Summer is pretty much over, right? It’s hard to really get a grasp on this considering the temps are still in the high 80s/low 90s, but the one post-summer thing we’re grateful for is increased art activity around Charlotte. Our institutions are all in full swing with some fabulous Fall exhibitions. Barbara Schreiber did a great job of giving us a Fall preview in her recent article in the Observer, but here’s what’s on our radar for this week:
Find yourself in Rock Hill at 11am on a Tuesday? Tina Manley will be giving a lecture, Putting a Face on Syria, in conjunction with an exhibition of her photographs centered around the Syrian refugee crisis on view in the Lewandowksi Student Gallery. The exhibition and lecture are part of a collaboration with the Syrian Refugee Series, the Winthrop Peace Studies Committee, and International Day of Peace, Winthrop. The photographs will be on view through September 26.
Take an ArtBreak at the Levine Center for the Arts. Free tours, offered every third Thursday, take place between 12-12:30 at the Mint Museum Uptown, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, and the Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. Choose your location and get a little culture during your lunch break!
Also on Thursday, Amy Herman will be giving a lecture about her work at Central Piedmont Community College’s Ross Gallery beginning at 2pm, in conjunction with her exhibition, it wasn’t important until it was.
On Friday evening we’ll be making the short trip across the border to Rock Hill, SC to see Works in Black and White by Tom Stanley at the Rutledge Gallery at Winthrop University. Not only are these paintings incredible, but Tom is one of our favorite people in the region. If you want to learn more, check out Lisa Rubenson’s studio visit with Tom last year for HappeningsCLT.
Another option for Friday night is the Becthler by Night event, hosted by the Young Visionaries. In addition to a viewing All That Sparkles…20th Century Artists’ Jewelry in the second-floor gallery, visitors will have the opportunity to paint happy little trees during the Painting with Bob Ross activity in the second-floor classroom. Galleries will be open 5-9, with free admission! Small plates available for purchase.
Hit the Bungalow Social at SOCO Gallery beginning at 10:30am with a lecture by art advisor Maria Brito of Lifestyling® – an art advisory and full service interior design company headquartered in NYC. During the lecture, Not Just Coffee will be serving up their delicious brew. Following the lecture, there will be BBQ and beer from Sycamore Brewery, a 2pm performance by Doug Keith, and of course, the opportunity to peruse the amazing SOCO bookstore and see their new exhibition, La Vie Boheme featuring photographs by Ken Van Sickle. (There will also be designer appearance and trunk shows at Tabor!)