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Stokes County Arts Council to host Kitty Ray Brown and Patty Young in the Apple Gallery

Nov 1 - Dec 31

500 N Main Street  - Danbury, NC  - 336-593-8159  - www.stokesarts.org

The Stokes County Arts Council is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibit of original photography by Kitty Ray Brown and Patty Young in the Apple Gallery. An in-person meet and greet will be held on Sunday, December 5, 2021, from 2:00p.m.-5:00p.m. during the Christmas in Danbury festivities in the Apple Gallery of the Stokes County Arts Council 500 Main Street Danbury, NC. This exhibit will be on display November 1-December 31, 2021 in the Apple Gallery. The Stokes County Arts Council is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9:00am-6:00pm, Saturday, 10:00a.m.-6:00p.m. and Sunday 1:00pm-6:00pm. For additional information about the exhibit, please contact the Stokes County Arts Council at (336) 593-8159 or visit www.stokesarts.org.
Kitty Ray Brown is a local archival photographer and an oil painter. Her exhibit features Impressionist Landscape Paintings, Oils and Archival Photography.
Brown worked part-time in the art department while attending school at Pembroke University, which sparked her interest in art and design. After a career in the jewelry industry, designing in precious metals and gemstones and capturing images while writing appraisals, Brown has continued with photography. A move to Stokes County inspired her to expand her photography and offered the opportunity to be mentored by Jesse Moore. More recently Brown has studied Impressionist Landscape painting under Craig Richards. She has painted scenes of Stokes County on rocks from the creek on her property which she sells at Hanging Rock State Park.
Brown has won several awards from contests in North Carolina and Virginia and had her flower photographs made into woven tapestries for hotels and resorts around the world.
Brown is an active Board member of the Stokes County Art Council, serves as the board secretary, and supports events and exhibitions through photography. Brown also enjoys spending time with her family; she is the mother of 3 and grandmother of 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Brown manages the Stokes Future Farmers’ Market at Hanging Rock.
“I have owned and used a camera since my early teens. I carry it constantly and make pictures every day. Now that I create Impressionist Landscape Paintings, I use my photographs as inspiration,” said Brown.
After a long career in the computer industry, Young retired in 2019 and began her second act as a nature photographer. During 2020, she worked tirelessly to improve her skills. Although she had been behind a camera since middle school, she had never spent the hours needed to perfect her technique. She took pictures almost daily during 2020 on her property in Stokes County.
As we near the end of 2021, Young is still “focused on nature”. She has continued to work on perfecting her photography skills with each image captured. She has been fortunate to spend countless hours outside in nature and even had the rare opportunity to take images of a new fawn and a young bear on her property. A field covered in red clover and another filled with Sunflowers brought her joy as she spent time capturing the beauty of blooms, birds and butterflies. Her goal for each photograph is to capture not only the beauty but also the emotion of the moment.
In addition to photographing nature, Young also captured images throughout 2021 during concerts at The Arts Place and at events throughout Stokes County including Fourth of July fireworks, bike races and hikes at Hanging Rock State Park. Her work is displayed in homes across the United States. Her images have also been published in the local newspaper.
Young is an active Board member of the Stokes County Arts Council and currently lives on 53 acres in Stokes County with her husband and Gordon Setter.
This exhibit will be on display November 1-December 31, 2021 in the Apple Gallery. The Stokes County Arts Council is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9:00am-6:00pm, Saturday, 10:00a.m.-6:00p.m. and Sunday 1:00pm-6:00pm. For additional information about the exhibit, please contact the Stokes County Arts Council at (336) 593-8159 or visit www.stokesarts.org.