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How well do you know Charlotte’s artists? Take the Charlotte Art Challenge

In Charlotte, art is not limited to galleries and museums.

You’ll find artwork in space dedicated to art, of course, but you’ll also find it in breweries, hair salons, music venues, stores, restaurants, coffee shops, co-working spaces, exterior building walls and tunnels.

But can you name a Charlotte artist by looking at just one image?

Take the quiz, then learn more about each artist below.

Remember: Original art makes a great holiday gift … and original local art makes an even better gift!

David French

David French has created more than 250 paintings of Charlotte. They combine Charlotte’s landmarks with imaginative, often whimsical, elements. Several of his paintings feature landmark buildings that no longer exist. His work can be found at Paper Skyscraper, Green with Envy and Ruby’s Gift. He offers very affordable prints from $10 to $150.

John Hairston Jr.

John Hairston Jr. tries to create art that makes his inner child do cartwheels. He draws inspiration from superheroes and hip hop, creating work that seamlessly blends political satire, social commentary and obscure pop-culture references. Hairston’s work is currently on display in galleries all over the east coast and Charlotte.

Carmella Jarvi

Carmella Jarvi, a McColl Center for Art + Innovation, ArtPop and CSA alumni, explores abstract water through kiln glass. Find her glass creations at Art in the Dairy, Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lori Love

Lori Love, aka IRoL, is a nationally exhibited mixed media artist who gets much of her inspiration and materials from NoDa.  “I love using found and discarded materials in my artwork as it pushes me as an artist to continually think outside the box.” Currently, her work can be found in NoDa at Pura Vida Worldly Art and Smelly Cat Coffeehouse and in the Elizabeth M. Guinan Gallery at The Art Institute of Charlotte.

Rosalia Torres-Weiner

Rosalia Torres-Weiner is a muralist, immigrant rights activist and founder of Project Art Aid and Papalote Project. She has combined her passion for activism with her love of painting. Her work is part of a traveling exhibit, NUEVOlution – Latinos and the New South, through Levine Museum of the New South for the next three years. It will be shown in Charlotte, Atlanta and Alabama. You can see her public mural, “The DREAMers” at UNCC Center City. It depicts undocumented students and their dream of obtaining a college education and contributing to our nation.

Rose Hawley

Rose’s art “reflects her lifestyle of Questionable Innocence, but often drifts into Accidental Innocence. Rose’s sense of humor warps into everything she touches.” See her work at Art in the Dairy’s open house Dec. 12.

Mark Doepker

Mark Doepker’s work explores the human condition. He is represented by Pura Vida Worldly Art in NoDa.  He has work up in current shows at Revolution EGO, Advent Coworking, Art Twenty-Two, Birdsong Brewing Co., Cafe 100 in Huntersville and New South Gallery in Statesville.

Henry Schreiber

Schreiber’s fascination with marmots — or groundhogs, as they are more commonly known — originated with his move to the “Con Place,” the family farm settled six generations ago in Ashe County, N.C. Groundhog spotting from the front porch has been a shared family pastime that inspired his recent Marmot series. If you see a painting of a groundhog around town you can be pretty sure it’s the work of Henry Schreiber. Hint: look for the giant groundhog with a Pabst Blue Ribbon at Neighborhood Theatre.

Sharon Dowell

Sharon Dowell’s paintings and public art commissions capture the energy of place, often incorporating social commentary or exploring the theme of man vs. nature. Her works are on view in her C3Lab studio, at Advent Coworking, and at Thomas Deans Fine Art in Atlanta. Upcoming shows include the Culture Initiative show in February and an exhibition at Studio K Gallery in March.


Paleface is a prolific and influential songwriter, touring musician and self taught visual artist who’s been selling hundreds of paintings at his concerts, festivals, art shows and via his online gallery. His paintings are inspired by music and he uses words and lyrics as if he was painting a song.

Osiris Rain

Osiris Rain is an international award-winning post contemporary representational painter who received his formal studies for painting in Florence, Italy, at the Angel Academy of Art, and in Norway, under Odd Nerdrum. His work is collected internationally and has been featured in publications such as The Artist’s Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, and The Huffington Post. His work is part of the permanent collection of the European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, Spain, and he is the founder and director of The North Carolina Academy of Art, located in the NoDa Arts district.

David Childers

David Childers has always loved the paintings of Breughel because his pictures are filled with interaction between groups of people, and between people and nature … oceans, mountains, grain fields, execution grounds and country fairs. He tries to do the same in many of his own paintings. David Childers is also a songwriter and performer who frequently performs in the Carolinas and beyond, both as a solo artist and with his band, The Serpents. Often his paintings are available for purchase at his shows.