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You CAN Afford to Live in NoDa

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Interested at renting an apartment at the most prominent intersection of NoDa?Mills


The Lofts at NoDa Mills applications will be taken JULY 22, 23, 24 (TUES WED THURS) @ Neighborhood Theatre.



View the website to check out floor plans (417sq ft up to 1260 sq ft) and amenities including:
- w/d in units
- bike storage room
- fitness center
- gallery space for art shows
- club room
- community room for art classes
- dog park

There are currently 48 units available in this phase.

Osiris Rain: Local Artist Makes Nat'l Impact

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This story was written by 
Bonnie Gangelhoff and featured in the July 2014 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art July 2014 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story!

Osiris was all featured in the Back in the Day article of NODANEWS in July 2012. Check it out!

       Osiris Rain, Girl in a White Hat, oil, 14 x 11.


Emerging Artists | Osiris Rain

A woman poses with a bird’s nest perched in her tangled hair. In another painting, a female figure stands between two trees with arms outstretched and eyes looking down at a kite. In a third painting, titled MESSENGER, a young woman is portrayed with a faint tear dropping down her cheek. Her face is timeless—she could be of the Renaissance era or walking the earth today. And like many of Osiris Rain’s figurative works, the painting evokes a subtle sense of mystery, beauty, and narrative. What has happened? Why is the woman crying? Are they tears of joy or sorrow?

Over the past several years, Rain’s figurative works have been juried into a number of impressive shows. Most recently MESSENGER was featured in the annual Salon International show at Greenhouse Fine Art in San Antonio, and another Rain portrait was named a finalist in the Portrait Society of America’s prestigious annual competition. The North Carolina-based artist began studying painting in elementary school with a private tutor. He continued to paint through high school before dropping out during his junior year and enrolling in classes at the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. Two years later, in 2005, he was one of 13 painters selected from a field of more than 500 applicants to apprentice with legendary Norwegian artist Odd Nerdrum. Rain says the most significant lesson he learned from working with Nerdrum is “the importance of empathy in painting.”

Today Rain carries this lesson forward in his current work, always trying to evoke the struggles and contradictions of the human experience. “I believe empathy is the reason I am drawn to figurative work over any other,” Rain says. “I have a hard time finding it in most of the contemporary art being made today, so I feel I have to make my own affirmations for the dignity of the human experience. I am trying to convey a sense of human dignity and respect for the natural world. My paintings are calls for change, and an attempt to pull a pearl of hope out of the dystopia of our modern age.”

Community Gardening in NoDa

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gardenThere’s nothing like seeing plants start to grow out of ground that was frozen just a few weeks ago (really frozen this year). I love gardening, though I am not very good at it. To get some experience (and keep those plants alive), I’ve been gardening in community gardens in Charlotte since I moved here in 2010. I’ve weeded, harvested, planted, painted, scraped rust, turned compost, shoveled mulch, and any number of other activities -  without being the only person responsible for the plants. The plants thank me for not killing them.

Gardening is good for the health of people and the planet -- working in the garden provides numerous health benefits for gardeners and can provide a very local alternative to the food we can buy in the stores, which has often been shipped a long way or exposed to chemicals. In some cases, gardening can also connect us to our communities, as we work with our neighbors or grow food for them through the connections to Charlotte’s meals on wheels program, Friendship Trays.

If you’ve also caught the gardening bug, or just want a chance to try it out, there are several opportunities in the NoDa area where you can volunteer. Some of these gardens are Friendship Gardens (a network of 65 gardens in the Charlotte area that provides produce for Friendship Trays), but there are other gardens looking for volunteer help, too.

So put on some old clothes and closed-toe shoes, bring some water, and enjoy working outdoors for a few hours. At the very least, you’ll get some fresh air. 

Nearby Community Gardens and Details:

Empowerment Project: (Johnston Memorial Presbyterian Church at 729 E. 36th St.) The Empowerment Project is developing an urban community garden initiative on a lot of land generously donated by Johnston Memorial Presbyterian Church. This garden will be a meditative and educational place and will teach community members about organic, sustainable and healthy living featuring permaculture principles to build community. The Empowerment Project meets on Wednesdays at 10:30 in the church annex. Volunteers are welcome and needed for a series of summer and fall workshops, as well as garden grooming. Contact Sunya Folayan at  704-900-1703 for more information.

Supportive Housing Communities’ (SHC) McCreesh Place Community Garden: (2120 N. Davidson St.) This garden is a gathering space for volunteers from faith partners, civic organizations, youth groups and others wishing to support the organization through the stewardship of their time. The garden provides the residents at McCreesh Place with healthy, fresh vegetables and gives the residents an opportunity to work in the earth alongside caring individuals they may not have otherwise had the opportunity to meet.  Partners such as St. Peter’s Catholic Church, the Rotary Club of Charlotte-South and UNC-Chapel Hill Charlotte Alumni Chapter have stepped forward to provide donations of dirt, mulch, plants and good old-fashioned, roll up your sleeves labor. SHC also partners with Friendship Gardens in sharing our harvest.  SHC recognizes that the benefits of maintaining a community garden increases a sense of community ownership and stewardship among the residents at McCreesh Place, while bringing together people from a variety of backgrounds to address social concerns.  The mission of Supportive Housing Communities is to provide affordable housing to end homelessness and human suffering.  SHC provides permanent supportive housing for men, women and families overcoming homelessness.  If you’re interested in volunteering at McCreesh Place or learning more about the community garden and other serve opportunities, email Linda Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Friendship Gardens Little Sugar Creek Community Garden: (1321 N. Alexander Street - at 17th St.) This eco-friendly communal food-share garden believes that everyone should have access to fresh food regardless of income. Keeping strong to this belief, Little Sugar Creek has developed into a very successful collective gardening project that is open to any resident of Mecklenburg County. They are a very diverse group of growers working as a group to tend and harvest the garden. The un-harvested produce is collected weekly and shared with gardeners, neighbors, and Friendship Trays-- the local meals on wheels program for the Charlotte area. Smokers, please wear clothes without smoke in them for the garden’s health. The garden is open Saturdays 9a-1pm, and occasionally Fridays 1p-3pm. For more information and to confirm the schedule, email garden secretary Nadine Ford at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or garden manager Renee Garner at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Friendship Gardens Urban Farm:  (2586 Elkwood Circle) Join this urban farm on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month (March - October), 10am-noon, to help grow food for Friendship Trays, Charlotte's meals on wheels program. No RSVP needed, just show up ready to plant, harvest, water, weed, whatever work is needed ... and to enjoy the farm. All are welcome. Bring gloves and a water bottle. The farm is located at Garinger High School.

The Seigle Farm. (600 Seigle Ave. at 10th St.) Seigle Farm is a ministry of Seigle Avenue Presbyterian Church. This is our third year of planting as we received a grant to clear the brush on unused land at the church and build 23 raised beds. The last 2 summers we sold our crops to The Harvest Moon Grille and distributed free veggies out to the community after church. This year, we will be opening a small farm stand at the corner of 10th and Seigle and our plan is to provide very cheap fresh veggies to neighbors and anyone who visits our farm stand. Farm Stand hours will be Saturday mornings when we start to harvest crops and WednesdaVolunteer hours from May through October are Saturdays 9am-noon and Wednesdays 6-7:30pm. Contact  Martine Wurst, 704-661-1848 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , for more information.

Eighth Street Garden. (740 E. 9th St.) A partnership between St. Peters Episcopal Church and Trinity Episcopal School, the Eighth Street Garden is part of the Friendship Garden network and therefore is dedicated to raising produce for Friendship Trays, the meals on wheels program for the Charlotte.  The produce is also used by Friendship Gardens in their program Friendship Gardens TO GO, a mobile market at the CATS Transit center which provides local and fresh produce options in an uptown location.  The garden is also an outdoor classroom for Trinity Episcopal School.  We welcome anyone that would like to help grow food for those in need. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive information about volunteer dates, often Wednesday and Saturday from 2-4pm.