Artful: A new series

“Fowl Play” by Tom Chambers, in The Light Factory auction.
“Fowl Play” by Tom Chambers, in The Light Factory auction.

Today, we kick off a series in which Lia Newman and Grace Cote offer Observer readers a weekly to-do list on immersing yourself in visual arts around town. They’ll suggest options pegged to people you should meet, places you should get to and things you should try, to grasp the range of what’s available in Charlotte. Cote is Senior Coordinator at Jerald Melberg Gallery, and Newman is Director/Curator of the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College, and they collaborate on the blog HappeningsCLT.

What to do: On Nov. 12, 6-8 p.m., head to the the McColl Center for Art + Innovation for a workshop with Erik Waterkotte, UNCC professor and 2015 McColl Center alumnus. Learn to create multicolor monotype prints using Japanese paper and printmaking inks. More advanced students will have the opportunity to delve into more complex processes. Workshop costs $30 (including materials). Advance registration is required. 721 N. Tryon St.

Where to go: Support the arts in Charlotte by attending one (or two) fundraisers, both on Nov. 14. An Evening of Earth & Fire supports Clayworks, the city’s only nonprofit ceramic studio, and the fourth-largest ceramic educational facility in the country. The event takes place 5-8 p.m. at Elder Gallery (1520 S. Tryon St.) and features a silent auction (which ends at 7 p.m.) and raffle, with works from some of North Carolina’s finest ceramic artists. The event is free and includes light refreshments. And The Light Factory’s 33rd Annual Auction kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at TLF’s gallery at 1817 Central Avenue. The silent auction begins at 6:30, and the live auction starts at 8. Both feature a number of wonderful photographers; check out the online preview. Tickets are $50 for non-members, $40 for members.

Who to meet: Chandra Johnson, owner and curator of SOCO Gallery (421 Providence Road). This newest gallery in Charlotte is presenting significant exhibitions and events, and your next opportunity to seek out Johnson is a reception and book signing Nov. 11 featuring Xavier Guardans – SOCO is doing the first exhibition of the Spanish-born artist’s work in the United States. This event is free and open to the public, and a beautiful monograph by Guardans, “Traveling Lights,” will be offered for sale.