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).
What to do
You know those bowls you love at Futo Buta? Well, they were made by N.C. potter William Baker. You’ll have the opportunity to buy wares from Baker and more than 50 other artists – as well as witness pottery demonstrations and enjoy live music – at the Mint Museum’s Potters Market Invitational. Presented by the Mint’s Delhom Service League, this runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Mint Museum Randolph. Admission ($10) gets you into the museum, too.
Who to meet
You get two opportunities to meet Ken Van Sickle, the New York-based photographer featured in SOCO Gallery’s upcoming exhibition “La Vie Bohème.” Attend the opening reception of Van Sickle’s exhibition 6-8 p.m. Sept. 7, or go to his artist talk at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 10 , moderated by Jennifer Sudul Edwards, curator of the Bechtler Museum. Both are free and open to the public.
Where to go
We are always impressed with the exhibitions at LaCa Projects (Latin American Contemporary Art), and their upcoming show featuring the work of Eduardo Cardozo is no exception. “The Other Side” centers on two of Cardozo’s painting series – one merging abstract and figurative imagery, the other purely abstract. Check out the preview reception 6-9 p.m. Sept. 8. Cardozo lives in his native Uruguay, but will attend the preview event, which will also feature Latin music and Uruguayan food. Additionally, catch his artist talk at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 10.