Each week, Lia Newman and Grace Cote 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).
What to do
Say Goodbye to Goodyear. Since July we have enjoyed showcases by artists in the month-long temporary program Skyline Artists in Residence. The final showcase will take place at 6 p.m. Jan. 29, featuring art, beer and performances. We’ve seen great variety in this former tire store over the past few months, both in media and talent. Sure, not all of the art was amazing, but the concept was new and exciting for Charlotte. Crescent Communities and the other sponsors recognized a need for space and support for artists and were willing to help make it happen. Friday, expect to see art by event organizers Amy Bagwell and Amy Herman, as well as new works by Kelly Keith, Lisando Herrera, Holly Christine Keogh, Robert Childers, Leah Mulligan Cabinum, Matthew Steele, Todd Stewart, Kathryn Godwin, and Graham Carew. Musical and art performances by Ghost Trees (jazz) and XOXO Ensemble (performance art) will begin at 7 p.m.
Who to meet
Carolyn DeMeritt, photographer and videographer, whose work will be featured in SOCO Gallery’s upcoming exhibition, “Kindred,” opening Feb. 3. DeMeritt is one of four Charlotte-based artists represented in the exhibition, along with works by nationally acclaimed Sally Mann and David Hilliard.
Where to go
As you may know, part of the Mint Museum of Art’s strategic plan includes a renewed emphasis on the museum’s original location on Randolph Road. But before the renovations take place, two new exhibitions have brought new life to the space (see story on “Portals to the Past” elsewhere on these pages), including “Contemporary British Studio Ceramics: The Grainer Collection.” The show features outstanding functional and sculptural works from the 1980s to the present. Worth a visit, or two, or three.