Posted on Oct 10th 2008 by Neil.
I was thrilled when My wife announced she had tickets for Friday’s performace.
The kids were filled with dread.
Eben had such a foul attitude leaving his friends playing on the street that I had to discipline him for what he was saying.
“Art show, music – WHY do we HAVE to go” they whined, feeding on each other’s negativity.
We got them dressed and out of the house, and went for a look through the Gallery Crawl in the North Davidson (NoDa) area of Charlotte which is loosely the ‘arts district’. We made it to the corner of 36th and Davidson to start our crawl at the Boulevard at NODA where My wife and Tia enjoyed browsing all the jewelry and gifts. Eben and I wandered and waited for the Lark & Key to open their doors for the evening. We really enjoyed the quality of work shown at the Lark & Key, here’s their info so you can stop by:
453-B East 36th Street | 704.379.1826 | Sandy Snead
www.larkandkey.com | www.larkandkey.wordpress.com
There seemed to be two loosly organized shows on the walls at the Lark, Eben & Tia gave their consideration to the emotional work by Duy Huynh:
The contrast on that reproduction is a little higher than my memory, but the work is very contemplative even if it’s a little lonely or isolated. The generously activated surfaces speak well of their studied application of color and development of form. I enjoyed the unstated narrative of the pieces that quietly spoke of a sly, thoughtful wit. You can see more of his work on his own website. Eben & Tia appreciated the snacks which lifted their mood at the Lark (big thanks from the parents to the gallery!).
We then sauntered next door to visit the Green Rice Gallery opening of ”NOSTALGIA” Featuring New Works by Kate Vasseur. I was looking forward to looking through as I was considering renting gallery space from them. The opening was quiet, but we didn’t get a greeting which we felt was odd. I enjoyed her treatments of a couple landscapes, but didn’t find a theme or strong vein to hold onto.
Time’s up so we scooted back downtown to park in the Hearst Tower, and the kids began to get excited.
Upon walking out into the downtown streets among the skyscrapers, Eben’s face lit up with a giant grin.
Eben and Tia were captured by the excitement of being in the big city and entering the glass doors of the Bloomenthal Performing Arts Center. We picked up our tickets from the will call booth and made our way down to our front row seats. The North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center’s simple directions to the theater were easy to follow even on my second time to downtown Charlotte. Eben and Tia were caught up in the late night exploration of the glass atrium and didn’t mind being early while My wife and I people watched and joked with one eye on the kids snapping some pictures….
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