Sunday, May 30, 2010

All Arts Market

It's back at the Neighborhood Theatre!

June 2&3, 6-10pm

CrownTown Handmade members will be there, so let's give them our support!

Find affordable, original art for you and your friends. Vendors will be selling paintings, prints, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, stained glass, knits, etc. in the heart of Charlotte's Art District.

NoDaRioty is pleased to host four All Arts Market in 2010. We expect more than 90 artists - some of whom have never shown their pieces professionally - to display, discuss, and sell their artwork with very little overhead expense. Several hundred shoppers walk through Neighborhood Theatre's each All Arts Market. We want to see you in June!

Come to NoDa and make a night of it. Shop the market, listen to live music, and enjoy dining at any of our local restaurants, all within walking distance!

Courtesy: Nodarioty

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sneak Peek at our drawers!

I'll show you mine...

if you show me yours!

Now that I've piqued your interest, make sure to join us Thursday for our Monthly Make Out! Click for the details. Oh yeah, don't forget, it's $5 dollars to pop your top!

Can't wait to see your drawers!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Make Out or Dye

Charlotte Gets Crafty with Crown Town Handmade

Crown Town Handmade, Charlotte's new group of artistic entrepreneurs, is hosting its second monthly Make Out session Thursday, May 27, at 7:30 PM. The event is free and will take place at Patchwerk Playhaus, in the back room of Century Vintage, 1508 Central Avenue in Charlotte.

Sarah Terry, designer and maker behind local edgy accessory business, Stitch Machine, will be teaching this month's how-to on tie-dyed underwear. From panty hose to briefs to slips to boxers, community members can give their unmentionables a boost of summer color.

Participants must bring their own underwear to dye and should wear clothes that they don't mind messing up. Supplies are free, but donations are gladly accepted.
To participate, bring at least one of the following:

(A) CLEAN used/vintage slips, bras, camisoles, undershirts, or leggings;
(B) NEW washed underwear/boxers/briefs or socks.

For sanitary reasons, no used underwear bottoms are permitted to be dyed in our dye baths. New underwear dyes best after it is washed to remove “sizing” and chemicals. Natural fibers like 100% cotton, linen and silk work best. Cotton blends will
work, but will dye lighter. White or light colored items dye best.

Those 21 and over can bring their own alcohol to Patchwerk Playhaus with a $5 corking fee per container (bottle of wine/6-pack).

Crown Town Make Out sessions are free craft workshops for the community, designed to spread the DIY spirit and get people making their own handmade creations. A different Crown Town Handmade artist will teach a craft to the community each month, and the group will cover a widerange of topics for both the new and experienced crafter.

Make Out sessions will regularly occur the last Thursday of each month at 7:30 PM at the Patchwerk Playhaus. All ages are welcome.
Please visit the Crown Town Handmade blog for more information:

Press release: Amanda Fisher

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Come Celebrate FemmeFest!

If racing is not your thing, avoid the traffic and head to the Third Annual Charlotte FemmeFest in NoDa tonight, 5:30pm - 1:30am. FemmeFest celebrates women in the arts and benefits women in the community. Lots of music, art, shopping with 50+ vendors, and of course, food!
Come say hi to our CrownTown Handmade members Stitch Machine, Verabelle, and intenyears. in the Neighborhood Theater!

The third annual Charlotte FemmeFest will be held at N. Davidson and 36th Street, in NoDa, Charlotte’s art district, on Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 from 5:30pm to 1am. This year’s host venues include The Evening Muse, The Neighborhood Theater, Dolce Vita, Smelly Cat Coffeehouse, the Outdoor Stage at Salvador Deli and the art galleries of the North Davidson Street Arts District.

Charlotte FemmeFest 2010 will feature national, regional and local music acts and visual artists. The evening will include a wide variety of genres from folk to hip hop, including Jill Andrews, Wavy Space, Doria Roberts, Amelia’s Mechanics, Mieka Pauley, The Alpha Theory, Natalie Royal and many more acts to be announced. Visual artists will be featured in the NoDa galleries and in an emerging artist exhibit in the Neighborhood Theatre.

Charlotte FemmeFest aims to reach, inspire, and strengthen our cultural community by showcasing the diverse work of emerging and established female voices throughout the region and beyond. In addition, FemmeFest will continue to assist non-profit organizations that serve the women and children in our community. Through music and art, our minds are expanded, our hearts warmed and our souls nourished.

This year the proceeds from Charlotte FemmeFest will benefit the women and children of Center of Hope Women & Children’s Shelter. Families who are homeless, hungry and hurting can come to the Center of Hope to be fed, sheltered, clothed, trained, and most importantly, loved. The Center of Hope is the largest women and children's homeless shelter in the Southeast.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show. For tickets and more information, please visit (Press release obtained from the event website.)

Friday, May 7, 2010

First Make Out (Crafting) Session is a Success!

We had a great time on Thursday making felt flowers with Donna Kirby of! Thanks to everyone in the Charlotte community who came to craft with us. Be sure to join us for our next Make Out on Thursday, May 20th at Patchwerk Playhaus. See Creative Loafing's article about our event for the location address. Here are a few photos from the first session: