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October First Friday Gallery Crawl

Just as the seasons transition from summer to fall, the October First Friday Gallery Crawl is about beginnings and endings. Coffey & Thompson are opening their newest show, The Photographer’s Eye: Featuring Julie Corder Photography, David Foster, & Elise Jokell, and Hidell Brooks premiers Storyboard, their October solo exhibition for Atlanta artist Sally King Benedict. Meanwhile, Hodges Taylor is smack dab in the middle of their exhibition CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: cuerpo exquisito (closing in late November) and C3 Lab celebrates the final days of the fiber-centric show Textures (closing October 8).

Add live music, refreshments and a stroll from place to place, and you have all the makings of a lively night out in South End. Follow this guide to explore the galleries and exhibitions throughout the neighborhood on Friday, October 4:


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

chair next to gold wall

Amodernary Furniture Designs (201 W. Worthington Ave.)
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Amodernary features 3D Modwalls (pictured), their newest design partner and maker of impressive 3D panel art for residential and commercial applications.

textiles white, blue and yellow

C3 Lab (2525 Distribution St.)
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Take this final opportunity to visit Textures, a collection of fiber art pieces from CLTextile, a collective Charlotte-based community of fiber and textile creatives. The show closes October 8. Pictured work by Kathie Roig.

yellow flowerCoffey & Thompson Art (1201 S. Graham St.)
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Digital realism takes the spotlight at Coffey & Thompson this month with The Photographer’s Eye: Featuring Julie Corder Photography, David Foster, & Elise Jokell. In addition to live jazz guitar, refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres, the gallery hosts award-winning Charlotte Observer photographer David Foster live and in person. Pictured work by Corder.

sunflowers in a vaseDilworth Artisan Station (118 E. Kingston Ave.)
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Dilworth Artisan Station highlights painter Mary Kamerer who was recently named one of 20 women artists making a difference in Charlotte’s art scene by QC Exclusive. Also on view as you stroll the halls: the working studios of Greg Barnes, Kim Gibbes, Paul Hastings, Janine Medlin and Caroline Simas. Pictured work by Kamerer.

abstract art Hidell Brooks (1910 South Blvd., Ste. 130)
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sally King Benedict’s paintings from Storyboard (e.g. Shipp Shapes pictured at right) explore familial bonds. “For the shared love of storytelling through pictures. I wanted to create a larger than life experience inspired by the imagined narratives between mother and son.”

art galleryHodges 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. (See gallery installation view of Córdova’s work pictured left and feature image for this article.)

abstract art paintingKaren Saks (2500 Distribution St.)
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Waxhaw, NC, artist Shannon Woodford (work pictured above) is featured at Karen Saks this month. Her works of “contemporary expressionism” seek to capture the lighting and shadows in her subjects while drawing inspiration from her home state of North Carolina.

face on painter w/ plant
Shed Brand Studios (216 Iverson Way)
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The high-fire functional pottery and planters of Ellie Knight are featured at Shed Brand Studios this month, including “face pots” (pictured left) that are perfect for Halloween!

photograph fforestSouth End ARTS (Powerhouse Studio, 1507 Camden Ave.)
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Variety is the theme at this month’s South End ARTS opening of work by juried artists. Their media run the range from oil to acrylic to digital to lucite to paper collage, plus transformative interACTION performance art. See works from Allison Spencer, Stefanie Haney, Elisha Cutter, Sabrina Frey, Summer Savin, Gail Baillargeon, Megan Larusso, Sophie Restrepo, Jerry Kirk (pictured right), Tina Ruark-Baker and Andrea Downs.

Looking for other ways to explore South End’s art scene? In the most unlikely of places, the gray utility boxes along South Boulevard are elevated to public art in an installation called Amplify the Signal.

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
Dilworth Artisan Station 6:00 pm – 9:00 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