December First Friday Gallery Crawl

December 4, 2018 9:29 pm

Walk down the creaky wooden floors of an old clothing factory filled with artists’ studios and lined with beautiful works. Bring your taco or your beer into the Red Calaca Studio Mobile Art truck for a workshop with an artist. Explore fine art and live music in an interior design studio open just for First Friday, or the works from new artists holding a one-night-only gallery show in the old Trolley Museum. This First Friday Gallery Crawl in South End offers such an array of experiences, the hardest part is figuring out where to start. Join us and the 15 participating galleries and art destinations on Friday, December 7th, for a free, family-friendly event open to all and with something for everyone! Individual gallery hours vary; see listings below.

Here’s what each gallery has planned:

Dilworth Artisan Station – 118 E. Kingston Ave.

It is only twice a year that Dilworth Artisan Station throws open the doors for their biannual open house, and you do not want to miss this one! The Dilworth Artisan Station holiday open house is a chance to explore this beautiful old factory building filled with independent art studios from fine artists. More than twenty-five fine artists and galleries will have open studios for the event, including Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy, Greg Barnes, Jean Rupprecht, Jean Cauthen, Kim Gibbs, Adrian Redmond, Marcy Gregg, Leonor Demori, Ada Shapiro, and Paul Hastings. The artists vary from oil and acrylic painters, pastelists, photographers and jewelry makers. It really is a magical place and you can’t say you know South End unless you’ve been here to see it for yourself.

Karen Saks – 2500 Distribution St., Ste B

Pop into Karen Saks and say welcome, as this is their first time participating in the gallery crawl! Get a tour of Karen Saks’ exclusive-to-the-show trade room, something that is only available during the gallery crawl. There will be works from Mia Malcolm, Gina Jilian, Gina Strumpf, Ashley Venore, Barbara Mann Meyers and other local artists available at the show.

C3 Lab Gallery – 2525 Distribution St.

Join C3 Lab for the new exhibit Intersection, which features work from 34 artists whose diverging styles and methods come together to frame an exhibit like no other. You will have a chance to meet the artists in the studio and hear about their personal styles and careers, and what drives their imagination.

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 14 artists. Artist and gallery owner Victoria Schweizer will be giving away a piece of her original artwork. Antoinette Wysocki’s renowned painting “Famous Enough” will also be on display.

Shed Brand Studios – 216 Iverson Way

Drop into Shed Brand Studios to view the works by artist Natalie Bork, whose fused-glass wall flower bowls and pendants has captured collectors’ eyes throughout the Southeast. Bork, a co-partner of the third-generation studio, sold her first abstract floral piece at the young age of eight and has since been featured in museums and galleries.

Higgins & Owens, PLLC – 524 East Blvd.

Join Higgins & Owens as they host Bloomsday Art, a pop-up group show featuring Tammy Langdon, Michelle Rivera, Sally Higgins, and Sally Weller, whose works include contemporary landscapes, figures and abstract paintings.

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

Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy, inside of Dilworth Artisan Station, will be presenting Tom Stanley: en route to here, a solo exhibition featuring a selection of paintings and works on paper from the last two decades. Stop by to meet the artist and hear about Stanley’s layered and elusive work that is more self-portraiture than abstract. The exhibition begins with the series en route to hamlet, referencing a small town in North Carolina, and leads to en route to here, a selection of stops in small towns from the 1990s to today.

Holt School of Fine Art – 118 E. Kingston Ave., #15

Holt School of Fine Art is hosting its 9th Annual Holiday Open House: a student and instructor show where more than 100 students and 10 instructors will show their works for one night only.  The open house features art from students ages 8 to 18 and the instructors are practicing artists of various mediums including oil painting, watercolor and ceramics.

Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique – 128 E. Park Ave., Ste B.

This Friday will be one of your last chances to visit Lark & Key Gallery in its current incarnation. Stop by to explore the magic of the new collection Wish List, including fine art, handmade pottery and jewelry, and meet the local artists. In mid-January, Lark and Key will be relocating a few blocks away to East Boulevard in Dilworth to share a space with artist Charlotte Foust. The new location will have limited weekday hours, a monthly open house and special events. Read more about Lark & Key’s next move or stop in on Friday to chat with Sandy and Duy yourself.

South End Kitchens Design Studio – 1500 South Blvd., #101A

South End Kitchens is hosting works from two artists, Christina Dowdy and Pam Anderson, and live jazz guitar by Thel Petty. Dowdy, whose works have evolved to span styles from abstraction to traditionally representational, is drawn to compositions highlighting depth and color. Anderson, a Chapel Hill native, focuses mainly on her Birds on a Wire series, featuring oil paintings representing the number of children or people in a family.

Charlotte Powerhouse Studio – 1507 Camden Road

South End Arts at the Powerhouse, a new addition to the South End Gallery Crawl, will feature an exhibition by 20 local emerging artists, all selected by an independent panel of judges. These new pieces will be joined by Airing out the “Dirty” Laundry, nearly 200 stories and pieces about strength, unity and resistance to oppression.

Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art – 1520 S. Tryon St.

Visit Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art to meet New York-based artist Ralph Turturro, who uses organic elements and other surface builders to create mysterious and contemporary compositions. Turturro will have new works from his studio. Elder Gallery will also be continuing Vicarious, a multi-disciplinary exhibit which was recently named “Art to See This Fall” by the New York Times.

Red Calaca Mobile Art Studio – 1501 S Mint St.

Red Calaca Mobile Art Studio, a 24-foot step-van, will bring art programming to Max & Lola Bodega with workshops featuring Rosalia Torres-Weiner, Zuleyma Castrejon, Liz Ojeda and Elisa Lopez Trejo. Torres-Weiner, a Charlotte activist and community leader, is featured in the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum, where her art captures the themes, colors and rich symbolism of her native home of Mexico as well as the history and changing demographics of the South. Torres-Weiner is also responsible for some of the bright murals on the walls of Max & Lola, as well as the Mother Nature mural on Friendship Trays at 2401 Distribution Street.  This is a great chance to meet her and learn more about her work!

Magnolia Emporium – 307 Lincoln St.

Magnolia Emporium’s featured artist of the night will be Miouxnie Rane West, who uses hand-painted glass art and murals to share the way she lives her life through art, music and dance.  After you meet her, walk down the beautiful Riva Fanoli passage next to Magnolia Emporium to see her Catawba Heritage mural, painted on the wall with support from a South End Creative Lab grant.

Coffey and Thompson Art – 1201 South Graham St.

Join Coffey and Thompson Art for light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres while viewing The Art of Gifting, a collection of works from the gallery’s 16 artists.

After you have finished exploring the studios, head over the Nebel’s Alley Night Market from 6-9 p.m. to explore the nighttime pop-up market featuring goods and gifts from local businesses.

Friday Gallery Exhibition Hours:

Karen Saks: 5-8 p.m.

C3 Lab: 7-10 p.m.

Vane Gallery: 5-8 p.m.

Shed Brand Studios: 5-8 p.m.

Higgins and Owens, PLLC: 5-8 p.m.

Dilworth Artisan Studio: 6-9 p.m.

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

Holt School of Fine Art: 6-8 p.m.

Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique: 5-8 p.m.

South End Kitchens Design Studio: 5-8 p.m.

Charlotte Trolley Powerhouse Studio: 6-9 p.m.

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

Red Calaca Mobile Art Studio: 6-8 p.m.

Magnolia Emporium: 6-9 p.m.

Coffey and Thompson Art: 5-9 p.m.

Nebel’s Alley Night Market 6-9 p.m.

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