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.

“#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.

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

Who to meet

“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.

“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.