Spring Spotlight: Art, May 20

Charlotte Pride continues its Spring Spotlight with its third night, tonight, Wednesday, May 20th. We’re hosing a full week of highlighting and supporting awesome LGBTQ artists and entertainers during COVID-19. Click here to see the full week’s schedule and line-up

Streaming live at 7pm tonight on our Facebook page at facebook.com/cltpride, we’ll highlight the work of three awesome artists — one dancer and two visual artists.

In a special pre-show, we’ll see a short dance by Daphne Reeder — who got us a video for Monday’s dance video but we were unable to get inserted into the final stream. Be sure to give Daphne lots of love! Then, we’ll hear a bit from Andrea Downs of the local “Airing Out The Dirty Laundry” project. Read more about Andrea and that awesome project below. Finally, we’ll wrap things up with a 20-minute or so live drawing from artist Lena Gray!

See the performers’ full bios, social handles, and donation links below!

Are you a local artist or entertainer? We want you! This week’s Spring Spotlight is just the first of many awesome ways we’re planning to connect virtually this summer. If you’re a local artist or entertainer and interested in participating in future virtual (or, once we’re able, in-person) events, programs, and activities, let us know! We’d love to have you! Click here to fill out this interest form.

Performers listed in order of appearance on tonight’s broadcast.

Daphne Reeder


Daphne Reeder has performed on on stage and in front of a camera for many years now. The multi-talented performer can sing, dance, and act, and has appeared in a number of independent films..and an independent horror series.

Facebook: Daphne Reeder
Venmo: @Daphne-Reeder
Cashapp: $DaphneReeder
PayPal: DracheMedia@gmail.com

Andrea Downs


Andrea Downs is a visual artist who has taught for 16 years. In February 2018, Andrea began inviting people to participate in Airing Out the “Dirty” Laundry. This ongoing community art movement responds to the silencing of women*, creating opportunities for all women to share experiences through visual storytelling. These stories express strength, hope, unity, and resistance of oppression, injustice, and exclusion. The initiative serves as a catalyst for women’s voices, a call to gather together to listen and to be heard, and an opportunity to foster love and understanding that resists
hate and injustice. Her most important work, in partnership with her husband, is raising her two children to stand for equality and justice.

*Airing Out the “Dirty” Laundry holds space for all women across the intersections of race, age, color, disability, faith, religion, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, social class, economic class, ethnicity, gender identity and gender expression.

Website: www.aotdl.org
Instagram: @womenslaundry
Twitter: @womenslaundry
Facebook: Airing Out The Dirty Laundry
Venmo: @Andrea-Downs-5

Lena Gray

(she/her and they/them)

I create digital art to explore different forms of gender expression and create the kind of trans representation I longed for in my youth. I also make music to sooth my anxieties from the unjust systems we live in.

Etsy: Lena Gray Art
Instagram: @lenagrayart
Youtube: Lena Gray
Venmo: @lenagray
Cashapp: $lenagrayart