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Art. Style. Create. & Chestnut Creek School of the Arts announce:
Willard Gayheart: Heart of Appalachia ~And Introducing the Whimsical Visual Art of His Granddaughter Musician, Dori Freeman~

Master Appalachian artist Willard Gayheart captures the heart and soul of Appalachian culture in his fine photorealistic graphite renderings.

The artist will be re-releasing prints for the first time in decades for this exhibit. Gayheart has been featured by the Washington Post and has been referred to as the Norman Rockwell of Appalachia.

His granddaughter musician Dori Freeman named “One of the top 10 country artists you need to know” by Rolling Stone Magazine; will be showcasing her fresh quirky artwork for the first time at this exhibit.

The exhibit is being produced and installed by a creative team of Art. Style. Create., Inc. artists in collaboration with Chestnut Creek School of the Arts. Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, has generously offered to host and the show in downtown Galax, Virginia.

The show opens August 6, 2018 during the 83rd annual Oldtime Fiddler’s Convention and runs through early fall. The exhibit is available to view during business hours.

Galax Public Art Announces Call for Art

City of Galax- Public Art
Call for Art

July 2018

The City of Galax Public Art Committee calls for graphic designs for Main Street banners. A framework template has been developed. The banners measure 95” high by 30” wide.

The Project – Call for Art for Main Street Banners

The Public Art Committee is seeking design sketches for the banners on Main Street. A template using the Galax Pick Logo and website has been developed as a background for the proposed designs.

The design should illustrate Galax community values. Exceptional banner designs will reflect community pride and what makes Galax unique. The images should not be so small or too detailed that they will not be readily discernable from a car driving down Main Street.

Traditionally, Main Street Banners have been rotated for the following Seasons and Holidays: Spring, Summer, Independence Day, Fall and Winter or Christmas. The Galax Public Art Committee seeks designs for these Seasons and Holidays.

The Galax Public Art Committee encourages all Galax residents, youth and fans to submit designs. If your design is chosen as one of the top six designs, an honorary $100 stipend will be awarded.

The Process

The entire Galax community, youth, graphic designers and artisans are encouraged to submit design entries.

Entries must include:

Sketch or rendering of the design.
On a separate sheet or on the back of the design, please print your name, address and phone.
The artist does not need to include the template background with Galax Pick logo or the website. The Galax Public Art Committee will be responsible for converting winning designs on the software using the template for production of the banners. However, the artist will want to take the background template into consideration in the design.

To help young artists, the scale on an 8.5” by 11” paper would have a total banner design size of 9 ¼“ high by 2 15/16” wide. The Galax Pick Logo is centered at the top 1 5/16.” The website lettering occupies the right 11/16.” Please see template below with design.

DEADLINE: September 14, 2018. Submission of proposals must be received via US Mail, hand delivery or submitted electronically by September 14, 2018 and sent to: Chestnut Creek School of the Arts (CCSA), 100 North Main Street, Galax, VA, 24333. Questions may be directed to Chris Pollins, chair of the Public Art Committee and Executive Director at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts (276)236-3500. [email protected]

Digital entries less than 10 MB will be accepted and acknowledged within 72 hours. If acknowledgment of receipt is not received by the artist within 72 hours, it is the responsibility of the artist to inquire within the time frame as to the receipt of submission.

Submitted designs become the property of the Galax Public Art Committee. The Public Art Committee and the City of Galax retain the absolute right and discretion to reject or exclude any piece from the contest or as part of the display at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts.

The Public Art Committee is made up of representatives from The City of Galax, Galax City Council, Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, Department of Tourism, The Arts Council of the Twin Counties, downtown business owner and a community representative.

Designs will be screened by the Public Art Committee for appeal as a Galax Main Street banner. Accepted entries will be displayed at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts from September 15 through September 22, 2018. Digital entries accepted by the Public Art Committee may be printed on 8.5” by 11” standard copy paper and displayed un-matted and un-mounted at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts in September 2018.

From September 15 through September 22, 2018, members of the community will be invited to vote on their favorite designs at the Art School. The finalists for design winner will be recommended to Galax City Council in their October 2018 meeting for approval. Final design winners will be announced after final approval.

Below is the sample of our current banner, the web site and logo will be in the same place on every banner. Please create your design with those in mind.

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Chestnut Creek School of the Arts has three locations in downtown Galax. Our Main building houses the executive offices, several studios such as jewelry, stained glass, music, fiber arts, & more plus our gift shop & artist gallery. We offer classes, open studios, and events at all three locations for all ages and skill levels in traditional music, heritage crafts & contemporary arts.


100 N. Main Street Galax, Virginia 24333
(276) 236-3500

Gift Shop/Exhibits Open Hours:
Monday – Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am -3:00 pm

CCSA Woodworking Studio

107 West Oldtown Street Galax, VA 24333

Building/Gallery Hours
Tuesday-Friday, 12:00-5:00pm

Open Studios
Safety Class (prereq for Open Studio)
1st Tuesdays, 5:30-8:00pm
General Open Studio
Wednesday 5:00-8:00pm

CCSA Pottery Studio

110 East Oldtown Street Galax, VA 24333

Open Studios
Monday 9:00-11:30am
Tuesday 2:00-4:30 pm
Friday 5:30-8:00 pm