At this time in the holiday season we at HappeningsCLT would like to take a little time to stop and express our gratitude for the progress that has happened in the Charlotte Art Scene from the past year. Here are the things that we are thankful for this year:
- The Bechtler Museum’s hiring of Chief Curator, Jennifer Edwards. Edwards brings a fresh voice to the scene producing attention grabbing shows that build on the Bechtler’s collection. By highlighting the already remarkable works in the Museum, we hope that more and more visitors will be drawn in and become lifetime followers of the art.
- Goodyear Skyline Artist in Residency program + Amy Herman and Amy Bagwell. Taking a forsaken place and transforming it by activating it with artists residencies is not a new concept, but it takes people who are dedicated to the planning and implementation. The “Amys” as we like to refer to them are those people – winning over stakeholders, selecting artists, and managing the space, they have set a precedent for more developers all over the city.
- Our Contributors. We are extremely grateful to LisaRubenson who has helped write some of HappeningsCLT’s best posts this year, featuring photographs from Lindsay Wynne Hess and Donna Bise. Lisa’s words are insightful and passionate about each artist she profiles. You can find a collection of her posts here.
- New public art in Charlotte, and the public’s warm reception of it.Carolyn Braaksma’s stunning relief walls that are going up along the Blue Line Extension corridor, Hoss Haley’s Old Growthat the FBO Plaza at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, AINSA III by Jaume Plensa at UNC Charlotte’s Uptown Campus, and Tom Joyce’s Thicket at the Mint – clearly there is no shortage of public art popping up around Center City!
- SOuthern COmfort. The newest gallery in town, SOCO, has found its niche in contemporary photography. With a lively summer opening and a strong abstract follow up, Owner, Chandra Johnson has demonstrated a range of possibility. We can’t wait to see what’s next at SOCO.
- Collaboration Uptown. The joint agreement between the Museums and Cultural Organizations to work together to provide even more programming and access to the City’s cultural offerings. Read more about it here.
We’re taking a few days off to reflect on the other things that we are thankful for. We suggest you do the same!