Art Destinations - The Top Charlotte Art Galleries

artGuide Magazine featured Charlotte North Carolina as an Arts Destination for the month of February. Our art news art blogger picked up the article and posted it on  These Charlotte art galleries carry an amazing array of quality art, from local to international and everything in between.

Nestled at the bottom of the North Carolina Piedmont, Charlotte is a bustling metropolis with a vibrant downtown and awesome skyscrapers.  What is easily recognizable for anyone visiting the city is it’s very vibrant arts scene.  From museums that carry artwork from world renowned artists, to art centers, and galleries, purveying the Charlotte visual arts scene is not a single day affair!

Anchoring downtown is two amazing modern architectural works, The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and The Mint Museum.  Each museum carries an amazing collection of artwork in addition to being architecturally a work of art themselves.  From The Bechtler’s permanent exhibit of mid-20th century works to the significant rotating exhibits of The Mint, each museum is dedicated to enhancing the cultural experience of Charlotte.

With the museums in downtown, the surrounding neighborhoods carry a dizzying array of fine art galleries, which range from artist owned co-ops to Fine Art Dealer Association (FADA) galleries.

Whether you’re interested in top local artists, artwork from regional artists, or works from national and internationally significant artists, Charlotte has a one-of-a-kind eclectic mix that will satisfy all palettes.  

Jerald Melberg Gallery

Jerald Melberg Gallery
625 South Sharon Amity Road
Charlotte, NC 28211
(704) 365-3000
Hours: Mon-Fri 10-6pm; Sat 10-4pm

Raúl Diáz,  Apilados I , 2016, painted bronze, 21 3/4” x 27 1/2” x 20”

Raúl Diáz, Apilados I, 2016, painted bronze, 21 3/4” x 27 1/2” x 20”

Founded in 1983, Jerald Melberg Gallery prides itself on enjoying a fine reputation based on years of honesty and integrity among our colleagues and collectors.  We provide the professionalism, knowledge, and expertise needed to place quality works of art in public, private, and corporate collections.  

The gallery represents artists from all regions of the United States as well as Europe and South America.  Among these are internationally celebrated artists
Romare Bearden, Wolf Kahn, Robert Motherwell, Brian Rutenberg, Raúl Diáz, Thomas McNickle, Charles Basham, among others.  Our artists are chosen with extreme care, as we seek to exhibit works of art that have a particular visual poetry, a spiritual quality and an inner integrity that transcends the everyday.

Jerald Melberg Gallery is pleased to currently present a solo exhibition of recent paintings and sculpture by Argentine artist Raúl Diáz (b. 1952) on view through March 18.  Diáz has spent many years perfecting a technique for his bas-relief painted panels, and his pieces are notable for their contrast of dream-like imagery and contemplative silence with technical invention. His imagery draws on childhood memories of lake fishing, where the sight of floating wooden boats occupied by solitary figures remains indelible in Diáz’ memory.  Now he calls on this memory to create visual metaphors for life’s journey.  Recently he has taken his work into three dimensions, carving boats and figures in wood or casting them in bronze.     

The subjects of Raúl Diáz’ paintings are the topics of life.  His recent work is a poetic vision symbolic of our human existence.


Soco Gallery - Chandra Johnson

SOCO Gallery, 421 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207.

In Charlotte, NC we profiled SOCO Gallery, an amazing space with an array of nationally collected artists. 
SOCO Gallery has been opened since May of 2015. How did the gallery begin?
The genesis of the gallery stemmed from my personal passion for collecting contemporary art and a desire to support the artists I love.  The gallery grew from pop-up exhibitions in Charlotte and the response from the community was so energetic that a permanent space was born.  My goal is to bring in artists from all over the world to provide a strong dialogue with our talented artists working locally and regionally

Where is the gallery located?
We opened in a wonderful 1920’s bungalow on Providence Road with a beautiful front porch and courtyard in the Myers Park neighborhood of Charlotte.  Our space is contemporary with southern elements and provides the feel of an urban gallery mixed with warmth and soul.  We share the space with one of the most finely curated boutiques for men in the South, Tabor, and have a lobby filled with vintage vinyl records by Creampuff Records.  Most weekends, we have good coffee brewing or champagne pouring to create a welcoming and fun community space.  We merged the best of art, music, fashion, and culture to create a really dynamic experience.    

Tell me about your artists?
Originally, SOCO focused on photography as that had been an early collecting interest of mine, and the south has such a strong historical connection with photography.  As we grew it became apparent that painting, sculpture, and multimedia also deserved a role in SOCO’s program and we have been able to do exhibitions with leading painters such as Clare Rojas and sculptors/multi-disciplinary artists such as Robert Lazzarini.  We still have a strong roster of photographers and have even reintroduced artists like Ken Van Sickle, who was one of the original artists in the first photography exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1960.  This year, we have an exciting exhibition roster including artists Carrie Yamaoka, Linda Foard Roberts, Elliott Puckette, and Jackie Gendel, among others.  For many, it is their first time showing in North Carolina which makes us extremely proud.         

As you approach your second year anniversary, what have you learned about owning an art gallery?
Owning a business has been an incredible journey.  I feel lucky to share my passion through SOCO Gallery.  I learn something new in this business every day and hope to never stop growing.  I find the world of contemporary art fascinating and feel honored to be an ambassador for the incredible artists we work with.

Carl Plansky,  Large Hill , Le Roche Guyon, 48” x 60”

Carl Plansky, Large Hill, Le Roche Guyon, 48” x 60”

Carl Plansky at Elder Gallery

Elder Gallery, 1520 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28203, 704.370.6337.

At the time of his death in 2009 at age 58, Carl Plansky had just hit his stride.  Like so many respected and notable painters, Plansky fought the constant battle of achieving commercial success while still holding true to his artistic vision.  It was a position he found equally frustrating and empowering.  He said, “the art world is cool and hip.  [I am] too hot and passionate.”  At the time of his death, he had become a revered and successful artist on his own terms, without compromise or regret.

The fire of his individualistic stance was fueled and constantly reinforced by his friend and mentor Joan Mitchell.  Their rocky and often sadistic relationship led to months together in her Vétheuil, France studio where some of their best work resulted.  For Plansky, Mitchell’s La Tour estate provided lush landscapes with inspirational light that became the subject of his “La Tour Water Garden” series.

Elder Gallery has acquired the entire collection of Plansky’s paintings and drawings from his three studios in Brooklyn, East Meredith, NY, and Budapest, Hungary.  The 1000-piece collection has been catalogued and authenticated and is ready for distribution to interested art markets across the United States and Europe.

Plansky studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the New York Studio School. His work is represented in numerous private and public collections.  He taught, or lectured at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Chicago Art Institute, Maryland Institute College of Art, Harvard University, Smith College, Bennington College, Northwestern University, and other institutions of higher learning.

Plansky has been featured on CBS Radio’s The Osgood File and has been the subject of articles for The New York Times, The New Republic, Art and Antiques Magazine, Art in America, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Criterion among others.

Marc Chatov,  Jeanne d’Arc , oil on board, 12” x 16”

Marc Chatov, Jeanne d’Arc, oil on board, 12” x 16”

allison sprock fine art

600 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC

allison sprock fine art is located in the heart of Myers Park in Charlotte.  The gallery is bursting with numerous amazing original pieces from very famous to emerging artists from all over the world! 

The gallery’s selection of art is an eclectic mix of styles: from stunning abstracts to breathtaking portraits.  allison sprock fine art captivates all sorts of art lovers from the new comers to the longterm connoisseur.  Sprock has had a lifelong passion for fine art and has brought influences from her experiences living in NYC, Charlotte, Atlanta, San Francisco, and Charleston. 

With a cozy, relaxed atmosphere, allison sprock fine art invites visitors to dream and envision pieces in the comfort of their own home.  At any time guests are welcome to stop by and enjoy a refreshment while browsing our beautiful, diverse collections.

Diane Pike,  Entwined , 2016, oil, 30” x 40”

Diane Pike, Entwined, 2016, oil, 30” x 40”

Ciel Gallery

128 East Park Avenue, Charlotte, NC / 704-496-9417

Ciel Gallery, located in the South End Arts District of Charlotte, NC, is an artist-run exhibition and workshop space featuring 27 local makers of fine art and functional craft.  A Charlotte fixture since 2008, Ciel encourages innovation and collaboration. Artists are available daily to talk about their work, the process, and inspiration.

Exhibitions are rotated monthly and include three national juried shows each calendar year, several salon shows, and featured artist shows.  2017 will include an exhibition on Faces of Charlotte, highlighting diversity and community; Works on Paper, encouraging experimental directions and accessible art for new collectors; and Skew the Masters, our annual fundraiser and auction benefitting Arts and Science Council of Mecklenburg County.
Hyong Yi’s 100 Love Notes, the worldwide sensation that began with hand written words of love handed to passing strangers to mark the one year anniversary of Charlottean Catherine Zanga’s death from ovarian cancer, will debut featured artwork at Ciel.  The kick-off party will be January 28, with original works from the book on view through February.  Tickets and book at

Ciel also offers comprehensive art instruction for beginners through advanced students both on and off site, as well as private and public commissions.

Jeanie Tomanek, Asking Questions of the Moon,  oil on canvas, 30” x 30”

Jeanie Tomanek, Asking Questions of the Moon, 
oil on canvas, 30” x 30”

Lark & Key Gallery

128 E Park Avenue, Ste  B, Charlotte, NC / 704.334.4616

Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique, established in 2008, is celebrated for its diverse selection of paintings and functional craft from over 30 local, regional, and national artists.  Owners Sandy Snead and Duy Huynh interweave a calming and rustic sensibility with an eye towards the slightly whimsical, the subtly surreal, and nature inspired.  The gallery walls are filled with stories to ponder and dreamscapes to get lost in, including Huynh’s own poetic paintings, the modern day fairy tales of Mary Alayne Thomas, and encaustic assemblages by Janet Eskridge.  Other core artists include Elizabeth Foster, Sarah Kaufman, Judy Klich, Bridgette Guerzon Mills, Angie Renfro, Kendra Baird Runnels, Vicki Sawyer, and Jeanie Tomanek.

Artwork is complemented by an array of local and regional pottery from artisans such as Jim Connell, Julie Covington, Jennifer Mecca, Amy Sanders, Andrew Stephenson, and Julie Wiggins.  Hand-blown glass, handmade jewelry, and paper goods round out the selection.

Lark & Key, located in Charlotte’s South End neighborhood, offers an inviting space for first time buyers, long-term collectors, gift seekers, and fine craft scavengers to explore and be inspired.

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