September Gallery Crawl + walking tour

August 31, 2016 9:54 am

The South End Gallery Crawl is all-systems-go for Friday, September 2nd

Gallery Crawl, Food Truck  friday,  Oyster Roast  tihs friday

Neighborhood art galleries will stay open late to host receptions for an interesting mix of everything from oil paintings of the North Carolina mountains to assemblage art inspired by rust.

The crawl is roughly 6-9 PM, but some galleries will be open earlier and later. Scroll down for location specific times.

Of course it’s free to participate in this award-winning event, but when for-sale art is this good… peruse at your own risk.

This 1.4 mile, self-guided tour is a good point of departure for those ambitious Gallery Crawlers hoping to hit all 8 participating locations.

september gallery crawl

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

Your first stop of the night is 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. Select studios will be open (see list below) so swing by from 6-9 pm and enjoy the local art over wine and apps!

Ann Conrad

dilworth artisan

2. Ciel Gallery – 128 E Park Ave, 6-9 PM

Next hop on the Rail Trail, walk  north towards the skyline 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. September’s show “Rust Revival” will feature assemblage artist Renee Calder and photographer Nancy O. Albert. Their work explore ways to celebrate the striking beauty of rust and the aesthetics of decay. We see rust every day, but after viewing this show you will never see rust in exactly the same way!

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.

ciel gallery

ciel gallery - rust revival 2

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

Next door is Lark & Key, purveyor and thoughtful curator of “fine art and functional craft” from local, regional, and national artists. The new show ‘Myth Makers’ features the visual narratives of Janet Eskridge (a Nebraska-based artist who will be present at the opening reception), Duy Huynh, Sarah Kaufman, Vicki 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 byBarbara Chadwick.

Get a first look at the art during the crawl from 6-8 pm, or stop by during regular hours of operation while the display is on view through October 29th.

lark and key - sept gallery crawl 2016

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

Next you’ll return to the Rail Trail, cross over the tracks and turn right on Camden Road. On the right you’ll see an old building with mosaic art above a beautiful garage door. You’ve arrived at the Charlotte Art League’s opening reception for a “Community Organizations” show where you can view works of art in all styles and mediums. Do a few loops around the gallery from 6-9 pm with drinks and apps in hand!

CAL door

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

Next, cross over Camden and Tryon and make an immediate left into the Elder Gallery. From 5-8 PM you can view A Natural State, an exhibition featuring two North Carolina artists. David Skinner’s work straddles the divide between abstraction and representational painting, looking for a perfect balance between the two. His recent Blue Ridge Series captures the western North Carolina landscape.


You will also be able to see the beautiful work of Stephanie Neely, whose academic background in landscape horticulture informs her oil pastel paintings of floral still-lifes and southern landscapes. Neely was named Best Local Artist 2010 by Creative Loafing in their “Best of Charlotte” edition.

Neely's Trio - Elder Gallery

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

Turn left on Summit, right on Mint Street towards Uptown, left on Penman Street and right on Graham Street. Coffey & Thompson is just up ahead at the next stop sign and will be open from 6-9 pm.

Coffey & Thompson Gallery presents Mountain Spirit and Light, a collection by North Carolina landscape artist Ray Byrum.  The gallery will host an opening reception featuring original oil paintings, giclees and serigraphs.  Come by and meet the artist!  Copies of Ray’s book The Art of Raymond Byron will also be available for purchase.

ray byrum 1 ray byrum 2

Bonus: The sun goes down at 7:48 PM on Friday night. Take a moment to admire the gorgeous South End sunset from the west side of the neighborhood.

7. Magnolia Emporium – 307 Lincoln St, 6-9 PM

Backtrack to Mint Street and turn right to head south, away from Uptown. Make a left on Lincoln Street and walk until you see a cool alleyway and eye-catching window displays. This is Magnolia Emporium, an interior design and home decor hub owned by Randolph James, a long time designer for celebrities and international home owners. Stop in for food and drink from 6-9 PM!

storefront paintings - original

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

Next door to Magnolia Emporium is the Gallery South End, your go-to place for art with a side of coffee, dessert, and wine. William Antonio (a.k.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.

Gallery South End - image by get-offline

That’s all for the crawl.

But wait, there’s more!

If all this fine art has your creative juices flowing, cap off the night at Studio Cellar located at 1800 Camden Road. 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. 

studio cellar 2

studio cellar

Friday is also the opening reception for DaDa Soiree: An Absurd Art Show. Stop by C3 Lab (2525 Distribution Street) from 7-10:30 pm to see the work of over 60 local, regional, national and international artists who have stepped up to be part of the conversation about contemporary art. Established, mid-career, and barely emerging artists of multiple disciplines have come together to show work, side by side, to demonstrate art in conversation with itself. More information is available on the Facebook event.



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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