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Major Announcement

Falling Rivers Gallery lost its lease on our current building. The owners have sold the building and we have moved out.

The Stanly Arts Guild is currently searching for a new facility to host our retail store, workshops and art shows. It may take a few months  to find a new place and get settled, but we are committed to keeping visual arts alive in Stanly County.

We’ll keep you posted here and on Facebook as we make progress toward opening in a new building.


In the meantime, take a walk down memory lane with us and remember how important the gallery was to Albemarle’s visual arts…

Albemarle’s Art Gallery

Falling Rivers Gallery was Albemarle’s premier location for one-of-a-kind works of art, jewelry, gifts, cards, prints, and fine craft items for eleven years. Home of the Stanly Arts Guild, the Gallery served the community by providing both a creative and educational venue. Workshops, special shows, and art exhibits were an important part of the art gallery and were scheduled throughout the year.

Falling Rivers Gallery Storefront

A little about our artists –

Over 100 artists and fine crafters showed their original work in Falling Rivers Gallery over the years. Artists were from Stanly as well as surrounding counties and several have continued to advance their careers after starting or showing here. As a cooperative art gallery, the artists also staffed the gallery – there were no paid positions and all Guild officers and gallery staff both worked and paid rent. We also counted on dedicated volunteers to fill in when needed

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A quick summary of our art –

Our gallery had a great selection of artistic items for all tastes and budgets. We have jewelry, pottery, fused glass,and wood for decorating yourself or your shelves. There were oil, pastel, acrylic and watercolor paintings as well as photography and copper repousse to decorate your walls.We also carried locally-made soap, lotion, jam and honey. Many art pieces had a local flavor reflecting Stanly County and North Carolina landmarks.

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You can find out more on this website –

Please check out the rest of our website for more information on our art gallery. We have additional pages on our artists, our events and our art guild. Sign up for our e-mails on gallery happenings to keep in touch as we move forward. Or even better – join the Stanly Arts Guild and help keep art alive in Stanly County.

We will see you soon in our new home!