From painters and muralists to jewelers and weavers we’ve got some pretty talented artists in Charlotte. There are truly too many gifted women in the QC to count — so you can expect a lot more posts about the city’s female artists and art scene from Scoop — but for now, here are eight incredibly talented women who are painting their way through the town — quite literally — with colorful murals and beautiful works of art on display in local galleries.
Torres-Weiner combines art with activism in her work that is heavily influenced by the bold colors and symbolism of her home country of Mexico. Her pieces also explore the changing demographics of the South. Her work has been featured in several local galleries as well as the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Smithsonian Acostia Museum in Washington, D.C. You can find her murals around town at places like Max & Lola Bodega, Tacos El Nevada on Central Ave., and the Blind Pig. Along with her murals you may have even seen her mobile art truck known as the Red Calaca Studio around town.
Siobhan is another local artist to keep your eye on, she’s both a mixed-media oil painter and muralist. Her work has been featured at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Art + Culture and Mint Museum Uptown. Several of her murals can be found in historic West End. Along with her paintings and murals Siobhan is an accomplished tattoo artist.
Bartlett and Savage are adding a unique twist to public art by combining it with creative, non-traditional marketing campaigns they’ve strategically placed throughout the city. Their Clean Graffiti initiative is basically reverse graffiti that’s created by using high pressure water and custom stencils to “wash” a company’s logo or positive affirmations into a dirty sidewalk. With their Moss Art project the duo designs logos that are then handmade into custom art pieces using real, preserved moss! These moss pieces can bring life to anything from a company logo and artistic motifs to entire walls.
Stallings is a North Carolina native who is a painter, illustrator, and muralist. You can currently find her vibrantly colored murals all over town at places like Skyline Superette, OT Foods, WrapWay in the University area, McDowell Arts Center, Matthew’s Community Center, and SweetWater Brewing in Lake Wylie.
Palmisano has several different specialties that range from painting and printmaking to weaving and mixed-media. Her work has been showcased at a number of Charlotte art galleries, including The McColl Center For Art + Innovation, Gallery C3, and Gallery Twenty-Two. Throughout the year she hosts several art workshops and classes. See her class schedule, here.
After a successful career designing displays for Anthropologie stores, Godwin an installation artist and stylist, decided to create her own business that’s dedicated to designing unique installations for companies that range from elaborate window and store displays to sculptures to wall art. Studio Cultivate’s designs have been on display at places like the Biltmore Estate, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Off Broadway Shoes, Belk, and both of Charlotte’s Anthropologie stores.
As a collage artist and muralist Luck pulls inspiration for her works from real-life experiences and emotions. Her art has been showcased across the country in places like the African American Museum, South Carolina State Museum, and Heinz History Center Museum. Locally Luck’s work has been featured at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Art + Culture, the Mint Museum, and even Rock Hill’s City Hall.
Hickey, who is adoringly called the Fairy Art Mother around the city’s art scene, founded Charlotte’s ArtPop Street Gallery with a few major goals in mind — to bring communities together and showcase talented local artists through public art. Today, ArtPop works can be found on anything from city buses and news stands to highway billboards.
This article is one of many to come highlighting the Charlotte women doing great work to make our town the vibrant, growing, exciting place we all call home. At scoop we are all about the QC women, so you’ll be hearing a lot more from us on the topic of CLTwomen over the next months.
Who’s your favorite female artist in Charlotte? We’d love to hear about her for one of our future articles ~ please comment below.