June Gallery Crawl + walking tour

May 31, 2016 2:22 pm

It’s that time again…

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The South End Gallery Crawl is ready to roll on Friday, June 3rd from 6-9 pm! Neighborhood galleries will stay open late to host receptions for an interesting mix of everything from charcoal sketches of Native Americans and contemporary paintings of wild life, to kinetic sculptures and multi-media interpretations of the human body.

Take it all in as you stroll through this 1.5 mile, self-guided walking tour through 10 participating locations.

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Here’s our play-by-play for how to make the most of this award-winning event…

Pre-game: Atherton Mill– 2000 South Blvd

Before the crawl officially kicks off at 6 pm, spend a little time in the Atherton Mill area perusing the cool shopping and restaurants. Bonus: you can park here.

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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 while gaining new insight into the history of the American west via fine paintings and sculptures.

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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. Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy in Suite 25 C will be open from 6-9 pm displaying photographs by David Halliday and paintings by Margie Stewart. Have a glass of wine and enjoy!

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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. Head towards the white brick building with three colorful mosaic flowers on the side (also know as Ciel Gallery)!

Ciel Gallery presents Re-Action, a fine arts exhibit which features the works of mixed-media fabricator Kelly Carlson-Reddig, book-artist Jackie Radford and painter Leigh B. Williams. Their creative practices span different media and scales, and the Re-Action theme inspired surprising 2-D and 3-D investigations that capture the imagination. Stop by for food, drink, lively art, and conversation with the artists from 6-9 PM.

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

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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 Foster, Duy Huynh, Vicki Sawyer, Mary Alayne Thomas, Susan 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. Charlotte Art League – 1517 Camden Rd

Return to Camden Road, turn right, and walk until you see an abstract mural on a building across the street from Common Market. You’ve arrived at the Charlotte Art League! From 6-9 PM, you’re invited to grab some refreshments and peruse the new exhibit, “Naked: Body Beautiful,” which celebrates the beauty of the human form as a medium for conveying ideas. Sign up for an upcoming class if you’re feeling inspired.

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6. Elder Gallery – 1520 S Tryon St

Next you’ll cross over Tryon and make an immediate left into the fabulous Elder Gallery, where you can see the work of John Folchi‘s latest exhibition, “Town and Country,” during an opening reception from 5-8 PM. Folchi’s soft touch painting style creates a quiet sense of calm in both Hudson River scenery and Manhattan fire escapes.

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7. Climb’s Roast – 1515 S Mint St

Continue west on Summit Ave then turn left on Mint Street and into Climb’s Roast, an Old World Coffee-Bar-in-progress. From 6-9 pm, gallery crawlers will get a sneak peak of renovations on the 1940s era industrial building while enjoying music, food, drink (including the gourmet coffee they’ll be serving when construction is complete), and the art of Larry Lippi, Chip Furr, Souci Grimsley, and Jeanie Mauney.

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8. Coffey & Thompson – 1200 S Graham St

Continue on Mint Street towards Uptown, then turn left on Palmer Street and stroll up to the gallery at the next stop sign. From 6-9 pm, Coffey & Thompson will host a reception for Jack Whitaker, an “old school artist who likes to portray rural and sporting scenes of North Carolina” in paintings so realistic you could mistake them for photographs.  Fly fisherman in particular are fascinated by his work and how beautifully his paintings capture their sport. This gallery always have a good food and beverage spread, too!

Bonus: The sun goes down at 8:34 PM on Friday night. Take in the gorgeous South End sunset from this side of the neighborhood.

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9. Magnolia Emporium – 307 Lincoln St

Return to Mint Street heading away from Uptown, then turn left on Lincoln Street. You’ll know you’ve arrived at Magnolia Emporium when you see a 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 Joanna Hope, Jonay Di Ragno, Sam Guzzie, and more. Stop in for food and drink from 6-9 PM.

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10. The Gallery South End – 1320 S Church St

Next door to Magnolia Emporium is The Gallery South End, your last stop of the night and go-to place for art with a side of coffee, dessert, and wine.

Owner and former basketball star, William Antonio, is 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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Other first Friday highlights:

As South End grows, so does the long list places to see and things to do. We love the idea of everyone in the district having the lights on and the doors open for an exciting first Friday night in South End! So grab a bite to eat, do a little shopping, contemplate moving here, and swing by a few other special events happening in the area…

Kauffman & Co – 1420 S Mint St

From 6-9 PM, stop by the grand opening party of Kauffman & Co’s new location (formerly located on Worthington Ave across from the Design Center). Enjoy wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres while you peruse the newly renovated showroom featuring pieces made from reclaimed lumber and exotic woods.

South End Kitchens – 1500 South Blvd, Suite 101-A

On Friday evening from 6-8 PM, enjoy light snacks and beverages while strolling through South End Kitchens. This upscale and au courant style design studio boasts beautiful architectural building details, exciting displays of kitchens and baths, and the work of 11 Elder Gallery artists.

Friday Night Festival – 1327 S Mint St

Unknown Brewing and Craft Tasting Room & Growler Shop host Friday Night Festival from 5-10 PM every Friday night. Live music, food trucks, late night summer movies, family and dog friendly atmosphere, and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Need we say more?

Food Truck Friday – 2161 Hawkins St

Walk, bike, or ride the light rail to Sycamore Brewing, the host of Charlotte’s original food truck rally from 5-10 pm every Friday night.

Come back on Saturday, June 4th:

CHROMA – 2322 Dunavant St

On June 4th from 6-10 pm, join Arthur Brouthers for CHROMA and experience the transformation of a 7000 sq ft warehouse into a multi-sensory art exhibit. The show will feature small to massive mixed-media paintings, oversized video projections, dramatic lighting, and select music to complete the installation.

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Have a great weekend in South End!

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