Longtime Charlotte art gallery owner calls an end to that career to become ... an artist
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Longtime Charlotte art gallery owner calls an end to that career to become … an artist

A mutual friend encouraged 20-something Christie Taylor to call Dot Hodges and propose a business partnership. It was 1980. The two had never met, and Hodges was 17 years older than Taylor — and also was one of the most prominent people in Charlotte’s whole cultural scene. But Taylor made the call, beginning with a formal “Mrs. Hodges, this is Christie Taylor.” They both laugh at that now. “The best business decision I ever made was making that phone call,” Taylor said. “We didn’t know each other, so there was no history to get in our way. We both loved art; that was enough.” $20 for 365 Days of Unlimited Digital Access Last chance to take advantage of our best offer of the year! Act now! SUBSCRIBE NOW #ReadLocal Taylor, 67, officially retired from Hodges Taylor Dec. 31, but she’d been easing her way out of day-to-day management for several years – ever since she found an heir she and Hodges, who retired about eight years ago, trusted. Lauren Harkey, 32, took over as 2019 began. So now Taylor pursues a dream. “There’s a theory that we’re our most authentic selves at 6,” she said. “So, whatever you wanted […]

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