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.

Concert with Lightnin Wells

September 17, 2016

lightnin wells with triconeConcert with Lightnin Wells
Saturday, September 17, 7:00 pm
Admission: $10.00 (available at the door, or online beginning September 6)

Come join us for a house-style concert in our lobby. These informal concerts are always entertaining, informative, and offer a glimpse into the life and travels of the performer.

Mike "Lightnin'" Wells breathes new life into the vintage tunes of the 1920s and depression era America employing various appropriate stringed instruments in a dynamic style which he has developed in over thirty years of performing experience. Raised in eastern North Carolina, Wells learned to play harmonica as a young child and taught himself to play the guitar as he developed a strong interest in traditional blues and folk music.

Lightnin' produced the first commercial recordings of the N.C. blues veterans Big Boy Henry, Algia Mae Hinton and George Higgs. He has traveled and performed extensively with these musicians and has documented their backgrounds and musical histories for future generations. He is also a life-long student and devotee of the pioneering performers in the piedmont blues tradition which once thrived in the Carolinas, including such artists as Blind Boy Fuller, Rev. Gary Davis and Elizabeth Cotton; deceased musicians whose influence seems only to grow with time. He also spent time with legendary Fries musician Jimmy Arnold.

Lightnin' remains an insatiable student and researcher, studying the various forms of American roots music from bygone eras. He plays a number of instruments besides the guitar including the harmonica, ukulele, mandolin and banjo. He has taught blues guitar at most of the leading "Blues Weeks" sponsored by universities and teaching organizations throughout the country. He served for ten years as a board member for the Music Maker Relief Foundation which assists elderly blues and old-time musicians to meet their basic needs and continues to serve this organization in an advisory capacity.

With his experience, knowledge and well-honed performance skills, Lightnin' Wells has established himself at the forefront of the traditional blues revival. His musical style is personal and energetic yet remains true to the original root form. His goal is to entertain and educate using a variety of sources, influences and techniques to express his dedication, respect and pleasure in presenting this unique American art form. Wrote one recent reviewer; "Whether you look for to performers for inspiration, education, virtuosity, or sheer entertainment, Lightnin' Wells delivers all the above, every single time".

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Fall Plein Air Day

October 15, 2016

Fall Plein Air Day at Mt. Vale Vineyards
3222 Meadow Creek Rd, Galax, VA
Saturday, October 15 (rain or shine)
Painting 8:00am-3:00pm
Reception begins at 3:00 pm
Art Show begins around 3:30 with Wet-Paint Sale and Auction to follow
Artists participation fee: $25 (register by Monday, October 10, 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 $25, which includes lunch, a glass of wine, and inclusion in the art show.

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 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 $25 registration fee lunch and a glass of wine. 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. All sales of that day's artwork will go through Chestnut Creek School of the Arts. Please note that CCSA will keep 20% of the auction/sale price.

Artists also have the opportunity to bring some of their existing work for sale. Please bring your own displays. These sales will be handled directly by the artists.

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 10 for a $5 discount.

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Concert with Herschel Sizemore

October 22, 2016

Herschel Sizemore and Mike Walker (Photo by Pat Jarrett)

Herschel Sizemore and Mike Walker (Photo by Pat Jarrett)

Concert with Herschel Sizemore
Saturday, October 22, 7:00pm
Ticket price: $15.00

Come on out to see bluegrass legend Herschel Sizemore in concert. Herschel is also known as one of the first post-Monroe mandolin players to develop his own style.

He'll be accompanied by Mike Walker.

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Concert with Natalya Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller

November 5, 2016

Zoe-and-CloydConcert with Natalya Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller
Saturday, November 5, 7:00pm
Ticket price $15.00

Zoe & Cloyd spring from deep roots in American music. Founding members of the acclaimed Americana trio, Red June and long-time veterans of the Asheville, NC music scene, Natalya Zoe Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller shifted gears to their duet project after the birth of their daughter in early 2015. Their debut recording, Equinox, released in April 2015, features original and traditional repertoire spanning bluegrass, old-time and folk and showcases the elegant simplicity of two instruments and two voices. The album met with high acclaim in publications such as No Depression and Bluegrass Unlimited, among others. Their banner year continued with a 1st place win at the Duo Contest at the prestigious FreshGrass Festival in North Adams, Massachusetts. Look for the couple in 2016 at MerleFest, Music City Roots, and more!

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