Art isn’t just a tourist attraction here. It is part of Rowan County’s culture and creative spirit of individualism. So, check out an art exhibit, take in a local theater production, or catch a symphony performance. Learn more about arts and culture events happening in Rowan County this February.


And The Story Begins - A Plein Air Art Exhibit

Now - February 25, 2023

Our newest local art exhibit features original works by the Plein Air Artists, with pieces painted at the recent OctoberTour of historic sites in Salisbury and more. Plein Air artists meet each week to paint "en plein air" (French for "in the open air"). Join The Heart of Salisbury for 'And the Story Begins' now through February 25.


"The Power of Steam" Photography Exhibit

Now - September 4, 2023

The N.C. Transportation Museum is pleased to announce a new temporary exhibit featuring the photography of Jeffrey Stoner! “The Power of Steam” will be open in the Master Mechanic’s Office, now through Labor Day. Visit the exhibit now while you can!


Six-Week Hand & Wheel Pottery at Waterworks

Now - March 11, 2023

Students are invited to join professional potter, Brent Smith, in the clay studio to develop and/or fine tune your hand-building and wheel throwing skills. Whether you are a beginner focused on the basics or wanting to enhance your skill, this relaxed, disciplined studio experience allows all levels to advance. Dress for a messing GOOD time!


Piedmont Players Presents: "Into the Woods Jr."

February 3, 2023 - February 19, 2023

A new take on Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s groundbreaking musical fairytale about wishes and the choices we make. The musical centers on a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse, and wind up changed forever.

The Salisbury Symphony Presents: "Serenade Pianos"

February 10, 2023

Please join pianists Dr. Renee McCachren and John Stafford for an evening of piano duets in Livingstone College’s Event Center presented by The Salisbury Symphony.


Toddler Time: Winter Art on the Wild Side at Waterworks

February 11, 2023

Children ages 18 months – 3 years old along with a family member, will create a snowy owl print with paint and paper. Little artists will also meet other snowy creatures and make snow dough that feels just like snow!


Waterworks Presents: "Women. Artists. Masters. ARTISTS PAINTING STORIES"

February 13, 2023 - May 26, 2023

Five female artists who have traveled and exhibited together around the world, share a common goal—painting in their chosen medium from 3 inches to 3 feet. Join Waterworks in supporting these women and their art beginning February 13.


Lee St. Theatre Presents: "Wait Until Dark"

February 17, 2023 - March 4, 2023

Forty-seven years after WAIT UNTIL DARK premiered on Broadway, Jeffrey Hatcher has adapted Frederick Knott’s 1966 original, giving it a new setting. In 1944 Greenwich Village, Susan Hendrix, a blind yet capable woman, is imperiled by a trio of men in her own apartment. As the climax builds, Susan discovers that her blindness just might be the key to her escape, but she and her tormentors must wait until dark to play out this classic thriller’s chilling conclusion.


One-Day Workshop: Sketching in Pencil and Paint at Waterworks

February 18, 2023

This one-day workshop will be split between a morning and an afternoon session. In the morning, Deb Keirce will teach how to recognize and draw a likeness from a photo. Using just graphite, sketch paper, and a trusty eraser, students will sketch a variety of subjects from photo references. During the afternoon session, Maria Hock will teach alla prima portraiture from a photo reference. This way of painting uses techniques that apply thick opaque brush strokes directly. She will demonstrate each step, in detail, using oil paints.


Hoop Wreath Class at Magnolia Grove

February 21, 2023

Join Magnolia Grove in hosting Belle Terre Market to craft a beautiful hoop wreath before the arrival of spring. The class will be held at the studio on February 21 at 6 P.M..


The Salisbury Symphony Presents: "Artist Salon - Cellist Ryan Graebert"

February 25, 2023

Join The Salisbury Symphony for their Winter Artist Salon featuring the Symphony’s Principal Cellist, Ryan Graebert. The Artist Salon harkens back to a time when music was performed in peoples’ homes and living spaces. Attendees will be treated to an open bar with wine and specialty cocktails in addition to heavy hors-d'œuvres.


One-Day Workshop: Introduction to Oils: Fundamentals of Color at Waterworks

February 25, 2023

This one-day workshop is an introduction to the basics of oil painting. Ms. Steimel will discuss color theory, demonstrate color mixing and discuss how to effectively use color in your art.  Following a 30-minute lunch break, students will paint with oils with a compelling use of color. 


For more family fun events, check out our event calendar and February in Rowan County blog.