Fall into Art Festival

2019 Fall into Art Festival September 21, 2019 9am-6pm Free Event Creek Kids Face painting, bouncy houses, games, art activities and more! Children must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times. Build & Paint Little Libraries Join us at our wood studio to assemble and paint little libraries that will be available in 3 local downtown areas for [...]

Willard Gayheart, Dori Freeman & Scott Freeman Musical Showcase

Join us Friday, August 9 for an exclusive musical performance by Willard Gayheart, Dori Freeman, & Scott Freeman. 100 N. Main Street Galax, VA 1:00-2:30pm No Charge Your donation to CCSA will help support musical performances like these happen in the future. Folk music in Appalachia is usually a family affair, handed down from father to son, mother to daughter, [...]

Mosaic Heartwork with Galax Xtreme Fitness

Mosaic Heartwork with Galax Xtreme Fitness Instructor: Amy Jackson Date: August 23 Time: 5:30-6:30 Cost: $20 (pay CASH at the door) Materials: Please bring whole or broken pieces of glass and/or ceramics to use in your pieces. (optional) Location: CCSA Main Campus,  Studio 203 Bring a piece of ceramic and an open heart! We will be breaking the ceramic item [...]

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 [...]

The Wildmans Musical Showcase

Join us Thursday, August 8 for an exclusive musical performance by Eli Wildman & Victor Furtado 100 N. Main Street Galax, VA 1:00-2:30pm No Charge Your donation to CCSA will help support musical performances like these happen in the future. Eli Wildman and Victor Furtado both began playing music as a result of being exposed to the unique community of [...]



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

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

Turning Open Studio
• Wednesday, 2:30-5:30pm


110 East Oldtown St
Galax, VA 24333

Open Studios
Mondays, 9:00-11:00am
Tuesday 2:00-4:00 pm
Friday 6:00-8:00 pm




Woodturning Open Studio

Woodturning Open Studio Dates: Every Wednesday Time: 2:30-5:30pm Open Studio Cost: $5/hour If you have taken a beginner woodturning class at CCSA or have woodturning experience to turn on your own, you can come to a woodturning open studio and work on your own projects.


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.