Here are our suggestions for the best art events this week and weekend around Charlotte.
Central Piedmont Community College hosts a unique and vibrant arts festival each year in the heart of the city called, Sensoria. Check out this page that lists all the events happening through April 18th. Tuesday, April 14th is full of great visual arts events, including a watercolor workshop with Charlotte-artist Ashley Lathe (9:30-10:45am), a reception/award presentation for the Annual Juried Student Show (5-6pm), and a panel discussion featuring documentary filmmaker Noah Hutton (7:30-9pm).
Take advantage of free admission at the Mint Museum on Wednesday evenings from 5-9pm. Check out the permanent collection and the new exhibition, Body Embellishment, curated by Annie Carlano (special admission fee may still apply).
On Thursday afternoon, head to CPCC if you want to learn more about the Art-in-Transit program. Kati Stegall will present a talk entitled “Preserving Charlotte’s Past through Public Art in the CityLYNX Gold Line.” The talk is from 2-3:15 in Pease Auditorium and is also part of the week-long festivities of Sensoria. There are a few options for Thursday evening. Perhaps catch Shaun Cassidy’s lecture from 6-7pm at CPCC’s Tate Hall in the Overcash Building, as part of Sensoria. The talk is in conjunction with his exhibition at CPCC’s in the Rowe Galleries, The Sound of Everything.
Or perhaps head to the Mint Museum Uptown for the newest Contemporary Architecture + Design (CAD) Lecture featuring Mikyoung Kim. Kim is an internationally renowned landscape architect and artist whose work focuses on merging sculptural vision with the urban landscape. Mikyoung Kim Design is currently designing art to be integrated at the UNC Charlotte station of the new CATS Blue Line light rail extension, scheduled to open in 2017. The event is free, though you must pre-register here, or by calling 704.337.2000.The event is co-sponsored by the Charlotte Area Transit System and UNC Charlotte College of Arts and Architecture. A light reception and cash bar will follow the program.
Make a special trip to Rock Hill on Friday night to check out two new shows at the Winthrop University Galleries. One of their upcoming MFA Thesis shows, Equilibrium featuring the work of Dean Mobley and Foozhan Kashkooli, opens along with the 27th Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition (juried by Jenni Carlisle). The receptions are from 6:30-8pm.
If you happen to be in Davidson, NC, learn more about the new sculpture installed near Town Hall. Artist Douwe Blumberg from Lexington, KY, will be in town for the installation and dedication of his new work, Dance of Life. He will give a talk about his latest sculpture at 6pm at Town Hall. Immediately following his talk, from 6:30-7:30, citizens are invited to a drop-in master planning event to share their ideas and opinions about public art. There will also be a Sculpture Tour on Friday evening with Dr. C. Shaw Smith, Professor of Art History, Davidson College. Meet in front of Town Hall at 7pm; trolley with refreshments will be provided. No need to sign up in advance.
The Annual Spring Sale & Open House at Clayworks begins Friday evening from 6-9pm. There will be an array of handmade pottery and ceramic sculptures available for purchase from Clayworks instructors and studio artists. The event is also open Saturday from 10am-3pm.
A couple of interesting events are happening this Saturday too. At 10am, catch the dedication of Dance of Life, a new sculpture by Douwe Blumberg. The event takes place at the site of the new sculpture, right next to Town Hall.
If you are interested in making some art of your own, head to the Gantt Center for their next Open Easels Workshops from 11am-2pm. This one is focused on Portraits and is led by Gordon James. Fee of $15 (non-members)/$10 members/$8 students covers instruction and live model. Bring your own materials. More info here.
To support one of the city’s most valuable arts organizations, attend the McColl Center for Art + Innovation‘s fundraiser, Studio Party 15: UPCYCLED GALA. The event takes place on Saturday evening from 7-10pm. To learn more, check out our previous posts: Studio Party 15 Preview, Preview 2, and Preview 3. Purchase your ticket now.