Cathy Long

Board Treasurer

Cathy Long rejoined the Board of Directors in 2018 and currently serves as its treasurer. She previously served for nine years as a member of the board during the mid 2000’s, and has always been a strong supporter of all the arts—particularly in the field of education.

"I feel a strong affinity for all the areas of personal expression through art-- music, or painting, or writing, or sculpting, or craftsmanship, etc., and I think it is important to help others find that pleasure and knowledge,” she said. “The Arts Council is a vehicle for bringing those experiences to the public. I am particularly eager for young children to be exposed to the world of art, and CCFTA has that as one of its priorities. One of the perks for being a part of the arts council has been seeing the joy and amazement of the school children who are allowed to attend the stage performances we sponsor.”

Cathy, a native of neighboring Alamance County, is a graduate of UNC-CH. She was married in 1962 to Caswell County native Jim Long, now deceased, and continues to live in their home. In addition to the Arts Council, she is a member of the Caswell Horticulture Club and Red House Presbyterian Church.

Sue Seamon

Board President

Sue, Yanceyville resident, grew up in Raleigh, NC, where in childhood, she was a private art student at Peace College. This was followed by art training as a student at Florida State University.

Sue enjoyed a long career in High Point, NC in the home furnishings industry as a set designer for photography, illustrator, and copywriter. Later becoming an independent interior designer, Sue created  manufacturers' showrooms and advertising programs for furniture and textile clients.

In tandem with her home furnishings work, Sue was painting and exhibiting her art in numerous galleries and shows. She was always an active member of  the Arts Council.

Karen Williamson

Board Vice - President

Born in the mid-west, raised in the east and a current resident of Caswell County, Karen Williamson has always been interested in the arts. She is a graduate of James Madison University where she majored in Marketing and minored in Dance Theatre.

In February 2020, Karen was the Artist-In-Residence at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, where she wrote and directed a 30-minute documentary entitled, “Danville Legacy Stories: the I AM project.” This film, available for viewing on You Tube, highlighted one key aspect of the life and legacy in the lives of nine local community leaders that they want viewers to know about them. Karen is also the Producer/Creative Director of Caswell History Speaks. This program was created to educate people in the Caswell/Danville/Pittsylvania area about local historic and iconic people through live stage performances and videos. She is also an award winning photographer and reed weaver.


Chris Rebman-Berry

Board Vice-President

Chris Rebman-Berry is co-owner and creative
director of Hyco Lake Magazine. She is a physical therapist by training, has a passion for teaching kayaking and paddle boarding, and loves the outdoors. She and her husband live in Semora, NC where they paddle and publish the magazine together. 


Chris is a strong supporter of the arts and is eager to help bring the arts to a broader community in the Caswell County area. 

Ethel Gwynn

Mary Covington

Mary is a life-long resident of Mebane in Alamance County. She and her husband, Jimmy were married for fifty years. They have two adult daughter who live close by.

Mary and Jimmy became involved with Caswell Arts many years ago when they came to Yanceyville to enjoy the great shows at the Civic Center. They later joined the group of ushers and enjoyed getting to know them as well as audience members. After a few years of ushering, Caswell Arts founder, Lee Fowlkes, invited Mary to serve on the board. Unfortunately, that was shortly before his illness and death.

During the several years of being a board member I have seen many changes and improvements in the Caswell Council for the arts. The move to the new space will improve and increase our visibility and attract more members and artists.

Denise Pierce


Denise Burnette   

Executive Director

Denise Burnette is a strong believer in the value of the arts.  She has been a dancer and writer since her youth, and has expanded her horizons to include a variety of artistic mediums including painting, theater, drumming, and jewelry making.  The positive role the arts played in her own life led her to study Psychology and the Arts in her graduate studies, with a focus on the value the arts play in fostering self-expression, healing, and empowerment. 

Denise moved to Caswell County in 2016, where she lives with her husband and two children.  She is honored to have the role of strengthening the arts in her own community.  It is her vision to nurture creativity in all who wish to find it in themselves, to strengthen the role of the arts in the lives of our youth, to support local artists, and to provide positive exposure to the arts that inspire and empower.

Paula Basnett

Gallery Coordinator

Landing in Rockingham County in 2014, Paula is a fairly recent transplant to North Carolina.  During numerous regular visits to North Carolina she and her family noticed that it always felt like home. When the opportunity to relocate presented itself she and her family took the leap. 

After an arduous home remodel, she and her husband became empty-nesters, leaving Paula with a LOT of extra time on her hands and a shelved visual communication degree.  Another happy landing lead to her employment at Caswell Arts, where she has been on staff for the last three years. 

Paula  has always loved the arts and creativity. says, "One of my fondest childhood memories is of my mom and I painting Swedish designs on a crumb brush and pan which she had received in a monthly craft subscription. I cannot remember a time when I was NOT being creative." 

"Every single soul has innate creativity. The canvas can be a flower bed, a digital screen, a living room,  a dance floor,  furniture or paper. Everyone has creative outlet. The arts and creativity are very powerful tools, which touch us in the deepest corners of us."

Her daily role with Caswell Arts is in various office roles, but the driving force in her heart is to inspire people in their creativity - to help them discover and unleash their creativity in whatever medium THEY love.

CCFTA was founded in 1977 by H. Lee Fowlkes as a way to celebrate the Arts in Caswell County.  Since that time, we have successfully kept the arts alive and prospering in our community. 

Our mission is to sponsor and encourage cultural education and activities in Caswell County and the surrounding areas by increasing art awareness, educating our citizenry, providing positive opportunities for exposure to the arts, and nurturing local creative expression.  

If you are interested in learning more about membership or making a donation , please click on these links to direct you to that page.

You may contact us from 10:00 - 2:00 Tuesday through Friday at (336) 694-4474
or at any time via email at caswellarts@gmail.com

Board of Directors:

Sue Seamon- President
Karen Williamson- Vice President

Chris Rebman-Berry - Vice President

Denise Pierce - Secretary
Cathy Long - Treasurer
Mary Covington

Ethel Gwynn

Executive Director:   Denise Burnette

Gallery / Marketing Coordinator:   Paula Basnett

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