November First Friday Gallery Crawl

people standing in galleryArtists innovate. The nature of the artist’s mind is to see differently and translate their unique view for the world. For example, Laura Sanders, showing at Hidell Brooks, describes her paintings as “the human body, defined and distorted by sun, water, firelight and the green leafy light of the forest, coexist[ing] with the dazzle of manmade materials.” SouthEnd ARTS painter Noah Hartley presents his subjects on canvases of nontraditional shape. The illustrators on exhibit at C3Lab this month were challenged to interpret a different word each day using ink for InktoberCLT. And on November 1st, you can explore these perspectives and many others during the First Friday Gallery Crawl in South End.

Nine galleries, studios and design showrooms will stay open late to showcase special receptions, live painting and music, and fine art; plus, the ever-popular Nebel’s Alley Night Market enlivens the Design Center with local shopping, caricatures, live jazz and more (including a fun fall activity for kiddos with Craft Mama). Use the list and map below to plan your night.


abstract art blue and green

Hidell Brooks (1910 South Blvd., Ste. 130)
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hidell Brooks’ opening reception this month features solo exhibitions by Jenny Nelson (Painting in the Light of Day), Laura Sanders (Chemistry: Vapors, Polymers, Pheromones and Light) and Mary Nelson Sinclair (Relinquish). (Work pictured by Nelson)


abstract painting red yellow orange and blue

Karen Saks (2500 Distribution St.)
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Painter Mary Zio is the featured artist at Karen Saks this month. Describing her take on abstract expressionism, she says “Abstract demands that [you] stop, and look at the artwork in an unbiased fashion, forgetting any preconceived notions of what it may be, and accept it for what it is.”


image of house w/ words Inktober

Gallery C3 at C3Lab (2525 Distribution St.)
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
InktoberCLT is an interactive project throughout the month of October whereby Charlotte-based writers, illustrators, and other creatives interpreted a different word each day (prompted by the national initiative led by Jake Parker) using ink and resulting in witty and diverse responses. The opening reception for the finished works at C3Lab will include a “live” drawing competition with door prizes provided by Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff.


bee on yellow flower

Coffey & Thompson Art (1201 S. Graham St.)
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Coffey & Thompson Art Gallery extends “The Photographer’s Eye: Julie Corder & David Foster” in an evening complete with jazz guitar, light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. (Work pictured by Foster)


artwork face with beehive hairHodges Taylor (118 E. Kingston Ave., #16)
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: cuerpo exquisito features large-scale installations and figural sculptures in meticulously hand-built clay by the Puerto Rican ceramic artist living and working in Penland, North Carolina. (Córdova’s work pictured above)


art lion and lamb in triangle

SouthEnd ARTS (Powerhouse Studio, 1507 Camden Ave.)
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The juried work on view at the Powerhouse Studio comes from Elisha Cutter, Stefanie Haney, Noah Hartley (pictured above), Michael Patterson, Joseph Silva and Sara Simmons.


abstract art landscape

1420 S. Mint Street
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Design in the City, Kaufman & Company and La Donna Antiques & Interiors opens their newly renovated space for an evening themed Wonders of Water, featuring Adrian Chu Redmond. Also showing: works by Paul Hastings and Gregory Barnes. (Pictured work by Chu Redmond.)


pieces of stained glass

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 with works by Alyssa Cox, Shaylor Knight and Natalie Bork.


painting of regae singer

Amodernary Furniture Designs (201 W Worthington Ave.)
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Work by Angela Clousher (pictured above) and Jax Abstracts will be on view at Amodernary.


artwork bees and honey

Another can’t-miss art destination has joined the neighborhood. Visit the new bee-themed mural painted by Matthew Wiley on the exterior of Flower Child (facing the Rail Trail) as part of his Good of the Hive initiative.


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.

  • Coffey & Thompson Art 6:00 – 9:00 pm
  • 1420 S. Mint Street 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • South End ARTS at the Powerhouse 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Hodges Taylor 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Amodernary Furniture Designs 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Hidell Brooks 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Gallery C3 at C3 Lab 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Karen Saks 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Shed Brand Studio 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Nebel’s Alley Night Market 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm


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