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

TONIGHT In Danbury: 3 FREE Giveaways! Do you have Cabin Fever from all the snow days recently?? Maybe you have been stuck in the house looking around thinking, I need to replace some of this worn out old furniture. Well here is your chance to check out a display of Locally Made Unique Fable Porch Furniture at the Opening Reception of their Gallery Showing. Meet and speak with the crafters, Mark and Angela Mabe of Fable Porch Furniture over Refreshments and good company, 5:30 - 8pm Tonight (Friday).

coffee tableIn the Gallery for March - Fable Porch Furniture

The Stokes County Arts Council is proud to host Mark and Angela Mabe showcasing Fable Porch Furniture in the Apple Gallery during the month of March 2015. An opening reception will be held on Friday, February 27th, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Stokes County Arts Council, 500 N. Main Street, Danbury, North Carolina. The public is invited to attend.

The Mabes state, “Our furniture is bench made and family crafted on our working farm in the inviting foothills of North Carolina, just outside the furniture capital of the world. This is where our simple, but luxurious creations are born, fussed over and carefully crafted with decades of experience. Furniture is our passion, you see at March Legend [Trademark]; we are not busy counting every plank of wood, every hinge or dowel road to ensure maximum profit, what we are busy doing is making down to earth, affordable furniture one price at a time that we expect our customers to never replace. At March Legend, it’s the best American kiln dried woods, the best American made finishes, that’s who March Legend is, and nothing watered down, ever.”

Vermont Natural Coatings is used in just about every step of the finishing process from staining to market superior clear topcoats. This finish is made from milk and cheese byproducts, and have found this finish to be many times harder than most commercial lacquers while lessening any adverse effects on the environment or to employees’ health. The Mabes also use products such as Citrus Solvent made from Orange peels instead of toxic lacquer solvents and mineral spirits. Years have been spent testing nontoxic ways to produce and finish furniture in order to protect the employees, customers and the environment.

end tableBeyond the nontoxic finishing principles, raw materials using 100% renewable or reclaimed wood sources have been chosen. The Mabes incorporate highly skilled bench made carpentry experience to minimize waste. They are committed to making the least impact on our environment in making their creations, with the furniture lasting many generations instead of finding its way to a landfill.

In addition to the Apple Gallery exhibit scheduled for March, March Legend furniture may be seen in some of Americas best restaurants, hotels, retail stores, specialty stores, ski lodges, bed and breakfast establishments or pubs. March Legend has done private label work for many industry leaders in providing quality and luxury to their clients. Let’s begin your journey with March Legend, visit with us now at www.fableporchfurniture.com, the best furniture decisions are made with March Legend.

Join us at the Apple Gallery for the opening reception on Friday, February 27th, meet Mark and Angela Mabe, and see a selection of their beautifully handcrafted furniture. The viewing of this exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on display February 26th through March March 24th. The Apple Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We are closed on Saturday and Sunday and holidays. For more information, contact the Stokes County Arts Council at (336) 593-8159.
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2015 Winter Dessert Theater

Tickets for all performances of the 2015 Winter Dessert Theatre Series are now on sale at the Stokes County Arts Council located at 500 N. Main Street, Danbury NC and are $10 for general audience, $5 for students. $25 Season Tickets for scac members. Ticket price includes dessert and performance.

wileySaturday, February 28th at 7:00 PM Postponed Due to the Weather
Mike Wiley Productions brings us, Jackie Robinson: “A Game Apart" at:
South Stokes High School Auditorium
1100 South Stokes High Drive
Walnut Cove, NC
 Dessert Sponsor: Mitchell’s Greenhouse and Nursery of King

Saturday, March 14th at 3:00 PM and again at 7:00 PM
NoneSuch Playmakers brings us, “The Music That Won The War” at:
King Moravian Church
Fellowship Hall
234 West Dalton Road. King, NC
7:00 Dessert Sponsor:  Artist’s Way Creations of Danbury

Saturday, March 28th at 2:00 PM
the Charlotte Ballet brings us, “Black, Blue and Green” at
Mount Olive Elementary
2145 Chestnut Grove Road
King, NC
Dessert Sponsor:  Barry Amburn, CPA and Financial Planner

 

Adult Painting Classes in Danbury Feb. 19 - March 19

Richards Still LifeImpressionist Painting for Adults

$3o per class or $125 for the 5 week session
Thursday Classes 6-8pm; Session February 19- March 19

The class will be taught by award winning artist Craig Richards. Craig will teach the basics of impressionist painting using oils but students may use any colored media they wish.
Location: Community Services Building, 700 Main St., Danbury, NC 27016 
Parking located around the side of the building on Sheep Rock Rd.
Class Description: This class will be enjoyed by the beginner and experienced artist alike, the class will cover composition, values, color and impression.
Supplies: Students are responsible for their own supplies although equipment and supplies will be on sale before each class. For information on Craig’s color palette go to www.artistcraigrichards.com under the heading, “workshops and classes.” Feel free to call (336) 655-4888 for additional information.

Students should have 5-10 small canvases or panels; size minimum 8”X10”, maximum 11”X14”;
A Palette, brushes (Suggested 2,4,6 flat or bright), odorless mineral spirits if working with oils (Gamsol), The minimum compliment of paint colors should include, White, a warm red (Cadmium red), a cool red (Alizarin Crimson), a warm blue (Cerulean or Manganese), a cool blue (French Ultramarine blue), a warm yellow (Cadmium yellow), a cool yellow (Cadmium Lemon).
Some partial or full scholarships are available. Send requests to pleinairpainting@yahoo.com

RichardsImpressionist Painting for Students (Middle School and up)

$2o per class or $90 for the 5 week session
Some Scholarships are available, ask for details artistcraigrichards@gmail.com
Sunday Classes 4:30-6:30pm; Session February 22- March 29

The class will be taught by award winning artist Craig Richards. Craig will teach the basics of impressionist painting using oils but students may use any colored media they wish.
Location: Community Services Building, 700 Main St., Danbury, NC 27016   
Parking located around the side of the building on Sheep Rock Rd.
Class Description: This class will be enjoyed by the beginner and experienced artist alike, the class will cover composition, values, color and impression.
Supplies: Students are responsible for their own supplies although equipment and supplies will be on sale before each class. For information on Craig’s color palette go to www.artistcraigrichards.com under workshops and classes. Feel free to call (336) 655-4888 for additional information.

Students should have 5-10 small canvases or panels; size minimum 8”X10”, maximum 11”X14”;
A Palette, brushes (Suggested 2,4,6 flat or bright), odorless mineral spirits if working with oils (Gamsol), The minimum compliment of paint colors should include, White, a warm red (Cadmium red), a cool red (Alizarin Crimson), a warm blue (Cerulean or Manganese), a cool blue (French Ultramarine blue), a warm yellow (Cadmium yellow), a cool yellow (Cadmium Lemon).

StokesArts Scholarship Information

The Stokes County Arts Council announces a scholarship available to Stokes County residents.  The council established the SCAC Scholarship to assist a worthy young individual or individuals in pursuing their artistic goals in higher education.

These yearly scholarships are awarded to Stokes County residents graduating from one of the county high schools who plan  to major in an arts-related field.  A student currently attending an institution of higher learning with the same career goals may also apply.  An institution of higher learning approved by the Scholarship Review Committee must have already accepted the student.

The scholarship will award up to $3,000.  The amount of the scholarship is based upon the financial need of the applicant.  The recipient may reapply every year.  The scholarship will be paid directly to the institution.

The winner or winners will be selected by a committee made up of the SCAC Board of Directors and from the community at large.  No immediate relative of an applicant may serve on the committee.  The decision of the committee is final.

Applications are due at the Arts Council office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 13th 2015.  The committee will not consider late applications or incomplete applications that are not in the office by the close of business on March 15th.  Applications are available from the Stokes County Arts Council (P. O. Box 66) 500 N. Main Street, Danbury, North Carolina.  Call (336) 593-8159 for additional information.

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In the Hanging Rock State Park Visitor's Center Gallery - Ken Bridle

“Eyes of an artist, vision of a scientist”

Ken BridleHanging Rock State Park Visitors Center will feature artist Ken Bridle’s exhibit during the months of February and March 2015.  A reception will be held in Ken’s honor on Sunday, March 8, 2015, 2-4 p.m. at the Visitor’s Center, 1790 Hanging Rock Park Road, Danbury, North Carolina.   The public is invited to attend this free event.

Bridle is a conservationist by profession as well as an artist by passion.  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.

Over the past three decades, Bridle has spent the majority of his professional career working to promote the conservation and appreciation of natural resources upon which our economy as well as our health and wellbeing depend.  He has spent most of his time as a botanist and field ecologist doing inventory and restoration work as a consultant and currently a Stewardship Director for the Piedmont Land Conservancy, responsible for easement monitoring and management of over 19,000 acres of land in more than 170 projects across 12 counties of central and northwest North Carolina.  The important features of many natural areas can typically be documented by a scientist with photographs, maps, reports and species lists.  However, it is often the depiction of the special place by a painter, poet, or photographer that reaches a wider audience.  He believes that art plays a significant role in communication of natural wonder and beauty while helping others to understand nature and care for our shared natural resources.  He would like to use his paintings to develop more of these skills.

Several years ago he had the opportunity to take the Piedmont Outdoor Painting Society members out to some Piedmont Land Conservancy project sites.  It was then that he realized that the “eyes of an artist” can complement the “vision of a scientist.”  He was especially attracted to watercolor as a medium because of the light and luminous possibilities that compliment his feelings and nature appreciation.  Over the past several years in painting and drawing classes, he has been sharpening his eye for detail and learning techniques.  These new artistic skills have improved his observations and have given him new methods to share his love and appreciation of the natural world. 

His interest in the arts has focused around Stokes County Arts Council where he has been an active volunteer, board member and past president, supporter and participant in many programs including being Master of Ceremonies of the Stokes Stomp Festival for many years.  He lives in Walnut Cove with his wife, Luann.

For more information about this exhibit, please contact the Stokes County Arts Council at (336) 593-8159.

Uncorked

Winter Uncorked Painting Series at the Green Heron

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


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 janis@janishenderson.com. For more artists and images please vist the Stokes County Arts Council's Visual Artist's page at: www.pbase.com/stokesarts

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.
OUR MISSION

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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