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

Impressionist Painting for Adults - Octboer 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th. 6-8pm in Danbury


Craig Richards, a member of the Piedmont Outdoor Painters, will offer the “Impressionist Painting Class for Adults” beginning Thursday, October 1st, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Stokes Community Services Building (auditorium), 700 N. Main Street, Danbury, North Carolina. Classes will continue on Thursday evenings in October. The cost is $30 per class or $125 for the five week session. Richards will continue in the tradition of French and American Impressionism but with individual attention to student works. Students can bring pieces they want to complete and will receive guidance along the way. This class is enjoyed by beginners and experienced artist alike, covering composition, values, color and impression. Students are responsible for their own supplies although equipment and supplies will be on sale before each class. See Craig’s color palette under “workshops and classes.” This class is sponsored by the Stokes County Arts Council. The class is limited to 10 students per session. For more information, or to pre-register, please call (336) 593-8159.

Stokes County Arts Council to feature Jesse Moore & Kitty Ray Brown in the Apple Gallery - September 23rd - October 17th

Jesse MooreThe Stokes County Arts Council is proud to feature Kitty Ray Brown and Jesse Hood Moore, VII in the Apple Gallery during the month of October. An opening reception will be held in their honor on Friday, September 25th, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Apple Gallery, Stokes County Arts Council, 500 N. Main Street, Danbury, North Carolina. The public is invited to enjoy refreshments, talk with the arts and view an exhibit of beautiful photography.

About the Artists…..

Kitty Ray Brown shared this with the Arts Council: “Several weeks ago, cleaning out my mother’s house, I came across my first camera. The camera name must have spoken to me those many years ago: Brownie! Ever since I got it, I’ve enjoyed capturing images as I see them. Preferably, up close.

For many years, I’ve kept a camera nearby at all times, capturing thousands of pictures of family, children and grandchildren. They’ve all heard me say, “Just one more”.

A few years back, I made the big leap to higher-quality equipment. First, a Nikon D90. More recently, a Nikon D7100. Very recently, using prime lenses rather than zooms, for maximum sharpness.

My career as a jeweler and a watchmaker influenced an interest in the tiny details most people never notice. I like to surprise the viewer. “Fire in the Eye” is an example. Pictures that appear at first glance to be black-and-white, but actually are in color. “Cabin hidden in a snowy forest” is an example, as are some of the flower pictures.

Some of my photos have been made into huge tapestries, sold to hotels and resorts around the world. Now that I’m studying Impressionist Landscape Painting, I use photographs to guide me on the canvas.

My formula for making better pictures is fairly simple: Take pictures every day. And keep in mind the advice of the great Robert Capa: “If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough.”

I try to keep the price of the pictures as low as possible. After all, if buyers can’t afford them, they can’t share the pleasure I had making them.”

Jesse Moore stated: “My first camera was an Ansco box – a Christmas present when I was 13 years old. One year and two days later – using a $50 Praktica FX – I published my first front-page photograph in a daily newspaper. By the time I turned 16, I had published a national magazine article and a few pictures in national publications.

Early on, I decided to become a writing journalist, not a news photographer. My newspaper editor helped me land a scholarship to attend William & Mary. Good start, bad outcome: I came down with cancer. The doctors gave me five years to live. I’m still here. They’re not.

In my teens, I paid for equipment and supplies by selling pin-up photos to publishers of what were then called “48 pagers”. It was a great way for a shy country boy to meet pretty girls.

As a young journalist, carrying a camera gave me an edge. After all, it’s cheaper for a newspaper to send one person to cover a story, rather than a writer-photographer team.

I left the newspaper business to go into advertising and public relations. Being able to complete a project with my own camera was more efficient and saved money for the client.

In 1977, while I was hospitalized, a flood destroyed almost every negative and print I owned – about 40,000 photographs. I didn’t touch a camera again for 10 years.

Over the years, I’ve written about a zillion political speeches, tourist and product brochures, radio and TV commercials, and a couple dozen books. No Great American Novels. Most of the books were technical, on medical, legal, and computer-related topics. In 1997, I was senior writer and historical accuracy editor with the alcohol-pickled five-person team that produced “50 Years of Speed,” the history of NASCAR. (If you ever hear an announcer use the phrase, “The Thunder Under Your Feet,” I wrote it first.)

The latest book is called “Great Pictures Made Simple.” It’s aimed at ordinary folks with inexpensive cameras and cell phones who don’t want to become professionals: They just want to make better pictures of the dogs, cats and family.

Today, I’m retired, living on the Stokes County farm I bought in 1979. (Since I’ve only been here 36 years, people still say, “You ain’t from around here, are you?”) When I can churn up enough energy to get off the couch, I make pictures of subjects I like: Mostly landscapes, flowers and wildlife.

This exhibit will be on display September 23rd through October 27th in the Apple Gallery. Please join us for this wonderful exhibit. The Stokes County Arts Council is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For additional information about the exhibit, please contact the Stokes County Arts Council at (336) 593-8159 or visit

Upcoming Events

Triad Outdoor Painters Opening Reception and Exhibit - Sunday, October 11th, 2-4 p.m., Hanging Rock State Park Visitors Center.  This show is organized by Craig Richards.
Craig Richards Opening Reception and Exhibit - Friday, October 30th, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Stokes County Arts Council Apple Gallery. 
Stokes Soup in a Bowl - Saturday, November 21st from 11am - 2pm
Christmas in Danbury - Sunday, December 6th from 2 - 5pm
Polar Plunge - Friday, January 1st, Hanging Rock State Park Bathhouse from 1 - 3pm Arrive at 1:00 to socialize and register and prepare for the plunge at 2pm. Spectators can purchase food and beverages
Piedmont Acappella Showcase - Saturday, April 9th at King Central Park

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:

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