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!