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F E AT U R E S
A Reflection In Words & Material Thoughts and works by Charlotte artists as they navigated and created during the past year-plus.
In All Its Glory The photographers capturing the beauty of the Charlotte skyline.
Charlotte's Must See Pieces Discover more of Charlotte’s art scene in some unexpected places.
COVER PHOTO BY Justin Potter
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CULTURE ARTS • STYLE • WELLNESS
Some for all. One For Some Democratizing art, one alley at a time.
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Where To Find Carolina’s Best Art A look into NC's galleries and museums.
Tiny Gods The story behind the Charlotte jewelry shop.
Life Reimagined Artist Adrian Chu Redmond creates to energize.
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The Work of John Leslie Breck An exhibition at The Mint Museum Uptown.
Fine Art For All Artists who have kept us inspired during 2021.
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e have always valued creators and artists. There are many reasons: We respect talent, effort, precision, dedication. And, in our business, we rely on these people every day. Creatives are the ones who make our magazines possible, from graphic artists and illustrators to photographers and writers. So, each year, when we get to share our annual Arts & Culture Issue with our readers, we take great pride in curating the very best content full of the finest stories, artists, galleries, and creators the Queen City has to offer. We feel this year's issue is no different. We share an amazing show at The Mint Museum, see the glass creations of Hot Glass Alley, the jewelry work at Tiny Gods, and beautiful art from Adrian Chu. We share our lists of local artists and photographers, step into an artistic Alair Homes renovation, and explore some other truly well-designed spaces. In our travel section, we visit a Lake Lure property, take an art retreat to the mountains, and visit the state's capital to check out some museums and galleries. In our Exclusives section we showcase some of our favorite art pieces in the city, see the work of some of the most talented Charlotte photographers, and hear from some of our favorite artists on their experiences this past year. We hope you enjoy, and remember to support the arts, a hugely integral part of the progress of every great city! Sincerely, Jon-Paul Grice, Art Director Brett Barter, Publisher
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September 18, 2021–January 2, 2022 • Mint Museum Uptown Step into a world of en plein air sketch classes and sun-dappled flower fields as you explore more than 70 iconic paintings by 19th-century artist John Leslie Breck, who helped bring the Impressionist style and techniques of Claude Monet to the United States.
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Hot Glass Alley, a gallery and hot glass studio, was originally founded in Pennsylvania in 2013. However, when the time came to relocate, founder Jake Pfeifer compared the respective advantages of nine different candidates for relocation. Our Queen City triumphed over Charleston, Wilmington, Savannah, Myrtle Beach, Sarasota, Alexandria, St. Augustine, and Bernardsville, NJ in 2013. Since then, Pfeifer and his team have hunkered down in their NoDa location, well off the beaten path, quietly establishing themselves as one of Charlotte’s greatest hidden gems. Inside Hot Glass Alley, you’ll find one-of-a-kind pieces, live demonstrations, and classes led by talented instructors. The gallery displays glass pieces that take various forms including bowls, vases, drinkware, candle holders, paperweights, and ornaments. Some pieces are standalone, while others belong to a series that centers on a visual or conceptual theme. Every piece adheres to Pfeifer’s guiding philosophy: “Some for all. One for some.” Pfeifer and his team strive to create some pieces that can
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be owned and experienced by anyone, which is why they create some art pieces for the enjoyment of all. “I believe that everyone should be able to own handmade glass art,” explains Pfeifer. They also set aside time to create unique, complex, possibly one-of-a-kind pieces that are only affordable to some. The design process for most commissions or “one for some” pieces—whether the piece is utilitarian or for display— begins with Pfeifer, who is not only Hot Glass Alley’s founder, but also its lead artist. Even so, the design and creation of larger or more complex works is a collaborative process.“We often all sit together and brainstorm on pieces and we draw them out on the shop floor with chalk so that we can see what it will look like,” explains Pfeifer. After the design stage, Pfeifer’s process makes ample use of a variety of traditional glass blowing techniques, including Venetian and Swedish methods, as well as Reticello, Encalmo, Engraving, Sandblasting, and Sculpting techniques. These techniques imbue the piece with color, manipulate shape, offer contour, and more.
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FINE ART FOR ALL The fine artists of Charlotte who have kept us inspired during 2021.
words SUNNY HUBLER and ELEANOR MERRELL photos JAMEY PRICE
As Charlotte and its art scene continue to explode in tandem, our city is diversifying and becoming more interesting through the lens of its most creative members. While there are many forms of art and many homes for that art here in Charlotte, this is a small selection of the painters, fine art photographers, sculptors and more whose work embodies the city’s texture. We encourage you to engage with, support, and explore their many pieces, and perhaps even bring one home for yourself. 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 the McColl Center. Her work often revolves around repetition, patterning, and geometric shapes and is often inspired by sustainability efforts.
Mary Kamerer Award-winning artist Mary Kamerer is an oil painter based in Charlotte, NC. Kamerer grew up in Pittsburgh and made Charlotte her home over 30 years ago. Primarily known for her oil paintings, Kamerer is also highly-skilled in a variety of arts, such as ceramics, watercolor, stained glass, and photography. Gordon C. James James’ fine art portfolio is broken into five sections: origin story, romantic paintings, portraits, figure drawing, and sketchbook. He is also an award-winning children’s book illustrator and a former McColl Center resident. Jessica Dunston Jessica is an analog photographer who specializes in portrait and lifestyle photography. Her style focuses on showcasing the richness and depth of brown skin, as well as the beauty and vulnerability of her different subjects.
Charlotte Foust UNCC graduate and abstract expressionist painter Charlotte Foust is based in North Carolina but displays in galleries all throughout the county. She’s been painting for over 20 years, and relies heavily on the use of line, mark, and bold gestures in her work.
Amy Bagwell Amy Bagwell, co-founder of Goodyear Arts and the Wall Poems project, writes first, then produces assemblages inspired by her poetry. In Charlotte, she has shown her work at the Mint Museum and Papercut Gallery.
Nico Amortegui Since age 15, Nico has been active in the fields of photography, design, and visual arts. A product of a large, close-knit family, Nico grew up surrounded by artists, learning carpentry, photography, interior design, and painting. Throughout his 20s, he focused on photography, traveling throughout the US to shoot for various modeling agencies, as well as surf and skate magazines.
Logan Cyrus After a six year rotation in the military, Logan Cyrus attended the Art Institute of Charlotte to pursue courses in photography. Now, he is an award-winning photojournalist whose work has been included in the New York Times’ Year in Pictures and Time Magazine’s Top 100 Photos of 2016. Find his work online and in many of your favorite local and national publications.
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CULTURE From left to right: Jax Jackson, Kristen van Diggelen Sloan, Anne Harkness, Nicholas Stewart
Jax Jackson Now the owner and curator of Jax Abstracts and Acrylix & Kanvas, gestural painter Jax Jackson is an accomplished abstract artist in Charlotte and beyond. He also dedicates his time to the community by helping individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities create art through collaboration programs.
Grace Stott 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.
Kristen van Diggelen Sloan In the interest of full disclosure, 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.
Chris Austin Photographer Chris Austin has captured some of Charlotte’s most iconic and breathtaking skyline photos. His fine art photography portfolio also includes landscape shots from around the country. Although he has exhibited his work, you’re most likely to find Austin’s photographs on his website.
Molly Wright 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 and her work can currently be found online.
Amy Herman Amy Herman, who is a co-founder of Goodyear Arts and 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.
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. Anne Harkness Fine artist Anne Harkness has dabbled in many mediums: crayon, pencil, watercolor, and photography. Several years ago, she found her home in oil painting. Today, she is represented by Providence Gallery in Charlotte, and by Vision Gallery in Morehead City.
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Nicholas Stewart Nicholas received his MFA in painting from Radford University. He now resides in Charlotte, where he has developed his career as a professional artist and lead instructor at Braitman Studio. He finds much of his visual inspiration for his work from cathedrals and stained glass windows. for more Charlotte artists qcexclusive.com @qcexclusive
WHERE TO FIND CAROLINA'S BEST ART A look into North Carolina's finest art galleries and museums. words CARRIE DAVIS and CHRISTINA ROFFE photos JAMEY PRICE or courtesy MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
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When it comes to art, North Carolina has a lot to offer, especially for those intrigued by the musings of artists in the Southeast. Whether you’re looking to stroll a gallery or museum right here at home in the Queen City, or to enjoy art across the state, below are some of the most innovative, interesting, and intersectional art destinations in NC today. Anne Neilson Fine Art Located in Charlotte’s luxury retail neighborhood of SouthPark, Anne Neilson Fine Art displays more than fifty different kinds of artists from all over the world. The gallery showcases art of all mediums and styles with a mission to help nonprofit organizations all over the world through donating a portion of its fine art sales. Open Tuesday through Saturday, Anne Neilson is a fresh, eclectic art gallery that illuminates Charlotte.
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Jerald Melberg Gallery Jerald Melberg is a fine art gallery that exhibits art chosen with the utmost care. The gallery seeks to display art that is “visually poetic and transcends the everyday.” Jerald Melberg himself has been involved in fine art for over forty years, previously as curator at the Mint Museum. His gallery offers rotating themed exhibitions that can last around one to four months. Shain Gallery Known as one of the finest contemporary art providers in the Southeast, Shain Gallery offers colorful and modern art. The fine art gallery is located in the Myers Park neighborhood of Charlotte and showcases forty acclaimed artists from all over. Offering an annual schedule of exhibitions, Shain Gallery is also open Monday through Sunday to view art at your preference.
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Sozo Gallery Sozo Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located in Plaza Midwood that specializes in inspiring soulful connections. Sozo brings art from local, national, and international artists to the Charlotte area. Rotating art every 4 to 6 weeks, there is always something new going on at Sozo. The space is open every week from Tuesday to Saturday. Picture House Gallery Picture House brings over 40 years of expertise, making it one of Charlotte’s original resources for major collectors and institutions. The gallery showcases styles ranging from traditional to abstract, and their eclectic collection features oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, and a variety of sculptures by nationally and internationally recognized artists. For gallery owner Bob Griffin, however, a unique collection isn’t enough: He believes not only in offering great art, but also in providing great
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services. All art in the gallery is owned by Griffin, and he and his team also offer appraisals, placement, custom framing, and restoration services to meet their clients’ every art need. The Charlotte Museum of History The Charlotte Museum of History is a nonprofit museum that aims to share and preserve Charlotte’s eccentric history. Located in East Charlotte, the museum also showcases the Hezekiah Alexander House, which is the oldest house in Mecklenburg County. Open to the public only one Saturday a month, the Charlotte Museum of History is a must-see for Charlotte natives. Ackland Art Museum Ackland Art Museum was founded by William Hayes Ackland: His goal was to establish a museum that would expose those in the Southeast to influential artwork. Located in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, this museum contains a wide range of international artwork, from influential European and American pieces to Japanese objects. Open Wednesday to Sunday, Ackland Art Museum is a fantastic option for fans of artwork from all over the world. The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art Located in Winston-Salem, The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art
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houses gorgeous contemporary art focused on human expression. Exhibitions are centered around the Southeastern states, but also include other American contemporary artists. The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art also offers performances, educational programs, social programs, and more. You can stop by from Wednesday to Sunday. Gallery C Gallery C, located in Raleigh, has a wide range of artwork, including Haitian art, folk art, North Carolina art, and much more. Gallery C works to exhibit influential artwork for private collectors, museums, and corporations. It is located in the RussEdwards House, built by William Marcellus Russ, who served as Mayor of Raleigh from 1895 to 1898. Gallery C is open from Tuesday to Saturday if you’re looking to check out its distinctive collection. Mint Museum North Carolina’s very first art museum, The Mint has one of the largest collections of art in the greater Southeast. The museum offers two locations in Uptown and Randolph showcasing collections of American, Contemporary, and European art. The museum offers events for all ages making it a family friendly environment. Offering a variety of different exhibits every year, The Mint Museum is rightfully one of the most popular museums in Charlotte.
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is a unique and elegant museum exhibiting work from the mid 20th century. The museum specializes in displaying work from prestigious artists such as Picasso and Warhol. The Bechtler is a gorgeous museum with some of the most sought-after art in Charlotte. Elder Gallery Elder Gallery is a contemporary art gallery aiming to connect Charlotteans through the experience of art. Representing a booming variety of artists, Elder Gallery mainly displays fine glass art and paintings. Different exhibits showcase different human experiences. Open to the public each Friday and Saturday, Elder Gallery is a great place to appreciate and experience one-of-akind art. Weatherspoon Art Museum Weatherspoon Art Museum holds one of the best and biggest collections of modern and contemporary art in the Southeast. Located at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, it is open to everyone and presents not only student work, but professional work as well. You can stop by and experience their many exhibitions, or partake in their many other programs, including lectures, panel discussions, social events, and more.
CULTURE Asheville Art Museum The Asheville Art Museum has a rich history and is a great place to visit for artwork from the 20th and 21st centuries. You can check out artwork from Western North Carolina and Southern Appalachia, the Cherokee Indians, and artists from local Black Mountain College. You can find many historic contemporary pieces here: it’s a great stop for those interested in Western North Carolina’s history. Greenville Museum of Art Established in 1959, the Greenville Museum of Art has both new and permanent collections. These collections include North Carolina Pottery, a Kenneth Noland Gallery, and much more. The gallery has year-round tours and programs so you will always have something new to experience when you visit. Elizabeth Ellison Gallery Located in Bryson City, Elizabeth Ellison Gallery displays the gorgeous landscape
artwork of Elizabeth Ellison. Being of Occaneechi Indian descent, Ellison often paints using Indigenous American motifs. In her paintings, she includes the vast landscapes, animals, humans, and wildflowers of the Smokies region. Ambleside Gallery Ambleside Gallery has had many homes, from Manchester, England to Grosse Pointe, Michigan to its current location in Greensboro, North Carolina. The gallery started with a distinctive British art collection, and now holds artists from everywhere, including the US, Japan, England, France, and more. The gallery holds an exclusive collection by the Chinese artist, Guan Weixing, among many other international artwork in different mediums. Jonas Gerard Fine Art Jonas Gerard Fine Art is home to the creative and colorful works of Jonas Gerard. Jonas is a self-taught artist who uses music to influence his works of art, especially
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Afro-Cuban music that he grew up with. Located in the River Arts District of Asheville, you can experience Jonas Gerard’s many different styles, including abstract, illustrative, three-dimensional, and more. A visit to this gallery will leave you feeling inspired and positively influenced by the intuitive artwork. Blue Spiral 1 With a rich history in Asheville, Blue Spiral 1 brings local artists to the public through stunning exhibitions. The gallery was founded by John Cram who was enthralled by the Asheville scene and wanted to bring its local artwork to life. You can check out thematic group exhibitions and individual artwork on the lower level, and work by a diverse group of more than 100 represented artists on the upper level.
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LIFE REIMAGINED Artist Adrian Chu Redmond creates to energize. words ELEANOR MERRELL
Adrian Chu Redmond earned a marketing degree from Boston College before working in the corporate world for over two decades. She was nearly 50 years old when a series of art lessons set her on an entirely different career path. Now, she is an internationally-acclaimed artist who uses her creative gifts to pin down the ephemeral with a blend of realism and abstraction. With bold brush strokes and bright colors, Adrian Chu Redmond captures moments easily overlooked and thrusts them before the viewer with vibrancy and energy in an effort to inspire joy, admiration, and an appreciation of the beauty in everything. “I don’t want anyone to walk by one of my works without feeling something,” says Redmond.
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Creating Within a Glass House — Perhaps Redmond’s mid-life career change could have been predicted. She did, after all, grow up in the shadow of her artistic mother. She spent her childhood in a glass house, surrounded by nature, learning to create art from whatever she and her mother could. “My mother was an integral part of my love of art,” says Redmond. “If her innate love of creating wasn’t a part of my upbringing, I don’t believe my passion would run as deep as it does.” Redmond still creates in something of a glass house, in the sense that there is only a thin barrier between her work and the arts community of Charlotte. Creativity and inspiration stream
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“To be surrounded by fellow artists and friends is very creatively fulfilling.” through the glass from both sides, illuminating and inspiring. Redmond creates from her studio at the Dilworth Artisan Station, a historic warehouse in South End that is a rising hub for creative activity. “To be surrounded by fellow artists and friends is very creatively fulfilling. The energy is perfect for gallery crawls and inviting clients to come see my work and discuss it in person.”
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She has also participated in public curated art projects, including The Windows of Hope, which showcased 13 artists in three South End buildings, and Amplify the Signal, which beautified utility boxes along South Boulevard. But her favorite annual, community art activity is spending a day painting with the patients at the Levine Children’s Hospital. “Art is healing, and to
see these children absorbed in a creative activity, worry and pain-free even if just for a moment, fills the soul of everyone involved,” explains Redmond. It’s Only the Beginning — Despite having showcased her work throughout Italy, Spain, and the Carolinas, Adrian Chu Redmond’s career is only just beginning.
“I don’t want anyone to walk by one of my works without feeling something.” So, what’s next for this creative talent? “I am in the midst of a very exciting collaboration with a world-renowned fashion designer, where one of my paintings will be made into material for the focus of an exclusive capsule collection,” reveals Redmond. No matter where her art takes her after this next project, Redmond’s advice to herself will be the same: “To believe in what I do so I will continue to do it better, to remember where there is light there is hope, and to take the time to pause often and be grateful for all you love and have in your life. And in everything, give thanks.” Her work can be viewed and purchased from Dilworth Artisan Station, Galleries 811, her website, and her Instagram. info adrianchuredmond.com / @adrianchuredmond
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THE WORK OF JOHN LESLIE BRECK An exhibition you won't want to miss at The Mint Museum Uptown.
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Inspired by The Mint Museum’s 2016 acquisition of John Leslie Breck’s canvas Suzanne Hoschedé-Monet Sewing, this exhibition includes approximately 70 of Breck’s finest works, drawn from public and private collections as well as the illustrious Terra Foundation collection of American art. Many of the works in the exhibition have not been on public view in more than a century. The show will run September 18, 2021 – January 2, 2022. In addition to Breck’s landscapeinspired works, the exhibition highlights his exploration of new styles and approaches to painting in the years before his early death at the age of 38. More than 10 related paintings by Breck’s French and American Impressionist colleagues, including Theodore Robinson, Willard Metcalf, and Lila Cabot Perry, are also featured in the exhibition.
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Charlotte’s premier plus-size boutique showcases iconic styles and sophistication while embracing body types traditionally underrepresented in fashion. words LIZA CARRASQUILLO
Fashion has always been meant to serve as a form of selfexpression—a way for people to show off their style and feel confident in the way they look. For so long, however, popular fashion brands have served as gatekeepers to who could and couldn’t have the options necessary to truly access the fashion world. Worthy Figures aims to change that. As a sophisticated plus-size boutique, Worthy Figures not only keeps sizes that many other shops lack, but also offers an echelon of trendy styles and fun items. “I’m a native North Carolinian and grew up in the Charlotte area,” says Amy Crowe, owner and founder of Worthy Figures. “[But] finding clothes that fit and that I loved seemed too often to be mutually exclusive.” Instead of being forced to settle for bland clothing that didn’t suit her style, Crowe started doing research into the industry to
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find what worked for her body and where to purchase items she liked. She brings all that knowledge and experience together to run Worthy Figures. Through her store at Charlotte Collective, she offers professional styling and shopping services. “I look to so many plus-size fashion influencers,” says Crowe about her personal inspirations. “Nicolette Manson, Gabi Gregg, Alex Michael May, and so many more. For me, it’s important to see women that represent what I’m all about.” In addition to bringing her customers a wealth of stylish options, Crowe is also all about helping each shopper find something that speaks to their confidence and happiness. “Body positivity has really become a trendy thing lately that’s losing its true meaning,” notes Crowe. “I’ve shifted more to talking about body image and body acceptance.”
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CULTURE While it might take time to unlearn the negative and harmful things that can impact an individual’s body image, Worthy Figures exists to be ready to support clients through that process however possible. That’s why building a community, not just a store, is so important to Crowe. “Before Worthy Figures…there really wasn’t anywhere for women to shop that was exclusively plus size offering a boutique shopping experience,” says Crowe. “I wanted to create a space for community, diversity and acceptance.” That space has evolved beyond just shopping, especially with the creation of Femme Club CLT, which Crowe co-founded. Femme Club CLT organizes events throughout the year that give women a space to feel included and valued, no matter their background. Big plans are also underway for Worthy Figures as Crowe continues to grow her business. “I’d love to see Worthy Figures do more pop-up events, carry more styles, and hopefully one day have our own line of clothing,” she says. Interested shoppers can learn more about Worthy Figures by visiting the website or by scheduling a personal styling appointment to take advantage of their full shopping services. info worthyfigures.com / @worthyfigures
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THE VOICE BEHIND TINY GODS Discover the story behind the Tiny Gods jewelry store and what its founder has planned for the future. words LIZA CA ARRASQUILLO
Jewelry can take on many forms. It can be a prized heirloom, an eye-catching accessory, and even a simple reminder of a special promise. But one thing that never changes about jewelry is its connection with the wearer. Mary Margaret Beaver understands this. As a jewelry industry veteran, she’s seen firsthand the effect that the right piece of jewelry can have once found by the right wearer. “I’ve been in the jewelry industry since 2001,” notes Mary Margaret. “Upon moving to Charlotte…I ended up landing a shortterm luxury retail position in a fine jewelry boutique, Elizabeth Bruns, that quickly turned into a long-term managerial role.”
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As she moved further into her career, she also saw an opportunity to discover how her passions might evolve if she had the ability to bring her own vision to life. That ultimately led her to open Tiny Gods in Myers Park. Tiny Gods, housed inside a quintessentially Charlotte bungalow, often features collections that have an air of elegance around them without being afraid to play with color and shape. With both an online store and the vibrant, cozy brick-andmortar, Tiny Gods is perfectly poised to create a loyal and eclectic clientele. This has allowed Mary Margaret to continue helping those looking for unique items enjoy a curated shopping
“There is so much talent in the world and it’s such a pleasure and honor to seek it out, bring it to my clientele, and introduce it to Charlotte.” experience—one driven by her hand-picked designers and their raw talent. These designers currently include creatives like Aisha Baker, Daniela Villegas, Silvia Furmanovich, and Anna Maccieri Rossi. “Discovering design talent in the jewelry industry is a passion, and it’s one that’s never waned,” says Mary Margaret about her process in choosing designers. “There is so much talent in the world and it’s such a pleasure and honor to seek it out, bring it to my clientele, and introduce it to Charlotte.” As the Tiny Gods website puts it, “small objects of obsession have a mythos in every culture. They are of private and communal reverence, acting as a medium to energy, spirituality, and love.” This idea of reverence surrounding jewelry fueled Mary Margaret to create a jewelry store where the client’s personal expression was front and center. Sometimes that means helping the client find a gift that’s just right for the recipient, while other times, that means bringing the client into the design process.
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By focusing on connecting clients with pieces that matched their needs inside and out, Tiny Gods quickly became a renowned name in fine jewelry, and one for the modern client who wants a curated, unique fine jewelry buying experience. Still, this newfound attention hasn’t stopped Mary Margaret from staying focused on those who helped her get where she is now. “I am humbled by the support I’ve received from this community…especially doing so at the end of 2020,” affirms Mary Margaret. “I’m so grateful for each and every person that I’m fortunate enough to welcome into Tiny Gods.” As for the future of the business, Mary Margaret sees only the promise of growth and change. “It’s young, but my vision for it is farsighted,” she says. “I hope that Tiny Gods will remain ever evolving.” info tinygods.com / @tinygodsjewelry
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SWAN BEAUTY A new standard for subscription beauty products. words ELEANOR MERRELL
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From Charlotte’s beauty guru Lindsey Regan Thorne and her business partner Leigh Humphrey comes their newest concept: Swan Beauty. It’s a beauty subscription service setting a new precedent for personalized service by combining the insights of data with the expertise of experienced estheticians. Here’s how it works. Subscribers begin with a beauty quiz to provide the company with baseline information about their needs. Next, customers choose whether they would prefer to overhaul their beauty regimen or simply find the perfect product that has been eluding them. One of Swan Beauty’s professional beauty experts then reviews the customer’s information and hand selects products tailored to the customer’s specific needs. The subscriber receives a tester of each product as well as a full size product, so they can then purchase the products that they like and return the items that aren’t needed. These services have attracted teenagers, octogenarians, and everyone in between. Customers rely on Swan Beauty to help them choose their wedding day makeup, refresh their look, learn how to establish a look, or introduce them to something new and different.
its beauty portal, tutorials, and personalization. The beauty portal is where Swan Beauty houses all inventory data and customer data. It operates as a knowledge conduit for Swan Beauty’s experts so they can better match customers’ specific needs and preferences with the right products. Swan Beauty’s service doesn’t end with matching the product to the person. The company goes the extra mile by offering detailed instructions and tutorials on how best to apply their products. From customized skincare regimens to top notch smokey eyes, the Swan Beauty professionals help customers get the most out of their products. Finally, Swan Beauty offers unsurpassed flexibility and personalization. Customers can choose whether to engage with the company as a subscriber or make an “on demand” purchase. Subscribers can change their preferences month-to-month for enhanced flexibility. Although the flexibility is convenient, the personalized products are what really sets Swan Beauty apart. The company’s experts select products specific to the customers unique needs, preferences, and budget. No two boxes are the same.
The Power of Personalization — Swan Beauty has carved out a unique position in the realm of beauty product subscription companies, owing to
Entrepreneur Meets Expert — The Charlotte-based company launched in the fall of 2020 under the direction of Leigh and Lindsey.
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“I feel like we have the perfect complement of skill sets to be in business together.” Leigh worked for 20 years in the fashion/apparel industry for brands such as Louis Vuitton, Saks Fifth Avenue, and VF Corp (The North Face, Timberland, Vans, etc.). She saw firsthand the importance of crafting a personalized experience for customers especially in the luxury sector, which spurred the idea for Swan Beauty. Meanwhile, Lindsey had been honing her skills as a makeup and hair artist by meeting demand for her services across the Carolinas and developing her social media brand. Leigh knew that to give her business the best chance of success, she needed someone with Lindsey’s knowledge and skill set. “I feel like we have the perfect complement of skill sets to be in business together,” says Lindsey. “We are complete opposites, which works well for us as we have fairly defined roles.” Lindsey focuses on product, social media, and customer education while Leigh tackles technology, advertising, vendor relations, and strategic initiatives. So, what’s next for this dynamic duo? Lindsey and Leigh plan to continue expanding the company’s offerings, including holiday gift boxes and virtual makeup lessons. But that’s surely only the beginning of what will come from the Swan Beauty team. info swanbeauty.com / @swanbeautyllc
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A COUNTER-BALANCE TO THE COMMON Chef Sam Hart’s acclaimed restaurant Counter- is just getting started. words ELEANOR MERRELL photos JAMEY PRICE
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“This industry is filled with people giving every fiber of their body, spirit, and mind for the common goal of feeding people, without receiving any glory, pay, or rest.”
For a time, Sam Hart was homeless, living in a small repurposed dormitory and stretching every coin as far as it would go. Hungry and broke, Sam discovered cooking, first as an economic means of feeding himself and later as an artistic compulsion. “I learned that I could make pasta and it would cost me a fraction of buying boxes,” Sam recalls. “As I got my feet underneath me and began to afford to live, I used the money I saved by cooking from scratch to become more creative with the food I prepared. A love and appreciation formed that has never dulled.” In 2015, Sam was toiling away at an ad sales job from the confines of a bleak cubicle. His living conditions had improved since his homeless days, but something was still
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missing. He was meeting his basic physical needs, but lacked emotional and psychological fulfillment. So, Sam took a chance; he quit in order to become a dishwasher at a Charlotte restaurant. It wasn’t his dream job, but it would sustain him as he attended CPCC’s culinary school and pursued his love of cooking. Five years later, that act of courage paid off. Sam has successfully launched Counter-, a novel restaurant experience inspired by Chef Grant Achatz’s creative combination of art and food at Alinea in Chicago. Sam created Counter- to answer the question of how food can interact with all of the senses, not just taste, and be used to tell a story. There are a few things to know about Counter-. Sam and his team offer a new dining experience each quarter. Every
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“We wanted to create a space that was counter-intuitive, a work environment that was countercultural, and an experience that is the counterbalance to the common.”
experience includes multiple courses, each of which is intentionally paired with music. There are two seatings per night and tickets are required. Most importantly, you’ll be asked to leave all preconceived notions about restaurant dining at the door. “We wanted to create a space that was counter-intuitive, a work environment that was counter-cultural, and an experience that is the counter-balance to the common,” explains Sam. Every element of guests’ dining experience is artfully designed, from the tastes to the plating to the ambience. “We wanted to be a unique addition to the national platform with our imaginative stance on full sensory dining, without sacrificing the most important element: highest quality food,” says Sam. Despite meeting resistance from fellow chefs and restaurant investors when he prepared to transform his vision of Counter- into a reality, Sam’s restaurant has thus far been a local success, and he intends for its success ultimately to catapult the restaurant to the national stage. Doing so will require not only creativity but also an unwavering commitment to excellence. “We tell our staff that it is not about the ceilings and awards here at Counter-,” says Sam. “Instead we have ex-
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ceptionally high floors. On our worst day, the expectation is that we provide a memorable and impactful experience for each of our guests.” Although Sam’s vision and goals for Counter- are lofty, his number one priority is actually quite simple: “This industry is filled with people giving every fiber of their body, spirit, and mind for the common goal of feeding people, without receiving any glory, pay, or rest. Our number one priority when designing the restaurant was to create a space where our staff felt appreciated.” Sam provides his team with a living wage, health insurance, vacation, and the opportunity for a career in the industry, rather than a job that barely pays the bills. His commitment, though seemingly common sense, is woefully absent throughout much of the restaurant industry. It’s just one more example of how Sam Hart is carving out a space in the restaurant industry that is counter to the status quo. “To both our supporters and naysayers,” says Sam, “all we have to say is ‘we're just getting started.’” info counterclt.com / @counterclt
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BAKED CAROLINA DREAM OYSTERS words SUNNY HUBLER / photo JAMEY PRICE
Mico Restaurant, at the Grand Bohemian Charlotte, offers a menu of globally inspired flavors and seasonal twists in an upscale dining room. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner to hotel guests and local Charlotteans alike.
If you’re stopping by with friends or a loved one and want a shareable, the Carolina oysters are an easy favorite: served with harissa creamed spinach and topped with bacon and brown butter bread crumbs, it’s a fresh, but rich dish that even the most bivalve-hesitant are sure to love.
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EVERY ELEMENT CONSIDERED. EVERY DETAIL PERFECTED. At Draper Place, we have curated a design aesthetic and lifestyle that has raised the bar and set a new standard in apartment living that extends well beyond the home. Featuring thoughtfully designed 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom floor plans ranging between 1,500 to 2,300 square feet, no detail is spared. This is a destination for exceptional living built on a foundation of elevated service and attention to detail. Located on Randolph Road, on the cusp of historic Elizabeth and prestigious Eastover neighborhoods, Draper Place is Charlotte living at its finest.
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CHARCUTERIE BOARD words SUNNY HUBLER photo JAMEY PRICE
In the fall of 2019, Meggie Sullivan opened Queen Brie. Her beautiful boards, like this one pictured, can all be customized based on how many people you need to feed and what the occasion entails, from small dinner parties to large events. Each creation is a breathtaking, asymmetrical combination of color and texture. Layers of gourmet cheese, thinly sliced meats, fresh fruit, and seasonal garnishes like edible flowers in the summer and sage or rosemary in the winter tie each board together. Sullivan is constantly experimenting with different flavor profiles and pairings to find novel ways to create perfect bites. Order a board for your next event, date night, or as a lovely gift for a friend. — info — email@example.com @queenbrieclt
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ACHILLES words SUNNY HUBLER / photo JAMEY PRICE
If you’re looking for a bit of spice alongside your next French brasserie-inspired meal, the Achilles cocktail at Uptown’s La Belle Helene is for you. After LBH closed in spring of 2020, the 5th Street Group (of 5Church) reopened the eatery and reinvigorated its menu and interior.
La Belle Helene's cocktail Achilles is perfect as a summertime cocktail and as an offset to the richness of French cooking. This bright beverage is made with Ilegal Mezcal, Avion Blanco, fresh jalapeño, Campari, a twist of lime, and then finished with a tangy tajín rim.
— info — labellehelenerestaurant.com / @labellehelenecharlotte
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SPI N DL E BA R'S
GO FOR GINGHAM words SUNNY HUBLER photo JAMEY PRICE
Spindle Bar in Optimist Hall prides itself on being an all-day destination for finding good cocktails. This relaxing and welcoming bar centers on fruit-focused cocktails that are easy to enjoy alongside friends. The Go for Gingham is no exception. This cocktail features gin as its base, with a halfounce of lemon juice and a swirl of cinnamon-spiced blueberry syrup to complement
it. Topped off with Cocchi Americano wine, it’s served over crushed ice with a lemon slice garnish. Combined together, these ingredients give the drinker a pleasant sweetness that’s paired well with the powerful cinnamon and the dry gin. Those looking to try this cocktail can stop by Spindle Bar: It’s best enjoyed when you hang out on the bustling outdoor patio.
— info — spindlebar.com / @spindlebar_nc
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FRESH & FUNCTIONAL Getting at the art of interior design with Natalie Tyler of Tyler Interiors. words ELIZ ABE TH JOHNSON photos by LAURA SUMRAK AND JULIA FAY PHOTOGRAPHY photos courtesy TYLER INTERIORS
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“Interior design is so much more than pretty spaces; It's curating with intention so each space aligns with the lifestyle of those living within.”
Founder of Tyler Interiors Natalie Tyler is a full-time mother, wife, and entrepreneur. Her full-service residential design firm started on a whim after Natalie had nurtured an interest in interior design nearly half her life and decided it was now time to bring that passion into a career. As a mother to two young boys, Tyler understands the importance of form and function in a home firsthand, and she helms a design firm that embodies this same mission for her clients.
How would you describe your own design style? Having grown up in the South, I will always respect the beauty of classic architecture and furniture; however, within the last 5-10 years, my curiosity towards modernized interiors has grown. My eye is drawn to hard, clean lines and funky accents. I love blending classic and modern elements together, however, I'm comfortable adding unique, unexpected elements to mix it up even more.
What drew you to interior design? For nearly 20 years on my own, I've quietly studied interiors. I read countless magazines, articles, books... It's impossible for me to walk into a space, commercial or residential, and not "study" the details throughout. When I walked through the process of my personal home renovations, it ignited a fire that at the time I didn't fully understand. Now having taken the leap, I wouldn't choose it any other way!
When you interact with a client, what sources of inspiration do you draw from? What is the client process like? My source of inspiration depends on the client's story. We are all writing our life stories, and I want to make sure our projects are an extension of the pages uniquely written. Home is very intimate and personal; and when a client welcomes us into their world, we take it very seriously. We're building relationships on trust and faith, so we do not hold back.
What is the most rewarding part of designing a home? The impact it makes in our clients' lives. Interior design is so much more than pretty spaces; it's curating with intention so each space aligns with the lifestyle of those living within.
how do you balance style and function within a design? Our tagline at Tyler Interiors is “fresh, functional designs with modern flair.” Another phrase potential clients will hear me say is, "cozy, clean lines." I believe clean lines help
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“We are all writing our life stories, and I want to make sure our projects are an extension of the pages uniquely written.” modernize a space without being too trendy. I add "cozy layers" with textiles, accents, and accessories, and I strongly believe style and function can coexist within the home of an active family. I show our clients how to balance the two. Whether it be in furnishings, hard selections, or integrated patterns, clean lines are consistent across our projects. How do you maintain the balance of business ownership? Is it difficult, absolutely! Balance looks different for everyone, and I'm no exception when I say I'm slowly trying to figure it out. Before I started this business, I never thought I would put my name and “business woman” in the same sentence. Thankfully, I'm blessed with the opportunity to own a business within my passion so motivation comes naturally. But, because of my passion, I have to force myself to pull away and devote time to my family. info tylerinteriorsdesign.com / @tylerinteriorsdesign
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FAMILIAR FUNCTION words BRANDON MITCHELL / photo courtesy ERIN COMERFORD MILLER styling KENDRA SURFACE
For over a decade, West Trade Interiors has been working closely with Charlotte residents to design their dream interiors. For this project, they aimed to add a layer of natural comfort to their customer’s kitchen while keeping the space functional. It needed to be a space that the whole family could enjoy, but it also needed to feel contemporary. West Trade changed several elements of the room to achieve this. Firstly, the large window above the triple sink would flood the room with light in the mornings. They installed custom cafe curtains of Schumacher fabric which added an optional light filter to the space. The original vintage metal island lights also needed to be replaced too. Pendants
by Currey & Company offered light that fit the space better and was more useful for kitchen tasks. Finished last year, this kitchen is full of sleek modern amenities and subtle, unique decor. New black cabinets from Quality Custom Cabinetry connected the lighter elements of the kitchen. A rug from Stark provided a dash of color to the room, and the vintage counter stools from Slate contributed visual texture. New appliances from Wolf, Sub Zero and Cove added another layer of functionality to the kitchen’s new design. Overall, the renovated kitchen has a modern, practical charm that is tailored to the family’s needs.
— info — westtradeinteriors.com / @westtradeinteriors
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For 25 years Window & Door Pros has been serving Charlotte builders and homeowners with the finest selection of windows, doors, and architectural products.
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AN ECLECTIC OASIS words BRANDON MITCHELL / photo by MEGAN EASTERDAY
Home Ec. has been bringing new life to Charlotte’s indoor spaces since 2016. Using eclectic design elements, they craft interior designs that reflect the individuality of their owners. The goal for this project was to transform this traditional single-toned bedroom into a restful oasis. Everything from the floral sconce by Lightology to the vintage headboard from Etsy tells its own story, yet nothing seems out of place. The playful use of patterns brings complexity to the room, and the calculated use of
warm colors ties everything together. Natalie Papier of Home Ec. chose to paint the original ceiling and molding black to modernize the space. The wallpaper mural then highlights the ceiling and connects it to the rest of the room. This contrast allows the other subtle splashes of color to pop. Finished in late 2020, these elements came together to create a bedroom that is distinctly memorable with elements that both spark excitement and comfort.
— info — homeecop.com / @home_ec_op
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Quartzite, “Crystalita”, backlit with LED light panels
Where cutting-edge innovations meet timeless designs, Cadenza brings any homeowner’s unique requests to life. Driven by passion and solutions, Cadenza’s team of experts make it happen. We are Charlotte’s experts for countertops, fireplaces, and shower surrounds.
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LIGHT AND COLOR words SUNNY HUBLER / photo L AURA SUMRAK
Owner Wendy Fennell of Bohemian Bungalow Design specializes in creating modern, eclectic spaces by combining her signature use of color, pattern and texture. This bright dining area was created for clients of Wendy’s who chose to move closer into the city and settled on NoDa for its diverse and artsy vibe; the same style Wendy also infused into their new home. “I think my favorite part,” Wendy shares, “was flip-flopping the original intended 'dining space' off the kitchen area that we made into a sitting nook,
perfect for morning coffee or a glass of wine. I added in wallpaper to define the area and rounded that out by using their existing white bistro table, leather chairs and animal rug. It’s perfect for meals or workfrom-home.” Today, the light-filled space is equal parts statement and function for a dining area that makes you want to linger. The tort bamboo blind is from Levalor, orange chairs are Perigold, the rug is from Jaipur, and Tim McCullum from Revolve Residential served as the developer.
— info — bohemianbungalowdesign.com / @bohemianbungalowdesign
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CHARLOTTE’S BEST SELECTION OF OUTDOOR LIVING PRODUCTS
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RENEWED BEAUTY A transitional South Charlotte remodel by Alair Homes. words ELEANOR MERRELL photos courtesy ALAIR HOMES by MB PRODUCTIONS
Alair’s details-first approach is exemplified powerfully in this South Charlotte remodel executed on behalf of a young couple with a growing family. The main objective for this project was to better tailor the house’s 6,439 square feet to the couple’s lifestyle. In the process, the clients wanted to prioritize a modern design and floor plan, increase natural light, and add storage space. Setting the Tone — Guests now enter through a massive, beautifully crafted front door from Southern Custom Doors, which leads into a distinctive foyer area rich with classic but timeless details, such as a domed plaster ceiling and wall-to-wall crown molding. An intimate sitting area beckons to the left, composed of square footage borrowed from the living room. “At the front entry, they wanted to capture the grandeur of what was to follow in the rest of the home,” explains Kareena.
Tying It Together — Other additions include a new powder room and scullery, which lend cohesion to the home via select mirroring details. The focal point in the powder room is a breathtaking, floating lacquered vanity with a marble top and backsplash. A wall mounted faucet hovers inches above while cloth wallpaper adds texture and tone. The scullery features the same rich blue color as the powder room walls, tying the neighboring rooms together. Functional elements like a microwave drawer complement aesthetic touches like an antiqued mirror backsplash and Ebony honed granite countertops from Modul Marble. Building Functionality — Adjoining the scullery, the renovated kitchen blends simplicity and elegance. The upholstered back and sides of the island and
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coffered ceiling evoke sophisticated luxury, while custom built cabinetry, an integrated wine fridge, and a 3 cm Luce Di Luna honed quartz countertop from Modul Marble blend functionality and beauty. A new breakfast area completes the kitchen, offering comfortable seating for gathering or casual dining. Additional functionality from the remodel includes a new laundry room that is triple the size of the previous laundry room and features a farm style utility sink. A new side entry next to the laundry room offers a drop zone with useful cubbies and a bench seat, and a dazzling door to the exterior. Gathering in Style — In the family room on the other side of the kitchen, the homeowners chose to move an existing wet bar to create a focal point for entertaining. The new wet bar boasts fluted cabinetry, decorative leaded glass upper cabinets, and an integrated ice maker.
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Two pairs of suede studded doors border the bar, leading to the master suite and entry hall. The rear and side walls of the family room received new enlarged windows and doors that give views to the rear of the home and enable natural light to stream inside. Alair replaced the vaulted ceiling in the family room with a domed plaster ceiling that adds greater visual interest. Finally, the family room fireplace got a facelift and now showcases a Limestone Cleo Mantel by Francois & Co. and a raised, full-width Pennsylvania Bluestone hearth. After a creative reimagining and a detailed remodel execution, this South Charlotte home is fully prepared to accommodate its owners as their family continues to grow. info alairhomes.com/charlotte/ @alairhomescharlotte
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YOUR BOHO LAKE RETREAT IS CALLING Recharge and relax in style when you visit this charming vacation rental for a weekend at Lake Lure. words LIZA CARRASQUILLO
Tucked into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lake Lure is known as one of North Carolina’s most stunning man-made lakes. The vibrant forestry and granite cliffsides surrounding the lake, including Chimney Rock, give it an appearance as if it’s been pulled from a movie. It comes as no surprise, then, that Lake Lure has even been branded as a popular filming destination (including as the home of Dirty Dancing). But no matter how famous this small lake has become, the surrounding town has always focused on the heart of what Lake Lure has to offer: the simplicity of serenity and beauty. That’s exactly what led spouses Leigh Anne and Lucas Chamberlayne to invest in one of the community's homes.
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“One of my greatest loves,” notes Leigh Anne, “is taking a space that’s under-utilized and highlighting the architecture to create better form and function.” Less than two hours from Charlotte and under an hour from Asheville, their now-rental sits on the Rumbling Bald property. The sprawling community and resort on the beautiful, still Lake Lure waters, is nestled between the mountains of Southern Appalachia and offers trails along the Blue Ridge Mountains, floating and fishing, and championship golf courses. Your stay, either as a resort guest or as a community resident, will be filled with opportunities for both relaxation and adventure. Once Leigh Anne and Lucas found their home in Rumbling Bald, it took four months worth of renovations for the couple to bring out the best in the Frank Lloyd Wright-style of architecture the home embodies. They enhanced the clean lines and simple color palette to create a space that had a natural flow throughout each room. The final result became the Boho Bungalow. “My vision for this home was to bring the natural surroundings indoors,” says Leigh Anne of the boho style they chose. “I started with a neutral palette, then layered it with wood, natural fibers, leathers, bamboo, plants, and stones to complement the outdoors.” The Boho Bungalow quickly became the perfect escape for those looking to take full advantage of Lake Lure without missing out on the comforts of home—a vacation home, that is. Renting out everyday homes that are currently occupied isn’t uncommon, especially for those using Airbnb. Still, no matter how much a homeowner might declutter and clean, those homes
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often feel as if they’re meant for another family. Leigh Anne wanted the Boho Bungalow to feel different. The three-story, nature-inspired bungalow features a large living area with a wood-burning fireplace, spacious outdoor porches, vaulted ceilings and ample natural light. Plus, you can expect lots of fun touches, like a cozy upstairs loft, an outdoor hammock, kayaks, a large Jacuzzi soaking tub, and more. “We wanted a place for folks to come and truly rest,” says Leigh Anne. “Our personal homes contain all of our important personal belongings. It’s so nice to come to an Airbnb and bring only what you need and have a true mental and visual break.” Taking what she learned from her own Airbnb travel experiences, Leigh Anne did her best to curate a stay that would leave her guests feeling cared for. “I can tell when an owner has made extra effort to think of details that create a beautiful space for guests, as opposed to a utilitarian rental in a destination location,” says Leigh Anne. By creating such a strong attention to detail, the Boho Bungalow feels less like a cookie-cutter destination and more like a true relaxation sanctuary. That means guests might just find themselves with a bit more energy to take in the sights of Lake Lure, like the view from Party Rock or the trails of Bearwallow Mountain. Those looking to book a weekend at this charming rental can find it on Airbnb. info airbnb.com/h/bohobungalowlakelure / @bohobungalowlakelure
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NC ARTISTRY AT ITS FINEST A look into the city of Raleigh and its unique local artists. words CHRISSY ROFFE
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As the capital of North Carolina, Raleigh is a historicallyrich city full of opportunities and artistic inspiration. The City of Oaks is known for its many historical sites, educational institutions, as well as its restaurants and breweries that express its strong local culture. A visit to Raleigh would not be complete without taking the opportunity to enjoy its growing art scene inspired by its locals and scenery. Raleigh holds some of the best art collections in the country at the North Carolina Museum of Art. As the first museum to use public funds to buy art, it has pieces from eras dating all the way back to the Italian Renaissance and contains artwork from all over the world. You can visit Classical Galleries, Modern and Contemporary Galleries, and even local artwork of up and coming students at GlaxoSmithKline Education Gallery. Strolling
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around the grounds, you’ll be surrounded by many beautiful installations as well. The local art scene on its own speaks loudly for Raleigh’s creative culture. At CAM Raleigh, local artists are on display to give an artistic voice to their community. Current and upcoming exhibitions showcase beautiful artwork of many kinds of media, including photography, mixed media, street murals, and more. Located in the warehouse district of downtown Raleigh, CAM Raleigh fits the artistic vibe of the locals and is proof of the growing art scene with young and inspired artists featured regularly. The museum also holds CAM Conversations and CAM Connections, giving visitors the chance to meet and talk with artists and discuss racial equity in the arts. The art scene in Raleigh isn’t just limited to these museums.
Those looking for a place to stay can experience the artwork of the area right in their hotel at 21c Museum just down the road in Durham. The boutique, luxury hotel also has more than 10,500 square feet of exhibition and event space, with regularly rotating galleries of local artists in the region. Guests have many room options to choose from, with the added bonus of the on-site gallery, the beautiful Counting House restaurant, a spa, and much more. Counting House features local cuisine and is also decorated with the contemporary artwork of the area. The performing arts of Raleigh is brimming with talent as well. NC Theatre gives viewers the amazing experience of a Broadway show right in Raleigh with local and regional actors. The venue offers four major productions a year, with upcoming shows including 9 to 5, The Musical and Sister Act. NC Theatre strives to promote the culture and talent of the region while providing guests with the best productions possible. The company gives their actors the ability to show their talent and work to achieve their dreams as the next generation of artists. Raleigh is home to some of the best and most unique artistic talent in the region, and the city continues to grow and make an impact far beyond the city limits.
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An immersive art experience sure to leave you refreshed and inspired. words DANI BOYE T T
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Redux Contemporary Art Center, housed in Charleston, SC is an art studio dedicated to “fostering creativity and the cultivation of contemporary art” for the Charleston community and beyond. In addition to offering services like classes and workshops, the Art Center also hosts the Redux Art Retreat each summer and fall. The retreat takes place over the course of three separate week-long sessions at Wildacres Retreat in Little Switzerland, NC. This week-long immersive will allow you to take classes from local artists, network, and reflect without the distractions of daily life. Redux Art Retreat is the perfect place to get inspiration in part because of its pristine setting. Little Switzerland, inspired by (you guessed it) Switzerland, is known as “the jewel of the Blue Ridge Parkway.” With panoramic views of the surrounding valleys, Little Switzerland’s resemblance to the Swiss foothills is uncanny. The beautiful Blue Ridge views will inspire you through classes in your chosen medium to develop further skills and complete original pieces. Sitting at 3,300 feet in elevation, Wildacres’ 1,600 acre property is a beautiful, expansive backdrop for the classes held from 9:15am to 12:15pm. Teachers are available to artists throughout the day, and the studios are always open with meals served three times a day. Attendees select the course they want to enlist in prior to attending the retreat. These courses could be anything from ex-
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ploring cold wax and oils, metalsmithing essentials, watercolor, to actor exploration and so much more. Each separate session has some variation in the courses, and within the sessions there is an inclusive list for all different kinds of artists. At Redux’s Wildacres retreat, there are two housing lodges, a dining hall, a library, an auditorium, a pottery and printmaking studio, a jewelry studio and lapidary, as well as classroom spaces. Participants can request roommates if they have a travel companion or romantic partner. Dining and lodging is included in the registration cost and meals are all typically served family style, however as a result of Covid-19 again, they will be served individually this year. This retreat is for experienced and burgeoning artists alike to learn or advance their skills in a medium of their choosing. The surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains is the best place to “exercise and nourish your creative spirit,” with a weeklong artistic practice. Fall registration opens in August and will be available on the Redux Studio’s website. This retreat is much more than a place to practice art: it’s a holistic experience in which you will have the opportunity to observe, share, network, and connect with yourself without the distractions.
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A REFLECTION IN WORDS & MATERIAL
Thoughts by Charlotte artists as they navigated and created during the past year-plus. intro SUNNY HUBLER words ARTISTS
When we sat down to put together the 2021 Arts Issue, I found myself most curious about how artists made art, thought about art, and perhaps were challenged by art over the course of the many undulating waves of 2020 through 2021. Part of what makes creators so interesting to me is how they juxtapose their own creative ambitions against the backdrop of what is going on in the world, for better or for worse. A beautiful, pastoral landscape, brilliantly colored natural artifacts, a messy, chaotic house, or global dis-ease can all inform art, and also bring to the viewer a new lens through which to experience a side that’s universal but sometimes still invisible. These are the stories, as they told it themselves, of navigating life and creation during the pandemic from 12 Charlotte artists.
Holly Graham — When everything shut down initially, I focused singularly on my family. With my kids and husband suddenly home all day,
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my home studio no longer provided the quiet haven to create that I was used to. Between the zoom calls for school and what seemed like a perpetual rotation of meals, there really wasn’t much time for making art. However, I quickly realized that when art wasn’t a part of my life, everything suffered. I had considered renting a studio for some time, but the pandemic was the straw that broke the camel’s back for me. By the fall, I found a light-filled space to call my own and it dramatically changed my outlook and my productivity. Now, I am able to forget the fear and uncertainty we have all faced in the midst of COVID for the few hours I spend in my studio each day. I am able to get lost in the work, and to push myself creatively. It is incredible how healing that can be for the mind and the spirit. Chris Watts — Not many artists had the privilege of working through the height of the pan-
demic. Many artists share spaces here in NYC to help manage studio costs even before they lost their jobs or were furloughed due to the shut down. I was blessed to be able to maintain a steady studio practice in the unprecedented times of 2020. Personally, because of the focused time I had to continue to create, I thrived. There are many different ways one can protest. And while the world was shackin’ up by the visually traumatizing murder of George Floyd in the wake of global pandemic, my conflicts with the situations were anchored in my studio. These are the times when artists must go to work. Amy Moffatt — Art to me over the last year has become much more than just my hobby or passion. It has become my saving grace. After almost 17 years in Corporate America I received the call that I was displaced due to the pandemic. While I was in shock and still processing the news, I immersed myself
in creating. My mentality took a drastic shift and I realized that art would now become my lifeline...my full time career. Looking back I knew at some point I would have to choose art or Corporate America, as the two together had become chaotic and unmanageable. Honestly, I don’t know if I would have had the courage on my own to take the leap into a full time art career, but it is clear to me this was 100% the best path for both me and my family. While I’ve never worked harder in my life, and every day is different...I’ve also never been so satisfied. The freedom, flexibility and customer relationships I’ve gained are priceless. I’ve been absolutely overwhelmed with the encouragement of the Charlotte community, and while my journey may be unconventional, I love the end result. Nathaniel Lancaster — In the last year, the studio served as a place that can exclude the outside world. Not an escape, but a place that can be quiet, to focus only on the concern of what's at hand. Time spent there is a luxury to enjoy. Lindsay Jones — At the beginning of the pandemic, I moved my studio back home and into my kitchen, along with my school Zoom-ing children and my remote working spouse. I’d run out of canvases and other art supplies were limited, so I grabbed what I could: a roll of heavy paper, gesso, paint and brushes for my makeshift painting space at home. As I left my studio, I tore off a piece of brown packing paper and scribbled, "welcome back” in pencil. I thumbtacked it to my door and prayed the next time I read those words the world would be back to normal. Since art galleries were closed and commissions were on hold, it was pretty discouraging for artists like me who no longer had a steady stream of deliverables and opportunities for collaboration.
I put out a call for people to let me know of any frontline workers who might like some art. I made tiny 4 x 6 inch paintings on gessoed paper and sent them to whoever asked for one. It was just the project I needed to support our community, even if from afar. People reached out to me sharing stories about loved ones who were on the front lines needing support. One nurse had been exposed and was in quarantine alone. A doctor was working around the clock with no sleep. Someone else had a colleague pass away from the virus. People wrote me letters and notes sharing how much their paintings meant to them. I will keep these notes forever as a reminder that there is always something we can do, no matter how terrible our circumstances might be. Once we knew more and the stay at home order was lifted, I moved out of my kitchen and into my studio where my "welcome back" sign was waiting for me. Painting became one of the normal things I could do. I grew as an artist, found new ways to connect with my community and am more grateful than ever before for the opportunity to make art as a bridge to connect with others, give back and put some joy out in the world. Trudi Norris — While we draw inspiration from our surroundings, sometimes our subconscious can influence our artistic style as a rebellion. Within the external chaos, my artistic style experienced a transformation. Once existing in the realm of sole abstractness, my mind craved structure and order. Consequently, my artistic style adapted lines and specific images that held a resonance of my abstract style but began forming a more definite expression. Prior to Covid-19, I created pieces that embraced the abstract form, allowing the audience to discern meaning and purpose, as the ebb and flow likeness can evolve within each mind’s eye. After the global lockdown, I craved stability and distinctness. I returned to a more compositional form and Vessel Series emerged. This collection was a sellout
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show at Anne Neilson Fine Art. Another breakthrough pandemic piece, Girl with a Pearl Earring, brought life to the canvas, formulating the portrait of a woman, riddled with personality and secrets. By studying Dutch Master Vermeer, I sought to understand how other artists coped with corresponding situations like the Covid pandemic. After viewing Vermeer’s response to suffering and sickness, I gravitated to his rendition of Girl with a Pearl Earring. I was drawn to the portrait's gaze and the mystery this conveyed. My yearning for stability in a chaotic time of 2020 inspired me to formalize my image of the woman. Matthew Clayburn — Over the past year and a half, my creative practice has both expanded to heights I’ve never seen and been limited in ways I could have never imagined. I feel my voice and my ideas are more valuable to any projects that I pursue because of my most recent work. My clients and my audience have grown to a level that even I don’t fully understand. When it comes to consuming art, I’ve found myself more attached to the story of the creator than any of the pieces themselves. This has changed the way I’ve approached having my hand in any and everything I choose to be a part of. LaDara McKinnon — Over the past year or so, I have focused on being as expressive and intuitive as possible in my work. It allowed me to channel the angst associated with all that is going on in the
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world. My business literally became a cycle of inspiration. So, as my clients commissioned me to create paintings that inspire them and bring vibrant color into their homes, the creation of those pieces also served as an inspiration and therapeutic outlet for me as well. Before the pandemic, as an educator, it felt more like work even though it is my passion. Now, I am even more passionate about offering my art to the world because I can see that I am doing my part to inspire others during difficult moments in their lives. That was the thing that shifted for me. Most importantly, art really helps me to maintain a positive mindset, take time away to care for myself, and share my passion with the world. Melissa Harriott — Art. That tiny, 3-letter word has taken on a whole new meaning for me. It has transformed my entire life. Before quarantine, I painted after work and here and there on the weekends. When we found ourselves housebound I was, of course, home all of the time. Stuck in the house and stuck in my head, thinking and overthinking. Fear, sadness, and uncertainty became familiar emotions. Nothing felt secure. So, I painted, and, like many, I worked on remodeling our home. If I couldn't go anywhere, I wanted to love our home as much as possible. I channelled all of my fear, anxiety, and energy into creating. Fast forward 15 months and art has transformed my life. After 18 years in corporate America, a month ago I left my day job and jumped off the proverbial cliff into entrepreneurship. I am now a full-time creative, artist and interior stylist. It's safe to say that art has changed everything.
Anne Harkness — The role of art is to bring a visual thought, beauty, hope, or inspiration into our surroundings. Art should give to us in some favorable way. When the pandemic began, I was afraid and fear stifled my creativity. A group of artists with whom I kept in contact daily encouraged me to still paint and even to continue to teach. Painting helped change my focus from fear to what I love. I began to breathe freely and celebrate living again believing we would have a future. Teaching others during the pandemic got me to focus on hope. I encouraged my students to paint and I painted. I also looked for artists both current and throughout art history to show my students and to speak a bit about their lives. During this research, I found many artists that created through world wars, pestilence, and disasters.
five years so I enlisted the help of Dammit Wesley to create an "experience" at Elder Gallery. Wesley and I carefully enlisted four other artists including ourselves to be a part of this show called, "Off the Plantation.".This was what I was searching for these past three years, something to push how people experienced art and how artists created and presented art. So for me this past year and a half, I've always been an artist with a heavily stylized signature aesthetic, but I was looking for something deeper. Something that could move people, but also push the boundaries of how the viewer can consume and experience art. For my art and my friends there was nothing more important in this moment than highlighting police brutality in America, but also how prevalent racism is and how we can speak and listen to each other through art in order to move things forward.
Kyle Mosher — About three years ago I was approached by Sonya from Elder Gallery about speaking at her gallery. She was incredibly brave to give me free reign on the topic of discussion. Under the topic, "The Intersection of Fine-Art and Commercial Art" she allowed me to be hyper critical of galleries and that opened the door for a beautiful conversation regarding what we could do to push the boundaries of the experience of not only creating the art, but how the viewer and artist could interact with each other.Fast forward to the day George Floyd was murdered: I was struggling with creating a white centric body of work during one of the biggest civil rights resurgence in the past seventy
MyLoan Dinh — Despite years of PR talking points about equity, actual transformation did not happen within arts institutions, funding sources, galleries and cultural facilities. Since last year, I have seen a real shift by some organizations and spaces to amplify voices of those excluded far too long. Opportunities are steadily opening to BIPOC artists and creatives. I'm talking about talented folks who have been in our communities, doing fantastic work all along, despite lack of support and visibility. It is about time we value and invest in these artists. I am hopeful this momentum continues long into the future until it is no longer about diversity talking points but we can focus on sustained equity.
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IN ALL ITS GLORY Meet 15 local cityscape photographers documenting Charlotte's ever-evolving skyline. words SAMANTHA HUSTED
The iconic Uptown skyline is in a constant state of flux: New buildings rise, cranes come and go, and the ever-changing city lights never fail to reflect the heartbeat of its people. Unsurprisingly, Charlotte is a creative city, home to artists, visionaries, and storytellers. Below are 15 photographers who continue to bear witness to the city’s growth via their art. Justin Potter | @jpotterphoto Justin Potter is a Charlotte-based photographer with an uncanny ability to capture a variety of landscapes from the raw beauty of the Blue Ridge to the skyline to the dunes of the Outer Banks. While he loves landscape, wedding, engagement, and lifestyle photography, his true passion lies in motorsport photography. Mike Anthony | @mikeanthony.photos Mike Anthony is a photographer who loves to travel, take aerial photos with his drone, and capture the Charlotte skyline in all its glory. He, alongside his wife Heather, run a photography business called Luminous Photography (@luminousfotos) where
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they specialize in wedding and lifestyle photography. They have even won accolades for their work that include the WeddingWire Couples Choice Award. Myles Gelbach | @mylesperhour_photography If you have an Instagram, chances are you’ve seen his work. Myles Gelbach has made a name for himself in the Queen City by capturing Uptown and all its angles. The Charlotte native grew up watching in awe as the city expanded and evolved. He attributes his love of architecture and architectural photography to this. Besides cityscapes, Gelbach also enjoys landscape photography. Cody Carlson | @cncimagery Cody Carlson is a self-taught photographer who specializes in urban lifestyle photography, portraits, and landscapes. Over the last 6 years, Carlson has perfected his craft. His Instagram features architectural shots of Uptown and long exposures from different parts of the Queen City, with portraits sprinkled throughout.
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THE EXCLUSIVES by Kyo Nam the Uptown skyline, glimpses from the Bank of America Stadium, and photos from his travels across the world. Noah Holzberg | @post_madrone_clt Noah Holzberg was born in Miami, has lived in Hong Kong, and is a 2019 graduate of University of South Carolina. Today, the drone photographer calls Charlotte home. Through his travels, Holzberg has gained an appreciation for the world and is driven to capture its beauty through photography. It’s his goal to document the ever-evolving skyline of the Queen City. Kevin Young | @the5and2project Kevin Young is the founder of the The 5 and 2 Project, a company that specializes in visual storytelling. His Instagram showcases his awesome aerial abilities with his stunning shots of Charlotte. Aside from his creative endeavours, Young is the co-founder of “Speed For Need,” a nonprofit organization that aims to make fitness events accessible to those with special needs. Jamey Price | @jameypricephoto The Charlottean was named the 2019 Motorsport Photographer of the Year by the National Motorsports Press Association. When he’s not traveling the world photographing fast-moving vehicles, he doubles as the staff photographer for QC Exclusive. Kyo Nam | @kyohnam Kyo Nam is a Charlotte-based photographer who seeks to capture the “raw beauty of everyday life.” He began his photography journey in 2011. Over the past ten years, Nam has traveled the United States wilderness, published a Korean language book, titled “Youth Deviation,” and has established himself as a sought-after Queen City creative.
Laura Wolff | @laurawolffphoto Photographer Laura Wolff knows Charlotte sports. With credentials like the official team photographer for the Charlotte Knights, a game day photographer for the Carolina Panthers, and a live content correspondent for the NFL at Bank of America Stadium, Wolff is one of the most talented photographers in the city. She can also be found photographing weddings and lifestyle shoots.
Justin McErlain | @unclejut Justin McErlain, aka “Uncle Jut,” is a well-known Charlotte photographer, videographer, and storyteller. He specializes in commercial photography but also dabbles in lifestyle, travel, adventure, and portraiture work. McErlain’s photos have an idiosyncratic moodiness to them that never fail to set a unique tone. Check out his website to view his documentation of the 2020 George Floyd protests in Uptown.
Alex Souder & Mallory Harris | @alexandersouthnc Alex Souder and Mallory Harris are a dynamic photography duo living here in Charlotte. Their roots are heavily entrenched in landscape and cityscape photography, as evidenced by their joint Instagram account. Over the years, the couple realized that they find great joy in photographing people in love. Besides epic shots of Charlotte, they now shoot weddings and engagement sessions.
Brian Twitty | @shootbt Brian Twitty is an award-winning Charlotte photographer with a diverse portfolio. His work has graced the pages of national publications as well as the halls of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and the Bechtler Museum. Twitty describes himself as an avid skateboarder, snowboarder, and musician with a penchant for all things vinyl and vintage.
Andrew Weber | @andyjweber Andrew Weber is a photographer, videographer, and podcast host. His photos are intimate and raw. Weber has the uncanny ability to capture honest, everyday glimpses of the Queen City and those who inhabit it. When he’s not out shooting, he hosts the podcast “Those In Our CLT Community,” which highlights different Charlotte locals who are making an impact at home.
Cody Hughes | @codylhughes Cody Hughes is the owner and operator of Point of Hues, a photography company that specializes in real estate, engagement, sports, and portrait photography. Hughes has worked professionally with the Carolina Panthers, Greystar, the Charlotte Knights, and Toyota. His Instagram is littered with epic shots of
Prakash Ganipineni | @prakashperspectives Prakash Ganipineni has an eye for urban architecture. An avid traveler, Ganipineni loves to capture the cities he visits. His portfolio is an amalgamation of stunning shots of the Blue Ridge, waterfalls, and iconic skylines, including our very own. When he’s not out photographing the country, he works as a software engineer.
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CHARLOTTE'S MUST-SEE PIECES Discover more of Charlotte’s art scene in some unexpected places.
words SUNNY HUBLER, LIZA CARRASQUILLO, ELEANOR MERRELL photos courtesy ARTISTS OR GALLERIES/MUSEUMS
Art has never been confined: Creators and their creations can be found in a wide range of surprising and accessible places, especially in a city like Charlotte. If you’re seeking out something new to appreciate or spark inspiration, we’ve compiled a list of public art, installations, and individual works that we think are “must-sees” for everyone. Whether you want to head to one of the museums or galleries, or to see street art outside of traditional spaces, each one of these pieces has its own story and impact. Explore the city of Charlotte in a new way through these 20 must-see pieces of art: The Neptune Mural This iconic mural was created by artists Matt Hooker and Matt Moore, both prolific muralists in the Charlotte area. Depicting a stunning statue of the Roman god of the sea, Neptune, Moore and Hooker aimed to celebrate Plaza Midwood’s resilience and versatility. Just as Neptune rides with the waves, Plaza Midwood can do the same even under the currents of change. Visitors can see this mural for free at 1425 Central Avenue. Javier Lopez Barbosa at Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art Representing a booming variety of artists, Elder Gallery mainly displays fine glass art and paintings and is open to the public each Friday and Saturday. Visit to see the stunning work, Ap-
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parition of Emotions, by Javier Lopez Barbosa. Barbosa uses an array of media, forms and textures, resulting in contemporary expressionist landscapes brimming with visual depth. This piece is oil on canvas at 84 x 74 inches. This brilliantly colored, dramatic piece is well worth a visit. Wall Poems of Charlotte Wall Poems of Charlotte is an ongoing project created by artspace 525. Through this project, they’ve added poetry and sayings—all by North Carolinian writers—to art installations and high-traffic areas across the city. One of their most popular locations is the wall poem Salute outside Dandelion Market. Other notable spots include the poem The People, Yes outside of Trinity Episcopal School, and the poem Where We Are outside of 7th Restaurant. Rail Trail Magic Carpet Murals The Rail Trail is a 3.5-mile free walkable art installation that stretches from South End to Uptown. Part of that installation includes the Magic Carpet murals. These three colorful murals were created in connection with the local community, particularly local schools. Visitors can walk the whole trail and get a feel for each neighborhood’s personality as they do so. To just view the carpets, they can also simply stop at the mural loca-
Opposite Page: Andy Warhol, Hans Bechtler Family. This from top left: D. Stamer, Horry County 24 / Romare Bearden, The New Eden 1987 / Lisa Noonis, With Love, My Love, Mixed Media / The Neptune Mural by Matt Hooker and Matt Moore
tions between Hyde Brewing and New Bern Station and across from Atherton Mill. Damien Stamer at SOCO Gallery SOCO, in Myers Park, features several pieces from North Carolina artist Damian Stamer. See his piece entitled Horry County 24 for yourself and be transported through Stamer’s worlds of contemporary exploration of both memory and loss. His paintings often include detailed architectural forms reminiscent of his childhood memories of the South. He will be on solo exhibition at SOCO Nov. 10 - Dec. 31 2021. Technicolor Portal Mural This vibrant, stunning mural was painted by renowned artist Douglas “Hoxxoh” Hoekzema and shows a circular portal pattern that can easily make someone lose track of time as they gaze into it. Viewers who stare at this painting long enough will feel as if it’s transporting them somewhere new. Those interested in seeing it up close can head to the Preferred Parking lot at 407 E. 4th Street. See it Uptown for free. Andy Warhol at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art For a chance to see art by one of America’s most iconic creatives in person, you can visit Bechtler in Uptown Charlotte.
Bechtler includes several pieces by none other than Andy Warhol, including the piece Hans Bechtler Family (Hans Bechtler, Bessie Bechtler, Andreas Bechtler, Dany Bucher). The 1973 work in acrylic and silkscreen on linen includes four canvases, each at 20 x 20 inches. Open seven days a week, Bechtler is a 36,500-square-foot museum space dedicated to the exhibition of mid 20th-century art. Embrace Sculpture The Monroe Road Advocates have always made it their mission to spotlight everything the Monroe Area has to offer, particularly in regards to the arts. That’s why they’ve worked hard to create public art installations like the Embrace sculpture. This sculpture, designed by the late Leslie Scott, is now a landmark feature that pays tribute to the community’s spirit. Visitors can see this sculpture at 6697 Monroe Road. See it Uptown for free. Lisa Noonis at Anne Neilson Fine Art Located in Charlotte’s luxury retail neighborhood of SouthPark, Anne Neilson Fine Art displays more than fifty different kinds of artists from all over the world. Lisa Noonis is a masterful, Maine-based mixed media artist whose work always tells a compelling narrative. This stunning mixed media piece, With Love, My Love clocks in at 60 x 32in and graces the halls at ANFA
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From left to right: Jaydan Moore, Utensil, 2021, Silver plated / Andy Braitman, Highwater / Beverly Smith, The Blacker the Berry the Sweeter the Juice / Javier Lopez Barbosa, Apparition of Emotions
where you can visit it Tuesday through Saturday. With Love, My Love is part of ANFA’s exhibition series, Figuratively Speaking. Architectural Structure of the Harvey B. Gantt Center Sandwiched between Ally, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture is located in the heart of what is now Charlotte’s business district, but what was once the bustling center of Charlotte’s black community. Before the neighborhood was torn down in the 1960s, the Myers Street School stood at its center. It featured an exterior stair configuration that evoked Jacob’s Ladder and symbolized pride, hope, and advancement. In a nod to this local history, prominent architect Phil Freelon incorporated an intriguing, modern adaptation of the Jacob’s Ladder in the exterior design of the Center. Learn more for free by visiting 551 South Tryon Street. The Firebird Sculpture The 17-foot tall Firebird stretches high over its perch on Tryon Street in front of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. The Firebird has called Charlotte home since its installation in 2009, reflecting the comings and goings of this main Charlotte thoroughfare in its mirrored glass. Its creator, Niki de Saint Phalle, made The Firebird in 1991 after decades of innovative, interdisciplinary art creation that foregrounded the era’s pressing social issues. See it Uptown for free. Jaydan Moore at Hodge Taylor For forty years, Hodges Taylor has enjoyed a reputation as a successful and respected contemporary art gallery and consulting firm with a focus on promoting Southeastern artists in a range of mediums and providing services to both corporate and individual collectors. On display you will find the work Utensil from artist Jaydan Moore. Jaydan was born into a family of fourth
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generation tombstone makers in California, so he spent his childhood rummaging through other peoples objects, and listening to families making arrangements for loved ones. Those experiences “made him value the heirlooms and objects we choose to use as markers for significant moments.” This 2021 work features silver plated flatware and sits at 21 x 10.5 x 2 inches. Andy Braitman at Shain Gallery A nationally recognized artist, Andy Braitman's work can be found in galleries throughout the United States. In addition to his 40 years of success as a painter, he also owns a teaching studio in Charlotte, and has deeply influenced dozens of local painters and creators. His piece, High Water, is a 60x60 oil on canvas housed at Shain Gallery. The fine art gallery is located in the Myers Park neighborhood of Charlotte and showcases forty acclaimed artists. Shain Gallery is also open Monday through Sunday to view art at your preference. Summer Wheat at Mint Museum Uptown North Carolina’s very first art museum, The Mint has one of the largest collections of art in the greater Southeast. Unlike anything ever seen at The Mint Museum before, Brooklyn-based artist Summer Wheat’s Foragers is a monumental piece of public artwork spanning four stories and 3,720 square feet at Mint Museum Uptown’s Robert Haywood Morrison Atrium. A myriad of vibrant panels giving the illusion of stained glass fill the atrium’s 96 windows and weave a story of the people and workforce that have made Charlotte a thriving city. Terpsichore Mural This colorful, layered mural stretches ten meters tall on an exterior wall of the Charlotte Ballet building. PichiAvo, which is a nationally-known partnership of artists based in Spain, completed the mural for Charlotte’s SHOUT! Festival
in 2019. The mural depicts Terpsichore, a Greek Muse and goddess of dance and chorus. View it for yourself at the Charlotte Ballet Academy on 701 N. Tryon St. Walk toward the 10th Street side of the building for the mural’s full effect. See it Uptown for free.
fiber artist who has chosen to express herself through quilts because of the personal connection of that form to her ancestors and Southern roots. She notes that there are “qualities inherent in art made of fabric and thread... that can’t be duplicated in another medium.”
Romare Bearden at Jerald Melberg Gallery Jerald Melberg himself has been involved in fine art for over forty years, previously as curator at the Mint Museum. His gallery offers rotating themed exhibitions that can last around one to four months. THE NEW EDEN, on display now, is a 1987 work by the Charlotte-born 20th century acclaimed visual artist Romare Bearden. You can find several of his pieces at Jerald Melberg Gallery in South End, including this collage on board that sits at 11 x 14 inches. It’s a colorful, visually arresting piece from an artist who has had a profound impact on our city.
BlkMrkt BLM Photographers Mural BlkMrktClt is a gallery and studio space located in Camp North End that provides a safe, creative space for artists of color. Guided by curators Carla Aaron-Lopez and Sir Will and orchestrated by BlkMrktClt, ten local photographers captured critical moments in Charlotte related to the Black Lives Matter movement. Photographers include Brittani Taylor, Michael Maxwell, and Carey J. King. See it for yourself Thursdays through Sundays.
Mother of Invention Mural On the 6th Street side of Discovery Place Science, the Mother of Invention mural depicts a woman composed of iconography representing myriad scientific disciplines that can be explored inside Discovery Place. It is the work of Red Calaca Studio, whose work is often characterized by bright colors and activist undertones. See it Uptown for free. Beverly Smith at Sozo Gallery Sozo, a contemporary art gallery located in Plaza Midwood, brings art from local, national, and international artists to the Charlotte area. The space is open every week from Tuesday to Saturday. This piece above, a mixed media, textile artwork on quilt, comes from artist Beverly Smith’s Uppity series. This 2021 piece is titled The Blacker the Berry the Sweeter the Juice, and was rendered on fabric with acrylic paint, transfers, and applique. It sits as 85 x 60 in. Beverly Smith is a mixed media
The People's Vaccine Exhibit Arthur Brouthers combines acrylic paints and chemical agents to achieve an abstract fluid painting technique, which he deployed when creating The People’s Vaccine. This piece is part of an exhibit honoring the essential workers who helped carry America through the worst of the pandemic. Showcasing work from 11 independent artists, the exhibit can be viewed at The Brooklyn Collective at 229 S Brevard St. See it for free. Stephen Wilson Butterfly Kits Stephen Wilson mixes embroidery, found objects, painting, 3D printing, and laser engraving to create colorful, fashion-influenced works that have exhibited internationally. After identifying a recurring butterfly motif in his works, Wilson set to work designing butterfly kits. These kits, composed of 12-24 individual butterflies, can be affixed to any home’s interior wall, instantly engendering a more vibrant and visually interesting space. The kits run from $1200-$1500 and are on display at Wilson’s Mint Hill Studio.
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