Call for Entries!!!

We are currently seeking art created by Artists residing in North or South Carolina for our first annual juried artwork competition entitled "North to South"!

Any subject matter is welcome and a variety of mediums will be accepted. We will be awarding $1750 in prizes. Check out the website for details at, or download the prospectus at


Selected artwork will be hung for exhibition and sale at Green Rice Gallery from February 5th - 28th. Work will be selected by Juror Tom Stanley, Chair of the Department of fine Arts for Winthrop University. Award Presentation/Opening Reception for accepted artwork on exhibit will be Friday, February 5th.

Check Out Our Newest Artist!!!

Meet our newest addition to Green Rice, Adam Ramsey Miller! After being honorably discharged from the Marines, Adam studied art at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS. While in school, he supported himself by working at a local Cajun restaurant named "Crawdads" , meanwhile spending hundreds of hours in his studio training himself to paint. During his experimentation, he discovered abstract layering techniques that incorporate photo landscapes which are constructed using collage techniques.

Adam uses a wide range of mixed media in his work, stepping far outside of the box when it comes to creativity. His pieces evoke a feeling of nostalgia, a glimpse into the past to a simpler time. After capturing his own photos, he manipulates them for just the right effect, then applies them onto a wood panel layered with mixed media; a combination of acrylic, oil, wood stain, etc. It is then sealed with a high gloss polyurethane for a beautifully finished look.

Adam recently moved to Gold Hill, NC in July 2009 where he currently lives and has a painting studio in a converted feed shack. Using inspiration from both Mississippi and North Carolina, his work is about displacement of the present and the past, and the linking of the two.

Hookermedia Holiday!!!

This holiday season, give the gift of a Matt Hooker original commissioned painting to a loved one! Matt is one of our favorite Green Rice Artists and can paint just about anything your heart desires.

For $265 (shipping included) you can have an original 16" x 20" oil painting by Christmas. No socks or ties for Dad this year, get him something that no one else has - an original Matt Hooker! Visit Matt's website at to see more samples of his work.

To commission Matt, simply find a photo of something you want painted, then you can bring it in to Green Rice or e-mail it to Matt at or to us at . If you e-mail your photo, make sure you include your contact information, and mention that you found this information from the Green Rice blog!

The deadline for commissions is November 15th, 2009 so hurry up and commission a Hooker!

New Jewelry!

Yes, we are finally carrying jewelry here at the gallery! We have 3 jewelry artists now - Meghan McLeod, Alexandra Speer and Simi Suri - all are completely different from each other but all are equally beautiful in their own unique way.

From happy chic to light and dainty, we have it all! Meghan crafts her pieces from unique beads and accessories, Simi travels the world in order to find the most interesting and beautifully handcrafted necklaces, bracelets and earrings, and Alexandra toils away in her studio here at the gallery perfecting her skills as a jeweler, making each beautiful piece by hand.

From sterling silver to beaded beauties, and handcrafted works straight from India - they are each a great gift for early Christmas shopping or a must have for you right now. Come and see for yourself!

October Happenings!

Opening Friday, October 2nd with a Meet the Artist Reception from 7-9pm, Green Rice Gallery welcomes Artist Kate Vasseur’s new show entitled “The Fifth Season”. Kate’s work brings to life a variety of media, from watercolors on wooden panels and canvases to jewelry and sculpture created from repurposed objects. Her paintings have been described as modern landscapes that draw emotion from places we all seem to have been before. Kate’s quest for the unique, functional and purely aesthetic serves as her artistic inspiration. “The Fifth Season” will run from October 2nd through November 1st.

Also, Jonathan K. Rice and Scott Douglass, editors of Iodine Poetry Journal and Main Street Rag, will host a Poetry Reading at Green Rice Gallery on Friday, October 16th, from 7 - 9pm. Local Poets whose work is appearing in the current issues of these magazines will be featured readers. This will be the second time that Iodine has hosted a Reading here, so if you missed out last year, we're giving you a second chance!

Grand Studio Opening!

GRAND STUDIO OPENING TODAY!! Stop by the gallery and have a look at our brand new studios. Featured artist Susan Nuttall will be painting, and Dwight Hartsell will be doing a wood-turning demonstration. Everything in the gallery is 10% off for today only! We hope to see you soon!

Crawl Night!

Stop by Green Rice Gallery tonight as we celebrate the opening of "A Brighter Day", Teresa Hollmeyer's colorful mosaic show. We are so excited to have these beautiful mosaics through August 30th.Come walk through our brand new artist studios! There's lots of exciting new pieces from so many talented artists. So join us for snacks and drinks as you crawl through NoDa!

Teresa Hollmeyer's "A Brighter Day"

Please join us at Green Rice Gallery next Friday for the first Gallery Crawl of August 2009, which will officially open Teresa Hollmeyer's "A Brighter Day" mosaic collection. The show will run from August 7th through August 30th.

Teresa, a self-taught mosaicist, has been creating all types of mosaics for thirteen years. She learns something new with each finished piece. Her love for the outdoors is represented in her work and she finds new inspiration around every corner of life.

August Studio Sale!

Well it's official, Paul Hastings has gone crazy! He has decided that for the entire month of August he will take 25% off of anything in his studio space! From landscapes to surreal images, his oil paintings vary in size and subject matter but ALL of them are incredibly beautiful.

Paul waited years and years to become an artist, and one day, after studying the works of the old masters, he decided to pick up a brush and become a master of art himself. His oil paintings are equal parts memories, plein air sketches, imagination and travels. Paul now works daily in his studio here at Green Rice as a professional artist and considers himself living proof that pursuing your passion leads to fulfillment of your dreams. Stop by his studio to see him at work on a new piece today, and don't forget to take advantage of his sale during the month of August!

New Studios Are Finally Open!

How do you fight back in a recession? You expand! At least that is what Green Rice Gallery is doing! During the weekend of July 4th, gallery owner Carla Garrison went to work on building 7 new studio spaces in her newly acquired 1,100 square feet of gallery space here at 451 E. 36th St. The spaces will be open to the public and inhabited by working artists who can use the space to create and display their newest works. Viewers are encouraged to stop by and meet the newest additions to Green Rice Gallery on August 1st, otherwise known as move-in day!

One of the incoming artists is Holt McLean, whose space will be used for creating, displaying and even teaching! Beginning August 31st, Holt’s School of Fine Art will open for youth art classes. McLean taught youth art classes from 2002 – 2005 in California before moving to North Carolina, and she taught urban youth in 2005 at the NoDa School of the Arts. For more information or to register early, contact Holt at or visit her website at

Green Rice also welcomes sculptor Marilyn Overton, abstract artist Rick Babusci, photographer Rachel Barker, mural painter Adela Jurca, as well as painters Leah Edwards, Ivory Medina and Pete Brown. Some of the artists have already begun readying their spaces and look forward to being settled in by the end of the month. The official grand studio opening will be held during the Charlotte Literary Festival in NoDa on Saturday, September 5th. The gallery will offer a 10% discount on any piece of art for one day only, so be sure to stop by, visit the new artists, and find a great deal on a beautiful work of art by a local artist!

"Through the Looking Glass" Opens Tonight!

We all know what Alice saw when she went through the looking glass, now it is our Green Rice Artist’s turn to show the public what wondrous things they might see in theirs! Opening Friday, July 3rd, we will host a new show entitled Through the Looking Glass. As Lewis Carroll stated,
"The world is a looking-glass, and gives back to every man
the reflection of his own face. Frown at it, and it will in turn look sourly
upon you; laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly kind companion”.
The show will run from July 3rd to August 2nd and will feature over 10 of our artists with broadly varying styles of work. From oils to acrylics, woodwork to mixed media sculpture, be prepared to expect the unexpected! Participating artists include Paul Hastings, Carla Garrison, Jay Thompson, Aaron Alderman, Holt McLean, Dwight Hartsell, Jason Basden, Laura Arecco, Wendy Arundel, Randy L. Dean, KC Collins, Kate Vasseur, Matt Hooker and Patrick Harris.
"If it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic."

New Artists!

This month we are excited to welcome 3 new artists to Green Rice! First off, we have Herb Dickinson - Herb has been painting for over 20 years, from illustrations for science projects as a child to five years of art classes in yound adulthood. Herb enjoys all styles of art, however, modern, abstract and impressionism in acrylic provide an outlet for mixing texture, colors and nature together. His paintings start with a sketch and color palette but in the process of creating, take a life of their own and give a delightful surprise at the finished results.
We are also excited to introduce Brandon Willett - Brandon graduated college with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concentration of Illustration and a Minor in Drawing and Art History. His work is a mixture of pop art with almost a grafitti feel to it and focuses on shape, color and bold lines.
And last but certainly not least we have Andrew Smock! After growing up in Chicago, Smock attended Ohio University where he studied art. He makes his living as a graphic artist and paints landscapes on the side (which we have brought into the gallery for all to see!). Smock now lives in Charlotte and paints in his studio in Area 15 right here in NoDa!

Visit the gallery today to see more from these and more of our talented local artists!

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!

Father's Day is almost here, but no need to panic! We have the perfect gift ideas for Dad this year...METAL! Give Dad the gift of casted copper, hammered bronze or aged steel in the form of art. We have a gallery full of fantastic sculpture and wall hangings to choose from for in the home or in the yard display. The show is only up until June 28th, and Father's Day is only two days away, so come on out and get your metal on! Our Queen City Metalsmiths are Theron Ross, Mindy Jacobs, Aaron Alderman, Steven Sinnett and Marilyn Overton - and when we say that no 2 are alike, we mean it! Never before have we had 5 metal giants all in the same building, it is a sight to behold.

Main Gallery view

We also just got in brand new T-shirts by N.O.D. Designs - each is individually screenprinted by hand so that no two are exactly alike! Printed on the softest fabric we've ever felt, they will be Dad's new favorite tee!

Cast, Forged & Fabricated: The Queen City Metalsmiths

From the Bronze Age through the Iron Age to the present, metalwork has flourished in art, industry and trade. By the 1700’s the village blacksmith ensured the economic survival of early America, making the implements and equipment used in farming, business, and even in the common household. After industrialization, when ironwork could be provided by factories, blacksmiths reinvented themselves, putting their age-old hand forging talents to more creative endeavors. The studio craft movement began in the middle of the past century, allowing the floodgates of creativity to be thrown wide open and unbridled abandon to flow freely. Standing on the shoulders of the metal giants who have preceded them, we welcome J. Aaron Alderman, Steven Sinnett, Mindy Jacobs, Theron Ross and Marilyn Overton as they celebrate their ageless legacy of metalsmithing.

Celebrate with us during the Meet the Artists Reception on Friday, June 5th from 7 - 9pm. Also joining us will be Megan from PRP Wine International as she hosts a wine tasting during the reception.

Don't forget to bring Dad along so he can pick out the perfect Father's Day gift! The show will run from June 5th - 28th.

Help us Celebrate Women in the Arts!

Join us as we help celebrate FemmeFest 2009!
From May 23rd - 31st we will be showcasing artwork by our Green Rice Gals (no boys allowed on our walls!). We have a ton of new works by Artists such as Kendra Baird, Susan Nuttall, Bethany Hadden, Holt McLean, Virginia Dauth and Heather LaHaise that we can't wait to show you! And don't miss out when the streets come alive for FemmeFest here in NoDa on May 30th - we will have live music and spoken word in the gallery from 5:30 - 11pm! Everyone is invited regardless of gender as we provide a showcase for female artists and a forum in which to inform and empower the women of our communities.

PERSISTENT NIGHTMARES: New Abstract Drawings by Andrea Worley

Andrea Worley’s new abstract drawings give spontaneous and energetic form to the frightening nightmares she has experienced—and recorded in detail—over more than 30 years. With their underlying physical, psychological, and sexual tensions, these stark black and white abstractions conjure up the raw and ragged edge between something recognizable and that profound abyss within us all. Each drawing is accompanied by a dated section from the nightmare that gave rise to it. Worley, a native of Chattanooga, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Tennessee and her Master of Fine Arts from East Tennessee State University. Her studio is near Earl, North Carolina. The show will run from May 1st - 22nd.


PostGig is a compilation of music posters and highlights the role of art and design in the music scene. The show features works and original concert posters by Modern Dog, Aesthetic Apparatus, Hammerpress, Patent Pending, The Small Stakes and many more. It is curated by Clifford Stoltze, founder of Stoltze Design in Boston, MA, and compliments the recent launch of his book 1000 Music Graphics.

The show was a huge success in Boston and is making a stop here at Green Rice Gallery in Charlotte's NoDa District as it travels to different cities drawing a diverse audience. PostGig's opening reception on Friday, April 17th from 7-9pm coincides with a NoDa Gallery Crawl and the exhibition will be open to the public April 17th – 27th. You can find out more by visiting PostGig's website at

The Sold Project: Thailand

The Sold Project is a grassroots organization dedicated to inspiring individuals to join the fight against child prostitution. In 2007, a group of 20-somethings went to Thailand for a summer to research the plight of child exploitation, and they walked away with a dream of creating change. The result was a film: The Sold Project: Thailand. Sold's goal is to help everyone realize that they have a unique voice and a unique opportunity to join the fight against child prostitution and that their response to this situation actually does matter.

The Sold Project: Thailand will be screened at the Green Rice Gallery on Sunday, March 22 at 4:30pm and 6pm. Special guests Rachel Sparks and Rachel Goble will share about their experiences and knowledge from their time in Thailand. Jeremy Ezell will be serenading us before each screening. Please join us in this important cause - we hope to see you there!

Live Poetry Reading on March 20th!

Be sure to join us for a Live Poetry Reading here at Green Rice on Friday, March 20th, 7:30-9:00 pm during the gallery crawl! Jonathan Rice, editor of Iodine Poetry Journal and Scott Douglass, editor of Main Street Rag will host the Poetry Reading. Readers include Beth Cagle Burt, Glenn Hutchinson, Charles Israel, Jesse Kidd and Stephanie O'Neill. These poets all have work in the upcoming issues of Iodine Poetry Journal and Main Street Rag. You can check out the Iodine Poetry Journal at, and Main Street Rag at So come on out for a night of poetry and art!!!

"An Unclear Sky" by Kendra Baird

Green Rice Gallery will host “An Unclear Sky” featuring new works by Artist Kendra Baird, opening on March 6th from 7-9pm with a Meet the Artist Reception. Also included will be a wine tasting by PRP Wine International, featuring wine personalized with images of Kendra’s latest works. One of Kendra's original works will be included in a raffle as well, each ticket will be $10 and the drawing will be held on March 29th. Don't miss this chance to win an original work of art!

The show will run from March 6th until March 29th. Baird’s work over the past few years has evolved from quirky little creatures in nature into a deeper subject beyond the object we see on the surface. The nature of how uncertain our futures are, and how at any given time – no matter how aware we are of our life, the world around us and ourselves – we can never see the entire picture. She displays this in her work through using a frame of texture and color that crops the scene. We can only imagine what is hidden by this frame, and we step forward knowing what we can and hoping for what we cannot know. There will always be those things that make our view unclear, but the portions that we can see give us comfort and help us rest in peace when moving forward.

Let's make Magic!

Come to Green Rice on Thursday nights and learn the techniques of oil painting with local professional artist Paul Hastings. Paul (or as we call him, the Magic Man) will offer guidance and gentle criticisms as you paint your selected subject in a gallery setting. Your subject matter can be a picture you have always wanted to paint, a page from a magazine you find beautiful, or simply the still life we set up here in the gallery. Prior painting experience is not necessary. Each class is $30/session and will take place on Thursday evenings from 6-8pm. Classes will be held at the Green Rice Gallery right in the heart of the NoDa Arts District and they will begin on February 12th.
Take a look at our website at or call the gallery at 704.344.0300 to find out what you'll need to bring to class.
Let’s make magic!


We will be featuring Green Rice Artist Matt Hooker from February 6th - March 1st in a show entitled "Art of Foreign Lands" which will include a Meet the Artist Reception from 7-9 on Friday, February 6th! A self-proclaimed "under travelled artist", Matt is a native Bostonian currently living in Charlotte, NC. during his senior year in high school, his first painting ever completed was shown in a Boston college senior art show. Over ten years later, he started selling paintings primarily through the Internet and is now living a long time dream; an existence supported by and for artwork. This self-taught artist has appeared in various Boston and Charlotte area publications, studios, galleries, businesses and marketplaces.

Also featured will be artist KC Collins, KC attended Elon University in North Carolina and began exploring artistic media, including oils, acrylics, watercolors, pencil, pastels, and a variety of mixed media. She explored art history and drew influences from JWM Turner, Franz Klein, and Gerhard Richter.

Fort Mill Art Guild Meeting

The Fort Mill Art Guild has signed a lease for approx. 2000 sf of space at 213 Main Street in Downtown Fort Mill, and proudly announces President Marcia Kort Buike. The facility will be not only host meetings of the Guild, but will also serve as a community arts center, featuring classes, exhibits, lectures, demonstrations, outreach programs and a gallery for local artists of the Carolinas.

The new facility will be called The Art Mill and hopes to open its doors mid-January. The Guild is seeking local community members to serve as volunteers, patrons, donors, advocates as well as exhibitors. Membership fees and donations are tax-deductible as the Guild is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

The next meeting of the Guild will be Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 7 pm at The Spratt Building, 215 Main Street in downtown Fort Mill. We will start with a short update of Guild activities, followed by our keynote speaker, Carla Garrison, owner of Green-Rice Gallery in the NoDa section of Charlotte. She will tell us the ins and outs of the gallery world and, in particular, what an artist must do to get his/her work in a gallery. We will then move over to The Art Mill next door for a sneak preview of the facilities.

For more information, visit our website at or contact Marcia Kort Buike at; phone (803) 548-3159.