The Queen City is full of hidden gems. One not-so-secret jewel in her crown is the underground art scene across the city’s diverse neighborhoods. Each neighborhood features hand-painted public art that screams out to be posted on Instagram or used as a selfie backdrop. Stroll, bike, or bar hop your way through each streetcar suburb and find your favorite.
The grid of buildings provide the ideal place for murals on every corner. Poems, paintings and frescoes adorn formally barren walls and ceilings. These brilliantly colored pieces of public art have created local celebrities and built a fan following.
The self-taught Matts – Matt Hooker and Matt Moore – have countless murals in the Uptown area on sides of buildings and inside restaurants as well as in Spirit Square.
The Matts bring Elvis to life near the old Carolina Theatre, a once-thriving vaudeville theatre and silent movie palace where The King preformed.
On buildings or tucked inside the many hot spots in Uptown, these murals tell stories of Charlotte’s rich history, like this one in 7th Street Public Market by Rosalia Torres-Weiner of Red Calaca Studio.
This upscale neighborhood has few blank spaces available for art, but limited resources don’t limit this haute hood. Mona Lisa smirks as she holds a cleaver and hook on the side of Meat & Fish Co, a butcher shop and seafood purveyor opening a new concept at this location in the next few weeks.
The Bike Gallery on Park Road sports another great mural depicting Charlotte’s love for cycling.
South End / Gold District
The uber-hip South End and newly founded Gold District are host to scenes paying homage to the city’s evolving story.
"A bit of madness is key To give us new colors to see Who knows where it will lead us? And that's why they need us! So bring on the rebels The ripples from pebbles The painters, and poets and plays And here's to the fools who dream Crazy, as they may seem Here's to the hearts that break Here's to the mess we make " _lalaland_ #tothefoolswhodream #lalaland #streetart #clt #murals #citygems #charlottegem #golddistrictcharlotte #golddistrict #magnoliaemporium
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Take a stroll on the Charlotte Rail Trail and check out the magic carpet murals as you make your way from Center City through South End and on to LoSo.
Refresh and relax near a mural of local patrons once you get into the heart of LoSo at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery.
Cross South Boulevard and sample local barbecue at one of Charlotte’s iconic institutions, Mac’s Speed Shop.
This artsy neighborhood is a goldmine of murals and public art. Take a Feast Food Tour and stroll by these artscapes.
Noda Company Store provides porches, swings and Wine Wednesdays. What more could you ask for?
If the weather isn’t cooperating, step inside Free Range Brewing for a sip and see.
Not to be outdone by its artsy sister, edgy Plaza Midwood is home to murals and art galleries with new public art popping up every day.
Colorful, fun and funky, artist Miriam Yumet the painted murals at Two Scoops Creamery.
Every surface is a canvas for art in Charlotte. Check out the alley behind Whiskey Warehouse and get your superhero fix.
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Head over to the dry cleaners on Pecan Ave to see this new mural.
Colorfully painted walls telling stories of the neighborhoods and how Charlotte has become the vibrant, vivacious city it is today are located across the city. Find your favorite today and tag #charlottesgotalot.