May First Friday Gallery CrawlMay 1, 2019 8:03 am
On Friday, May 3rd, ten galleries and venues in South End will keep their doors open late for a special evening of creativity and community storytelling. Exhibitions in this month’s South End Gallery Crawl explore themes of community, identity, migration and change. You will also find exhibitions featuring abstract art, color and form, and an interactive mural collaboration. Dilworth Artisan Station hosts their biannual Open House–this is your only chance until December to go in to the old factory building and find every one of the 25 artists with their studio doors open. Get to it.
Here’s what each gallery has planned:
Wall-mounted flower glass creations and fused glass pendants by Natalie Bork will be the featured artworks at Shed Brand Studios. With everything handmade onsite, the third-generation studio specializes in custom stained-glass windows and doors and is owned by Bork and her husband Shaylor Knight. The studio will also be hosting a beginner and advanced fused glass class on May 8th where students will create an 8” x 8” fused glass flower bowl. Learn more about the class here.
Hodges Taylor will be continuing their current exhibit <REPLY>: an archival pigmented collection of photographs that resulted from a 24-week exchange of controversial photographs between the two artists, Micah Cash and Amy Herman. Herman is a Charlotte-based artist whose photographs have been shown on internationally and are in permanent collections in the Kiyosota Museum of Photography, Cassilhaus and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Cash, also Charlotte-based, uses visual languages of landscape to explore narratives of ownership, demarcation and utilization. Photograph above by Michael Blevins.
Head out to Hodges Taylor on Friday, May 17th for the opening reception of off-kilter, a solo exhibition featuring a selection of woven works, wooden constructions and ceramic reliefs by Durham-based artist Martha Clippinger.
Join South End Arts at the Powerhouse for Stories to Tell…Brookhill Village, an installation by Alvin Jacobs, Jr. who relied solely on the sun and shadows to document his subjects in black and white. Jacobs, whose main objective was to give those in his community a voice, has captured a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion and reveal what this neighborhood has come to be to its inhabitants: home. Head to the Powerhouse on Thursday night from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. for a chance to meet artist Alvin Jacobs, Jr. and preview his works that will be featured in the First Friday Gallery Crawl. Artwork above is by featured artist Khem.
Stop by Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art for We See Heaven Upside Down: a collection of works from artists worldwide featuring an evolving dialog responding to contemporary challenges of migration, displacement, identity and home. The collection seeks to challenge the misconceptions and prejudices that currently divide our communities. The artists include Nico Amortegui, Luis Coray, MyLoan Dinh, Michelle Gregory, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Susanne Roewer, Rosalia Torres-Weiner, Dellair Yousef, Todd Clouser, Milad Khawam and Till Schmidt-Rimpler. Learn more about each of the artists here. Artwork above is by featured artist Rosalia Torres-Weiner.
Sharon Forthofer, who grew up on a farm in northern Indiana, will be featuring her collection Discovering the Light Within: The Oil Paintings of Sharon Forthofer. After earning a Master’s degree in education and teaching for 24 years, Forthofer studied art and oil painting where she participated in still life, figurative and plein air painting workshops in the United States and Europe. Learn more about the artist here. Artwork above is by featured artist Sharon Forthofer.
There are only a few times each year that Dilworth Artisan Station throws open the doors for their semi-annual open house and you do not want to miss this one! The open house is a chance to explore this beautiful old factory building filled with independent art studios that come together to celebrate a variety of different forms of art: from jewelry makers to oil and acrylic painters, pastelists to photographers. Twenty-five artists will be participating in this month gallery crawl and there will be a special sales room offering discounts on select paintings! Learn more about the artists here. Artwork above is by featured artist Lesley Powell.
Magnolia Emporium will be featuring artist Casey Powers for the May gallery crawl. Powers, artist behind Momma and the Pea, is an acrylic and mixed media artist based in Charlotte with a background in interior design and art. After the birth of her daughter, Powers recently got back into painting but has always been involved in some sort of creative process.
Stop by C3 Lab Gallery Friday night to view Jessica Albrecht’s newest pieces. Albrecht, who picked up a paintbrush ten years ago with no prior experience, says painting changed her life and perception of the world around her. Albrecht says she finds beauty in chaos and color and is moved by space, words, architecture, the female form, beautiful and strong women, and people who are unapologetically themselves. Behind the Bar will be selling their specialty cocktails for the opening night reception. Artwork above is by featured artist Jessica Albrecht.
Amodernary Furniture will be continuing their current 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. Clousher, from a young age, found art to be a sanctuary, a place for escape, reflection and healing through expression. Artwork above is by featured artist Angela Clousher.
Holt School of Fine Art will be hosting its May Open House on Friday, May 3rd as part of the First Friday Gallery Crawl. A team of students have been hard at work on the interactive mural project where you will have the chance to see the collaboration on display for the first and only time. Bring your camera and step into the mural for a photo of your own before it is transported to become a platform where gymnasts will receive their medals.
Stop by Hidell Brooks Gallery to view the solo exhibitions for Jacob Cooley, Sarah Helser and Kiki Slaughter. Cooley, whose paintings are informed by harmonious and hallowed places, based his collection aquatic on how pools effortlessly liberate us from gravity. Helser, who spent her formative years on a farm where she enjoyed the beauty and solitude of nature, says hymns of the wild is a collection about the emotional links between humans and the living creatures that surround us. Having battled chronic illness for the past four years, Slaughter says her collection healing has many layers, similar to the healing process she underwent from the illness. Learn more about the artists here. Artwork above is by featured artist Sarah Helser.
Shed Brand Studios: 5 – 8 p.m.
Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy: 6 – 8 p.m.
South End Arts at the Powerhouse: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art: 6 – 8 p.m.
Coffey & Thompson Art: 5 – 9 p.m.
Dilworth Artisan Station: 6 – 9 p.m.
Magnolia Emporium: 6 – 9 p.m.
C3 Lab Gallery: 7 – 10 p.m.
Amodernary Furniture Designs: 6 – 8 p.m.
Holt School of Fine Art: 6 – 8 p.m.
Hidell Brooks Gallery: 6 – 8 p.m.