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!

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Sozo Gallery presents, Gather a group exhibit featuring the work of artists Marvin Espy, Paul Norwood, Deborah Koo, Fonda Doerre, and Bruce Nellsmith. This curated collection of work by a variety of proficient artists focuses on spaces and places that bring people together and evoke feelings of warmth, comfort, and nostalgia.

In the spirit of Gather, a collection that promotes different ways in which we come together as community, family, and friends, Sozo Gallery is happy to partner with JoeDance Film for our event. After you have a chance to experience the art at Sozo, head on over to the Charlotte Ballet for night one of the Joedance Film festival.

The 10th annual Joedance Film Festival, which raises money for pediatric cancer research at Atrium Health Levine Children’s, begins Thursday, August 1 and continues through Saturday, August 3, from 7 - 10:30 p.m. at The Charlotte Ballet, 701 N. Tryon St, Charlotte, NC. Joedance screens original films by filmmakers with a North or South Carolina connection.

General admission begins at 7 p.m. each night. Films begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are available online at CarolinaTix. https://www.carolinatix.org/events/detail/joedance-film-festival

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Gather will be on view at Sozo Gallery from July 12 to August 16 with an opening reception Thursday, August 1, from 5:30-8PM.

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Sozo Gallery presents, Respite a group exhibit featuring the rich abstract landscapes of artists Dottie Leatherwood, Paul Norwood and Marisa Vogl.

This curated collection of work by three proficient and unique landscape artists centers around places and spaces that offer a respite from the busy world in which we live. Whether that be various spots amidst the low country as depicted in works by Leatherwood and Vogl, or any refuge along the East Coast portrayed by Norwood, this group show should invite the viewer to retreat to a place of peace, if only for a brief, blissful moment.

Respite is available for viewing from May 31 to July 11 with opening reception Friday, June 7, from 6-8pm.

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"In Bloom"

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Sozo Gallery presents, “In Bloom,” an exhibit featuring the vibrant works of Ed Nash, Bre Crowell, Mary Ann Forehand, Liz Barber and more. Sozo Gallery will be partnering with Foxglove Fine Flowers, John Lupton Events, Pagoda Event Designs, and Darling Dogwood to display a number of floral interpretations of works from the collection. “In Bloom” is available for viewing from April 26 to May 30 with opening reception Friday, May 10, from 6-8pm. 

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Saison de Beauté

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Sozo Gallery is proud to present a group exhibition titled “Saison de Beauté” (Season of Beauty). This exhibit will explore the concept of ideal beauty through interpretations of various mediums. Featured artists include Julian Cardinal, Dennis Gerwin, Inslee Fariss and Bre Crowell. The collection is available for viewing from March 29 to April 25 with opening reception Friday, April 5, from 6-8pm.

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“Lessons in Remembering”

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Sozo Gallery welcomes Texas-based abstract artist Ty Nathan Clark for “Lessons in Remembering,” a solo exhibit featuring a collection of the artist’s latest body of work. Clark, a writer, filmmaker, producer and basketball consultant, has been working on the collection throughout 2018 along with his upcoming feature documentary titled “Jump Shot: The Kenny Sailors Story.” “Lessons in Remembering” uses the art of abstract expressionism to pull from a frame of memories, experiences and emotions, which Clark uses to lead the viewer through an exploration of his life.   

Series Statement

"Lessons in Remembering" is an abstract expressionist body of work expressing a life lived, memories gained and visions of what could be brought forth for eyes to see. Our memories are extremely important and vital to our human existence. Memory is the faculty by which the mind stores and remembers information. Our brains are a wondrous, complex, mysterious creation with the ability to store and throw away information at an incredible pace. Why do we forget certain moments and why do we remember certain moments? Our senses have the ability to trigger memories of people, places and emotions upon a moment’s notice.  As the artist grows older, he continues to practice remembering as a way to not forget things that he should always have in the forefront of his mind. 

We are the collectors of time. This series of work is a collection of bits and pieces of memory and reflection. Each work is a representation of things that cannot be spoken. The artist uses color as thought or reflection, texture as metaphor, line representing story in constant flux, marks exclaiming chaos and negative space welcoming cosmos, welcoming the audience into his memory. 

“We can climb inside the cupboard and close the doors behind us, or climb inside, sit against the back wall, leave the doors wide open and remember it all.”- Ty Nathan Clark

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Kenny Nguyen | Interwoven


Join us on Friday, January 11 from 6-8 p.m. for the opening of Charlotte-based mixed media artist Kenny Nguyen's "Interwoven." This marks Nguyen's second solo exhibit with Sozo Gallery and our first exhibit of 2019.

Exhibition Statement
'Interwoven' is a collection of my recent body of work which includes paintings, wall sculptures, and installations made from silk. There is an idea of knitting all of my works together – an exploration of cultural identity and integration. I found the inspiration from silk, a culturally-rich material that has become a narrative medium and metaphor for my personal identity. Immigrated from Vietnam and influenced by Vietnamese cultural heritage and fashion design, my artwork was often constructed by balancing these factors. The shifting perception gave me a different perspective about the material and I believe it can transform and create a cultural experience for the viewer. - Kenny Nguyen

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5:00 PM17:00

FIVE : Celebrating 5 Years of Sozo Gallery

As the Queen City basks in the glow of her 250th birthday, Hannah and the gallery are celebrating five years as a fixture in the Uptown Charlotte art scene. What better way to do it than with cake, bubbly and a special team curated exhibit! The team will be holding a party at the gallery in honor of its milestone on Wednesday, December 5 from 5-8pm to thank everyone that has shared in the last five years. Artists featured in the show include: Kenny Nguyen, Robert Langford, Wendy Bilas, Alicia Armstrong and Scott Gardner. The full exhibit will run through the new year, December 3-January 4.

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Holiday Uptown Crawl

Join Sozo Gallery as we partner with Charlotte Center City for the Holiday Uptown Crawl on Thursday, November 29! As part of our current exhibit, Syncopation: Shifting Focus, the evening will include an artist discussion with Robert Langford, led by pianist, composer and educator, Dr. Leonard Mark Lewis of Winthrop University. Discussion will begin at 7:00. Entry is free and all are welcome. The Uptown Crawl is presented by Charlotte Center City and Holidays in the City.

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Robert Langford | Syncopation: Shifting Focus

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Texas-born, Carolina-based abstract painter Robert Langford brings his longtime interest in art, music and architecture to a Nov. 2 solo exhibition at SOZO Gallery in Uptown Charlotte.

“Syncopation: Shifting Focus,” features a series of all-new paintings in which Langford explores the ways we curate our own sensory experiences within the larger context of a shared urban environment. Vibrant color combinations slip into intricate, layered structures that both create order and challenge it. The show’s title refers to the effect of shifting the emphasis on a beat within a musical composition. It’s a brief, but welcome disruption; a fresh take on the status quo.

“There’s an energy or flow in a building’s design, and there’s repetition in the rhythm of a piece of music,” says Langford. “We expect these qualities and look for them. Yet, what often draws us in are those moments of surprise, when our attention is redirected in some new aesthetic way. This is what I hope to do with my paintings, in terms of color, pattern and where I draw the viewer’s eye."

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Andrew Leventis : Mise-en-Scene

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Andrew Leventis observes disregarded moments in film, pauses the scene, records the frozen image through his camera, and uses the resultant photograph to create his oil paintings. His new series “Mise-en-Scene” depicts obsolescent rotary telephones, heirloom vanities, vintage tea sets, black and white family photos, and corduroy coach bags set amidst hotel corridors, turquoise swimming pools, pink bathtub tiles, and city sidewalks. 

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Scott Gardner "stalking Deep Time"

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Join us Tuesday, June 19 for "stalking Deep Time," a three-night exhibit featuring the images of Charlotte's own, Scott Gardner, Emmy nominated photographer and cinematographer. 

A Lunch and Learn discussion will be held from 12-1pm with a book signing following from 6:30-8pm. Scott will host an artist talk beginning at 7pm that evening.  Entry is free and all are welcome.

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Sozo Gallery presents: Unspoken

Sozo Gallery
is proud to present

a collection of works by Aaron Hequembourg

100 Pounds | Engraved assemblage from sharecropper houses | 66.50 x 45 

100 Pounds | Engraved assemblage from sharecropper houses | 66.50 x 45 

February  1-16, Sozo Gallery presents Unspoken, an exhibit featuring the works of Georgia-based artist, Aaron Hequembourg. Hequembourg, who’s work has been described as “the next generation of folk art,” has been creating a collection of mixed media
engravings featuring the faces and materials of a more than 200-year old Montecito farm.

The farm, which has been in his wife’s family since 1815, has housed many sharecroppers and
slaves. After moving there, Hequembourg was faced with deciding what to do with the
remaining homes. Instead of burning them down, he chose to repurpose the materials to
cultivate something new.
Using his training in engraving and printmaking, Hequembourg takes objects from a dark part of history to shed light on what the land left behind. Artist and historian, Amy Meadows described Hequembourg’s work as, “a visual celebration of those slaves, honoring them by creating these beautiful wood panels.

Join us on Fri. Feb. 2 from 6:00pm-8:00pm for opening night of the exhibition

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Sozo Gallery presents: Interbeing

Sozo Gallery Proudly Presents:


Interbeing is a relatively new term coined by Thich Nhat Hanh to describe the essential interconnectedness of the universe.

Interbeing means that you are part of the whole web of life. You are not isolated and alone. When you become peaceful, happy and solid the world benefits.

Join us at Sozo on Friday, January 5 from 4:30-6:30PM for opening night and an artist talk. 

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Grinding Paper Diamonds with John W. Love Jr

Grinding Paper Diamonds
Hosted by Sozo Gallery
December 16 10:00am-1:00pm
(arrive by 9:45am)
Cost: $50

John W. Love Jr, Charlotte native and 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, will be presenting Grinding Paper Diamonds, a multifaceted workshop where participants are encouraged to explore and experience through writing, meditation and object making. Discover new dimensions of your self while creating unique, one of a kind art full of unlimited possibility. 

*Space is limited. Reserve in advance by calling 704-575-6777

Photo Credit: Moye Photography

Photo Credit: Moye Photography

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Sozo Gallery Presents: Bringing Forth

Sozo Gallery is proud to present

bringing forth

an exhibition of new works by
Laura Alma McCarthy


"The German poet, Rainer Maria Rilke writes that all things are “gestation and bringing forth” - that those outward things that we love, are excited about, that we mourn, or long for are recognized by us only because they have been with us growing in the dark, unseen places in our souls that nurture and nourish the moments that make up our lives before they are even known to us.  I consider all my paintings to be Momentos - memories of a moment.  In these internal landscapes that I paint, I try to capture those alchemical moments where our souls are molding the raw ingredients that will come forth to create the moments of our lives and the people we become." - Laura Alma McCarthy


Join us for an artist reception
during the Uptown Crawl
Thursday, October 26
6-9 PM

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David Pike Kintsugi Workshops presented by Sozo Gallery & SEARCH Creative

Kintsugi Workshops with David Pike

Presented by Sozo Gallery & SEARCH Creative

Join David Pike, Kintsugi Master, for a one day workshop at Sozo Gallery on Saturday, October 7. 


1/2 day seminar for VETERANS ONLY:

  • Oct. 7th, 8am - 12pm at Sozo Gallery in Charlotte, NC

1/2 day seminar (general public):

  • Oct. 7th, 2-5pm at Sozo Gallery in Charlotte, NC


Kintsugi ("golden joinery"), also known as Kintsukuroi ("golden repair"), is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. (source: Wikipedia)

From David Pike: The courses I teach are aimed at people who want a deep and thorough understanding of traditional kintsugi. I don’t use putties or glue and we use real gold and silver during the longer courses. Many of the people who study want to teach so they need a complete understanding of the process and how to troubleshoot and solve problems that come up. Taking a 3 and 10 day course will provide more instruction than years at a once a week type course.
All courses are taught in English or Japanese with a focus on traditional Japanese processes and materials. This includes not being wasteful with the materials and keeping the work space free of food and other distractions. The courses and teaching are based on what is called in Japan, minarai, learning by looking and feeling, a more intuitive approach.

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September Uptown Crawl

Join us at Sozo for the 

September Uptown Crawl 

Last chance to view "Transcendent Light" featuring works by Nicola Parente and Patrick Fagerberg

Thursday, September 28

6-9 PM


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:

samples from Rock Bottom Brewery and live music from Tenya Coleman!

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