Street, Danbury. The exhibit will be on display August 26th through September 22, 2015.

Bill and Carole have been married for over 50 years and for much of that time have shared a passionate interest in both art and crafts.

Bill's earliest interests were in photography and electronics. After attending Guilford College where he majored in math and physics, Bill worked in industry for a number of years. Carole always loved working with color and from an early age designed and sewed her own clothing. She studied oil painting and earned an Associate Arts Degree while taking care of their home and raising two sons.

Bill and Carole then opened and ran a custom antique renovation and furniture refinishing business for a number of years. During that time, Carole returned to school and became a registered nurse and Bill changed focus to earn a degree in electronics and worked in that industry until his retirement. During their careers, they continued to be active in art and crafts.

While working as a nurse, Carole realized that in order to maintain good health, the two of them needed to exercise regularly. With that goal, they began studying social ballroom dance. Dance became a passion that they have shared for over 25 years. After retirement for Bill (and early retirement for Carole) the couple taught Social Ballroom Dance Classes for eleven years, introducing dance to over 250 students.

Bill and Carole BryantAfter retiring, Bill and Carole studied cabinetmaking and set up their own woodworking shop. Retirement also allowed Bill and Carole to reenergize their involvement in photography and fine art. Since 2003, Carole has been active in studying and producing art, primarily oils, watercolors, and pastels. Bill is active in digital photography and frequently enters competitions. Carole photographs her own art references for her studio art as well as painting en plein air. They also mat and frame their own work.

Bill and Carole consider that their greatest accomplishment has been raising two fine sons and interacting with the two of them and their families, two wonderful daughters-in-law and three grandchildren.

The Stokes County Arts Council would like to invite the public to meet the artists at the opening reception on August 28th. The viewing of this exhibit and reception is free and open to the public. The Apple Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For additional information, contact Stokes Arts at (336) 593-8159.

Reach the Peaks - Register Now

Registration for our 2015 event on September 26th is through Brown Paper Tickets. This year we have two challenges: a hiking challenge and a trail running challenge.

Reach The PeaksHiking Challenge

Reach the Peaks is the premier single day hiking challenge in North Carolina.  The event offers a strenuous 11 mile world class trail route that will test participants to summit the five major peaks of Hanging Rock State Park, including Moore’s Knob, Cook’s Wall, House Rock, Wolf Rock, and Hanging Rock.  Advance Registration is $25 per person and ends on Friday, August 28th at 5 pm. Day of Registration is $35 per person.  The Hiking Portion of the 2015 Reach the Peaks Challenge will be limited to the first 500 participants to sign up, whether Advance or Day of.  Advance Registration will receive an event t-shirt, stainless steel water bottle, water, trail map, post-hike meal/beverage, and trail safety team sweeps.  Day of Registration will receive water/fruit, trail map, post-hike meal/beverage, and trail safety team sweeps.  Participants who complete the challenge will receive a specially created embroidered patch, and join a select group of hikers who have completed this single day hiking challenge. Dog registration is $15 per dog, with each receiving a Reach the Peaks bandana (and patch should they complete the hike).  Only well-behaved dogs welcomed, with ALL dogs required to be on a leash throughout the entire event. Dog participants must bring documentation of most recent rabies vaccine and bordetella vaccine.

Trail Running Challenge

Reach the Peaks is the premier trail running peak challenge in North Carolina.  The event offers a strenuous 11 mile world class trail route that will test participants to summit the five major peaks of Hanging Rock State Park, including Moore’s Knob, Cook’s Wall, House Rock, Wolf Rock, and Hanging Rock.  THIS EVENT IS NOT A RACE. A Timer will be located at the START/FINISH line, but all trail running participants are responsible to record their own time. Advance Registration is $25 per person and ends on Friday, August 28 at 5 pm. Day of Registration on September 26th is $35 per person.  Advance Registration will receive an event t-shirt, stainless steel water bottle, water/fruit, trail map, post-hike meal/beverage, and trail safety team sweeps.  Participants who complete the challenge will receive a specially created embroidered patch, and join a select group of trail runners who have completed this challenge. NO DOGS will be allowed on the Trail Running portion of the Reach the Peaks Challenge.

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 stokesarts@co.stokes.nc.us.

community foundationSTOKES ARTS RECEIVES RIVERBANK FUND GRANT

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 www.cfdrr.org or www.RiverBankFund.org

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