Each week, Lia Newman, Grace Cote 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).
Who to meet
Todd Stewart and Katie Lloyd, a.k.a. Familiar Workshop. As they put it on their website, Stewart and Lloyd are “artists for hire.” Both are full-time creatives and artists, making site-specific installations and community engagement projects. You can check out their work in two locations in Charlotte this summer: at C3 Labs, with their experimental art project No Vacancy, and at their studio at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation.
Where to go
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Hidell Brooks Gallery, to the opening reception for its “Made in the South” exhibition, 6-8 p.m. July 15. This exhibition will display work by more than 25 contemporary artists in the Southeast, including Charlotte’s own Ruth Ava Lyons, who will show pieces from her “Oceanic Alchemies” series – an exploration of the artist’s interest in scuba diving and the degradation of coral reef ecosystems caused by global warming. 1910 South Blvd.
What to do
Go to the 6-8 p.m. reception July 15 of “Two to Watch” at Jerald Melberg Gallery. The work of Matthew Steele and Nick Napoletano are juxtaposed: Steele’s elegant architectural sculptures and Napoletano’s hyper-realist figures create a kind of man-versus-machine tension that speaks to the human condition and a constant push towards perfection. 625 S. Sharon Amity Road.
BONUS What to do: The Goodyear artist residency is back for another year, this time in a new location at the opposite end of Tryon Street, at 516 N. College St. July 15, there’s a preview party at the new space, with artwork by incoming & alumni artists-in-residence: Leah Mulligan Cabinum, Micah Cash, Robert Childers, Renee Cloud, de’Angelo Dia, Lisandro Herrera, Holly Christine Keogh, Chris Thomas, Andy McMillan, Matthew Steele, Todd Stewart, Grace Elizabeth Stott and Andrea Vail.