On Sept. 2, the New Modern Art Gallery opens with a sampling from the new gallery's stable of artists, including American neo-expressionist Hunt Slonem, Bulgarian artist R.T. Houben, international art star Anish Kapoor, Charlotte painter and art professor Maja Godlewska, and Englishman Damien Hirst. The gallery also has works by modernists Picasso, Giacometti and Miro.
The gallery is well situated, at The Green across Tryon Street from the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, which itself includes some of these same modern masters (now dead). Living artists such as Slonem, Houben and Godlewska help define the new art gallery in town as it opens with a splash for its first gallery crawl. 435 S. Tryon St., Suite 110.
South End's Charlotte Art League, 1517 Camden Road, opens "Larger Than Life" on Sept. 2 with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. This group show includes "Always Remember," by Jerry McQuay, a 5-feet-by-7-feet installation piece (with a 6-by-10 American flag), marking the 10 years that have passed since 9-11. Through Sept 30.
Lark & Key, around the corner at 128 E. Park Avenue, Suite B, has a reception Sept. 2 for a "Patchwork", an exhibit of mixed-media paintings by Charlotte Foust.
NoDa isn't dead, of course; it's just in another phase of self-discovery. As for visual art, Lyons Fine Art Consulting's "The Window on NoDa" at 3206 N. Davidson is indeed "a 24-hour Storefront Viewing Experience." If you were lucky enough to be a kid in a city large enough to glorify fashion and its attendant great window displays, this miniature throwback will bring back memories. In September, you can enjoy Scott Fraser's amusing "Sheepish," a trompe l'oeil, 8 3/4-by 15 1/2-inch oil on board painting of an assemblage that features a small sheep and several Hershey's chocolate kisses. For more information contact Ruth Ava Lyons at 704-996-3256.
Maybe because of Labor Day and the illusion that Charlotte shuts down over the holiday weekend, at least two cool art emporia are having their openings one week later.
The Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak St. (corneliusartscenter.org) in north Mecklenburg County features "New Monoprints," by McColl Center visual artist Felicia Van Bork, with a reception from 7 till 9. Through Oct. 7.
In South End at their "Steelyard" location at 1910 South Blvd., Suite 130, the crisp Hidell Brooks Gallery opens a show with artists Chris Hayman and Francis Livingston with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The work, comprising bold abstracts and impressionistic townscapes, is on view through Oct. 29.