Posts Tagged ‘Charlotte NC’

Giant Mexican Mermaid Mural Coming to South End in Charlotte, NC

June 27, 2018

Local Artist Sharon Dowell is currently painting a 10′ x 90′ long mural on the brick exterior of The Design Center of the Carolinas, located at 1999 Hawkins Street in Charlotte, NC. Commissioned by Asana Developers, who own and are revitalizing the building, Dowell’s mural will feature a mermaid of Mexican heritage with tattoos that represent historical and current businesses in the South End district. The model for the mermaid is Karla Sosa, an artist who resided in Charlotte for several years and now is back in her hometown of Merida, Mexico. Attached are in progress photos.

Dowell is a painter with a focus on works on canvas, murals and public art. She received a Masters in Arts Administration from Winthrop University in 2017 and earned a BFA from UNC Charlotte in 2002. Post UNCC graduation, she lived in NYC and her work was greatly influenced by the city. She returned to Charlotte and has served in various roles with local galleries, most notably as as an Adjunct Professor and Rowe Galleries Coordinator at UNC Charlotte and as Director for Center of the Earth Gallery.

Dowell will begin a large scale public art project in Boulder, CO, in 2019. Her recent commissions include three CATS Transit projects for Charlotte; the I-277 and 11th St. underpass murals, signal house art, and art for the 25th Street light rail station, as well as murals for UNC Charlotte, the cities of Rock Hill and Concord, and bus shelter art for Durham. Her residencies include The McColl Center for Visual Art, Can Serrat in Barcelona, Tyrone Guthrie Center in Ireland, NES in Iceland, United Buddy Bear Studios in Berlin, and the Julia and David White Colony in Costa Rica. Sharon received multiple Arts and Science Council Regional Artist Project Grants and was voted Best Artist by “Charlotte Magazine”. Her work is in the permanent collections of The Federal Reserve Bank, SPX, Pricewaterhousecoopers, Fidelity Investments, and Duke Energy, among others.

Heavily involved in the arts community in Charlotte, she has served on the McColl Center for Visual Art Exhibition Committee, teaches community art workshops and donates her time for various charities and social or political causes.

Dowell offers the following artist’s statement, “Intertwining themes course through my paintings and installations; the energy of place, renewal, regeneration, and redemption, part of human nature and thus, part of the fabric of the identity of our place and culture. I am interested in the underpinnings, the stimulating happenings and the stories of the inhabitants that bring places into fruition. Largely illustrative and vibrant acrylic works on canvas, I experiment with various layers, texture and transparency, breaking down the imagery into fractured architecture, organic imagery and at times, interwoven portraiture.”

“I believe that creative place making communicates distinctiveness and generates connections across communities,” adds Dowell. “Thus, my other focus, murals and public art, has the ability to remove the intimidation factor of art that so many people in our society experience. Art in public spaces becomes embedded in one’s sub-conscious, a part of daily life that one embraces without contemplation. It is important for my work to serve as a vehicle to give back and shape communities for the better.”


Inside/Out Brings Art to Area Neighborhoods in Charlotte, NC

February 28, 2017

Imagine encountering Andy Warhol’s “Marilyn” outside a YMCA or emerging artist Jordan Casteel’s “Kevin The Kite Man” in the middle of a park. Charlotteans will be able to participate in this experience beginning in April when the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, in Charlotte, NC, launch Inside/Out Charlotte. The Inside/Out Charlotte initiative is a part of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s national effort to share collections and bring art into communities.


This public exhibition and outreach program will reach into the greater Charlotte-Mecklenburg area to strengthen knowledge, understanding and appreciation for visual art. The program places framed, high-quality reproductions of artworks on display at the Bechtler Museum and Gantt Center for community members to encounter and enjoy programming specifically designed for each installation. Inside/Out Charlotte will launch in the spring highlighting artworks that reflect the diversity of the museums’ collections and broad interests in the communities.

The program started eight years ago at the Detroit Institute of Arts and now includes partners around the nation; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Akron Art Museum, and Perez Art Museum Miami. The Knight Foundation has funded the expansion to additional cities including Charlotte.

“There’s something very powerful about seeing works of art in person. You become completely immersed. Inside/Out brings that experience to people, directly in their communities, and an amazing thing happens: entire neighborhoods, entire communities, start to talk about art,” said Victoria Rogers, vice president for arts at Knight Foundation.

Residents, families and friends in the participating communities will be able to walk through the park or hop on a bike and encounter art in unexpected places and enjoy each exciting outdoor exhibition. The Bechtler and the Gantt Center, in conjunction with the partner communities, will plan educational opportunities and other fun activities, such as bicycle and walking tours, community discussions, musical performances and more.

Inside/Out Charlotte is now in the process of asking city and community representatives, development authorities and arts organizations interested in being part of the museums’ new program. Communities can choose one of two exhibition periods: spring, from April to July, or fall, from September to December. Selected communities will have the opportunity to host five to eight reproductions within walking or bike-riding distance from each other. In all, up to 60 reproduced artworks will be on display around Charlotte in the spring and an additional 80 works in the fall.

Communities and businesses that take part will be promoted through the Inside/Out Charlotte website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more. The museum installs the reproductions and can assist community leaders in developing educational programs that engage people and inspire them to visit the Bechtler and the Gantt Center. To learn more, visit the Inside/Out Charlotte website at (

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture presents, preserves and celebrates excellence in the art, history and culture of African-Americans and those of African descent. The Center is located at Levine Center for the Arts 551 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. Operating hours are Sun., from 1-5pm; Monday: Closed, Tue.-Sat., from 10am-5pm.

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to the exhibition of mid-20th-century modern art. It is named after the family of Andreas Bechtler who assembled and inherited a collection created by seminal figures of modernism. The museum is located at Levine Center for the Arts, 420 South Tryon Street, Charlotte 28202. Operating hours are Mon., Wed., Thur., Fri, and Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., noon-5pm; and closed Tue.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy.”

For further information contact Sharon Holm, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Director of Marketing and Communications, by e-mail at ( or call 704/353-9204.

Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte, NC, Offers Women2Women Museum Experience

December 6, 2016


Round up your network and join us for a Women2Women Museum Experience! Discover the compelling life stories of women artists, experience a private tour of “Women of Abstract Expressionism” and “Fired Up”, and enjoy refreshments.

Work by Perle Fine

This two-hour program is available for reservations on Wednesdays-Fridays December – February from noon-2pm or 4-6pm at #themintmuseum Uptown. $40 per person; maximum group size is 12. Book your group today by contacting Julie Olson Anna at 704/337-2043 or e-mail to (

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and Metrolina Association for the Blind in Charlotte, NC, Offer Program that Lets People who are Blind or Visually Impaired Touch Works of Art

December 6, 2016


In this innovative, hands-on program, participants with low to no vision are able to explore and experience works of modern art by touch. Courtesy of doctors who are deeply attuned to the workings of human senses, Horizon Eye Care is supporting the Low to No Vision Program, a partnership between the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and Metrolina Association for the Blind (MAB) in Charlotte, NC.

Photo courtesy of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Wearing thin professional gloves used by conservators and curators, participants are allowed to explore and experience (depending on the current exhibition) sculptures; mid-century furniture; reproductions of paintings and prints; ceramics and more in the Bechtler collection. The program also features a series of art classes in which participants learn about techniques used by artists in the Bechtler collection and then create their own tactile works of art. Tour times and dates in 2016 are 10:30am- noon on Jan. 25, Feb. 22, March 29, April 19, May 31 and June 21, 2017.

After completing a two year pilot with MAB, the Low to No Vision Program is now accessible to all in the Charlotte community. Those interested can register online through the Bechtler website at ( or call the museum at 704/353-9200.

Participants, often visibly moved by the tactile tours, are unanimous in their enjoyment of the program that began in 2014. One hundred percent said they were more interested in art after the program, they discovered something new about the art-making process and they would want to take part in another Bechtler program.

Christopher Lawing, vice president and director of programming at the Bechtler, said: “We are extremely grateful for the support of Horizon Eye Care to allow us to continue to make art accessible to individuals with vision loss.” Bechtler staff, teaching artists and docents were trained to work with this population by MAB Senior Vice President Laura Park-Leach.

Kathy Murray, Horizon’s chief operating officer, said the program has been well received by everyone involved. “There is powerful impact in all we are able to see, at whatever level. Our doctors’ understanding of this is part of what makes us the region’s vision care leader and why we are so privileged to support this program. Our doctors are committed to patients’ quality of life in any vision context. It isn’t just their job. It’s a part of their values.”

Horizon Eye Care, a locally owned and operated ophthalmology practice providing quality eye care services to Charlotte area residents, was formed in 1997. Horizon offers a full range of ophthalmology services including surgical and medical eye care with corneal, retinal, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics, glaucoma, and pediatric exams as well as routine eye care. These are supported by preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic services, including optical and contact lens departments, LASIK and aesthetic services. More information ( or call 704/365-0555.

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to the exhibition of mid-20th-century modern art. It is named after the family of Andreas Bechtler who assembled and inherited a collection created by seminal figures of modernism.  Their mission is to share the joy and excellence of the Bechtler collection with all in order to inspire, inform and enhance cultural and intellectual life. The museum is located at Levine Center of the Arts, 420 South Tryon Street, Charlotte 28202. Operating hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am– 5pm; Sunday, noon–5pm; closed Tuesdays. For museum details visit (

Metrolina Association for the Blind is a North Carolina based, private non-profit agency that has provided services to people who are blind or visually impaired since 1934. Metrolina Association for the Blind became a member agency of United Way in 1938, an affiliation it continues to enjoy today. In 1985, Metrolina Association for the Blind became the pioneering leader in providing Braille and large print statements and other documents for financial, utility and telecommunications corporations, and, in 2005, added auditory CD statements. MAB processes about 18,000 monthly statements, in addition to single service documents and Braille textbook printing.

Charlotte Millennial Art Program in Charlotte, NC, Announces Bechtler Museum Curator as Speaker for August 31, 2016

August 22, 2016

Who better to educate a group of young Charlotteans on contemporary art than the Bechtler Museum’s curator, Jennifer Edwards? Her life in the world of art has been surrounded by the work of artists who have helped redefine the contemporary art world. Some are dead but many are alive and creating exciting new work. Edwards is the fourth speaker to present at the Charlotte Millennial Art Program’s meeting set at Elder Gallery, located at 1520 South Tryon Street, on Aug. 31, 2016, from 6-7:30pm.

Edwards comes to Charlotte after earning her Ph.D. in fine arts from New York University and living in Los Angeles where she held curatorial positions at Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena.

Charlotte Millennial Art Program (CMAP) is the result of Elder Gallery’s desire to connect with the growing number of young professionals who now live and work around the gallery’s SouthEnd District location. The intent of CMAP is to bring together young people who would like to gain a better understanding of art and to learn what constitutes “good art.” Discussion topics were chosen by attendees at the initial meeting and are delivered the last Wednesday of each month by qualified presenters. Meetings are free and open to the public who are within the age group of 21 to 35.

Future programs will be directed to “The Business of Art”, “One Person’s Passion for Public Sculpture”, and art demonstrations and art critiques.

For further information call Elder Gallery at 704/370-6337.

Turtle Island Pottery to be at the Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte, NC, for WOW “Wine on Wednesday” – June 8, 2016

May 29, 2016

Turtle Island Pottery, a WNC pottery staple, will be at the Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte, NC, on June 8, from 5:30-9pm, for “Wine on Wednesday” at the Mint. Admission is free. They will have music, wine (cash bar) and possibly a chocolatier. Come out and enjoy a relaxing evening of wine, music, art and craft from Turtle Island Pottery!

Turtle Island Pottery features handmade pottery by Maggie and Freeman Jones, who create one of a kind, functional, decorative stoneware items.






For more info about Turtle Island Pottery call 828/669-2713 or visit (

For more info about the Mint call 704/337-2000 or visit (

Levine Center for the Arts in Charlotte, NC, Offers First-ever #LongLiveArts Festival – May 21, 2016

May 18, 2016

The public is invited to a full day of activities on Saturday, May 21, 2016, from 10am-6pm, to the First-ever #LongLiveArts Festival for FREE performances, art activities, and more to at the Levine Center for the Arts in Uptown Charlotte, NC.

The Levine Center for the Arts is located at the 500 block of South Tryon Street, including Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Blumenthal Performing Arts’ Knight Theater, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, and Mint Museum Uptown

Salsa dancing. Puppets. A portrait paint-off. Drums. Aerial dancing. Jazz. Food trucks. An Arts Guy. An outdoor symphony concert. And FREE museum access all day.

All this and more will be part of the inaugural LongLiveArts Festival, the first event of its kind to be hosted by the four member institutions of Levine Center for the Arts – the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Blumenthal Performing Arts’ Knight Theater, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, and Mint Museum Uptown. The public is invited to the 500 block of South Tryon Street between 10am and 6pm for the festival – and both before and after those hours to enjoy a free “plazacast” of Charlotte Symphony’s Romeo & Juliet, showing from a big screen in front of the Firebird statue at 7:30pm on both Friday and Saturday evenings. The Bechtler and Mint will also offer special hours of free access on Friday May 20 in conjunction with the plazacast (the Bechtler will offer Bechtler by Night from 6-9pm, while the Mint will offer free general admission from 6-8pm).

More fun for all ages begins Saturday morning at 10am, with a main stage set up on Levine Avenue and emceed by Moira Quinn, Vice President of Charlotte Center City Partners. And about that Arts Guy? He’s part of a new marketing initiative jointly launched by Levine Center for the Arts institutions, and he will represent the Charlotteans and global visitors who want to learn more about the cultural offerings of the Queen City. Watch for him to give behind-the-scenes insights to Saturday’s audience.

Community artists are also invited to join a #LongLiveArts Festival Portrait Paint-Off, in which participants are invited to meet local oil painter Gordon James. He will first paint a live model from 10:15 to 11am, and then at 11:30 and 1:45pm, audience members will be invited to grab some art supplies and paint volunteer models. The paint-off contest will give prizes including gifts from the three museum gift shops and free passes to return to the Levine Center for the Arts museums.

Other performers and activities scheduled as part of Saturday’s activities include the Charlotte Symphony’s Musical Petting Zoo; Caroline Calouche’s aerial dancers; Drums4Life; Africano Campbell; Blue Moon Puppets; an art class with Cathay Dawkins; Dancehall Groove; and a salsa dancing demonstration, as well as interactive art-making activities led by the education staffs of the three member museums. Docents from the three museums will lead free 30-minute “ArtBreak” tours inside each museum at noon, 1pm, and 2pm.

Levine Center for the Arts is one of Charlotte’s major cultural destinations, home to Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, John S. and James L. Knight Theater, and Mint Museum Uptown. The Center was made possible through the support of the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, Campaign for Cultural Facilities, and The Leon Levine Foundation, one of the country’s largest and most impactful philanthropic organizations, along with the generosity of Bank of America Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, and Duke Energy Foundation, among many others.

A generous grant from the THRIVE Fund is enabling the four institutions to work more closely together than ever before to increase visibility and access to the unified center. The $250,000 award from the THRIVE Fund over two years is making possible the center’s first-ever joint marketing campaign, as well as free monthly lunchtime tours and a free community festival to be held on May 21, 2016. The THRIVE Fund was established in 2013 to provide financial stability for Charlotte’s cultural sector under the leadership of Hugh McColl, former Bank of America chairman and CEO, and is currently administered by the Foundation For The Carolinas. The Mint Museum spearheaded the grant and is managing the project in collaboration with the other institutions. More information at (

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to the exhibition of mid-20th-century modern art. It is named after the family of Andreas Bechtler, who assembled and inherited a collection created by seminal figures in modernism. The collection comprises more than 1,400 works. Some works are accompanied by books, photographs, and letters illustrating personal connections to the Bechtler family. For museum details visit (

Blumenthal Performing Arts serves the Carolinas as a leading cultural, entertainment and education provider. Blumenthal Performing Arts receives operating support from the Arts & Science Council and North Carolina Arts Council. Blumenthal Performing Arts is also supported by PNC Bank, sponsor of the PNC Broadway Lights. More information at (

Founded in 1974, Charlotte’s Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture (formerly the Afro-American Center) exists to present, preserve and celebrate the art, history and culture of African-Americans and people of the African Diaspora through dance, music, visual and literary arts, film, educational programs, theatre productions and community outreach. Named for Harvey Bernard Gantt, the prominent architect, community leader and former mayor of Charlotte, the Center is housed in an inspired and distinguished award-winning structure and is home to the nationally celebrated John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art, which was generously donated by Bank of America. More information (

The Mint Museum is a leading, innovative museum of international art and design committed to engaging and inspiring all members of our global community. Established as the first art museum in North Carolina in 1936, The Mint Museum has grown to include two dynamic facilities, Mint Museum Uptown and Mint Museum Randolph, and currently boasts one of largest collections in the Southeast. Mint Museum Uptown houses an internationally renowned Craft + Design Collection, as well as collections of American and Modern & Contemporary Art. The five-story, 175,000 square-foot facility was designed by Machado and Silvetti Associates of Boston. Historic Mint Museum Randolph is located three miles to the south. For more information visit (

A complete schedule of events is attached and available at (

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture and Bank of America in Charlotte, NC, Sponsor Local Art Project

May 12, 2016


Local Charlotte, NC, artist Monique Luck will collaborate with residents of the Renaissance West community on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14, 2016, to create “Dreams of the Past, Present and Future” – a mixed-media collage that will remain as a permanent art installation in the new community. This Community Arts Project is a new Gantt Center initiative funded by Bank of America. The competitive artist-in-residence program is designed to use the visual arts to enhance community engagement.


“This residency aligns with our strategic priority, Gantt Beyond the Walls,” says Gantt Center President & CEO David Taylor. “By expanding our reach through workshops in schools; partnerships with ASC in Charlotte-Mecklenburg libraries; online access to our permanent collection; and, now, this project, the Gantt Center is providing access to countless numbers of people who may not have the opportunity to come through our doors.”

Monique Luck is no stranger to public art. Locally, she won an Art Pop Billboard in 2014 and received a commission from the Cornelius Community Garden. In Pittsburgh, she’s painted murals for the August Wilson Center, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the Sprout Fund.

“As a public muralist, it amazes me how simple imagery and color can transform a space in a community,” Luck says. She will hold two sessions in Renaissance West – one with seniors and the other with children and families – requesting that residents bring an item from history, one from the present and another to represent their futures. She will work with the participants to create a collage incorporating their treasures. The final, original artwork will remain in the community.

The two collaborative sessions are scheduled this week:

·Seniors Project
Friday, May 13, 2016
The Retreat at Renaissance
3240 New Renaissance Way
Charlotte, NC  28208

·Children and Families Project
Saturday, May 14, 2016
The Crawford Renaissance Center
3610 Nobles Ave
Charlotte, NC  28208

The Community Arts Project is designed to serve intergenerational audiences in underserved Charlotte communities.

Founded in 1974, Charlotte’s Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture (formerly the Afro-American Cultural & Service Center) exists to present, preserve and celebrate the art, history and culture of African-Americans and people of African descent through dance, music, visual and literary arts, film, educational programs, theatre productions and community outreach. Named for Harvey Bernard Gantt — the prominent architect, community leader and former Mayor of Charlotte — the  Center is housed in an inspired and distinguished award-winning structure and is home to the nationally celebrated John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art, which was generously donated by Bank of America.

For more information on the Gantt Center, please visit (

Ciel Gallery in Charlotte, NC, is Calling for Entries for “My Life as a Dog” a National Juried Show – Deadline Dec. 6, 2015

October 15, 2015


ART CALL –Visual  Arts


“My Life as a Dog” – National Juried show
Prospectus: (

Deadline for Entries: Sunday, December 6-Midnight PST  (registration application will open soon)

Opening: January 8, 2016 at Ciel Gallery.

Show us your dogs! Whether from your point of view or your canine’s, we’d love to see just what a dog’s life actually looks like.

All mediums, 2D and 3D accepted. There are no size restrictions; however, space will be a consideration.

Osiris Rain in Charlotte, NC, has Work Added to Collection of The European Museum of Modern Art

September 30, 2015

“An Unbearable Darkness” a painting by Charlotte, NC, based artist Osiris Rain has been curated into the permanent collection of the MEAM; Museu Europeu d’Art Modern (The European Museum of Modern Art) in Barcelona, Spain. The MEAM is Europe’s foremost museum dedicated to exhibiting the top living figurative painters and sculptors from around the world (


“An Unbearable Darkness” is a portrait of Osiris’s father whom Osiris credits as sparking his interest in the arts as a child.  The painting previously was a semi-finalist at the National Portrait Gallery, BP Portrait Award competition in London. It was also a finalist in the Art Renewal Center’s 2015 International Salon Competition and later included in the pre-selection for the International Figurativas competition hosted by the MEAM before being curated into the MEAM’s permanent collection by Jose Luis Inifiesta, the Fundació de les Arts i els Artistes director.

Osiris Rain is a North Carolina native who lives and works in Charlotte, NC. He was classically trained in Florence, Italy at the Angel Academy of Art and continued his studies in Norway under master painter Odd Nerdrum. His paintings have been exhibited internationally and garnered recognition from numerous institutions worldwide.

Osiris recently launched The North Carolina Academy of Art in early 2015, a small atelier dedicated to teaching Academic Realism. As Director of the academy, he hopes to share his passion for the classical arts and inspire others to delve into the figurative and portraiture world of painting. The school accepts students of all skill levels and is located in the NoDa Arts district of Charlotte, NC.

For further info contact Osiris Rain by e-mail at (, call 704/604-4195 or visit (