School celebrates with 'Fall Into Art' event

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Art demonstrations, food, crafts, music and more were part of Chestnut Creek School of the Arts' annual "Fall Into Arts" event on Sept. 22 in downtown Galax.



Chestnut Creek School of the Arts kicked off the fall season on Sept. 29 with the annual Fall Into Art Celebration.
Grayson Street in downtown Galax was lined with booths offering demonstrations, art sales, food and more. Art shows and contests were held inside the school.
There were 12 different demonstrations, including John Alexander with broom-making; basket weaving by Rebecca Arrington; quilting by Sandy Baglio; beading by Sonya Barriger; spinning by Debbie Clark; wood turning by Terry Clark; paper arts by Penney Klaproth; charcoal drawings by Todd Price; rooster carvings by Brad Smith and pottery demonstrations by Ann Childress, Daniel Durham and Sara Fennell.
Visitors were given passports, which were marked at each art station. Completed passports were submitted for a gift certificate drawing. The winners were Linda Hudson, Amanda Spurlin, Al Kane, Vinnie Chappell and Evelyn Beamer.
School office assistant Verna Beckner enjoyed eyeing the displays both indoors and outdoors. “You can take anything and make art out of it,” she said.
Proof of this was in the different art styles at each booth.
Artist Penney Klaproth of Faerie Acres creates notebooks and journals using a variety of scraps that she accumulates during her day-to-day life. “I never throw anything away,” she said. Many of her books were even made from recycled products, like Chick Fil-A bags and empty Mike & Ike containers.
Brad Smith, preferring a knife to a pen, displayed and demonstrated his wood carvings. He can create many different animals, but his displays at the festival were mainly roosters, as they are the most popular among his customers.
“You can create up to a point, and then the public takes over from there,” he said.
While she loves her craft, Sandy Baglio prefers to do her quilting as a hobby, not a business. After 30 years of making quilts, she still finds enjoyment with her pastime.
“I love where I am in my life right now, being able to take the time to create,” she said.
Inside the school there were other activities such as rock painting, and the “Call for Art” exhibit, which held contests in various categories such as youth, adult and people’s choice.
Prizes for the exhibit were donated by several local businesses: Chapters Bookshop, Roy’s Diamond, 104 Main Street, Kroger, WBRF, Galax Farm Supply, Pair of Jacks Shearing Co., The Arts Council of the Twin Counties, Grayson Florist, Bogey’s and Chestnut Creek School of the Arts.
In addition to the exhibit, a contest was also held for the Recycled Art Challenge.
The festival offered live music throughout the event on the Grayson Street Stage. Performers included Jam All-Stars, Callison and Correll, the Iron Mountain Ridge Runners, Kay Justice, Reed Island Rounders and Backstep.