About Art Stokes
Art Stokes grew up in small town Florida (Crystal Beach,) studied music at universities in South Carolina (BA) and Colorado (MA), lived, raised his children and taught public school outside Denver for 30 years.  In 1993 he retired from teaching and moved to Texas to join the staff of Festival-Institute, a music foundation founded by pianist James Dick, in Round Top.

This former staff photographer at Festival-Institute began his study of black and white photography in the early 1980s with Scott Engle of Denver, has shown his photographs in Denver at the Ginny Williams Gallery and did a one man show at the Arts Therapy Center, also in Denver.

In Texas his shows have included two at the Live Oak Arts Center in Columbus, one at Houston Community College, three in the gallery space at Festival-Institute, one at the Art Fair in Round Top, one at the Mesquite Art Center, one at Unity Theatre in Brenham, three Art Walks at Fayetteville, and one at the Main Street Bistro in La Grange.  In March of 2004 he will do a second large show at the Mesquite Art Center, Mesquite, Texas.

Additionally, his work has been published in a variety of media, including newspapers, magazines, books, trade brochures, CD covers and playbills.

Art got to know Brett Youens in the summer of 1999 during a photo session in which he photographed Brett as MacBeth.  Brett was performing that summer in Shakespeare-at-Winedale, not far from Art's home in Round Top.