Position Announcement: Part Time Woodworking Studio Manager

P/T Operational Woodworking Studio Manager

The City of Galax is seeking qualified candidates to fill the part-time position of Operational Woodworking Studio Manager for the Chestnut Creek School of the Arts.  The Studio Manager is the chief officer of the CCSA Woodworking Studio and is responsible for conducting its administration and operation including studio related usage, maintenance, instructor and class assistant support, safety , budgeting, ordering, and accounting. The successful candidate’s duties may include demonstrating and teaching including cabinetry, woodturning, guitar building, general luthiery, carving, etc.

A bachelor’s degree is preferred with at least 5 years of studio experience, will consider an equivalent combination of education and experience.  In-depth technical knowledge of the equipment and processes to be used in the studios, general knowledge of the field of crafts, and the ability to perform basic equipment maintenance and repairs. Possession of an appropriate driver’s license valid in the Commonwealth of Virginia; First Aid and CPR certifications; required clearance of State Police, CPS, and FBI Background checks.

Click here for the complete job description. The application and job description are also available at 111 E. Grayson St. or online at  Submit the completed application and release form to City of Galax, Judy Bolt, Human Resources Director, 111 E. Grayson Street, Galax, VA 24333 or email to [email protected].  This position is open until filled.  The City of Galax is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Call For Art: Veterans Exhibit

Chestnut Creek School of the Arts (CCSA) announces a call for art for a special exhibit as part of their program “Healing and the Arts: Focus on Veterans and Their Families” program. This exhibit will focus on the healing nature of art for Veterans, as well as their families and friends affected by the military experience.

This Call for Art is for anyone who has been affected by military service, whether you are a Veteran or in Active Military Service, or have a family member or friend whose military service has had an effect on your life. Artists are encouraged to submit up to 3 paintings, drawings, sculptures, poems, or essays that celebrate the healing power of the creative arts and communicate your experience of war and military service for fuller understanding of the effects of that experience.

All two dimensional entries must be ready to hang. For those submitting poems or essays, you may submit your entry ready to hang or email us an electronic version so we can prepare them for display. All entries must include an artist statement, focusing on how your art has helped you communicate your experience, aided your in re-entry to civilian life, or helped you heal from adverse experiences.

Submissions must be received by this November 1. Please fill out an entry form for each piece you are submitting, and bring or send it along with the artwork to Chestnut Creek School of the Arts (CCSA), 100 North Main Street, Galax, VA, 24333. Questions may be directed to Chris Pollins, Executive Director at (276) 236-3500 or [email protected].

The exhibit will be available for viewing from November 7 to January 6, 2016 at CCSA, located at 100 North Main Street, Galax, Virginia. Artwork is to be picked up or arrangements made for return by January 14, 2017.

This exhibit is part of the “Healing and the Arts: Focus on Veterans and their Families” program made possible, in part, by Virginia Commission for the Arts. Healing and the Arts is an ongoing series at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts. The focus through next spring is on Veterans and their Families, and is meant to enhance community support and awareness of our Veterans and to offer programming to support personal growth, healing, and understanding. In addition to the exhibit, the program will include special studio sessions with various themes for Veterans and Veterans’ families, and a symposium with speakers addressing the healing nature of creativity and struggles unique to Veterans and their families.

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Youth Art Exhibit

The City of Galax Public Art Committee announces its 3rd annual Youth Art Exhibit!  In efforts to celebrate the importance of art in our community and the talent of our youth, this committee is calling all youth to submit an original piece of work to be part of this Exhibit.

Students age 6-18 years old are requested to submit one piece of artwork that they consider best represents their skill and talent.  Artwork may be two or three dimensional work and ready to display.  Entries are due no later than April 30 and must be signed in at the front desk to be officially received.  Work is to be delivered to Chestnut Creek School of the Arts main building located at 100 North Main Street, Galax, VA. 24333.  Hours are Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and Saturdays 11am-3pm.  Work received after Thursday, April 30 will not be accepted.

The exhibit will be on display as of May 4th.  Members of the public are encouraged to come see the exhibit and place their votes to select People’s Choice votes in three categories:  Elementary, Middle and High School.  Each voter is limited to one ballot in which to make three votes, one for each category. Top Five winners in each category will then be professionally framed and placed on exhibit in one of six City of Galax Public Buildings:  Galax Recreation Center, Library, Courthouse, Municipal Building, Crossroads Institute and Chestnut Creek School of the Arts for a full year and then returned to the winners.  Announcements of winners will be made at the close of the exhibit on Friday, June 5, 2015 at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts.  Please direct questions to: Chris Pollins (276)236-3500 [email protected]

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Pouring Concrete

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

Pouring footers     Pouring footers     Wood studio footers

Poring footers   Puring footers    Pouring Footers

Pouring footers     Pouring footers     Pouring footers

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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 at CCSA, 100 N Main St., Galax, VA 24333, or email to [email protected]. 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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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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