Pouring Concrete

Spring is sprung, the weather has warmed up, and so Coram Construction poured the concrete yesterday.

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Position Announcement: Wood Studio Manager

Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, located in downtown Galax, Va, is a vital creative art school spanning many disciplines including sculpture, old time music, painting, pottery and much more. Our latest project is the construction of a new woodworking studio facility that will host classes and workshops in all areas of wood related craft, with a special emphasis on musical instrument building, furniture making, turning, carving and sculpture.

We are now accepting applications for a full time manager to oversee operation and scheduling of this facility. We are looking for a candidate who has:

  • Significant experience in many areas of woodworking (especially musical instruments)
  • Skills in teaching craft to others
  • Managerial experience in the day to day operation of an education facility
  • Experience working as a member of a creative team

Some of the job duties will include (but are not limited to):

  • Supervise and approve the smooth and safe operation of all budgeted and approved woodworking classes, workshops and demonstrations.
  • Negotiate and execute all contracts relating to classes, instructors, equipment, transportation, etc. in accordance with City of Galax/ CCSA Executive Director and Board policies.
  • Run the facility in a fiscally responsible manner within the City/Board-approved budget;
  • Prepare, with appropriate input, an annual operating budget and present for CCSA Executive Director and Board recommendation and approval by City Council in a timely manner;
  • Prepare an annual wood related marketing plan that assesses current and target markets and identifies strategies for classes;
  • Seek all appropriate funding for operations and capital outlays working in co-ordination with CCSA Executive Director, including private contributions, public and private grants, and any other funding sources to ensure financial sustainability within 3 years of initial operation of the school.

This position is a full-time position with the City of Galax and includes a full benefit package.

We are eagerly seeking qualified candidates and would be glad to send a complete job description, answer any questions, and give you a tour of our facility. To apply please send a completed City of Galax application, resume and cover letter to Chris Pollins-Shackelford at CCSA, 100 N Main St., Galax, VA 24333, or email to For more information please see our website at or call 276-236-3500.

The woodworking studio is scheduled for completion on or near June 30, 2015 and we will be scheduling classes there as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Printable version of the announcement 


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CCSA’s Groundbreaking for the new Wood Studio

February 3, 2015

Chestnut Creek School of the Arts had their official Groundbreaking Ceremony on Tuesday, February 3. This marks the start of construction on the new Wood Studio at 107 West Oldtown Street. The Wood Studio will offer classes in furniture building and design, instrument making, and general woodworking, and is expected to open this summer.

Mayor C.M. Mitchell spoke a few words about the facility and its importance to CCSA and the City of Galax. In attendance were Sandra Graham from The Lane Group; Tim Weatherman and Jerry Coram, Jr. from JG Coram Construction; Jeanie Barbrow from the USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant program, David Adams from the Department of Community and Housing Development’s Appalachian Regional Commission; Angela Wolfe from the Mt. Rogers Planning Commission; Galax City Mayor CM Mitchell, Vice Mayor Willie Greene, City Council Member Sharon Plichta, City Manager Keith Barker, and Grants Writer Brenda Marrah from the City of Galax; members of CCSA’s Board of Directors past and present Rebecca Cardwell (Chair), Irene Turner, Ches Helmick, Ken McFadyen, William Roberts, Becky Guynn, Jeff Sebens, Frank Plichta, and Theresa Lazo; Wood Studio Committee member Mac Traynham; CCSA staff and volunteers; and others interested in the growth of the school. Rebecca Cardwell and C.M. Mitchell wielded the golden shovels. CCSA’s mascot Arty was also in attendance.

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Groundbreaking for the new Wood Studio, February 3, 10:30 am

Groundbreaking for Chestnut Creek School of the Arts’ New Wood Studio
Please join us for the groundbreaking ceremony for Chestnut Creek School of the Arts’ (CCSA) new Wood Studio on Tuesday, February 3rd at 10:30am. The studio will at 107 West Oldtown Street, next to the parking lot at the corner of Oldtown and Jefferson Streets in Galax, Virginia.

Funds to build the Wood Studio came from multiple sources including grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DCHD) ; the Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program (RBEG), which is a function of the U.S. Department of Agriculture; and The Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission. Additional funding for the project is provided by CCSA and in-kind donations from the City of Galax. The building was designed by The Lane Group, Inc., and will be constructed by J.G. Coram Construction of Mt. Airy, NC.

CCSA is a collaborative project with the City of Galax The mission of CCSA is to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of southwest Virginia by offering classes and events for all ages and skill levels in traditional music, heritage crafts, and contemporary arts. Classes are tailored to serve both area residents within an easy driving distance as well as visitors to the area, with a mix of weekend workshops and weekday and evening classes. The main studios, gift shop, gallery and administrative offices are in the renovated First National Bank building at 100 North Main Street. The downtown campus also includes Oldtown Pottery at 110 East Oldtown Street. The new Wood Studio will complete the three-building campus planned at the inception of CCSA.

CCSA’s Wood Studio will provide equipment and teaching space for classes in instrument building, furniture building and design, wood turning, and other wood related skills, techniques and applications. The building is projected to be open in the summer of 2015, with the first classes in July.


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Fiddlers Week Videos

The videos from the Fiddlers Week Musical Heritage events are now online!

Old-time and Bluegrass Singing Styles Showcase

Tales From the Field Discussion

Old-time and Bluegrass Fiddle Styles Showcase

Luthiers Discussion on the Art of Making, Repairing, and Setting Up Stringed Instruments



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Current at the Creek Fall 2014

Click here to read our latest newsletter, Current at the Creek, with loads of information about upcoming events; a student, instructor and volunteer spotlight; and other information about Chestnut Creek School of the Arts.

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In a Days Drive

WSLS 10 out of Roanoke produced a segment on Galax for their “In a Day’s Drive” series that includes Chestnut Creek School of the Arts.

The series highlights various locations that are within a day’s drive of Roanoke. The reporter who came to visit also has a blog site where she had additional photos, including several at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts

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Fiddlers Week Events

Chestnut Creek School of the Arts is holding a full week of events during Fiddlers Week, August 2 – 9.

For a pdf version of the schedule, go to Fiddlers week events 2014.

For event descriptions and details, go to the Schedule/Events page on the website.

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Chestnut Creek School of the Arts is now registered with Amazon Smile. If you shop on Amazon using the link below, Amazon will automatically donate .5% of your purchase price to Chestnut Creek School of the Arts. Just click on the link below and start shopping!


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Youth Art Show Winners Announced

The 2nd Annual City of Galax Youth Art Exhibit featured over fifty drawings and paintings of City of Galax resident youth ages 6-18.  This exhibit was on display at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts located at 100 North Main Street, downtown Galax from May 1 through May 30th.  Guests, residents and visitors were encouraged to place their votes for their favorites in each of three categories:  Elementary, Middle and High School categories.

The ballots have been tallied and congratulations go out to the following youth who received the top six highest numbers of votes in their category:  Elementary:  Lauren Morton, Alberto Rojas Vera, Gracie Firgau, Mary Rachel White, Miguel Loera Gonzales and Jaelind Moraski; Middle: Gabriela Solorzano, Santana Sawyers, Griff Morris, Ruto Thi, Aariel Smith and Sarah Elmsry and High School: Cody McMillon, Elijah Funk, August Reavis, Rebekah Bennett, Kyla Revolorio and Lyndsey Nale.   There were six winners in each of the three categories.  Each entry will be framed and exhibited in one of six public facilities:  Municipal Building, Courthouse,  Recreation Center, Visitors Center, Crossroads and CCSA.

This effort is made possible by members of the City of Galax Public Art Committee, City of Galax Public School Art Teachers  and Chestnut Creek School of the Arts.  The City of Galax Public Art Committee works on behalf of Galax City Council.  Contact Chris Pollins-Shackelford, Executive Director at CCSA and Chairman of the Public Arts Committee at (276)236-3500, or  CCSA is a function of the City of Galax and offers classes and events year-round for all ages and skill levels in traditional music, heritage crafts and contemporary arts.

Click here to view the press release

Elementary School Winners


Middle School Winners


High School Winners


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