Uptown's artspace 525 holds grand opening

Only months ago, the retail space at 525 North Tryon St. was empty. Today, the self-labeled “a collaborative pop-up gallery concept” artspace 525 celebrates a grand opening. The event kicks off at 7 p.m.

The space will serve as homebase for The Wall Poems of Charlotte, for which Amy Bagwell serves as director. The project provides urban murals that feature poems from only North Carolina poets. Bagwell is an English instructor at Central Piedmont Community College and an artist herself.

The space also serves as a studio for painter Sharon Dowell, who was named Best Local Artist in Charlotte magazine’s 2012 Best of the Best Awards. Dowell’s work has been seen across the world, but she’s also enjoyed residencies and has had a hand in projects like the CATS light rail in Charlotte.

Aside from its gallery role, artspace 525 will also offer instructional classes for building tenants and workshops. The artspace 525 concept comes out of a partnership between owners Parkway Properties and Charlotte Center City Partners.

“This couldn’t have happened if Parkway wasn’t open to the idea,” says Robert Krumbine, chief creative officer and senior vice president of events for Center City Partners. “And that is unusual. That’s the exciting part about this whole thing. Somebody was willing to step up and let a space be used for something like this and make a statement.”

Check back with the Revue blog next week for a broader conversation about the space and what it means for Uptown.