July Gallery Crawl + walking tour

June 22, 2016 1:54 pm

The first Friday of the month is almost here and you know what that means…

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… the South End Gallery Crawl is going down on Friday, July 1st from 6-9 pm!

Once a month the neighborhood art galleries stay open late to host receptions for an interesting mix of everything from contemporary paintings of wildlife to mid-century watercolors of urban scenes, and woodturned sculptures, mosaics, and pottery.

Price of admission? Free. Unless you fall in love.

See a little bit of everything with this 1.5 mile, self-guided walking tour through 9 participating locations.

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Here’s a sample itinerary for how to make the most of this award-winning event:

Pre-game: Atherton Mill– 2000 South Blvd

If you need to pass the time before the crawl officially kicks off at 6 pm, stroll through the cool shops and restaurants of Atherton Mill. (Hint: this is a good place to park)

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

Cross over Camden Road to Cimarron Sky, the only art gallery in the Southeast specializing exclusively in American Western Art. From 5-9 PM, enjoy a complimentary drink and snacks while chatting with owner Tim Rowley, who is passionate about using approachable paintings and sculptures to educate about the history of the American west. If you want to know more, Tim will let you borrow a book from the Cimarron Sky library.

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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 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. A handful of the studios will be open on Friday so swing by from 6-9 pm and enjoy the local art over wine and apps!

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3. Ciel Gallery – 128 E Park Ave

Jump on the Rail Trail again, walk a block north and turn right on Park Avenue. Your next 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. July’s salon show “Swelter” is sure to entertain and be especially relatable for those of us who live in the *ehem* sweatiest city in America. Stop by for food, drink, lively art, and conversation with the artists from 6-9 PM. Don’t worry, there’s air conditioning.

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

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

Next door to Ciel Gallery is Lark & Key. Stop by from 6-8 PM to see their current exhibition “Wild Life” which features a cast of creatures, big and small, from Elizabeth FosterDuy Huynh Vicki SawyerMary Alayne ThomasSusan Hall and guest potter Ronan Peterson. The artists explore the wonder and whimsy of the natural world, bringing animals to life in a variety of styles.

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5. South End Kitchens – 1500 South Blvd #101-A

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!

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6. Elder Gallery – 1520 S Tryon St

Next you’ll walk through the alley towards Futo Buta, cross over the tracks, cross over Camden and Tryon and make an immediate left into the Elder Gallery. From 5-8 PM you can see paintings from the collections of two fabulous artists, Ernest Walker and Leon A. Makielski, alongside paintings from last month’s show by NYC artist John Folchi.

Ernest Walker (1892-1991) painted for House & Garden magazine, Lord and Taylor, Abraham & Strauss, General Electric and others during the 1940s-50s and even illustrated a number of books for Harper Brothers Publishing and MacMillan Publishing.

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Leon A. Makielski (1885-1974) is an early-American Impressionist whose collection is represented exclusively by the Elder Gallery. The collection contains portraits, landscapes, drawings and etchings completed between 1905 and the 1950s.

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7. The Gallery South End – 1320 S Church St

Next you’ll turn left out of the Elder Gallery to head west on Summit Avenue, turn right on Church Street, and walk until you see a little white building with purple awnings. This is the Gallery South End, your go-to place for art with a side of coffee, dessert, and wine. Former basketball star, William Antonio, is the owner’s husband and 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. 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 to the Gallery is Magnolia Emporium, you’ll know it by the cool alleyway and eye-catching window displays! This interior design and home decor hub is owned by Randolph James, a long time designer for celebrities and international home owners.

This month will feature the work of Larry Lippi, Joyce Wynes, Jeanie Mauney, Spanish artist Jonay di Ragno, Afro-Cuban artist Anjie Porter, and more. Stop in for food and drink from 6-9 PM.

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9. Coffey & Thompson – 1200 S Graham St

Turn left out of Magnolia Emporium to head west on Lincoln Street, then prepare for a little zig-zag action. Right on Mint, left on Penman, right on Graham, and walk until you see the gallery at the next stop sign. From 6-9 pm, Coffey & Thompson will host a reception for all of their resident artists and they always have a good food and beverage spread. Bonus: The sun goes down at 8:42 PM on Friday night. Take in the gorgeous South End sunset from the west side of the neighborhood.

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But wait, there’s more!

Friday, July 8: Charlotte Art League opens its 3rd annual contemporary art exhibit “Beyond Skin and Street,” a cultural experience created to showcase the work of talented local tattoo and graffiti artists.

Friday, July 15: Hidell Brooks Gallery opens a new show called “Made in the South,” an exhibition of over 20 southern artists working in the south today.

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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