2017 SAG Member’s Show

The Stanly Arts Guild Fall Member’s Show is in full swing at Falling Rivers Gallery. This show is open to all Stanly arts Guild members and visual art forms. It is judged in three categories – Photography, 2D Art (e.g. watercolor, acrylics, oils) and 3D Art (pottery, glass, wood, fiber).

Our show this year is sponsored by Roger and Gina Martin. Roger is an Albemarle native and an award-winning bronze sculptor. You can learn more about him and his work at http://www.rogeramartin.com. Thank you Roger and Gina!

The show is open through November 2nd, with a reception and awards presentation on November 2nd at the SAG monthly meeting. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Winners for Photography are:

  • First Place – “House of Mirrors” by Ed Lipe
  • Second Place – “Fix Me Up Please” by Rodney Rock
  • Third Place – “The Wood Worker” by Bill Ferree
  • Judy Ferree and Hannah Cooper also received honorable mentions for their entries

House of Mirrors

Fix Me Up Please

The Wood Worker

Winners for 3-Dimensional Art are:

  • First Place – “A Bowl to Behold” by Dave Arey
  • Second Place – “Dimpled Coffee Pot” by Nancy Lipe
  • Third Place – “Autumn” by Bill Sue Davis
  • Lorrie Hatley and Jane Rogers also received honorable mentions for their entries

A Bowl to Behold

Dimpled Coffee Pot


Winners for 2-Dimensional Art are:

  • First Place – “Pears” by Anita Ammerman
  • Second Place – “Looking Inside the Apple Bin” by Dianne Roberts
  • Third Place – “Only the Shadow Knows” by Jackie Layman
  • Carol Poplin and Rhonda Earnhardt also received honorable mentions for their entries


Looking Inside the Apple Bin

Only the Shadow Knows

We’re Ten Years Old!

This year marks a major milestone for Falling Rivers Gallery, We have been open for 10 years, connecting local artists in the community with the public and providing a venue for arts shows and workshops.

This is no small accomplishment. Falling Rivers Gallery is a cooperative gallery staffed by the artists who display their work there – along with a few dedicated volunteers. There is no paid staff to open the doors, do the books, pay the bills, or manage the website. We are open because of the hard work and dedication of our gallery members and our customers who keep coming back. Thanks to all of you!


The gallery opened in 2007 when the Stanly Arts Guild and Albemarle Improvement LLC came together to bring a business back to the old Belk/Davis Drug Store on main street. The LLC owned the building and wanted it occupied, so they coordinated a favorable rent with the arts guild to open a storefront. Guild members brought in sweat equity to clean up the main floor retail space and transform it into a sales venue for art. Grey Carle was elected as the first Gallery Director and coordinated all the day-to-day activities to get and keep the doors open.


Since the early days, the gallery has continued to improve and evolve – bringing in new artists and saying goodbye to old friends, adding pottery and craft shows, bringing in school art shows, and increasing their participation in downtown events and activities.


The gallery has twice been chosen as a finalist for Albemarle Small Business of the Year and is regularly selected by Stanly News and Press readers as the Best Art Gallery, Best Artistic Jewelry and Best Place to Shop for Unique Gifts.

Giving Back

North Stanly Art Show

Falling Rivers Gallery is an active participant in downtown activities – supporting the Albemarle Chamber of Commerce and the Albemarle Downtown Development Corporation by participating in events that bring people to Albemarle. Additionally we support art in schools by hosting school art shows and – through the Stanly Arts Guild – award two scholarships every year to local students pursuing art as a career.

We have survived as a co-op gallery when similar galleries in larger cities around us have had to close their doors. So naturally we take pride in our accomplishment and hope you will join us as we celebrate 10 years as Albemarle’s Art Gallery.