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First Friday Gallery Crawl

Discover art in South End.

South End is home to a vast array of art in all forms: fine art galleries offering everything from the realist to the experimental, colorful public murals, larger-than-life installations on the Rail Trail and dozens of studio spaces where artists and artisans dream and create.

Take in the local art scene on South End First Friday--an evening when galleries and shops offer extended hours, special receptions, live painting and music. Build in a visit to any of the neighborhood’s restaurants and breweries, and it’s a whole night out!

Here's what to know:

  • This event is FREE and open to the public; no RSVP or ticket is required.
  • Gallery Crawl was named the Best Artsy Place to Take a Date by Charlotte Magazine.
  • Some galleries may serve light refreshments.
  • This event is family-friendly.
  • Exhibits change regularly, so be sure to keep this event on your calendar throughout the year.
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see the may gallery crawl guide

What to expect this month:

First Friday is being held on May 6th. Participating galleries include StudioWorks, Shed Brand StudiosHodges Taylor Art ConsultancyDilworth Artisan Station, and Gallery C3 at Alchemy. Don't forget to check out the free walking art tour, South End Interactive while you are in the neighborhood!

StudioWorks Gallery, 5-8 pm

StudioWorks is located in a historic home in the Dilworth neighborhood, and is home to 11 all-women, professional artists. The April show is called Blooming Bright and includes new art by Sharon Lampke and Jenny Fuller.  

Artist credit: Just Picked by Jenny Fuller

See StudioWorks on Instagram

Shed Brand Studios, 5-8 pm

Shed Brand Studios is a stained glass and custom door studio that has served the Charlotte area since 1969. This month, they will feature handmade pottery, stained glass, and crafted jewelry. Ask about their upcoming fused and stained glass art classes as you tour their space.

See Shed Brand on Instagram

Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy, 5-7 pm

Hodges Taylor presents In Conversation: Ashlynn Browning + Katy Mixon that will debut with an opening reception with artists at Gallery Crawl. The exhibit will be on display through June and can be viewed during the week by appointment.

Artist credit: “Personal Archaeology” by Ashlynn Browning

See Hodges Taylor on Instagram

Dilworth Artisan Station, 6-9 pm

Tour 30+ artists’ studios on the 2nd and 3rd floors of Dilworth Artisan Station, a restored historic building located along the Rail Trail. See new pieces created by Kim Gibbs and Claire Jacobs.

Artist credit: Smile by Kim Gibbs

See Dilworth Artisan Station on Instagram

Gallery C3, 7-10 pm

Gallery C3 hosts the exhibit GARBAGE PERSON curated by Taylor Lee Nicholson and featuring Kelly Boehmer, Emily Furr, Katie Kimmel, Janie Korn, Taylor Lee Nicholson, Danica Pantic, Sammie Rosado, Sari Shryack, Emily Silver, and Nill Smith. DJ Be With Us will spin tunes in the Gathering Common.

Start or end the night at the on-site restaurant Alchemy with award-winning Chef Ken Aponte, who recently represented South End in (and won!) the first-ever Charlotte StrEATs Festival “Battle of the Neighborhood Chefs” at Charlotte SHOUT.

Artist Credit: Butter by Emily Furr

See Gallery C3 on Instagram

South End Interactive

Don't forget to check out South End Interactive, a self-guided art tour featuring 10 murals. Scan the QR codes next to the mural and hear directly from the artists and interact with the piece using AR technology. 

Learn More About South End Interactive

Looking to discover bites & brews in the neighborhood?

South End is home to some of the best restaurants and breweries in Charlotte. Explore all that the neighborhood has to offer.

Thank you for your support! 

We'll see you at the next Gallery Crawl on June 3rd.