The state has more art galleries and museums than counties. Ten sites, including Blue Spiral I in Asheville, The Light Factory in Charlotte, the African Heritage Center in Greensboro, and Artspace in Raleigh, are profiled.
A new website aims to alleviate poverty and connect people by telling stories. Scott Gardner, a local cinematographer, cofounded About Face Charlotte with Sozo Art Gallery owner, Hannah Blanton, who felt moved to connect people in Charlotte who wouldn’t otherwise meet.
Art has found a plenteous place in Dare County. Businesses that offered their places included Carolista Jewelry and Design, Barrier Island Gallery, and My Mother’s Place restaurant. Noted were individuals like printmaker Hubby Blevin (also an amateur archaeologist); New York born painter Jean Montana, and woodcarver Gary Storm. This flow of creative juices suggested something in the water—and air—inspired this bustling colony.
A creative endeavor Charlotte’s gallery and museum communities activated and Jessica Moss advocated was Roll Up. This project, taking artists out into impoverished and vulnerable parts of town, included underrepresented human subjects in its artwork. Events showcasing these artworks included the New Gallery of Modern Art’s BlackBlooded.