The Biscuit: Exploring Charlotte's Creative Community
Exploring Charlotte’s Creative Community


Putting a Face on the Past with a Paintbrush

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Kalin Devone paints Charlottean John Schneck

Charlotte Artists Create a “Path of Portraits” for the Museum of History

“History can inform important conversations about the issues and opportunities facing our community today, but only if we know our full history. That means, of course, sharing and understanding the history of people of color, who have contributed to Charlotte’s history from the very beginning.” — Adria Focht, president & CEO, Charlotte Museum of History

Last weekend, the Charlotte Museum of History capped off its five-day African-American Heritage Festival by asking four local creatives — Makayla Binter, Abel Jackson, Kalin Devone and Ricky Singh — to paint images of four noteworthy Charlotteans of color.

These four new works will form the foundation of “The Path of Portraits,” a new and permanent installation at the Museum. Of the four, only one — George Davis — has a historic record of their likeness.

Read more about the men and women portrayed and the artists who brought them to life.

BACK TO BUSINESS: Ancient Art Meets Modern Medicine
Local Artist (With a National Reputation) Tony Hernandez Regains His Footing

Spend time with artist Tony Hernandez, and you’ll talk about football, hockey, CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy), Elon Musk, COVID-19, motorcycles, artificial intelligence, Malcolm Gladwell and magical thinking.

All those subjects and more are woven seamlessly and energetically around this polymath’s core interest: his art and how he makes it. But, it’s hard to create when you’re in pain.

Read how Dr. Carroll Jones and the team at OrthoCarolina helped Hernandez get back on his feet and creating after a decades-old injury flared up over the past year.

OrthoCarolina is the sponsor of the “Back to Business’ series.

Celebrate Juneteenth at Durag Fest 2021

Celebrate Black culture through music, fashion, art and community from noon to 11 p.m. this Saturday, June 19 at the fourth annual Durag Fest. Organized to commemorate Juneteenth, this year’s Durag Fest is founded on the theme of “Flowers.”

Organizer Dammit Wesley said, “Countless Black creatives are being robbed of their ideas and denied compensation. So this year, we want to give ‘us’ our flowers ‘cause we deserve ‘em.”

Durag Fest activities will take place at Victoria Yards and the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza in uptown Charlotte and at Camp North End. Click here for tickets and information.

EXTRA! For information on other Juneteenth celebrations in the Charlotte area, we recommend following Shawn Allison, a.k.a. @BlackFerrisBueller.

Pictured (Above): Carlos Dwayne

Final Weekend of South End Blooms

South End Blooms, a weekly series of weekend creative pop-ups and installations, draws to a close this week with two of its most dramatic activities yet. Over the course of Blooms, nearly 30 creatives have been paid to delight South End residents and visitors with surprising activities.

This weekend features free dog portraits, live painting and the creation of two new permanent murals by Garrison Gist at Wooden Robot Brewery and Amber Thompson at the Holiday Inn Express, the first hotel ever built in South End.

Click here for information on this weekend’s “Blooms.”

South End Blooms is sponsored by Charlotte Center City Partners and managed by Charlotte Is Creative.

Photo Credit (Above): Trash Genius

So much creative news, so little space. Below are links to four stories and resources we think you’ll like.

Charlottean Brittany Moore arranged for Charlotte skyscrapers to be lit for Juneteenth again this year

ONE: The Skyline Will Light Up for Juneteenth

For the second year, Charlottean Brittany Moore, North Carolina’s Ambassador for the United State of Women, has arranged for buildings across the Charlotte skyline to display the colors of the Pan-African Flag (green, yellow and red) in honor of Juneteenth. The Bank of America Corporate Center, Wells Fargo’s Duke Energy Center, Truist Center and more will participate in this effort after sundown on Saturday.

EXTRA! To help Charlotteans snap amazing photos of the skyline this Saturday, Charlotte is Creative founders, Tim Miner and Matt Olin, shared two “great shot spots” on WBTV’s QC Life, a media partner of The Biscuit. Watch the segment here.

TWO: $38 Million Pledged to Support Local Arts

On Tuesday, June 15, the Charlotte City Council voted 11-1 to approve the proposed 2022 budget, which included a commitment for $6 million to support local arts efforts. This is part of a proposed three-year, $18 million in public funds, matched by $20 million in private funds Foundation for the Carolinas (FFTC) announced last week it had raised from more than 35 Charlotte businesses at the behest of the city.

“A citizen-led grantmaking board will be created with a split of City of Charlotte and private-sector appointees,” to distribute these resources, according to a press release from FFTC. Read more on this vote by our media partner, WFAE.

THREE: Levine Museum Selling Building; Reimagining for the Digital Age

As reported in The Charlotte Ledger, the Levine Museum of the New South issued a letter to its members this week informing them that the museum is selling its 0.7-acre site in Uptown Charlotte and will focus on greater digital programming in the future. Museum CEO Kathryn Hill said in the letter that this new direction is necessary to implement their mission by imagining “new ways to create and deliver content in the digital age.” Read more here.

FOUR: “That’s no moon …”

Blumenthal Performing Arts has announced that Gaia, a three-dimensional sculpture of Earth, will be suspended above Founders Hall during Charlotte SHOUT! this fall. Measuring 23 feet in diameter, Gaia rotates and is illuminated. It was created by British installation artist Luke Jerram to give visitors a simulated view of the planet from our moon. It will be free and open to the public. Read more here.

Bree Stallings poses with her new mural created for Immersive Van Gogh

Immersive Van Gogh

Unless you’ve been stranded on an archipela-gogh or you’ve been the captive of a monstrous wendi-gogh, you kn-ogh that Immersive Van Gogh opens today in the historic Ford Building at Camp North End. [NOTE: The Ford Motor Company built this 240,000-square-foot building in 1924. More than 300,000 Model A cars were built there.]

Having attended a preview event, we can tell you the pictures above do not do justice to the otherworldly experience it presents. It’s difficult to describe. So, to give you a sense of scale, we offer “Immersive Van Gogh By The Numbers”:⁣

    • 98 projectors⁣
    • 17,000 sq. ft. of display space⁣
    • 76,000 sq ft. of exhibit space⁣
    • 60,600 frames of video⁣
    • 500,000 cubic feet of projections⁣
    • 90 million pixels

For more information or to buy tickets, click here.

Photo and Mural Credit (Above): Bree Stallings

Don’t go ’round hungry. If you missed the last batch of The Biscuit, don’t worry. We’ve kept it warm for you. This batch featured:

  • A look at the Mint Museum’s newest exhibition – It Takes a Village – and the village of creatives behind it
  • An interview with Eboné M. Lockett who is creating art from pain

Click here to dig in, yall.

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