October Gallery Crawl

October 4, 2016 9:49 am

The first Friday of the month is almost here, which means it’s time for the South End Gallery Crawl!


On Friday, October 7th neighborhood art galleries will stay open late to host receptions for an interesting mix of everything from folklore-inspired pottery to paintings celebrating Hispanic heritage.

The crawl lasts from 6-9 PM, but some galleries will be open earlier and later. Keep scrolling for location specific times.

Click on the Google Map below to see a full listing of participating fine art galleries and artsy South End destinations. (A word of caution–it’s free to join in this award-winning event, but when for-sale art is this good… peruse at your own risk.)


Elder Gallery – 1520 S Tryon St, 5-8 PM

From 5-8 PM the Elder Gallery will host an opening reception for Invitational 2016a highly anticipated exhibition featuring select artwork from five artists worthy of watching and collecting: Sally Bennett of Waynesville, NC; Allen Bentley of Clarksburg, MD; James Erickson of Culpeper, VA; Renato Ochoa of Austin, TX; and Daniel Tu of San Francisco, CA. The image below is Varnish by Daniel Tu, a 40″x 30″ oil on canvas.



SouthEnd Kitchens – 1500 South Blvd # 101A, 5-8 PM

Gallery Crawl goers will have an additional opportunity to view work by renowned Elder Gallery artists on Friday night. From 5-8 pm, South End Kitchens will host a reception for an exhibition of paintings by Charlotte-native Jill Jones Osenga, Matthew Dibble of Cleveland, and John Folchi of New York City (see respective samples of their work below). The art will be on view in the beautiful showroom through November 30th.


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Lark & Key Gallery – 128 E. Park Ave, 6-8 PM

Lark & Key is known for “fine art and functional craft” from local, regional, and national artists. The current show ‘Myth Makers’ is on view through the end of the month and features the visual narratives of Janet EskridgeDuy HuynhSarah KaufmanVicki Sawyer, and guest artist Jeanie Tomanek. The artists employ symbolism, composition and color to weave modern myths that explore the passage of time, otherworldly beauty, folkloric fascination and suspension of disbelief. The image below features  ‘The Bees’ Apprentice’ by Jeanie Tomanek and ceramic houses by Barbara Chadwick. See it on Friday evening from 6-8 pm.


Ciel Gallery – 128 E Park Ave, 6-9 PM

Next door to Lark & Key is Ciel Gallery, a staple of the South End art scene. Their new show for October, “Build,” will feature a national juried exhibition focused on the design, structure and process of building, with pieces ranging from the functional and the whimsical, to the mechanical, stick-built or ethereal. The exhibit has been curated by juror Murray Whisnant, FAIA, who is a native Charlottean and one of the city’s premiere modernist architects. He’s also a well known as a designer, inventor, furniture maker and artist.

Enjoy food, drink, lively art and conversation from 6-9 PM. If you’re feeling inspired to create something, sign up for a workshop while you’re there.

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Dilworth Artisan Station– 118 E. Kingston Ave, 6-9 PM

Dilworth Artisan Station’s 100 year old brick 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. The select studios listed below will be open from 6-9 pm, so swing by and enjoy the local art over wine and apps!

Anne Neilson Fine Art (*5-8 PM*)

Ron Boozer

Kim Gibbs

Paul Hastings

Sharon Hockfield

Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy

Dottie Leatherwood

Holt McLean

Marcy Gregg

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Charlotte Art League – 1517 Camden Rd, 6-9 PM

The Charlotte Art League will host an opening reception for a new show, “Comic CAL – Celebrating the Art of COMICS,” meant to appreciate the comic book character in all of us with artwork expressing illustration, comic books and the characters in them. Additionally, CAL will also host a special unveiling of the 20 winners of “Mortar & Brick,” a photography contest with the goal of capturing the essence of the South End neighborhood on film.

Do a few loops around the gallery from 6-9 pm with drinks and apps in hand, and stay tuned for more related events throughout the month, including a costume contest, lectures, and workshops.

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Coffey & Thompson – 1200 S Graham St, 6-9 PM

Coffey & Thompson Gallery is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage month by showcasing the artwork of Edwin Gil, Jessi Flores, Sabrina Frey and Leandro Manzo. Come by, enjoy some refreshments, and meet the artists from 6-9 pm!

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Magnolia Emporium – 307 Lincoln St, 6-9 PM

Magnolia Emporium is an interior design and home decor hub owned by Randolph James, a long time designer for celebrities and international home owners. Stop in from 6-9 PM for food, drink, and plenty of local art on view! The image below is “Who Are You,” an acrylic/mixed media on canvas by featured artist Joyce Wynes.



The Gallery South End – 1320 S Church St, 7-11 PM

The Gallery South End is your go-to place for art with a side of coffee, dessert, and wine. William Antonio (a former basketball star and husband of the owner) 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. They’re open until 11 pm, so it’s the perfect place for a night cap.


Studio Cellar – 1800 Camden Rd, 7-11 PM

If all this fine art has your creative juices flowing, cap off the night at Studio Cellar! They’re open until 11 PM for freestyle painting and “liquid inspiration” is for sale at the wine bar. While you’re there view artwork from Resident Artists Michelle Svonavec, Caroline DeRhodes, Julie Wheeler, Jimi Thompson, Katherine Yau, Xavier Hll,  Elizabeth Ojeda and Sierra Hyler.

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Looking for more ways to explore Historic South End?

We’ve got a few hundo small businesses in the form of shops, restaurants, and breweries. While you’re at it, check out our events calendar, then do something crazy and tag @SouthEndCLT/#SouthEndCLT to share your adventures in the neighborhood.

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