COMING UP: Virtual Watercolor Mountain Scene with Ken Hobson

Along with everyone else, we are working through how to continue serving you during this pandemic. We have gone mostly virtual through Facebook and YouTube classes. These are FREE/Donate what you can. Many classes have kits you can purchase with all of the supplies you need. To order a kit you can stop by our main campus between 11am & 3pm Weds-Sat, call 276.236.3500 to order for curbside pick up or shipping.

  • In addition to launching the sale of our “Guitar Chairs” we have announced the sale of our “Welcome Planters” all designed and fabricated by our Woodworking Studio Team.  Both Chairs and Planters can come assembled or un-assembled with the chairs customize-able and the planters encouraging buyers to schedule a class to custom paint their own.
  • Amazing donations are coming in for our Black Friday Online Auction! Check out some of the donations below  that will be available to bid on during Black Friday.
  • New consignment work continues to arrive including work from Randy Leagan- Hand-crafted wooden frames and local scenery photography, “Doodlebug Pottery” from Beth Behrhorst including custom mugs, bowls, vases and trinket dishes, hand made tea mugs from Pottery Member Nana Mae and more!
  • While we’ve limited enrollment, several classes are taking place:  Nature Photography Saturday October 24 1-3:30 at the New River Trail- only $25; Felted Owl Thursday, September 17 1-3:30pm $32.50 (Materials included); Mountain Fog and Trees online watercolor with Ken Hobson Friday September 18 1-4pm $40.  If there’s something you’d like to learn, please let us know and we’ll see if we can schedule this class maintaining 10′ distance between students and teacher willing to teach! Have 2-3 friends who would like to take a class together? Please let us know what you’d like to learn and let’s see if we can help make that happen!
  • Upcoming- Working on having some live art demonstrations- more soon but stay tuned!

FREE LIVE Facebook Series for children to create a craft with Amy Jackson! No worries if you can’t make it- the video will be saved to our page to view any time and uploaded to YouTube! We hope this will help your kids have fun getting creative and using their imaginations. We are trying to make these as supply friendly as possible using things you will most likely have at home. Here is a link to our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ChestnutCreekArts/

Gift Shop
Our gift shop is open  from 11am-3pm, Wednesdays through Saturdays. Face Masks are required, as well as social distancing 6 feet from staff and other shoppers. Customers will be limited to the downstairs gift shop only. Staff will be cleaning all surfaces every two hours to maintain a safe environment for our patrons. Our gift shop is FULL of local and regional artist, who have been juried into sell their hand crafted art work.

Free/Donate what you can Online Classes
 To preregister for any or all of our virtual classes, please call 276.236.3500 or email amy@chestnutcreekarts.org. You will be sent the direct YouTube link to watch the pre-recorded video. Private live virtual classes available by request. You can schedule a fun activity with family and friends from all over! Please call for pricing details, 276.236.3500 or email info@chestnutcreekarts.org. All recorded virtual classes are available under our Learn tab>Virtual at the top of the page. We hope you enjoy these, and please consider making a donation if you watch.

There will be no online class the first week in September. We will resume recordings September 8th. 

Online Paint Party: Starry Night with Amy Jackson | September 10
Materials Needed: Acrylic Paint, Canvas, brushes, water, paper towels.

Online Handlettering  with Amy Jackson | September 17
Materials Needed: Acrylic Paint, Canvas, brushes, water, paper towels.

In Person Classes
We will be offering class at our campus location soon, following the VA governor and CDC guidelines. Please call 276.236.3500 to register for these classes. Class maximums will be much smaller than in the past, so be sure to register if you see something you definitely want to take! We can also work with you to schedule One-on-One classes with one of our amazing contracted instructors. Please call 276.236.3500 to schedule your private lessons.

How to make a donation:
If you would like to make a contribution to support CCSA in this trying time we would be so appreciative. Two of our major fundraisers for 2020 have been cancelled or majorly delayed. To make a quick and easy online donation through paypal, you can click the donate button below.

Mail a check to CCSA at 100 N. Main St. Galax, VA 24333
Call 276.236.3500 to make a donation over the phone with your credit card M-F 9am-5pm.


The Gang at CCSA
100 North Main Street
Galax, VA. 24333

Guitar Chairs

custom stands by the CCSA woodworking team

Introducing the “Guitar Chair”- Chestnut Creek School of the Arts making the most of their talented and dedicated Safety Captain team, shut-down during COVID and indigenous woods and music culture.

(Galax, Virginia) – August 24, 2020

The Luthier and Woodworking Teams of the Chestnut Creek School of the Arts in Galax, VA are happy to announce the availability of the “Guitar Chair.”  The Guitar Chair gently nestles any acoustic or electric guitar as well as a banjo.  Its elegant lines and curves are designed to complement and enhance the beauty of the instrument being cradled.  More than just a stand, the Guitar Chair is made from finely-crafted wood can be customized to include names, and/or initials making it a great gift item for your favorite guitar or banjo player!  It can also be used to promote your business or even a musical event.  The “Guitar Chair” can be shipped to you via mail and is easily assembled in minutes.

Your purchase of a Guitar Chair helps to support the Chestnut Creek School of the Arts.  Chestnut Creek School of the Arts (CCSA) is changing lives by enriching children, adults with disabilities and the region through skilled arts, cultural and music education.  CCSA offers a variety of programs including art for youth; Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM); Art4Life Wellness in the arts programming; and CRE8! youth art programming.  Engaging community members previously under served, such as residential at-risk youth, adults with disabilities, and home-schooled children; CCSA seamlessly synthesizes and integrates partnerships.  Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, where “Art is for Everyone!”


100 N Main St
Galax, VA 24333


Wednesday- Saturday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm


Please Call to Schedule an appointment


107 West Oldtown St
Galax, VA 24333

Open Studio
Please call to make an appointment.

Safety Class
(prereq for Open Studio)
• 1st Tuesdays, 5:30 – 8:00pm


110 East Oldtown St
Galax, VA 24333

Open Studios
Temporarily Suspended

Pottery Studio Members have 24/7 access.
Call 276.236.3500 for more info.

“The Art4Life program has allowed students of all ages and abilities be creative in a friendly and judgement free environment, where the process of making art allows for self-expression, healing, and growing to become a better person. During these classes students share their own stories of success, struggles, problem solving whether it is about the art they are creating or the life they are living. Many classes are full of laughter and encouragement, leaving students and the teachers with a feeling of belonging as well as pride.”  – CCSA Instructor

Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved with our cause! As a non-profit we depend on community members and visitors to help make our programs the best ever. We’d love to have you join us.

About Us

“Chestnut Creek School of the Arts is the hidden gem of Galax.” —Nicole Mckenna

Welcome to Chestnut Creek School of the Arts! We are a unique, hybrid organization formed as a function of the City of Galax.   Created as a vehicle to stimulate economic growth in the community we have formed our own non-profit and discovered that this is just as much about community development as it is economic development.

We offer classes, events and exhibits year-round for all ages in one of three studios located in the heart of downtown Galax. We have fully equipped studios in: Woodworking, Pottery, Stained Glass, Metalsmithing, Sewing, Painting, Printmaking and offer classes in several other disciplines.

It is our mission to preserve the cultural heritage unique to this region, communicate the value of the arts through hands-on instruction, create an environment conducive to learning free of intimidation. Our classes are designed for those visiting this area as well as those living in this region with evening and weekend classes. With help in funding from the Twin County Community Foundation we are now offering a multitude of workshops during the day serving but not limited to: Seniors, Homeschoolers, Veterans and those with special needs.

In addition to our classes we offer several community service opportunities including but not limited to: Empty Bowls- Helping feed the hungry and Stuffed with Love- Making stuffed animals for kids in trauma with plans to create miniature libraries in our Wood Studio. It is free to participate in our community service projects and they are designed so that everyone can participate in a meaningful way.

We believe that Art is for everyone and everyone has an inherent ability to create. Our Main Building was the first bank in Galax built in 1932. It was historically renovated and houses our Gift Shop, Administrative Offices and Studios: Stained Glass, Metalsmithing, Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, and Music. With support from Department of Housing and Community Development, Department of Agriculture, The Tobacco Commission, Rural Development we were able to purchase equipment and tools necessary to not only teach our classes but be available to students and community members for use outside of class in the spirit on entrepreneurial growth.

We offer a Junior Appalachian Music Program allowing students aged 9-13 the opportunity to borrow a guitar, fiddle, mandolin, or banjo coming twice a week for two terms in the school year to learn local old time music. We also are home to the Bobby Patterson lending library, providing use of a wide variety of instrument for those wishing to learn to play an instrument.

We have one full time and five part-time staff members and over 50 volunteers. Our Executive Founding Director, Chris Pollins reports both to the City of Galax City Manager and City Council, but also to a 15 member board of Directors governing the non-profit.