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).
Who to meet
The new fall season Artists in Residence, in for three-month stints in the Urban Residency Program, at McColl Center for Art + Innovation. Check out Mark Steven Greenfield from Los Angeles; Orit Hofshi from Herzliya, Israel; Aubrey Longely Cook from Atlanta; Glexis Novoa from Miami; Marion Wilson from Syracuse; Sheila Wyne from Anchorage; and Marcus Kiser and Jason Woodberry from Charlotte. This fall also marks the beginning of a yearlong affiliate artist residency for Charlotte photographer Scott Gardner. Artists are in their studios now, so take advantage of McColl’s open door policy -- while the center is open, the artists’ doors are open for you to connect with them. Pro tip: We like to visit at the beginning and end of the residency season to see how an artist’s work has progressed over the last three months. More info: mccollcenter.org/artists-in-residence.
What to do
Join your neighbors on Sept. 5 (Labor Day) for Charlotte’s annual Yard Art Day! Created by local artist/photographer Deborah Triplett, Yard Art Day is a once-a-year celebration aimed at bringing out your own creativity or just enjoying the creativity of others around you. Plan to create an installation on your lawn, or partner with a neighbor to create an interactive experience. If you don’t have a yard, you can follow our lead and plan a walking tour of the houses in your neighborhood. You can find out how to participate at yardartday.com, and get registered to get your house on the map!