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First Friday Gallery Crawl and Food Truck Friday

The July 4th celebrations continue into the weekend with the South End Gallery Crawl and Food Truck Friday on July 6th. South End is Charlotte’s home for local art galleries where you can experience a wide range of exhibitions showcasing canvas, photography, mosaics, pottery, sculpture and upcycled artwork. Galleries feature new artwork each month and most offer free refreshments and sometimes live music. In addition to the wonderful galleries, South End offers lots of great restaurants for a bite to eat before or after crawling as well as many unique boutiques for shopping, and as always the popular Food Truck Friday. Below you can find details for gallery exhibitions and features for the July South End Gallery Crawl.

Unexpected Finds July exhibit will be focusing on the oil paintings of Pete Brown, a local artist here in the Charlotte area. For their first Friday gallery crawl and wine tasting, they will be continuing their on-going success with a California wine tasting. Vintage women’s clothing will also be showcased as well as their toy department where they have vintage, collectibles, new and gently-loved items for the child in all of us! Their curbside garden is in full bloom, so come by and see what they have for you to enjoy! Plus for July, the Soul band “Soulful Descent” will be jamming in our open air courtyard out front of Unexpected Finds. 6-9pm. His show will run from July 6th (opening night) throughout the month.

Doma Gallery is pleased to present “Dante and the Delta” a group exhibition of photographs by Mike Smith and Magdalena Sole. This exhibition includes Mike Smith’s portfolio of Dante, Virginia a former coal mining town in SW Virginia (published in Harper’s Magazine) and Magdalena Sole’s year long study of the communities in the Mississippi Delta (sponsored by the Dreyfus Health Foundation). Exhibition runs until August 17th.

Lark and Key Gallery presents Storytellers: Works by Elizabeth Foster, Tracey Broome and Vicki Sawyer. Exhibit will run from June 1st– July 28th

Elder Art Gallery presents Black and White- Plus Color! Elder Gallery’s exhibition explores the use of black and white in paintings and other mediums during its July exhibition. Paintings, drawings and etchings by David Benson, Jim Bertram, Cora Cohen, David Jensen, Leandro Manzo, Kathryn Miles, Carl Plansky, Anne Raymond, Franklin Sinanan, and Ernest Walker will allow the viewer to determine how either the addition or extraction of color in artwork can affect the mood of a work of art as well as the viewer. The exhibition opens on Friday, July 6th from 5-8pm and runs through July 31st.

Charlotte Art League presents “Proud to be an American.” From love of home and country, to freedom of the press, right to assemble, right of free speech, the protection of human rights, the preservation of wild lands, to the freedom of expression- America is a land of ideals. How do all these issues affect art in America? See America reflected throughout the vision of artists. Opening Reception: Friday, July 6th 6-9pm at First Friday Gallery Crawl. Last day of show: Friday, July 27th

Hidell Brooks Gallery presents Selena Beaudry which will be on exhibit from July 13th– August 31st. This is Selena’s 1st solo exhibition!

Vin Master Wine Shop – Stop by Vin Master in Charlotte’s South End during Gallery Crawl for a glass of wine, and a chance to view abstract work by Jonathan K. Rice. All art on exhibit is available for purchase. Jonathan is artist, poet, editor & publisher. He is the author of two collections of poetry, and editor/publisher of Iodine Poetry Journal. He is a recipient of the 2012 Irene Blair Honeycutt Legacy Award from CPCC.  There will be a reception as well.

Apostrophe Lounge – While you many not be familiar with the artists name, Chris Austin, but you are probably familiar with his famous photograph of the Charlotte Sklyine with the complete Rainbow. This month Chris is setting up a small gallery of his work in Apostrophe Lounge right next to Boulevard at South End.

SoBo Loft Boutique and Gifts will have their big tent sale taking place through July 31st! Select merchandise up to 70% off.

Food Truck Friday takes place every Friday at the corner lot at Camden Rd & Park Ave. While you are out crawling between galleries, stop by for some great food truck cuisine. Alcohol can be purchased from Common Market or Phat Burrito, brought unopened to the Food Trucks and consumed in this lot.

In addition to the Gallery Crawl, Modern Fabric, Blush Boutique and Boulevard at South End will be open with great shopping opportunities. Coffee & Thompson Gallery, Charlotte Art League, Gil GallerySavory Spice Shop and Vin Master are all must stops but they are a little spread out so probably best to drive rather than “crawl” to these locations. Also add Atherton Mill  to your list which is a great place to shop too!



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