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Gallery Crawl and Food Truck Friday a Success!

South End hosts a First Friday Gallery Crawl each month and has hosted a couple Food Truck events but this past Friday we fused the two together and had a great turnout. Not only did most of the food trucks sell out of food, neighborhing brick and mortar restaurant Phat Burrito sold out of food and Common Market had their single best day of sales in the two and a half years they’ve been open in South End!! There is a great chance this will become part of every First Friday but stay tuned for more details. Hope you enjoy a few of the images from Food Truck Friday.

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For all you social media folks coming to Gallery Crawl and Food Truck Friday, please use the Hashtag #SEcrawl. Please share pics of food and art and share your thoughts! #SEcrawl

This Friday we are combining two great events into one: First Friday Gallery Crawl and Food Truck Friday. South End is home to the largest number of galleries in Charlotte and each month you can count on a gallery crawl on First Friday. Additionally, we’ve started to host a couple Food Truck Festivals and they’ve been well received. This Friday we are combinging these two events into one so you can come Crawl the Galleries and also experience the food truck scene as 6 trucks will be set up at the Lunch Lot at Camden Rd and Park Ave.

All the details for the Gallery Crawl are below as well as the flier for the participating food trucks. A couple things to note about Food Truck Friday. This event is a BYOB hybrid. You can bring and consume alcohol from the Food Truck Friday lot provided it was purchased from the Common Market, just a few steps away. The weather forecast is looking great with a high of 60 so bring your bag chairs if you want to hang out. There will be limited seating at the food truck lot.

Friday will be a great fushion of art and food so make certain to be in South End!

When:     Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Gallery Crawl is 6:00pm – 9:00pm

The first Gallery Crawl of 2012 is this Friday, February 3rd     Come explore and experience the South End Gallery Crawl where you’ll find unique paintings, sculpture, jewelry, music, refreshments and more at our participating galleries!

South End is home to the largest number of galleries in Charlotte and below are a few highlights for the gallery exhibits taking place this month.

Camden Rd area is always a buzz on gallery crawl with Charlotte Art League with a theme of Roots to Renaissance on Friday, February 3rd from 6-9pm.  Also, the third Tuesday, February 21, 2012, Lance Main, President and Founder of Occhuzzie Paint Company in Charlotte, a family-based business dedicated to providing artists with unique, handmade oil paints will be open to the public. This is a FREE event that begins at 7pm.

The newly expanded Ciel Gallery presents Survey, a representation of Charlotte artists, February 3-25th, 2012. Receptions will be held Friday, February 3rd and Friday, February 17th from 6-9:00pm. Ciel Gallery is open Tuesday-Friday, 11am-6pm and Saturday 10am-5pm.

Lark and Key Gallery presents New Works by Angie Renfro and Julie Covington, on view from February 1st through March 31st. Angie Renfro’s impressionistic oil paintings capture the quiet, unassuming beauty of everyday objects and landscapes. Her multi-layered technique and paired down compositions take the ordinary and transforms it into something extraordinary. Opening reception is from 6-9pm, February 3rd during South End Gallery Crawl.

SoBo Loft Boutique and Gifts will have great local art and a wide range of local and creative items. See new works from local artist Elizabeth Arzani who is a senior at UNC Charlotte and a favorite at the boutique. Her work can be seen on the Sobo Loft Facebook page, website, UNC Charlotte and at galleries in NODA.

Unexpected Finds is hosting their monthly Wine Tasting and Gallery Night. Unexpected Finds will be showcasing Dolls in their gallery and hosting their first poetry reading with the help of Poet John Rice. They’ll also have the help of Tab Hot Dogs throughout the day and evening, so come and enjoy.

Elder Art Gallery will NOT be participating in Friday’s Gallery Crawl but will open a NEW exhibition, 35 Years of Painting at their pop-up gallery at Atherton Mill Friday, February 10th from 5-8pm. Over 100 paintings and drawings will be on display and will feature new selections from the collection which have not previously been exhibited. The exhibition is scheduled to run through February 29th.

In addition to the Gallery Crawl, Modern Fabric, Niche, BlackSheep, Savory Spice Shop, SoBo Loft, The Benjamin Bear (new store), Vin Master and Boulevard at South End will be open with great shopping opportunities. Gil Gallery, Coffee & Thompson Gallery, and Doma Gallery Connection are all must stops but they are a little spread out so probably best to drive rather than “crawl” to these locations. Have dinner at The LibertyPewter Rose, Sullivans, Icehouse, Big Ben British Pub, Common Market or Phat Burrito.

A special addition to the February Gallery Crawl will be Food Truck Friday’s at the Lunch Lot at Camden and Park Ave. While you are out crawling between galleries, stop by the Lunch Lot for some great food truck cuisine. This event is not BYOB but you can purchase alcohol from Common Market and consume at the Lunch Lot.

South End guides are located at galleries, Atherton Market and Common Market.

For more information, please contact Ted Boyd at tboyd@charlottecentercity.org



3 thoughts on “Gallery Crawl and Food Truck Friday a Success!

  1. Wish I had known about this event sooner – I’ve already made plans tonight but would have loved to attend this event! Please post earlier!!!


    Posted by Beth Burleson | February 3, 2012, 2:10 pm
    • Sorry about that Beth. Gallery Crawls always happen the First Friday of every month in South End. This month was a little different with adding the food trucks and that was literally, a last minute addition so my apologies for not being able to get the word out sooner. Good chance we’ll see Food Truck Friday during most of the gallery crawls going forward but we’ll see! Have a good weekend! Ted

      Posted by wofford23 | February 3, 2012, 2:14 pm
  2. So glad this email is circulating, especially as The Observer ignores Gallery Crawl!
    SouthEnd looks good!

    Posted by Linda Brown | February 3, 2012, 6:40 pm

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