June First Friday Gallery CrawlJune 4, 2019 6:33 pm
Every artist has stories about what inspires their work. John Slaney, for example, feature artist at Coffey and Thompson Gallery, was inspired at the young age of 9 by his late uncle’s cartooning sketchbook. Slaney says he would look through the sketchbook for hours, and when he obtained a book it soon filled with his own creative doodles and scrawls. Learn stories like these at this month’s First Friday Gallery Crawl as artists come from around the country to show in the galleries of South End.
Spend the evening of June 7th exploring, and learning first-hand from the artists about their journeys and inspirations.
Here’s what each of the seven galleries have planned:
Join Hodges Taylor in welcoming artist Martha Clippinger for her first exhibition at the studio: MARTHA CLIPPINGER: off-kilter. The solo exhibition features a selection of woven works, wooden constructions, ceramic reliefs and works on paper. The Durham-based artist’s colorful pieces are a bit off the beaten path, meeting at an intersection of art, design, functionalism and formalism. Art critic Chris Vitiello recently wrote about Clippinger’s works saying “this is a space where everything different from everything else coexists and makes sense”. Click here for more information about the artist and the exhibit. Artwork in photo above is by artist Martha Clippinger.
Meet twelve artists and view their prize-winning juried work at the Powerhouse during the gallery crawl this Friday. Two of the artists include Justin Klaus, whose style is filled with bright colors and is heavily influenced by hip-hop and graffiti, and Rosalia Torres-Weiner, who creates her public murals to celebrate the rich history and changing demographics of the South and to raise awareness about issues affecting immigrant communities. Click here for more information and a full list of artists showing their works at the Powerhouse. Artwork above is by featured artist Veda Seravanan.
John Slaney, formerly of Danbury, Connecticut and now calling Charlotte home, will be featured in the exhibition Real Mixed: a collection of works from Slaney and other gallery artists. Slaney, the current framing manager for Coffey & Thompson, describes his aesthetic as organized cartoon philosophy and says that he wanted to be an artist since the young age of nine after being inspired by his uncle’s cartooning sketchbook. Click here for more information on the artist. Artwork above is by featured artist John Slaney.
Magnolia Emporium features artist Lisa Scarber for the June First Friday Gallery Crawl. The local artist from Cabarrus County specializes in abstracts and landscapes, saying the level of abstracts varies within each of her paintings and is linked directly to the subject matter and vision at the moment. Click here for more information on the artist. Artwork above is by featured artist Lisa Scaber.
Stop by Karen Saks during the gallery crawl to view a live painting by featured artist Angie the Rose. The Greensboro-based artist describes her work as braving the frontier of abstracted elements and colors that resonate with the soul while letting art inspire her “every waking moment” to appreciate the beauty that surrounds her. Click here for more information about the artist. Artwork above is by featured artist Angie the Rose.
Amodernary Furniture will continue their 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.rom a young age, Clousher found art to be a sanctuary, a place for escape, reflection and healing through expression. Artwork above is by featured artist Angela Clousher.
Join the UNC Charlotte Alumni Association for a special event at C3Lab where the annual alumni and student art exhibition will take place in memory of UNC Charlotte students Ellis Reed Parlier and Riley Howell, who tragically lost their lives on April 30th. This will feature works from students and alumni who have a passion for art. Click here for more information on the event.
*Due to summer fun in the sun, there will not be a gallery crawl for July and August. Be sure to check back for more details for the first fall Gallery Crawl in September!*
Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
South End Arts at the Powerhouse: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Coffey and Thompson Gallery: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Magnolia Emporium: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Karen Saks: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Amodernary Furniture Designs: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
C3 Lab Gallery: 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Gallery Crawl goes on summer break for July and August. It will be back in September for the first Gallery Crawl of fall, on Friday September 6th.
Save the Date!
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.