There are so many wonderful festivals in Galax throughout the year and we welcome folks to make CCSA part of their festival experience by visiting our facility at 100 N. Main St.  Take a tour;  learn about our programming;  sign up for our email list to receive our seasonal online newsletter with exciting new classes, and shop from a wonderful variety of local handmade arts and crafts in our Dixon Vault Gift Galley.  We often have exciting things going on at CCSA during festivals, including artisan demonstrations and hands-on activities for the whole family!  CCSA also hosts yearly events for the general public as well as our wonderful volunteers and supporters.  There’s always something going on in Galax and there’s always exciting stuff happening at CCSA!  Check the links below for more information about all these events.

Fall Plein Air Day

October 17, 2015

Fall Plein Air Day at Mt. Vale Vineyards
3222 Meadow Creek Rd, Galax, VA
Saturday, October 17 (rain or shine)
Painting 8:00am-3:00pm
Plein Air Workshop with Amy Jackson 9:30-10:30 am

Reception begins at 3:00 pm
Art Show begins around 3:30 with Wet-Paint Sale and Auction to follow
Artists participation fee: $20 (register by Monday, October 12, for a $5 discount) 

The public is invited to come join us for a lovely day at Mt. Vale Vineyards to enjoy the view, sip on a glass of wine, and enjoy a day filled with art. And at the end of the day, you can purchase the painting you saw come to life as you watched the artists work.

Plein Air artists paint outdoors, working quickly to capture the light and complete their work in one day. Artists work in several mediums including oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastels, and some complete multiple paintings during the paint-out.

Everyone is invited to paint - beginners and advanced alike. The fee for participating is $20, which includes lunch, a glass of wine, and inclusion in the art show. For those who are new to plein air painting, local artist Amy Jackson will be leading a workshop from 9:30-10:30 am, called From Art Journaling to Plein Air, where she will give tips and pointers on working in the out-of-doors to paint the scene in front of you. All mediums are welcome, and you need to bring your own painting supplies. Workshop participants are then able to spend the rest of the day painting. If you plan to take the workshop, please let us know so we can get an idea of how many to expect - choose the "Plein Air - with workshop" option when registering online, or let us know when you call to register, or register on site the day of the event.

You don't have to paint to join us - the public is invited to come to this event for free to enjoy a glass of wine, stroll the grounds, and watch the artists paint in the morning and early afternoon, and stay for the reception and art show later in the day.

In the afternoon there will be a wine and cheese reception, at 3:00 with music, and wine and cheese for purchase. The art show begins after the formal judging, around 3:30, at which time the People's Choice judging begins. There will be a sale and auction of the work created that day after the People's Choice judging has ended. This event is free and open to the public.  

Artist registration begins at 8:00 am. The $20 registration fee lunch and a glass of wine, as well as the workshop for those who are interested. For the art show and sale, please bring a frame for your work, and a display easel if you have one. Prizes will awarded during the reception (1st-$150, 2nd-$100, 3rd-$50, judges honorable mention, People's Choice, and other special prizes), followed by the sale and auction. Please note that Chestnut Creek School of the Arts will keep 20% of the auction/sale price.

This year we will also be offering artists the opportunity to bring some of their existing work for sale. Please bring your own displays.

This event is sponsored by Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, City Gallery of Fine Arts, and Mt. Vale Vineyards.

Artists may pre-register for this event. Register by Monday, October 12 for a $5 discount.

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Crooked Road Concert

October 24, 2015

Crooked Road Concert with Kirk Sutphin and Riley Baugus
Saturday, October 24, 7:00 pm
Admission: TBD

Growing up as friends and neighbors in the North Carolina Piedmont, Kirk and Riley were heavily exposed to traditional music of the Round Peak area. Together they visited elder traditional musicians in and around Grayson and Surry Counties where they learned tunes and techniques the Round Peak area is known for.

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Concert with Laurelyn Dossett

November 7, 2015

Concert with Laurelyn Dossett
Saturday, November 7, 7:00 pm
Admission $10.00 at the door
Advance tickets will be available beginning October 24

Join us for an intimate "house-style" concert with Laurelyn Dossett.

Singer/songwriter Laurelyn Dossett lives and writes in the piedmont of North Carolina, and her songs tend to reflect the stories of the region, both traditional and contemporary. One of the most sought-after voices in creative collaborations, she co-founded Polecat Creek with singing partner Kari Sickenberger in 1997. Laurelyn is a frequent performer at regional music festivals such as Merlefest and has been a guest on the radio show Prairie Home Companion. She has toured with folk legend Alice Gerrard and songwriter Diana Jones, and premiered composer Kenneth Frazelle’s song cycle, “Songs in the Rear View Mirror,” in 2010, and has toured with the North Carolina Symphony in 2009 and 2011 and 2013.

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Holiday Artists Market

Holiday Artists Market
November 21 - January 2
Market Preview and Artists' Reception Friday, November 20

It's that time once again - time for our annual Holiday Artists Market. The gift shop will be overflowing with additional handcrafted items made by local artists, making it the perfect place to shop for special gifts for the special people in your life.

Artists who are participating in the market will be at CCSA on Saturdays doing demonstrations from 10am to 4 pm. The schedule will be posted at a later date.

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