Do You Know the Men & Women Behind the Murals? Matt Morrison Does.
PHOTO CREDIT: @CLTGraffiti
WET PAINT – Meet Matt Moore: The Wolf (G.O.A.T.)
by Matt Morrison
Murals are exploding across the Queen City. We all know that. But, do we know about the people who painted them? When Matt Morrison started @CLTGraffiti on Instagram, he knew he wanted to explore Charlotte on the back of his bike, sharing photos of murals, graffiti and street art he found. Along the way, he’s gotten to know the artists behind the work. He wants you to know them, too.
In his new Biscuit series, “Wet Paint,” Matt introduces us to the people he’s met. This week, Matt interviews another Matt — @PuckMcGruff himself — Matt Moore about his role in Charlotte’s burgeoning mural scene.
PHOTO CREDIT: Casey Hendrickson
The Mint Museum and Owl Find Modern Color in Classic Black
What’s a 300+ year-old art form got to say to us about today? Quite a lot, actually. The Mint Museum on Randolph’s newest exhibition — Classic Black — features over 100 black basalt sculptures of Josiah Wedgwood and his contemporaries. This is the culmination of 12 years of planning and work by the Mint’s Brian Gallagher, who coordinated with museum and private collections around the world to bring the basalt sculptures to Charlotte.
The works are striking in their own right, but they’re presented against amorphous and vibrant colors and walls adorned by the flowing designs of local artist Owl, a member of Southern Tiger Collective. This innovative presentation adds new texture and life to these works of the 18th century. This innovative partnership — pairing a Charlotte art institution with a muralist and street artist — was facilitated by exhibit designer, HannaH Crowell.
Join us as we chat with Gallagher and Owl about this unique partnership and what it means for Charlotte.
CREATIVE PLACEKEEPING ON THE EAST SIDE
Georgie Nakima Paints Mural in East Town Market
Visual arts are exploding across Charlotte … and this batch of The Biscuit … and it seemed the perfect time to share a story we ran last year about a mural Queen City artist Georgie Nakima created with Red Hill Ventures to help the community see East Town Market in a new way. Read about Georgie Nakima and creative placemaking.
International Women’s Day is Sunday, March 8
LinkedIn isn’t exactly where we turn to read inspiring poetry and yet … that’s exactly where we found this poem (with a little help from Kristen Beck of SVP). It was written by Monique Stubbs-Hall, partner at Studio 229 on Brevard and executive advisor at The Kaleidoscope Group, as she prepares for International Women’s Day on Sunday. We’re sharing it here with her permission.
PHOTO CREDIT: WFAE
CineOdyssey Film Festival
You need to get to know Tre’ McGriff. We’ve gotten to know him after bumping into him at one innovative and cool event after another. We encourage you to do the same, especially if it’s his CineOdyssey film festival. But, until then, learn a bit more about Mr. McGriff with our Five Ridiculous Questions (and one to grow on).
Who Has The Best Popcorn In Charlotte?
“It’s Poppin in 7th Street Market. Biggest selection of flavors I’ve seen anywhere. That Blue Razzberry, tho’!”
PB&J Eating Contest and “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” Beer Release
March 7 at 3pm
Catawba Brewing Company
It’s peanut butter jelly time! Well… it’s more like this weekend is peanut butter jelly time! Catawba Brewing Company is celebrating the annual release of their Charlotte-favorite “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” beer with a PB&J sandwich eating contest this Saturday, March 7 at 3pm. Registration for the contest is over, but you can still head to Catawba Brewing to cheer on the participating sandwich gladiators as they devour PB&Js at breakneck speeds and enjoy a few liquid PB&Js of the 21+ variety while you’re at it!
- Perspective & Prose – March 12 @ Sozo Gallery
- Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Presents The Empire Strikes Back – March 13-14 @ Belk Theater
- Hope Vibes Serve Day – March 14 @ Waterbean Coffee
There’s been a gargoyle sighting in South End! These gargantuan stone guardians protect the Belle Acres Golf & Country Club. (Did you know that there was a country club in the heart of South End?) Affectionately pronounced “Belly Acres” by its members, the idea that the private club/restaurant is a golf and country club in a bit of a joke.
Inside you’ll find walls covered to the brim with sports memorabilia, kitschy antiques, and signs from yesteryear rather than the prim and proper decor typically found at a posh country club. Outside you’ll find the “golf course,” a 9-hole putt-putt green around back, that only the best of the best golfers (or really anyone who has ever held a putter) can handle!
For decades, between the unique decorations, putt-putt course and casual menu, Belle Acres has been a place where it’s easy to lose track of time while you share burgers and beers with buddies.
Side Note: Belle Acres is a private club, meaning you need to be a member/be with a member to eat there. This makes it the second hardest place to grab a beer in Charlotte, just after the brand new Charlotte Beer Garden. (Have you seen those lines?!) *sigh* Hopefully, we can get into the beer garden once something else new and exciting opens up in 6 months.
Directions: 3033 South Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28209
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