Current Exhibition at CCSA

April 17- June 14, 2019

Galax Public Art :

7th Annual Youth Art Exhibition

The City of Galax Public Art Committee announces its 7th annual Youth Art Exhibit!  To celebrate the importance of art in our community and the talent of our youth this committee is inviting everyone to come see this work and participate by voting for your favorites.

The exhibit represents work from Galax Public School Art Students and Galax homeschoolers as well as students grades 9-12 from Oak Hill Academy located in Grayson County.  Each student submitted one piece of work that they considered best represents their skill and talent to share with their community.  Viewing this exhibit is open and free to the public and located at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts main building located at 100 North Main Street, Galax, VA. 24333.  Hours are Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and Saturdays 11am-3pm.

The exhibit will be on display as of April 19th.  Members of the public are encouraged to come see the exhibit and place their votes to select People’s Choice votes in three categories:  Elementary, Middle and High School.  Each voter is limited to one ballot in which to make three votes, one for each category. Top six winners in each category will then be framed and placed on exhibit in one of six City of Galax Public Buildings:  Galax Recreation Center, Library, Courthouse, Municipal Building, Crossroads Institute and Chestnut Creek School of the Arts for a full year and then returned to the winners.  Announcements of winners will be made at the close of the exhibit on Friday, June 14, 2018 at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts.  Please direct questions to: Chris Pollins (276)236-3500

The City of Galax Public Art Committee is a function of the City of Galax and consists of representatives from:  Department of Tourism, Arts Council of the Twin Counties, Galax Downtown Association, Downtown Business Owner, City of Galax City Council and Chestnut Creek School of the Arts.  The committee’s mission is to communicate the value of art throughout the City and celebrate creativity among its residents.

Visit to see the winners of previous youth exhibitions.

Past Exhibitions at CCSA

Galax Public Art :

Main Street Banner Contest

All entries were designed to either illustrate Galax community values or what makes Galax unique.  When voting, please keep in mind that images should not be so small or too detailed that they will not be readily discernable from a car driving down Main Street.  Traditionally, Main Street Banners have been rotated for the following Seasons and Holidays: Spring, Summer, Independence Day, Fall and Winter or Christmas.

The finalists for design winner will be recommended to Galax City Council in their January 2019 meeting for approval.  Final design winners will be announced after final approval. Winner will receive an honorary $100 stipend.  All submitted designs become the property of the Galax Public Art Committee.

The City of Galax was awarded a 2019 Virginia Main Street Commercial District Affiliate grant for Main Street banners.  The Commercial District Affiliate grant is offered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development through the Virginia Main Street Program, the state’s coordinating program for Main Street America. The grants are designed to provide funding for projects or services that will assist communities in achieving their downtown revitalization goals.

Visit to see the winners!

Willard Gayheart :

Heart of Appalachia

~And Introducing the Whimsical Visual Art of His Granddaughter Musician Dori Freeman~

August 6 – November 17, 2018

Master Appalachian artist Willard Gayheart captures the heart and soul of Appalachian culture in his fine photorealistic graphite renderings.

The artist will be re-releasing prints for the first time in decades for this exhibit. Gayheart has been featured by the Washington Post and has been referred to as the Norman Rockwell of Appalachia.

His granddaughter musician Dori Freeman named “One of the top 10 country artists you need to know” by Rolling Stone Magazine; will be showcasing her fresh quirky artwork for the first time at this exhibit.

A reception will be held Saturday August 11, 2018 at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts from 4:00-6:00 p.m.. Come meet the artists with a special musical performance by Gayheart and Freeman.

The exhibit is being produced and installed by a creative team of Art. Style. Create., Inc. artists in collaboration with Chestnut Creek School of the Arts. Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, has generously offered to host and the show in downtown Galax, Virginia.

Art. Style. Create., a 501-c3 nonprofit based out of Galax gives rise to the emerging (young) creative voice of galax & the twin counties.

The show opens August 6, 2018 during the 83rd annual Oldtime Fiddler’s Convention and runs through early fall. The exhibit is available to view during business hours.

20% of Art. Style. Create. proceeds from art sales at the exhibit will go towards the Wayne Henderson Music Festival Scholarship.

2018 Galax Youth Exhibit

May 14- June 9, 2018

Youth Art Exhibit Winners to be Displayed in Downtown Galax Locations
(Galax, VA) The Sixth Annual City of Galax Youth Art Exhibit featured over fifty drawings and paintings of City of Galax resident youth ages 6-18.  This exhibit was on display at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts located at 100 North Main Street, downtown Galax from May 14th through June 9th.  Guests, residents and visitors were encouraged to place their votes for their favorites in each of three categories:  Elementary, Middle and High School categories.

The ballots have been tallied and congratulations go out to the following youth who received the top six highest numbers of votes in their category.  Elementary: Rozlyn Akers, Sydney Alderman, Christi Dyer, Noah Meinecke, Colin Wilson and Ali Wilson. Middle: TezakiyahTucker, Madison Lewis, Danni Boyles, Angelina Gayton, Lena King and Camden Mullins. High: Elijah Funk, Samantha Carranza, Kanton Surratt, Paul Dieu, Hannah Scoggin and Andrian Carreon.

There were six winners in each of the three categories.  Each winner will be framed and exhibited in one of six public facilities:  Municipal Building, Courthouse, Recreation Center, Galax Regional Library, Crossroads and CCSA.  Framing is provided by an anonymous sponsor.  Tax deductible contributions are always welcome to help offset expenses related to the work of this committee.

Please Visit for more photos of the work.