Major Announcement

After having to vacate our home of 11+ years on West Main Street, we are happy to announce that we have found a new home for Stanly Arts Guild and Gallery. Our new address is 330 North Second Street still here in Albemarle. Most long-time residents will remember this as the original location of the old  A & P Grocery Store. We are not officially open yet, but we plan to be open by the end of October. Our annual Summer Art Explosion show has been temporarily renamed as the Art Explosion show and has been rescheduled to take place from October 30 – November 17, 2018.  We may be dropping the name “Falling Rivers Gallery”. Our concentration has always been and will continue to be educating people about visual arts. We will be hosting many more workshops  and classes in the new education building located in the rear of the gallery.

Please plan to come out to visit the new gallery and sign up for a workshop or two while you’re here. And don’t forget to check out our Stanly Arts Guild membership levels. Make it an early resolution to become a vital part of the visual arts community!

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.


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!