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Arts & Museums
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.
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.
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.
Part gallery, part studio space, the McColl Center is dedicated to two noble goals: providing local artists with a healthy and inspiring environment in which to work, and encouraging the surrounding community to become more aware of the art world. To these ends, the McColl Center functions as a traditional gallery as well as sponsoring community-building events such as “Open Studio Saturdays” where artists' workspaces are open to the public. Artists-in-residence ply their trades throughout the facility, working with everything from pencils and paints to clay and cements, neon light, heavy metals, and much more. Housed in a renovated 1920s-era church, the Center itself is quite striking. See website for calendar of events and exhibitions.
A visit to the Hodges Taylor Gallery is worth your time, whether you are a seasoned art-lover, or just plain curious. Around since 1981, this gallery showcases the latest in contemporary art. Artists like Brian Shaw, Deborah Luster, Marc Maiorana and many, many more have exhibited their works here. The exhibits have spanned a variety of mediums, and display interesting imagery.
Discovery Place is a paradise of kid-friendly interactive science exhibits and presentations. Visit the Cool Stuff exhibit which, true to its name, is full of cool interactive activities like lying on a bed of nails that help making learning physics fun. Next, experience a rainforest by crossing a rope bridge and looking down at exotic plant life and animals. See aquatic life at the large aquarium and take a unique guided feeding tour of the aquarium. Children 7 and under need to stop by KidScience with hands-on fun geared towards the younger kids. Make sure you save time to see a short movie at the Discovery 3D Theatre or get immersed in the action at the IMAX Dome Theatre. The museum also offers a number of live programs, plus there are seasonal attractions so there's always something new to see!
The Light Factory is one of only four establishments in the country to be solely dedicated to photography and film-making. Founded in 1972, this institution has since been a platform for contemporary artists with creative leanings to light-based media. Visit thought-provoking photography exhibitions, attend documentary screenings and indie film events, and take a class in digital video art to experience the magic of capturing images and the power of visuals.
First Presbyterian was built in the early 19th century and has been a major tourist attraction as well as a fully functioning church since its dedication. The architecture is reminiscent of European Gothic cathedrals and many efforts have been made to maintain this style even as recent renovations and expansions have allowed it to cater to the needs of its growing congregation. The impressive spire and detailed stonework make this church a must-see for art and architecture lovers. Multiple services are held throughout the week including two full services on Sunday, one of which is televised on a local Charlotte station, WSOC-TV Channel 9. Open on Sunday from 9am, 11am and 5pm and Wednesday from noon.
The Foundation for the Carolinas is a hub of philanthropy. This foundation brings many different people from the community together and encourages all to do good and to pay it forward. The Luski-Gorelick Center for Philanthropy is home to an art gallery on the first floor that features works from local artists. Admission to the gallery is free.
The heart of this museum lies in an exploration of the people who have changed and shaped the social landscape of the South since the end of the Civil War. The exhibit addresses controversial issues like race relations and immigration, providing a forum for discussion and contemplation. The facility is newly renovated and many of the pieces contain modern multimedia displays and virtual tours that make the learning experience fun for all ages. Be sure to explore the 'Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers' exhibit, one of the permanent collections that focuses on the changing face of Charlotte and the Piedmont region of North Carolina.