Pillow Talk

Charlotte’s colorful artist Jill Seale may be hitting the high point of her career. Krispy Kreme is probably not the first place you’d think to meet an artist to discuss her luxury line of marbled textiles. But that’s where Charlotte resident Jill Seale and I found ourselves discussing her successful debut at the High Point Market this spring. “This is…

Advocating Community

Levine Museum of the New South’s new CEO Kathryn Hill looks for the museum to play an important role in building community in Charlotte. Barely four weeks into her new role as president and CEO of the Levine Museum of the New South, Kathryn Hill faced a dramatic challenge and test of the museum’s core social mission—building community though history.…

Dynamic Ceramics

The Mint Museum’s Delhom Service League celebrates 40 years of bringing international attention to the museum’s impressive ceramics collection. The late artist Mellanay Delhom must have been smiling from up above earlier this year when the Mint Museum opened the stellar exhibition, “Portals to the Past: British Ceramics 1675-1825.” Many of the objects on display were works Delhom assembled in…

Art & Soul

The Arts Empowerment Project Paints new possibilities for court-involved youth. Can art change the direction of a child’s life? Natalie Frazier Allen believes so, and she’s harnessed the support of several area youth advocates by founding The Arts Empowerment Project (TAEP), a nonprofit connecting children impacted by violence and abuse to community art programs. The project connects area kids in…

Night at the Museum

These days, some of Charlotte’s top museums are keeping the lights on—and drawing big crowds—after hours. Here’s where to go for your arts and science fix after dark. Science on the Rocks Care for a side of science with your martini? On the third Friday of every month Uptown’s Discovery Place hosts Science on the Rocks—an adults-only evening of drinks…

Fine Art

Grab a paintbrush, some wine, and a few of your favorite girls, and you’ve got the perfect Girls Night Out. It’s a trend that’s taken off in recent years, but one professional Charlotte artist has elevated these classes to a new level. Heidi Kirschner is an acclaimed painter who uses oils, pumps up the music, provides the treats and the…

The Big Picture

Marcy Gregg’s art comes with a second chance story—and lots of joy. There is no doubt Marcy Gregg is following her passion. The 56-year-old mother of three sold her successful consulting business 10 years ago to paint full-time at her South End studio and has never looked back. In fact, looking back is not something she does often. She lost…

Space Re-imagined

While a quick count of construction cranes across Charlotte is one way to mark the rapidly changing physical landscape of the city, another more artistic measure is found in the vast number of newly installed public artwork emerging here. Charlotte has many such newcomers, and they’re helping transform public space. “Ainsa III,” a die-cut stainless steel letters-of-the-world sculpture by Jaume…