Born in the North Carolina foothills, Thad Cox grew up just north of Winston-Salem in Stanleyville. Whether it was drawing, painting or sculpture, he always had a great passion for art. By the time he graduated from High School he had won several major awards and over a hundred ribbons for his work in state and local competitions.

Living just 30 minutes south of Mount Airy, Thad was inspired to begin his Mayberry series in the mid 1980s. With his love for the show combined with his talent for portraits, he has released 10 Mayberry limited edition prints. Thad has sold thousands of prints nationwide with some of the editions selling out. He also has sold work to people outside the U.S. and several times his work has been on national TV.

Thad also has a variety of other prints depicting celebrities including John Wayne, Elvis, and local landmarks.

Thad Cox - Busy at work

Over the last few years he has developed his style of pottery, creating his version and style of face jugs and mugs. Thad was and is best known for his life-like portraits.

Presently, Thad teaches art at West Stokes High School and lives in King, NC with his wife Sonya and their four children. During the fall, he can be found at "Mayberry Days" and the "Autumn Leaves Festival" in Mount Airy, NC and the "Barbeque Festival" in Lexington, NC displaying and selling his work. When one sees his work for the first time there is no hiding the love he has for his home and State.

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Annual Events

Stokes Stomp

Mayberry Days

Autumn Leaves Festival

Lexington BBQ Festival


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