Pop-up Art Collaborative to Open in Uptown Charlotte

February 25, 2014 1:13 pm

artspace 525 adds to existing cultural hub on North Tryon Street

The empty retail space at the entrance of 525 North Tryon Street at the corner of 9th Street in Uptown Charlotte has been vacant for several months. Today, the site has come alive with local art as part of a collaborative pop-up gallery concept called artspace 525.

In a unique partnership with Parkway Properties and sponsored by Charlotte Center City Partners, artspace 525 will serve as the headquarters for The Wall Poems of Charlotte, which brings poetry by North Carolina-based writers to buildings in Charlotte, and as an art studio for painter Sharon Dowell, Charlotte Magazine’s 2012 Best Local Artist. The site is located within the North Tryon Street corridor, which is already home for many of Charlotte’s cultural institutions; including the North Carolina Dance Theater, Foundation for the Carolinas, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library, the McColl Center for Visual Art and Discovery Place.

“With the generous support of Parkway Properties, the artspace 525 project allows art and business to intersect and bring another cultural attraction to North Tryon Street,” said Michael Smith, President & CEO of Charlotte Center City Partners. “Artspace 525 demonstrates how art can help bring available retail space to life and offer access to art and education for Uptown residents and visitors.”

“We are delighted to continue our commitment to our community by providing this unique space for artspace 525. This is truly a collaborative effort and we are happy to be involved,” said Bryan Howell, Parkway Properties Vice President.

In addition to providing art for the artspace 525 gallery, the two artists will offer instructional classes for building tenants and discounts on art available for purchase. For inquires about workshops and open studio times contact Amy Bagwell at amybagwell@gmail.com.

Parking for the grand opening on March 5 will be available in the 525 parking deck, which can be accessed from 9th Street.

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