Local Arts

What’s up this week in Charlotte’s visual arts?

What to do

Kick off your weekend uptown with these two highlights of the next Uptown Art Crawl, June 22:

At the Bechtler at 6 p.m.: Local artist and printmaking studio director Felicia van Bork will lead a special insider tour of the “Alberto Giacometti:45 Drawings Portfolio” exhibition. The first 20 people to register will be invited to participate in a life drawing session led by the artist after the tour.

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“#16 Bust of a man from 45 Drawings” by Alberto Giacometti. David H Ramsey

Across the street, at the Gantt at 7 p.m.: A rare screening of “Betye & Alison Saar: Conjure Women of the Arts,” in celebration of the current Alison Saar exhibition. This engaging documentary examines the personal and artistic relationship between Alison Saar and her mother, Betye.

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“Weight” by Alison Saar, at the Gantt. Courtesy of the Gantt

Who to meet

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“Bound Figures” by Denny Gerwin. Courtesy of the artist

Denny Gerwin is an assistant professor of art at Queens University. We were struck by his caged figure sculptures and labor-intensive process when observing his solo show at the university this past spring. Gerwin holds a BFA in 3D Studies from Bowling Green State and an MFA from Utah State, and was a resident in the prestigious John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s Arts/Industry program. Truly an educator, Gerwin values the interaction that comes with the woodburning kiln process.

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“David & Goliath” by Denny Gerwin. Courtesy of the artist

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).

For a seasonlong visual arts calendar, go to: www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article100517602.html.

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