February Gallery CrawlJanuary 31, 2017 6:14 am
Love is in the air. And in the art! February’s South End Gallery Crawl features a host of great exhibitions, including a beautiful love story, a new gallery, intricate mixed-media works and landscapes in bold color.
The first Friday of every month, neighborhood art galleries throw open their doors and stay open late to show off their newest exhibitions. Many also have receptions with drinks, snacks, music, and an opportunity to meet the featured artists. It all starts at 5pm, but check the map and the details below for hours and what’s on at each location. Click on the map below to see the full list of participating fine art galleries and other South End shops and studios featuring art and activities for the crawl.
Always free! Unless you fall in love…
Gallery Crawl Map
Click the image below to go to an interactive Google map of South End gallery crawl destinations:
Ciel Gallery – 128 E Park Ave, 6-9 pm
Ciel Gallery’s February exhibition is 100 Love Notes, featuring art inspired by the story of Catherine Zanga and Hyong Yi. Yi’s 100 Love Notes project first launched in 2015 on the anniversary of Zanga’s death, when Yi and his children walked the streets of Charlotte giving strangers handwritten love notes. Yi wanted to do something to honor his wife and inspire others not to take the love in their lives for granted, and the story was picked up around the world. Realizing that the love notes–really small poems–had a greater purpose, he commissioned 17 local Charlotte artists to illustrate them. This is the show you can see at Ciel this month: a tale of humor, hope, love and remembrance, told in the words of Catherine and Hyong and accompanied by 50 gorgeous works.
Other works by Ciel artists will also be on display and for sale, along copies of the #100LoveNotes book, nibbles and libations.
Work by Bridgette Guerzon Mills, jewelry by Alice Scott and vase by Jim Connell
Lark & Key Gallery – 128 Park Ave, 5-8 pm
Right next door to Ciel, Lark & Key Gallery presents SURFACE, exploring the concept of surface – above, below and within. Featured artwork includes encaustic and mixed media artwork by Janet Eskridge, Bridgette Guerdon Mills and guest Robin Luciano Beaty, ceramics by Jim Connell and jewelry from Alice Scott. Nebraska-based artist Janet Eskridge will be in the gallery to talk with patrons about her work.
Image attached features work by Bridgette Guerzon Mills, jewelry by Alice Scott and vase by Jim Connell.
Charlotte Art League – 1517 Camden Rd
The Charlotte Art League show this month showcases the common themes that unite us: Hope, Peace and Love. Artists will be present to discuss their work and inspiration with attendees, and you can also enjoy snacks and a beer and wine bar.
Elder Gallery – 1520 South Tryon St, 5-8 pm
This month, Elder Gallery features an exhibition by Sally S. Bennett, whose unique style ricochets from one painting to the next to create a dazzling collection that magically draws each viewer into her journey of self-discovery. Having moved from Santa Fe to Waynesville, North Carolina, Bennett is quickly adapting to the “southern way of life” in her new studio. Her show RECONSTRUCTIONS opens at 5 pm on Friday, February 3rd and runs through February 25th.
Magnolia Emporium – 307 Lincoln St, 6-9 pm
This month Magnolia Emporium features artist Jerry Lee Kirk, an award-winning Charlotte-based artist whose works feature bold colors. His recent work focuses on landscapes, using the mountains and coastline of North Carolina as inspiration for meticulous renderings alive with light and shadow.
Magnolia Emporium is an interior design and home decor hub where you can find a curated selection of home decor and unique gifts.
Coffey & Thompson – 1200 S. Graham St, 6-9 pm
The show currently on display at Coffey & Thompson gallery features local poet Susan Ludvigson, local visual artist and poet Jonathan K. Rice, Nellie Ashford, Mary Ann Forehad, and Susan Nutall. Coffey & Thompson also has new works from local potter Andrew Linton and glass by Carmella Jarvi.
Studio Cellar – 1800 Camden Road, until 11 pm
During Gallery Crawl, Studio Cellar will feature work by resident artists Melanie Sherwood, Madison Carpadakis, Sierra Hyler and Leigh Lynch.
Studio Cellar is a local paint and sip studio with both classes and a freestyle paint bar open daily. Friday evening’s class will walk you through creating your own painting of the Charlotte skyline, beginning at 7:30 pm, and the paint bar is open until 11:00 pm. If the gallery crawl inspires you to pick up your own brush, this is a great place to start.
South End Kitchens – 1500 South Blvd, 5-8 pm
South End Kitchens is a design studio that also features fine artworks on loan from the Elder Gallery. New artwork on display in the design studio includes works by John Folchi, Jill Jones Osenga, and Matt Dibble. The reception during gallery crawl will feature snacks and beverage, and live music by guitarist Henry Moldenhauer.
Vane Gallery – 2326 Distribution St, 5-9 PM
New to the Gallery Crawl this month is Victoria Schweizer’s new gallery on Distribution Street, Vane Gallery. Victoria moved to Charlotte from New York 3 years ago, and opened her second gallery in South End. Her painting styles range from contemporary acrylic to pop art, and several new pieces will debut this Friday, including the Bi-Polar Series. The February reception will celebrate the Valentine season and feature drinks and snacks, gift bags and a few surprises.
What else can you do in South End on Friday?
There are hundreds of small businesses in the neighborhood, so make an evening of exploring some of the shops, restaurants, and breweries that make this neighborhood special. While you’re at it, check out our events calendar, then do something crazy and tag @SouthEndCLTor /#SouthEndCLT to share your adventures.