owner/creative director

Sonya Pfeiffer is a longtime supporter of the arts, with a passion for learning about artists and their diverse approaches to art-making and interpreting the world around us.  A former television journalist who is now a practicing civil rights and criminal defense attorney, Sonya has long considered the written word and visual art personal passions.  She has written and produced documentaries, including the award-winning short “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Social Justice.”  She also regularly writes for a variety of local publications in Charlotte, and frequently puts her visual skills to work for legal clients by creating films that document their lives and personal struggles.


Sonya is honored to carry on the fine work that Larry Elder established at his gallery. She is committed to representing artists who create challenging, thought-driven work that addresses relevant issues in our global society, and to bringing meaningful programming and collaborative opportunities for community engagement to Charlotte. Feel free to connect:


gallery director

Cassandra Richardson brings boundless enthusiasm and worldwide experience to Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art as Gallery Director. For the past decade, Cassandra has crisscrossed the globe sharing her expertise and passion for the arts. She coordinated exhibitions and programming at San Francisco’s edgy Institute For Unpopular Culture for 7 years and represented several artists and their works, including Jean Michel Basquiat’s The Off’s First Record, which premiered at Art Basel Miami in 2007. Cassandra then ran the Octavia’s Haze gallery in the Hayes Valley section of San Franciso, before opening her own gallery, which she ran until she became an art adviser on private yachts and luxury cruise ships worldwide. For two years she traveled the world, selling the works of new and emerging artists, as well as well-known masters. Cassandra most recently served as the Art Galleries Program Director at Central Piedmont Community College for two years, a period during which CPCC’s Ross and Pease galleries won Charlotte Magazine’s 2015 “Best Art Galleries” award.


Cassandra has been involved with regional, national, and international exhibitions from progressive West Coast contemporary to Picasso, Dali, Rembrandt, and Erte. She has assisted in curating for Tipi Hedren, Bill Clinton, and George Lucas at Skywalker Ranch, and routinely advises private collectors, and public and private corporations who are building or adding to art collections. A Charlotte native, Cassandra graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a triplicate degree in Art History, Contemporary Art Theory, and Fine Arts.