August Gallery Crawl + self-guided tour

August 2, 2016 10:10 am

The first Friday of the month is almost here…

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… and the South End Gallery Crawl is ready to roll on Friday, August 5th!

Once a month the neighborhood art galleries stay open late to host receptions for a new shows featuring everything from contemporary paper cutouts and mid-century oil paintings to unique jewelry and multimedia sculptures. The crawl is roughly 6-9 PM, but some galleries will be open earlier and later. Scroll down for location specific times!

Of course it’s free to participate, but when for-sale art is this good… peruse at your own risk.

This 1.5 mile, self-guided tour is a good point of departure for those ambitious Gallery Crawlers hoping to hit all 10 participating locations.

Here’s a non-prescriptive play-by-play for one (of many) ways to make the most of this award-winning event.

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Pre-game: Atherton Mill– 2000 South Blvd

If you need to pass the time before the crawl kicks off,  Atherton Mill is the play. Plenty of cool shops and restaurants with an interesting industrial history. There’s also a sea of parking here, which will come in handy since the Panthers Fan Fest is happening tonight and might affect parking availability in other parts of South End.

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1. Dilworth Artisan Station – 118 E. Kingston Ave, 6-9 PM

First, hop on the Rail Trail heading towards Uptown. Cross over East/West and make an immediate right into the 100 year old brick building known as Dilworth Artisan Station. The building has housed a lot of different things over the years (everything from textile machinery to the cars of deployed WWII soldiers), but today there are over 30 studios where artists paint, draw, and sculpt every day. Select studios on the 2nd floor will be open (see list below) so swing by from 6-9 pm and enjoy the local art over wine and apps!

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2. Ciel Gallery – 128 E Park Ave, 6-9 PM

Next get back on the Rail Trail, walk  north and turn right on Park Avenue. Your first stop is the white brick building with three mosaic flowers on the side. Welcome to Ciel Gallery, a staple of the South End art scene that always throws a fun reception for a new show each month. August’s salon show “Collaboratus” will feature unique works inspired by collaboration between resident artists, so stop by for food, drink, lively art and conversation from 6-9 PM.

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

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3. Lark & Key Gallery – 128 E. Park Ave, 6-8 PM

Next door to Ciel Gallery is Lark & Key, purveyor and thoughtful curator of “fine art and functional craft” from local, regional, and national artists. Stop by from 6-8 PM to check out new arrivals from Jennifer Mecca, Angie Renfro, Kendra Baird Runnels and more. Featured below is ‘Different Paths’, oil on panel 24″x48″ by Angie Renfro.

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4. South End Kitchens – 1500 South Blvd #101-A, 6-8 PM

Next, cross over Park Avenue, turn left on Rensselaer Ave and walk towards Crispy Crepe. On the right you’ll see South End Kitchens, an “upscale and au courant style” kitchen and bath design studio boasting beautiful architectural building details and the work of 11 Elder Gallery artists.

On Friday evening from 6-8 PM, enjoy light snacks and beverages as you stroll through Traditional European, Classic American, and Eclectic Contemporary displays. There’s a little something for everyone to appreciate here and we love when unconventional spaces participate in the Gallery Crawl. More information is available on their Facebook event.

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5. Charlotte Art League – 1517 Camden Rd, 6-9 PM

Next you’ll walk through the alley towards Futo Buta, cross over the tracks, and turn left into the building with mosaic art above an open garage door. Welcome to the Charlotte Art League’s opening reception for a “Members Only Salon” where you can view the works of CAL members in all styles and mediums. Do a few loops around the gallery from 6-9 pm with drinks and apps in hand!

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6. Elder Gallery – 1520 S Tryon St, 5-8 PM

Next, cross over Camden and Tryon and make an immediate left into the Elder Gallery. From 5-8 PM you can view paintings and drawings from the collection of Carl Plansky at the opening reception for a new exhibition, “Figures, Flowers and Landscapes.” According to Larry Elder, these works of art were drawn from direct observation and “revel in pitch-perfect color, compositional elegance, and highly expressive brushwork.”

Included in the August exhibition will be the largest painting in the collection, Petunia, New York Landscape, 1992, which is so rare that it’s stored within a wall in the gallery. Don’t miss an opportunity to see this monumental painting on display!

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7. Kauffman & Co. – 1420 S Mint Street, 6-9 PM

After you’ve appreciated all the Elder Gallery has to offer, turn left onto Summit Avenue and right on Mint Street. Just up ahead on the left, Kauffman & Co is settling in to their new location and ready to rejoin the Gallery Crawl! On Friday evening from 6-9 pm, Kauffman & Co will showcase art by Sharon Dowell and Karla Sosa against the backdrop of their custom handcrafted furniture made from reclaimed and exotic hardwoods.  To top it all off there will be acoustic music by Swim in the Wild and some tasty refreshments.

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8. Coffey & Thompson – 1200 S Graham St, 6-9 PM

Continue on Mint Street towards Uptown, make a left on Penman Street and right on Graham Street. Coffey & Thompson is just up ahead at the next stop sign. From 6-9 pm, Coffey & Thompson will host a reception for “Life in Orchids” featuring the photography of Julie Corder, and they always have a good food and beverage spread.

Bonus: The sun goes down at 8:22 PM on Friday night. Take a moment to admire the gorgeous South End sunset from the west side of the neighborhood.

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9. Magnolia Emporium – 307 Lincoln St, 6-9 PM

Backtrack to Mint Street and turn right to head south, away from Uptown. Make a left on Lincoln Street and walk until you see a cool alleyway and eye-catching window displays. This is Magnolia Emporium, an interior design and home decor hub owned by Randolph James, a long time designer for celebrities and international home owners. Stop in for food and drink from 6-9 PM!

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10. The Gallery South End – 1320 S Church St, 7-11 PM

Next door to Magnolia Emporium is the Gallery South End, your go-to place for art with a side of coffee, dessert, and wine. William Antonio (a.k.a. former basketball star and husband of the owner) is the artist behind all the paintings for sale on the wall. During the Gallery Crawl, guests will enjoy free appetizers from 7-9 pm with wine and craft beer specials available for purchase. They’re open until 11 pm, so it’s the perfect place for a night cap.

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That’s all for the crawl. But wait, there’s more!

If viewing all this fine art has your creative juices flowing, head over to Studio Cellar (1800 Camden Road) until 11 PM for some freestyle painting and drinks for sale at the bar.

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Looking for more ways to explore Historic South End? Check out our events calendar, do something crazy, and tag @SouthEndCLT/#SouthEndCLT to share your adventures in the neighborhood.

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