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Experience Charotte's Art Visitors and locals alike can all find something to love about Charlotte’s art scene.

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The Artist's Way The creators who are making art and leaving a mark on the Queen City.

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The Evolution of Southern Style Twine & Twig hits a memorable seven year anniversary, and celebrates alongside Charlotte’s creative community.

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Galleries of the Queen City Searching for art? Look no further than these Charlotte art galleries.

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The Designer Guide Queen City interior designers who can help you with your next home project.

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THE CULTURE ARTS, STYLE, AND WELLNESS

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Inspired By Nature The art of designer Samantha McCall of Primaura

Grooming For The Busy Man A sit down with Zachary Edwards, owner of Emerson Joseph.

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In Perpetuity The work of artists Carmen Neely and Paul Travis

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Effortless Classic Style Renata Gasparian of RENATA Clothing

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South End Beauty Say goodbye to damaging beauty products when you stop by Selenite, a unique wellness boutique.

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t's been a difficult six months for both the arts and style communities in our city and around the country. The effects of the pandemic have been felt far and wide in both industries. Art galleries around Charlotte were forced to stop hosting events and exhibits, museums closed to guests, the symphony cancelled many of its events, as did the Blumenthal. In the fashion community, boutiques and other retail stores saw their customer numbers dwindle, were forced to pivot quickly, and many, sadly, had to shutter their doors. Finally though, business is starting to return, which is good news, and we want to help keep that momentum going. So, because of the hardships that these two industries experienced in 2020 and the current recovery in process, we figured we would dedicate our September issue to the arts and style communities and really put them in the spotlight. In this issue's Exclusives you can read an extensive list of some of our favorite museums and galleries you should support right now. You'll also find a comprehensive list of some of our favorite artists in the Charlotte area. We also showcase a 14 page fashion spread lead by the founders and sisters of Twine & Twig featuring some of the most stylish people in the Queen City. On top of all of that you can also read about jewelry maker Primaura, the beauty experts at Selenite Beauty, stylish cuts at Emerson Joseph, new restaurant Little Mama's, the interior design of Kelly Cruz, the unique architecture of Rick Kazebee, and so much more. Until the next issue, stay safe and healthy! Sincerely, Jon-Paul Grice, Editor Brett Barter, Publisher

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I NSPI R ED BY NAT U R E The art of designer Samantha McCall of Primaura. words GIA L ASH photos JAMEY PRICE

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For many years, self-taught jewelry designer Samantha McCall loved harnessing her creativity to create jewelry pieces for herself, especially for special occasions. When she realized how difficult it was for others to find similar pieces at affordable prices, she saw an opportunity. “For quite some time, I had dreamt about starting my own business and creating daringly bold fashion earrings and accessories,” she said. In the spring of 2018, she did just that. Primaura was born out of a desire for fresh, bold, and modern statement jewelry. McCall has an extensive background in fashion, working first with Estée Lauder, then spending a decade in sales and marketing with divisions of Ralph Lauren and the Gucci Group. She recalls meeting Tom Ford, then Womenswear Designer and Creative Director for Gucci, as one of the highlights of her career. Her work in the fashion industry has always inspired her, especially the fashion community in Charlotte. “Charlotte’s scene ranges from earthy breweries to chic cocktail bars and restaurants — that creates an incredibly broad range of fashion opportunities,” she explains. “Charlotte is a very embracing city for entrepreneurs. There is tremendous support for those pursuing a dream. I love this city for that, and so much more.” McCall emphasized how she looks to trends to inform her design process, but doesn’t rely on them. Having fashion-forward friends in the city, she

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prefers to base her designs off of what works for her and the ladies around her. She describes her style as “the same old… but different,” usually keeping to light and pearly tones, and tailored trousers, leaving the boldness for a piece or two of statement jewelry. When you look at Primaura’s designs, you’ll notice many are inspired by animals of all kinds. They offer designs centered around many insects, in particular, and Primaura’s logo even includes a backdrop of a bee. McCall gives credit where credit is due, explaining that bug fashion has been on the catwalk for decades. But for her, the outdoors offer peace and happiness, and she hopes to represent that in her jewelry. “Nature is such a great source for jewelry inspiration... My interpretation is what is exciting about these larger-than-life insects! They provide endless design opportunities.” In addition to drawing from the outdoors, McCall also looks to cultures around the world when designing her pieces. As far as those still on the horizon, she says to look for the beauty of Indian culture that she embraced, with lots of gold, gemstones, medallions and turquoise making an appearance. Combining her two major sources of inspiration, you may also see designs


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inspired by tigers, wild cats that are native to the Indian subcontinent. When asked which design she was most proud of, she mentioned her recent Panther earrings, which include an evolving gold sphere and a four-leaf clover. While still subtle, this piece alludes to the Carolina Panthers, and holds a bit of hometown pride. McCall primarily sells at pop-up shops in the Charlotte area, and feels fulfilled by the sense of instant gratification they offer to customers. Her goal is for every woman who wears Primaura to feel a confidence boost when they put her designs on, ready to walk out into the world feeling sexy and bold. info primaura.us / @primaura.us


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I N (OR FOR) PER PET U IT Y The work of artists Carmen Neely and Paul Travis Phillips at Elder Gallery words SUNNY HUBLER / photo courtesy ELDER GALLERY

In (Or For) Perpetuity at The Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art has been extended through October 2020, and will feature artists Carmen Neely and Paul Travis Phillips. The gallery explains the show as the following: “Language fascinates, inspires and challenges us. Once viewed as a fixed structure imposed upon the world, language is now perceived as more fluid and intimately bound up with our everyday practices and forms of life. Yet words are often not enough.” The idea of silence is the launch pad for this exhibition that brings together two artists who explore language at opposite

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ends of the spectrum. Carmen Neely discovers matters and ideas through the process of making, focused on the creation and evolution of gestures; Paul Travis Phillips sifts through what exists and explores the logic of language and the moments when knowledge and insight are first conceived. The resulting works of art break through the walls of language and invite the viewer into a space of wordless understanding. info eldergalleryclt.com / @elder_gallery_clt


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There were two things that led to Renata Gasparian developing a love for fashion. The first was her mother and grandmother who inspired Renata as expressive and strongminded women. The second was attending Graded, the American School of San Paulo. During her childhood in Brazil’s largest city, Renata became exposed to a world of style that would eventually lead to her immersion in the fashion industry. “These two factors certainly influenced and shaped my interests,” Renata says, “and led me into a fashion career that allows me to help others present their look and style, which brings me immense satisfaction and gratitude.” Renata is now the owner of RENATA clothing, a fashion line that brings feminine and classic pieces to women with a mission to inspire them and allow them to express themselves.

Europe. Soon I was leading the showroom in Paris at the Plaza Athenee. Understandably, I gained a “passion for fashion” in which creativity, sharing, and inspiring style and confidence through this platform have become my way of life.

You have over 17 years of experience in high fashion. How did you originally get involved with the industry? At 18, I began a most rewarding 17 years with Daslu—at the time, Brazil’s fashion superstore, and a distributor of the best known worldwide luxury brands. Early on, I worked closely with Eliana Tranchesi, then every girl’s dream mentor. I learned so much through her, the team, and the culture of the company. I became part of the main face of Daslu at every major, glamorous fashion show throughout

How has being a mother affected your work? It’s a challenge that has made me stronger. All moms awaken to a new world; one where we strive to achieve, yet, maintain balance. Hard! My mother, who continues to inspire me, encouraged me with this: Take care of yourself first so that you can take care of your children. This mantra comforts me and promotes understanding that following my dreams helps to achieve satisfaction in both my personal and professional life. My mother’s mantra is my mantra and the mantra that

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What inspired you to found RENATA? Life has a way of directing us down different, unexpected paths. My husband became the CEO for the company he had been working with for 12 years and that brought us to Charlotte, where it became clear I had to reinvent myself in adapting to a new culture. This began to bring together all the diverse exposure of growing up personally and professionally. All these things brought clarity to purpose in creating my brand.


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The Culture // Style encourages our purpose, our “why” of a pay it forward empowerment that we hope other women will find and also share through connection with RENATA. What are the challenges one must overcome to be involved in high fashion? It’s becoming ever more important to people to not just buy and consume. Buy quality pieces that will take you through transitions of activities, day and night, and even that travel well… Connecting is an added value. There is nothing as gratifying as your client telling others about the wonderful experience of wearing your clothes, or sharing that they felt special with each and every compliment they received. And most of all, putting their trust in me and my designs. I really am so grateful! Who is your target audience? Who is the RENATA client? The RENATA woman is feminine and not looking to us for trendy pieces, but rather classics that are timeless pieces, yet with my touch of modern expression. My fashion; her style. I love and want to reflect this Vera Wang quote: “I want people to see the dress, but focus on the woman.” describe your personal style. I’m the kind of woman who likes to be a maximalist in a minimalistic way. I like to wear flowy things, I like to look fresh. But I also like to add belts, jewelry, and details that add to my outfit and match my personality. I like to wear something different or wear a style in a different way. I like to challenge myself. I like to express myself, and inspire others to do the same. info renatagasparian.com / @renata_gasparian

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GROOM I NG FOR T H E BUSY M A N A sit down with Zachary Edwards, owner of Emerson Joseph. words LIZA CARRASQUILLO

Emerson Joseph, located in Uptown, is Charlotte’s premier men’s salon and grooming lounge. It's the only one of its kind in the greater region, and, according to owner Zachary Edwards, well beyond. The team of well trained stylists all specialize in on-trend precision haircuts, straight-razor shaves, massages, facials, and much more. The lounge has a laid back vibe with

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a secret speakeasy located in the basement that you can only get into if you’re a member. Edwards, who has successfully run the shop for nearly a decade, took a break from running his busy local spot to tell us what it’s like owning and operating a high end men’s grooming salon.


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What inspired you to take over Emerson Joseph when you did and what was it like when you bought it? When the opportunity to buy the salon from the previous owner presented itself, it felt like a really natural fit, but really what they were selling was a convenient location with some nice accoutrements… not the high end haircut place where you could get the best haircut of your life. And I wanted to change that.”

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How would you describe a typical visit to Emerson Joseph today? Whenever I travel, I try to get my hair cut at whatever the best place in town is. I went to the best place in Beverly Hills and in New York, and every time I leave, I always end up feeling like EJ really has something special; like this space, this environment, and the energy that's here is special. There are a lot of places in the country with incredibly talented


The Culture // Grooming barbers and the haircuts are pretty amazing, but nothing ever feels the way that EJ feels. What are some of the things from the experience that are different from a normal barbershop salon? You get a beer with a haircut, but everybody kind of does that now. You get a shoe shine with a haircut and you get your hands detailed, and members here get access to the speakeasy in the basement. We have some special member events that we throw as well. How do you train new stylists? Everybody gets a technical review or a technical interview, and everybody goes through our training no matter what. And from there, it's just a matter of how much time they spend in training based on how long it takes them to grasp the concepts. We have five nationally accredited educators on staff that travel around the country training other stylists.

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SOU T H EN D BE AU T Y Say goodbye to damaging beauty products when you stop by Selenite, a unique wellness boutique. words LIZ A CARR ASQUILLO photos KYO H. NAM

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Beauty and wellness are words branded across thousands of businesses and store shelves. With so many mixed messages about both, it’s not always easy to sort out which products and people are truly trying to help their customers and which are just selling a false image. Selenite Beauty aims to change that. Owned and operated by Tiffany Mielnik Parrish, Selenite Beauty focus-

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es on educating and uplifting their customers when it comes to conversations about beauty and wellness. That all starts with selling clean beauty products without harsh chemicals. “The Environmental Working Group estimates that each day, American women use an average of 12 personal care products containing 126 different chemicals,” explains


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“My hope is that Selenite Beauty can become a community for people to learn and exchange ideas.”

Tiffany. “American men use an average of six personal care products daily containing 85 different chemicals. That’s a lot of chemicals our bodies are trying to process, and it can impact our health!” It’s an outcry most are familiar with by now: that all those chemicals can’t be good for the body. Still, it’s also an outcry that’s easy to ignore for many who have been using unnatural, chemical-heavy products since childhood. That’s why Tiffany doesn’t shy away from sharing her own story. After battling chronic pain and misdiagnoses since childhood, Tiffany began shifting her view of wellness. Maybe it was less about targeting painful symptoms and more about priming her body to handle them for her. She began by looking into functional

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nutrition, which led her to look into household and beauty products with chemicals that could cause harm over time. Selenite Beauty was created with the goal of promoting positivity and providing safe, effective alternatives to the harsh products on most store shelves. Shoppers can find a wide range of carefully curated items, including skincare products, cosmetic accessories, hair products, and wellness supplements. Struggling with acne? An active enzyme exfoliator might help. Feeling stressed and overwhelmed? Aromatherapy might be the answer. Selenite Beauty even offers gift sets, so customers can share the products they love with the people they love. Everything in their boutique is thoroughly vetted and re-


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searched by a careful staff trained to break down a product’s ingredients list and pinpoint harmful elements. In doing so, Tiffany has also created a safe space for those wishing to explore their own ideas of beauty and build a nontoxic lifestyle. “My hope is that Selenite Beauty can become a community for people to learn and exchange ideas,” says Tiffany. “To be a place for people to come together on their journey to a better, healthier life. Whether that journey is only beginning or is years in the making, every customer who shops with us will leave with a positive change.” Tiffany plans to keep Selenite Beauty active in the South End community by hosting product demonstrations, wellness workshops and even author visits. info selenitebeauty.com @selenitebeauty

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COM E HOM E TO L ITT L E M A M A'S Find simple, soulful Italian cuisine at Mama Ricotta's new sister restaurant Little Mama's. words LIZA CARRASQUILLO photos JAMEY PRICE

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Mama Ricotta's first opened in 1992 and quickly became a beloved staple of the Charlotte community. Owner and operator Frank Scibelli of FS Food Group has spent decades refining the homestyle Italian dishes he grew up on. Built in SouthPark as the sister restaurant to Mama Ricotta's, Little Mama's was created in part to give those further from Midtown another place to taste

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their unique dishes. It was also created as a place to bring visitors back to the basics. Here, Italian flavors truly shine. "Little Mama's is really a distillation of Mama Ricotta's," says Scibelli, "almost a prequel, if you will. We've spent 30 years sourcing the best ingredients for the original Mama's, and Little Mama's is showcasing them in simple and delicious ways."


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Freshly made cheeses, unfiltered olive oil, Brown Cow Parmigiano Reggiano and USDA Prime beef have all made their way onto the menu alongside other high-quality ingredients. Their kitchen, led by chef Tom Dyrness, uses scratch-made pastas that pair perfectly with their imported ingredients from Italy. Pastry chef Anika Rucker rounds out the food menu with sweet, moist cakes. Guests will find Italian favorites too, like sweet cannoli, warm bread pudding and decadent tiramisu. Little Mama's even features a mozzarella bar with rotating specials.

"We wanted to bring some really special dishes to the market," says Scibelli. "The mozzarella presentation for our bar is a madeto-order ball of fior di latte with a drizzle of unfiltered extra virgin olive oil. Really simple but incredibly delicious." To emphasize the simple food menu, they created a toned-down wine list and a small, yet refined cocktail menu spearheaded by bartender Lindsay Spero with Brian Lorusso. "The cocktail menu at Little Mama's has a little more flair than Mama Ricotta's," says Scibelli. "Half the menu is very amaro

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forward, for those that like a good strong drink, and the other half we've loaded with seasonal offerings meant to refresh and cleanse the palate." Little Mama's simplicity goes beyond just the food and drink menus. To pay homage to the restaurants Scibelli grew up eating at, Little Mama's is designed with the same '70s flair found in lots of Italian-American staples across the Northeast. D3 Studio took elements from Scibelli's youth and combined them with modern trends to create a small, intimate space with a unique feel. According to Scibelli, "It's casual, but you could very easily put on formal wear and not feel out of place." As the time passes, Scibelli hopes to see Little Mama's turn into a place where locals can feel at home. "We're happiest when our friends, families and guests are happy and full.” Guests can enjoy their meal inside in their dining area or out in their sunroom. For those just looking to share small plates and cocktails, they can also enjoy plenty of bar seating. Little Mama's is even available for takeout and delivery.

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Greg and Subrina Collier's new restaurant Leah & Louise in Camp North End is a Mississippi River areainspired eatery that gives a nod to the Colliers’ roots, but with their own well-honed modern twist. Born and raised in Memphis, Greg describes the place known for its history-steeped BBQ as having a flavor profile that's “sweet, smoky, acidic, and salty.”

This dish, known as the “Black Cowboys,” is beef bavette (the French term for flank steak) served with cola boiled peanuts, pickled yams, and a tangy-sweet white beet BBQ sauce. It’s a rich, satisfying, and texturally-interesting plate that’s best topped off with one of the craft cocktails, like their Smoke Sumn whiskey drink.

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Porcelain is the hot new trend for countertops but, due to the challenges it brings,few fabricators are willing to work with it. We looked at its arrival on the scene differently. Three years ago, we flew to Italy, where the product is made, to learn from the best fabricators in the world. We are Charlotte’s experts for porcelain countertops, fireplaces, and shower surrounds.

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Osteria LuCa first opened its doors with the goal of bringing simple, authentic Italian food to the Charlotte area. Their restaurant pays homage to the small family businesses nestled in the foothills of Piedmont and other regions. To focus on simplicity without sacrificing creativity, Osteria LuCa serves traditional Italian dishes alongside modern twists. Their bacon and egg white pizza is an excellent example of this. Thick, crispy bacon sits atop a base of sliced potatoes and parmesan cheese, all topped with a delicious egg cooked to order. Taste their pizza for yourself alongside some local craft beer or a glass of wine. info osterialuca.com @osterialucaclt

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COR DI A L'S

OL D FASH ION ED words SUNNY HUBLER / photo JAMEY PRICE

A classic Old Fashioned is to be expected on any reputable bar menu, and Cordial —perched on the rooftop of the AC Hotel in SouthPark—is certainly that, with a good, modern twist fit for a buzzy bar in a growing city. Theirs is made with Russell’s Reserve Bourbon, a spiced tea syrup, the in-house blend of bitters, and then garnished with an orange twist. Enjoy on its own or with Cordial’s tapas, like their charcuterie board or the yuca fries. — info — cordialclt.com / @cordialclt

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Located in the RailYard in South End, STIR opened this summer for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch service. Their cocktails are one of the best parts of the seafood-focused spot — all are made with artisanal ice, in-house bitters and syrups, and the freshest ingredients. The Hemingway daiquiri is filled to the brim with shaved icy goodness and made with aged rum, maraschino liqueur, fresh grapefruit juice, fresh lime juice, and sugar cane syrup. It’s cooling, refreshing, and you won’t be able to order just one. — info — stircharlotte.com / @stir_charlotte

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ATT EN TION TO DETA I L Kelly Cruz on her thriving 25-year interior design firm and inspiration behind her work. Since 1996, Kelly Cruz has successfully headed her self-named Kelly Cruz Interior Design firm in Charlotte. Kelly Cruz specializes in finding and fulfilling the interior design needs of each client, and believes in using her design talents to tailor to the uniqueness of each project she and her team undertake. With careful attention to detail and a design that’s approachable but luxurious, Kelly’s full-service interior design company has grown to the third-largest firm in the Charlotte area over her many years. We had the chance to talk to her about starting the business, leading a successful company, and why she loves designing so much.

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What led to you getting involved with interior design? An aptitude for getting the best use of space and an interest in a wide variety of architectural styles led me to major in Interior Design in the Architectural College at a large university. In your 25 years of Kelly Cruz Interiors, what lessons have you learned? There are many lessons I have learned, but the most important one is to trust my instincts. This applies to business decisions and knowing what my clients will like in their homes. What makes Charlotte perfect for an interior designer? The location: Charlotte is close to beaches, mountains, as well as other major Southeastern cities, and all of this has an impact on the design influences our clients are exposed to. Charlotte-based designers can also get to all of these places which easily broadens our market base.

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What is most important to you when working with a client? Getting the style and ambiance of a client's home to suit them is absolutely the most important objective. Of course design principles are practiced and I guide my clients to good design choices, but as I always say, “It's not just another pretty home; it's where you live.” Their home should reflect them, the comforts they enjoy, and be a place of refuge from the stresses outside the home. How do you balance your aesthetic with your clients? I like to see a client's home from their point of view, not mine, at first. After I get a clear direction in what type of lifestyle and design styles they are drawn to, I work on their behalf to get the best out of the space to accomplish their goals. Where do you draw your inspiration from? Nature always gets it right so I am most inspired by that. Specifically, the colors and textures of bird feathers are fascinating.


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“It's not just another pretty home; it's where you live. Their home should reflect them, the comforts they enjoy, and be a place of refuge from the stresses outside the home.”

When I start a project the first things that are considered when developing a design path are the architectural style of the home, its setting/views, and the people that will be living there. Describe your design process, from ideation to the finished product. It starts with a consultation, getting to know the clients and developing parameters such as style, budget, timeline, and ends when art is hung, draperies are installed and all furnishings are in the right place. It is full-service, turnkey interior design. What does the future hold for you? What do you have planned next for your business? For the immediate future, I have been in negotiations with a few very interesting residential projects. I'm excited by these opportunities and the creativity they will allow in renovation and furnishings. A new design studio is in our not-too-distant future as well. info kellycruzinteriors.com @kellycruzinteriors

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Ashley Bookout is not your average florist. The Charlotte native is the proprietor of Bookout Blooms, a boutique flower shop that specializes in providing floral arrangements for all of life’s major events. From weddings and funerals, to birthdays and everything in between, Bookout Blooms has established itself as Charlotte’s go-to flower shop. Prior to owning Bookout Blooms, Ashley worked as a paralegal. She got her first taste of flower arrangement about ten years ago when a recently engaged friend asked her to prepare the bouquets for her wedding. This event unleashed her artistic desire for floral arrangement and planted the seeds in her mind for opening up a business. In 2015, after a string of serendipitous events, Ashley got her big break. She was able to open a flower booth in the historic Atherton Mill in South End during the Atherton Farmers Market. What started as a small booth soon turned into a fullblown storefront. Today, Bookout Blooms is a powerhouse in the floral arranging world. They offer everything from unique floral arrangements and bouquets to flower crown making workshops and more.

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Why did you want to be part of the South End neighborhood? We love our location because of the proximity to so many other cool places. The Rail Trail connects many of the apartment complexes, which allows us to meet new customers every day. Other retail shopping like Anthropologie and Free People bring many to Atherton Mill for the first time and we are able to connect with those customers as well. Many people will meet a friend for coffee or at a local restaurant nearby and decide to bring them a bouquet from Bookout Blooms. This location has been great for our business. What’s it like to be part of so many people’s special days? There is a lot of pressure to make everything perfect for these events and there is a huge responsibility to get everything right for those important orders. I love getting the photos from the weddings and seeing how happy the brides are and see the whole vision come to life.


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The Folio // Arrangements Funeral work is also some of our favorite because we know the added beauty of an arrangement can lighten the mood and bring happiness into a sad moment. Where do you source your flowers from? I love working with local farmers in the summer months. We also source from many wholesalers that bring in rare products from other countries. South America is known for their roses and places like Japan and Holland have some of the best flowers in the world. Share some details about your workshops? I love our workshops because they are intimate (at most, they’re 10 people), and allow us to connect with people on an individual level. During the classes and workshops, we teach everyday flower techniques that many have never heard of. All you need to bring is yourself! Also, it’s great to do with a friend or a group. What is the best initial care and continued maintenance for flowers, and their longevity? Water! Water is so important; many people fail to refill the water in their arrangements. Having a full vase of water can extend the life of the arrangement by five to six days. info

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A HOM E FOR GAT H ER I NG words SUNNY HUBLER / photo JOE PURVIS

This beautiful home by Shea Custom is located near Marvin in Union County, minutes from the Blakeney area. The entire home was designed with gathering in mind and that goal can especially be seen in this clean, functional open space where the kitchen, dining area, and outdoor living area flow seamlessly. It’s easy to host a formal or casual party with the rooms that flow into one another, and to have the family together while a meal is prepared.

The dining area shown is actually part of a large morning room; on the other side is a cozy gathering area. The home also boasts a large dining room for more formal dinners. Some very talented local artisans helped complete this space. World Stone Fabricators did the countertops, SCS was used for the flooring, and Griffin Masonry was used for the fireplace and brick, and the paint is Sherwin Williams.

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A N EL EVATED H I DE AWAY words SUNNY HUBLER / photos MICHAEL BLEVINS

This beautiful Eastover home was designed by Patrick Lewis of Patrick Lewis Interiors, and this room — meant as a warm, quiet hideaway for the client — is one that stood out. A home office can often be cold or administrative, but this is a room made tranquil and comfortable.

Patrick Lewis created a simple space, free of distractions, and combined antiques with modern accents, like the stylish art and the cozy throw. Patrick sourced from Lee Industries, Stark Carpet, and Visual Comfort to complete a room that you’d hardly want to leave even once work is done.

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A PER SONA L IZED L AW N words SUNNY HUBLER / photo JAMEY PRICE

As part of the greater Charlotte area since 2002, Myron Greer Garden Design remains at the forefront of expertly designed, personalized outdoor spaces. Owner Myron Greer has always had a strong passion for landscapes: His parents were gardeners and he worked at a young age on his grandparents’ farm. This stunning, full master plan installation from Myron included all hardscapes, the pool, green goods, irrigation, drainage and lighting. “The client's backyard was just fantastic with its potential long-range lawn views even with the home and pool house additions,” shares Myron. “We wanted to connect the independent

spaces with the lawn… large perimeter plantings helped to focus direction from the back of the home on the pool house and pool.” Myron Greer and his team created a functional backyard and reduced the clutter of the large overgrown space. The result is a timeless, classic look with well-defined spaces needed and elements that are well-transitioned. The large groupings of plantings, large privacy evergreens, and seasonal flowering shrubs captured the simple elegance on this project. Urban Builders served as the building contractor and Meyer Greeson Paullin Benson was the architecture firm for the house addition and pool house.

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SU BU R BA N SA NCT UA RY Architect Rick Kazebee’s unique abode. words ELEANOR MERRELL photos by JOE PURVIS

Tucked into a wooded lot, brown exterior blending into a tangle of trunk and branch, is the brainchild and personal home of architect Rick Kazebee. In the leaf-filtered light, the silhouette appears distinctly ship-like: A hull rising from the most unlikely of spots: a spit of inland land in the Mallard Creek area. “I always thought an architect should build his own home,” says Kazebee, “and my wife, Kris, was brave enough to support this often financially foolish endeavor.”


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“I always thought an architect should build his own home.” Kazebee encountered the unique challenge of being both client and architect throughout this project. “The task of the client is to dig deep and understand what they are trying to achieve, to fully answer the question of why they want to make this place,” explained Kazebee. “Although a good architect can help, this is not an easy task. When designing for yourself, you have to do both jobs.” The house is an ongoing project, as are the design questions at its core. Originally constructed in 2001, the house’s structure has remained the same, but has enjoyed refine-

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ments over the past five years, such as the stunning wooden slats that cover the exterior of the house, adding texture and interest, and the second story porch that hovers over the front entrance. Inside, the home feels part-ship, part-cabin, and all modernist. Elements of Kazebee’s passion for architecture and carpentry are evident throughout, from the exposed ceiling framing (spotlit by a skylight running along the spine of the roof) to the living room shelving that emulates steel support beams.


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“Filling needs is the best path to making something beautiful.” Nuts and Bolts The house is 1,728 square feet and consists of three levels. The entry point is on the first level, where guests walk down a compression hallway flanked by two bedrooms, a bathroom, and laundry space. On the second level, an open floor plan exposes kitchen, dining nook, living space and library. The third and final level includes the master bedroom, master bath, and work studio, which overlooks the living room and tree canopy. Outside, an enclosed courtyard joins the main house to a workshop, where the nautical theme endures in the form of nautical cleats and lines stretching from cleat to ceiling. It was important to the Kazebees that the house could be flexible, especially since they both work from home. Thus, it is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house, but can also function as a two-office workspace and woodshop. Equally important to the Kazebees was that being in the house felt like a remote experience, despite the home’s location within a neighborhood. Privacy screens, intentional placement of viewports, and preservation of trees on the lot render this a true suburban sanctuary.

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An Evolution of Resources and Skills Kazebee finds inspiration in simple utilitarian buildings like industrial sheds and farm outbuildings. Like his home, his other projects are utilitarian and minimalist — modernist to the fullest extent. In fact, the Kazebee home flawlessly displays Kazebee’s design philosophy, which is “to try to understand the needs of a project fundamentally and holistically, and then propose a logical, economical, and elegant solution. Filling needs is the best path to making something beautiful.” Kazebee explained that each refinement to the home represented a different stage in the evolution of his resources and skills. In this way, it has become a fascinating record of his professional growth. At each juncture, he finds more efficient and elegant ways to meet his family’s needs and the result is, without a doubt, beautiful.

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T H E E X PL OR E D R ET RO ROOTS Escape to the newly opened vintage boutique hotel, The Longleaf. It's perfect as your homebase for exploring downtown Raleigh. words ERIK A NESTO / photos courtesy THE LONGLEAF

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A new arrival to the city of Raleigh, The Longleaf Hotel is conveniently located right at the northern gateway to downtown and a short distance from all of the hustle and bustle. The lodge’s namesake, the Longleaf Pine, serves as the inspiration behind every aspect of its modern renovation. From the tree’s whimsical canopy to pine needle covered base, the fresh renovation of the vintage motor lodge brings the outdoors inside to you, complete with mid-century leanings. Originally a 1960’s travelodge, Longleaf Hotel lets you uncover the part of you that craves nostalgia, but in a contemporary setting. Similarly, the exterior design reveals long forgotten details, like the iconic brightly colored breeze blocks, that had been hiding for years behind plaster.

as well as the 16th oldest in the world. Aside from the amusement park, which is geared towards kids, there is an entire aquatic center with many different pools ranging from Olympic to a warm water therapy pool. Other offerings include playgrounds, athletic courts and fields, arts center, cafe, theatre in the park, and gazebo rentals for events.

What To See — Pullen Park We may not have enough space to tell you everything you can do at North Carolina’s first public park. Located immediately west of downtown Raleigh, Pullen Park is 66.4 acres of adventure and fun. It is the 5th oldest amusement park in operation in the U.S.

Where to Eat — Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar Dine in style in this reclaimed mill with Italian plates and wines. All pasta is made in-house using locally sourced and organic Lindley Mill Flower and organic eggs. You can also enjoy slow braised lamb, seasonal seafood, or pizza from their wood fired oven menu.

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North Carolina Museum of Art This Raleigh gem opened in 1956 as the first major museum collection in the country to be formed by state funding and legislation. The museum features tour options, dining, a gift shop, galleries of art, and a park. Check out their current exhibits or research to find programs taking place during your trip.


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42nd St. Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill This is a local favorite spot for casual seafood that dates back to 1931. It makes for the perfect place to kick off a Friday or Saturday evening, as they have live music. Re-established in 1987, 42nd St. Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill has the freshest seafood in town and a rich, colorful history. Grab A Drink — The Long Leaf Lounge The Long Leaf Lounge has got an incredible retro lounge vibe featuring warm rich decor and ambiance and a classic cocktail menu. Enjoy the aesthetic both inside and out, as guests can also venture to the private patio and sip on delicious cocktails outside. Along with the cocktails, the lounge has a great selection of wines, local beers, and snacks including the port wine cheese ball. Clouds Brewing For the beer lovers out there, enjoy an ale in this production brewery and taproom right located right in midtown Raleigh. Their brews are German-inspired and American-made. Peruse their menu and you’ll find 40 guest taps which includes a 10 tap self-pour beer wall. In just two years, Clouds Brewing opened in three different locations in Raleigh and is wellloved by the community. info thelongleafhotel.com / @thelongleafhotel

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Your guide to tasting and seeing all Ponte Vedra has to offer. words ERIK A NESTO photos courtesy PONTE VEDRA INN & CLUB

Tucked away on the northeast coast of Florida, Ponte Vedra Inn & Club and the Lodge & Club together comprise a picturesque getaway known best for being home to the PGA Tour, The Players Championship, and ATP Tour. As a famous resort town, Ponte Vedra serves up gorgeous ocean views and green fairways that would allure any visitor; golf lover or not. Just a short drive from Jacksonville, the resort’s 40-foot sand dunes are some of the highest in the state and level into white sand made of Appalachian quartz and ancient limestone. Amongst the creeks and lagoons stands Ponte Vedra Inn & Club and the Lodge & Club (a physically separate but connected resort) beloved for its exclusive, gold standard resort, golf, tennis, spa and recreational offerings. With a track record of over 90 years of southern hospitality, Ponte Vedra’s Lodge, Inn & Club has an epic ocean view, 300 acres of limitless amenities, and world-class service.

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The Explored // Destination Eat — Surf Deck Grill is a fantastic choice to enjoy a panoramic view, Florida coastal cuisine, and drink menu consisting of cocktails, beer, wine, and beachy options. Don’t you dare leave without trying the Cheddar Bacon Hush Puppies. Upscale but casual, Seahorse Grille boasts a staircase that coils around a two-story, sea-themed glasswork. If that doesn’t impress you, the wraparound aquarium and warm wood atmosphere will. Enjoy an artful, imaginative menu. For an extra special evening, reserve the “Chef’s Table” that seats four, offers a direct view of Chef de Cuisine Erik Osol, and features a 10-course tasting menu. Wear your best to the Seafoam Room for luxurious dining with oversized oceanfront windows, a vaulted ceiling, a dreamy fireplace, oil paintings, and rich wood. Drink — Admire the lively, sophisticated lounge at The Tavern for craft, stylish cocktails and a beer selection. Take in the cozy atmosphere while mingling, playing pool, or catching a game on the widescreen HD TVs. Explore the Surf Deck Patio for an oceanfront breeze to enjoy while surveying the beachy drink options. You’ll be steps away from the pools and hot tubs so we recommend getting a frozen beverage for an optimal tropical experience.

See — Staying somewhere as beautiful as the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club means you’re going to have a lot to look at no matter what you do. Admire the elegant interior from one of the resort’s four heated swimming pools or any of the ten buildings the inn is comprised of. Admire the miles of the beautiful Atlantic with a beach rental: kayak, paddle-board, beach bicycle cruiser, and more. See the ocean while you’re in it for surfing or retreat to the beach for a picnic or games. Feast your eyes upon the 30,000 square foot spa that provides a sensory overload and stunning interior. info pontevedra.com / @pontevedrainnclub

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Anyone who has been in Charlotte more than a few years knows just how much of the city can change in such a short amount of time. As Charlotte continues to expand rapidly, so does its artistic and cultural influences. For those looking to experience some of those influences up close, art galleries and museums are an excellent way to do so. Get started on an artistic tour of Charlotte by visiting these top spots.

The Discovery Place Discovery Place, a private not-for-profit education organization based in the Carolinas, has four museums in three cities, but the original is in Uptown Charlotte. It was opened in 1946 by a teacher named Laura Owens: Since then, the museum has undergone several location changes and major renovations, but its mission is still the same. The museum remains dedicated to inspiring and educating students and teachers through STEM. You can visit Discovery Place at any of its four locations, including Discovery Place Science in Uptown, Discovery Place Nature in Freedom Park, and Discovery Place Kids in Huntersville and Rockingham, N.C. It’s a great place to spend a day learning about science while also having a lot of fun. discoveryplace.org Harvey B. Gantt Center Named after Charlotte’s first African-American mayor, the Harvey B. Gantt Center exemplifies the type of cultural consciousness Charlotte can enjoy when people come together. The center has held numerous exhibitions from renowned artists, including Russel Craig and Deana Lawson. It’s also become a safe place dedicated to opening a dialogue around the many injustices plaguing African-Americans and people of color. Visitors can find breathtaking art inside its gallery walls, as well as an abundance of resources for further learning. ganttcenter.org

LaCa Projects The Latin American Contemporary Art (LaCa) Projects has grown into one of Charlotte’s most renowned art galleries in just a few short years. The gallery acts as a bridge between contempo-

rary Latin American artists and the Charlotte art scene, as well as a Southeast location for regional art collectors to foster their appreciation for Latin American art. LaCa Projects has held exhibits for countless well-known contemporary artists, including Angel Gabriel, Eduardo Cardozo and Mariana Bersten. Stop by to see their latest collection of paintings and sculptures. lacaprojects.com Levine Museum of the New South Levine Museum of the New South is one of the most comprehensive collections of post-Civil War history in the country. The permanent exhibits, like the 8,000-square-foot “Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers,”' focus on history specific to the Charlotte and Piedmont areas, with six different spaces that illustrate how the South has changed since the Civil War. The museum also offers a rotating roster of temporary exhibits all serving to educate and challenge their viewers. It’s one of the most comprehensive windows into life in the North Carolina Piedmont that you can find anywhere. museumofthenewsouth.org The Light Factory As an artistic space dedicated to building up Charlotte’s photography community, The Light Factory has a lot to offer. For more than 40 years, the center’s staff has worked hard to give everyone the opportunity to create, understand and appreciate photography. The Light Factory is more than just Charlotte’s premier photography museum, however. It’s also an educational center that teaches both children and adults a wide range of photography skills. Students can learn everything from photojournalism to animation by attending their in-person or online classes. lightfactory.org

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Hodges Taylor Gallery For forty years, Hodges Taylor has enjoyed a reputation as a successful and respected contemporary art gallery and consulting firm. Current owner and director Lauren Harkey continues that legacy by building upon relationships with artist partners, clientele, and the community. Today, Hodges Taylor remains a contemporary gallery, with a focus on promoting Southeastern artists in a range of mediums, as well as an art consulting firm providing services to both corporate and individual collectors. hodgestaylor.com Art House Charlotte Art House Charlotte has made a name for itself by fostering a welcoming, casual environment to its gallery. Unlike some galleries that can feel a little intimidating, Art House Charlotte encourages their visitors to ask questions and let the staff help them browse. By adding affordability into the mix, this gallery is an excellent place to shop for original artwork without spending a fortune. arthousecharlotte.com Bechtler Museum of Modern Art The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art was founded after the Bechtler family merged their private collection into a public partnership with the city of Charlotte. Every part of the museum was designed to celebrate and showcase art in the best possible light. As only the second building in the US to be designed by renowned architect Mario Botta, even the building itself is

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a work of art. For those looking to view an international collection with some rare finds, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is the place to go. bechtler.org Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art The Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art firmly believes in the power of art as a means to understand the human experience. That’s why they strive to show off a wide range of exhibits each year. From the paper artwork of Jeong and Choon Yun to the glass sculptures of Marlene Rose, you’re sure to find something awe-inspiring within the gallery’s walls. As an organization dedicated to creating a welcoming environment for both visitors and artists, the Elder Art Gallery of Contemporary Art also hosts all kinds of artists' talks and Q&As. Check out their website before you go to see what’s next on their calendar. eldergalleryclt.com Mint Museum Uptown and Randolph The Mint Museum is an internationally recognized museum with a rich history. Founded in 1936, the first Mint Museum opened up in what used to be a branch of the US Mint. Today, the organization prides itself as a leading, innovative museum of international art and design. Visitors can find rotating collections of both contemporary and historical art from all over the world within its walls. Plus, the Mint Museum has two convenient locations to choose from: Uptown and Randolph. Want to bring some of the magic back home? The Mint Museum even


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offers online art activities for parents to try out with their kids. It’s an excellent place to learn something new and view collections you won’t see anywhere else. mintmuseum.org Anne Nielson Fine Art If you want to view work from talented artists and maybe even give back to our local community in the process, then the Anne Nielson Fine Art is the place to go. This gallery represents more than 50 emerging and established artists from across the world. Plus, a portion of each sale goes directly to local nonprofits working to better the Charlotte community. You can find the Anne Nielsen Fine Art in SouthPark, just 15 minutes from Charlotte’s Center City. anneneilsonfineart.com Jerald Melberg Gallery While Jerald Melberg Gallery might seem unassuming at first glance, it actually houses art from a wide range of established artists. In fact, it has been a staple in Charlotte’s art scene for over 30 years. During that time, Jerald Melberg Gallery has grown to represent artists from all over the US and Europe. Its owner, Jerald Melberg, strives to fill the space with what he sees as “visual poetry, something that is beyond simple decoration…” You can expect to find both realist and abstract work from artists such as collagist Romare Bearden and landscape painter Wolf Kahn when you visit. jeraldmelberg.com

Shain Gallery Not only is Shain Gallery a renowned contemporary art gallery in Charlotte, but also in the entire Southeast US. Originally established in 1998 in the Myers Park neighborhood, Shain Gallery now represents over 40 exceptional artists. In addition to showcasing a wide array of stunning paintings, Shain Gallery also works with individuals to find art that’s just right for their private collections. Whether you’ve been collecting art for years or just want to view some stunning work, you’ll love every moment spent at Shain Gallery. shaingallery.com Sozo Gallery Sozo Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located in the city center of Charlotte, North Carolina. The gallery brings fresh, original artwork from local, national, and international artists to both well-established and new clients, corporations, and institutions. Sozo firmly believes in supporting art programming and community. Grier’s Gallery at Hemby Children’s Hospital was started with assistance from Sozo’s owner and artistic director, Hannah Blanton, and provides monthly art lessons to patients and families with the help of local artists. Sozo was an integral initiator and supporter in Charlotte Center City’s Uptown Crawl, a monthly, free-ofcharge gallery and museum crawl to promote and support Charlotte’s growing artistic and cultural community. sozogallery.net

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The artists, creators, and thinkers who are making art and leaving a mark on the Queen City. words SUNNY HUBLER and ELEANOR MERRELL / photo JAMEY PRICE

The rapid growth of Charlotte’s art scene is nearly outpacing the crane-dotted growth of the city itself—and we’re all the better for it. Our city is diversifying through the lens of its most creative members, and in a time where we could all use more beauty, poignancy, vision, and expansion, consuming (and supporting) art and culture seems to have never been more personal and powerful. These are the painters, fine art photographers, sculptors and more whose work we think best represents that, and who—if you have yet to hear of any one of them—we encourage you to learn more about so you can engage with, support, and explore their work. We need each of their voices, and more, for Charlotte to continue to become the city it's meant to be.

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Trudi Norris Trudi Norris’ abstract paintings are often characterized by vibrant splashes of color. Norris has exhibited at Anne Nielson Fine Art and throughout North Carolina. trudinorris.com Marcy Gregg The path that led Marcy Gregg to her artwork was long and arduous. Delivery of her third child left her in a coma with slim chances of recovery. When she ultimately awoke, most of her memory was gone, but the path of rebuilding her life resurrected her passion for art. She now creates oil paintings that hinge on linework. marcygreggart.com Ashley Sellner Charlotte artist Ashley Sellner creates abstract and landscape paintings and collages inspired by the idea of divine pilgrimage. When not painting, Sellner is photographing. Her photography has been printed in publications like Savor, Four, and HGTV Magazine. ashleysellner.com

Lauren Bolshakov Lauren Bolshakov’s work, inspired by movements and nature, features elegant line work complemented by soft colors to create abstracts, figures, and landscapes. You can find her work at Isabella, The Art Salon, and online. laurenbolshakov.com Susan McAlister Susan McAlister’s impressionist oil paintings and abstract mixed media designs speak to her love of the natural world. She has exhibited throughout the Southeast and, in Charlotte, at the Hidell Brooks Gallery and Mint Museum. susanmcalister.com Sarah Helser Sarah Helser is a North Carolina native who, according to her artist statement, “creates each painting in the hope to reshape the familiar into the numinous and magical essence of what it carries. It is the brief glimmering speck of a dream, made permanently tangible before it is lost in the waking hours.” sarahdawnhelser.com

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Lindsay Jones Lindsay Jones specializes in oil paintings that depict modern landscapes and abstractions. She has exhibited in galleries across North Carolina, including the McColl Center and is a board member of Arts for Life. lindsayhjonesfineart.com Ruth Ava Lyons The talented Ruth Ava Lyons’ beautiful creations are scattered throughout Charlotte. Find them across the street from Workman’s Friend in Plaza Midwood, throughout NoDa, along the light rail, and elsewhere. She has also exhibited throughout the country, including at the Met. Nature inspires most of her pieces. ruthavalyons.com Molly Wright The talented artist Molly Wright’s paintings are impressionistic, sometimes verging on abstract, and are characterized by bright colors and, often, repetition. She has exhibited throughout the Southeast, but her work can currently be found online. mollywrightart.com Amy Herman Amy Herman, who is a co-founder of Goodyear Arts and a photography instructor at CPCC, has exhibited her work locally at the Mint Museum and the Light Factory, as well as nationally. Her photography is provocative and each collection creatively explores a theme or concept. amyherman.com Tina Alberni You may have seen the work of Charlotte artist Tina Alberni at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, on Artpop billboards in and around the city, and inside the Charlotte Legacy Union Sky Bridge. She has also exhibited at Sage Salon and Gallery, Ciel Gallery, and more. Her work revolves around repetition, patterning, and geometric shapes and is often inspired by sustainability efforts. colordesignstudio.com

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Sydney Duarte Sydney Duarte has successfully catapulted herself onto the Charlotte scene with her yoga and lifestyle brand, The Traveling Gypsy. Now, alongside her mother Ann, the yogi has launched a new venture, Duarte Designs, a mural business dedicated to transforming the Queen City’s blank spaces. thetravelinggypsy.org Grace Stott Grace Stott is somewhat of a mover and shaker in the Charlotte art community, curating events and bringing artists together. Her own work is one-of-a-kind. Stott creates small batch ceramics, handbuilt and glazed with whimsy to spare, in addition to mixed media paintings. gracestott.com Carolyn Johnson NC native Carolyn Johnson paints abstract acrylic works with compelling colors and featuring balanced composition. Her portfolio and information about commissions is available on her website. carolynjohnsonart.com Kristen van Diggelen Sloan Kristen van Diggelen Sloan lives in York County, South Carolina, but she’s just a stone’s throw from Charlotte, where her work has exhibited at the McColl Center and Anne Nielson Fine Art. She primarily crafts oil paintings and sculptures. vandiggelensloan.com Holly Graham Everyday observations and intriguing color relationships inspire Graham’s abstract paintings and paper collages. Her work has shown at Shain Gallery and SOCO, and she has worked at galleries in DC, though she is a Charlotte native and current resident. hollygrahamfineart.com

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T H E EVOLU TION OF SOU T H ER N ST Y L E Twine & Twig hits a memorable seven year anniversary, and celebrates alongside Charlotte’s creative community. words SUNNY HUBLER / photos KYO H. NAM location CAMP NORTH END / production WHITLEY ADKINS


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When we first talked to Jacquelyn Tugwell and Elizabeth White, the sisters were about four months into a jewelry business they had just started, stringing shells and beads in their living room. It was 2013, and the business was Twine & Twig; now, seven years later almost to the day, Elizabeth and Jacquelyn are running a highly successful and widely recognizable brand of hand-tied, hand-stitched, and handbranded pieces that now include lifestyle and apparel, too. Over the years, the business has been recognized by everyone from Garden & Gun to Vogue.

The sisters have become a huge part not only of Charlotte’s arts and style community, but its philanthropic underpinnings. To date, T&T has donated over $50,000 to a variety of charities and organizations, most often by creating a piece of jewelry and giving 100% of the proceeds to the charity of choice. The purchaser not only gets to donate, but gets a wearable item to keep forever. “Our hope is that the pieces will be a conversation starter about different philanthropy objectives, as well as a symbol to remember your good deed," Jacquelyn explains. In 2013, the first big “break” for Twine & Twig came from the Charlotte staple Poole Shop, who noticed the sisters’ work and got them in front of new eyes. The spark was lit: Twine & Twig rapidly grew into a Southern brand every bit as distinct and recognizable as some of their heavy hitting, old school counterparts. There’s something modern and evolved for Southern style with these pieces; They are bold and eye-catching, yet somehow no frills. Part of the appeal also lies in the tangible connection to the land: suede straps, found shells,

African trade beads, horsehair tassels, and shed antlers. “No frills” applies not just to Jacquelyn and Elizabeth’s aesthetic but their approach — they’ve truly learned on the job, with no airs and no claims to be experts; rather, the two women grew a brand with vision, adaptability, grace, and a whole lot of learning curves. Throughout, the business has main-

we could send overseas for a much lower price point, but that doesn’t feel right for us. And we’re proud to use local companies any time we can.” When the seven year anniversary rolled around, both women knew exactly how they wanted to celebrate: by showcasing the community that supported them, their home, and giving a nod to “the diverse culture, unique talent and style” of Queen City-ers. Pictured on the following pages are people who represent the true spirit of Charlotte, by bringing their authentic selves to their work and their gifts. In these pages, you’ll see these locals show off their own distinct style alongside the distinct style of Twine & Twig pieces in broadly ranging, artful ways. In addition to pulling together this wide array of talent the team will also launch a charitable stack for sale to the general public, with 100% of the proceeds going to benefit local charity Charlotte Alliance Foundation. “Our philanthropy is driven by family or friends’ illnesses, world news, environmental pressures, and more, so when things are going on in the community we feel we can rally around and give back to, we do,” Jacquelyn explains.

“Our hope is that the pieces will be a conversation starter about different philanthropy objectives, as well as a symbol to remember your good deed." tained its family-owned and operated roots, and stayed nearly 100% local, too—hard to pull off for a fashion-driven company today. The T&T studio/ shop is housed in Charlotte, and the team is made up of local women who handcraft every piece. “People are often shocked we produce everything in-house with our team,” Elizabeth says. “There are many things

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“People are often shocked we produce everything in-house with our team. There are many things we could send overseas for a much lower price point, but that doesn’t feel right for us. And we’re proud to use local companies any time we can.”

“People can feel overwhelmed with how to help, so we’re happy to have created a way to shop for a cause and know that your purchase is making a difference.” Paying it forward and giving back, as Elizabeth puts it, is something both women agree is their favorite part of the business they built, bead by bead. — So, tell us, what does this seven year anniversary mean to you? Jacquelyn: It is an incredible feeling to have made it. As many people who own small businesses know, there are ups and downs, and moments when you think it could all end (like when a pandemic hits). Reaching seven years has given us the hindsight to examine all the bits and pieces that helped grow Twine & Twig to where it is today. Elizabeth: It has been quite a ride. We did not get to this point without many growing

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pains, but each one shaped us and taught us a valuable lesson. So, seven years means a heart full of gratitude for me. As a family business, is it important to the two of you to stay “hands on involved”? Jacquelyn: Yes! We are learning through business coaching, books, and podcasts, where we need to shift our focus so we have the capacity to do what we do best: brainstorm new ideas, design, and create. We are trying hard to step back and learn how and when to delegate so we can use our energy and time to do the things we love. Elizabeth: It’s 100% crucial for us both. We have an awesome team keeping us going, but that doesn’t mean we get to step away, nor want to. It’s our baby we built together, and we're proud to come into the studio and keep brainstorming ways to create new pieces. In the past, starting out, we were up until 2 am working

after being moms during the day. Now we have a team, and most importantly, a manager (Biancca Rivera) who delegates our priorities so most of the time we can do those remotely. We meet up and have great creative sessions where we brainstorm and create new collections. How do y'all continue to find design ideas and inspiration? Jacquelyn: Having children is a source of limitless inspiration. The way they see the world, mix paint colors, the texture in their unbrushed hair, the dirt on their hands—it all inspires us to look at things with a different lens. Elizabeth: Hands down, travel! Sadly, this is not happening, so these days it’s a field in the mountains with interesting texture and hues, and sometimes it’s a big mess of paint that my kids have left out in the art room at our house... Either way, the most important takeaway is to always keep your eyes open.


Tell us a few of the big lessons you’ve learned through business ownership. Jacquelyn: I think when you see small businesses featured in magazines or on social, you see the pretty side of things. We didn’t go to business school or ever take a class on jewelry design or marketing. We learned the old-fashioned way, learning as you go. That includes messing up and many frustrations, but those mishaps are offset by the wins; the feedback from happy customers, writing a check to a charity, getting a story in a magazine and having the platform to teach our kids they can dream big. The highs always outweigh the lows! Elizabeth: Owning your own business has so many incredible perks, but, at the same time, it also has so many stresses. It’s a 24-hour job, seven days a week. One of the things I’m still learning is when to take a break and put down work. It’s important to have your mind rest so you come back energized and creative. What are a few of your goals and dreams for the future? Jacquelyn: There are so many cool products and brands that we love and fit our aesthetic, so we want to support other small businesses by selling their products to our customers through our "Found & Curated" page. The idea is to have a full lifestyle brand where you can come to our site for jewelry, but then also scoop up these clothes, home goods, and accessories all in one place. Elizabeth: We’ve already surpassed so many goals we had early on, from Vogue to being carried in awesome national retailers like Anthropologie and Neiman Marcus. For the future, it’s hard to imagine the possibilities. I would say a new goal is to be more of a nationally-known brand. We’re Southern girls, and the Southeast loves Twine & Twig. I would love to have more presence on the West Coast and in cool cities across the US. info twineandtwigstyle.com @twineandtwigstyle


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These 22 Charlotte movers and shakers have helped inspire and support Twine & Twig's artistic efforts. Their individual creative energies extend in a variety of directions, from fitness to fashion to news reporting. Each of them answered a few of our top questions including: 1. What advice would you give to your younger self 10 years ago? 2. Do you have a local philanthropy near and dear to your heart? 3. What is your favorite Charlotte-based Instagram account to follow? 4. What inspires you or sparks your creativity? 5. What are your top 3 most played bands on Spotify? Then, after we got to know each other a little better, these locals showed off — at Camp North End — how they like to wear Twine & Twig with their own unique looks. See the extended version on qcexclusive.com.


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— My Words of Advice Everything will work out better than you could imagine. A Local Charity I Support I have recently worked with Furniture For Good. They help people transition out of homelessness. My Favorite Charlotte Instagram To Follow I love Ariel Perry's account @arielperry. What Inspires Me I'm inspired by my vintage finds and hunting for vintage pieces. My Top 3 On Spotify Jay-Z, Common, and Floetry.

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My Words of Advice Follow your instinct. Do not care what people think. A Local Charity I Support Second Harvest Food Bank Metrolina. My Favorite Charlotte Instagram To Follow No one. What Inspires Me My love for teaching makes me write children's books. My Top 3 On Spotify The Rolling Stones, Queen, and The Beatles.

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— My Words of Advice Tune out the noise. Also: Read more. Scroll less. A Local Charity I Support I've been involved with Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Carolinas Chapter for more than a decade. My Favorite Charlotte Instagram To Follow @dressmyroom What Inspires Me Interior design, fashion, and seeing the work of other artists. My Top 3 On Spotify Megan Thee Stallion, Stevie Nicks, and Lizzo.

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— My Words of Advice Spend more time with yourself.

— My Words of Advice Dreams don't come true by chance. They come true by willing them into reality.

A Local Charity I Support Inspire the Fire. My Favorite Charlotte Instagram To Follow @pagefehling for being the ultimate hype woman and heralding the talents of our city’s hidden gems and people. What Inspires Me Immersing myself in learning about a process or culture is one of my happiest places. My Top 3 On Spotify Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Marley and the Wailers, and The Beatles.

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A Local Charity I Support For me, it's a business like Kimpton, with their powerful emphasis on diversity and community outreach. My Favorite Charlotte Instagram To Follow @qcexclusive What Inspires Me Style itself and world culture. My Top 3 On Spotify Alina Baraz, Partynextdoor, and Giveon.


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— My Words of Advice Work with Nikkeia Lee to set up our mission and goals for Stomp Chomp and Roll.

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— My Words of Advice To understand that experiences are better than things.

A Local Charity I Support Possibility Project Charlotte.

A Local Charity I Support I really appreciate the Hashtag Lunch Bag effort.

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My Favorite Charlotte Instagram To Follow I don't have one. I use it to connect with friends to see if there is a way I can help them or if it is their birthday.

My Favorite Charlotte Instagram To Follow @itstheblock_

What Inspires Me Filling bellies to create moments of love and connection.

What Inspires Me New environments allow me to gain different perspectives on life, and in turn utilize that in my creative process.

My Top 3 On Spotify John Brown's Body, Outkast, and Bob Marley.

My Top 3 On Spotify Chloe x Halle, Jhene Aiko, and Beyonce.

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— My Words of Advice Keep doing your thing and the success will follow. A Local Charity I Support The Conscious Kid. My Favorite Charlotte Instagram To Follow @twineandtwigstyle. Their feed always reminds me to relax and enjoy life… in style! What Inspires Me I see color combinations in the wild and get ideas off of that, then have to go turn that color story into something. My Top 3 On Spotify Trevor Hall, Eklo, and Guts.


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PAM STOWE STYLE ICON AND PHILANTHROPIST

— My Words of Advice Be yourself! Wear exactly what YOU like, with joy! Smile at everyone. Give compliments and hugs freely. Walk into every room like you own it and you will! A Local Charity I Support Stand for Animals. My Favorite Charlotte Instagram To Follow @thequeencitystyle What Inspires Me Being around other creative people! My Top 3 On Spotify Oh, dear- I don’t listen to much music. I’m constantly listening to books on audible.com or to NPR.

IRINA TOSHKOVA TOSHKOVA FINE ART ADVISORY

— My Words of Advice Have patience with everything that is unsolved in your heart, live fearlessly in the question. A Local Charity I Support The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. My Favorite Charlotte Instagram To Follow @thequeencitystyle What Inspires Me I am deeply inspired by people who will stop at nothing to make a positive difference in other people’s lives. My Top 3 On Spotify Helado Negro, Snoh Aalegra, and Blackcoffee.


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— My Words of Advice Stay in the moment, enjoy the ride, and trust your journey! A Local Charity I Support The Birthday Project. My Favorite Charlotte Instagram To Follow I'm constantly following local businesses as a way of putting them on my "to eat" list! What Inspires Me Obviously travel has been more of a challenge here lately and I have been turning to Instagram, design books (oh how I love a good design book) and last, but not least, my daughter, Austen! My Top 3 On Spotify Khalid American Teen, The Obamas 2019 Summer Playlist, and Lana Del Rey.

CAROLINE ELLIOTT CLTSTRONG

— My Words of Advice I would tell myself not to waste my potential — Nelson Mandela once said that "There is no passion to be found playing small — in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." Living small is no way to live! A Local Charity I Support I'm a big fan of the Novant Health Foundation. My Favorite Charlotte Instagram To Follow @glorydaysapparel What Inspires Me Helping people! I am inspired by making life easier for other people. Fixing a problem sparks my creativity. My Top 3 On Spotify Oh, now we're getting personal! Chris Stapleton, Maggie Rogers, and Dixie Chicks.


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JAN CORRELL SILVER IS THE NEW BLONDE

— My Words of Advice Do not be afraid to just be who you are.

— My Words of Advice Believe in all those crazy ideas you dream up and make them happen.

A Local Charity I Support Safe Alliance.

A Local Charity I Support Dress for Success.

My Favorite Charlotte Instagram To Follow I love @Mirandainclt

My Favorite Charlotte Instagram To Follow @napoletanoart

What Inspires Me Other women in business. Their passion and drive inspires me.

What Inspires Me Knowing that my creativity inspires others. For example; the New York Times found me and featured me. I would never ever have imagined this.

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My Top 3 On Spotify Lots of wedding songs because I'm getting married next month, Justin Timberlake, and 90s Hip Hop.

My Top 3 On Amazon Music The Top Pop, Platinum Pop, and Jimmy Buffett Stations.

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— My Words of Advice Be confident in your value and talents when negotiating contracts. A Local Charity I Support The Sandbox. This organization works with families of children with cancer and lifealtering diseases. My Favorite Charlotte Instagram To Follow @bellybybalia and mine of course: @liberateyourpalate_ What Inspires Me Boredom. My Top 3 On Spotify My top 3 genres would be Hip Hop/Rap, 90’s R&B, and House.


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— My Words of Advice Be more active on social media. Even though you don't like it, there's still value in using it. A Local Charity I Support The Dream Center. You can get more info at cltdc.org. My Favorite Charlotte Instagram To Follow @nicheculturedflow What Inspires Me Doing what I love, and doing it well. My Top 3 On Spotify Lil Baby, Drake, and Louis The Child.

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— My Words of Advice Be true to yourself, and people will love you for who you are.

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— My Words of Advice To stay true to who I am, and not try to fit into what others think I should be.

A Local Charity I Support Levine Children’s Hospital. I was involved in a traumatic pedestrian motor accident my sophomore year of highschool and LCH saved my life.

A Local Charity I Support Carolina Breast Friends.

My Favorite Charlotte Instagram To Follow @kkbloomboutique What Inspires Me I find it in the little things.

What Inspires Me It can be an image, or a conversation with someone that exposes a need. I have always been inspired by beautiful things and people.

My Top 3 On Spotify The Chicks, DaBaby, and Frank Ocean.

My Top 3 On Spotify For King & Country, Goo Goo Dolls, and Drake.

My Favorite Charlotte Instagram To Follow @qcexclusive, of course!

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— My Words of Advice Stay the course…you are on it. A Local Charity I Support Drums for Cures. My Favorite Charlotte Instagram To Follow @revolutionclothiers What Inspires Me Insomnia. My Top 3 On Spotify Tyler Childers, Sturgill Simpson, Doug Clark and the Hot Nuts.

LORI SHAW RENAISSANCE PERIODIZATION

— My Words of Advice Really and truly - don't sweat the small stuff! A Local Charity I Support Breast Cancer Research Foundation. I was diagnosed in January and just completed treatment. My Favorite Charlotte Instagram To Follow I love @lindseyreganthorne — she's like your most fun mom friend with ALL the insider beauty tips! What Inspires Me Teaching people how to make healthy foods that taste amazing. My Top 3 On Spotify The Beatles, Kelly Clarkson and anything 90's country.

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TIERANY GRIFFIN KYLE MURRAY DAVITA GALLOWAY DUPP & SWAT, Answers by Davita Galloway

— My Words of Advice You have to be just as diligent about your self-care-me-time as you are about your professional appointments. A Local Charity I Support Crownkeepers. My Favorite Charlotte Instagram To Follow @ourbrickhousestyle @studiocultivate What Inspires Me My experiences maneuvering this lifetime as a black woman, but also my inner inclinations and nudges to do and purge. My Top 3 On Spotify Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce, India.Arie.

LYDIA LUNDGREN COSTUME CREATIVE

— My Words of Advice Don’t waste energy trying to fit where you don’t; the perfect fit is out there. A Local Charity I Support I love Speak Up Magazine because it gives people experiencing homelessness tools to tell their story while creating income. My Favorite Charlotte Instagram To Follow @wildsagemama: her feed’s full of flowers, kittens, family jam sessions and kids running free in the woods. What Inspires Me Color. Whether in nature, art, or even places like underground parking lots — vivid colors always ignite my imagination. My Top 3 On Spotify Alt-J, LSD (Labrynth, Sia, Diplo), Gungor.

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GALLERIES OF THE QUEEN CITY Featuring ANNE NEILSON FINE ART | ELDER GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART LACA PROJECTS | SHAIN GALLERY

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FINE ART

ANNE NEILSON FINE ART Charlotte, NC

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nne Neilson Fine Art (ANFA), conveniently located in the heart of SouthPark, proudly represents more than 60 artists worldwide. Their team offers a variety of works ranging from emerging to established and world-renowned artists. The gallery itself is an exquisite 5,200 square foot light-dappled space, with a concentration on vibrant and contemporary curatorial programming. It has been both the personal and professional mission of Anne Neilson (artist, author and gallery owner) to elevate artists while giving back to charitable organiza-

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tions whose tireless efforts make an impact on the lives of those in our community. Since its inception six years ago, ANFA has donated 10% of the gallery’s revenue each month to a different non-profit organization resulting in over $500,000 donations to organizations such as The Harvest Center, The Augustine Literacy Project, Samaritan's Feet, Fashion for Compassion, and, most recently, The Arts Empowerment Project. Be sure to stop in and experience the transformative power of art at ANFA while making life a bit brighter for those in need.

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CONTEMPORARY ART

ELDER GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART Charlotte, NC

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ocated in the heart of vibrant South End, Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art represents a robust variety of contemporary artists who create in a broad range of mediums. The gallery exhibits museum quality glass, paintings, sculpture, mixed media works, drawings and collage. Our diverse roster of artists work locally, nationally and internationally, and our frequently changing exhibitions offer purposeful programming that invites introspection, dialogue and engagement with the artists. The light-filled gallery is a place where contemporary art can be experienced and acquired. We specialize in assisting new and seasoned collectors, as well as corporate clients, design professionals, and

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institutions build quality collections from our emerging, mid-career and established artists. We are dedicated to a personalized, professional approach that includes concierge service to save our clients time and accommodate schedules outside of regular gallery hours. Even those among us who cannot put oil to canvas, carve stone into shape or coax molten glass into sculpture can appreciate and learn from the artist’s interpretation of the human experience. Through their chosen mediums, our artists tell stories that broaden our perspective and foster understanding. At Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art, we always look forward to welcoming you. Come curious. Leave inspired.

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LACA PROJECTS FreeMore West

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atin American Contemporary Art (LaCa) Projects, established in 2013, is a uniquely beautiful gallery located in Uptown Charlotte. With a satellite office in Buenos Aires, LaCa Projects is a multi-faceted, cultural enterprise consisting of an art gallery, creative studios, and a café. Founded by Argentinian art collector Walter Dolhare, Creative Director Juan Dolhare, and former Mint Museum Chief Development Officer Neely Verano, the gallery’s mission is to create a gateway for connecting contemporary Latin American artists with the increasingly diversify-

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ing arts scene of Charlotte, as well as to provide a location in the Southeast region of the United States for art collectors to develop and foster an appreciation for the visually striking narrative of contemporary Latin American art. In addition to its ongoing exhibitions and related programming, LaCa Projects remains a significant contributor to the rapidly-growing arts scene in Charlotte through numerous collaborations and partnerships, and is a strong participant in the arts at a national and international level.

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FINE ART

SHAIN GALLERY Charlotte, NC

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fter Gaby Shain first opened the doors in 1998, Shain Gallery has become not only one of Charlotte's top art destinations but also one of the most influential galleries in the Southeast. For twenty years, Gaby spotlighted Charlotte's local artists while also bringing new artwork to the community. The gallery has built up an impressive clientele in the process. Carrying on that legacy is former Gallery Director and now owner Sybil Godwin. Sybil continues to uphold Gaby's precedent by spotlighting upand-coming artists, such as Louisiana's Lynn Sanders, bringing in new works and supporting Shain's current artists.

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Shain Gallery offers works from over forty artists at varying values allowing anyone a chance to find a piece they can afford. To ease even the most novice of collectors into Charlotte's growing arts scene, Shain Gallery offers consultation and acquisition assistance, and will travel to a client's home with a piece. "It's one of my favorite parts of my job," says Sybil. "I encourage it. You kind of have to see the painting in your home before you buy it." Visit Shain Gallery in the heart of Myers Park to see their impressive selection and upcoming exhibits.

Charlotte, NC

704-334-7744

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INTERIOR DESIGNER

PHEASANT HILL DESIGNS Charlotte, NC

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stablished by owner and lead designer Kendra Tardif White, Pheasant Hill Designs has been offering their expert interior design services and creating beautiful spaces and homes throughout the city since 2001. From communicating with homeowners, contractors, architects, and even vendors, Kendra and her team are able to provide their clients peace of mind knowing their home will be in the most capable of hands, without the worries that renovations often bring. Kendra’s style is a rather unique blend of timeless pieces and fabrics influenced by her time spent living in Spain and traveling throughout Europe. “Living in a foreign country really molds kendra@pheasanthilldesigns.com • 704-604-0167

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your ideas of culture, aesthetics, and beauty,” she explains, “but I have been in Charlotte for twenty years, so at this point Charlotte is definitely home.” Kendra’s approach to design is collaborative and organized, with a personal dynamic that is customized for every client. “I believe that we as designers are charged with translating our clients’ style and lifestyles into their most personal of spaces… their home.” Whether it is a home addition, project management, a kitchen renovation, or full service Interior Design, Pheasant Hill Designs always delivers a finished project with their client in mind, leaving them with a beautiful home and an enjoyable experience.

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KELLY CRUZ INTERIORS Charlotte, NC

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elly Cruz, of Charlotte’s Kelly Cruz Interiors, has been in the interior industry for over 25 years. Today, she helms a thriving, full-service design firm after identifying a love for art, space planning, and geometrics early in her college career. More than anything, Kelly says, it’s the diversity of design that keeps her interested and passionate about the work on a daily basis. She is an expert at navigating this diversity, and at suiting her clients’ taste with the architecture of the structure. If she has one signature, it’s that every space Kelly touches is comfortable and approachable. Her process starts simply, like a good, honest conversation between friends:

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Through this conversation, Kelly can learn what she needs for a great fit between the clients and their home. From there, Kelly creates a nurturing feeling in the home she’s working on through reliable, bold colors used as accents on a foundation of neutrals. She also coaches clients in accessorizing their homes in a curated fashion, rather than placing items to “fill the spot.” Collections of art and accessories that are meaningful to the clients add to the comfort they can experience in their homes. While skill in her craft is imperative, integrity is everything to the success of Kelly Cruz Interiors for many more years to come.

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JACLYN EHRLICH INTERIOR DESIGN Charlotte, NC

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ocusing on residential design in the Charlotte area, Jaclyn Ehrlich utilizes her keen eye for style and color to provide beautifully unique spaces for her clients. After many creative and artistic endeavors from New York City to the Queen City, the busy mother of four found a love for interior design and opened her own design firm. Her personal design style is cultivated from her travels around the world; namely the white, clean spaces of the Mediterranean and the feel, charm, and history of European country estates. She appreciates neat lines, natural materials, and amazing architecture. Jaclyn says, “Having a love and

appreciation for many styles allows me to tap into what my clients really want — spaces that reflect them, their personality and things they love.” Helping clients find and define their style is rewarding and essential to Jaclyn’s creative process. Jaclyn’s personal favorite projects occur when her clients allow her creative freedom to express her visions for them. Being a specialist in top level full service project management and high-end project design, Jaclyn considers her designs with great intention. She prides herself in the ability to take care of all the client’s details, resulting in an amazing finished space.

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BLACK DOVE INTERIORS Charlotte, NC

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mber Cagle, the founder of Black Dove Interiors, has always exhibited a special passion for art and design. Following her graduation from Appalachian State University’s interior design program, she worked eight years at a local commercial architecture firm. When the recession hit, Amber packed her bags and her little dog and moved to Cordoba, Argentina. For over two years, she honed her design skills working on projects all over the world, from Dubai to L.A. “There’s nothing like a foreign expat experience to enrich and enliven your life and career, and to challenge and strengthen you,” says Amber. “Nothing can compare to that experience, and it broadened my design and architecture skills tenfold.”

With a bit of faith and a big dream, Amber returned to Charlotte four years ago and founded her firm Black Dove Interiors. Designing both residential and commercial properties, Amber’s team treats every new project with a personal approach. This ensures that the client’s style and needs are reflected in everything from the overall concept down to the very last accessory. “We believe in creating unique, truly special places, where spaces turn into stories,” explains Amber. “Each project should unfold over time, to reveal spaces that redefine expectations, create an art out of atmosphere, and leave a lasting imprint on an emotional level.”

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