Cultivating a culture of art: Artspace 525 now open

March 6, 2014 12:06 pm

A unique, collaborative, creative space has recently opened at 525 North Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte. Set on the 9th Street side of a beautiful office tower, artspace 525 serves as a home base, workshop, studio, gallery and meeting space for artists Sharon Dowell and Amy Bagwell. It also reinvigorates a previously empty retail space and helps connect many of the cultural institutions on the North side of Uptown.

Dowell, artspace 525’s artist-in-residence, is already well-known among Charlotte’s creative class. She was named Charlotte Magazine’s Best Local Artist in 2012 and has been chosen to commission artwork across the region. She is using artspace 525 as a studio space, a gallery, a workshop space, and a home for upcoming projects, including a skateboard-painting project set to launch in the spring. “I love that the space helps take the intimidation factor away,” said Dowell. “Having this space in Uptown helps bring art and poetry directly to the community.”

The space will also serve as headquarters for The Wall Poems of Charlotte, project-in-residence. Along with her partner, Graham Carew, Bagwell will use artspace 525 as a place to gather with students and property owners as plans for future Wall Poems begin to take shape. She will also use the space as a place to host workshops and brainstorming sessions. “These students are Charlotte’s future residents and workers, so it’s important for them to feel ownership of their city,” said Bagwell. “This is all for them.”

artspace 525 will have open studio hours on the second Saturday of each month from noon until 6p.m. and on the fourth Thursday evening of each month from 5 – 8p.m. Special thanks to Parkway Properties for providing the space for artspace 525, the first of what we hope will be many “artspaces” in Center City Charlotte.

For an overview of our grand opening by Charlotte Magazine, click here. For photos from the grand opening, click here.

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