As always, it’s a busy art week in Charlotte!
We really wanted to promote the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art‘s Modern Monday event scheduled for March 16…but if you haven’t already RSVP’d, you’re too late. Sorry! The Art of Books workshop is SOLD OUT. Don’t worry though: there are two more Modern Mondays scheduled in conjunction with their current exhibition, The Art Books of Henri Matisse, including one that sounds very interesting – Danstallations – on April 13. Maybe you should RSVP for that one right now!
We are looking forward to checking out the Mint Museum Uptown on Wednesday evening. During The Art Fusion: Fab Fashion event, you can check out the latest special exhibition, Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede (docent-led tours will be available); create Andy Warhol-inspired printmaking at the DIY Station; and listen to live jazz music with The Tenya Colemon Quartet led by Master Guitarist Kenneth Blinko. The museum is free and open to the public from 6-9pm.
Also on Wednesday, Davidson College’s Department of Art is hosting a lecture with Brooklyn-based painter Katherine Bradford. Bradford will present at 5pm in Semans Lecture Hall in the Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Art Center.
Here’s an event that you can participate in from just about anywhere – even outside of Charlotte! The Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture will host a Tweet Chat on Thursday from 11am-12noon with guest curator Rehema Barber. Barber will engage in conversation about performance art, the body, and politics in art with Venturing Out of the Heart of Darkness exhibiting artists Heather Hart and André Singleton. Follow the hashtag #VOHDGantt to stay in the conversation!
Head to the McColl Center for Art + Innovation on Thursday night for an interesting conversation, Technology + Touch: How New Digital Media and 3-D Printing Are Impacting the Creative Process. Panelists include Moderator Charles Thomas, Executive Director of Queen City Forward; Robert Lazzarini, Winter 2015 Knight Artist-in-Residence; Robert Corbin, Vice President of Learning Experiences, Discovery Place, Inc.; and Chris Beorkrem, Associate Professor and Co-Director of Digital Arts Center, School of Architecture, College of Art + Architecture, UNC Charlotte. The panel discussion will begin at 6pm. After, we think you should head to the Asbury and see Isaac Payne‘s artwork, currently adorning the restaurant’s walls.
On Friday, you might want to head back to the McColl Center for Art + Innovation for their open house. Encuentros/Encounters, an exhibition by Dignicraft, is on display and you will have an opportunity to get a last glimpse into the creative process of their departing Winter 2015 Artists-in-Residence: Robert Karimi, Robert Lazzarini, Amanda Lee, Anne Lemanski and Windgate 11-month Affiliate Artist Betsy Birkner.
After seeing so much awesome art this week, perhaps you would like to get your own creativity on! On Saturday, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture offers two opportunities, both from 11am-12noon. There is a two-part Intermediate Batik Workshop (second class is March 28, 11am-12noon). Fee is $50 members/$70 for non-members (includes both days and all materials). You must register in advance! The second opportunity is a monthly drop-in portrait art class led by artist Gordon James. Open Easels: Portrait Workshop is open to artists of all levels and ages 15 and older. Fee of $10 members/$15 non-members/$8 students includes instruction and a live model but you must bring materials of your choice.