April Gallery Crawl + a self-guided tour

March 29, 2016 3:19 pm

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Spring is here and so is the monthly South End Gallery Crawl! On Friday, April 1st from 6-9 pm, the galleries of South End will stay open late to display an interesting mix of everything from contemporary folk art to national juried shows, and from garden-inspired paintings to mixed media childhood memories.

We’ve created a simple, self-guided walking tour to lead you on a 1.4 mile stroll through all the participating locations. Here’s a Google Maps screenshot for reference. Keep scrolling for tips on how to make a night of this award-winning South End event!

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Pre-game: Atherton Mill– 2000 South Blvd

Looking to pass the time before the crawl kicks off at 6 PM? Atherton Mill has got you covered with local restaurants, cool shopping, and ample parking.

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1. Cimarron Sky Gallery – 214 W. Tremont Ave, Suite 102

Head across Camden Road to Cimarron Sky, the only art gallery in the Southeast specializing exclusively in American Western Art. From 5-9 PM Gallery Crawl goers can check out a solo exhibition by cowboy artist Bob Graham, known for his lively pen-and-ink sketches and innovative watercolor techniques. Fun fact: he tried out for the NFL on his path to becoming a full-time artist, but it didn’t work out so he went to SCAD instead.

Want to further immerse yourself in the American West? Come back on April 15th for live western music with Ellie Morgan.

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2. Dilworth Artisan Station – 118 E. Kingston Ave

Next, hop on the Rail Trail heading towards Uptown. Cross over East/West and make an immediate right into the old brick building. (If you hit the Before I Die chalkboard, you’ve gone too far.)

Dilworth Artisan Station’s 100 year old building has been a furniture factory, a textile factory, and even storage for cars belonging to WWII soldiers. Today it houses the studios of nearly 30 artists who paint, draw, and sculpt every day. It’s a special treat when Dilworth Artisan Station participates in the Gallery Crawl, so make it a point to stop by, enjoy some complimentary food and drink, and meet the wonderful artists from 6-9 PM!

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3. Ciel Gallery – 128 E Park Ave

Get back on the Rail Trail, go one block north, and turn right on Park Avenue. Walk towards the white brick building with three colorful mosaic flowers on the side. Welcome to Ciel Gallery!

Back to the Garden,” a national juried art show curated by Jayne Johnson of Queens University, is back by popular demand for a 5th year. Experience a “fanciful gathering of flora, fauna, philosophy, and whimsy” and partake in an interactive garden coloring event and the People’s Choice Award from 6-9 PM.

Feeling inspired to create? Sign up for a workshop while you’re there.

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4. Lark & Key Gallery – 128 E. Park Ave

One door down you’ll find Lark & Key’s new exhibition “Waxing Poetic,” a showcase of various encaustic techniques involving heated beeswax mixed with resin and the occasional colored pigment. This centuries old technique dates back to the Greeks and has gained popularity among contemporary artists due to its dimensional and luminous qualities.

The featured artists are Janet Eskridge, Judy Klich, Mary Alayne Thomas, Bridgette Guerzon Mills, and guest potters Donovan Palmquist and Colleen Riley. Inspired by everything from found objects to the passage of time, these artists have creatively incorporated photo transfers, gold leaf, silkscreen images, papers and fibers into their encaustic pieces.

Stop by 6-8 PM during the Gallery Crawl.

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5. Charlotte Art League – 1517 Camden Rd

Next you’ll return to Camden Road, turn right, and walk until you see an abstract mural on a building across the street from Common Market. You’ve arrived at the Charlotte Art League! Grab some refreshments and peruse the wide variety of art from 6-9 PM.

This month CAL hosts the annual “Spring into Art” Juried Competition with the award presentation happening at 7:30 PM on Friday night. The juror C. Shaw Smith, Jr. has been a faculty member at Davidson College for 30 years as an Art History and Humanities professor. He also currently serves as Chair of the Art Department. See the variety of work he selected on display through April 29.

Bonus: CAL is also home to Donna Scott Productions, whose new show The Taming runs through April 16!

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6. Elder Gallery – 1520 S. Tryon St

Cross over Tryon and look to your left. Notice the sculpture garden and cherry blossoms. You’ve arrived at the Elder Gallery! Join them from 5-8 PM for an opening reception for Kathleen Craig‘s solo exhibition, on display through May 28.

As part of the popular “Lunch with the Artist” series, the gallery will also host a meal and discussion with the artist at noon. Contact the gallery to reserve your seat and lunch order from Queen City Catering for only $10.

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7. The Gallery South End – 1320 S Church St

Turn left on Summit Avenue, right on Church Street, and walk until you see a white building with purple awnings. Welcome to the Gallery South End, your go-to spot for art with a side of coffee, dessert, and wine!

The paintings here are the creations of owner and former basketball star, William Antonio. During the Gallery Crawl, guests will enjoy free appetizers from 7-9 pm with wine and craft beer specials available for purchase. Come back later on for a night cap, they’re open until 11 pm.

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8. Magnolia Emporium – 307 Lincoln St

Next door is Magnolia Emporium, an interior design and home decor hub owned by Randolph James, a long time designer for celebrities and international home owners. This is their second time participating in the Gallery Crawl, so be sure to stop in, say hello, and peruse the art by Joyce Wynes until 9 pm!

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9. Coffey & Thompson Art Gallery1200 South Graham St

Turn left out of Magnolia Emporium and prepare for a little zig zag action. Right on Mint, left on Penman, right on Graham. Boom. You’ve arrived at Coffey & Thompson!

From 6-9 pm this hidden gem of a gallery invites you to discover the work of Nellie Ashford, a self-taught folk artist with the influences of Romare Bearden, Sam Gillum and Jacob Lawrence. See how she uses mixed media to depict scenes from her childhood and a delightful historical recollection of Charlotte in the 1940s and 1950s.

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Voila. You’ve walked a mile-ish, consumed your fair share of drinks and apps, seen some cool local art and met the artists who made it possible. Thanks for supporting South End and we’ll see you next month!

(but probably sooner, because this place is awesome…)

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