The Elder Gallery Has One Of The Best Collections In The City

Larry Elder of Elder Gallery
Larry Elder of Elder Gallery

With a passion for art and on an impulse, Larry Elder opened an art gallery thirteen years ago.  He has learned many things but most of all the importance of “keeping things real.”   Originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina, Elder relocated to Charlotte in 1987 in order to head up a training and technology company.   What he found was a city brimming with talent: Visual and performing artists.

One of his first steps involving Charlotte’s art world was to found a two-state art competition called Carolina’s Got Art! and then, his very own gallery: The Elder Gallery.  “I had confidence, albeit naïve, that I could use the same, sound business practices that had made me successful in the real world of business…It was clear that we are surrounded by art and that life can be greatly enhanced by embracing it.”  

Considered one of the region’’s best art galleries, Elder Gallery brings in high-quality artwork at an affordable price.  His recipe for success is based on “appealing to a broad spectrum of tastes,” understanding your audience and acknowledging that art must have “staying-power.”   “I choose to promote artists whose work is unique and well-executed,” explains Elder.  “My personal tastes most often the deciding factor.”

With a wide open space and two levels to display art and host events, the Elder Gallery is impressive.  The atmosphere is casual and inviting.  With a focus on American artists, Elder explains that “we are bold in the choices of art we choose…thought provoking and powerful…serene and contemplative.”  The gallery is the exclusive representative for the Ernest Walker collection and Leon A. Makielski, an early American impressionist.  Recently, Elder purchased the estate collection of the late Carl Plansky and is mounting a national campaign to introduce the collection to the American and European art markets.”  
To see many of the pieces visit Elder Gallery online at