Each week, Grace Cote, Lia Newman, and Kati Stegall offer Observer readers a to-do list on immersing yourself in visual arts around town. Newman is director/curator of the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College, Cote is senior coordinator at Jerald Melberg Gallery, Stegall is Art-in-Transit program administrator at the Charlotte Area Transit System, and they collaborate on the blog HappeningsCLT (happeningsCLT.com).
For a seasonlong visual arts calendar, go to: www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article100517602.html.
Who to meet
Andrea Vail, one of the hardest working artists in the area, is a recent recipient of the N.C. Arts Council Fellowship, the inaugural HappeningsCLT Art Grant, and a residency at Goodyear Arts. She creates unique textile works and installations, including her recent project, “COLLECTING_PILE,” an interactive work which involves the community as both content and collaborator. Vail has been amassing donated items, from heirlooms to unwanted home goods or junk, to create a sculpture. The work explores the transition of objects from desired to discarded.