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Crescent sponsoring ‘artists-in-residence’ in former Goodyear, future office tower site

A mural painted by John Hairston, Jr. on the Stonewall side of the old Goodyear building on S. Tryon Street on Tuesday, April 14, 2015.
A mural painted by John Hairston, Jr. on the Stonewall side of the old Goodyear building on S. Tryon Street on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte-based developer Crescent Communities still plans to knock down a former Goodyear store at Stonewall and Tryon streets to make way for a 27-story office tower, but until that happens, the site is about to get a bit more artsy.

Crescent has already gutted the building and hired a muralist to cover the side of the building with a colorful painting. On Wednesday, the company said it’s opening the space up to short-term artists-in-residence through September.

“We’re thrilled that we can share this building as a space for Charlotte’s creative community over the next few months,” said Tyler Niess, chief marketing officer of Crescent Communities. The company said artists will create and exhibit work at the former auto shop, and will be able to alter the building itself as well.

The first artist showcase is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. July 31, and Crescent says it will be free and open to the public. The three artists to be featured are: Kathryn Godwin, an installation artist; Holly Christine Keogh, a painter; and Todd Stewart, a sculptor.

Future artists selected for the program include sculptor Matthew Steele, theater group XOXO Ensemble Performance, multi-media artist Robert Childers and dance ensemble Triptych Collective.

The project is being co-directed by Amy Herman of Vintage Charlotte and Amy Bagwell and Graham Carew of Wall Poems of Charlotte. Other sponsors include Moore and Van Allen, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, Parkway Properties, The Wilbert Group and Charlotte Center City Partners

Crescent’s plans for the site include an office tower called Tryon Place, a hotel, restaurant and retail space. You can see details of the plans, including renderings, online at http://www.experiencetryonplace.com/. The company is still seeking an anchor tenant for the development.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo

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