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.

Wrap It Up

October 6, 2014–October 31, 2014

An exhibit of wraps, scarves, and shawls
October 6—November 1

A collaborative event sponsored by the Mountain Homespun Fiber Guild displayed at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, 100 N Main St., Galax, VA

Enjoy the beauty of hand-crafted fiberlicious wraps made by local artisans.

Come learn to make your own snuggly wrap, let the Fiber Guild experts show you how.

CCSA is currently taking registrations for the following classes:

For more information and to register, click on the class link above or call 276-236-3500. Don’t delay — class sizes are limited.

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Robert Broderson Exhibit

October 7, 2014–November 14, 2014

Robert Broderson: 40 Years of Painting
October 7-November 14
Closing Reception November 14,  5:00-8 :00 pm

Robert Broderson was a figurative painter, concerned with human and other figures.  He sometimes invented new creatures in his work; often, a menagerie of people and animals who seemed to pose the perennial questions: where do we come from, where do we go.

Broderson studied all the varieties of human experience and expression.  He said that the people in his paintings were not real people, and he almost never knew what he would paint ahead of time – his work developed expressionistically, in the process of painting. He peopled whole worlds and painted nearly every day for forty-five years.

Often covering a whole wall with canvas sheets randomly cut from a roll, Broderson worked on each and all at once. He never hesitated to rework what seemed finished, preferred not to date his work, did not worry much about titles. 

His early work was done in black and white.  The black was oil, India ink, pastel, or pen; the white was painted, left bare, or scratched off with a penknife.  Broderson studied shades of black and white, brown, and gray off and on for decades, and in his later years, he moved into strikingly discordant colors of oil pastel. In-between is a vast body of work, which testifies to the fertility of his creative imagination.

As a painter Broderson worker mainly with oils, but he began experiments with acrylics in his later years, and worked in pencil, pastel, and pen and ink throughout his career. The book of his work, RobertBroderson:32Drawings, is a masterful blend of his drawing and painting techniques.

Broderson’s favorite painter was Goya, and his homage is readily apparent in the dark paintings and disturbing themes, which are obvious throughout his career.  He also loved Cezanne, for the beauty of his work and his seminal role as precursor of modernity. He loved Picasso for his playfulness and because he seemed to encompass all of modern art within his work.


Robert Broderson was born in West Haven, Ct. on July 6, 1920, and died in Independence, Virginia. on March 12, 1992. He was a painter for forty-five years, from the time he entered Duke University to his last years in his studio in Independence overlooking the New River.

Broderson served in the Air Force from 1942 to 1945, and in 1947 he enrolled as a twenty-seven-year-old freshman at Duke University on the G.I. Bill. In his sophomore year at Duke, he began the work in painting that would be his life.  After he graduated from Duke in 1950, he went on to earn a M.F.A. from State University of Iowa. 

Broderson spent many years teaching, first at Duke, and later North Carolina State. He also taught summer classes at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. After the sixties, Broderson gave up teaching and devoted all his life to painting.

Highlights of Broderson’s career include receiving Guggenheim and Ford Foundation Grants, having his work included in shows at the Whitney, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Metropolitan, and being inducted  into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. 

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