There are always interesting, engaging visual art events in Charlotte and this week is no exception. Here are some events you might want to check out.
On May 6, Chandra Johnson opens her new gallery, SOCO (Southern Comfort), at 421 Providence Road. Galleries are an integral part of any vibrant art community so we are delighted that new ones like SOCO are starting to pop up. This gallery fills a necessary gap in our community. Along with one of our favorite local non-profits, The Light Factory, SOCO will be a place to specifically buy photography. Focusing on big name contemporary photographers with works priced around $5000 and under, you can start – or continue – your art collection at SOCO. The inaugural exhibition, A Fluid Journey, derives its name from the 1969 movie about west coast surf culture. The exhibition explores the transformative nature of water and leisure and includes works by Will Adler, LeRoy Grannis, Xavier Guardans, Mona Kuhn, Karine Laval, Ken Van Sickle and Massimo Vitali. Did we also mention there is a record room? We’ll give you an update about all things SOCO after the big opening reception.
There is also a Contemporary Architecture + Design lecture tonight with Carlos Rolón, known as Dzine, at the Mint Museum UPTOWN in conjunction with the Body Embellishment exhibition. Rolón creates ornate works of art and installations inspired by his Puerto Rican upbringing in Chicago, specifically his mother’s beauty salon installed in his family living room. The event is $5 for Mint Members and $12 for non-members (and free with ID for teens and college students). The cost includes pre-program admission to Body Embellishment.
Tonight, Sozo Gallery (Hearst Tower, 214 N. Tryon Street) opens their new exhibition featuring paintings by local artist Liz Orvos. Stop by the reception between 5:30-8:30pm and check out Orvos’ paintings – representational landscapes as well as abstract paintings.
On Friday, May 8 you can show your support of the local art community by attending Soirée Bohème at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. The backdrop for this annual black tie fundraiser is the Bechtler’s current exhibition, The Art Books of Henri Matisse. Throughout the museum there will be specialty cocktails and food from French street food to haute cuisine, entertainment, dancing, and a silent auction. Get your tickets now. Individual tickets are $175 ($135 is tax deductible), with reduced pricing for members.
While you are in Southend having a leisurely Saturday morning, we suggest dropping by Hidell Brooks (1910 South Blvd., Suite 130) to check out new exhibitions by Windy O’Connor and Virginia Scotchie. The exhibitions are on view through June 27 and the gallery is open on Saturdays from 10am-3pm (and 10am-5pm Tuesdays-Fridays).
Then, head uptown to the Open House at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation. The event is from 12-4pm and offers a great opportunity to meet new artists-in-residence – a local bunch for the summer – including Erik Waterkotte, Charles Williams, Ivan Toth Depeña, and Caroline Rust Ward. The Open House event is a non-intimidating way to meet artists and learn firsthand about their processes and concepts. Just walk into a studio and strike up a conversation. It’s not nearly as difficult as it sounds. Just think if you were the artist and people lingered near your door, peeked in, but never fully engaged. That would be weird. Like a zoo. So just go for it. You won’t regret it. And you will learn something new, we promise.