Charlotte Center City Partners, in collaboration with Lowe's and ArtPop Street Gallery have chosen 13 artists and 13 pieces of work to be displayed in empty (yet very viewable) South End property spaces. In addition to spreading positivity and hope in the community, Windows of Hope will support local artists at a time when physical exhibitions have been postponed or canceled.
Artwork will be displayed at The Hub (2250 Hawkins Street), 2100 S. Tryon Street, and Lowe's Home Improvement Store on S. Blvd. (217 Iverson Way). Pictures of the installed work is COMING SOON!
Meet our artists below!
Adrian Chu Redmond
Adrian Chu Redmond is an internationally acclaimed artist with a poetic eye and desire to bring energy and expression into everyday life. She draws inspiration from colors in nature, aiming to capture a fleeting moment, emotion or sensation while utilizing bold brush strokes, strong palette knife markings and vivid hues to characterize her work. Adrian finds beauty in the overlooked and channels those moments to express her vision of the world. Through her unique style of realism and abstraction, she brings energy into her subjects by making them appear larger than life.
Adrian exhibits in the United States and Europe, and has received the Rassegna Internazionale d’Arte Contemporanea International Art Award in Bologna, Italy. She was also chosen as the only American to attend an artist-in-residency program in Peschici, Italy with others from around the world. Adrian’s work is featured at the award winning Southeast Timbers Kiawah Resort. Her artwork is on the book cover of “Duress & Desire” by Greg Jeffers. She celebrates being an artist chosen for Charlotte Business Journal’s 2019-2020 Book of Lists and also for being selected as one of eight selected artists for the “Amplify the Signal” project where drab utility boxes were wrapped with her artwork in the South End of Charlotte, NC. One of her most challenging accomplishments and most enriching life experiences was hiking across the French Pyrenees and northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage.
Breanna "Bree" Stallings is North Carolina-native multi-media artist, illustrator, writer and activist.
Bree graduated from Queens University of Charlotte in 2013 with a Bachelor Degree in Studio Art and Creative Writing. She resides near uptown Charlotte where she works as a painter, illustrator and muralist. Currently, she teaches adults and children intermediate and advanced drawing and painting techniques at her studio called the Learning Lab.
Using art as her vehicle, she raises awareness for many causes that affect her life and those closest to her such as economic mobility, sexual health advocacy, displacement and homelessness and environmental consciousness. Through the programs, curated art shows and fundraisers she has helped put on, Bree, alongside her creative team and partnerships with Project Art Aid, Behailu Academy, the Mecklenburg County Health Department, and many more have helped raised over $500,000 for furthering development in Charlotte's art and humanities scene.
Bree Stallings has been asked to speak, live paint, read poetry, present and facilitate workshops at the Community School of the Arts, Get Ready With Words, ImaginOn Library, C3 Lab, Blumenthal Arts and the Knight Theater, Discovery Place, the Sandra and Leon Levine Jewish Community Center, The Levine Museum of the New South, the Liberal Arts College Symposium, Industry Charlotte, the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, the Mint Museum of Craft and Design, UNCC Higher Education Symposium, the Foundation for the Carolinas among many other private and public events.
Caroline Simas is an artist, wife and mother of four in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her licensed brand, Multiple Blessings, partners with manufacturers who place her work on a variety of products for the gift and home décor industries which are sold worldwide. Caroline’s paintings are often matched with scripture and messages of inspiration. Designing from her studio in Charlotte’s Historic South End at Dilworth Artisan Station, she also teaches in person creative workshops and has a studio shop filled with original art and a variety of her licensed gift products. You can learn more about Caroline and her brand Multiple Blessings at multipleblessings.com.
Sarah Frisbie is a 19-year old artist and design enthusiast, studying art, art history, and global studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After a long time as a pencil artist, she first picked up a paintbrush in eighth grade. She has worked since then in mostly acrylic, recently venturing into oils, collage, and performative mediums.
Guiding Sarah's practice is her study of art history and human character. Her work explores the depth of emotion revealed by the human face, and strives to communicate a sense of connection between art and viewer through a range of colors, brushstrokes, and pensive expressions. Her paintings have garnered dozens of awards, including a Scholastic National Silver Award and 10 Gold Keys (2015-19), billboard representation for the ArtPOP contest (2019), and first place in the Allegacy FCU Artizens contest. She also works as intern of African art at the North Carolina Museum of Art.
Melissa D Johnston
Melissa D Johnston grew up in Columbia, SC. While encouraged to pursue visual art by an art teacher and guidance counselor, she chose to pursue her other passion—words (in the form of literature, philosophy, and theology)—for many years in undergraduate and graduate school before art beguiled her again in 2009.
In July of that year, wanting to create a unique birthday gift for her mom led her to explore the making of digital collages with photography and edit imaging software. These early collages she saw as part of the visual poetry or VisPo tradition, and she employed both words and images to form and disrupt meaning for the viewer/reader. In 2014, her work became much more image(only)-focused and her tools of creation became almost exclusively mobile—using an iPhone and/or Ipad Pro. Her themes for these images increasingly addressed childhood trauma and the possibility of healing. Most recently her work has broadened to address a range of human emotion in a more whimsical and playful manner.
Soulful figures textured with emotion emerge, revealing colorful, lyrical stories moving fluidly across canvas. Luck models the features of figures and natural forms using fragments of found paper. “The emotion in my work comes directly from the emotions I experience in life,” she explains. “As I assemble a collage, I often wish I could rearrange pieces of my life as I do pieces of colored paper. Each day I am reminded that life choices are not as easily moved.”
Luck is an award winning international artist & muralist. She has exhibited her work frequently at galleries & museums across the US including: The African American Museum of Dallas, The South Carolina State Museum, the Heinz History Center Museum & The August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh, The ArtPop Street Gallery & Harvey B. Gantt Center in Charlotte and ArtFields in Lake City, SC. Monique’s work as a public muralist with the Sprout Fund is featured in the PBS Documentary, “It’s the Neighborhoods.” Her public art installation in Charlotte can be viewed at the Renaissance West Community Initiative. She recently completed a 2018 residency at the McColl Center for Arts + Innovation in Charlotte, NC. In 2020 Monique completed a large public art installation for the city of Asheville, NC through a collaboration with local artists and community members for the Celebrating African Americans Through Public Art Project. To learn more about Monique’s artwork, please visit: MoniqueLuckArt.com.
Mary Zio graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Art from Purchase College, outside of NY City in 1989. Mary studied all aspects of studio art, with concentrations in Printmaking and Art History (with the late/great Art historian and Critic, Irving Sandler). Mary studied with such artists as Leonard Stokes (student of Josef Albers), Murray Zimiles, Margot Lovejoy, and had a two year apprenticeship with Bruce Bleach (internationally known Printmaker and Painter). Over the years, Mary has shown in various art galleries throughout upstate New York (where she is from) and North Carolina, where she moved to in 2004 with her family. In 2016, Mary founded and ran a small art gallery in Ocean Isle Beach, NC, before moving to Charlotte in 2019. Mary works primarily in the Abstract style, sometimes with, but usually without, any recognizable subject matter, relying on color and form to express the essence of the painting.
Mary’s work can be seen on her website: https://www.maryzio.com/home , and her Instagram @mzioartist. The largest collection of her paintings are on Bald Head Island, NC, in the 2017 Southern Living Home (23 permanent paintings) and the 2019 Southern Living Inspired Home (15 permanent paintings).
Nick is a multidisciplinary art director and designer in Charlotte. With over 10 years of experience in the creative industry, he has worked with companies and agencies both large and small. Working in TV, print, digital, and social mediums, he helps brands come up with unique and creative solutions to achieve their overall goals.
Maguerico Manuel Nye
Maguerico Manuel Nye (Rico for short) is from artist from Charlotte, North Carolina.
He is recognized for using bold strokes of color to bring his subjects alive. His diverse background has an impact on his bold and vivid art style. His subject range from fauna, portraits, and mystical beings in oil or acrylic paints.
Rico showed an remarkable aptitude for art at a young age. He notes his father as the inspiration behind his passion for art. He remembers his father placing a grocery bag in front of him and instructed him to draw the character on the bag. When Rico finished, his father told to keep drawing and never stop. Since that day, Rico has not stopped drawing.
Rico currently maintains his studio in his hometown Charlotte, North Carolina.
Bailey Wingler is a multidisciplinary artist with a concentration in printmaking and drawing. In addition to exhibiting works throughout the region, she has a passion for community engagement that is reflected through her various roles in the community. She serves as “Arts Connector” for Your Rowan, a Rowan county-sponsored initiative highlighting the Arts within Rowan County. She also serves as a Creative Consultant for local businesses interested in developing inclusive, arts-based programming. Bailey serves as Assistant to the Dept. of Art + Design and to the Executive Director of Transfer & University Partnerships and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. She is currently assisting the department with “here’s My Story,” a $50,000 inclusive public art project funded by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. For more information please visit www.baileywingler.com.
Tambra Parsons is a self-taught visual artist based out of Burlington, North Carolina. Her journey as an artist started after she graduated from high school in 2012 and since then her work has been in multiple galleries such as: The Durham Art Guild Suntrust Gallery and the Center of Visual Arts in Greensboro, NC. Her mediums range from acrylic paint, watercolor and charcoal. More recently she has branched out into the mural world and has completed 1 solo mural and 2 collaborative murals in downtown Greensboro.
My name is Janki Patel and my passion for art stems from my passion to make the world a kinder place to live for all beings. I am a proud advocate for the environment, the animals, and preventative medicine as a fellow healthcare provider. My hope is to be a source of light especially for future generations and leave behind something that will last forever.
Artist, Melissa Wineman, also known as “Mo” has been in the art scene in Charlotte and surrounding areas since 2012. She has a Bachelors in fine arts from UNC Charlotte, her life long dream has always been to become a full time artist. She decided to go full time with her art April of 2018.
She has illustrated a children’s book that is coming out with in next year or so, as well as published art in “the chronicles of detective spade”. Mo has done murals around the Charlotte area as well as murals in Maggie Valley. She was selected as the second featured artist for Podblast Charlottes 2019 monthly mural showcase on their 16ft mobile podcasting studio creating her “welcome to Moville” mural and also collaborated with all six artist to do an end of year Willy Wonka themed mural on the vintage camper as well. She has won the opportunity to have her artwork “adventures in the hood” displayed on the signal box on central ave and pecan ave in Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood neighborhood. You will find her at many local artisan markets as well as bigger events in the area such as Festival in the Park, OMB’s Yearly Month long Christmas-festival market, the Charlotte Tattoo and Arts Festival and more out of town such as Camel city craft fair at Foothills Brewery in Winston Salem or popping up with local shops in Hendersonville,NC.
She joined forces in 2019 with Queen City Sip and Shop hosting events throughout Charlotte to create a positive and fun atmosphere for local artists and makers to sell and promote their passion. Although she enjoyed that she is now concentrating on creating and eventually publishing her illustrative story “adventures of Charlotte” as well as working with a few authors on new works. She will have an upcoming mural with the city of Charlotte “wildflowers on 12th” for the 250th place making grant, hoping to start making its debut soon as well as “dandelion on 10th” as road art leading up to.
Her artwork ranges from fun whimsical illustrations, wall art/murals, commissioned pet and family portraits to abstract creature wildflowers and mystical creatures as well as some repurposed jewelry. She’s always experimenting with more mediums all the time. She offers sip and paint events in the Charlotte, And surrounding areas. You can see her creations on a daily by following her social media links or get linked to everything by visiting her website www.mowineman.com