First off…please remember to Vote for South End for Creative Loafing’s “Neighborhood of the Year” Voting ends Friday!
Charlotte Magazine recently named the South End Gallery Crawl as the “Best Artsy Place to Take a Date” and Food Truck Friday as “Best Regular Foodie Event” and we will have a great lineup of gallery exhibitions and food trucks for August and as well as special guests from WFAE 90.9 FM. The Gallery Crawl is a casual way for you to explore the galleries and shops in the South End neighborhood. Maps of the area will be available at the WFAE tent at Food Truck Friday so you can explore as you like. All of our wonderful galleries will be open with special exhibitions and the popular foodie event, Food Truck Friday, will be in the heart of it all! Specifics for each gallery can be found below but here are a few things to help you enjoy your First Friday Gallery Crawl Experience.
1. Parking – On popular nights with Gallery Crawl and Food Truck Friday, parking can fill up quickly so it is highly recommended that if you can take the light rail that you please do! Both the I-485, Tyvola and Scaleybark Light Rail Stations have huge parking lots and if you ride the light rail to the Bland Station you will be in the heart of all the activity. Once you are in South End, you can walk to just about everything so you won’t need your car. If you are driving, there is adequate on-street parking and several surface lots in and around the Camden Rd, Summit and South Blvd area. Please be certain to park only in areas signed to appropriately for parking. The surface lot behind Price’s Chicken Coop usually charges $5 to park if you want to be really close. There is also a lot on the corner of S Tryon and Park Ave you can park but it is not free. It only costs $3 and you pay via your cell phone…no parking attendant so don’t get confused. There are instructions to let you know how to pay via phone.
2. Navigating the Crawl – We are offering 2 Free Walking Tours this month and to RSVP please click here . If space is already full for the walking tours you are free to tour the galleries on your own and explore the neighborhood.
3. Art is For Sale – Gallery Crawl is great for South End on a variety of levels. We introduce more folks to both the neighborhood and to local and regional art but more importantly we help support small businesses. Come have a great time but know that the wonderful art you are enjoying is also for sale :).
4. The ABC’s of Food Truck Friday -a) Please make certain to bring a blanket or bag chairs as seating is limited and goes quickly. b) Trash bags are located around the perimeter or the Food Truck lot. Please help us by putting your trash in these bags or in the container at the corner of Camden and Park Ave. Please do not put trash in any roll out container, especially the ones towards the back of the lot or at Common Market. Please just use our bags. c) Recycling of cans and bottles is available in the Blue Roll Out container located on the Camden Rd side of the lot and also in the branded South End cans at the corner of Park and Camden. Please help us recycle and it’s only bottles and cans. d) Beer and wine can be purchased at Common Market or Phat Burrito, brought unopened to the Food Truck lot and consumed on the lot. You may not leave the lot with an open container. e) Please do not take food purchased from the Food Trucks to eat in either Common Market or Phat Burrito. We want to keep those seats available for Common Market and Phat Burrito’s customers.
5. Make a Night of It – Finally, there is so much in South End that you can make a whole night of Gallery Crawl. We have a variety of great restaurants with many of them located along South Blvd. Stop in for dinner or drinks before you start your Gallery Crawl. In addition to the Galleries there are great retail shops along the way and many stay open later on Gallery Crawl night. Finally, after you have enjoyed the galleries, feel free to grab a cocktail or catch some live music. South End has a lot to offer so hope you’ll take advantage!
August First Friday Gallery Crawl Details
Elder Gallery – “The Great American Landscape” Eleven artists view of the American landscape
The American landscape is as diverse as the painting styles of the artists who have been selected for Elder Gallery’s annual landscape show. Scenes of Oregon to Maine to Florida and points between are featured in the work by eleven American artists.
Included in the exhibition will be the paintings of the following: Martha Armstrong; Carl Blair; Mary Erickson; Jimmie James; Calvin Jones; Jill Jones; Leon A. Makielski; Cathryn Miles; Carl Plansky; David Skinner; and Angelita Surmon.
Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique in Charlotte, NC presents “a synthesis of sorts” August 2nd –September 28th 2013.
Coffey & Thompson Fine Art Gallery & Framing 109 W Morehead St
Hodge studied Visual Art at Clemson University and gets inspiration for her landscapes from the South Carolina beaches as well as our North Carolina Mountains.
All of her work is bold and colorful and will brighten any room. She is a Literacy Tutor at Reid Park Academy and does private tutoring.