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Art is Better in the Dark On October 29!

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Charlotte Art League Holds Its First Closing Night Exhibit Due to Popular Demand!

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - eTradeWire -- Kick off Halloween weekend with a unique experiential art exhibit that shows us why we should never be afraid of the dark (again!). Known for an innovative and welcoming approach to art, Charlotte Art League (CAL) is hosting its first Closing Night event for its current exhibit, BLACK OUT, on October 29.

On opening night, visitors were able to wander through a darkened gallery with cell phone lights and flashlights. This created a new and immersive way to "see" the art, which focuses on literal or figurative interpretation of the term "Blackout." "There are many textual pieces that come alive when you shine light on them. Plus, when you shine a light from different directions, it gives you a different view," explains CAL Executive Director Jim Dukes. "There are pieces that are painted with one pattern and color, but when they are viewed under a black light, they look completely different."

"The exhibit was such an amazing social experiment, not only for the artists but for the people who attended," Dukes notes. "We've never done an exhibit in the dark, and I don't know that anybody else has. What we discovered was that people spent more time studying the artwork. Not only the pieces that were in the exhibit, but those in the studios and on the gallery walls as well. People were making an intentional study of every piece."

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The family-friendly and unique approach appealed to those who might not normally attend a gallery opening night. As someone related on social media about the experience of bringing a child: "Once we started walking around and looking at the wonderful art, he started to like it more and more. Def gonna go to more of these."

Dukes agrees – and that's why CAL is taking the unique step of "doing it again" at the closing night Black Out Re-deux for those who missed opening night or who want to relive the experience. On Friday October 29 from 7:30 to 9 p.m., come out to see the art in the dark, hear poetry, have children participate in an art project, and discover the hidden possibilities.

About Charlotte Art League: Founded in 1965, Charlotte Art League has served as an accessible gateway to the arts experience for art lovers of all ages and backgrounds. CAL relies on annual membership dues, studio rentals, donations, and grants to sustain its activities. More info: www.charlotteartleague.org.

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