A huge free art crawl is taking over uptown and you should take advantage

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UPDATE: This event has been postponed to Oct. 27 due to Charlotte protests.

Well, my Thursday night just got busier. When I originally opened my planner to map out my week, Thursday culminated in a trip to Symphony on Tap. Now it’s going to be that, plus the free Uptown Gallery Crawl.

The concept of the crawl was generated by various galleries and museums uptown, whose representatives then turned to Charlotte Center City Partners to help create a unified event.

The gallery crawl goes from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 and features free transportation: A free trolley ride with six official stops will be offered, along with complimentary B-cycle access while supplies last and bike valets at every location if you ride your own bike ride. Or you can just walk.

Better yet, there is discussion around making this crawl a monthly event.

Steven Cole, director of communications for CCCP, said the evening is intended to lower the perceived barrier of fine arts to the public — so take advantage.

If you can, stop at every single participating gallery and museum along the Tryon Street Corridor: Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, Mint Museum Uptown, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, New Gallery of Modern Art, Sozo Gallery, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, UNCC Center City, Goodyear Arts and Levine Museum of the New South.

A glimpse at what you’ll experience:

Goodyear Arts

Goodyear Arts has a full night of activities planned (not to mention free parking) including live music at 6 p.m. by instrumental trio El Malpais and an artist talk by Micah Cash at 7:30 p.m. The night will also celebrate the opening of “Becoming Walls and Preserving Presence” by Laura Marple and Merrie Tarillion in the project studio. Meanwhile, in the main gallery, check out work created by the Artists-in-Residence for July and August: Micah Cash, Ramya Mahalingam and Chris Thomas, and new work like paintings, drawings, virtual stories and film.

“This gallery crawl has been a long time coming and it is very significant for Charlotte’s art scene,” said Amy Herman, co-director of Goodyear Arts. “Having this level of accessibility to organizations that support local, national and international artists will open the public’s eyes to the huge range of art we have in Charlotte. This crawl is hopefully only one of many steps that can be taken to strengthen the bonds between the local arts scene and the institutional arts in Charlotte.”

Sozo Gallery

Here at Sozo, Wan Marsh’s show “Chrysalis” is on display, inspired by a summer excursion to Lake Jocassee.
“She’s an extremely talented local artist and quite a firecracker,” said Hannah Blanton, owner and director of Sozo Gallery. “Meeting her and hearing her speak about her work is a must.”

What an amazing night! Thank you Wan Marsh for your incredible work!!

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There will be a surprise in one of the Sozo windows, too, related to team spirit.

Blanton said this idea of an uptown art crawl came about more than a year ago, and finally everyone came together and decided one night with free admission to a multitude of places is what Charlotte needed.

“We have so much art and culture to showcase in this city,” she said. “Charlotte is growing, booming, expanding — and we deserve an event like this for our community and for our visitors. … There can sometimes be a social stigma associated with galleries and museums and I want to help soften that. Art and culture is for everyone.”

Photo: Katie Toussaint

 

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