THE ART LOVER’S GUIDE TO COL­LECT­ING FINE ART IN NORTH CAROLINA

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North Carolina is a gor­geous lo­cale marked by three pri­mary geo­graphic re­gions. The eastern por­tion of the state—the At­lantic coastal plain—is filled with beaches and sparkling shore­lines, while in­land lay the Pied­mont Re­gion and the Moun­tain Re­gion, part of the Ap­palachi­ans. The at­mos­phere en­cap­su­lates the charm and whimsy of a south­ern coastal state, and while the nat­u­ral beauty of the state is stun­ning, much of that charm is owed to the many dis­tricts and re­gions de­fined by art. A thriv­ing com­mu­nity theater scene can be found across the state in cities like Char­lotte, Asheville, Hick­ory and Hen­der­son­ville, and a di­verse range fine art gal­leries show­case the works of clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary artists, spe­cial­iz­ing in pot­tery, wa­ter­color, glass works and more.

North David­son, NoDa for short, is a neigh­bor­hood in down­town Char­lotte glow­ing with gal­leries, ar­ti­san gift shops and lo­cal din­ing. Art lovers can spend the evening brows­ing gal­leries while si­mul­ta­ne­ously ex­plor­ing Char­lotte’s phe­nom­e­nal food scene or one of NoDa’s many craft beer spots. Just south of down­town is Jer­ald Mel­berg Gallery, show­cas­ing a di­ver­sity of works from artists across the coun­try as well as Spain and Ar­gentina. An­other prom­i­nent gallery is Shain Gallery, lo­cated in the My­ers Park neigh­bor­hood, ex­hibit­ing el­e­gant art­work from es­tab­lished and emerg­ing artists.

Hav­ing re­cently wrapped up its 54th year, Char­lotte’s Fes­ti­val in the Park show­cases works from lo­cal and na­tion­wide artists with cat­e­gories in­clud­ing paint­ing, sculp­ture, jewelry, pho­tog­ra­phy, draw­ing, graph­ics and mixed me­dia, to name a few. Char­lotte’s His­toric South End is an­other cul­tural hub within the city, where col­lec­tors can ex­plore

a trea­sure trove of art venues and par­take in the South End Gallery Crawl on the first Fri­day of every month.

De­spite its name, Sea­grove is a ru­ral town right be­tween Char­lotte and Raleigh, and is known as “pot­tery par­adise.” With North Carolina be­ing the largest pot­tery com­mu­nity in the coun­try, Sea­grove is a re­gion of ar­ti­san pot­ters pos­si­bly dat­ing as far back as the late 18th cen­tury when colo­nial pot­ters be­gan to sculpt and forge earth­en­ware goods. Now, the An­nual Sea­grove Pot­tery Fes­ti­val cel­e­brates its 37th year this Novem­ber.

In the far eastern part of the state in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Moun­tains is the city of Asheville, which has both the Down­town Asheville Art District and the River Arts District lo­cated along the French Broad River.

Other no­table artists based in North Carolina in­clude im­pres­sion­is­tic-style pain­ter Mary Kamerer, who has been paint­ing oils of re­splen­dent seascapes, moun­tains and other nat­u­ral lo­cales for 10 years now.

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