Where to go
Travel to South End on March 2 for its monthly First Fridays event. Hidell Brooks Gallery will open its new exhibition of paintings by Sally King Benedict, whose abstract and colorful paintings are often populated with minimalist faces. At Lark and Key Gallery, visitors will see work by nine artists and three potters in the gallery’s 10th anniversary exhhibition, titled “Flight.”
Who to meet
Get to know Charlotte artist Stephen Wilson at both his opening and artist lecture 6-8 p.m. March 2 at New Gallery of Modern Art; it’s his second exhibition with the gallery, titled “Shine a Light When It’s Gray Out.” This new series of 25 pieces is stylistically in line with previous work involving embroidery, and consists of darkly painted backgrounds covered with cascading butterflies. Wilson will speak about his work and upcoming book, “Stephen Wilson: Luscious Threads,” 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 3.
What to do
Take an art history lesson with Adam Justice, assistant curator for contemporary art at the Mint Museum. Justice is fairly new to the Mint and to Charlotte but has become active in the arts community, and we’re looking forward to seeing him produce more good work for the museum along with head Contemporary Art Curator Jonathan Stuhlman. The Friends of the Mint will sponsor a Justice lecture on important moments in art history at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 28.
Each week, Grace Cote and Lia Newman 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, and they collaborate on the blog HappeningsCLT (happeningsCLT.com).
For a seasonlong visual arts calendar, go to: www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article172583126.html.