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E D I T O R ' S L E T T E R 'Hungry for Art' Creative endeavors on upswing in Ballantyne Check Out Our New Website! Our dynamic, new website is expected to go live in early March. Visit for the latest in Ballantyne news and events and to access your favorite magazine stories. R ecently, I had the pleasure of meeting for coffee with Wendy Hickey, executive director of ArtPop Street Gallery. We met the week that Ballantyne Village became ArtPop's first digital venue here in Charlotte. In addition to telling me more about her organization and how it uses billboards and other available media space to increase public access to art, she told me she could tell from her interactions around Ballantyne that our community is "hungry for art." I couldn't agree with her more — and how timely was her comment! This very issue of Ballantyne Magazine celebrates the first anniversary of our Creative Spark section. So far, on the last page of our magazine we have featured an author, a creator of wearable art, an educator, a muralist and in this new issue an artist/ activist — all with ties to Ballantyne. This section appears to have taken off, and Matt Olin from CreativeMornings/Charlotte and I enjoy selecting our subjects. If you or someone you know generates art or is a creative force in daily life, please email me at jgreenwald@ Our readers are eager to read about you and others you may know. Beyond the pages of our magazine, Ballantyne residents and visitors alike can enjoy artworks curated by Emily Andress — while eating a meal at Gallery Restaurant. In this issue, Andress says the artists have enjoyed a warm welcome here in Ballantyne and that several pieces have already been sold. She and the other participating artists are also ArtPop alumni themselves. Some additional art trivia for you: Hickey, who is affectionately known as the "Fairy Art Mother," informed me that two of the 2018 ArtPop class members, Gary Abramov and Maria Senkel, are Ballantyne residents. And, did you know that the Charlotte Symphony is bringing its "On the Go" series to our neighborhood, and that the Charlotte Jewish Film Festival screened 11 of its films this year in Ballantyne Village? The newly formed advocacy group South Charlotte Partners (see p. 15) also has listed "cultural facilities" among its areas of interest. So, indeed — we are hungry for art, we are producing art and we are supporting art here in Ballantyne. Where and how can we bring even more art to the area? Let's have coffee and figure it out. Jodi Werner Greenwald Editor-in-Chief BALLANTYNE SPRING 2018 12 Editor's Letter

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