Arts of the Albemarle will begin the first project in its building improvements, using funds from the Building the Arts capital campaign, on Monday, March 20 with painting of the gallery and staircase.

AoA will be closed Monday through Wednesday, March 22. The lobby area will reopen Thursday, March 22 and maintain regular hours through Saturday, March 25 for ticket sales and acceptance of new artwork for the April rehang. The gallery will reopen for visitors and sales on Monday, March 27.

Please note: Classes/workshops WILL go on as scheduled.

– Mon., March 20 – Wed., March 22 – AoA closed to the public.

– Thurs., March 23 – Sat. March 25 – Lobby open for ticket sales/new work drop off only.

– Mon., March 27 – AoA reopening!

Since AoA opened in the renovated Chesson Department Store nine years ago, 30,000 people have visited the gallery and/or the Maguire Theatre.  AoA started the capital campaign, Building the Arts, last year to raise money for building improvements, including painting, a gallery hanging system, new lighting and sound equipment in the theater and business software upgrades.

With the contributions of our generous donors, the installation of a gallery hanging system will follow the painting project. The hanging system will allow staff to remove and rehang artwork without creating holes in the walls that require patching and repainting.


April is an entire gallery rehang.  With painting scheduled for the week March 20, this will affect our regularly scheduled drop off and pick up dates.  In order to insure that no work is damaged, please plan to pick up ALL work currently in the gallery (including in offices) beginning Thursday evening, March 16. AFTER the Center Painters & Potters awards reception.  ALL work must be removed no later than Saturday, March 18.

AoA will not be held responsible for any damages to work remaining in the gallery after Saturday, March 18.

DO NOT BRING NEW WORK AT THIS TIME.  We will begin accepting new work beginning Thursday, March 23 – Saturday, April 1. Attached you will find an inventory sheet.  Please email this sheet as soon as possible to Darlene (

CENTER PAINTERS & POTTERS ENTRIES-Please plan to pick up any unsold work AFTER the awards reception Thursday, March 16 at 5:00 pm.  Please do not pick up your entries prior to the reception.

Pick Up Unsold Work – Thursday, March 16 (AFTER the Center Painters & Potters awards reception)

Deadline to Pick Up ALL WORK – Saturday, March 18

Bring In New Work – Thursday, March 23 – Saturday, April 1

Inventory Sheet – ASAP

We realize that this is an inconvenience, but we appreciate your patience as we make much needed improvements to our gallery so that we may better display your work. If you need to make other arrangements, please contact Darlene (252.338.6455 ext. 230 or