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Artful: What to do, see, try in Charlotte

Reversible patterned disc necklace with bead modules of fine silver, semi-precious stones and vintage beads by Pam Whittfeld.
Reversible patterned disc necklace with bead modules of fine silver, semi-precious stones and vintage beads by Pam Whittfeld. Courtesy of McColl Center

This is the second installment of 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, Newman is director/curator of the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College, and they collaborate on the blog HappeningsCLT.

Who to meet:

Artists! Visit the Vintage Charlotte Market at the Fillmore from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday to view vintage items and handmade goods by regional vendors. We recommend the embroidered works of lllilll Stitches, the illustration of Alice Holleman, and the handpainted ceramics of Lina Lav. This biannual event has become a destination for supporters of young, emerging artists in all media.

What to do:

Visit the CPCC Galleries Friends and Family Market, a fundraiser that supports gallery educational programming (like workshops and lectures), as well as student fine art clubs. It showcases original artworks under $50 by alumni exhibiting artists, faculty, and former and current students. The market is open through Nov. 25.

Where to go

McColl Center for Art + Innovation’s Open House + Jewelry Jubilee 6-9 p.m. Nov. 20. This event is a fun opportunity to chat with fall artists-in-residence at the center, such as surrealist painter Vicente Hernandez or printmaker Juan Fuentes, before they head back home. As a special treat, Charlotte jewelry artists Eliana Arenas and Claudia Griffin will curate a regional jewelry market, with handmade pieces for sale.

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