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621 SR 24-27 Bypass
Albemarle, NC 28001
Phone: (704) 983-2770
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Arts & Museums
This facility near the Charlotte Speedway hosts a number of shops and a museum for motorsports enthusiasts. This complex is especially compelling for fans of the Hendrick racing team, as the team drivers tend to stop by from time to time. Visit the website for more details on this state-of-the-art facility.
The Old Davidson County Courthouse was a courthouse which was later converted to a museum exhibiting the local history and civic life during the 18th Century. Built in 1858, this Greek Revival structure is featured on the National Register of Historic Places.
Housing the Hezekiah Alexander Homesite, the Charlotte Museum of History plays a pivotal role in showcasing the region's history. Come and learn more about the area's fascinating past with exhibits like "Stitched from the Soul," "Community of Faiths," "Watch Charlotte Grow" and many, many more. Also open to the public is the 18th-century restored house of the revolutionary Hezekiah Alexander, a perfect example of living conditions during that era. Go back in time and discover all the past has to offer; check the website for the latest exhibits.
The Blue Pony is a haven for printmaking. Etchings, woodcuts, linoleum cuts, and other prints are always on display, be they part of the permanent collection, or a seasonal exhbition. Printmaking classes are held regularly, for beginners as well as old hands. The Pony avoids the snooty atmosphere often associated with the art world; patrons are encouraged to get their hands dirty (literally) and take part in the joys of the printmaking process. Open late for the NoDa Gallery Crawl. from Tuesday to Saturday from 11am.
Green Rice Gallery makes it possible for art lovers to meet artists in their lair. Consequently, it is a must-see stop along NoDa's twice-monthly Gallery Crawl. Covering 5,000 square feet, the gallery has a rather unkempt look inside—white-washed walls, exposed pipes, cemented floor, and badly arranged artwork on the walls. Nonetheless, it is the place to find fresh art from charcoal to oils. See website for calendar of events.
Known as “Frew's Folly” for the extravagance of the owner who built it, this plantation house is a beautiful example of the rich gentleman's life of the early 19th Century. Occupied by several rich families and their slaves in succession, the house has many a tale to reveal. Tours of the area promote this heritage and educate folks about the lifestyles of their probable ancestors. Stroll through the beautiful gardens amid the trees, barns and outbuildings, and look at the old wash-house that was once full of suds and chatting women. A myriad of events like tea-parties, fund-raisers and candle-light tours take place here as well.
Hart Witzen's outer ring houses 17 private artists' studios. In the center is a grand multi-purpose room that serves as a gallery, a movie theater, a performance venue, a live music stage, and even a classroom. Accordingly, the place is important to the local arts community in many ways. Artists have a creative, inspiring environment to call home, and patrons have a venue that hosts every event they could possibly want to see (a production by the Moving Poets Theater of Dance, for instance). This is a highly popular stop alongNoDa Gallery Crawl. See website for calendar of events.
The Arthouse is the place to appreciate art in all forms—photography, sculpture, heritage art, music, textile art, et al. Exhibitions and other events are held from time to time and attract the arty crowd from Charlotte and beyond. To sample a heady dose of creative expression, walk right up Cullman Avenue. Come by any day of the week, or during the famous NoDa Gallery Crawl.
Twenty-Two serves two trendy purposes in one building. This spot is a wine bar/art gallery, allowing droves of wine and contemporary art connoisseurs to gather in one place. This chic establishment has earned its reputation as one of Charlotte's coolest hangouts. Exhibits showcase the art of local artists.
From 1836 to around 1861 this Federal-style building served as the first branch of the United States Mint. During the Depression it was saved from demolition through a community effort and became North Carolina's first art museum. Now it is one of the major collections of American, European, African, and Asian artwork, along with ceramics, photography, maps and contemporary art. There are daily tours, lectures, art classes, and festivals that invite the public to come and enjoy the exhibitions. With such an extensive collection of over 72,000 items and a building rich in history, this museum is a must-see for any art lover! Also be sure to check out the Mint Museum Uptown, located in nearby Uptown.
Artists from all over the world display their work here, with the exhibitions based on various themes and subjects. From fragile glass sculptures to carefully-developed photographs, art enthusiasts will get it all. A word of warning, though: is you are looking for a Picasso or a DaVinci, you will be in for a disappointment. Prominent contemporary names include Romare Bearden, an American collagist, Wolf Kahn, a landscape painter, and Dale Chihuly, a glass artist. Call for details on the next showing.
Located on the AME Zion Church premises is The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture, founded to promote and preserve black culture, history and art. This landmark consists of an outdoor amphitheater, an indoor theater and two galleries (Montgomery and Stained Glass). Events such as the Teen Drama Camp and Jazz Evenings are held here regularly, as are weddings, private gatherings and business meetings. Also check out the interactive programs for children.