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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 and special receptions. 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.
  • 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 April gallery crawl map 

What to expect this month:

First Friday is being held on April 5. Participating galleries include Dilworth Artisan Station, Shed Brand Studio, Prairie Gallery at Hodges Taylor, Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art, and StudioWorks Gallery. Plus, don't forget to check out the free walking art tour, South End Interactive, while you are in the neighborhood!

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.


"Spring"  by Araik Minsasan Spring 

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Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art, 5-8 pm

Elder Gallery represent a robust variety of contemporary artists, with a strong emphasis on fine glass art and paintings. Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art is thrilled to open three new exhibitions on Friday, April 5. Our spring/summer exhibition series will feature:

'Something From Nothing' -- A group exhibition featuring Javier Lopez Barbosa, Alex Bernstein, John Folchi, Andreina Ron Pedrique, David Patchen, and Roy Strassberg.

'The Quiet Part Out Loud' -- A duo exhibition featuring Carla Aaron-Lopez and Susan Brenner.

'Black Brilliance: The Language of Jewelry in Black and Southern Culture' -- A solo exhibition by Sir Will.


A handblown glass sculpture on view by David Patchen at "Something From Nothing" 

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Prairie Gallery at Hodges Taylor, 6-8 pm

The 2024 Organizer Series at Hodges Taylor is programed from proposals submitted as part of an open call for projects. This period marks the beginning of a series designed to showcase innovative organizers who will bring diverse and vibrant programming to our community and space


"Theatrum Equorum" by Andrea Modica 

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Shed Brand Studio, 5:00-8:00 pm

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.


A leaded combination mirror/glass piece that utilizes fused glass pieces in a solid wood frame.

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StudioWorks Artist Collective + Gallery, 5-8 pm

StudioWorks is a 12-woman artist collective selling original artwork from their gallery and working studios in a historic Dilworth home. The Gallery is open during South End Gallery Crawls, by appointment, and through designer consultations.


By Sharon Lampke

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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 May 3.