This year, in honor of Black History Month, two Charlotte restaurants will be hosting a new art gallery called The Charlotte Renaissance: An Urban Revolution. The pop up displays art created by contemporary and local Black artists that celebrates the legacy of the historically Black Brooklyn neighborhood here in Charlotte. History says that during the 1880s, this neighborhood was a hub for some of the city’s most prominent Black creatives and had been referred to as “a city within a city and a place for Black businesses to start, grow, and thrive.” As the years passed, Black families began to be pushed out of their own neighborhoods to turn Uptown Charlotte into an area where Government buildings would take over.
With the collaboration of two restaurants, The GoodYear House and Golden Own Tavern, some of the city’s contemporary Black artists will get to showcase their work in an environment that’s more inclusive and not elite in hopes they can gain more exposure and potential buyers. Plus, the gallery will allow for great dining and great artwork to both be enjoyed.
The four artists that will be displayed are Leon S. Parker, a visual abstract artist whose work can be seen around the city, Ajané K. Williams, a futurist painter, Azjah Stallings who creates 3D virtual art, Ricky Singh, an artist, community curator, and activist.
Make sure to follow them on their socials to show your support and stop by for the gallery viewings and chances to meet the artists. The pop up is taking place until the end of the month, February 28th.
[featured image by clt_renaissance_popup via instagram]