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