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‘Into the Open’ Plein Air Carolina Art Exhibit Opening Reception

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The Salisbury Business Center is hosting an art exhibition and Artists’ Opening Reception
‘Into the Open’ Plein Air Carolina Art Exhibit
Opening Reception Friday March 2, 2018
5:00pm – 8:00pm

Salisbury Business Center, 301 S. Main Street, Salisbury NC, 28144

Art Exhibition March 1 – May 25, 2018 / Monday – Friday / 8:00am-5:00pm

Free & Open to the Public

The Salisbury Business Center welcomes the Plein Air Carolina artists’ exhibition.

The exhibit features original works by:

  • Carolyn Blackman
  • Barbara Garwood
  • Barbara Duffy
  • Sharon Forthofer
  • Phyllis Steimel
  • Beth Taft
  • Rebecca Little
  • Joyce Cavanagh- Wood
  • Doris Trexler


  • Live reception music provided by Dirty Cosmic (Jay Corriher & Daniel Arthur Gurley).

Refreshment and light fare will be served.


Plein Air Carolina is an organization of amateur and professional painters located in Salisbury NC.   Plein Air literally translates to ‘painting in the open air’.  Artists paint in a variety of locations, with the security of working together and enjoying the companionship of fellow painters. It is an opportunity for all members to grow professionally. Membership is open to all interested painters; artists need not have ‘plein air’ experience to be members.


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‘Into the Open’ is part of the ongoing Salisbury Business Center Art Partnerships Gallery Exhibits Program, wherein gallery space is provided to local artists in an effort promote area artists and to increase art appreciation within the community. To achieve our goals, the SBC sponsors art exhibits in four periods annually, free and open to the public.  Visitors can view the exhibit weekdays, Monday – Friday, from 8:00am-5:00pm.


Artists interested in exhibiting their work for future exhibitions at the Salisbury Business Center should send photos and contact information to  All items exhibited must be ready-to-hang and offered for sale.  The Salisbury Business Center does not accept a commission for sales of any exhibited artwork.  Exhibits normally span three-months with an opening reception at the start.  With any questions, please contact the Salisbury Business Center at 704.209.4589


Salisbury Business CenterThe Salisbury Business Center, located in historic Downtown Salisbury, is collaborating with local artists to display an array of artwork in a variety of mediums.

The Salisbury Business Center provides key-person space, individual offices, and office suites to small companies. It also houses a state-of-the-art auditorium and several meeting spaces that are available for rental and use by the public.

Sharon QuoteWith hundreds of people visiting the Salisbury Business Center a year to visit business tenants, to attend meetings, or to train at seminars, it is a natural partnership to highlight local artists.

“Showcasing and promoting our resident artists is a part of our philosophy to always ‘think local.’  We feel fortunate that we have the opportunity to display artists from Rowan and surrounding counties, right here in our Salisbury Business Center,” said Operations Manager, Sharon Baker.

From July 20, 2015 through October 16, 2015, several artists will showcase their artwork.

The exhibition is open to the public at the Salisbury Business Center, Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm. All artwork is available for purchase from the artists and information is available at the receptionist area.

The Salisbury Business Center is located at 301 South Main Street, Salisbury, North Carolina. For more information, contact Sharon Baker at (704) 209-4589.


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Marti Harrington Cupples

Marti CupplesMarti is a resident of Stanly County. She is a self-taught artist, and says she inherited the “art gene.” She medium is acrylic on canvas, and her favorite subject matters include trees and ocean scenes. Her canvases tend to be bold, bright, and vibrant. Examples of her work can be found on Facebook: 

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Carol Dunkley

Carol DunkleyCarol is a color blind artist who started drawing and painting in her 60’s, and loves the new horizons and discoveries that constantly come her way.  She makes her home in Salisbury, NC. Her work is meant to make you smile, so please do. Learn more about Carol on her website:

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Ray Earnhardt

Ray EarnhardtRay’s art has been an evolution – initially focused on useful everyday tools made by hand, utilizing old-time methods (guns, bows, knives, arrowheads), to a more decorative aesthetic depicting scenes in nature. He is fascinated with critters and plant life and through photography and quiet moments of study, recreates these scenes from recycled metal (old file cabinets, farm implements, tv tube glass) using fire from a torch or his hand built forge. Ray is currently displaying “Deep Sea Star”.

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Keyth Kahrs

Keyth KarhsKeyth is a representational artist who works in acrylics and transparent watercolor.  His subject matter is varied, and in many instances features water, dramatic light with shadow and reflections. Landscapes are his favorite subject.  His work has been described as California Super Realism, a term that he embraces with enthusiasm. Keyth is a resident artist at the Rail Walk Studios & Gallery. For more information, visit their website at

Keyth is currently displaying the following works at the Salisbury Business Center: “Rock of Azores”, “Crater Lake Blue”, and “Duncan Lake”.

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Patt Legg

Patt Legg ProfilePatt began painting later in life after the birth of her third child and still considers it a new and wonderful experience. She paints and teaches in the Classical method of the Old Masters:  a technique that requires hours of the layering process, dedication and patience. It is the love of the Masters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer that keeps the excitement alive for her—the joy of sharing her work with others that makes her blood flow and teaching that is a way of “paying it forward” to others so they may find that joy. Learn more about Patt here:

Patt is currently displaying “Ocean’s Illusion” and “Got’cha!”.

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Melissa Levy

Melissa LevyMelissa Levy is a contemporary abstract painter. Her paintings are mostly acrylics on canvas with a wide range of unique texture techniques. Her work carries a wide variety of colors and heavy layers. She has had a passion for painting for several years and enjoys exploring new ways to express her thoughts and feelings on canvas. Melissa has many favorite artists, but is most inspired by the work of Jackson Pollock and Helen Frankenthaler. Born and raised in Stanly County, she now resides in Charlotte, NC.

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Don Moore

Don MooreBorn in Birmingham, Alabama, Don received his art training at the University of Alabama through the MFA. Additional studies from the University of Georgia and training in painting and figure drawing was received at the Art Student’s League in NYC. Most of his life has been involved in teaching. He was the Art Director of Mitchell Community College in Statesville, NC, for 32 years. Moore is a Juried Member of the Associated Artists of Winston-Salem, NC; the Pastel Society of North Carolina; the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society. Find out more at

Don is displaying “Abandoned”, “We Meet Again”, “Walk in the Woods”, and “Spencer Wood”.

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Lewellen Padgett

Lewellen PadgettIn 1990, Lewellen and her husband, Clyde, relocated to Salisbury where they have made their home on South Fulton Street. She has continued to refine her medium, Shadow Box Construction, and has shown in Charlotte at the Blue Pony Gallery, in Black Mountain at Seven Sisters, and the Blue Butterfly Gallery. She had a solo exhibition at Pfeiffer University. In 2005, she had an exhibition at the Waterworks Visual Arts Center entitled, “Incantations and Incarnations.” She has continued to show throughout North Carolina and is honored to have her work included in many patrons’ collections. Learn more about Lewellen at

Lewellen has six shadow boxes on display at the Salisbury Business Center including “Yes, But the Inside?”, “Dream Travels”, “The Pine Cone”, “Goodbye, Sweet Boy II”, and “We Two, One World.”

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Guy Raymond

Guy Raymond ProfileGuy Raymond was born in Western Massachusetts in the city of North Adams. In 1978 he moved to Richmond, Virginia with his wife Lynn and attended J. Sargeant Reynolds College where he got his first experience with oil paints. In the mid 1980s he became serious about art and enrolled at Virginia Commonwealth University and majored in Painting and Printmaking. A job-related move took him to Concord, NC and he continued studies in printmaking and ceramics at UNC Charlotte. Guy creates exciting original oil paintings that tell a story, using figure and abstract shapes and dimensions. His goal is to draw the viewer in and get them thinking! Learn more about Guy at

Guy’s work on display is “Battle for the Throne”, “Your Move”, and “Drive In”.

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Mark Stephenson

Mark StephensonNorth Carolina native Mark Stephenson is a full-time artist based in Salisbury, NC who through a multi-faceted personal background, brings a unique perspective to his work. A graduate of Pfeiffer University, North Carolina State University and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Mark earned degrees in Civil Engineering and Vocal Performance. Mark relocated to New York City in the 1990s where he studied at the prestigious Art Students League with noted painters and sculptors Frank O’Cain, Leonid Gervitz, and Leonid Lerman. Success at the Art Students League ushered in awards and commissions including acceptance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s copyists program. Find out more about Mark on his website,

Mark’s pieces on display are “Milking Time”, “Just Milked”, and “First Light”.

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Robert Toth

Robert TothRobert Toth grew up in New Jersey, and graduated from the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art, where he majored in Fine Art. His post graduate studies were at the Art Students League, New York City, and the Cape School of Art with Henry Hensche, Provincetown, Mass. He has worked in industry creating architectural renderings and designing trophies. For several years he was on the design staff with Congoleum Industries. In 1975 he established the “Island heights Studio of Art” and RT-DESIGNS USA.. He presently resides and is working from his studio facility in Salisbury, North Carolina. His work is displayed in private and public collections in the US and throughout the world. Learn more at

Robert’s “Art Train” is being displayed at the Salisbury Business Center.

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Bailey Winger

Bailey WingerBailey Wingler is a Visual Artist who calls Salisbury home. She began Just Bailey Designs in January 2014, marketing her artworks primarily online. Bailey creates a wide variety of artworks and specializes in personalized commissioned works including abstract pet portraits, whimiscal decorative items and various custom signs and ornaments. Initially a self taught Artist, Bailey is now pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and is looking for new opportunities to grow in this field. Bailey has sold her work in various venues throughout Salisbury, Winston-Salem, and Kannapolis, North Carolina. More information can be found on her website at

Bailey’s pieces on display are “Rise and Shine” and “Still Life”.


Things to do in Rowan County

Brick Street LiveRowan County is a wonderful North Carolina destination. Located mid-way between Charlotte and Greensboro, family-friendly events are countless.

Gold Hill is known for its historic downtown with quaint shops including the E.H. Montgomery General Store, where bluegrass music is a mainstay.

downtown salisbury inc logoSalisbury has a vibrant and inviting downtown with tremendous local flair. Throughout the year, festivals line the streets.

Pops at the Post draws thousands of people to experience the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra live. Public art is alive and well in Downtown Salisbury and so are the many art opportunities for the community including Waterworks Gallery, the Salisbury Art Station, Pottery 101, and the Rowan Museum.

A-day-out-with-thomas-41Spencer is home to lovely shops like the Green Goat Gallery or fantastic restaurants like Pinocchio’s.  It is also the home of the North Carolina Transportation Museum, where you might just run into Thomas the Tank Engine or the Polar Express.

The parks in Rowan County are unprecedented. Dan Nicholas Park remains a family favorite with a petting barn, camping, paddle boating, miniature locomotives, and a historic carousel. Rockwell park is tucked away and is a hidden gem in the community. City Park and Hurley Park are lined with beautiful walking trails. Sloan Park is ideal for walking, biking, and good old-fashioned family fun.

Rowan County also has a beautiful greenway in Salisbury for walking or biking, and the Salisbury Bike Coalition hosts community bike rides weekly.

There are several wineries in Rowan County as well including Morgan Ridge, Old Stone, and Cauble Creek.

The local colleges hold many events throughout the year as well. Livingstone College hosts theatrical and musical productions as well as some of the largest sports events in the area. Rowan Cabarrus Community College holds community fairs, and Catawba College is known for its music, theater, sports, and community outreach events.

leestreetlogoRowan County is home to three community theaters as well. The award-winning Lee Street theatre is known for its edgy, “off- Broadway” productions. The Meroney Theater is a historic theater and home to Piedmont Players and produces classic community theater productions. The Norvell Theater is Salisbury’s” premier” children’s theater and draws thousands every season.

Whether you wish to ride a beautiful carousel or a historic steam engine, Rowan County has what you are looking for.

Visit Community Picnic, Visit Salisbury, or Downtown Salisbury Inc. for more information. community Picnic Logo 1

 Salisbury Business Center

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