It’s another busy arts week in the Queen City. Here’s where we hope to be:
On Monday evening at 6pm, visit the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art (420 South Tryon Street) for the latest installment in their Modern Monday events. Alex Matisse, ceramic artist, will discuss his family history and how the artists in his family influenced his work and career, including his grandfather, the gallery owner Pierre Matisse, and his great-grandfather, Henri Matisse. Alex creates wood-fired, salt-glazed, intricately slip-trailed, functional pottery at his studio, East Fork Pottery, in Marshall, NC. There is a cash-bar reception at 6pm, followed by the program at 6:30pm. The cost is $4 for Bechtler members and $8 for non-members.
Every Wednesday evening, both Mint Museums (Uptown and Randolph locations) open their doors until 9pm. The best part? General admission is FREE from 5pm on, though you may have to pay fees for special exhibitions like the awesome Body Embellishment exhibition. Regardless, it’s a great way to visit the permanent collections at both locations. If you visit the Uptown location, we suggest dining at the Asbury at the Dunhill because they always have art from local artists on display!
On May 15 from 6-9pm, the McColl Center for Art + Innovation hosts an Open House and reception for a new exhibition by former artist-in-residence Alix Lambert. Based on her experiences working in and around the world of crime, Lambert has explored this concept through sculpture, printmaking, drawing, theater, film, books, and animation. The centerpiece of her new multimedia exhibition, Prison Zoo, is a new claymation piece produced in collaboration with Charlotte-based filmmakers Tim Grant, Nick Vitelli, and Moria Geer-Hardwick. Check out Lambert’s new short, likely to be an important social commentary made approachable through humor. Again, this is a great time to dip into artist studios. We plan to visit Matt Horick, Taproot, and Stephen L. Hayes, Jr.
Also on May 15, check out Union Shop Studio’s (5019 Wilkinson Blvd.) opening reception for Micah Cash’s exhibition, Land Marks. The photographs featured were created for the Arts & Science Council’s Community Supported Art Program (CSA), and explore Charlotte’s growing surburban presence. The reception runs from 6-10pm. Can’t make it? Hit the Union Shop’s open studio event on Saturday, May 16 from 12-5pm.
On Saturday, May 16 from 12 to 4:30pm, kids and families can explore the art and artists in the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art (420 South Tryon Street) during a special Family Day. Drop in anytime during the afternoon for special hands-on art activities, a scavenger hunt, and family-focused docent-led tours (from 1-3pm). Admission is free for kids and $8 for adults (reduced by $2 if you
show a ticket stub from the Lollipops concert).
Remember, for those of us without kiddos, there is also an open studio event at the Union Shop (5019 Wilkinson Blvd.) today from 12-5pm!