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Instagram Worthy Murals – Charlotte’s Art Scene

posted by Stephanie Lucas September 25, 2017

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.

DO what you LOVE. LOVE what you DO. #MooreHooker #progress #QUEENcity

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The Matts bring Elvis to life near the old Carolina Theatre, a once-thriving vaudeville theatre and silent movie palace where The King preformed.

#nbd just shaking hands with the King. #elvis #mycharlotte #elvisforever #charlottesgotalot #clt

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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.

Celebrating #Charlotte's vibrancy – past, present, and future. #CLTmurals #CrownTown #QueenCity @7thpublicmarket

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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.

The Bike Gallery2500 Park Road

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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.

Spend some time with Queen Charlotte as you walk along the Rivafinoli Passage by Magnolia Emporium and stop in for a pint at Craft Growler Shop and Tasting Room.

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.

It's almost Friday! 🌈💕 #dustythedoodle #abmlifeiscolorful

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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.

Done and done! #willieforpresident #macspeedshop #willienelson #painting #art #mural #nofilter

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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?

Sunny days and Sangrias, Perfect Friday! #NodaCompanyStore #Noda

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If the weather isn’t cooperating, step inside Free Range Brewing for a sip and see.

this mural at Free Range Brewing is a real looker. 🍻

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Plaza Midwood

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.

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Colorful, fun and funky, artist Miriam Yumet the painted murals at Two Scoops Creamery.

When you have been an awesome big sister, you get ice cream with #sprinklesontop #girlsnight @twoscoopscreamery

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Every surface is a canvas for art in Charlotte. Check out the alley behind  Whiskey Warehouse and get your superhero fix.

Head over to the dry cleaners on Pecan Ave to see this new mural.

The new mural on the wall of the cleaners on Pecan is such a great addition to the neighborhood.

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Queen City Neighborhood Navigator

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.

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