New Apple Gallery exhibition features two local photographers


Photos of Kitty Ray Brown

DANBURY – The Stokes County Arts Council is presenting an exhibition of original photographs by Kitty Ray Brown and Patty Young in the Apple Gallery starting Monday and running through the end of the year.

A face-to-face meeting will take place on December 5 from 2 pm to 5 pm during the “Christmas in Danbury” festivities at The Arts Place, 500 Main Street.

Brown is a local archival photographer and oil painter. His exhibition will feature Impressionist landscape paintings, oils and archival photographs. She worked part-time in the art department while attending Pembroke University, which sparked her interest in art and design. After a career in the jewelry industry, designing precious metals and gemstones and capturing images while writing reviews, Brown continued with photography.

A move to Stokes County prompted her to develop her photography and offered the opportunity to be mentored by Jesse Moore. More recently, Brown studied Impressionist landscape painting with Craig Richards. She painted Stokes County scenes on the creek rocks of her property, which she sells to Hanging Rock State Park.

“I have owned and used a camera since I was a teenager,” she said. “I wear it constantly and take pictures every day. Now that I am creating Impressionist landscape paintings, I am inspired by my photographs.

Brown has won several awards at competitions in North Carolina and Virginia, and has had his photographs of flowers transformed into woven tapestries for hotels and resorts around the world.

Brown is an active board member of the Stokes County Art Council, serves as its secretary and supports events and exhibitions through her photography. Brown also enjoys spending time with his family; she is a mother of three children and a grandmother of 11 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She also operates the Stokes Future Farmers’ Market in the state park.

After a career in the computer industry, Young retired in 2019 and began his second act as a nature photographer. In 2020, she worked tirelessly to improve her skills. Despite being behind a camera since college, she had never spent the necessary hours perfecting her technique. She took photos almost daily in 2020 at her Stokes County property.

As we approach the end of 2021, Young says she is still “focused on nature.” She has been fortunate enough to spend countless hours outdoors in nature and even had the rare opportunity to take pictures of a new fawn and young bear on her property. She continued to hone her photography skills with each image captured; 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 has also captured images at concerts at The Arts Place and at events in Stokes County, including the July 4th fireworks, bike races and hikes at the park. Hanging Rock State. His work is exhibited in homes across the United States.

Young is an active member of the Board of Trustees of the Arts Council and currently lives on 53 acres in Stokes County with her husband and Poser Gordon.

Young and Brown both contribute photos to The Stokes News.

This exhibition will be presented from November 1 to December 31 in the Apple Gallery. Place des Arts is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information on the exhibition, contact the Conseil des Arts at 336-593-8159, or visit www


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