Local Arts

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

A view of the installation “Shaun Cassidy: Smelling the Roses” at the New Gallery.
A view of the installation “Shaun Cassidy: Smelling the Roses” at the New Gallery. Courtesy of the New Gallery of Modern Art

What to do

See the work of 31 Charlotte artists at “Wet Paint,” the opening exhibition at Goodyear Arts’ new space at Camp North End, 6-9 p.m. Sept. 29. The title refers to the newly upfitted space as well as the recently created work, all of which was done in 2017. Art lovers will see a few names on the roster that they’ll recognize, such as Jason Watson, Barbara Schreiber and Nathaniel Lancaster, though there are many others new to the scene that show a lot of promise, such as Emily Furr and Bryan Olson. Goodyear has a knack for catching emerging talent and encouraging it, and this exhibition will be no different.

“Deceived,” 2017, by Bryan Olson. Courtesy of Goodyear Arts

Where to go

Head to New Gallery of Modern Art at 11 a.m. Sept. 30 for a lecture by exhibiting artist Shaun Cassidy. We’re impressed by his installation, which consists of lyrical, brightly colored abstract sculptures that are visual equivalents to music and emotion. They are backdropped by a wall of his works on paper, achieved through coating the surface with layers of color and carving through them (a process he used to create the patterns for the seats and ceiling of the Light Rail cars as well). He will speak about and demonstrate his process. RSVP to the gallery 704-373-1464.

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/article172583126.html