Tonight, Friday, Feb. 18, the NoDa district will hold its bimonthly “Gallery Crawl” from 6 p.m-9:30 p.m. Unlike other tour-like art events, the nature of this gallery crawl is appropriate for the free-spirited flavor of the neighborhood — unrestricted movement and minimal structure makes this gallery crawl a fantastic opportunity for the Charlotte community to explore the fresh artistic scene, popular drinking spots, and delicious local restaurants.

Below are a few descriptions of the current featured talents to help guide your wanderings:

Green Rice Gallery
:: :: True to its dedication to “local, emerging artists”, the Green Rice Gallery is currently showcasing its 2nd annual “North to South Show – A Regional Competitive Exhibit of Artworks by the Artists of North and South Carolina.” This juried showcase will be judged by Susan Brenner, associate professor of art history at UNC-Charlotte.

The Arthouse :: :: Home to a group of “local artists working in different media and disciplines…from paint and photography to copper and light”. Current feature artists include photographer Bobby Blue and mixed media artists Brent Bumgarner and Chris Johnson.

The Evening Muse :: :: Music venue, bar, and art gallery – The Evening Muse has it all. The evening of the gallery crawl, the Muse will feature singer/songwriters Jill Andrews with Emily Lynch and Crowfield with The Spiveys.

Hart Witzen Gallery :: :: A beautiful gallery with blank walls, high ceilings, and simple architecture make this venue an ideal alternative art gallery scene.

Lark & Key :: :: A gallery “celebrated for its diverse selection of paintings, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry and more”, Lark & Key is a gorgeous, warm, and inviting environment to enjoy during your NoDa explorations. Martique Lorray, a featured artist, is currently offering a beautiful exhibit dedicated to the concepts of burden and balance.

So make a night of it! Enjoy the dynamic visual art galleries, grab a bite to eat, and bring along some pleasant company. NoDa’s gallery crawl is a wonderful way to get in tune with the heartbeat of Charlotte’s artistic community. The next gallery crawl will be held on Friday, March 4.

Leah Cagle

Leah Cagle is QNotes' former associate editor for arts and entertainment. You can reach editor Matt Comer via or