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

In the Apple Gallery - Greg Arens

greg arens1An opening reception will be held in honor of Greg Arens on Friday, April 24th, 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 April 23rd through May 26th. 

Greg Arens loves to paint.  Watercolor is his choice of medium; however, he also enjoys oils, acrylics and pastels.  He enjoys watercolors as they are so fast and so portable and the oils, because they are so forgiving.    He majored in art for three years in college and has won thirty awards in local and regional juried exhibitions over the years, including four “Best in Shows.”

Arens states, “The world is not exactly facing a shortage of man-made images.  In fact, given the most of the images are designed to make the viewer buy something, believe something, or stay tuned till the next commercial, I might be of more service to mankind if I went around vaporizing images, instead of creating new ones.  But, as mentioned, I love to paint, and since I don’t really hurt anybody by painting, that’s what I do.”

He further states, “It’s still an amazing world out there, full of wondrous things, if we’d only stop and notice.  In ambitious moods, I dream that somehow my artwork might help viewers deepen their relationship with this greater world.   I mostly paint realistic watercolor landscapes, but also some oils, and various other subjects.  I work mostly “plein aire,” and follow the visual world pretty faithfully.  One could argue that I am merely illustrating what I see.  I prefer to say that I’m trying to be an honest reporter…albeit a reporter whose goal is to evoke some genuine emotions within the viewer.  I try to avoid the cheap sentimentality that pervades a lot of realist art – but on the other hand, it’s hard not to be glowingly positive when painting in the presence of a fine scene in nature.” 

greg arens2Arens’ paintings are more about life than art, and more about external situations than internal emotions. He states, “Mostly, I just try to be true both to the scene presented and my personal reaction to said scene.”

He further offered this Artist’s Statement:  In these limitless times I’ve constricted my aim trying thus to be solid.  Does this warrant blame: that instead of post-modernist art, it’s my fate to paint realist landscapes, twelve decades too late?

To view Greg Arens artwork and learn more about the artist, please visit

The Stokes County Arts Council would like to invite the public to meet the artist at the opening reception on April 24th, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  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, please visit or contact Stokes Arts at (336) 593-8159.

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  Additionally, for more information about the artist, visit under “workshops and classes.”  Some partial or full scholarships are available.  Send requests to

Sunday in the Park Concert - May 3rd, 3:00 at King Central Park

The Stokes County Arts Council is proud to present Sunday in the Park on May 3rd at 3:00 pm at King Central Park, 302 Kirby Rd., King, NC. The West Stokes High School Chorus will perform as well as the UNC School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble. Free Admission. Concessions available for purchase.

May 3rd

In the Hanging Rock State Park Visitor's Center Gallery - Bruce Burgess

Bruce Burgess at the Hanging Rock State Park Visitors Center in April & May. The opening reception will be Sunday, April 12th from 2-4pm. The public is invited to attend this free reception and exhibition. Visitor's Center Hours at Hanging Rock State Park are 9am - 4:45 daily.
For more information about this exhibit, please contact the Stokes County Arts Council at (336) 593-8159.


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

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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