On The Road: NoDa Gallery Crawl

By Liz Horton - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - When you first step foot in NoDa, it's hard to miss the art that surrounds you. Colorful buildings, murals, and paintings jump out at you as if to say "welcome."

It's no wonder that artists like Matt Hooker, have found it an inspirational place to work.  "You're going to see some from sculptors, you'll see oil painters, acrylic painters, we have jewelry artists here."

His art, along with others, is spotlighted two Friday's a month during their much talked about gallery crawl. " It's almost like a block party,and the whole neighborhood just opens up, Hooker said."

"Gallery crawls are awesome. There's up to a thousand people walking around the streets and there's always something fun going on," said Jeff Tonidandel, owner of the Crepe Cellar Kitchen and Pub.  He and his business partner, Paul Manley, say the crawls showcase the neighborhood at its best.

"There's a great vibe on the street, you start at one place you go to one gallery you have a glass of wine you look at art you haven't seen before you get to meet the artist on many occasions," said Manley.

"If you're worried about a real snooty crowd that knows everything about art history, you're not going to find that here," said Hooker.

It's an opportunity to wine, dine, and support local artists, hard at work. And, Hooker says it comes without a steep price tag.  "It's free.The price is free.Just come down."

Copyright 2010 WBTV. All rights reserved.