Charlotte artist, Bev Nagy has a dream. She dreams that Charlotte will be seen as much as for its arts as it is for banking. Nagy launched Charlotte Artery — an artist-run community initiative providing learning avenues and studio/exhibit opportunities for emerging and local Q.C. — with four other local-area artists in 2009.
After bouncing around to various spaces in town, Charlotte Artery celebrates the opening of its official venue with a reception this evening (Nov. 2).
Nagy, and the others who started out in the group, formed after working as artists-in-residence at McColl Center for Visual Art. Following their time at McColl, they wanted to form a sort of co-op to extend the experience.
“The point was to keep our work in the public eye, to find a dedicated place to make art, and to maintain a community of like minded people, in this case artists, for feedback, support and comradery,” says Nagy.
After attending an artists-as-entrepreneurs class sponsored by the Arts & Science Council, Nagy made it her mission to improve the overall caliber of artists in the Charlotte area.
Charlotte Artery helps artists with the “things that artists don’t think about,” says Nagy. “We want to increase their business skills and teach them things about marketing, social networking, financials, how to approach galleries, how to apply for juried shows and write artist statements and resumes and how to teach workshops and manage a business.”
Without a permanent space, Charlotte Artery members faced the challenge of having to work out of their own studios. Now that the group has an official home, they hope to offer an assortment of classes that touch on various aspects of being an artist.
“We’d also like to have interactive types of workshops and community critiques where artists from the community can bring their work in and get feedback from the group,” says Nagy.
“It would be great if we could be like a clearing house for other art groups so we could all eventually get together as one for a studio weekend and event where the groups in the Charlotte-Metro area could come together to make us into a force. We’ve got a lot of great talent around here.”
Charlotte Artery’s opening exhibit will feature new works by members, Bev Nagy, Teresa Hollmeyer, Julie Benda, Tina Alberni, Laura Hitchcock, Randy Leibowitz Dean, Diane Pike and Raine Middleton.
Free admission. Reception on Nov. 2, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Charlotte Artery, 1515 S. Mint St., Suite C, Charlotte. 704-604-3832. www.charlotteartery.com.