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

August 6th UncorkedStokes Uncorked Painting Series

August 6th theme: Ocean Sunset (download the flyer)

August 20th theme: Wine Bottles (download the flyer)

$25 price includes: blank canvas, paint, brushes and snacks! Only 20 seats available. Pre-registration required. 1/2 prices on glasses and bottles of wine at The Green Heron. Kara Slawter will demonstrate paint techniques that you can use and she can help walk you through your painting process. Call Stokesarts to reserve your seat - 336-593-8159.

Reading with Reid and Terri - Aug. 8th at King Recreation Acres

An Evening of Stories, Poetry, and Song by NC authors and cousins North Carolina authors and cousins, Dr. Reid Gilbert and Terri Kirby Erickson, will present Reading with Reid and Terri, An Evening of Stories, Poetry, and Song on Friday, August 8 beginning at 7pm at the King Recreation Acres Community Building, 107 White Road in King, North Carolina.

Dr. E. Reid Gilbert grew up in Forsyth County, North Carolina, obtaining academic degrees from Brevard College and Duke University before leaving the state and earning degrees from three more institutions, culminating in a PhD in Asian Theatre from the University of Wisconsin. He served several years in the Methodist and Unitarian ministries. Pursuing his interest in the arts, he studied and taught mime and was Administrator of the International Mimes and Pantomimists. His involvement in theatre has included acting, directing and playwriting. For ten years he was Artistic Director of the Valley Ridge Theatre in Thomas, West Virginia. He also taught theatre in several colleges and retired as Professor-Emeritus of Ohio State University. He is a member of the National Theatre Conference. His honors include two Fulbright Awards to India and Thailand, and Distinguished Alumnus of Brevard College. In recent years he has devoted his energies to writing, including four completed works, “Trixter Jack”, “Shall We Gather at the River”, “What Matters”, and “The Twelve Houses of My Childhood.”

North Carolina native Terri Kirby Erickson is the author of four collections of poetry, including In the Palms of Angels (Press 53, 2011), winner of three international awards, and her latest collection, A Lake of Light and Clouds (Press 53, 2014). Telling Tales of Dusk (Press 53, 2009) was #23 on the Poetry Foundation Contemporary Best Seller List in 2010. Her work has won numerous awards, and has appeared in the 2013 Poet’s Market, The Christian Science Monitor, North Carolina Literary Review, Storysouth, JAMA, Verse Daily, and many other publications, and has twice been chosen by former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser for inclusion in his American Life in Poetry column, sponsored by The Poetry Foundation and the Library of Congress. She is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional organization of women educators, and has taught a number of poetry classes in public schools, universities, and other venues. For more information about her work, please visit her website at:

Reading with Reid and Terri is free to the public. For more information, contact the Stokes County Arts Council at 336-593-8159.

Loose CanonsArmy Ground Forces Band - Aug. 9th at King Central Park

The US Army Loose Cannons pop/rock band from Fort Bragg, North Carolina will present a free public concert on Saturday, August 9 beginning at 7pm at the King Central Park Amphitheatre, 302 Kirby Road in King.

The group is a professional performing ensemble of the Army Ground Forces Band and has performed throughout the United States and abroad, including entertaining troops in the Operation Iraqi Freedom theatre. Most of their songs come from music that is currently played on the radio and on the Billboard Top 40 chart. The August 9 performance will include selections by Adele, One Republic, Eve 6, Linkin Park, Journey, Cheap Trick, the Black Crowes, and many more. In addition to the performance, concessions will also be available for purchase.

The performance will be sponsored by the Stokes County Arts Council, City of King, and King American Legion. For more information, contact the Stokes County Arts Council at 336 593-8159. Remember to bring a lawn chair or blanket. Download the flyer to display at work or your fridge at home.

In the Gallery - Caroline Rutledge Armijo & Sandy Murray

Sandy MurrayAn opening reception will be held in honor of Caroline Rutledge Armijo and Sandy Murray on Friday, July 25th, 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 July 23rd through August 26th.  The public is cordially invited to attend the opening reception for the artists.

Stokes County native Caroline Rutledge Armijo, a mixed-media artist, moved “almost” home to Greensboro, North Carolina after living in Washington, DC’s Chinatown for seven years.  Caroline is the ninth generation to live in Stokes County, North Carolina.  She primarily works in book arts and paper sculpture, and her work focuses on family, personal history, and spirituality.

Caroline has studied studio art at a variety of art institutions, including the Corcoran, Smithsonian, the Center for Book Arts in New York City, the San Francisco Center for the Book, Penland School of Crafts, Jaffe Center for Book Arts at FAU, Asheville Bookworks, and the University of North Carolina.  Caroline received an MA in Liberal Studies from NC State University 2003, focusing on cultural institutions and lifelong learning.  She received her BA in Journalism with a focus on advertising from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1996, and has worked as a graphic artist, web designer, and marketing and production specialist, at several institutions at UNC-Chapel Hill and the state of North Carolina. 

From an early age, Sandy Murray enjoyed art and sports.  Later, he became more interested in photography, particularly landscapes and sunsets with the rich colors.  Murray holds a two year art degree from Mitchell College and pursued additional art classes from NC State University.

Murray will be exhibiting in the Apple Gallery with his third exhibit some of his newest landscapes and seascapes which will be in oil with acrylic mix.  He is married, has two sons and three grandchildren.  He is employed with Stokes County Schools.  His hobbies include camping, hiking, and fishing which are incorporated with his passion to create his lovely works of art.

For more information about this exhibit or upcoming opening reception, please contact the Stokes County Arts Council at (336) 593-8159 or visit us at  The Apple Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The gallery and offices are closed 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. daily and closed on Saturday and Sunday.  The viewing of this exhibit and opening reception is free to the public.

Broadway Through The Years Vol.II2014 Sauratown Summer Theatre Events

AUGUST 28-30

A musical revue. Journey through time hearing some of your favorite Broadway show tunes from the 1920’s to today. An ensemble of singers present solos, duets, and ensemble numbers from some of Broadway’s famous and not so famous shows.

This year’s Sauratown Summer Theatre season includes the play Things My Mother Taught Me, June 19-21, a romantic comedy chronicling a couple moving from New York to Chicago and what happens when both sets of parents show to "help," The Hero Squad vs. The Princess Snatchers, July 17-19, a theatre for young audiences performance about, you guessed it, a hero squad saving a princess from the princess snatchers, and the musical revue Broadway Through the Years Vol II, August 28-30, a musical revue spanning over 70 years on Broadway.

All performances are held at King Central Park Amphitheater, 302 Kirby Rd, King, NC 27021. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. To purchase a ticket or if you'd like to become a sponsor for a show or advertise in the summer theatre program you can call the Stokes County Arts Council at 336-593-8159.

Mark your calendar for upcoming StokesArts Events

Army Ground Forces Loose Cannons Band August 9th - King Central Park 7pm - FREE - Bring a lawn chair
Stokes Stomp September 13th & 14th
Reach the Peaks September 27th at Hanging Rock State Park
Reach the Peaks Art Recpetion October 10th 5:30pm to 8pm Hanging Rock Visitor's Center

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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  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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