Hello, CCSA Friends!

FREE LIVE Facebook Series for children to create a craft with Amy Jackson every Tuesday at 10am through the summer. No worries if you can’t make it- the video will be saved to our page to view any time! 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. Below is a list of Now through July’s crafts and a list of supplies you will most likely need. Here is a link to our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ChestnutCreekArts/

10am | Tuesday, July 21st:  Popsicle Stick Weaving
Materials Recommended: Two Popsicle Sticks glued together to make a cross. Multiple colors of yarn cut into 1-2foot strips.  
10am | Tuesday, July 28th:  Paint Party: Beach Sunset
Materials Recommended: Canvas of any size, Acrylic Paints (red, yellow, blue, & white) | Kits available for pick up at CCSA by donation
10am | Tuesday, August 4:  Drawing: Shark Attack
Materials Recommended: paper, pencil, markers, crayons, colored pencils or paint
10am | Tuesday, August 11: Watercolor Post Cards
Materials Recommended: watercolor paper cut into 4×6 or 5×7 size, watercolor paint, brushes, water, paper towels. (kits available at CCSA by donation)
10am | Tuesday, August 18: Unicorn Drawing
Materials Recommended: paper, pencil, markers, crayons, colored pencils or paint

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.

Christmas in July
For the month of July we are going to offer some online classes with Christmas  themes as well as offering discounts in our gift shop to help support local artists who have had to give up a lot of vendor events this year due to the pandemic. CCSA will be discounting out of our portion of sale price, so artist will receive the same commission amount as agreed upon. Never done before: we are excited to offer this to not only our patrons, but hoping to boost sales for our awesome consignment artists to help everyone out!

Online Classes
 To preregister for any or all of our virtual classes, please call 276.236.3500 or email amy@chestnutcreekarts.org. You will then be sent a zoom link to attend the class. Staff is unable to help train you on using zoom, so please watch the available tutorials through zoom.com. It is a user friendly platform and an awesome way to connect with friends, family and community during this social distancing time!

Online Watercolor Winter Wreath with Amy Jackson | Thursday, July 23 6:30-8pm
Materials Needed: 2 square pieces of watercolor paper(10×10, 12×12, or bigger); Set of Watercolors (any brand)

Online Wood Slice Ornaments with Amy Jackson | Thursday, July 30 6:30-8pm
Materials Needed: Multiple small wood rounds, Acrylic Craft Paints, Pipe Cleaners, Googly eyes, Christmas Ribbon, Small Paintbrushes, hot glue.

Online Paint Party with Amy Jackson | Thursday, August 6 6:30-8pm
Materials Needed: Canvas of any size (recommended 8×10 or larger), acrylic paints, brushes, water and paper towels. (Kit available to purchase)

Online Watercolor Postcards with Amy Jackson | Thursday, August 13 6:30-8pm
Materials Needed: 4-5 watercolor postcard sized papers, watercolors, brushes, water, and paper towels.

Online Mini Barn Quilt Square Painting with Amy Jackson | Thursday, August 20 6:30-8pm
Materials Needed: Wood Square of any size (6×6 or larger), a straight edge such as a ruler, pencil, acrylic paint, and brushes. (Kits available to purchase).

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!

Below is our tentative Schedule, Please call to register: 276.236.3500.
Saturday. August 1 | 11am-3pm | Stained Glass Bevel Project with Nikki Pynn
Monday, August 3 | 5:30-7:30pm | Fused Glass: Leaf Inclusions with Ron Davis FULL
Saturday, August 15 | 10am-3pm | Color Theory with Arlene Daniel
Monday, August 17,24, & 31 | 5:30-7:30pm | Shaping Vessels on the Wheel with Donna Ellis
Tuesday, August 18 | 5:30-7:30pm | Stained Glass Nighlight & Candle Holder with Jonni McGuire
Monday, September 14 | 5:30-7:30pm | Fused Glass: Aluminum Inclusions with Ron Davis FULL
Thursday, September 17 | 1-3:30pm | Needle Felted Owl with Jonni McGuire
Wednesdays, September 23- October 14 | 2-4pm | Intro to Fused Glass Series with Ron Davis
Saturday, September 26 | 11am-3pm | 3D Advanced Stained Glass with Nikki Pynn
Monday, October 5 | 2-4pm | Fused Glass Jewelry with Ron Davis
Saturday, October 17 | 1-3:30pm | Youth Nature Photography with Char Beavers
Saturday, October 24 | 1-3:30pm | Nature Photography with Char Beavers

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
Cell: (276)233-8340

Dear CCSA Community,
WE MISS YOU!  We are well and hope you are too!
In the midst of all of this fear and uncertainty it is more important than ever to show our appreciation to each of you for being part of our school and to revisit what makes what we do so important.  What we do matters and will be even more important as we navigate our new normal.
We’re taking this time to reflect of the importance of our work and are updating our strategic plan to become even stronger as a result of this challenge.
Our Vision is to be the multi-disciplinary hub for creative excellence, personal growth and self-expression in Southwest Virginia.
Our mission is to be a vehicle for economic and community development, creating meaningful arts experiences with and for the community and visitors through education, exhibitions, sales and partnerships.
Our Core Values:
· Everyone has an inherent ability to create and are better for being creative.
· Providing an environment conducive to creative exploration supports that expression.
· Art enriches our community.
· Artists are essential to our Community’s health and success.
·  More can be achieved by working collaboratively than individually.
· Fiscal stewardship and artistic risk-taking simultaneously strengthens our organization.
· Culture of inclusivity, integrity and respect is crucial.
YOU and your participation with our school is what makes what we do possible and we couldn’t do any of this without you!
Moving forward, we are navigating re-open orders from our governor and assure you that every precaution will be taken as we carefully re-open for business.
Please take special care  and cannot wait to see all of you again
Chris Pollins
Founding Executive Director
Chestnut Creek School of the Arts
100 North Main Street
Galax, VA. 24333

100 N Main St
Galax, VA 24333


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


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107 West Oldtown St
Galax, VA 24333

Open Studio
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Safety Class
(prereq for Open Studio)
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110 East Oldtown St
Galax, VA 24333

Open Studios
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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.