Sozo Gallery in uptown Charlotte is owned by Hannah Blanton, a force in Charlotte’s local community. She’s channeled that energy and spirit into her contemporary art gallery where she features original artwork from local and national artists.
Hannah and I originally met in yoga teacher training; she became a dear friend – one of my “yoga besties” as we call each other. In 2003, Hannah was paralyzed by Guillain-Barre Syndrome; following her recovery, she has been inspired by the healing of yoga and art, which led her to create Sozo.
In Greek, Sozo means “to be healed by God; to make well, to keep safe, to save.” In Japanese, it means “to create; to imagine.” Nestled in In Charlotte’s busy center city, Sozo inspires soulful connections between art, artist and collector. Hannah and her team have done that beautifully and powerfully.
Another of our favorites is Scott Gardner.
In addition to being an amazing photographer, Scott worked with Hannah to co-found About Face Charlotte, an organization who’s goal is to enable human connection and build a more compassionate community through the sharing of stories. By using photography and cinematography to bring awareness to social justice issues and encouraging compassion, empathy and using your gift to help others, Hannah, Scott and About Face Charlotte are making Charlotte a better place to live.
The Charlotte Uptown Crawl, which provides free art experiences to our community, was also founded, and is still chaired by, Hannah. Her vision and commitment to her community are a continuous source of inspiration and we’re so proud to count her as a friend.
Go check out Sozo the next time you are uptown!