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Best Shops To Buy Affordable Art In Charlotte

March 24, 2014 9:00 AM

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(Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

(Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

To have a home or office environment adorned with beautiful creations is almost as essential as breathing to art lovers. Prices demanded for artwork, however justified, may be out of range for some, especially in this economy. Following up on the previous “Best of” article, “Best Places To Buy Local Art For Less Than $100,” here’s a list of local galleries and businesses that offer affordable art. You can also shop for personal adornments items at many of these locations.
House of Africa
1215 Thomas Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 376-6160

Stepping through the door of House of Africa is akin to visiting a museum. Huge lions (sculptures of course) protect the entry. Anything African is here, from the smallest sculptures to imposing, larger-than-life statues. Aside from artwork for the home or office, items for personal adornment are available. Beautiful jewelry and cloth are displayed further back in the center of the building. Even if you can only afford incense, there’s something for you here, no matter what your pocketbook can bear.

Charlotte Fine Art Gallery
7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Suite 9 A
Charlotte, NC 28226
(704) 541-0741

Voted Creative Loafing‘s “Reader’s Choice Best” in 2013, Charlotte Fine Art Gallery offers a lot. The work of notable artists from around the nation as well as the Carolinas are available. Buyers can browse through the two- and three-dimensional galleries. Those who want to create their own art can take classes and attend studio workshops. Private parties can be booked, and special events may include after-school art for teens, girls night out or First Fridays, when new art is introduced.
Cotswold Marketplace
200 N. Sharon Amity Road
Charlotte, NC 28211
(704) 365-3331

Here’s a place that those who love to hunt will enjoy. Offerings by 47 artists, many from the Carolinas, give shoppers a range of selections for home décor. If original artwork is what you desire, look no further. Antique lovers will find old treasures. Swell Decor, also located here, is a service to help you with home interior design by Charlotte-based experts.

Related: Best Art Supply Stores In Charlotte

Sleepy Poet Antique Mall
4450 South Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28209
(704) 529-6369

An outing to this location is like a trip to the Smithsonian – not to be rushed. Plan to spend some time at this antique mall, voted best antiques in Charlotte for three consecutive years. About 250 vendors offer vintage jewelry, signage, both neon and metal signs, kitschy collectibles from the ’50s, furniture and Italian and French style décor. Fashionistas can look for vintage clothing. To top it off, food trucks are here on Saturdays to give shoppers sustenance.

1500 Central Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 334-0122

Here’s a gallery that will appeal to a mix of adult patrons – art lovers and imbibers of alcohol. The Twenty-Two gallery offers liquid refreshments at the bar, combining the best of both worlds for a date night. Located in the Plaza Midwood area, the glass front display shows off the attractive “Mod” décor. Visitors’ reviews indicate that a good selection of beer, wine and sake are offered. A diverse range of artists and artistic styles are for sale here, featuring mainly local artists.

Related: Best Ceramics Classes For Adults In Charlotte

Jacquelin Celeste Peters has produced award winning radio programs at WPFW Pacifica-Washington. She is a Culture and Events Examiner in Charlotte, North Carolina, which she calls home. Her work can be found at


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