December is a fabulous month for art. You can maximize the season of giving while simultaneously getting your art fill. Follow our guide to giving art to support our local institutions, give back to the creative community and spread the love to your loved ones.
(1) Museum memberships
A one-year membership to a local art museum is a unique gift that keeps giving for months, with perks like free admission and discounts at museum stores. An Individual Adult membership costs $60.73 at the Mint Museum, $50 at the Bechtler, $75 at the Light Factory and $50 at the Gantt Center.
(2) Art books
How long has Charlotte sat in a desert void of a source for high-quality, new art books? Too long. Recently the oasis in this arid landscape emerged in our favorite bungalow on Providence Road: SOCO Gallery. They’ve dedicated an entire room to books on photography, architecture, travel, art and design, placed on spacious shelves to allow maximum browsing potential.
Since 2008, Lark and Key Gallery has provided Charlotte with access to a well curated selection of handmade artworks by local artisans. This South End shop has jewelry, ceramics, paintings and decorative objects for most everyone’s tastes and prices range the gamut. We always say that the best way to support artists is to buy their work, and Lark and Key makes it exceptionally easy.
Our region’s best photography center, right here in Charlotte, has completely revamped itself over the last few years. The Light Factory is enthusiastically supported by photographers in the area and continues to offer a steady stream of classes for everyone from beginners to pros. We love the community they provide with exhibitions, workshops and salons. Consider gifting a loved one with becoming a part of this community through a photography class or workshop, ranging $220-$395.
Cover image from the Bechtler Museum via Facebook