April First Friday Gallery Crawl

April 3, 2019 9:06 pm

Walk down the Rail Trail on a spring day and you’ll see flowers blooming, patios full of friends enjoying the warm weather, dogs heading out for a post-work walk and a festive atmosphere on almost every corner. On Friday, April 5th, soak up the season by checking out South End’s art scene for the First Friday Gallery Crawl where thirteen galleries and studios will be hosting artists from around the country for this special, one-night event.

Here’s what each gallery has planned:

Shed Brand Studios – 216 Iverson Way

Spring-colored fused glass by Natalie Bork will be the highlight at Shed Brand Studios for the April Gallery Crawl. Shed Brand Studios, owned by Bork and her husband Shaylor Knight, is a third-generation studio specializing in custom stained-glass windows and doors. Everything is handmade onsite. The studio will also be hosting a fused glass class on April 10th where students will create six fused glass Easter eggs. Learn more about the class here.

Vane Gallery – 2326 Distribution St.

Don’t miss this rare chance to visit Vane Gallery which will open with a show featuring the works of 17 artists and over 100 pieces of artwork. Artist and gallery owner Victoria Schweizer will be giving away a piece of her original artwork and artist Lisa Scarber will make her first appearance to the Gallery Crawl. Artwork above is by featured artist Elisa Sciorilli.

Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy – 118 E. Kingston Ave., #16

Hodges Taylor will be showing <REPLY>: an archival pigmented collection of photographs that resulted from a 24-week exchange of controversial photographs between the two artists, Micah Cash and Amy Herman. Herman is a Charlotte-based artist whose photographs have been shown on internationally and are in permanent collections in the Kiyosota Museum of Photography, Cassilhaus and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Cash, also Charlotte-based, uses visual languages of landscape to explore narratives of ownership, demarcation and utilization. Artwork above is by featured artists of the show, Micah Cash and Amy Herman.

South End Arts at the Powerhouse – 1507 Camden Road

Join South End Arts at the Powerhouse for a chance to meet and view works of 20 featured artists. Their prize-winning, unique and juried works will be on display with live music. The artists include Veda Saravanan, whose love of earth tones are the center of her creations, and Mary Zio, who describes herself as a contemporary, abstract expressionist. Artwork above is by featured artist Mary Zio. 

Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art – 1520 S Tryon St.

Elder Gallery will be featuring works by artists Martha Armstrong and Jessica Singerman in the exhibit, Beyond the Mountain. Armstrong, who tries to record the landscape as it exists in her view, paints by looking at objects intently and intentionally. Singerman, who constantly moved around the world as a child, used nature as a way to anchor herself, which can be seen in Paper Mountain, the large-scale installation featuring over 1200 paper cranes. The new exhibit is a celebration of the natural world and takes a look at how humans engage with the landscape. Artwork above is by featured artists Martha Armstrong and Jessica Singerman.

Coffey and Thompson Gallery – 1201 South Graham St.

Head out to Coffey and Thompson Gallery for live jazz music and the current exhibit, Staying Human: Works by Bryan Wilson. Wilson, who began his artistic career at the age of 16, started as an in-house graphic designer in Atlanta before moving to Charlotte and pursuing his MFA in drawing and painting. Wilson’s paintings are shown throughout the southeast alongside other distinguished artists and professors.

Dilworth Artisan Station – 118 E. Kingston Ave.

Fourteen studios inside of Dilworth Artisan Station will be staying open late Friday night including Sharon Hockfield, Caroline Simas, Juliann Bannon, Adrian Redmund, Marcy Gregg, Mary Kamerer, Jean Rupprecht, Jean Cauthen, Claire Jacobs, Janine Medlin, Patty Russell, Paul Hastings, Greg Barners, Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy and Chris Clamp. Cauthen will be exhibiting work from her newest series Swimmer: large paintings centered around the possibility “if Icarus had not drowned”. Kamerer, known for her landscape scenes from around the Carolina’s, will be showing works from her Lemon and Cherries series in anticipation of summer. You will also have the chance to learn about upcoming workshops and travel retreats to Provence. Artwork above is by featured artist Jean Cauthen.

Magnolia Emporium – 307 Lincoln St.

Magnolia Emporium will be featuring artist Jeanie Mauney who has called Charlotte home for over 40 years. First beginning her career in art at the young age of 5, Mauney has enhanced her abilities by taking classes in color line and design. Mauney, a travel-agent and artist, has honed her love and expression of color by traveling around the world for the last 30 years. The Caribbean and Mexico are two of Mauney’s favorite places to go for inspiration due to their vibrant colors and cultural artistry which can be seen in her paintings.

Red Calaca Mobile Art Studio – 1320 S Church St.

Rosalia Torres-Weiner, community leader and activist, will be featuring her collection of art called Rebirth for the gallery crawl. Torres-Weiner’s public murals celebrate the rich history and changing demographics of the South and uses her art to raise awareness about issues affecting immigrant communities. Tina Alberni, who uses a spectrum of mediums and techniques where she fuses materials to join narratives, will also be showing her artwork in the mobile art studio. The 24-foot step van will be parked around the corner at 1320 S Church St. in partnership with Magnolia Emporium on Friday night. Artwork above is by featured artist Rosalia Torres-Weiner.

Karen Saks – 2500 Distribution St., Ste B

Stop by Karen Saks Friday night to view artwork by Amy Sullivan Weishaar who studied many different art forms including watercolors, acrylics, oils and AutoCad. You will also have the chance to view Weishaar doing a one hour live painting demo. Artwork above is by featured artist Amy Sullivan Weishaar.

C3 Lab Gallery – 2525 Distribution Street

Join C3 Lab on opening night of their newest exhibition, Where I’m From, an experience crafted by artist Bree Stallings. The work pulls from her current pieces and focuses on new practices of installation and experiential creation. Installed inside a 6,000-square foot warehouse, the work will explore the places Stallings has lived: her current home, the childhood homes she lived in and the primal living areas in which we all enter and navigate the world. At the exhibition you will also hear renowned poet and spoken word artist Jay Ward will perform Things I Say, a one man show about growing up biracial in the South.

Amodernary Furniture – 201 W. Worthington Ave.

Amodernary Furniture will be showing an exhibit by local artists Jax Jackson and Angela Clousher. Jackson is a contemporary abstract artist who experiments with many different art forms but primarily focuses on symbolizing a unique perspective on life through geometric shapes. Clousher, from a young age, found art to be a sanctuary, a place for escape, reflection and healing through expression. Artwork above is by featured artist Angela Clousher.

Hidell Brooks Gallery – 1910 South Blvd #130

John Folsom, Ruth Ava Lyons and Scott Upton will be the three featured artists at Hidell Brooks Gallery for the April Gallery Crawl. Folsom, whose work demonstrates the narrative potential of images through mixed media, digital photography, and found materials, traveled the North Carolina Coast to photograph images of the Atlantic Ocean for this exhibition called Studies for a Quiet Coast. Lyons Odyssey explores the effect of man’s negative impacts on the environment and shows her personal search to comprehend the universal themes of growth and adaptation. Upton says his inspiration comes from nature, whose sublime forms and colors shape the ever-changing landscape. Colour field, Upton’s exhibit, shows the emotional impact of change, time, weather and light. Artwork above is by featured artist Scott Upton.

Friday Hours

Shed Brand Studios: 5 – 8 p.m.

Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy: 6 – 8 p.m.

South End Arts at the Charlotte Powerhouse: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Magnolia Emporium: 6 – 9 p.m.

C3 Lab Gallery: 7 – 10 p.m.

Hidell Brooks Gallery: 6 – 8 p.m.

Vane Gallery: 5 – 8 p.m.

Red Calaca Mobile Art Studio: 6 – 9 p.m.

Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art: 5 – 8 p.m.

Karen Saks: 6 – 8 p.m.

Amodernary Furniture Designs: 6 – 8 p.m.

Coffey and Thompson Art: 5 – 9 p.m.

Dilworth Artisan Station: 5 – 9 p.m.

Nebel’s Alley Night Market Kick-Off

After you have had a chance to visit the galleries head over to Nebel’s Alley Night Market, the only night market in Charlotte, for the spring kick-off event from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. Set along Nebel Alley and Tompkins Alley in the Design District, the night market is held the first Friday of the month. More than 30 pop-up stores will fill the alleys with handmade leather goods, vintage accessories, clothing, home décor, local kombucha and more. Enjoy Tex-Mex at nearby Superica or artisan ice cream from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, then stroll the market and listen to live jazz. Click here for more details.


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