Arts & Culture

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125th Anniversary Mural

This mural created by Tom and Casey Kilgore of CK Paints, depicts a Waldensian Family and their home in the Cottian Alps, which is where the Original Settlers of Valdese traveled from to make Valdese their home.
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Community Theatre

Old Colony Players is a thriving community theatre company who calls Valdese home. Artfully performing since 1967, OCP …
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Old Rock School

The Old Rock School remains an iconic symbol of the Valdese community. All of the spaces in the School are available for public rental, so renters can enjoy the rich history of the Town while hosting their own special event.
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Outdoor Drama

4th longest running outdoor drama in NC. Held annually mid July through mid August.
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Rock School Arts Galleries

The Rock School Arts Foundation’s mission is to offer new and exciting exhibitions, programs, and art education for adults and children; to serve as a cultural destination for tourists and visitors; and a resource for the art communities.
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RSAF Studio 101

Discover unique workshops at Studio 101 presented by the Rock School Arts Foundation
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Sam's Recycled Art

Upcycled items create unique artistic finds. From welding to painting, Sam's Recycled Art is the perfect stop for your next unique find or gift!
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The Arrival

The art installation depicts the arrival of the original Waldensian settlers who came to Valdese on May 29th, 1893 as they departed the “No. 11” train at the Valdese Depot.
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Three Graces

The Three Graces were put in place by the Public Arts Commission. The bronze, aluminum, and copper structure represents beauty, mirth, and good cheer. The three sculptures exhibit the same geometry of form but have different size, materials, and texture that responds to each change of light and atmosphere.
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Village Park Mural

Artist Clive Haynes’ thirty by ninety foot mural, painted on the side of a building depicts images of the Italian village where the Waldensians lived until they moved to North Carolina.