Congratulations are in order for Larry Elder, a pioneer in the Charlotte art community and in South End, on his relocation to an incredible space at the corner of Summit Ave and S Tryon Street. Please see details below and make plans to attend the Grand Opening today or Saturday.
After eleven successful years, Elder Gallery has decided to take a bold step and relocate to a larger, more functional space in the SouthEnd arts district. The newly-renovated 6500 square foot gallery features twenty-eight foot ceilings, a mezzanine, abundant natural light and catering facilities. In addition, meeting rooms are available for rent on a daily or weekly basis.
The success of the business has allowed owner Larry Elder to purchase the collection of paintings and drawings by the late abstract expressionist Carl Plansky. “The significance of the Plansky Collection has caused me to realize that this collection dictates a larger, more appropriate space,” says Elder. “We anticipate national and international interest, and want to properly showcase the work of Plansky and the other fine artists we represent.”
“We are committed to the South End district and feel that our presence on South Tryon Street will add a fresh element to the neighborhood,” says Elder.
A public grand opening is scheduled for today and tomorrow, Friday, May 11th from 5:00 until 8:00 pm and on Saturday, May 12th from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. This event will feature the beautiful landscapes of David Skinner.
Skinner’s contemporary images of the California and Blue Ridge landscapes are derived from his deep respect for the legacy of the California plein air painters and their noble portrayals of light and terrain. He boldly defines his personal style within the genre by pushing the boundaries of color and composition, drawing upon the integrated traditions of the Bay Area Figurative and Abstract Expressionist movements. His work showcases his affinity for the light, space, and radiance of the landscape, his style signifying an integral understanding of theNew York andSan Francisco schools of Rothko and Diebenkorn.
In 1995, after nine months in Indiaand Sri Lanka, Skinner returned to New Yorkand saw nothing but gray. He knew it was time to head back home to Californiaand its particular qualities of light. “A transition occurred on that cross-country voyage, both physically and emotionally. As the land opened up and the sky overhead became more vast and brilliant, I understood what I had been deprived of in the dense confines of New York City” says Skinner.
The artist interprets the relationship of natural light with the land through a lens of diverse shades and tones. Vast, soothing color fields punctuated with daring, bold elements of flora are quintessential characteristics of Skinner’s unique vision.
Skinner’s fine art training includes the University of California at Santa Barbara and the Master of Fine Arts program at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. His exhibition at Elder Gallery will run through June 30th.