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Salisbury proclaims June 21 'Day of the Arts'

In response to a request from the Rowan Arts Council, the Salisbury City Council approved a proclamation naming June 21 “Day of the Arts.”
Multiple events throughout the day are planned in celebration.
The Fifth Annual Art on Easy Street summer art festival will take place in the F&M Bank parking lot adjacent to Easy Street and bordered by Main Street, Liberty Street and North Lee Street.
This year’s festival will host over 70 artists, performances by six musical groups from steel drums to rock ‘n’ roll and a wide variety of food vendors.
The festival starts at 10 a.m. with a reading of the proclamation and ends at 5 p.m. The festival is free and open to the public.
Art on Easy Street is made possible by funding from the NC Arts Council, Rowan Investment Company and F&M Bank.
The Waterworks Family Fun Day will take place in the Trolley Barn and Waterworks Visual Art Center from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be numerous art activities for children and their families. The art projects are led by professional art instructors from the staff of Waterworks.
Family Fun Day is free and open to the public. Waterworks and the Trolley Barn are located on Liberty Street in the 100 block within the Art on Easy Street festival area.
Rail Walk Studios and Gallery has a show by Sharon Forthofer and works by members of the Rowan Arts Council board of directors, Alba Gonzalez and Lee Toth. Rail Walk artist Jimmy Alston will also be on hand with his jazz band J Alston and Company, providing a variety of music throughout the afternoon.
Rail Walk is located at 409-413 N. Lee St. just up from Art on Easy Street.
Right next door, at 407 N. Lee St., The Looking Glass Artist Collective will be hosting a special preview event to give the public a chance to see what they will be offering when they officially open their doors in July. There will be music, food, activities, and a silent auction of members’ art and class tuitions throughout the day.
East Square Artworks and Gallery 120 is hosting a beading activity taught by Whitney Peckman, professional artist. East Square Artworks is located at 120 E. Innes St. in the old Flowers Bakery building. Gallery 122 is hosting an invitational sculpture exhibit.
St. Thomas Players will be presenting “The Best Man” at Catawba College at 7:30 that evening. The Best Man will also be presented June 18-20 and 25-28.
It is fitting that the “Day of the Arts” will end with a farewell party at The Blue Vine for Foster and Jean Owen, strong supporters of the arts, who are moving to Chapel Hill. The Blue Vine is located at 209 S Main St. in Salisbury.
The Rowan Arts Council can be reached at 704-638-9887 or by e-mail at rac@rowanarts.org. Their Web site is www.rowanarts. org.

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