Charlotte’s oldest art gallery moves to a new South End space at the RailYard

“Hodges Taylor, the venerable art gallery and consultancy that has reinvented itself many times over the decades, is moving to a new location at the RailYard in South End.

The move coincides with Hodges Taylor’s 40th anniversary. But the pandemic and nationwide protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death changed the mindset of owner and gallery director Lauren Harkey.”

Sunday’s edition of the Charlotte Observer featured an article, Charlotte’s oldest art gallery moves to a new South End Space at the RailYard, in which arts correspondent Page Leggett helps tell our story. Check out the digital version to learn more about the inaugural exhibition we are planning, the folks who’ve helped execute the vision for the new space, and more.

“Harkey has gone from obsessing over the tiniest details during design and construction to looking at the global picture since much of the state is still shut down. But she remains an optimist.

“The protests are giving people a chance to speak who haven’t been able to,” she said. “I see a mixture of anger and hope in the protests. You don’t do this unless you think there’s a better way, a way out.”

“The world,” she said, “is on exhibition now.”