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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, open to the public, and family-friendly; no RSVP or ticket is required.
  • Some galleries may serve light refreshments or feature live painting.
  • Walk the Rail Trail and hear live music guiding you from gallery to gallery.
  • Exhibits change regularly, so be sure to keep this event on your calendar throughout the year.
  • Gallery Crawl was named the Best Artsy Place to Take a Date by Charlotte Magazine.
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check out the November gallery crawl map

What to expect this month:

First Friday is being held on December 1. Participating galleries include Shed Brand StudioDilworth Artisan Station and Elder Gallery of Contemporary Arts. Plus, don't forget to check out the free walking art tour, South End Interactive, while you are in the neighborhood!

Shed Brand Studio, 5:30-8:30 pm

216 Iverson Way

Founded in a sheep shed in 1969, Shed Brand Studio of Charlotte, North Carolina masters the craft of premier stained glass windows, the finest custom doors, and a variety of other services.


An etched glass ornament

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Dilworth Artisan Station, 5:30-8:30 pm

118 E. Kingston Ave

Dilworth Artisan Station is located in a 100-year-old building that has 30 creatives and their working studios under one historic roof.

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Elder Gallery of Contemporary Arts, 6-8 pm

1520 South Tryon St.

Elder Gallery represent a robust variety of contemporary artists, with a strong emphasis on fine glass art and paintings.  


"He's a Tool, She's a Fool" by Chadwick Tolley, screen print 19x14 inches

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Disrupting the Matrix at Elder Gallery of Contemporary Arts

Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art is thrilled to present Disrupting the Matrix, the gallery's first exhibition exclusively dedicated to the practice of printmaking. Featuring fifteen artists working in traditional and experimental methods of printmaking, Disrupting the Matrix will investigate a robust spectrum of practices and techniques, presenting a survey of printmaking that disrupts and exceeds conventional perceptions of what printmaking is or is not. During the 'Disrupting the Matrix' opening reception on Friday, December 1, featured artist Will "Sir Will" Jenkins will host a public screen printing workshop. From 6:30 - 7:30 PM, or while supplies last, attendees will have the opportunity to dive into the art of screen printing, to create their own customized images using a pre-designed print. Learn more here.

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.

Learn more about South End Art

Learn more about Black muralists in South End

See the guide to neighborhood murals

Thank you for your support! 

We'll see you at the next First Friday Gallery Crawl on December 1.