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Shirley Woodson Reid, Grey Silk Waist, Blue Dress, Father and Sons, 1996, Courtesy of Dianne Whitfield-Locke and Dr. Carnell Locke; Richard Yarde, Heal and Toe (Savoy Series), Courtesy of Judy and Patrick Diamond

  • About This Program

    Our new exhibitions have arrived! Plan to spend the day with us as we debut to the public two new private collections and two renowned artists in our series Memories. Moments. Masterpieces on Saturday, February 3, 2018, from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

    Bring the family and kick off Black History Month while enjoying gallery talks, docent-led tours, art- making workshops, scavenger hunts and other activities as we celebrate the launch of By and About Women: The Collection of Dr. Dianne Whitfield-Locke and Dr. Carnell Locke, A Creative Journey: The Collection of Judy and Patrick Diamond, Lillian Blades: Mirrors of Life, and Frankhavemercy: Frequency.

    Join us as we celebrate collectors and artists who are preserving African-American art for future generations.


    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM — Scavenger hunt & kid zone coloring

    10:00 AM - 1:30 PM — Drop in collage-making workshop with CHD:WCK!

    Designed for enthusiasts of all ages and levels, local artist Chad “CHD:WCK!” Cartwright will guide workshop participants as they create an original work of art. Collage is a technique using an assemblage of diverse materials and media which can include newspaper, magazines, fabric, paint, photographs and other found materials in different forms and shapes to create a finished composition. We’ll provide the supplies. You provide your imagination.

    A self-taught Visual Artist from East Orange, NJ, CHD:WCK! has over a decade of experience using photography and collage to seek out and celebrate overlooked beauty and texture. He is an active member of the Charlotte art community, while creating and showing work along the East Coast.


    11:00 AM - 1:00 PM — Portrait painting workshop with artist Bree Stallings

    Artists! Take advantage of this portrait panting workshop to work with a live model! This is a great opportunity to meet other artists and have people see you in action! All artists (including middle and high school students) are invited! Participants are encouraged to bring their own materials.

    Breanna "Bree" Stallings graduated from Queens University of Charlotte in May of 2013 with a Bachelor Degree in Studio Art/Creative Writing, cum laude with the completion of her honors thesis. She resides near uptown Charlotte where she works as a painter, illustrator and muralist. Currently, she is the lead teaching artist at Behailu Academy, a free non-profit after school program for students in low socio-economic scoring neighborhoods and runs her own private-art lessons for adults and children at the Learning Lab inside C3 Lab.


    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM — Curator + collector talk for By and About Women: The Collection of Dr. Dianne Whitfield-Locke and Dr. Carnell Locke with the collectors and curator, Dr. Michael D. Harris

    This exhibition highlights selected works from their extensive collection which were either created by female artists or feature women as the subject.

    12:45 - 1:45 PM — Curator + collector talk for A Creative Journey: The Collection of Judy and Patrick Diamond with the collectors and curator, Dr. Michael D. Harris

    A Creative Journey celebrates iconic African-American artists and reflects the couple's life journey.

    2:00 PM - 2:30 PM — Guided tour of Lillian Blades: Mirrors of Life with exhibiting artist Lillian Blades

    Mirrors of Life includes an array of found objects with bursts of bright and dark colors from works of art that are both mesmerizing and reflective.

    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM — Mosaic workshop with exhibiting artist Lillian Blades


    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM — Guided tour of exhibitions

    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM — Guided tour of exhibitions

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