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Experience South End this Friday

First Fridays in South End are evolving from just a Gallery Crawl into a full on South End Experience where you can get a taste of all the great things South End has to offer: Gallery Crawl, Food Truck Friday, Local Boutiques, Restaurants and Bars, and a Free Shuttle to help you get around.

Here are all the details for a great Friday in South End!

Explore South End! FREE Shuttle is on schedule for this Friday. Use it to visit galleries or other South End businesses. Shuttle begins at 6:00pm and runs to 9:00pm. You can pick up the Explore South End Shuttle at Atherton Mill near the Farmer’s Market, Lark and Key & Ciel Gallery, Gil Gallery, Food Truck Friday lot, Summit Ave near Boulevard at South End and between The Liberty and SoBo Loft.

Best places to park: Atherton Mill and then jump on the Shuttle (stop in Vin Master and The Spice Shop while you are there), behind Price’s Chicken Coop, or plenty of onstreet parking along Camden Rd.

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First Friday Gallery Crawl Exhibitions

Elder Gallery: Exploring the Blue Ridge

Paintings by David Skinner

Exhibition runs through June 30, 2012 

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 the New York and San Francisco schools of Rothko and Diebenkorn.

The paintings in our exhibiton focus on the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounding areas.  The painter looks forward to visiting family in the Virginia area where he can explore the landscape for inspiration.  Our exhibition features a variety of paintings that range from 13″ x 13″ works on paper to canvas paintings that measure 72″ x 52″.

Charlotte Art League

Back by popular demand, our June exhibit is the “Members Only Salon,”  a format we inaugurated with this year’s January show. For the “Salon,” CAL members are invited to fill the gallery walls with their best and newest work. Entrants receive a 4’x8’ wall in the gallery to hang as much as possible for the duration of the show. Floor space is also available for 3-D work. We want this to be a learning experience for artists on how to display, wire and properly hang their art. And it’s a great way for visitors to get to know our CAL artists, with their variety of styles, media and themes.

Lark and Key Gallery

Join us Friday, June 1st from 6-9 and meet the artists!

*elizabeth and tracey will be here and we are hoping to skype vicki in!

Born into a family of painters, musicians and creative thinkers, Elizabeth Foster was never bored as a child.  Always encouraged to “make things”, it was only natural that she would find her own creative path – eventually becoming a singer/songwriter and painter herself.  Elizabeth’s love of music influences her artwork.  She currently lives in Nashville, TN where Americana, Folk, Bluegrass, Jazz and Old Time players and performers surround her.  She is drawn to familiarity of the pattern within, the feeling of nostalgia and the underlying current of release. Her creative process incorporates these elements, allowing her to tell stories, often with a bit of whimsy, on canvas.

Franklin, TN based Vicki Sawyer spent her childhood amazed at the charming personalities of birds and the knowledge her father had about them.  She eventually came to the conclusion that if birds could make nests then they could make hats.  This inspired her bird paintings in which each bird wears a ‘hat’ of natural materials, with the series also expanding to include other animals and concepts, such as masks and encounters with toys.  Vicki’s detailed paintings draw you in and bring a sense of peace, vibrancy, joy and humor.

Tracey Broome uses clay to convey her view of the world – fragments of thoughts, feelings and memories of her life. Working out of her Chapel Hill, NC studio, she makes sculptural houses and barns that are inspired by discarded objects, antiques, old cemeteries, run down barns and dilapidated houses.  Her pieces often become sacred spaces for discarded treasures of our past, treasures that range from vintage doll parts to architectural objects.  With simple forms and serene colors Tracey offers a moment of contemplation for the viewer, hoping they find a connection to their own experiences and memories.

Ciel Gallery and Mosaic Studio

Wanda S. Hanson, Fiber Artist, at Ciel Gallery in June

For the month of June, Charlotte’s Ciel Gallery will host Exuberant Color, a solo exhibition by Chicago fabric artist Wanda S. Hanson. The exhibition opens Friday, June 1, with a Meet the Artist Reception from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.

When asked about the inspiration for her work, Hanson states, “For me, creating a quilt or fiber piece is less about communicating some deep inner thought, and more a celebration of color, pattern, texture and joy. My communication is sensory.” A quilting instructor for thirty-seven years, former quilt shop owner, speaker, businesswoman and published artist, her work oozes with refined expertise, and yes, Exuberant Color.

Still an enthusiastic instructor as well as color aficionado, Hanson will teach a three hour class on Intuitive Color ( http://cielcharlotte.com/artwork/2613134_Intuitive_Color_Visiting_Artist_Wanda_S.html ) on three dates during her time in Charlotte. Utilizing squares of fabric, hands-on color lessons will easily translate for any medium. Hanson will also be available to meet with other color enthusiasts after class from 3:00 – 5:00 on Saturday, June 2 and Thursday, June 7, as well as during the gallery crawl. More information about Wanda Hanson and her work can be found at http://exuberantcolor.blogspot.com.

Ciel Gallery is located at 128 E. Park Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28203. Exuberant Color runs June 1 – 30, and gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11:00 – 6:00, and Saturday, 10:00 – 5:00. for more information, please contact pam@cielcharlotte.com, or visit www.cielcharlotte.com. Exhibitions are free and family-friendly.

Gil Gallery

Artist Edwin Gil & Gil Gallery Presents: Through The Eye of Art Part 2 – AZUL The second in a four part series, artists from across North Carolina come together to express their artistic vision around the color Azul via different media. The Azul exhibition will launch June 1 at Gil Gallery 109 west Morehead St Charlotte Nc 28202 in uptown Charlotte from 6-9pm and run for two weeks . Azul is a collaboration of differente local artists . Don’t miss this opportunity to PAINT THE TOWN AZUL!

Charlotte Artery

Unexpected Finds

you are invited to our June 1st First friday Gallery Crawl and Wine tasting Event this coming Friday night June 1st from 6-9PM We will also be hosting a wonderful Jazz Singer….Nicci Canada Our Gallery will be host to the works of Ola McGee, a self taught painter. come by 1710 Camden Rd Charlotte, NC 28203 Unexpected Finds 704/333-8188

Hidell Brooks Gallery presents David Kroll- Recent Painting taking place from May 4th-June 30th with the opening reception at the Gallery Crawl from 6-8pm. David Kroll paints personal refuges and interior landscapes- places to visit for solace and sanctuary. Much of his work is intuitive and he strives to create a connection between the viewer and the power of the landscape, the web of life and the idea of nature itself.

Shopping – Lots of great little boutiques and furniture shops throughout all of South End. They aren’t all right next to one another so it takes a little navigation but here are some top picks. In the Camden Rd area (Bland St Light Rail Stop) you can hit Boulevard at South End, Black Sheep, Modern Fabrics, Unexpected Finds and South End Exchange. In the Atherton Mill area you can find SoBo Loft, The Benjamin Bear, Savory Spice Shop, Ferguson’s, High Cotton Home Company, Three Little Birds, and By Design. Furniture Row is the hidden gem of South End, located predominately near the New Bern Light Rail stop and consists of a 6 or 7 furniture warehouses along Griffith and Foster. Post & Gray is part of Furniture Row but not in the immediate mix but well worth the visit.

Enjoy Great Patios – South End has some great outdoor patio space to enjoy a nice meal or just a cold beer or glass of wine. Icehouse, Vin Master and Big Ben’s Pub are all located at Atherton Mill and have some nice patio space to enjoy. Icehouse clearly has the large outdoor area but Vin Master and Big Ben’s are located right along the Light Rail and I don’t know what it is about the Light Rail but it fascinates young and old. Mac’s Speed Shop is always a swarm with people on their outdoor patio. You will usually find some live music in the evening and they have some great BBQ and terrific craft beer selection. Tyber Creek Pub has undergone a series of renovations to both inside and outside. They always had a great outdoor patio but that have made great improvements and it’s a place that is hard to leave. The Liberty has a nice side patio and in the evenings typically has live music as does Pewter Rose. The Liberty sources locally and these guys were leaders in the craft beer scene before craft beer became so popular. The patio at Common Market is one of the best in Charlotte and has incredible wine and beer selections. You’ll find the most diverse mix of people and pets, and who knows what kind of funky entertainment you will stumble upon.

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