The Light Factory
I took one of the Light Factory's classes, and it was well worth it. The level of instruction was top notch and I got more out of this class than I have from others around town. Thanks to the Light Factory, and I look forward to the next class.
Difficult to get to but a wonderful gallery.
I've been a huge fan of this place for the last 15 years. Amazing exhibits by real heavy hitters national and international--but they still make room for an annual show of their members' work (which contains a lot of great local work) and the occasional short run student show. As a photographer, I've really enjoyed the classes and workshops. They have a wide variety--from beginner classes with basic dSLR to traditional darkroom and alt processing.
This place is like my second home, the community there is amazing. They actually haven't moved in a while, despite what some angry people may say. Everyone there is lovely and will help you with anything you need. The art they display is very interesting. Right now they have a collection up from Davidson College, I encourage you to go see it.
Had a lot of fun with a workshop and plan on returning. Great staff!