Square Dance with Galax JAM

Saturday, November 2, 2019 7-9pm $5/person ( under 18 FREE)   Join the Galax JAM for a good old fashioned square dance! Live music provided by Miss Ellie & the South Fork Ramblers. Terry Gleason will call the dance. Other Things you may be interested in: .vc_custom_1419240516480{background-color: #f9f9f9 !important;} Youth Woodworking Toolbox Tote with Graham ParksYouth Woodworking | Toolbox Tote [...]

Exchange of Gifts by Dwayne Yancey

Exchange of Gifts by Dwayne Yancey Directed by Kerry Plank Rex Theater Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 Time: 7pm 2 hours with intermission Pay at the Gate Admission: TBD A sweet Christmas story with a message. Three foreign students studying at colleges in the United States find themselves snowbound at an airport for Christmas. One is from Australia, one is [...]

Ridgeline Writers Book Readings

Ridgeline Writers Book Readings Sunday, October 20, 2019 2pm at CCSA Main Campus Free to Public | Donations Welcome   Writers To Hold Forth at CCSA Ridgeline Writers will host an afternoon reading on Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Chestnut Creek School of the Arts on Main Street in Galax. There is no admission fee for this event. The program [...]

Halloween Paint Party Social for Adults with Disabilities

Halloween Social for Adults with Disabilities Date: October 31 Time: 12-2pm Cost: $20 includes materials Age: 18+ Who doesn't love to dress up for Halloween and celebrate? Join us for a fun Halloween Themed Paint Party! Participants are encouraged to bring a Treat to share (for ~20 people) and dress up in a Halloween Costume of their choice. 8x10 canvases [...]



100 N Main St
Galax, VA 24333


Monday – Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm


Sewing Studio/Made with Love
1st Tuesdays, 2:30-4:30pm

Jewelry Studio
• As scheduled

Stained Glass Studio
• Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm


107 West Oldtown St
Galax, VA 24333

Open Studio Hours
• Tuesday-Friday, 12:00 – 5:00pm

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

Extra Open Studios
• Wednesday, 5:00 – 8:00pm



110 East Oldtown St
Galax, VA 24333

Open Studios
Mondays, 9:00-11:00am
Tuesday 3:00-7:00 pm




Woodworking Safety Course with Dean Beavers

Woodworking Safety Course Instructor: Dean Beavers, Woodworking Studio Manager Dates: First Tuesdays of Every Month Time: 5:30-8pm Class Fee: $10 If you would like to come to an open studio  at the woodworking studio you are required to take the woodworking safety course before attending. This class review the main machinery in the shop, how to follow safety procedures and [...]


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.