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After one of the coldest winters on record, who isn’t ready to throw open the shutters and throw out our tired old décor? Maybe you can’t afford go-for-broke redecorating this year, but you can still give your home a fresh new look for the season. Follow the advice of Charlotte’s leading interior design specialists, who gave us their best ideas for making simple, affordable changes that will help you and your rooms lighten up for spring. 

Out with the old says interior designer Eric Ennis of The Furniture Connector in Charlotte, who advises clients to start the new season fresh by eliminating clutter and getting rid of items they don’t love.

Visit Urban Home Magazine’s website to view the entire article

Graham & Brown is an international company that designs and manufacturers sophisticated wallpaper and wall art, and prides itself on its initiatives in the wallcovering market. They are recognized as a powerful creative source when it comes to pattern and color. With great designs, stunning textures, and ease of use, Graham & Brown strives to recreate the wallpaper experience by subtracting less time and hassle and adding more ease and color.

Wallpapering is often percieved to be difficult, however with Graham & Brown’s Superfresco Easy wallpaper, your room can be re-decorated in a matter of minutes. An entire room could be prepared in half the time it takes to hang regular wallpaper, and probably quicker than appyling two coats of paint.

For ideas on how to wallpaper your next accent wall or room, visit

Both exhibitions will be on view in our Southend location from April 2nd until May 29th. A ‘meet the artists’ opening reception will be held Friday, April 2nd from 6-9pm.  Magician Michael Casey will also be performing during the opening reception.

A Chorus from the Brain Forest is inspired by humanity’s yearning to stay in tune to the environment. In this series of paintings, Lark & Key co-owner Duy Huynh combines three components that continue to be influential to his thought process:  music, memory and Mother Nature.  Though our ever-changing world may appear more chaotic by the minute, Huynh hopes to highlight the beautiful and mysterious patterns that are orchestrated to create our rhythmical surroundings.  His contemplative acrylic paintings create a mood for the viewer to explore and discover their own interpretations.

Drawn Together features the ceramics of Julie Wiggins and her mentor Suze Lindsay.  The two potters have developed a strong relationship through the years, their first encounter occurring at Suze’s Fork Mountain Pottery studio when Julie was a young, impressionable struggling student. 

The pottery of Charlotte, NC based Julie Wiggins is intended for everyday use that dictates function throughout cultures and time.  Working with high-fired porcelain in a gas fired reduction kiln, Julie manipulates and alters components of wheel thrown and hand-built techniques. History and tradition play an important role in her work.  Inspiration comes from environmental and architectural settings along with the repetition and gestural quality of a line. Julie’s hand drawn imagery, created by using an inlay surface technique, is a reflection of her memories, travels and loves of life. Julie was born in Jacksonville, NC and attended East Carolina University where she received her BFA in Ceramics.  She is currently the studio manager and a studio artist at Clayworks, Inc in Charlotte, NC.

Suze Lindsay lives and works in Bakersville, NC where she and her husband create pottery under the name Fork Mountain Pottery.  Her stoneware pots subtly reference the figure, as she is known for her altered pottery forms that are decorated and fired in a salt kiln.  Her mark making is strongly influenced by the study of historical ceramics with a focus surface decoration used to enhance form by patterning and painting slips and glazes. Suze’s studies include a two-year fellowship at Penland School of Crafts as a “core student”, followed by earning her MFA from Louisiana State University.  She also holds two educational degrees, one in special education and the other in Montessori teaching theory.  Suze has taught at numerous art centers and universities, including Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Penland School of Craft, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.

Years after their initial meeting, both potters studied at the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in Jingdezhen, China where long train rides, interesting food adventures and navigating new cities drew them close and took their mentor/mentee relationship to a new level.

Lark & Key Gallery (Southend) / 128 E. Park Ave, Ste B / Charlotte, NC 28203

For more information contact Sandy Snead at 704.334.4616 or

Local interior designer, Laura Casey, found some great rooms that have prominently used maps as art.  It’s an interesting and, in some cases, inexpensive way to liven up your walls! Laura is a graduate of the New York School of Design and an Allied Member of the American Society of Interior Designers.  To read her blog visit

Broken Head, James Clark, Wood construction, 17.5″ x 6.5″

OPENING: Friday, April 2nd, 6-9 pm (in conjunction with the NoDa Gallery Crawl)

EXHIBITION: April 2nd – May 29th, 2010

For well over a decade, CTE has had the pleasure of representing the cubist sculpture of James Clark.  A legendary NoDa Arts District resident, James incorporates the emotions and experiences that bind humanity together in his wood constructions.  A selection of small table top studies to life size nudes from the past 30 years will be on exhibit.  James received his BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA from Cranbrook. His work can be found in the collections of Dettra Flag Co., Annin & Co., Mele Manufacturing Co., and Russel Wright Associates.

In addition to Clark’s sculpture, CTE will be presenting a selection of works from the gallery collection.  CTE believed in the growth and promise of several artists and has acquired their works over the past 20 years.  The gallery is pleased to share this eclectic collection, which includes notables Jennifer Bartlett, Howard Finster, Robert Kushner, and Wolf Kahn.

Center of the Earth Gallery Inc.
3204 N Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC 28205
Hours: Tues-Fri 11-5, Sat 12-7, Mon by appt

 Ed Byers & Holden McCurry: Form & Figure: A Spiritual Journey

Exhibition Runs March 12 through May 4, 2010

Charlotte, North Carolina – RedSky Gallery proudly presents “Form and Figure: A Spiritual Journey” collaborative and individual clay sculptures by Asheville, NC artists Ed Byers and Holden McCurry.  The exhibition opens with a reception on Friday evening March 12th 6:00-8:30 pm. at RedSky Gallery, 1244 East Blvd, in Dilworth.  The show runs through May 4th.

Ceramic artist Holden McCurry combines both terra-stone and white clays with custom-tinted glazes to create distinctive functional and sculptural forms.  The richly colored textural surfaces enhance their creations inspired by human and architectural forms.

Ed Byers has developed an intense interest in figurative sculpture.  He uses earthenware clay and strives to make narrative representations with a unique human story – usually a story of peace and hope – helping to connect to others.

RedSky Gallery features original works on paper and canvas, sculpture, ceramic, glass, studio furniture, art-to-wear, jewelry, and more. Over 500 regional and national artists are represented at three gallery locations in Dilworth, Blakeney Town Centre in South Charlotte and the EpiCentre in Uptown.  For more information about the gallery, please visit

 RedSky Gallery in Dilworth:  1244 East Blvd Charlotte, N.C.  704-377-6400

Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm


Moth and Beetle, Scott Fraser, 11.5"x9", oil on panel


Center of the Earth is welcoming the new year with painting, collage, and sculpture from an eclectic selection of 10 artists.

OPENING: Friday, February 5th, 2010, 6-9 pm
In conjunction with the NoDa Gallery Crawl

EXHIBITION:  February 5th – March 27th, 2010
Robert Boyd
Jacob Cooley
Sharon Dowell
Scott Fraser
Patrick Glover
Scott Hill
Ruth Ava Lyons
Nancy Scheinman
Paul Sires
Scott Upton

Gallery Crawl Evenings:
1st Friday February 5th, 6 – 9 pm
3rd Friday February 19th, 6 – 9 pm
1st Friday March 5th, 6 – 9 pm
3rd Friday March 19th, 6 – 9 pm

For additional information, please visit


Autumn's Magic, Scott Upton, 40"x30", oil on canvas

Jamie Meares had always dreamed of opening up a little store and her dream came true in November when she opened the doors to her hip Raleigh shop, Furbish.  It all started with her blog, I Suwannee, which lead to many clients asking for more and more design help.  Now she offers decorating services in the store as well as in-home consultations.  She has filled the shop with vintage furniture, new accessories, lighting, and local artwork.  Next time you’re in Raleigh, don’t forget to stop by!

To learn more about Jamie Meares and Furbish visit

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Located just south of uptown, Dilworth was established in 1891 by Edward Dilworth Latta on 250 acres of land. Dilworth is Charlotte’s first street car suburb and its inception marked the beginning of suburban sprawl (quite amusing considering where suburbia is now located!). Just as Charlotte’s other original four wards, the neighborhood was designed primarily in a grid pattern and was initially to be called the Eighth Ward. Dilworth is known for its tree-lined streets, sidewalks, front porch homes, fine restaurants and trendy stores. It is also the home of Freedom and Latta Parks and Carolinas Medical Center. You can understand how the neighborhood’s residents are completely spoiled as this is urban living at its very best! 

Visit Urban Home Magazine’s website to view entire article.

RedSky Gallery is presenting an exhibition of wall sculptures by Anne Cunningham and jewelry by Deb Karash.  The exhibition opens with a reception on Friday evening February 5th 6:00-8:30 p.m. at RedSky Gallery in Dilworth. The show runs through March 9th.

Since 1990, Anne Cunningham has been on an exciting exploration using metals such as copper, brass, and aluminum to create large and small free-form shapes. “Every day is an experiment” -discovering new ways to add texture and shape the metals, layering with papers, weaving cut strips, applying inks, dyes, chemicals and paints.  With no constricting boundaries, her work continues to change and evolve.  Cunningham’s work is represented in 12 galleries around the Southeast and in private and corporate collections such as S.A.S. Institute, Duke Medical Center, Bank of Birmingham, Carolina Power & Light, Wake Medical Centers and United Health Care, Salt Lake City.  Recently, Cunningham’s work was voted “Best of North Carolina Artists, First Place in Mixed Media”.

Jewelry artist Deb Karash draws inspiration from natural textures, fiber, stone and mixed media paintings and sculpture.  Her jewelry reflects the mystery and richness of individual lives and personalities.  Surface, color and texture are as important as the form itself.

RedSky Gallery features original works on paper and canvas, sculpture, ceramic, glass, studio furniture, art-to-wear, jewelry, and more. Over 500 regional and national artists are represented at three gallery locations in Dilworth, Blakeney Town Centre in South Charlotte and the EpiCentre in Uptown.  For more information about the gallery, please visit

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