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

Reach The PeaksReach the Peaks - Sept. 27th at Hanging Rock State Park

Reach the Peaks is the premier single day hiking challenge in North Carolina.  The event is a strenuous 11 mile hike 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.  Co-organized by the Stokes County Arts Council and Friends of the Sauratown Mountains, all participants will report to Event Start/End location at the Hanging Rock State Park Visitor's Center Parking Lot from 7:30am to 9:30am, with all participants required to begin the hike no later than 9:30am. Advance registration is $25 per person (either online via Brown Paper Tickets or in person at the arts council) and ends Sept. 25th at 5:30pm, day of registration $35 per person.  Participants will receive an event t-shirt, event stainless steel water bottle, trail map, post-hike meal, trail comfort/hospitality, entertainment, and trail safety team sweeps.   Friends of the Sauratown Mountains

Day of Registration are not guaranteed a t-shirt or water bottle on that day, but can work with event staff for pick-up or delivery on a future date. Participants who complete the hike will receive a specially created embroidered patch, and join a select group of hikers who have completed this single day hiking challenge. Participants interested in pre-registering and including their dog on the hike are encouraged to contact 336 593-8159 prior to the event.  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.  The event will take place rain or shine.  

In the Gallery - Bruce Burgess

An opening reception was held in honor of local artist Bruce Burgess on Friday, August 29th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Apple Gallery at the Stokes County Arts Council, 500 N. Main Street, Danbury.  The exhibit will be on display August 29th through September 23rd.   The public is invited to visit the Apple Gallery Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and view this lovely exhibit of oil paintings and drawings. 

Burgess - Danbury Community ChurchAbout the Artist… Bruce Burgess enjoys drawing and painting directly from life.  Capturing the feelings of an experience and sharing those is the greatest connection between the artist and the viewer, hopefully evoking an emotional response that is also deeply personal.  Drawing on a background of illustration where many photo references and studies are produced for each composition, painting directly from the subject demands a spontaneity and accuracy that is challenging and rewarding. 

His formal studies began at NOVA Community College and continued with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration from Virginia Commonwealth University, studies in painting and printmaking from Saatchi Art School, Florence, Italy, and continued studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. 

Burgess participates in “plein-air” outings and shows, including the Painting North Carolina show at Germanton Gallery every April.  His artwork may be found at fine restaurants in the area, including Milner’s American Southern in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

This show is a combination of oil paintings and drawings celebrating the life, beauty and culture of the state.  These works were created on location, “en plein-air” in North Carolina, in most cases “alla prima” – completed in one sitting.

Burgess was raised mostly in northern Virginia, then moved to Stokes County after school and travelling the country to be close to his wife and raise a family.  Burgess and his family enjoy the outdoors, exploring the natural world and spends time painting and drawing through commissions including portraits, illustrations, and murals in a variety of mediums.  The artist may be contacted at

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.

Uncorked Painting Series at the Green Heron

UncorkedUncorked Sept. 24th theme: Old Time Memories

October 22nd theme: Night Owls

$25 price includes: blank canvas, paint, brushes and snacks!
Only 20 seats available. Pre-registration and pre-payment required.
1/2 prices on glasses and bottles of wine
Kara Slawter will demonstrate paint techniques that you can use and she can help walk you through your painting process.

The Green Heron is located on Flinchum Rd., in Danbury, NC.

World Championship Chicken Stew Contest - 11/1

Save the date for the 3rd annual Chicken Stew contest located at King Central Park in King, NC on November 1st from 12pm - 5pm. Look for more information in the near future.

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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