Philly-based illustrator Thom Lessner isn’t shy with his pen. His artwork depicts human beings and other creatures in a raw, cartoon-like fashion. He often pursues rock ’n’ roll stars and pop icons as material for his drawings, which may or may not be flattering to those being portrayed. His work has a parody feel, and has been featured in magazines like Revolver, Rolling Stone, London-based Dazed and Confused, Philadelphia Magazine and The Metro. It seems like Lessner is picking fun, but these aren’t comic strips — though we’d totally read them if they were. Black Sheep Skate Shop’s upcoming Rippin Art Show will showcase Lessner’s drawings and screen prints. Also check out local artist Jason Waters’ prints, drawings, paintings and stickers. Food trucks and music from DJ Animate, too. Reception on April 18, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Anita Overcash) Free admission
Ciel Gallery isn’t going away, it’s just changing. The gallery, which opened its doors in 2008, is taking the emphasis off of mosaics and broadening its focus to include works of all types of mediums as it becomes an art collective. To celebrate the change (which includes a name change — Ciel Gallery & Mosiac Studio becomes Ciel Gallery: A Fine Art Collective), the folks at CG are throwing an opening reception for the suitably titled Regeneration exhibit. Regeneration, taking place during SouthEnd Gallery Crawl, will feature paintings, sculpture, encaustic works, jewelry, photography, mosaics and ceramics. Participating local artists include Tina Alberni, Tim Shaeffer, Teresa Hollmeyer, Amy Hart, Chris Craft, Cindi Spillman, Elyse Frederick, Rebecca Haworth, Laura McRae Hitchcock, Claudia Soria, Pam Goode and more. Reception on April 4, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Anita Overcash) Free admission
Ciel Gallery goes “Back-to-The-Garden” with artists celebrating this theme in a variety of media and unique interpretations. Show will run through the month of May. This event is free and open to the public. *Image of "Persephone Emerges" by Emily Andress. Ciel gallery is located in the heart of Historic SouthEnd, Charlotte - an up and coming urban, trendy and historic neighborhood surrounded by fun restaurants, and other galleries and shops, all within walking distance to the train and one mile South from Uptown. We offer quality, unique fine art from local artists, and workshop opportunities. Free
The exhibit features new paintings by Duy Huynh, Judy Klich and Vicki Sawyer with works by potter Jennifer Mecca. Opening reception on April 4, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Museum offers a glimpse into the significant role that trolleys played in the social and economic development of Charlotte.