We rotate our art work every 4 to 6 weeks with a new featured artist with each rotation. During these rotations we host artist receptions. Please contact any of our gallery staff by phone, email, or in person to be added to our event mailing list!

6:00pm 6:00pm

Sozo Gallery Presents: Transcendent Light

Sozo Gallery presents:

“Transcendent Light” 

An exhibition featuring selected works by

Nicola Parente and Patrick Fagerberg

Light, and all it reveals in a painting, is ubiquitous to the history of art. Revolutionized by Caravaggio, the presence of light and its source in a piece of art is what gives it life, energy, and clarity. The two artists in this exhibition each have their own way of presenting light and its sources, effects, energy, and mysticism all through their abstract works.

Nicola Parente, an Italian artist based in Houston Texas, was named one of Houston’s Top 10 Painters by Houston Press Magazine and has exhibited works in galleries and museums in Texas and Mexico. Parente’s works are beautifully manipulated and changed by the presence of light. Through use of acrylic paints and negative space, Parente’s works resemble fragmented light and the spectrum of vibrant colors present in a ray of light. Parente states, “I explore movement, and from a visual perspective light creates visual images all around us. The speed of a fast train blurs vision, technology changes at the speed of light. It is those moments in life where we pause, for a crisp clean second and we see sharply the beauty in the world.”

Patrick Fagerberg was a successful defense attorney in Austin, Texas until a traumatic accident lead to a brain injury that brought about “savant syndrome,” a condition in which a person with a brain injury develops an “island of genius,” suddenly “excelling in music, art, calendar calculating, or mathematics.” Now a full time artist, Fagerberg creates stunning bodies of work that simultaneously evoke images of a cell, the mysterious and awe-inspiring cosmos, a river’s tributary paths, and various other organic shapes. His works ebb and flow with movement and energy, each illuminated from within. The experimentation with sources of light can be seen throughout each of Fagerberg’s pieces, where shades of white are beautifully contrasted with shades of darker grays.

Both artists are currently represented by Gremillion & Co. Fine Art Inc. in Houston, Texas. Works from each artist in the exhibition uniquely explore and present light and its properties, sources, effects, and magic. The exhibition will be on display at Sozo Gallery from August to September 2017.

Join us for an Artist Reception on the evening of Thursday, September 7th at Sozo Gallery.

View Event →
to Oct 17

"The Art of Kintsugi" Workshops

"The Art of Kintsugi" 

A Series of Workshops by Kintsugi Master, David Pike

Presented by:

Chip Cash of Search & Hannah Blanton of Sozo Gallery

October 2017  |  Sozo Gallery


All images are courtesy of David Pike

Kintsugi, "golden repair", is the centuries old Japanese tradition in which broken pottery is put back together with gold lacquer or other precious metals. The philosophy behind Kintsugi is embracing damage and finding beauty in being broken. It is the belief that something that has been broken is far more beautiful, precious, and valuable than before. David Pike, a Kintsugi master, is an American living and working in Japan who will be hosting a variety of Kintsugi workshops at Sozo Gallery in October.

Link to Sign Up:

View Event →

6:00pm 6:00pm

Sozo Gallery Presents: Through The Ethereal

Sozo Gallery is proud to present:
"Through The Ethereal"
 a selection of works by
Curt Butler, Scott Gardner, & Denny Gerwin.

What we cannot see always contributes to the overall power of a work of art. The three artists in this exhibition approach their work in such a way to expose those invisible and more ethereal characteristics of their chosen subjects. These exhibited artworks are produced by very different methods, but embody each artist’s search for a more sublime result. Scott Gardner’s photographs document his ongoing search for the spirit within silence. He allows us to share in that search by producing large-scale images that we can both visually and physically experience. They encapsulate us in nature and silence.  Denny Gerwin’s ceramic vessels are surfaced through a process that emphasizes the chemistry behind the art form. Experimenting with firing temperatures, kiln placement, and minerals, Gerwin manipulates the atmosphere around the work-in-progress. The visually stunning and textured surfaces result from Gerwin’s knowledge of the science behind the form. Curt Butler’s expressive paintings capture not only the expansive landscape, but also their atmospheric auras. His subjects are not randomly chosen; he travels to find landscapes that contain something transcendent from their physical existence. His swathed painting style, and technique of excavating into painted layers, allow Butler to give physical mass to the ethereal identity of the land.

"Through The Ethereal" will be on display this summer at Sozo Gallery. 

Join us for our exhibition opening
Thursday, July 27
214 N Tryon St. 
During the July Uptown Crawl

View Event →
An Intimate Evening with Scott Gardner: An Artist's Journey
5:30pm 5:30pm

An Intimate Evening with Scott Gardner: An Artist's Journey

Join us for drinks and hor d'oeuvres and meet internationally acclaimed cinematographer and photographer Scott Gardner.

Limited seating!
RSVP to reserve your spot. 
$10 tickets or $15 at door


Scott is a lifelong photographer who received his BFA in cinematography from the North Carolina School of the Arts. He has worked on feature films that have screened at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals, and shot television documentary series for Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, History Channel, Animal Planet, and Red Bull. He received an Emmy Nomination in 2014. He has shot movie posters for films that have screened at the Sundance, Berlin, and Cannes film festivals. He is currently working on two photography projects, Finding Silence and AboutFaceCLT. Scott believes in art as an act of service.

Artist talk will begin promptly at 6:00 PM

View Event →
6:00pm 6:00pm

June's Uptown Crawl featuring Sozo Gallery

Join us at Sozo Gallery
as a part of June's
Uptown Crawl

Explore Uptown Charlotte's arts and culture scene for FREE on Thursday, June 22nd! From 6-9 PM, hop on a complimentary trolley and ride around to all the participating locations. 

Three FREE trolleys will make a continuous loop, stopping at each participating gallery/museum:
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
New Gallery of Modern Art
Wells Fargo History Museum
Sozo Gallery
Projective Eye Gallery
Goodyear Arts
Allen Tate Charlotte - Center City Home & Art Gallery
Stoke Charlotte Pop-up Gallery
Sage Salon & Studio

During the Uptown Crawl, join us at Sozo Gallery to see our featured artist
Winnie Sidharta Ambron 's exhibition
"The Unbound Self"  

 In this exhibition, Winnie investigates identity and image through her primary method of collage. the artist presents a body of work, which touches on and challenges beauty norms and the ideal. These works have the ability to speak to each viewer and stir up both societal and inner reflection.

View Event →
6:00pm 6:00pm

Sozo Gallery Presents: The Unbound Self

Sozo Gallery Presents:
The Unbound Self
a selection of works by
Winnie Sidharta Ambron

6:00-9:00 PM
214 N TRYON ST. 

"The primary modality through which I think and work is collage. The only difference is that in my head the division is intangible. The cut - the edit, the single chance, the removal and reassembling of time, of form, and of space has been the grounding component of my practice. This has been the guiding thread throughout my investigations of image, identity, and the historic precedent of portraiture as a means of coalescing the disparate dimensions of our fragmented human identities. 
My work is manifested in contemplation of metaphysical ideas of an ideal image. I mainly use images from women’s fashion magazines because they are among the most looked to sources in the governing of desire and the propagation of notions of female beauty. I cut and sift through thousands of abstract pieces, layering them atop or beside one another, touching and overlapping to produce a continuous “whole.” The collage in itself is by nature a form of rupture in the image’s latent hierarchy. These fragmented bodies become tokens of power and a resistance to the dominant cultural forms. They reflect the desire to transmit an ideal new image within the realm of figurative painting. 
In my process, I join together painting and collage on a uniform surface to evoke the temporality of montage. Whereas painting demonstrates the ability of my hand, collage favors and demonstrates a freedom of choice in its immediacy and abruptness. Painting affords me a more Proustian method of slowing down and taking hold of the nuance and subtlety that each fragment captures. Together, painting and collage reveal the gaps and cuts between images that become metaphors for lost time and memory. They point to the paths that retain and store our visual history as a sequence of decisive moments.
As primary sources become secondary, the resulting images become abstract morphologies that complicate representations of women and identity.  Through the experience of immigration and assimilation, I find myself in my work. This association with a body that I have become is something that is both inside and outside of the margins - a place where I can put or position myself against the ideal image, creating a contrasting new gestalt, one that contains a complex entity."


View Event →
6:00pm 6:00pm

The Psych presents: April Showers Mental Health Flowers

Join Sozo Gallery for this special event in support of Mental Health Awareness Month and The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).   

About the exhibit:

"The Psych is a curated collaboration from individuals who believe in mental health recovery. Through art, we have gathered a collection of works to show the Charlotte community. 

This is an exhibition of original works created by students in the Art Health Studio class at Central Piedmont Community College.

The Studio course is designed to encourage and/or support individuals who have concerns which limit their ability to express their creative interest in the visual arts. It is well-established that the Arts can demonstrate a therapeutic impact on many conditions. What is offered here is not intended or represented to be art therapy, although through the use of traditional methods, some may experience therapeutic outcomes after participating in the studio. 

Throughout this experience, students had the opportunity to use a range of media: graphite, colored pencil, watercolor, marker, and other materials. 

May is mental health awareness month, and the purpose of this themed project was to grow the understanding of our community's perception of mental health, while reducing associated stigma. Such partnerships have allowed these works to be exhibited for one night only in support of the individual with a condition, and for the community as a whole. 

The theme and subject matter of these works are original concepts done by the artists. 100% of the proceeds of all works sold go directly to the artists." - David Boyle,  The Psych

A presentation will begin at 6:30 featuring a few of the featured artists, David Boyle with The Psych, and Lauren Kestner with ARM. 

View Event →