Local Arts

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

Natalie Bork’s “Cylinders” at CPCC’s Ross Gallery uptown.
Natalie Bork’s “Cylinders” at CPCC’s Ross Gallery uptown. Zebedee Smith

Who to meet

Meet Megan Lynch, the new gallery director at Central Piedmont Community College, during the opening of “Natalie Bork: Ripple” at Ross Gallery on Central Campus uptown Sept. 20 (artist’s lecture at 5 p.m., reception 6:30). A native North Carolinian, Lynch joins us from the West Coast, where she worked at a fine art gallery and auction house after earning her masters degree. Featured artist Bork is a McColl Center alumna whose installation is comprised of hollow, cylindrical forms hanging from the ceiling by cable wires. These painted and carved forms spin and oscillate with the slightest breeze, making for a unique interactive visitor experience.

Where to go

Untitled, by Elliott Puckette, at SOCO. Christopher Stach Christopher Stach

Enjoy your next cappucino while perusing contemporary art at SOCO Gallery, who just welcomed Not Just Coffee to their 421 Providence Road Bungalow. Take a moment to see the gallery’s newest exhibition, “Elliott Puckette: Recent Works,” which opened Sept. 13. Southern-born, New York-based Puckette’s lyrical line work is both a minimalist treasure map and the visual equivalent of an elegant melody.

What to do

If you are a woman at least 21 years of age, are interested in creating new photographic work and exploring various photographic processes and approaches, and currently live in the greater Charlotte metro region, The Light Factory’s new “Beyond the Frame” might be a perfect fit for you. We love this year-long cooperative lab program because it encourages the production of creative work, fosters dialogue between artists and empowers women photographers in our area. Selected participants will meet once a month and have access to The Light Factory’s darkroom, digital printing lab and lighting studio. Selected artists will also have the opportunity to participate in workshops throughout the year. For details and to apply, email info@lightfactory.org. Deadline is Sept. 29.

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.