Where to go
Hear Liliya Zalevskaya talk about her work at the new gallery in Rock Hill, Met Contemporary, noon-1:30 p.m. March 9. We can’t wait to learn more about Liliya’s multi-media work exploring the absurd – something the artist traces back to growing up as the last Soviet generation. Focusing on the duality of social structures, language and believe systems, Liliya’s videos, performances, and two-dimensional works question fact versus fiction, reality versus artificiality.
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What to do
Enjoy ClearWater Gallery’s fourth annual Sun Drop Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off, 3-6 p.m. March 10. Five participating painters (Todd Baxter, Martha Manco, Arthur Rogers, Tucker Fraetis, and HappeningsCLT Carolina Art Crush Felicia van Bork) will have just two hours to complete a portrait before a live audience. Additionally, you can check out the studios or demonstrations from the Southern Piedmont Woodturners.
Who to meet
HappeningsCLT Carolina Art Crush Danny Gerwin, assistant professor of art at Queens University, will speak March 7 at Mint Museum Randolph. Hosted by the Delholm Service League, the Mint’s ceramics affiliate, his talk, titled “New Questions,” begins at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.
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.