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First Friday Gallery Crawl returns December 6th

Explore an old factory filled with artists’ studios and lined with beautiful works during the December Gallery Crawl at South End First Friday, or stop to view the 30-foot tall Christmas tree at the corner of South Blvd. and Tremont Ave. Enjoy an evening stroll to view the twinkling lights and decorated storefront windows while browsing boutiques for your holiday gift-giving. Whatever it may be, South End is filled with holiday spirit. As the last gallery crawl of the year, ten galleries are rolling out the red (Christmas red, of course) carpet for this one-night only event. Make plans to stop by participating galleries and art destinations on Friday, December 6th for this free, family-friendly event to see new exhibitions, meet local artists and mingle with other members of the Charlotte community. 

Here’s what each gallery has planned.

Dilworth Artisan Station (118 E. Kingston Ave.)

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dilworth Artisan Station opens their doors only twice a year for their biannual open house and you do not want to miss this years! Explore the old factory building filled with more than 20 independent art studios who will be open for this one-night event. There will be a separate room featuring specially priced artwork for holiday shopping.

Karen Saks (2500 Distribution St.)

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Local abstract painter Lisa Scarber will be the featured artist of the night performing a live painting at Karen Saks. Scarber says her “level of ‘abstract’ varies with each painting and is directly linked to the subject matter” where she feels that art expresses the raw of everything from nature to faces. 

Gallery C3 at C3Lab (2525 Distribution St.)

7:00 pm – 10 pm

TRANSFORMATION, the unique annual collection of transformative works will be the featured exhibition from C3 artists. The diverse cultures, working mediums and external experiences are what come together to create this collaborative event.

Coffey & Thompson Art (1201 S. Graham St.)

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Coffey & Thompson Art will be featuring Awakening in Abstract, an exhibit by Patricia Boyer who uses her brushstrokes in vivid acrylic paint to express impressions of landscapes, portraits and emotions. 

SouthEnd ARTS (Powerhouse Studio, 1507 Camden Ave.)

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join SouthEnd ARTS at the Powerhouse Studio to celebrate their one-year anniversary and view the juried works featuring contemporary visual art with live jazz music performed by Nate Brown. 

Vane Gallery (2326 Distribution St.)

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Don’t miss this rare chance to visit Vane Gallery in their newly designed gallery that has over 10,000 square-feet of artwork, which will open with a show featuring the works of 14 diverse artists. 

Shed Brand Studios (216 Iverson Way)

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

At Shed Brand Studios you’ll find fused-glass creations and stained glass works by Alyssa Cox, Shaylor Knight and Natalie Bork. Bork will also be hosting three fused glass ornament making classes in the month of December. 

Amodernary Furniture Designs (201 W Worthington Ave.)

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Amodernary Furniture will continue their exhibit by local artists Jax Jackson and Angela Clousher. 

Holt School of Fine Art (118 E. Kingston Ave., #15)

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Holt School of Fine Art is hosting its 10th Annual Holiday Open House: a student and instructor show where more than 200 students and 10 instructors will show their works for one night only.

Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art (1520 S. Tryon St.)

5:00 – 8:00 pm

Figure | Form, the figurative show focusing on the figure and their various manifestations, will be on display during the Friday night event. Small works will also be on view on the mezzanine level featuring great gifts for the holiday season.

Need a lift to get from end to end of South End? Wave, call, or text 704-238-3111 for a lift from Free Cart Ride. Rides are free, tips encouraged.

Press and hold to download the map or stop by one of the participating galleries to pick up a printed version.

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