One of South End’s biggest attractions in the visual arts will change hands this summer. Larry Elder, owner of Elder Art Gallery, is close to striking a deal to sell his business, which has been located in Charlotte since 2001.
The gallery, which has sat on the corner of South Tryon Street and West Summit Avenue for the past six years, includes the collections of late artists Carl Plansky, Leon Makielski and Ernest Walker, among others. It has also become a venue for social and business events, including wedding receptions, cocktail parties and corporate meetings.
Elder told the Observer Wednesday he will turn the business over in July upon completion of the deal to a buyer he isn’t yet naming. He moved to his current location from South Boulevard in 2012 to expand exhibition space following the purchase of the collection of New York artist Plansky.
In his newest venture, Elder will move to the Dilworth Artisan Station and begin shopping Plansky’s 1,500-piece set, which he described as “one of the largest privately-held collections that you’ll find in this area,” to buyers in the United States and Europe.
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“You could look at it as a new company waiting to be founded,” Elder said. “It will be a new venture that would focus strictly on (the Plansky collection) and on expanding the desirability of that collection.”
Elder also hosted and helped found Carolina’s Got Art!, a series of juried art shows to display the work of amateur and professional artists in North Carolina and South Carolina. The event, which debuted in 2010 and last took place in June of 2015, included as much as $20,000 in cash and prizes. Elder hopes that a corporate sponsor will pick up the event in the future.
Elder will curate his last show beginning Friday, when the gallery will open “Gender and Sexuality,” featuring the work of Plansky and North Carolina artist Greg Siler.
Matt Kaminer: 704-358-5258, @MattKaminer