March 11, 2005: Headlines: COS - Sri Lanka: Art: Galleries: The Charlotte Observer: Allison Hertzler operates a graphic design business from the same space, Green Rice Designs. (The name reflects her Peace Corps service in Sri Lanka, where she harvested rice.)

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Allison Hertzler operates a graphic design business from the same space, Green Rice Designs. (The name reflects her Peace Corps service in Sri Lanka, where she harvested rice.)

Allison Hertzler operates a graphic design business from the same space, Green Rice Designs. (The name reflects her Peace Corps service in Sri Lanka, where she harvested rice.)

Allison Hertzler operates a graphic design business from the same space, Green Rice Designs. (The name reflects her Peace Corps service in Sri Lanka, where she harvested rice.)

Green Rice bucks a bleak trend in Charlotte's arts

I dropped in recently on Allison Hertzler, hanging a show in her Green Rice Gallery in NoDa, and I thought, "What a perfect antidote to the current gloom and doom on Charlotte's art scene."

Four art galleries closed in the past two years, Charlotte Repertory Theatre went belly-up and an Arts & Science Council plan to significantly expand arts offerings can't get traction.

By putting up the work of Michele Norris and Michelle Sutton, two Charlotte artists, Hertzler pushed back on that baleful trend.

"We keep it moving around here," Hertzler said of her space in the green building at 451 E. 36th St. That's an understatement from this ball of energy.

She operates a graphic design business from the same space, Green Rice Designs. (The name reflects her Peace Corps service in Sri Lanka, where she harvested rice.)

Artist Kate Vasseur has a studio under the same roof. Sandra Brown has Fabric Art, digitally printing on fabric, recalling North Davidson's textile past.

Recently, a fund-raiser for tsunami relief at Green Rice netted $14,000.

Hertzler, who opened the gallery in October, keeps her prices low to encourage first-time art buyers. She works only with area artists, albeit some who've moved.

She doesn't stress about the fragility of the art gallery biz. "I sold a painting the first night I was open," she says. "I didn't know what to do."

The health of the arts depends on people like Hertzler, willing to take a risk. No grants, no master plan, no vote by the City Council. Just moxie.

"FiG," featuring Norris and Sutton, is up through April 24. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday. (704) 344-0300; www.greenrice.com.





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