The art scene is Charlotte is thriving and diverse Whether you're an aficionado or somebody looking for entertainment in the city, there's a lot to see as far as the art culture is concerned. From theatres to art galleries, there is a little something for everybody and their specific interests. We're here with some information on local museums and galleries in the area.
NoDa, or North Davidson, is Charlotte's historic entertainment and art district. There are gallery crawls on the first and third Fridays of the month, music venues, and unique eateries to choose from. One of the newest is Mango's Caribbean Restaurant! NoDa is always a pleasant place to spend a day or evening with all of the great businesses and eccentric murals.
Museums and Galleries
The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
This art museum is located in the heart of Uptown. Those who enjoy mid century modernism will enjoy the small yet high quality collection of work here. On the first Friday of the month there's live jazz entertainment by local musicians the Ziad Quartet.
Mint Museum in Uptown has regularly rotating exhibits which always makes for an interesting visit! All ages can be entertained looking at the various sculptures and works of art here. They offer yoga classes as well as Wine Wednesdays in the museum store, and admission is free on Wednesdays.
New Gallery of Modern Art
This is a small gallery in Uptown that doesn't disappoint fans of modern and contemporary art. It's not too far from the Bechtler, so it's a good idea to enjoy both in one day. The exhibitions are always unique, featuring both international and local artists.
McColl Center for Art & Innovation
A visit to the McColl Center for Art & Innovation is always interesting. It's an old church that has been revitalized into an artist residency, and you can even speak with the artists as they work if you get lucky. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $5, and they're open Tuesday through Saturday.
The Light Factory
Photography lovers find solace in this art gallery in Spirit Square! They feature signature annual events and other carefully curated exhibitions. There are Summer film screenings, and they also hold workshops and classes regarding both film and digital photography.
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20"x24" Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas
“Out of the Light” & “Out of the Dark” are the last two pieces we have to talk about in the transformation series. I chose to discuss these paintings together because the idea behind them becomes much more paramount when weighing each option. Behind the two paintings I also incorporated other series that I have worked on allowing my work to try and flow freely between the different ideas I try and portray in my art. There are fairly subtle hints of Opposing Forces, and if you look closely you will see the Poetic Series at work too. (If you look closely into the collage you will hopefully find some methods and reasoning’s behind how I placed different words and phrases.)
I do not want to give too much away on these pieces because they were made for each observer to find their own ideas and voice within the two. Also, I am positive that each time you look at the each painting you will come away with something new you may have missed on your first observation. I will tell you though; that there is a choice to make as you look at each piece separately and together. And the choices could change or reveal something totally different depending on whether or not you look at them as one or choose to look at them separately.
I am always willing to discuss more and have insightful conversations so please let me hear from you!
"Molting" is the second piece I created in the Transformation Series. With this painting I really envisioned creating an idea of rebirth. I strove to use the first face as an idea of shedding off your old skin/perceptions/sins/ect.. I have the small face being born looking up to all the new possibilities this new world has to offer. It looks as if it is exhaling a huge breathe from his mouth. I tried to use this as a symbol of new beginnings. Once you shed off your old skin, you can let go of all the negative energy from your previous life, too begin anew. The blood washes you clean and has a religious context with the notion of Christ’s blood cleansing your sins and making you whole. I liked the idea of using very earthy colors because we all become dust in the end but what we do while we are alive is up to us. It is up to us to fill in the colors of our lives and we should always know that it is never too late to start again. Yet to do that it takes forgiveness not just from the people that surround and love us but even more importantly we need to forgive ourselves. We all make mistakes and live with burdens and regrets but we should never give up. We cannot let our demons win out and define who we are. We were made to be resilient, compassionate and strong. So in that strength we can find new life to hopefully live a better one than the first.
"Will the Red Moon Arise" is my second painting and poem about my thoughts on a warriors spirit. This poem is also about the trials and tribulations of everyday life. I wanted to make this poem ambiguous so that people could relate it to their own lives. I chose the Samurai to represent my warrior in this painting for the ideology and code the Samurai lived by. I find that the Samurai represented the best of a warriors spirit in fighting for honor and devotion. Share with me your thoughts on the subject!
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The Poetic Series is a series based on poems that I wrote myself in which the paintings & the poems really give life to each other. These paintings are a bit unique within the series as a whole because I didn't incorporate the poem onto the painting. Also, these 3 paintings are meant to be shown together in this specific order: "Tempest", "Betrayed" & "Climb". These 3 paintings together make up the whole of the poem called "Love Story" a poem I wrote while experiencing a very difficult time in my life. One that I will have to admit was made up by very poor choses on my behalf. I lost a lot through that time but learned also a great deal more.
For the next couple weeks we will be focusing on a new series called the Poetic Series. This series is based on poems that I wrote myself in which the paintings & the poems really give life to each other.
Shadows caress your bosom,
Gliding gauging gravitating,
Sliding over your shoulders,
Slightly savoring your structure,
Darkness cascading down your spine, Descending draping drifting,
Flowing softly around your hips,
Falling freely flattering your form,
A dimness swiftly clutching your toes,
Coursing creating clenching,
Engulfing the glow eradicating all essence, Existence extinguished as emptiness is embraced