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Art Galleries

Salisbury boasts a variety of art venues including collective art galleries featuring multiple artists as well as individual artists' studios.

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Railwalk Studios and Gallery

Railwalk Studios and Gallery is a group of art studios and a shared art gallery in the Railwalk Arts District of historic Salisbury, North Carolina. We are located in a former grocery warehouse built in the early 1900's along an old railroad spur.

The artists of Rail Walk Studios & Gallery each lease studio space from building owners, Rowan Investment Company. The artists use their space to create art while preserving the historic and artistic nature of the building.

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Historic Salisbury Foundation

Historic Salisbury Foundation is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve, protect and revitalize the historic fabric of Salisbury and Rowan County. With 501-c3 status, all donations qualify for maximum tax deductions. Historic Salisbury Foundation receives no tax money from any sources for its operations and focuses on the areas of historic preservation education, neighborhood revitalization, advocacy, and the preservation of historic landmarks.

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Waterworks Visual Arts Center

Waterworks Visual Arts Center is a non-profit 501(c)3, non-collecting art museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It is an exciting place where ideas, issues, and communities converge to expand traditional ways of thinking and explore the complex and unfolding patterns between artistic and cultural spheres. As a unique blend of education, inspiration, creativity, and fun, the Waterworks serves as the anchor organization for Salisbury's East Square Cultural Arts District and is the only teaching museum within a forty mile radius of Salisbury.

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Salisbury Sculpture Show

Salisbury is a unique city with historic main street charm where public art is a mainstay in the city’s physical, cultural and economic profile. The Salisbury Sculpture Show provides an appealing venue for artists as it engages residents and visitors with different styles of art, generates citizen input, and cultivates art patrons for the community.

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The Empire Hotel


The Hotel is located on a 1.39 acre site that includes a 60+ car parking lot in a vibrant downtown approximately one mile from the Interstate.

The upper floors of the hotel are vacant and undeveloped. The building has four wings coming off the rear, two of which contain old hotel rooms on the upper floors. The old hotel rooms are roughly 13’ x 15’. All rooms have windows and most pairs of rooms share a bath. The building is structurally stable and has some first floor tenants with the exception of the end section at 226-228 South Main.

The remainder of the building has a rubber roof and parapet caps that were installed around 11 years ago.

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