Presented by Pabst Blue Ribbon and curated by narly, “If Walls Could Talk” features a variety of local artists from muralists and cartoonists, to tattoo artists and typographers. Come check out the live art installations, mini-exhibitions, and the culture of street art happening Saturday and Sunday at the Boom outdoor Intersection!
Featured Artists: Alex Santaloci, cltzines, Mike Wirth, SWITCH, Arko, Dammit Wesley, narly
Showing at: Intersection
Installation in process all weekend (April 20 – 22)
Admission is FREE
Scroll down to learn more about the artists participating.
Alex Santaloci website »
Alex is from NJ, but has lived in Charlotte since 1990. She’s been tattooing since 2010. Inspired by geekery and pop culture, she loves just about every medium and aside from tattooing, has been focused mostly on painting, and drawing with pen and ink.
Kenneth Raudales on Instagram »
Kenneth is a 17-year old cartoonist. He draws under @cltzines and has been working as a cartoonist for over a year.
Jennifer Garrison on Instagram »
A designer and artist, Jennifer is also a mom raising two kickass kids on a farm.
Switch on Instagram »
Switch is an artist and designer originally from Greensboro, NC. He gains inspiration and knowledge through friends, family, music, movies, and artists he looks up to. Street art, graffiti, cartoons, comics, and everyday life influence his style. Switch also likes to take a silly, quirky approach with his characters and vibrant use of color.
Arko on Instagram »
Arko is an artist specializing in murals, street art, and sculpture. Born in Charlotte with roots in Colombia, his art reflects an effort to blend the 2 cultures. He started creating free work that he drops in random spots around the city in an effort to make art more accessible and interactive to anyone who approaches it. Using social media he created a scavenger hunt with his audience allowing them the opportunity to have a free work of art.
Mike Wirth on Instagram »
Mike Wirth is an information designer, educator and artist who specializes in information design and data visualization from an educational perspective. Mike has completed 6 secondary and higher education textbook projects where he oversaw the infographic and data visualization media for McGraw-Hill and CQ/Sage presses. He teaches ART 356: Information Design at Queens University of Charlotte, where he is a tenured Associate Professor of Art and director of the New Media Design major. Mike holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Long Island University in Digital Art and Design.
Hnin Nie on Instagram »
HNin Nie uses paint as her medium to portray emotions through Negative Nancy. HNin is inspired by the people around her that discover self-love by encouraging vulnerability.
narly on Instagram »
narly, is an artist, designer, and educator native to Charlotte. Although her background lies within the world of advertising, working with agencies such as Wray Ward and BooneOakley, she finds happiness by teaching, doing, and making. She dedicates her craft and creativity in helping to not just grow and nurture the local art scene, but to increase awareness within the community that local art exists. Her signature hand-lettered pieces promoting positivity and curiosity can be found scattered around Charlotte as part of the #freeartCLT initiative.
Dammit Wesley on Instagram »
Dammit Wesley is a creative community influencer, a trained multi-disciplinary artist, and an experienced educator.
Wesley has played an active role in the Charlotte arts community since 2013, beginning with curating monthly pop-up exhibitions highlighting local emerging artists. As an artist, Wesley holds a Bachelors in Fine Arts & Graphic Design from Winthrop University. His work provides context, insight and commentary on the Black experience, specifically through the lens of the media and popular culture. As an educator, he teaches classes that juxtapose hip-hop culture with traditional painting techniques and figure drawing classes that celebrate the black body.